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1. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

... for a cycling holiday.

Temps between 15 and 25 C (60 to 80 F), dry air, no rain (or if there is rain, let it be warm rain) and completely or mostly flat. Also good infrastructure, ie you can buy food and drinks every day. Any ideas? And when is the time to go? I'm especially interested in Europe, Northern Africa and Asia. Thanks!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5634 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Although I am certainly not the first person to ask this I was thinking about the coastal areas of northern Chile at first....until I read that it's not your focus area.
Just needed to share this though.

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2009 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Very few places get no rain, but several have seasons of no rain. I'd think Denmark or the Netherlands in Europe would certainly be flat enough. I suggest you read Devla Murphy's nonfiction books - she's an Irish writer who travels vast distances by pedal power. She has 2 or 3 books where she chronicles bike travel in Africa, but I really enjoyed one of her first where she rode a bicycle from Ireland to India. She's still going at it in her 70's, but now she's off her bike and doing places like Laos on foot.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 28, 2008, at 5:10 PM by Daawgon ]

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

A friend of mine once did a cycling tour in Morocco that he liked very much; it was a package deal though, so I am not entirely sure about the culinary infrastructure :)

Also, there is this company OrexCA that organises tours around Tashkent. Since I seem to remember you speak Russian (you do, right?), you may be able to organise something similar yourself.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Ah yes, thanks for your replies. Unfortunately I have thought of all these countries already. :( My problems:

Chile: flight ticket from Europe to Chile is expensive, especially when you need to include the bike into the ticket. Completely out of my budget, plus I wouldn't know what to do with myself there.

Denmark or the Netherlands: flat enough though, but also quite rainy. More rain than in Germany, so given the choice I'll stay at home. (Maastricht: 760 mm of rain compared to 495 mm of rain in my hometown)

Morocco: Would be ideal if it wasn't for the fact that there are mountains there. Big mountains, reaching up to 4100 m in height. Marrakech for example is over 1000 m above sea level, if you cycle there from Agadir you got face about 1-3 days cycling always up and down, but mostly up.

Taschkent/Usbekistan: Expensive flights and again, mountains. Bad infrastructure too, if I went there I would prefer to go with a group and a van accompanying the group.

Any other ideas?

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5634 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Before I say Oman (oops, I said it), what is your budget for flights?
Oman has some mountains, but I doubt it that it will be hilly all the time. Most countries aren't totally flat.
It's probably dry most times and I guess November is a good month, or March/April. Avoiding the heat but also the high season months of Dec-Feb.

7. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Not sure if they have any thing but here is a link to a family who like to cycle.

How about Italy? Bit expensive though, or east europe maybe? Croatia or up in Latvia?

8. Posted by Smedel (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

i bike around europe many times, and i dont like flat countries, Maybe Netherlands, Denmark, and scandinavia sounds good?

9. Posted by Smedel (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

actually, biking on flat areas is boring and makes you thirsty, places which are hilly and got alot of mountains is good for your condition and improves your skills.

10. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I'm going to get bashed for this...

How about the cycling machine at a gym near you? Controlled ambient temperature with no rain.