There’s nothing quite like it — the feeling of streaming through swirling valleys on the saddle of a bike, thighs burning stoically, rolling countryside to your left, the dazzling big blue to your right, and with your heart racing and the ocean breeze chasing the heat away, you can’t help but think: now this is living.
But when looking for your next riding fix, chances are you feel spoiled for choice; there are simply so many beautiful coastlines to choose from. To help you siphon the staggering stretches from the same-old same-old, we narrow the routes down to some of the finest for cycling coast to coast.
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
For those looking for a bit of a challenge and a lot of beach, this route is ideal. The 1,200 kilometre ride has enough hair-raising roads and natural obstacles to keep you on your toes, but the scenery, the food and the people, will more than make up for the struggle. A leisurely journey could take a couple of months cycling coast to coast so it’s no sprint, but we’re guessing riders with a bit of wanderlust wouldn’t have it any other way.
TransAmerica Trail, USA
This monstrous feat is fit for the fittest, most serious adventurers, set on cycling coast to coast. Inaugurated in 1976 at the Bikecentennial, the TransAmerica Trail is a 6,840 kilometre route, stretching from Virginia’s Atlantic Coast, through the Rocky Mountains, all the way to Oregon’s Pacific Coast. In short, it’s not for the faint-hearted. But for those looking for bragging rights, you’re sniffing in the right direction.
Cape Argus Cycle Tour, South Africa
Said to be one of the largest (if not the largest) cycle races in the world, the Cape Argus draws thousands of riders with the offer of 109 kilometres of life-affirming scenery and boast-worthy climbs. Looping through the Cape Peninsula, the tour ushers riders through Table Mountain National Park and along the coast. For a more leisurely ride anytime of the year, opt for the 70 kilometre cycle from Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point for a drink at the spot where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet (spoiler alert: they fall totally in love).
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
This world-famous drive is a 250 kilometre dream on a bike. Australian Traveller.com recommends starting in Torquay and riding west all the way to Warrnambool, ‘so that the only thing between you and the coast is the guard rail.’ It’s likely to take about four or five days, within which a fair amount of jaw-dropping at the spectrum of scenic beauty is likely to take place.
The Costa Blanca loop, Spain
Playground of the pros, Costa Blanca is made for cycling. Beyond the favourable weather conditions and variety of roads, the scenery is spectacular and the Spanish charm doesn’t hurt. This 110 kilometre loop of a route kicks off in Calpe, heads through the countryside with its seasonal shows of almond blossoms, winds right up north and past some of the region’s quaintest seaside towns and old fishing villages, before flying down along the sparkling coast to the post-ride comforts of Calpe.
If the prospect of cycling coast to coast via the soul-stirring valleys of the Spanish countryside appeals to you, get in touch with us about first class hotels in Costa Blanca. We welcome cyclists looking for sumptuous meals, comfortable rooms, post-ride massages, and gorgeous sea views between long days on the saddle. At all of our hotels in Costa Blanca we’re proud to go out of our way to make cyclists feel welcome.