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This beats Netflix….(and features a cameo appearance from @jennygrahamis)
#Scotland is one of our favourite countries in the world to cycle and we’ve recently looked at the North Coast 500 as a new More Adventure trip. Check out GCN‘s video of Si and Mark Beaumont as they tackle it in just three days…

Bikepacking Scotland's North Coast 500 In Three Days | Si's Ultra Endurance Challenge - YouTube

Whilst we wouldn’t want to do it in three days (@mrmarkbeaumont & @si_richardsongcn you’re nutters), and certainly wouldn’t be camping out (unless you really want to), we completely agree with Mark about avoiding the A9 as there are numerous other options to explore on this epic journey.
This is worth a watch.
So who would be interested in Mark and GCN’s route for 2020?

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More Adventure by Moreadventure - 1M ago

Thanks for registering your interest in Cycling from Paris to Geneva. We’ll be in touch soon with further details.

This trip is to be the beginning of a much longer ride, from London to Istanbul. The route we’re looking at doing is here:

Obviously riding over 2000 miles is going to take quite some time, so the plan in to break the ride up into manageable sections. So from Geneva, we would then run a trip to Venice, the following year you could then ride from Venice to Dubrovnik…and on and on…until finally reaching Istanbul and Asia!!!

It’s just an idea for now, but if you’re interested in finding out more, please email info@moreadventure.co.uk to register your interest for some (or all!) of the ride!

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More Adventure by Moreadventure - 1M ago

Thanks for registering your interest in Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland. We’ll be in touch soon with further details. In the meantime, check out this incredible video from National Geographic:

Immerse Yourself in the Rugged Beauty of Ireland's West Coast | National Geographic - YouTube

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Cycling the Col Du Vars & Col D’Izoard in one day is an incredible route through the French Alps. Starting at the pretty town of Barcelonette, the route begins gently, weaving through steep sided valleys into the heart of the mountains.

Here’s a video of the ride from our friends at Relive.

Relive ‘Col du Vars & Col D’Izoard…what a tremendous ride!!!’

This ride is featured on Day 4 of our mighty Ventoux to Alpe D’Huez ride, an incredible six-day journey through the French Alps that ticks off many climbs of this region.

After descending from the Col Du Vars to Guillestre, you pass through a fabulous gorge following the river Guil as we approach the beginning of our second climb, Col d’Izoard. The gradient is similar to Col du Vars but the summit is over two-hundred metres higher.

The final section of the D’Izoard passes through the dramatic scenery of the Casse Deserte, an other-worldly lunar landscape that adds to the feeling of scale on this brilliant climb.

From the summit of Col D’Izoard you descend through wide valleys to the lovely town of Briancon, the perfect place to end an epic route through the French Alps.

For further information about this amazing route or our Ventoux to Alpe D’Huez ride, please get in touch.

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More Adventure by Moreadventure - 6M ago

Strava really has gone from strength to strength. This year they hit 2 billion activities uploaded, over 36 million users worldwide and 8.5 million kilometres of cycling across the world. It’s inevitable that with this amount of data available they have access to some pretty interesting facts about who, how and where we all ride!

Their ‘Year in Sport Report’ 2018 has revealed some wonderful insights into the cycling community of the UK.

“Cyclists over the age of 50 are the most active bike riders in the UK”

For those over 50, this will come as no surprise! As a relatively low-impact sport compared with other forms of exercise, cycling can be enjoyed far later in life.

The highest average speed is for those in their 40s in England, Wales and Ireland. In Scotland those in their 50s hold this most prestigious of accolades.

Cycling can be a hugely sociable activity too! It is those in their 50s that are most likely to ride in a group with two-thirds meeting regularly. As we all know, riding in a group can dramatically increase the average speed, which could possibly also contribute to his demographic being faster too!

What’s clear is that cycling is still on the rise, with increasing numbers getting out on two wheels. Keeping fit, exploring new places, fresh air and trying to beat your best times are just some of the reasons why. Whether you’re a fan of Strava or a complete technophobe, this latest report bodes well for cycling in the UK and confirms that we’re a very social bunch when we want to be. We use it for plotting our routes (by far the best option in our humble opinion), checking routes on recce’s, exploring new destinations and educating our followers on great places to ride. For those reasons (and many more), we salute you Strava!

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More Adventure by Moreadventure - 7M ago

Cycling the Big Sur in California has to be on every cycling bucket list. It’s a 90 mile stretch of stunning tarmac just south of Monterey, a coastal road that winds along the Pacific Ocean above crashing surf, dramatic cliffs and through redwood forests.

Here’s what the second half looks like, thanks to the guys at Relive. This is Day 3 of our Cycle California ride, and begins at McWay Falls, in the heart of the Big Sur. With two main climbs in the latter part of the day, the ride ends with a glorious stretch of flat until Hearst Castle appears high on the hill above, to our destination for the evening, San Simeon.

Relive ‘The Big Sur Part 2…my favourite ride ever?’

There’s every chance of spotting whales, dolphins and huge seabirds as the road sweeps up and down through coastal inlets, over impressive bridges that span huge gorges.

It really is jaw-dropping! If you’re interested in joining us on our next Cycle California (San Francisco to LA), you can find more here: https://www.moreadventure.co.uk/event/cycling-in-california/

Alternatively, please get in touch to find out more.

Not convinced? Check out this video for more:

Cycle from San Francisco to LA - YouTube

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More Adventure by Moreadventure - 8M ago

Seven riders took part in our #MallorcaCyclingWeekend and here are some of their photos!

Nic, Geoff, Chris, Dickie, Nick, Jon & Ian embarked upon a cycling adventure through Mallorca, riding 200 kilometres and climbing over 3000 metres in just two-and-a-half days.

They tackled four classic climbs on the island – Puig Major, Sa Calobra, Col du Soller & Col D’Honor, and descended some treacherous downhills in, at times, less than ideal conditions.

Despite arriving to some of the worst rain we’ve ever experienced (picture buckets of water falling from the sky and rivers for roads), the team opted to cycle 30km on the first day, heading inland and experiencing some of the more rural areas of Mallorca. We had hoped to cycle to Formentor Lighthouse on this day but the conditions were unsafe.

The following day, after a humungous breakfast in Alcudia, they cycled up Puig Major, affectionately known as “The Pig” and descended to the sea at Sa Calobra. The only way back up is via the road they’d come down, so after some lunch they jumped back on their bikes and began the 10km ride back up to the Col des Reis.

As if this wasn’t hard enough, the heavens truly opened once again as most of the team were in the last third of the climb, creating some really tough conditions. The team however battled through it, impressing everyone who saw them tackle this monster climb.

From the top they continued to complete Puig Major before cycling down into the beautiful Port Soller for a wonderful evening meal overlooking the bay and listening to some local music from a festival.

The following day’s ride began with a stiff yet pleasant climb up Port du Soller from which the team descended down to Bunyola for coffee. The second climb of the day began immediately after but by this time the team knew what to expect and took it into their stride.

We stopped for lunch at Orient before an exhilarating descent into the valley below through olive groves and vineyards.

The ride finished at the beach where they congratulated one another with a cold beer and had a swim in the sea.

An amazing achievement by the whole team, Mallorca threw some terrible weather at them, but they persisted and through sheer determination, completed the #MallorcaCyclingWeekend in style!

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More Adventure by Moreadventure - 8M ago

So here’s the big news…

After several years of almost exclusively running cycling events, we’ve decided that we’re going to also offer trekking and mountaineering trips too! We’re currently designing several trips throughout the UK and beyond, from the wilds of Wales, to the picturesque Picos of Northern Spain, to the magnificent Himalayas.

You may be interested to learn that trekking and mountaineering trips were where More Adventure began, and our roots are firmly planted in mountainous adventures on two feet!

This is not to say that we’ll be stopping cycling trips, far from it! We’re constantly updated and expanding our range of cycling trips and have some super-exciting new destinations on two wheels too!

So if you’ve ever dreamed of trekking through the Scottish wilderness or climbing Mont Blanc, watch this space or get in touch.

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Cycling Col du Vars and Col D’Izoard in one day – here’s the video of  the route on Day 3 of the Ventoux to Alpe D’Huez ride in 2018:

Relive ‘Col du Vars & Col D’Izoard…what a tremendous ride!!!’

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