By Maggie LaCoste
Bicycling in Europe just keeps getting better and better! The European Cyclists’ Federation has announced the debut of the new EuroVelo website, a long-awaited resource for the long distance European cycling network.
As promised, the new website will be a great source of information for trip planning on the 14 EuroVelo routes. Each of the EuroVelo routes will have its own page with information ranging from route maps showing the status of stages along the route, lodging and support services and things to see along the way. There will also be links to more detailed information from each country along the route. The website is available in German, French, Dutch and English.
Of the 14 EuroVelo routes, six of them go through France: EuroVelo 1, La Velodyssee, EuroVelo 3, the Pilgrim’s Route, EuroVelo 4, the Central Europe Route, EuroVelo 6, the Atlantic to the Black Sea Route, EuroVelo 8, the Mediterranean Route and EuroVelo 15, the Rhine Route. The network currently has over 45,000 km of cycle routes, with over 70,000 planned when the network is completed.
The new EuroVelo website will provide cyclists with the most up to date information on which parts of individual routes are complete. Maps for each EuroVelo route illustrate the parts of the route that are realized, not realized or planned. This information, together with country-specific route websites will provide better information than has been available in the past, and now all the information will be easily accessible from one main site. Kudos to the European Cyclists’ Federation for developing such a terrific resource for cyclists interested in the EuroVelo network. Stay tuned for updates on website enhancements in the future.
If you are interested in planning a trip along the French portion of EuroVelo 15, there’s also more news! The Rhine Cycle Route website is now up and running and it is a wealth of information on this route that goes from Lake Constance in Switzerland, through the Alsace region of France, along the Romantic Rhine in Germany, ultimately to the Netherlands and the North Sea.
If you are not already planning a bicycling trip for 2013, both of these resources may get you thinking about planning a trip for this year, or next. But then the number of great itineraries keeps growing, you may need 2 years just to decide which route to take. In the meantime, I will keep looking for the best resources to help you make a choice!
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