The world's most epic cycling roads

Bike Touring Collection by
komoot

While we gain momentum — as we push down on the pedals and air fills our lungs — it's all too easy to forget about the roads that make this feeling possible. After all, they decide what we experience; whether we glide gracefully across asphalt, push our bikes up unrideable segments or snake us through a series of ragged bends. Both the surface and the course of the road can fill us with enthusiasm — or call us into question whether we've got what it takes. While we ride, the apparent misery we project doesn't come close to the elation we'll know we'll experience once we get to the top of that incline. We know every second of pain, pushing and panting is worth the effort. We know that suffering breeds better adventures. And we know that, as soon as we're done, we'll be back on the hunt for our next cycling destination before the sweat has dried on our foreheads.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Sani Pass Road

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    Lesotho: South Africa. At the top, the highest pub in Africa (2,874 m) and a fabulous panoramic view beckons. The pass is the only road connection from the eastern border of Lesotho to South Africa. However, before this mountain pass torments itself, it is recommended to mount the GoPro on the helmet. Rough, wild and unpaved, the hairpin bends meander through the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Partly so steep that almost the front tire lifts off the ground.

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    Grossglockner Hochalpenstraße

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    In the Alpine region, the Großglockner High Alpine Road is certainly the most impressive. A constant increase of 10% over 1,300 vertical meters directs the ambitious friend of 2 tires on the highest mountain in Austria. Since you make many meters in a short time, a warm windbreaker is highly recommended. Also in the summer. One of the most exciting passes worldwide.

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    Der Pass der Transfăgărășan

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Not quite as well known as the passes in the Alps. But the Transfagarasan is considered by connoisseurs as one of the most beautiful high mountain roads in the world. A highlight of the serpentine road, which is located at over 2,000 m, is the long road tunnel, which becomes dark and gloomy in one kilometer. Gas before Count bites Dracula ....

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    Montvernier-Serpentinenstraße

    Road Cycling Highlight

    One of the highlights of the French Alps. At just 4 km in length and 350 meters in height, this gem brings it to an incredible 18 bends. A must for every lover of curvy, slow and promising driving. Tip: Do not lean on the wobbly railing. That is only there pro formaaaaaaaaaa ....

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    Gorges du Dadès

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Unknown, remote and spectacular. Not even locals know the name of this pass. Let alone the right height. It reaches, according to a local racing cyclist of 2600 m, to 2900 m; What Google Maps believes to be right. No matter. The Dades Gorge is sometimes narrower, sometimes wider, sometimes stony and sometimes smooth. Only one adjective describes the complete route: spectacular.

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    Trollstigen

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Trollstigen switchbacks in the west of Norway are for bikers like Birthday, Christmas and New Year in one. Between mountain massif, waterfalls and fresh green areas, it winds for over 12 km. Average slope of 7% and not too hot temperatures, even in summer, make the climb a little more bearable. If I only think of it, the wanderlust in me already comes up. The phrase - why wander in the distance / gå over bekken etter vann - is probably not quite true here.

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    Passo dello Stelvio

    Bike Touring Highlight

    "The Queen of the Pass Roads" and "Europe's Highest Fairground" are just two nicknames that carry the Passo dello Stelvio. The 48-turn driveway has it in itself, since it ends only at an altitude of 2,757 m. Once at the top, the view of the two 3,000, Ortler and Monte Scorluzzo, lets forget all the pain.

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    Serra Rio Do Rastro

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Winter in Europe means summer in South America. Although Brazil is known to be one of the tropical areas, it can also come on these mountain roads to snowfall with significant degrees of freezing. As always with passes with over 1000 m difference in height, a windbreaker is a standard feature of every biker. In summary, Biker lures a spectacular pass road in the rainforest of Brazil, which surpasses everything expected!

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    Tianmen Mountain Road

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    The Tianmen Mountain Road is perhaps the most tortuous in the world. The mother of all mountain roads, so to speak. Perfect for cycling! Unfortunately there is a little catch as well. Officially, it is prohibited and you have to apply for a permit. Many a biker crosses the light sources of the guard houses in darkness to have driven this road once in a lifetime. Chinese road construction à la excellence.

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    Gotthardpass

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Beautiful rise, even in the fall. Unfortunately cobblestone is partly there, which makes the climb a bit more difficult.

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