I just got back from the FMC Foundation's Vietnam Cancer Cycle Challenge in November 2011. It was a fantastic trip and the ride of my life - through remote villages, past endless rice fields and water buffalo and children giving high fives. Together we raised over $190,000 for cancer research and has got me thinking about my next cycling adventure.
If you could cycle anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Your trip sounds very rewarding and stunning.
My choice of cyling anywhere in the world would be to a) ride some major velodromes in Europe and b) go back and cycle through Eastern France/West Switzerland. I didnt do enought when I only had my commuter there.
I rode through Haifa, the west bank and most of Jerusalem and must say, as well as very pretty, its very challenging to say I am still alive.
Would I do it again, Hell Yes.
Also, a Place called Bad Harzburg, northern Germany near Goslar, very very pretty and undulating but only in summer thanks.
Best place in the world for me though, right here in SA.
Hills to beach in 20 min and anywhere in between, where can you get that? Monza perhaps!
The kevlar lined lycra must have slowed you down a bit :)
France. without a doubt.
It's a good ride. I used to do it from the east side quite a bit back in my younger days. The first Pass you hit from the east side is Porters Pass and its more of a slog than Arthurs Pass (see pic). The West side of Arthurs Pass didn't have the viaduct back then and there was the zig zag to negotiate down the Otira Gorge. I recall having to change my front brake blocks at Otira one time. On another occasion back in the early 70's my Dad managed to fluff a double de-clutch gear change in the family Holden going up the zig zag and the car started rolling backwards before dad slammed on the brakes...scarey stuff.
You wont need the brake blocks...the replaced the zig zag with a nice viaduct many years ago.
I rode my Claude Butler from Christchurch to Lake Brunner (halfway between Otira and Greymouth) in one day but I was travelling light......my gf drove over and took all the gear in her car.
You should be able to get to Arthurs Pass in one day. Arthurs Pass to Greymouth could easily be done the next day. You then have an option of taking the train back to Christchurch if you dont want to ride back.
The fjords of Norway or a tour of Japan.
Well done on your trip and the fund raising.
Are you pining for fjords Gus?
Tour Japan...eat some fugu....come back home in a body bag :)
France, no question.
Driven through the south of France, and most of the roads (apart from the major freeways) were spectacular. Little villages on top of each hill to stay at, coffee out on the pave' in front of the local cafe, great food and wine… only question would be what bike?
Well done on your trip and fundraising BTW.
The Karakoram Highway - 1300km from Abbottabad in Pakistan to Kashgar in China over the 4693m Khunjerab Pass.
Lands End to John O'Groats for me and I'd love to climb the Stelvio Pass.