Words by Massimo Finocchiaro | Photos by Giordano Cioli & Massimo Finocchiaro The Italian region of Tuscany has long enjoyed a reputation as something of a cycling Mecca. Its rolling hills, vineyards, olive-groves and pretty pastures make for excellent road biking terrain, and when you add in a little bit of great architecture,...
Cycle Touring Gear: What You Need Packing for a cycle tour means bringing only the essentials. Photo: iStockNeedless to say, the first thing you require is a bicycle. Most bikes can be adapted for touring in some way, but the best touring bikes are specifically designed for the job of carrying heavy loads. They...
If you’ve ridden some cycle touring routes in the UK and are feeling confident enough to take on some bigger challenges, then this guide will stoke your enthusiasm for a two wheeled European adventure. Europe is a cycle tourist’s dream, with well organised bike paths and countless camping options. Cheap flights and ferry...
Heading out on your first cycle touring adventure can be a daunting prospect. Luckily the UK hosts some fantastic routes for cycling that can be easily completed by beginners. There are a wide range of sources online to help plan your tour, but this guide will give you five of the best. From a...
So you’re interested in cycle touring and are ready to invest in your first bike? Whether it be climbing, skiing, or surfing – buying equipment for the first time can be a daunting prospect. Luckily this article will help cut through noise, with the best touring bikes for your first cycling adventure. “To put it...
3) Sleeping Bag and Air Mattress Touring after a bad nights sleep is always a struggle. Photo: iStockHaving the right season sleeping bag for your cycle tour is an important consideration. Temperatures can drop surprisingly quick at night so having a cold-weather sleeping bag is essential for a good night’s sleep on the road....
“I think its better to go back,” he says, a freshly rolled cigarette dangling from his lips. For a moment we stare at him with disbelief, before he expands: “This trail is good, but the one back there is better.” We pour over the map to try to understand Celestino’s proposed retreat, finding...

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