Thursday 28 July 2016

Lonely Planet's "Epic Bike Rides of the World"

Lonely Planet Explores the World's Most Thrilling Cycling Routes with Epic Bike Rides of the World

Five Australian Cycling Routes Showcased

30 Countries * 50 Cycling Routes * 200 Ideas for Bike Rides

Published this August, Lonely Planet's Epic Bike Rides of the World is set to inspire two-wheeled travel all over the globe.

This beautifully illustrated book features tales of 50 cycling routes in 30 countries (from Australia to Bhutan), as well as 200 ideas for bike rides - ranging from family-friendly jaunts, to backcountry expeditions, via city tours, classic circuits and meandering adventures.

Australia is represented by five cycling routes highlighted in the chapters "Beaches and Bicycles in Adelaide", "Australia's Atherton Tablelands", "The Acheron Way", "The Munda Biddi Trail" and "Tasmania's Wild West".

"Everybody has their personal interpretation of 'epic'," Lonely Planet says. "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."

"This book attempts to reflect that diversity and those varying levels of commitment," Lonely Planet adds. "We've sought out some of the most entertaining experiences you can have on a bicycle, whether you're a casual rider or a cyclist with a stable of carbon-fibre machines. The settings of these experiences range from some of the world's most remote places – Mongolia, Bhutan and the Outer Hebrides – to its hippest cities and dreamiest islands. Some of these rides take just a couple of hours, others a day or two, a week, or more than a month."

How to Use Lonely Planet's Epic Bike Rides of the World

The main stories in each regional chapter feature first-hand accounts of fantastic bike rides in that continent. Each includes a toolkit to enable the planning of a trip – when is the best time of year, how to get there, where to stay. But beyond that, these stories should spark other ideas. We've started that process with the 'more like this' section following each story, which offers other ideas along a similar theme, not necessarily on the same continent. Many of these ideas are well established routes or trails. The index collects different types of ride for a variety of interests.


Published 3 August 2016 / 328pp, full colour, H260mm x W200mm / hardcover / RRP: AUD $44.99


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