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Old 04-04-05, 03:21 AM   #1
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Cycling and mountain biking tours in Romania

Good day!

I am writing on behalf of Outdoor Guides Romania association, specialized on cycling and mountain-biking tours throughout Romania. We want to encourage people to come and bike in Romania, to find out more about our country and to taste a bit of the life in the Eastern Europe.

We would like to present you our *cycling and mountain biking offer for the summer of 2005 in Romania. For the moment, we have three, very interesting tours:

1. "11 Passes over 1000 m in the Carpathians" - rated: Challenging,tarmac roads, 15 days
2. "Romanian Culture and Civilization by Bike" - rated: Medium, tarmac roads, 14 days
3. "Mountain biking on High Carpathian Trails" - rated: Tough/Etreme,mountain trails and gravel roads, 21 days or 10 days

For details about our tours, please visit our cycling tours page

We hope that our offer will appear very interesting to all the bike lovers, and we hope that you will come join us cycling in Romania!

Our tours are highly personalized and customizable, the customers being free to request changes in the trip itineraries or departure dates, etc.

For more information about us and our cycling tours, please visit out website: http://www.outdoorguides.ro

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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Old 04-04-05, 03:39 AM   #2
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Hi Sabina,
interesting offer. But there are some questions left:
How is the road condition (Tar)?
Is the road suited for racing cycles, even in higher regions?
What about security (animals, cars, ...)?
Can you manage conversation in Romania using french or english?
Are the Carpates comparable to lower Alps or is it something completely different?
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Old 04-04-05, 03:57 AM   #3
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Hello, marmotte!

We do have tarmac roads as well as gravel/forestry roads or even mountain routes.
The tarmac roads in Romania are not so good, especially in the spring, after all the winter snow....There are often many holes in the road, but this is why we do our tours with cross-country bikes (hybrid) or mountain bikes. Most of the tarmac roads are suitable for hybrids.

I assume the road is not suitable for racing cycles because of the road conditions...you can do it , but on the crowded routes, where the tarmac is very good. The other routes are quite remote, not mant cars, but the tarmac is not that good.

About security: as I was saying....we prefer to do our tours on the most quiet roads, not too many cars. But there are animals, like cows or sheep, in the perimeter of the villages, and these animals may be on the road, passing. Apart from that, no other animals bother us when cycling.

You can manage conversation in Romanian using French, English and some speak German (more in Transylvania). Although the old people do not speak foreign languages, you can always find someone to speak English, French or German (usually people from cities and young people all over the country speak a forein language or at least understand it).

The Carpathians are quite comparable to the lower Alps, excepting the section with Fagarash Mountains and other high mountains, which are more "alpine": big valleys, more elevation difference, etc.

Glad to know you are interested and of course, you can ask more questions if you want. I'd be glad to answer.

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Hi Sabrina,
thanks for your quick reply, there is one more question:
How many kilometers and elevation meters is the 11-passes-tour?
thanks for your reply in advance (and maybe see you some times?)
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As this is very clearly a sales pitch, I am moving it to Shameless Promotions.

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Old 04-04-05, 04:18 AM   #6
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Hello, again, Marmotte!

There are detailed "distance and elevation graphics" for every day, and you can find them at the end of every day description at the following page:

http://www.outdoorguides.ro/tours/bi...ies/bike01.htm

Hve a bright day!
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Hey, Juha!

We are not a firm....we are an organization. And if we do have prices for tours it is because nothing is for free anywhere in the world.

I'm just trying to let people know that they can come and cycle in Romania. Is that so bad? Did YOU know that Romania is a nice place to bike? Did you even know about Romania? Some people don't.

I will not let miself upset by your "Shameless Promotions" categorizing....so I challenge you to argue if you're in the mood.

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Sabina,

as I PM'd you: read the guidelines. Enough said.

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I found Romania a rather fun country to tour. I cycled through West to Southeast last summer.

Mostly decent pavemant on A and B roads, with not bad traffic once immediately out of cities. Great sites, both historical (ie ruins/churches/"old towns"), as well as natural (ie parks & such).

I found my lack of language skills no problem, allmost allways someone about who could speak/or understand me.--I found it less so in both Hungary&Bulgaria.

I found Bucharest a bit "much" compared to the rest of the country. A huge city, with standard big city problems, but worth a (short) visit for the historical/national sites.

Even with the current poor dollar/Euro rate, still an overall cost savings compared to touring say Czech, Hungary, or obviously Austria. Euros were accepted most places, but a better rate was allways to get some currency at an ATM. Tourist site(castles, museums etc) entry fees varied wildly throughout the country, from US standard 10$ to amazingly inexepensive.

I would definitely go back for an extended tour there!
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