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    Top Ten Bike Routes, per National Geographic

    Canada's Route Verte trail was nominated the World's Top 10 Best Cycling Route by the National Geographic. The prestigious National Geographic travel guide, Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Greatest Trips , ranked the World's Top 10 Bike Trails on the planet, chosen for their beauty, length and excitement.

    The thread about the Route Verte's ranking has generated some interest about the top ten list itself. If you want to find out more, I recommend a great National Geographic Top Ten Bike Routes blog entry created by fellow forum member MaxRipple. Check it out...

    Nice work MaxRipple...

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    Strange

    4 of them I never was interested in. 2 of them I cycled partly. Several ones I cycled so far are better (my opion) than the ones I cycled from the list.

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    US$40 at Natl Geo

    US$26 at amazon

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    expensive for a coffee-table book? any idea of how detailed the routes are?

    one reviewer states '... it is not a resource per se...'

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    No Silk Road, Friendship Highway, etc etc

    We all have our own top 10 routes.
    LeJOg, jeez , that is nearly as bad as Paris Brest

    Ruta Austral..... never heard it called that, even when I was riding it.
    the Grande fondo is a set route.. L'Etape De tour changes every year

    I found this a very confusing read.
    maybe they should have actually ridden the routes first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linux_author View Post
    US$40 at Natl Geo

    US$26 at amazon

    ~US$15 used

    expensive for a coffee-table book? any idea of how detailed the routes are?

    one reviewer states '... it is not a resource per se...'
    Definitely not a cycling resource. The book compiles a variety of travel journeys, which includes 20 "Top 10 Lists", one of which is the "Top 10 Cycling Networks".

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    Top 10 routes suggested by National Geographic were chosen for their beauty, length and excitement.
    As jibi pointed out we all have our own top 10 routes, perhaps it would be very interesting if all contributors from this thread could share their own personal top 10 or 5 best cycling routes with the rest of the Bike Forums community.

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    I am impressed by the selection. It is impossible to say what the "ten best" are and this was not the author's intention. The selections seem to highlight instead the range of experiences that are possible on a bicycle, from extraordinary adventure to ordinary day rides, with a bit of National Geographic thrown in.

    Howard

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