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Watch Tim Ross' ode to Capertee Valley

Watch Tim Ross' ode to Capertee Valley

We love this video that proclaims the beauty of Capertee Valley.
 
It's hosted by Tim Ross, the great comedian/radio host/design enthusiast/television presenter, who shows us the delightful scenery of the Capertee Valley and revels in the simple joys found in rural Australia.
 
While he makes his way through Capertee Valley in a vintage Land Rover, of course we're recommending cycling as the best way to truly become immersed in the countryside. Find all the details of our Capertee Valley in Comfort self guided bike tour and explore at your own pace.
 
 
This is what Tim Ross says about the video:
 

"What happens when a mate lends you the keys to a classic Land Rover? Jump in the passenger seat as we take you through the Capertee Valley and visit Edwina Bartholomew and Neil Varcoe ( the man who threw me the keys) and their picture-perfect farm, Warramba."

 
> See what all the fuss is about on our Capertee Valley in Comfort self guided bike tour.
 

Have you been to Capertee Valley? What did you make of it? Share your thoughts below.
 
  
Explore the SAS Australia filming location: Capertee Valley

Explore the SAS Australia filming location: Capertee Valley

 
Look past the tear gassing, the helicopter dismounts, and the freezing ice bath swims, and you'll see there's a lot of beauty to be found in the new TV show, SAS Australia. This is mainly because of the filming location, the gorgeous Capertee Valley. It's the perfect place for a self guided cycling tour.
 
Become immersed in the raw nature of Capertee Valley
 
Capertee Valley sits by the Blue Mountains in NSW. You can escape the big city lights of Sydney and reach the Capertee Valley in about 2 hours drive. Unlike the thrilling TV show, it's actually an incredibly relaxing region that's largely undiscovered by tourism. Capertee Valley is also home to the world's widest and longest enclosed valley - 1km wider than the Grand Canyon!
 
Capertee Valley, the filming location of SAS Australia season 2.
 
For a relatively minor adventure, take a look at our Capertee Valley in Comfort self guided bike tour. Featuring hot showers, comfortable accommodation, and even the pleasure of an e-bike - and definitely without any of the physical or mental challenges the contestants faced in SAS Australia. 
 
Picturesque: The jaw-dropping setting is roughly around 50km west of Sydney
 
Amidst the filming locations of SAS Australia, you can clearly see the World Heritage-listed wilderness, which includes the Wollemi and the Gardens of Stone National Parks.
 
Admire the timelessness of Capertee Valley on a self guided bike tour
 
Catch glimpses of the unspoilt nature of the Capertee Valley in the trailer for SAS Australia below or watch the full series on Channel 7.
 
 
 

 
Have you explored Capertee Valley? What did you make of it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
 
  
NEW TRIP: Central West Trail Supported Cycle

NEW TRIP: Central West Trail Supported Cycle

 
We feel like everyone could do with some more social cycling in their life (especially when lockdown ends) which is why we're so happy to announce our new bike trip, the Central West Trail Supported Cycle
 
This bike tour follows the ever-popular Central West Trail, which covers rural landscapes and classic Australian sites rich in colonial and indigenous history. Start in Gulgong, renowned for its gold rush heritage, and along the way, you'll encounter the charming country towns of Dubbo, Ballimore, Mendooran, Dunedoo, and Wellington, before returning to Gulgong. 
 
A cyclist on route between Gulgong and Dunedoo |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i> Cyclists in Gulgong |  <i>Ross Baker</i> Cyclist with Windmill on route between Gulgong and Dunedoo |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i>
 
The beauty of joining a Supported Cycle is that while you'll still enjoy the independence of being able to cycle at your own pace, you'll also have the camaraderie of other like-minded travellers and a support vehicle as a backup. The friendly driver/escort also provides daily briefings and assistance along the route. 
 
You don't have to be a keen cyclist to join this trip either. You just need a sense of adventure and a love of the outdoors. Plus, e-bike hire is included in the tour price which is ideal if you need an extra boost for your pedalling.
 
cycling past sheep on the CWCR |  <i>Ross Baker</i> Beergarden of the Royal Hotel in Mendooran |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i> Cycling the CWC out of Dunedoo |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i>
 
>> For those in NSW exiting lockdown soon, there are limited spaces available on our Central West Trail Supported Cycle departing on the 14th of November. As regional NSW is already in very high demand, we recommend booking this trip as soon as possible. Email the team or call us on 1300 114 966 to learn more.
 
 
Have you explored the Central West before? What are your tips? Let us know in the comment section below.
 
  
Pedal the World Netflix Movie

Pedal the World: A Cycling Movie

An Adventure Around the World on a Bike 

 
A young German decides to quit his job, hop on his bicycle, and start pedalling around the world. Over 365 days he cycles through 22 countries and has an epic adventure. While he doesn't quite make it to Australia, it's still fascinating to watch for anyone who likes to travel by bike.
 
Sounds pretty fun right? Read and watch more of his travels below, and if you would also like to cycle the world, you can check out UTracks' self guided and small group cycling tours for your own incredible biking experiences.
 
Pedal the World Film
 

Pedal the World Movie Synopsis

 
This is a documentary by Felix Starck from Germany.
 
"What is the meaning of life?".

I asked myself almost every day before I left, so I decided to get to the bottom of it. 

I wanted to explore the world on my own - on a bicycle. 

Untrained, I set off in June 2013 with over 55 kg of luggage and a video camera.

18,000 kilometers and a total of 22 countries with only one goal: the dream of absolute freedom and the discovery of our globe. 

Enjoy with me now a really big adventure - a documentary that’s based on life, not a script. A unique challenge - with nature as a friend and … enemy!
 

Pedal the World Movie Trailer

 
 

Watch Pedal the World

 
Pedal the World is currently streaming on Netflix worldwide. 
 
Pedal the World Movie
 

Pedal the World Review

"Emotional, Inspiring, beautiful, realistic. The guy is quite a cutie (& I'm a straight bloke)!
P. S. After reading some of the other reviews: it's not a movie, it's not an in-depth documentary, it is a visual diary of cycling & camping around the world & that is no bad thing. I'm a cyclist who has read many travel books & found this enjoyable & never dull. 🙂"
From Sami Khan on Google.
 

Want to Cycle Europe?

 
 
Will you be watching 'Pedal the World'? Where in the world would you like to cycle? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
  
6 Things That Surprised Me On My First Self Guided Cycling Holiday In Australia

6 Things That Surprised Me On My First Self Guided, Multi-Day Cycling Holiday In Australia

 
Michele and her husband, Andrew, recently rode the Central West Cycle Trail in rural NSW. It was Michele's first multi-day bike tour and, as you'll learn, she discovered a profound interest for this unique style of travelling Australia. In this article, Michele describes six interesting things she learned as a beginner on her first self guided cycling trip. 
 


Heading off on my first ever cycle tour was a little scary – only because I’d never travelled this way before. I’d ridden a bike on a couple of overseas trips, but for no more than half a day at a time, so signing up to do 7 days of cycling was in a different category.  
 
Cycling the Central West Cycle Trail meant I’d be pushing the pedals for 400 km on a circuit of unknown terrain from Mudgee to Dubbo and back via Dunedoo. Here are 6 of the most surprising things I discovered about cycle touring during this Australian bike holiday.
 

1. The Pace 

Not too fast and not too slow, I love the pace of cycling.  I’m an avid walker and am very comfortable covering 15-20 km a day on a multi-day walk.   At the other end of the spectrum, like most Australians, I think nothing of driving 6 hours or more in a day when I’m travelling by car.  
 
In between the two, cycling is slow enough to take in your surroundings and be constantly present, and fast enough never to be bored with them.  As well, there’s the freedom to stop wherever you like and for as long as you like.
 
Cyclist with Windmill on route between Gulgong and Dunedoo |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i>
 

2. Ease of Travelling

“What time should we get going?” is probably the most difficult decision of the day. With accommodation pre-arranged, luggage transported between stops and the map app clearly showing the route, multi-day cycling on a pre-arranged route would have to be some of the easiest I’ve done. Being in Australia, there are no language challenges, no timetables to follow and no currency conversions. 
 
Everywhere we stayed was clean and comfortable, although not luxurious and there were restaurant options nearby, serving cold refreshments and plentiful food. I guess there were a couple of days when we had to plan ahead enough to pre-order a lunch to eat on the road but that’s as hard as it got and to be expected in country NSW.
 
A basic standard at the Dunedoo Hotel with cyclist |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i> Afternoon tea in Dunedoo |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i> The Royal Hotel in Mendooran on the CWC |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i>

 

3. The Camaraderie

On day 2, we’re cycling down the main street of Wellington, looking for a coffee stop before heading off for the day, when we see several bikes stacked outside a café.  Decision made, we add ours to the stack and, in no time, are amiably chatting inside to four other cyclists on the trail.  This community of friendly cyclists is ever-present on the trail.  
 
We meet Wendy and Nell on our second night and discover we are cycling the same trail and staying in a few of the same hotels in the coming days. It’s nice to meet up and swap stories and tips as the journey progresses.  We meet Brett out on the trail a few times too.  Although he’s travelling in the opposite direction, he rides as many country trails as he can find and it’s always a pleasure to cross trails with him. 
 
Beergarden of the Royal Hotel in Mendooran |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i>
 

4. The Stories

As well as other cyclists, there are some memorable non-cycling travellers and locals we meet along the way. At the bar in the evening or at breakfast before we get going, we chat to people we don’t get a chance to meet in our everyday life routine - and the stories are so entertaining. 
 
Graham the pilot has us enthralled with his story of landing planes with both engines on fire in Hawaii, and we listen as some tough-looking local farmers console a young rodeo rider who has just missed out on a place in the national competition. We realize that every pub has a story – and these encounters remain some of the most memorable parts of the trip.  
 
Cyclist completing the route in Goolma |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i>
   

5. The Welcome

Being on a bike somehow makes it easier to meet people.  Perhaps it’s the ease of starting a conversation along the lines of “Where are you headed?”, but the fact is that interactions with strangers are surprisingly frequent and easy. It may have something to do with the fact that life in the country is slower.  It may be to do with the Central West Cycle Trail’s popularity.  
 
There are dozens of touring cyclists passing through every week and it seems that locals have noticed – and they approve. Whatever the reason, almost every time we stop anywhere near a town, someone greets us warmly.
 
Friendly farmer on the CWC |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i>
 

6. E-bikes

I should say up front that I wouldn’t have considered cycling the trail without an e-bike.  Of course, I’m all for building fitness and I love the sense of accomplishment that comes from a day of physical pursuit.  Happily, for me, I get all this and more with an e-bike.  Having access to the “e” part of the bike means I avoid the stress of struggling to keep up and I’m actually energized by the activity, rather than spent.  
 
Naturally, I’m mindful not to flaunt my electrically-enhanced prowess on the trail, and I don’t zip past my human-powered cycle buddy on every hill (as tempting as it is!)  The bottom (pardon the pun) line is that e-bikes mean more of us can cycle for longer.  Bring it on!
 
E-Bike for use on the Central West Cycle Trail |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i>
 
 
 

Have you been inspired by Michele's story? Why are you passionate about cycle touring? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
 
  
Andrew Bain's new book: Ultimate Cycling Trips - World

Andrew Bain's new bike book: Ultimate Cycling Trips - World

 
Hey bike lovers, we have a new book for you: Ultimate Cycling Trips - World. It's written by the acclaimed travel writer, Andrew Bain, who has penned works for a multitude of outdoor adventure publications, including Lonely Planet, Fairfax Traveller, Australian Geographic, Australian Geographic Outdoor, and Outback magazine, as well as being a Getty photographer. Plus, Andrew's been on a number of World Expeditions and UTracks trips, so chances are that you've seen his work on our websites.
 
**Giveaway update: Congratulations to Alison C from Victoria who is the lucky winner of Andrew Bain's Ultimate Cycling Trips - World.
 
If you want to buy the book, it's currently listed for 25% off at Booktopia
 
Cycling past cosy beaches on the Lungomare Europa cycleway on the Ligurian coast |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>
 

About the Book

Ultimate Cycling Trips: World features 35 handpicked destinations for the best slow travel on two wheels.

Ultimate Cycling Trips - World |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>

Including detailed descriptions, suggested itineraries, maps, photos and even interviews with world cyclists, the Ultimate Cycling Trips: World is the perfect guide for planning your own cycling adventure. There are trips to suit every fitness level, from riding through the Italian and French Riviera, to Canada’s wildlife-rich Icefields Parkway, and the volcanic island of Jeju off the southern tip of South Korea.

As we grow more anxious about our planet, author Andrew Bain offers cycling trips as one way to minimise our environmental impact while on holiday. If that wasn’t enough, there are also the added benefits of improving your fitness and becoming more immersed in your surroundings.

Now has never been a better time to see the world by bike.
 
★★★★★ As a newbie to cycle touring, I loved this book. It's the perfect combination of information and inspiration - and the images are fantastic. Cannot wait to start getting out on some of the trails the author describes. Michele, Booktopia Reviews.
 
The Baltic country of Estonia lends itself to cycle touring |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>

About the Author

Andrew isn’t your average cyclist.  For starters, he started his bike touring with a 20,000km cycle around Australia.  Since then, he’s spent more than three years in the saddle, cycling through deserts, over mountain ranges and across notoriously tedious - as well as magnificently beautiful - stretches of road.  

When he is not cycling, Andrew is an award-winning travel writer, specialising in outdoor adventure. His previous books include Headwinds, the story of his 20,000-kilometre bike ride around Australia, Where to Ride: Tasmania and Lonely Planet's Cycling Australia guidebook. 

Southern Highlands |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>

About the Book

Andrew would have to be one of the best-qualified people on the planet to author the Ultimate Cycling Trips – World, which was published by Hardie Grant in 2021.  Drawing on his more than 20 years of cycle touring adventures all around the world – and his professional travel writing skills – the book provides detailed descriptions of some 35 of his favourite rides. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, there’s also a wealth of information about choosing the right bike, carrying gear, packing, training and travel tips.  

Cycling around Lake Ohau |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>

>> Find your copy of Ultimate Cycle Trips - World at Booktopia, where it's currently on sale at 23% off.
Effective ways to recover after a long cycle

Effective ways to recover after a long cycle

Most people spend a lot of time training in the lead up to their cycling holiday to ensure they are able to complete and enjoy their ride. With the extra exercise added to your routine, you're bound to feel some level of ache, pain or strain from your training session – or after completing a day pedalling.

Try these helpful recovery tips to help ease any muscle or joint soreness post-exercise and keep your legs strong. These simple tips are effective whether you're riding a bike or walking trails.

Cooling down

Going from an intense or high activity level back down to zero should not be an abrupt change for your body, the last thing you should do when you finish exercising is to stop completely.

If you hop off your bike, give your legs the time to adjust to the change in the environment by pacing around on foot for a while. One of the worst things you could do is to sit down straight away, so be sure to stroll around a bit before sitting down for your flat white!

Cyclists near Yea Station in Victoria's high country

When you are 5-10 minutes from ending your workout or activity, reduce your pace to a lower intensity to transition your body from activity to a resting state.

When beginning any exercise, you would warm up to activate your muscles, so similarly, allowing your body a cooling down period is also important to reduce the risk of cramping, as well as removing lactic acid from your muscles. This is especially important in cooler temperatures when muscle stiffness is much more pronounced.

Don't forget to stretch

After exercising, do gentle stretches for five minutes to allow your muscles to relax into a resting state; stretching restores your muscles to their normal length, aiding in their recovery.

Focus on the muscles used during the day while you’ve been cycling, such as calves, hamstrings, hip flexors and quadriceps.

Avoid bouncing in and out of the stretch. Instead, you want to move into the stretch until you feel a mild to moderate tension, and hold the stretch for up to 30 seconds.

Fuel yourself

Long walks and extensive pedalling deplete your energy stores, so it’s important to refuel to replace this energy, repair tissues and supercharge your recovery process.

Take advantage of the 30-45 minute post-exercise window where your body maximises the absorption of protein, water and carbohydrates, and aim to have a nutritious snack while after your training session or in between your long cycle. Include some high-quality protein and complex carbohydrates such as granola, energy bars or nuts. Your body will thank you for it later.

Rehydrate and replace fluids

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You lose a lot of fluid during a cycling trip, so you should be replacing fluid throughout the day.

Drinking 1 ½ cups to 2 ½ cups of water per hour for at least 2 hours after exercise is an easy way to boost your recovery as the water supports every metabolic function and nutrient transfer in your body.

Drink stop by the beach in Wollongong on the South Coast Cycle |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

Just remember to reduce your water intake as you get closer to bedtime to limit the number of times you have to get up in the middle of the night.

Rest

If you're training to the lead up to your cycling adventure, give your body the chance to rest in between the days you are active. This will give the muscles you've been working on time to recover and avoid the risk of injury and strain from prolonged or intense exercises.

This may not necessarily mean doing no activity at all, but can see you switching to less intense activity or exercises which focus on other areas of your body. For instance, if you did cardio one day, the following day you may want to do weight training instead. If you were cycling all day and want to ease the pressure on your joints, you could opt for a short walk the next day.

Mental and physical rest is equally important when letting your body recover, so getting in enough sleep will allow you to come back refreshed and feeling even stronger the next day.

Arriving at the Sea in Tathra on the Kosi to the Pacific self guided cycle |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

Preparation

While out on the bike paths, warming up and stretching your muscles before you start can do wonders as it prepares your body for the day ahead. But being prepared for your cycling holiday doesn’t just mean training and ensuring you are fit, you also need to consider a few other things including:

• Ensure your panniers (i.e. saddlebags for your bike) are not overfilled. Our cycle tours include daily luggage transfers so it's important to only take what you need for the day's cycling.
• Wear the right shoes for you. Joggers or training shoes are perfectly fine for our cycling trips - just be sure you have broken them in and don't embark on your bike trip with them fresh out of the box, this is the best way to get blisters!
 

Taking these few simple steps can help you to enjoy your cycling adventure and limit the aches and pains.

 


Do you have any extra recovery tips to add? Share your advice in the comment section below!

 

  

Our Cycling Navigation App

Our Cycling Navigation App

 
One of the great benefits of a multi-day cycling holiday with Australian Cycle Tours is that we include a navigational app for your convenience. On this app are several helpful features, such as:
 
  • GPS directions with turn-by-turn instructions to ensure you're always on track.
  • Handy statistics like estimated cycle time and distance covered.
  • Recommended restaurants, cafes and bars.
  • Your nightly hotel information and contact details.
  • Information about local sights and places of interest along the route.

It's like having a local guide in your pocket! There is also an emergency response feature that can send us your location and contacts the Australian Cycle Tours team directly should you encounter any problems along your route.

Plus, it's an environmentally-friendly solution to printing maps and in line with our Thoughtful Traveller responsibilities. 

If you prefer old fashion maps and route notes? No problem, just let us know and we’ll email them to you so you can print them off.

 

If you have any questions about our navigation app, please contact the team or leave a comment below.
 
  
Australian Cycling Holidays 2022

Australian Cycling Holidays 2022

 
2022 is going to be a great year to explore Australia by bike, and in anticipation of this, we have just released our cycling tour dates for 2022. So it's now time to start planning your Australian active holiday! Whether it's beachside biking, discovering the gourmet foods of regional Australia, or challenging yourself to a satisfying cycle, there are plenty of great bike trips to discover with Australian Cycle Tours. Here are our picks for 2022.
 

Top bike tours to discover country Australia in 2022

2021 was a big year for the Australian Cycle Tours team, as we added great new trips to our repertoire. With the addition of cycling routes along the Central West Trail, Southern Highlands, and the Capertee Valley, the best of regional NSW is now covered. And don't worry - we're adding more states to the mix soon!
Shaded road on the route between Mendooran and Ballimore |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i>
 

Top cycling trips for foodie travellers in 2022

We're not going to lie, there's no better feeling than finishing a day of exploring and reclining with a cold beer or wine, with a side of yummy treats, while reminiscing about the day's adventures. With the fantastic local produce and gourmet meals available on these bike tours, you are encouraged to do just that.
Enjoy a wine tasting experience with winemaker David Lowe at Lowe Wines, Mudgee |  <i>Destination NSW</i>
 

Top challenging bicycle trips in 2022

Sometimes it's not satisfying unless you're sweating - and these trips will do just that. There's always the option to upgrade your bike to an e-bike as well!
Cattle grids feature on the route to Bombala while cycling between Kosi and the Sea |  <i>Ross Baker</i>
 

Top deluxe cycling tours in 2022

A bike holiday is still a holiday, and with the boutique accommodation, leisurely itineraries, and indulgent attractions (world-class vineyards and gourmet restaurants) on these tours, you'll return feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Moothi Estate Vineyard in Mudgee |  <i>Ross Baker</i>
 

Top coastal cycling holidays for 2022

Is there anything better than cycling in the sunshine with a calm salty breeze and the knowledge that a refreshing dip in the sea is close by? This is what it's like to ride a coastal cycling trail, plus there are vineyards, museums, whale sightings, and the whitest beaches in the world. 
Coastal views on the cycle way to Kiama |  <i>Kate Baker</i>
 
>> If you would like to experience a multi-day bike tour in 2022, then call Jaclyn, Erin, and the team on 1300 113 966.
 

Will you be going on a cycling trip in 2022? Let us know in the comment section below.
 
  
Andrew Bain's Training Tips For Cycling Trips

Andrew Bain's Training Tips For Cycling Trips

 
In this excerpt from 'Ultimate Cycling Trips – World', by Tasmanian-based adventure cyclist and travel writer, Andrew Bain, you’ll learn some valuable tips about training for a cycle tour. 

Andrew has spent more than 3 years of his life pedalling his pushbike along some of the most beautiful cycle trails in the world.  He’s written four books about his various cycling adventures and his newest book, 'Ultimate Cycling Trips – World', provides detailed descriptions of some 35 of his favourite rides, as well as sharing loads of expert advice. Read our interview with Andrew Bain here.
 
Munda Biddi Trail |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>
 

When Andrew first set out on his first cycle tour in the late 1990s, he decided that he’d do all his physical preparation on the trip itself.  He planned to start with short daily distances and build towards longer days as he went.  As you can probably guess, he learned a lot from this experience!  So, if you’re thinking of trying this approach, read on to find what’s ahead for you.

In a way, my approach worked because the trip was so long - 14 months! And, in those first weeks, I experienced a whole lot of knee pain, numbness in my hands, fatigue and a butt that felt so raw it might have done a baboon proud.  It was a lesson learned the hard way: Preparation is key if you’re to enjoy - rather than endure - a cycle trip.
 
Southern Highlands |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>

It’s worth beginning a dedicated training program a couple of months out from the start of your trip. Start at whatever distance and time is comfortable and build up from there. There are no hard and fast rules about what you must achieve in training, but I always try to complete at least two or three rides that are a bit longer than my predicted longest day on a trip. 
 
As well as helping physically, it helps mentally by creating the confidence and knowledge that the distances you’ll be riding are achievable. It really is just about getting hours up on the bike for endurance and comfort. 

Saddle soreness is common until your body and your bike seat have come to some sort of hard-fought armistice, so wage that well before you begin your bike trip, getting your butt accustomed to a particular saddle - and then take that saddle with you.  Knee soreness is another common physical complaint when you first begin to spend time on a bike. If you do experience pain in the knee joints, try adjusting your saddle height and riding in lower gears, so you’re spinning faster but with less force……
 
Childers Cove (Great Ocean Road) |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>

Andrew goes on to share his knowledge about choosing the right bike, carrying gear, packing, and about the travel experience itself.  And that’s just the introduction – before you get to the detailed notes on some of the best rides on the planet!   

Here’s the link to his book, where it's currently 23% off: https://smarturl.it/UltimateCycling
 

About the Author

Andrew isn’t your average cyclist.  For starters, he started his bike touring with a 20,000km cycle around Australia.  Since then, he’s spent more than three years in the saddle, cycling through deserts, over mountain ranges and across notoriously tedious - as well as magnificently beautiful - stretches of road.
 
When he is not cycling, Andrew is an award-winning travel writer, specialising in outdoor adventure. His previous books include Headwinds, the story of his 20,000-kilometre bike ride around Australia, Where to Ride: Tasmania and Lonely Planet's Cycling Australia guidebook. 

Cycling the magical paths of Rowrah along the Coast to Coast in England |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>
 

About the Book

Andrew would have to be one of the best-qualified people on the planet to author the Ultimate Cycling Trips – World, which was published by Hardie Grant in 2021.  Drawing on his more than 20 years of cycle touring adventures all around the world – and his professional travel writing skills – the book provides detailed descriptions of some 35 of his favourite rides. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, there’s also a wealth of information about choosing the right bike, carrying gear, packing, training and travel tips.  
 
Ultimate Cycling Trips - World |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>
 
>> Find your copy of Ultimate Cycle Trips - World at Booktopia, where it's currently on sale at 23% off.

>> Follow Andrew Bain on social media for more tantalising cycling photos:   

 
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Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX-new.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Utracks"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Youth Adventures"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Youth Adventures</div>
World Youth Adventures is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Yomads"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ACT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Cycle Tours"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Cycle Tours</div>
Australian Cycle Tours specialises in high quality self guided and guided cycling experiences in a selection of the most beautiful regions in Australia.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WEX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions</div>
The pioneers of original, worldwide adventure travel holidays since 1975
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TJX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Trail Journeys"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Trail Journeys</div>
Self-guided cycling experts on New Zealand's Otago Rail Trail and more
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/BMAC.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Blue Mountains Adventure Company"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Blue Mountains Adventure Company</div>
The original Blue Mountains canyoning, hiking, climbing and abseiling experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GWNZ.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Walks of New Zealand"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Walks of New Zealand</div>
Explore New Zealand's most spectacular wilderness regions with the self-guided hiking experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/NAA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="North America Active"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>North America Active</div>
USA Canada hiking & cycling tour specialists, choose from self-guided or guided trips