Travelling is usually about going on holiday or exploring the sights and sounds of a completely new place. Sometimes, though, it’s also about doing something completely epic. 

Cycling is now a popular sport across the world. Over the last fifty years or so, great cycling challenges have emerged – some of which you might want to try yourself. Be warned, though – they’re not for the faint of heart.

London To Paris In 24 Hours

Both London and Paris are famous cycling cities, home to millions of people who love getting around on two wheels. 

The two cities, however, aren’t exactly close to each other. There are about 230 miles between them – a fair distance, even if you travel by car. Even so, that hasn’t stopped some people from attempting to ride from one city to the other in less than 24 hours. 

Typically, you start early in the morning in London with a bunch of other people on lightweight road bikes and wearing lycra. You then power to the coast, hop on the ferry, and then take the B-roads from Normandy to the French capital. 

The Mallorca 312

Mallorca is the largest of the Spanish Balearic islands. The track around the perimeter of the island measures 312 kilometres – hence the name of this challenge.

Every year, around 5,000 people take part in the Mallorca 312. Whether it will happen this year will depend on the Spanish authorities, but it is certainly something that you’ll want to put on your bucket list.

The atmosphere of the ride is terrific. Throughout the entire route, you’re either looking out to the Med or staring inland at Mallorca’s fabulous landscape. Locals and tourists line the roads too, cheering you on. 

Lands End To John O Groats

This route is perhaps the most famous of all biking challenges in the UK. It connects the two most distant locations on the mainland. 

How far is Lands End to John O Groats? It is a touch over 870 miles as the crow flies. But if you want to cycle it, you’ll have to go much further than that. Cornwall sits on a long peninsula that sticks out from the rest of the mainland. 

Coast To Coast USA

A lot of people have completed the UK coast to coast route between the Lake District and Newcastle. But relatively few would contemplate attempting to cycle from one side of the USA to the other. 

There are, however, a few hardcore road bike cycling teams who complete this mammoth feat every year. Traditionally, they start in Los Angeles and then make their way west across the continent to Florida, ultimately winding up in Miami. The route is epic and life-changing for many people who try to complete it. 

There are, of course, plenty of other cycling challenges out there. Notable mentions include the three-peak challenge in the UK, the Haute Route from Nice to Geneva and the Tour of Mont Blanc, but this list should be enough to keep you going.