Top 10 cycling holiday destinations for which you can prepare on ROUVY

5/20/2024 – Lauren Wolff

Top 10 cycling holiday destinations for which you can prepare on ROUVY

Plan your exciting virtual tour itinerary and ride segments of routes in our top 10 cycling destinations in a truly immersive and realistic cycling journey. Whether you plan to train for a memorable bucket list cycling vacation in real life or a virtual one created for yourself as a personal goal, ROUVY has you covered!

There's no better way to travel and explore a country than by bicycle. Riding your bike allows you to observe your surroundings up close—a visual feast! ROUVY routes offer a cycling experience focused on reaching your destination, providing a package experience that is both physical and emotional. Have you ever wanted to plan a bucket list trip to far-flung destinations worldwide with your bicycle but haven't had the opportunity? Or do you have plans to travel abroad, conquer a few iconic climbs in real life, do enough training preparation, and get a realistic sense of what to expect? Read on for some travel motivation and an experience of a lifetime where memories are made, whether on real roads or virtually on your trainer!

Cycling Holidays in the USA

Must-ride routes in the U.S.:

Are you an adventure seeker looking for thrilling routes to ride in the United States? Here are a few must-ride routes that will take you through incredibly diverse cultures, histories, and terrains. First, prepare to be spellbound by the unique natural wonders of the Garden of the Gods, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Colorado Springs. This attraction features remarkable geological rock formations, and then you can explore Arches National Park in Utah, where you’ll be in awe of what is the densest concentration of natural stone arches in the world, with over 2000 documented arches in the park, including pinnacles, balanced rocks, fins and other incredible geologic formations.

Garden of the Gods in Colorado - USA on ROUVY

Above: Be amazed at the scenery in the Garden of the Gods on ROUVY.

Arches National Park in UTAH - USA on ROUVY

Above: The breathtaking Arches National Park on ROUVY.

For a challenge that will ignite your spirit, take on the 52-km ascent of Mt. Lemmon in rugged Arizona. This journey through a kaleidoscope of scenery from the desert floor to the pine-clad summit rivals the legendary passes of European cycling tours. Finally, be enchanted by the Avenue of the Giants in California, a leisurely ride through the historical and mythical Redwood trees that will transport you to a world of ancient beauty.

Mt. Lemmon in Arizona USA on ROUVY

Above: Conquer Mt Lemmon on ROUVY and enjoy the viewing extravaganza.

Avenue of the Giants in California USA on ROUVY

Above: Meander through the towering Redwood trees on the Avenue of the Giants on ROUVY and spot the wildlife.

These iconic USA routes offer something for every rider, from the adrenaline seeker to the nature lover. So, get ready to hit the road and experience the beauty and diversity of the United States on your bike on ROUVY.

Top USA routes on ROUVY

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Cycling Holidays in Austria

Austria is renowned for its breathtaking alpine scenery and picturesque landscapes dotted with charming villages and historic towns. The country offers diverse terrain, from rolling hills and lush valleys to high mountain peaks and shimmering lakes. As you pedal through Austria’s scenic, eye-candy routes, you’ll be treated to stunning views of snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and verdant forests. Exploring the country’s natural beauty on two wheels is an adventure and can be a unique challenge on the following routes in our vast ROUVY library.

In the Salzburg region, conquer a spectacular bucket-list climb. Ascend from the valley along a steep, winding road and summit on the Edelweißspitze's cobbles, which offers incredible panoramic views.

Bruck to Edelweisspitze in Austria on ROUVY

Above: Arriving at the summit of cobbles on the Edelweißspitze's cobbles, you’ll be rewarded by the panoramic mountain views.

Discover the rolling green countryside of the stunning Rauris Valley in Salzburg or the 'Golden Valley of the Alps' framed by mountain vistas.

Rauris Valley in Austria on ROUVY

Above: Enjoy the peaceful landscape of Rauris Valley in Salzburg.

The mighty and majestic Grossglockner is a bucket-list-challenging climbing adventure in magnificent panoramic beauty. It leads to the Edelweissspitze via the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höheending, ending on steep cobbled gradients.

Grossglockner from Dollach in Austria on ROUVY

Above: The ultimate bucket list climb in Austria on the Grossglockner.

Must-ride routes in Austria:

Cycling holidays in Italy

The Passo dello Stelvio is a spectacular bucket list climb you must experience in the Italian Alps that cycling travel dreams are made of. The road from the Prato side leads up the demanding but relatively even 48 hairpins carved out of the mountain, zig-zagging up into the distance. You can set a goal and ride it yourself from all sides, as well as other iconic must-do rides in the Lombardy region, such as the Mortirolo and the Gavia.

Steeped in Italian cycling history, the Passo Gavia is one of the most feared and famous climbs in the Giro d'Italia and perhaps the most beautiful climb with a legendary cycling past. The pass is accessible from two sides: from the south via Ponte di Legno and from the north via Bormio. The south side is far more preferable, as it is much more challenging and offers more beautiful views and surroundings. Challenge yourself on it on ROUVY.

Passo Stelvio from Prato in Italy on ROUVY

Above: The Passo Stelvio, the ultimate bucket list climb you must experience in the Italian Alps on ROUVY.

Passo Gavia - Ponde di Legno in Lombardy Italy on ROUVY

Above: Experience the rugged and legendary Gavia Pass via Ponte di Legno.

In Northern Italy, Lake Garda is a spectacular location surrounded by mountains, picturesque towns, roads, beaches, and hills. You can also explore many historical sites, from ancient ruins to castles, villas, caves, and islands.

Lago di Garda in Italy on ROUVY

Above: Lake Garda is a spectacular location surrounded by mountains, picturesque towns, roads, beaches, and hills.

Nestled in the majestic Dolomites of Italy, an iconic holiday destination, the 10km Passo Sella, part of the Sella Ronda loop, can be reached with a short and scenic ride up a steep, winding, narrow mountain road of 700m ascent. Passo Sella is one of the Dolomite passes crossed on the Sellaronda: Passo Campolongo, Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella and Passo Gardena. You can ride these famous Dolomite passes on ROUVY for a few rewarding hours on the trainer.

Ortisei to Passo Sella in Italy on ROUVY

Above: Ride the Passo Sella and other climbs in the Dolomites on ROUVY.

Bicket list routes in Italy:

Cycling Holidays in Mallorca

Mallorca, or Majorca, is a beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of Spain's beautiful Balearic Islands. It has become a popular destination for cyclists due to its diverse terrain, stunning scenery, and warm weather. In the summer, the island offers perfect conditions for cycling and mild temperatures in the winter months. The roads are well-maintained, with many cycling routes, including flat coastal roads and challenging mountain climbs. One can train for and cycle several famous climbs and mountains, including Puig Major and Cap de Formentor, and we also have brand-new routes on the way from the Mallorca 312 race event.

Puig Major - Mallorca on ROUVY

Above: Puig Major is the longest climb in Mallorca, in the rugged and magnificent Tramuntana mountains.

Cap de Formentor in Mallorca on ROUVY

Above: Cycle on a rolling route to the lighthouse on the Cap de Formentor route on this popular ROUVY route.

Cap de Formentor is a firm favourite ROUVY route, and riders love to explore this part of the island and meander on the rolling hills to the end of this rugged limestone outcrop protruding into the sea to the tall lighthouse. Discover this landmark long ago, accessible only by sea or mule track. The Cap de Formentor is undulating with hairpins, winding, fast downhills, and gorgeous vistas on a 10km course. These routes offer varying profiles and stunning views of the island's beautiful scenery in the magnificent and rugged Tramuntana mountains.

Must-ride routes on Mallorca:

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Cycling Holidays in France

France is a fantastic location for a cycling vacation. Imagine taking in the mesmerising vistas of the French countryside, the diverse terrain, and the lively culture, all while exploring the country on your bicycle. Cycling in France gives you the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation, making it a therapeutic experience on two wheels! You can prepare for your favourite destinations in France on ROUVY or create your indoor France vacation.

Mont Ventoux is an ascent made famous at the Tour de France. Since its beginning, it has been steeped in many battles and stories of triumph and tragedy. The French also call it the 'killer mountain' due to its temperamental weather conditions. The typical intense heat and windy conditions on this mountain can make it more of a challenge than it already is. 'Venteux 'means windy or gusty in French and describes how conditions can potentially turn quite dangerous. Whether you'd like to brave the weather conditions outside or ride it safely indoors, it's an iconic and bucket list climb waiting for you to experience.

Mt. Ventoux from Bedoin on ROUVY

Above: Mont Ventoux’s fame as a scene of great Tour dramas has made it a magnet for cyclists worldwide.

Alpe d'Huez is undoubtedly the most famous climb in the world, and it's a must-do for anyone wanting to experience the suffering, pain, and glory of professional climbers. The journey of carving one's way up the mountain is just as unique and rewarding as reaching the top. The countdown of the 21 hairpins, lined with over a million spectators during the Tour, creates a magical event with a pulsating atmosphere. You can train for this climb on ROUVY, live the dream, and imagine being there yourself.

Alpe d'Huez in France on ROUVY

Above: Tackle the 21 famous switchbacks on the classic Alpe d’Huez climb on ROUVY.

The epic double barrel climb Col du Télégraphe together with the Col du Galibier, at 35km long and 2069m of ascent, is used many times by the Tour de France and attracts cyclists worldwide to challenge themselves and conquer this legendary and very long climb in the Ecrins Range. However, you'll need some prior climbing training and fitness preparation to achieve this demanding goal! This climb, whether on ROUVY or in real life, will test your mental and physical strength, but in the end, it is rewarding once you finally manage to crest the top through a magnificent and unique landscape. Enjoy many more magnificent, legendary, and iconic climbs in France on ROUVY so you can plan your next adventure in the French Alpes.

Col du Telegraph - Galibier in France on ROUVY

Above: Climbing the legendary Col du Telegraphe and the Col du Galibier is a long and challenging goal.

Three must-ride routes in France:

Cycling Holidays in Norway

Discover the beauty of Norway in a unique vacation destination and explore the incredible landscapes. Immerse yourself in pristine nature, riding along giant glaciers and mountains that have shaped Norway's famous Fjords, with diverse terrains, including flat, hilly, and challenging routes in Nusjford, Trollstigen and Geiranger.

In Nusfjord, you can explore a small fishing village on the southern shore of Flakstadøya island in Lofoten in the north. Glaciers created the fjords that, over 2,5 million years, changed and altered the landscape by carving deep valleys into the coast. Nusfjord is among the most famous fjords on the coastlines, and you can explore it on ROUVY.

Nusfjord to Haukland Beach in Norway on ROUVY

Above: explore a small fishing village on the southern shore of Flakstadøya island in Lofoten, Norway.

Norway's most famous road, the Trollstigen climb, has a magnificent and unique natural backdrop of a road snaking up the mountain. The beautiful high Stigfossen waterfall appears to slice through the middle of the winding 'ladder,' dominating the mountainside, which lends itself to a dramatic and mythical setting.

Trollstigen from Andalsnes in Norway on ROUVY

Above: Climb Norway’s most famous road with magnificent views.

The jewel in Norway's crown, the deep-blue Geirangerfjord in Geiranger, in the region of Ålesund, forms the background to the start of a climb at the base of towering mountains that rise steeply like walls out the water with majestic snow-capped peaks at their summits, waterfalls and green pristine landscapes. If you're up to the challenge, this famous climb is waiting for you to conquer on ROUVY and keep you engaged on your next summer vacation.

Dalsnibba from Geiranger in Norway on ROUVY

Above: Conquer a climb in Norway from Geiranger to Dalsnibba on ROUVY

Must-ride routes in Norway:

Cycling holidays in Slovenia

Are you ready to embark on a unique cycling adventure this summer? Look no further than Slovenia's breathtaking landscapes! ROUVY offers captivating routes such as Mangart, the highest road in Slovenia; Lago del Predil, an ancient trade route; and Vršič Pass in the Triglav National Park, each offering stunning scenery that will leave you in awe.

Mangart in Slovenia on ROUVY

Above: Climb the spectacular and highest road in Slovenia.

If you are an intrepid cycling tourist, you can discover a typographically diverse, primarily forested wilderness, magnificent turquoise lakes, and a mountainous country in Slovenia with incredible climbing opportunities. These gems tower high along the borders that join Italy and Austria - the magnificent High Alps and the Julian Alps, including Slovenia's highest peak, Mount Triglav. These roads, popular among top Slovenian pro road cyclists like Tadej Pogačar, Primož Rogljič, and Matej Mohorič, are the perfect training ground for you on your next holiday.

Lago del Predil from Bovec in Slovenia on ROUVY

Above: You can cycle from Bovec, surrounded by the beautiful Julian Alps.

Must-ride routes in Slovenia:

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Cycling holidays in the Pyrenees

The Pyrenees is a stunning mountain range that serves as a natural border between Spain and France. Stretching about 430 kilometres, they offer a unique blend of rugged beauty, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage, perfect for a cycling holiday.

La Vuelta - Luz Ardiden on ROUVY

Above: Experience climbing Luz Ardiden, featured in stages in the La Vuelta.

Unlike the bustling Alps, the Pyrenees offer a more serene and verdant landscape with less traffic, making it a peaceful bike ride. With climbs mostly ranging between 1000 and 1500 meters in altitude, slightly lower than the European Alps, they offer a shorter ride in breathtaking and tranquil scenery.

Col du Aubisque on ROUVY

Above: Climb the legendary Col d’Aubisque on ROUVY.

Almost every year, the Pyrenees become the battleground for the Tour de France. You can train for these legendary climbs and conquer them as personal goals on ROUVY, including the iconic Luz Ardiden, Col du Tourmalet, the jewel of the Pyrenees, Col d'Aubisque and others, adding your name to the cycling legends who have triumphed over these formidable peaks.

Must-ride routes in the Pyrenees:

Cycling Holidays in South Africa

South Africa boasts diverse nature reserves and game parks, each offering a unique glimpse into a wilderness paradise of fauna and flora and an ideal place for a cycling vacation in sunny and mild weather all year round.

Start your journey by taking a scenic ride and visiting the historic Cape Point and the magnificent Table Mountain nature reserve in the Western Cape Province in South Africa. This route takes you through the glorious wilderness of its National Park reserve to the Cape of Good Hope, a headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula. Watch out for the wildlife near the end of the route!

Cape Point in South Africa on ROUVY

Above: Visit the magnificent Cape Point in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Still in the Cape, ride along the magnificent Atlantic seaboard, one of the world's top tourist destinations, through Scarborough, Kommetjie, Misty Cliffs, to the chic area of Noordhoek and meander around the dramatic cliffs of the rugged Chapmans Peak hugging the rocky coastline.

Champans Peak in South Africa on Rouvy

Above: Enjoy a trip along the city's Atlantic Seaboard to Chapman's Peak Drive lookout.

Explore more inland and ride in a part of unspoiled Africa in a private nature reserve called the Timbavati. It is in the heart of the South African Lowveld region within the protected Greater Kruger National Park, home of the Big Five. Go off-road through the wildlife reserve, which contains vast expanses of 'bushveld' and a high density of wildlife fauna and flora.

Timbavati - Kruger National Park in South Africa on Rouvy

Above: Explore the habitat of the Big Five in the Kruger Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Lastly, test your climbing strength on the notorious but magnificent Sani Pass Climb. Starting on asphalt, you will venture on gnarly off-road gravel and rugged scenery with incredible wildlife. Located in the West of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Sani Pass is a mountain pass that traverses the Great Escarpment of southern Africa in its highest region, the Drakensberg Mountains, reaching an elevation of over 3,000 meters. The scenery is off the scales, just spectacular.

Sani Tarmac Climb in South Africa on Rouvy

Above: Venture offroad on the famous Sani Pass climb in Lesotho, South Africa.

Must-ride Routes in South Africa

Cycling holidays in Greece

Make a virtual tour of Greece under blue skies, a unique and beautiful destination that always promises warm and sunny weather. Greece, renowned for its rich cultural and historical landmarks, pristine white beaches, and the vast turquoise Mediterranean Sea, offers the perfect backdrop for holiday fun on a bike.

Island of the Greek gods - Naxos on Rouvy

Above: Cycle along the rugged coastline in Naxos.

Meander along the rocky coast in the Cycladic island town of Naxos, the largest and greenest of all the Cyclades and home of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. With its ancient ruins and traditional architecture, this town is a treasure trove of history and intrigue. Then you can visit the seaside village of Tertsa in southeast Crete, the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean and the largest of the islands forming part of Greece. As you cycle along sandy-pebble beaches with small bays, turquoise waters, and waves lapping the unspoiled beaches, you can feel the sea spray while hugging the spectacular rugged coastline along the southern shores. End your Greece journey on a beautiful rolling course in Andros, the northernmost island of the Greek Cyclades archipelago.

Tersta Beach to Lerapetra in Greece on Rouvy

Above: Hug the magnificent coastline in Tertsa in Crete.

Andros island in Greece on ROUVY

Above: Explore the rolling hills on the Greek Island of Andros.

Must-ride Routes in Greece

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