In the August/September issue of Adventure Cyclist, we ran a short introduction to the EuroVelo route network as the first in a series of articles about our European counterparts’ bicycle travel infrastructure.
This list of frequently asked questions and answers is a great starting point for learning about the EuroVelo network.
EuroVelo offers a wide variety of routes for all types of cyclists. Whether you’re planning a day out or a three-month expedition, routes can be found at eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos.
The most complete route to date, with full signposting between France and Serbia and with detailed mapping available throughout, EuroVelo 6 – from the Atlantic to the Black Sea, is the perfect choice for a first long-distance tour. Passing through 10 countries over its 2,764-mile length, the route follows three of Europe’s major rivers — the Loire, the Rhine, and the Danube. Its naturally flat topography, combined with the highest-quality cycling infrastructure, ensures a safe and pleasant ride.
Many EuroVelo routes incorporate a historical theme — EuroVelo routes 3 and 5 follow ancient pilgrims’ trails, and EuroVelo 2 links some of Europe’s great capital cities. For the most poignant reminder of Europe’s recent history, we recommend following a section of EuroVelo 13 — the Iron Curtain Trail, along the border that divided the continent between East and West for half a century. EuroVelo 13 is also the longest trans-Europe route at 6,462 miles.
If you’re traveling with young kids, then look no further than EuroVelo 15 — the Rhine Route. At 820 miles, the entire route is very manageable in a month-long summer holiday. In this time, you’ll follow the Rhine through four countries from source to sea, taking in some magnificent scenery on the way. The route is the first to be awarded the European Route Certification Standard, ensuring an exemplary level of infrastructure throughout.
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In many cases, substantial sections of EuroVelo routes are already complete and signposted, but gaps still exist. The Eurovelo website provides a color-coded overview of each route itinerary. Green sections are cycle routes with signposting in both directions. Yellow sections are undergoing work to meet EuroVelo standards but follow existing cycle infrastructure. Red sections are still in the route planning phase.
There are endless blogs available online by cyclists who have taken on the EuroVelo routes. A good idea is to check out #EuroVelo on Twitter and Facebook to hear what bloggers are saying about their rides.