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Challenge yourself with these 5 epic rides

For keener, fitter riders there's nothing like pushing yourself on the bike for a sense of achievement and earning your slice of cake. Here are five top moderate to challenging graded cycling trips to make the most of pedal power and take you closer to your destination.
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Cycle Albania

Ride over remote mountain passes and feel the burn in your thighs. Relish the reward of tasting delicious seasonal food bought on switch-backs from local sellers and look out for eagles circling low over a village where you stop for a morning coffee and refuel. This beautiful bird is a national symbol, even represented on the Albanian flag. As you sip your drink, chat to villagers in the sleepy central square; they'll want to know as much about you and your cycling adventure as you'll want to find out from them. This simple exchange is sure to make a lasting impression.

Cycle Japan - Shimanami Kaido and the Inland Sea

Pedal your way through the quiet island of Shikoku in Japan. The journey takes you through the land of 88 Sacred Temples with its stunning interior, as well as a number of ports and fishing villages along its coast. Being away from the main tourist trail gives you a chance to really experience the quiet life of rural Japan, while also giving you the opportunity to take on some longer rides, including the 99km across this island on day 6; the path to inner peace may just come from the sense of achievement of riding this distance.

Cycle Seville to Porto

Discover a beautiful, lesser-known region of Spain and Portugal, criss-crossing Europe's oldest border as you cycle between historic hilltop towns. All efforts are appropriately rewarded though - with stunning views and exhilarating downhill routes. On three nights we relax after a day's ride in comfortable historic settings, from converted convents to a fort that could be a film set - the perfect place to relax after a day's cycling in the mountains.

Cycle Hadrian’s Wall – Coast to Coast

Cross England by pedal with your included 24-gear hybrid bike whilst taking in picturesque scenery and exploring Roman heritage sites. Starting at Bowness, over the next four days you’ll embark on an exhilarating cycling adventure from coast to coast along Hadrian’s Wall. As you pedal your way through breathtaking landscapes, you’ll get to stop off at magnificent Roman ruins from exploring Birdoswald Roman Fort to visiting an active archaeological site, Vindolanda and ending your journey off at Tynemouth. 

Cycle Nicaragua to the Panama Canal

What better challenge than to take on the tropical climate, volcanic terrain and some steep hills on an epic and rewarding route across Central America - from Nicaragua, through Costa Rica, and ending at the Panama Canal. Ride under jungle canopy and alongside freshwater lakes, looking out for colourful Toucans, cheeky monkeys or the occasional sloth lounging in the trees.


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