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7 beautiful bike tours for ebikes

Ebikes, sometimes also spelled as e-bikes, are a relatively new option in the cycling industry and while they aren’t for the traditionalists out there, they are helping to increase the appeal of bike riding to a new audience. Electric bikes are a great way for new cyclists to get into the sport or to help older riders pedal for longer periods of time. They’re also ideal for everyday commuting. Not only that, but ebikes are perfect for touring as they help riders cover ground more efficiently and make it easier for groups to stay together.

Take a look at these 7 bike touring locations below for some inspiration about where to plan an ebike adventure of your own!

Grand Staircase-Escalante – Moab, Utah

This national monument in southern Utah offers remote, varied terrain and provides one breathtaking view after another. There is plenty of hiking in this area too, so you can mix in some short hikes to see hidden canyon trails that you can’t get to by bike. Riding in this area is on dirt and sand, so make sure you’ve got the right setup for the job – an electric bike with plus sized tires is preferred. And, since you’re in the desert, it’s best to avoid riding here in the warmer months as it gets extremely hot, even on an ebike.

Sonoma County – California

Sonoma County is the largest wine producer in all of California and known for some of its world-class vineyards, but the riding terrain here is one of the best in the US as well. Stick to the coast for incredible views of the Pacific or plan a ride inland along old railroad routes, with the chance to pop from a vineyard to a local café or farm stand. With lodging options ranging from upscale bed and breakfasts to campgrounds, this area is suitable for riders who want the comforts of home or those who prefer a more rustic experience.

Mt Desert Island – Maine

Mount Desert Island is home to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park and offers some incredible riding routes. Rent an ebike and explore the rugged Atlantic coastline or head deeper into the park to find some mountainous climbs. The island’s 45 miles of carriage roads are closed to motorized traffic and meander through the valleys and mountains of Acadia offering fantastic views and bringing you across some one-of-a-kind stone bridges.

Another favorite is the Park Loop Road which has one-way traffic and takes you past notable sights like Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and The Precipice. If you’re feeling ambitious, pedal to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard and the first place to see the sun rise in the US.

Costa Brava – Spain

Looking to ride in a region that is a perennial favorite of many current and former tour riders? Check out the Catalonian coast, specifically Costa Brava. This region is defined by varied terrain and an ebike will make that terrain much more accessible. You can choose to spend a day or two pedaling along the Mediterranean coastline and then transition into the mountains for some world-class climbing and spectacular views. When you’re not on your bike, kick your feet up at one of the many beachfront hotels and enjoy some of the fantastic local cuisine.

Flinders Ranges – Australia

The Flinders Ranges stretch for over 265mi (430km) making it the largest mountain range in Southern Australia. This area is not for the novice e-mountain bike rider as the terrain can be rough and technical, but those who are up for the challenge will be rewarded with single track that winds around deep craters and ancient cliffs making you feel like you’re on another planet. You can also plan a multi-day trip and find unique lodging options at historic cottages or hotels in the beautiful town of Melrose.

Valleys of the Dolomites – Italy

The Dolomites are known for mountain sports such as skiing, climbing and hiking, but there is a lot to love when it comes to cycling too. While enthusiasts may want to experience some of the climbs made famous by the Giro d'Italia, there is plenty to see on the mellow bike paths that wind through the valleys. Whatever your preference, there is a lot of beauty to be found in the way of scenic vistas, mountain peaks, alpine lakes and picturesque villages that dot the countryside.

Banff National Park – Alberta, Canada

Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park, features some of the country’s most scenic roads and two wheels are the ideal way to explore them. As you ride beneath snow-capped peaks and around glacial lakes, keep your eyes peeled for any number of wildlife including deer, elk, bighorn sheep or mountain goats. Much of this park offers paved roads for riding, but you are in the Canadian Rockies, so expect some hills! Lake Louise is 5,249 feet above sea level, so your lungs may be thankful for the pedal assistance of your ebike.

 

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