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1. Posted by Yesso (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Hi All,

I am planning in going by bike from Amsterdam to Tuscany. I am just wondering about biking paths, how many kms can I do everyday, and other things

Has someone done something similar?

Any tips are more than welcome.

Thanks a bunch,

2. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

I can't answer much but a couple of my friends were cycling all over Europe last summer.

How far you can cycle per day, that depends on largely on

  • the route: on flat-ish route, they were doing 450-500kms per day; on mountain-y route (they went to the Italian Alps) they did about 70-140kms per day
  • the weather: if there's a strong wind against you, or it's raining heavily, you won't be getting much mileage for the day
  • your fitness: how big a bicycle buff are you? do you go for cycling training often, or are you a leisure cyclist?
  • your visiting aim: do you want to just cycle, or are you trying to doing a lot of small city/village touring? obviously if you stop often for sight-seeing etc, you will be cycling less.
3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 6y

Only highly experienced bikers cover that much ground per day. If you make 200kms/day on average on flat parts, I'd be very satisfied with myself.

Re route: even though Germany makes for nicer cycling, I'd opt for going through France because you can avoid the Alps that way. And let's not forget the Apennines :)

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 6y

Quoting bentivogli

And let's not forget the Apennines :)

Wouldn't that be the Dolomites if travelling from Germany through Austria?;)

5. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

That is quite true. I thought I'd written that my friends are major cyclists but re-reading now, I realised I haven't! (My friends did over 10,000 in 4 months, which is really impressive!)

Here's a picture of a scary mountain loop, in terms of the kind of stamina required

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jan-2010, at 13:56 by lil_lil ]

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 6y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting bentivogli

And let's not forget the Apennines :)

Wouldn't that be the Dolomites if travelling from Germany through Austria?;)

Check your maps, and you'll see I'm right :). Remember his final destination is Tuscany, which is on the other side of the Apennines...

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 6y

Quoting bentivogli

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting bentivogli

And let's not forget the Apennines :)

Wouldn't that be the Dolomites if travelling from Germany through Austria?;)

Check your maps, and you'll see I'm right :). Remember his final destination is Tuscany, which is on the other side of the Apennines...

Yeah, wasn't exactly sure to be honest. D*mn, I am getting worse in geography. Should do that geosense.net game again lol. Didn't know the Apennines ended that far north.

8. Posted by Yesso (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Thanks guys for your tips!!

@bentivogli: If I go through France would not my trip be longer than going through Germany? I see in Google maps about 1,300 kms

@Utrecht: Do you actually live in Utrecht?

Another question: How about maps, do you guys have suggestions?

Thanks

9. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 6y

Distance as the crow flies doesn't mean much when there are mountains involved.

I get the impression that you don't quite realise what you're about to embark on. It might be a good idea to subscribe to a dedicated website, such as cyclistforums.com. Also, do yourself a favour and invest in some good maps and a specialised guidebook; there's a lot of resources out there you should consider using.

10. Posted by Yesso (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Guys, thanks again for your tips!!

@bentivogli: You might be right by saying that I have not realized what I am about to embark on. In fact, that's exactly the reason why I am here. I want to hear as much as possible from people you have gone through this experience and learn from that.

There are other resources I am taking into account as well.

The idea is to be as prepared as possible.

Anyway, I am then considering going through France to avoid the Alps and Apennines.

Does anyone have experience going through France?

Thanks