Morten On Tour: Cycle Across America Part V

Well, he did it! Morten finally completed the Fast America Ride on 30th May 2019, which saw him cycle some 5,554km from California to Massachusetts in just 33 days (30 days riding).

Here’s his Strava Stats since we last caught up:

Day 31: Cycling Liverpool NY – Amsterdam NY

Distance: 191.50km

Elevation: 1,093m

Moving Time: 8:26:47

Day 32: Cycling Amsterdam NY – Keene NH – 3 State Day

Distance: 202.91km

Elevation: 2,507m

Moving Time: 8:24:51

Day 33: Cycling Keene NH – Salisbury Beach Massachusetts – Mission Completed!

Distance: 173.58km

Elevation: 1,753m

Moving Time: 7:00:00

Here’s a few words from the man himself:

29th May 2019: Yesterday was really a tough day, it was cold and raining cats and dogs all day and the headwind was brutal. I did not think it was possible to get so wet. Today coming into Keene, New Hampshire better, it was cloudy with less wind even though distance was quite long (202km). Tomorrow is the last day – my legs will be grateful for that 🙂

30th May 2019: Yep. Did it!!

Everyone at Bicycle Beyond would like to congratulate Morten on his amazing accomplishment, and we look forward to hearing all about it next time we meet up!

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What’s next for us? We’ll, we’re Cycling Pico de Veleta in Granada, Spain at the end of July, the Ötztal Radmarathon in Austria in September, and Cycling the Garden Route in South Africa in December. Next year, we’ve got the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 and a brand-new cycling holiday in Patagonia – so why not join us!

Cycling Sierra Nevada: Last Call for Granada 2019

Spring has sprung, summer is just around the corner, and if you are looking for an exciting cycling challenge in 2019, Granada in Spain’s Andalusian region could be the perfect choice for next cycling holiday.

Home to the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and the mighty Pico de Veleta, one of Europe’s greatest cycling challenges, Granada is a fabulous destination for a summer cycling camp, and with more than a few challenging routes to keep you on your toes (quite literally), it is the perfect base for La Vuelta fans who dream of following in the footsteps, or should that be cycle tracks, of their cycling heroes.

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Image rights: Alhambra.org

While Granada is still relatively new in the world of road cycling, it is growing in popularity year after year. The roads are good in this part of the world, the hotels are surprisingly cycle-friendly, and with an average of 320-days sunshine per year, you are all but guaranteed a warm ride. It really is the perfect spot for a spring, summer, or autumn cycling holiday, but you may want to avoid the end of August when the roads are congested, the sightseeing attractions are overcrowded, and the daytime temperatures rarely fall below 40° degrees Celsius!

Granada is often referred to as the ‘Land of a Thousand Castles’ and you only have to take a look at the scenic landscapes to understand why. This picturesque city homes some of the most magnificent palaces and fortresses, not to mention the Alhambra, and so there is much to see on your cycling adventure.

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In addition to cycling up Pico de Veleta, which will see you climbing some 2,700metres over 42km with an average gradient of 6%, you will have the opportunity to cycle around Lake Bermejales and down to the coastline of Costa Tropical, and so you can easily spend 4 or 5 days here without getting bored.

After all that cycling, you can indulge at one of the many tapas bars in the city, quench your thirst with an ice-cold Cerveza, and immerse yourself in local culture with a flamenco show at the Alhambra. In this part of the world, there’s no such thing as an early night, so cycle all day, party all night, and enjoy the very best of what España has to offer on a Granada Road Cycling Holiday of a lifetime.