In an average trip you can ride a bike from 3 to 8 hours a day, without necessarily having to ride fast. Imagine cycling as if you were on a city tour: same speed, but for a longer time. The bicycle also provides great benefits in terms of muscle tone, but without weighing on the joints, in addition to the beneficial action on the whole cardiovascular system and the respiratory system. Various studies have shown that cycling is a useful activity for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and is able to limit their damage in older people. On the other hand, you know, cycling is a sport of endurance: cycling gradually strengthens not only the heart but also lung ventilation.
In short, the idea of travelling by bike seems to have many advantages and no downsides.
How to prepare for the holiday?
Choosing the right bike
What to eat
The advice of experts is to bring a water bottle as well as a bottle of energy drink. As for food, we recommend fruits and chocolate. During meals it is advisable to stock up on carbohydrates whenever the occasion comes, not forgetting abundant doses of vegetables, which help the body to rehydrate faster. Consume beers and cheese in the evening, clearly without abusing them, as they can help reduce lactic acid pain.
The contribution of technology
Finally, a less obvious advice than it may seem: as important as having maps is, it will be impossible to use them without a charged up smartphones. To solve this problem, a good solution can be a solar panel charger, because the sun will certainly not fail. Could this be what makes cyclists happier?
Best destinations for a cycling holiday
The king of tourism on two wheels in 2018 is Trentino Alto Adige, as also confirmed by two editorials from the Economist and Forbes. For nature lovers, Trentino Alto Adige offers a unique experience in the world: more than 400 kilometres of cycle paths connect alpine huts, turquoise lakes and medieval villages immersed in a fairytale landscape. Moreover, the respect for nature, the rich biodiversity and the genuineness of the local cuisine are the perfect cure for those who suffer from nature deficit disorder, that malaise that takes those who lost contact with nature.
Another popular destination for its mild climate and volcanic landscape is Lanzarote, the island of the "Eternal Spring". Despite the distance to the island, the satisfaction of being able to swim in the crystal clear water after a day spent fighting against the Atlantic winds attracts cyclists of all levels.
Finally, for lovers of the countryside, Tuscany is one of the most popular destinations. Tuscany has a rich cycling heritage, hosting every year the Heroic competition, where only bicycles built before 1987 are allowed. In addition, the combination of smooth hills and dirt roads in the countryside are a great attraction for those who want to experience a purely hedonistic holiday.
Useful tips for your cycling holiday
- Choose your bike according to the route you have decided to take.
- Never leave with the water bottle empty or without knowing the refreshment points closest to your route.
- Intake carbohydrates whenever you have the opportunity.
- Dress up comfortably, avoiding technical clothing, and wear padded shorts.
- Use solar panel chargers, and always have your smartphone charged.