Long Distance Bike Tours » Explorersweb
With the reopening of borders, long-distance cycling has become more popular than ever. It is inexpensive, environmentally friendly and allows you to go almost anywhere, even Antarctica.
ExplorersWeb has collected six exciting long-distance bike rides going on right now. Some cyclists are athletes. Others are relatively new to life on two wheels. Their expeditions range from marathons around the world to extreme arctic adventures.
arctic world tour
Italian cyclist Omar Di Felice started his journey on February 2. It travels 4,000 km through eight arctic regions. Di Felice started with the first winter bike crossing of Kamchatka, the wild peninsula in the Russian Far East. He traveled these 740 km in five days.
Then he cycled 1,200 km from Murmansk, Russia, through Finland and Sweden to Tromsø in northern Norway. This section is already in progress. On February 14, he went to Finland.
From Tromsø, it will cover short sections in Iceland and Greenland before heading to Western Canada. From there, he will cycle to Alaska.
Stefano Gregoretti and Dino Lanzaretti began a 2,000 km expedition through Siberia on January 13. First, an ambitious 1,200 km hike from Oymyakon to Verkhoyansk. These two villages are the two coldest settlements in the world.
But after only 620 km, they aborted on February 4. The duo had struggled from the start. The first days they had problems with the gearboxes of the bikes. Then high winds forced them to push their bikes, even downhill. It is unclear whether this was due to the force of the wind or the unholy wind chill.
Their only options were to abort or wait for the weather, but their one-month Russian visas would expire before they could complete a postponed expedition. They chose to abort.
Strings and chords
Germany’s Louisa Hamelbeck and her American boyfriend Tobi Nickel go “around the world with bicycles and a guitar”.
They left Salzberg, Austria last June and plan to cycle for the next two to three years. Since their departure, they have cycled through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Turkey. From Turkey they flew to Florida and have now reached New Mexico.
It took them 82 days to cover the 3,250 km to their first big stop: Artemida, near Athens, where Tobi’s father lives. Here they spent six weeks seeing friends, researching the next sections of their route and maintaining their bikes.
They wanted to go to the United States by boat, but they travel cheaply. They found it impossible to find an affordable ship that would take their bikes. Eventually, they cycled to Turkey and flew to Miami on December 9.
Explore for Huntington
Dimitri Poffé cycled 15,000 km through Central and South America. As the title of his project suggests, he’s doing it to raise awareness for Huntington’s disease, for which he tested positive three years ago. Unfortunately, the disease runs rampant in Poffé’s family: his sister has had it for eight years and he lost his father to it 15 years ago.
Currently, he is asymptomatic but he knows he will develop symptoms between the ages of 35 and 40. The diagnosis “was a trigger to realize a dream: to go around the world”. He chose Central and South America because the disease affects this region of the world the most.
Poffé left on October 3 from Mexico City. He plans to cross Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama before crossing South America by bicycle.
He arrived in Guatemala on January 20 and spent a month exploring the country on two wheels. His next stop is El Salvador.
Camille Pages and Antoine Jouvenel cycle from the south of France to Nepal. Carrying 40 kg each, the French duo will cross 19 countries and cover 20,000 km.
Both were relatively new to cycling when they started planning their expedition. They quickly realized that they had a lot to learn.
After a COVID delay, they started their “cyclo-nomadic adventure” in July 2021. Nine days later, they reached Italy. Here the inexperienced pair tackled some of their toughest routes, including the Col d’Izoard (made famous by the Tour de France) and the Dolomites.
So far they have crossed France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania.
Brewenn Helary and Lea Schiettecatte want to make a zero waste, zero carbon journey through Europe. Recyclable pathways translates to ‘recyclable paths’.
Their tour of Europe will cover 15,000 km. They left on February 12 from their hometown of Iffendic, France. Their tour of Europe will take them through 20 countries.
About the Author
Rebecca is a UK-based freelance writer and science teacher.
She is an avid traveler and has had the good fortune to backpack parts of Africa, South America and Asia. Trained in marine biology, she is interested in everything related to the oceans.
His areas of expertise include open water sports, marine wildlife and adventure travel.