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Epic Bike Rides of the World

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher


Discover 200 of the best places to ride a bike in this beautifully illustrated hardback. From family-friendly, sightseeing urban rides to epic adventures off the beaten track. Destinations range from France and Italy, for the world's great bike races, to the wilds of Mongolia and Patagonia. These journeys will inspir
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Hardcover, 328 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Lonely Planet
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Trudie
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
In my ongoing effort to get through some of my "coffee table" books, I have finally gotten around to reading this Lonely Planet book of "Epic Rides".
I fully admit to gravitating towards this because of the cute illustrated cover and a vague desire to be encouraged to pedal around some picturesque riverside trail, while riding one of those bikes with a basket on the front containing, say, cheese and chocolate. However.... while there are maybe one or two rides like that in here, the majority s
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Goldenwattle
Mar 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Too hard core for me. Where are the gentle rides with coffee shops, places to stay that don't involve camping and the like?
In Australia where are the bike trails, such as the sealed Wangaratta to Bright and Beechworth routes? Maybe the best one, with good scenery (vineyards, etc), cafes, accommodation along the route.
No, this book lost me. It's for a younger readership who likes extreme riding. Actually not just younger, but only a small percentage of that demographic. When I was younger I took
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Jesse Richards
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how to ride a bike, but this is now one of the nicest books I own. It's just very beautiful - a tour of the world whether you bike or not. The illustrations and photography are amazing.
Anna
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
More useful as a coffee table book than as a planning guide, but it's fun to thumb through and imagine.
Michelle
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I discovered this in a cruise-ship library. There are two types of rides in this book: ones you could conceivably make and those surely relegated to fearless trust-fund 19-year old hardcore cyclists. I wrote down some itineraries from the former category (Natchez Trace. Lake Como.) and enjoyed the outrageous concepts of the latter.

It has good pictures and would make a nice gift for your adventurous friends. If I were a doctor, I'd have it on the table in my waiting room. And it is just at home i
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Vinayak Hegde
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Actually about 3.5 stars. While I do not do long rides on the bicycle, this book was written very well with a good smattering of bike trips around the world. After reading this book, I have bookmarked a few trips that I would love to do solo or with family when travelling overseas.

The coverage of Europe (and Aus-NZ) was very good with cities and historical trails across different countries which you can vicariously follow while reading the descriptions of the trail. What I loved was the differen
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Madalene
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, this is a coffeetable book, not an actual guide. Rides are organized with the most important information last, and often inaccurate (in one place, it indicates it is 168 miles to bike from London to Munich). The focus here is on the pictures and narrative of other people's enjoyment of these rides. The more helpful part is at the end of each described, ride, a page called "More Like This" where three additional rides are described in short form that share a common thread. This is ...more
Ben
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a great picture book. The routes descriped range from ultra epic to very approachable. The problem is, there is almost no organization to the rides. There will be a ride in Africa, then 3 more "like that ride" all over the world. There is no way to find what you are looking for outside of random browsing. And even then, the routes are not described in detail, so as to help you plan such a ride. Rather, you are given grand overviews. This is great to get you sparked, but not to get you cl ...more
Martha
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even if you are not an avid cyclist, this book will be very entertaining and informative. The book is divided by continent with level of difficulty listed. Also, in addition to the featured ride are other suggested similar rides. Foreign and national rides can be accessed with your own equipment or rentals. I was most interested in the American trails as traveling will be very limited in my future with the COVID-19 virus. Combining this with some hiking trails will be add more leisurely exercise ...more
Michael
Lonely Planet seems to have decided to publish more specialized guides - although this isn't a take-it-with-you sort of guide but more of a this-may-inspire-you introduction to possibilities for longer distant cycling (generally at some non-trivial expense, by the way).

The format is puzzling. It isn't a coffee table book, but is large-ish format. Physically it reminds me of a high school text book.

The book covers in some detail fifty different possible cycling routes (as they call them) in thir
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Kara
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My book of dreams. This guide describes cycling rides around the world, with a variety of types -- road, mountain, family, etc -- and a variety of distances. Although not every single ride appealed to me, there were plenty that did. This is a great starting point for planning a bike vacation, and a real motivator to just get out there and make it happen.
Kate
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
Very good and useful guide for sparking your next travel plan. It's not in detail enough on any one trip of course to help you plan a specific bike ride, but it is an excellent armchair travel book (especially useful in 2020) to start your travel dreams, make a list, and research your destinations further elsewhere.
Stewart Reid
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice book, really for dipping in to read, not a flowing read in it's entirety. ONly odd thing is the that "Similar Routes" are a long way from similar and tend to be shor day trips rather than the week+ tours I was expecting. Basically is has either Epic (Crossing Africa) or day trips!
Kieren
nice to dip in & out of. not the most practical guide (checked up and some of the info was wrong/considerably outdated) but then it doesn't claim to be! if nothing else, it's full of bucket-list fuel for any avid cyclist. ...more
Am Y
Feb 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Absolutely nothing "epic" about any of the rides featured, especially those in Asia. I wouldn't call cycling around rice fields and the countryside "epic" in any way. Nor generic scenery of mountains and stuff. Maybe "scenic/pleasant" would have been a better description.
Alicia
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous photos accompany these very inspiring itineraries. Can I do them all?? Beautiful book!
Heather Rooney
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and I wish I could go ride all of these amazing places now!
Al
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great ideas for your future

Found the pyrenees and looking at trips,maybe next year or not. i am a freee bird! Great Britain also looked like some great possibilities
Ietrio
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: junk
Stock photography, unrelated trivia, overall a cheaply made book for doubtful sales. Epic? Lame.
Judy
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
What a great book to curl up with on a cold, snowy day! Tons of pictures to encourage you to get out the bike and cycle all over the world, even if you aren't a great bike rider.
Lynne Cosmano
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
gorgeous photos and some VERY ambitious routes!
Janet
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: place, travel
Amazing trips outlined here! Some places I'm very familiar with, others are brand new to me. All provide fodder for great travel ideas--whether on two wheels or not.
Kevin
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Very Aspirational

I am not a bike rider but this book really makes me want to start training so I can do some of these rides.
Kyra Hahn
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nf
Geared toward a variety of abilities, highlights beautiful bicycle ride opportunities throughout the world with great pictures
John Hughart
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
refreshing and a food review of good bicycle rides
Avi
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
nice idea - but a little too epic for most riders to contemplate many of these adventures
Claire Bate-Roullin
Helpful as a source of inspiration for future bike travels
Santhosh Janardhanan
It's so nicely written that the reader will long to take his bicycle and go for a ride to some unseen places. Writing let's me imagine a new kind of Africa!
Julio Ferreira
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and inspiring

This book is very informative and with great graphics,
makes you want to get on your bike and ride. Brilliant
Brenda Ritter metcalfe fish
I'll never go on these rides.
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