Here’s a brief excerpt from a superb new book, which we reproduce with permission from Epic Bike Rides of the World, © 2016 Lonely Planet
“From May to September, over the Southern Hemisphere’s winter months, mountain bikers are permitted to ride one of New Zealand’s treasured Great Walks. The Heaphy Track through Kahurangi National Park in the northwest of the South Island was where the Department of Conservation trialled multi-use trails through a national park for the first time, many years after the gold rush of the west coast saw 19th-century prospectors tramping through these beech-forested hills. Mountain bikers should expect to spend two nights on the trail, in order to experience this wild and wonderful place. In such a precious environment – the Heaphy passes through intensely varied habitats and landscapes – there are rules to follow: no groups larger than six, overnight accommodation only in huts (remove your saddle from the bike to stop kea parrots destroying it), and no night riding in order to protect the nocturnal kiwi and the giant (and carnivorous) land snail.”
Start // Collingwood
End // Karamea
Distance // 50 miles (80km)
This beautifully illustrated book includes tales of 50 cycling adventures in 30 countries – from Australia to Bhutan – plus 200 ideas for bike rides, from family-friendly jaunts to backcountry expeditions via city tours, classic circuits and meandering adventures.
Epic Bike Rides of the World features the most exciting, picturesque tours to take on two wheels – from a Bavarian beer ride in Germany to a challenging journey through the entire continent of Africa. Almost 30 bike and travel enthusiasts from Lonely Planet’s community and beyond share their first-hand accounts of their most memorable trips. Each account includes a toolkit, enabling you to plan your own adventure, outlining the best time to go, how to get there and where to stay.
“Everybody has their personal interpretation of ‘epic’,” states the introduction. “You can have an epic adventure straight from your front door and be back in time for tea. Or you can follow in the tyre tracks of adventurer Alastair Humphreys and pedal around the world, through 60 countries, for four years”.
Epic Bike Rides of the World reflects that diversity and those varying levels of commitment. It features experiences from some of the world’s most remote places such as Mongolia and the Outer Hebrides, to its hippest cities – such as an arty cycle trail in Copenhagen – to the dreamiest islands, including a breezy spin past fragrant lavender farms and groves of misty pine on a circuit of San Juan Island. Epic Bike Rides of the World covers rides that take a couple of hours through to rides that take a month or more.
30 Countries * 50 Cycling Routes * 200 Ideas
Epic Bike Rides of the World offers trip options for every experience level and is the perfect gift for any cycling enthusiast. So grab your copy, dust down your bike and explore somewhere new. Here are the details:
September 2016 | £24.99 | 1st Edition
260mm x 200mm | 328 pages | Full-Colour
Hardcover | ISBN-13: 978-1760340834
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