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Would you ever go on a 'Cycling Vacation' ?

Old 04-07-09, 07:02 PM
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Would you ever go on a 'Cycling Vacation' ?

I'm sure some of you live in areas non-conducive to road cycling, just curious if you've ever driven a distance to do stuff like centuries, etc. outside of your normal area while vacationing.

Farthest I've gone from home was Mahe Island, Seychelles & Reunion Island when I lived in Mauritius. No races or anything but touring those islands by bike was pretty awesome (except for some of the KILLER climbs)
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I went to Greece. It was excellent.

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Here's my website ... www.machka.net

Have a look and see if you can find the answer to your question.






Yes, OF COURSE!! Let's see ...

-- 3 months cycling around Australia, including riding a 1200K randonnee
-- 1 month cycling around France, England, and Wales, including riding a 1200K randonnee
-- 1 month cycling around France, England, Belgium, and a quick dip into Germany, including an attempt at a 1200K randonnee

Shall I go on??
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Of course, I'm on one right now, it's called my 20's.
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Rode around Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and did a tour of Prince Edward Isand-New Brunswick and Nova Scotia....like 1000 miles + each..
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A bit more extreme than what I was thinking but pretty awesome nontheless!
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Old 04-07-09, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Humongous View Post


A bit more extreme than what I was thinking but pretty awesome nontheless!
Would meeting my husband in France on a 1200K randonnee ............. getting to know each other in countries in various parts of the world, touring and on cycling events, over the next 5 years .................. and getting married in Jasper, Alberta about an hour after completing a century (our wedding century) count as less extreme?

The wedding century was our big event last year.
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Nothing like machka yet but it's my dream to one day ride across Ontario and Quebec. May do a 5 day supported trip to Ohio this year.
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Last summer I rode from Anacortes, Wa to Portland, Maine...... does that count?
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Someday, when the SO is up to the task, I'd like to ride Japan (even more so after reading a bicycling article on cycling jpn).
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post
Of course, I'm on one right now, it's called my 20's.
I've been on one for 18 years. It's called my career.

Unlike yours, mine is a paid vacation.
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Old 04-07-09, 07:20 PM
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I went on weeklong cycling 'vacations' every summer from the time I was 11 to 21. Average was about 500 miles a trip, all over the midwest. Those were the days.
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I've never done it, but I have a few friends who have done supported tours with Adventure Cycling and really enjoyed it.
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This is the Touring Forum:
http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=47

If you are thinking about heading out on a cycling tour this summer, check out that forum.


And I'd strongly encourage everyone to go on a long cycling tour. Taking a month or more off to cycle in another country, or your own country, is GREAT!!
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Why wouldn't someone who rides do a cycling vacation? It's like the perfect match.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
This is the Touring Forum:
http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=47

If you are thinking about heading out on a cycling tour this summer, check out that forum.
Yeah I was referring more to centuries & group ride events more so than touring but I suppose the term 'Cycling Vacation' is nearly synonomous w/ touring.
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I'm doing my first one in June. It's a week-long tour across Oklahoma. Between 400 and 500 miles (with the option of a century one of the days). I can NOT wait!
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Oh god YES!!!

We go south almost every year around the second weekend of May...

My wife has family in Cleveland Tennessee so we head there for a few days and do some riding. We then head down to Rome Georgia to join our CVCA friends and ride the roads of North Georgia...

This year we're skipping Tennessee and heading to Greenville South Carolina for a few days before hitting Rome once again...

One of these years we'll board a plane and head to Europe. I have lots of family in Portugal, but we'd really like to do France and\or Italy...

Closer to home I'd love to go to Arizona, California and any other awesome US cycling destination...
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
I've been on one for 18 years. It's called my career.

Unlike yours, mine is a paid vacation.
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Originally Posted by Humongous View Post
Yeah I was referring more to centuries & group ride events more so than touring but I suppose the term 'Cycling Vacation' is nearly synonomous w/ touring.
When I think of cycling vacation I think of cycletouring.

Most of my vacations involve a tour of some sort, and also some sort of event ... like a 1200K or a 24-hour Time Trial, or something along those lines. And I travel to get to these events ... it's a great way to meet other cyclists and to see a new area.

It's rare that I will travel without my bicycle. The very few occasions over the past 7 or so years that I have been in an airport without my bicycle in a box beside me have felt odd ... it feels like I'm missing something!
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I have never gone on one, but I'd love to do one of the tours through the wine country of France or Italy.
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I have never gone on one, but I'd love to do one of the tours through the wine country of France or Italy.
Go!!
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TDF in the Alps.
L'Etape de Tour in the Pyrenees.
Burgundy and Beajoulais
Tuscany
California for Everest Challenge
West Virginina for Cheat Mountain Challenge
North Georgia for Brasstown and Six Gap
San Sebastion Spain
San Juan Islands
Wymoing/Tetons
Next trip will be the Spring Classics in Belgium and France.

So the answer would be yes.
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I haven't done anything as extreme as Machka's exploits, but over the years, I've taken at least a dozen week-long (or so) cross-state tours. What's not to like? Wake up, have breakfast, go ride your bike past stunningly gorgeous scenery that you've never seen before, have lunch, have lunch again, relax, have dinner, sleep and repeat all week. Plus you lose weight!

If you love cycling and you don't take a cycling vacation at some point, you need to re-evaluate your priorities. Simple as that.
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Last fall a friend and I went to california for a week. We flew in & out of San Francisco. We drove to Napa, Redwoods up north, 2 days in Yosemite, Big Sur coastline then back to San Francisco. Lots of Riding and Driving. Looking to stay on the East coast this year to drive & camp. Any suggestions of areas. We don't mind lots of driving.
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