1. San Francisco and neighbouring California
Known for its steep inclines and an incredible bay area, at first San Francisco may not appear to be a cycling paradise. However, the hills and neighbouring area offer a wealth of cycling opportunity. Head out from the city over the Golden Gate Bridge to the roads and trails that await beyond.
Highlight – The popular Alpine Dam and Mt Tam loop allows you to experience one of the most beautiful rides in the Bay Area. Easing you in on the flats to begin, this ride soon starts to head upwards. With challenging climbs and fast descents this loop is a great leg tester that provides amazing views on a ride to remember.
When to go – September and October provides sunshine and clear skies, with cooler temperatures.
Airport – San Francisco Airport
With incredible scenery through the mountains Seattle has a wealth of roads ready to be explored by bike. Whether it’s the city’s host of developing bike trails or incredible mountain roads that run through the surrounding parks, Seattle is a great destination to head to no matter your style of riding.
Highlights – With Windy Ridge and Mount Rainier National Park both offering riding through forests with mountain backdrops, head outdoors and discover some of what the incredible state of Washington has to discover.
When to go – From late June to early September the city has the best weather, and for the cooler riding months September and October offer perfect times for less crowded streets and cycleways.
Airport – Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
3. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
The Lake of the Ozarks offers a whole range of cycling opportunity. For those looking for singletrack and MTB conditions there’s a wealth of trails to be found and ridden in the state park, and for those looking for the roads there’s also plenty on offer.
Highlight – Drive 45 minutes from the Lake and you’ll discover the popular Katy Trail. At over 200 miles long, you can uncover hours of trail riding suitable for all types of bikes and rider abilities.
When to go – September to October will offer firm trails, crisp mornings and sunshine. With minimal rainfall at this time of year it should offer a perfect escape for some Autumnal riding.
Airport – St Louis Lambert Airport is the best for those travelling internationally. The drive on landing will be a feast for the eyes in itself traversing a range of beautiful scenery.
4. Bend, Oregon
Discover this quiet city in the state of Oregon that plays host to similar elevation and climate to that of Boulder, but without the hotbed of professional cyclists and triathletes. There’s many reasons why riders head up high for their training, and the views from the top are just one of them. With a wide variety of terrains to explore in the state there’s numerous opportunities for all styles of riding.
Highlights – Take a ride to see the spectacular Cascade range, which offers several roads to climb as well as a host of mountain trails making it a perfect multi-discipline destination.
When to go – Autumn provides fantastic timing to hit up MTB trails in the area. The cooler weather mixed with occasional rainfall transforms the dusty tracks, making them great for riders on fatter tyres.
Airport – Portland International Airport
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