Eurovelo 5 information

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Greetings all! I was updating our Eurovelo information sheet (EU7) which had mysteriously disappeared off the radar (CTC Information Sheet Index) and was very pleased to discover this thread, not to mention, Andrew, your blog, which I haven't yet had time to check out. The ECF are, I guess, doing what they can to move the development forward but it's not encouraging to find reports, for example on EV7, dated December 2004. Anyway, I've added links from here and the blog to our information sheet. Keep up the good work of bringing these superb prospective routes to fruition. Mark Waters, Touring Officer
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:) Hello, I will be biking from London to Athens taking most of Eurovelo 5. If you are interested you will be able to find Eurovelo 5 infor on my site. I will be blogging throughout the whole ride to give more detailed info on this route.About the route, camping, prices in each countries, difficulty levels. For more info: (Starting June 15) visit: http://www.medzonefoundation.com , find me on twitter: @bikelondonathen , or join the group of facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/gro ... 0496828891 :!:
Have a nice day,

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Good luck with your trip from Ireland to Athens! Hopefully you'll find some of the information on http://www.eurovelo5.com useful. I have posted something about your trip on the site.
I'll be following your blog when you set off as we share a very similar path until northern Italy.
Good luck!
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apsykes wrote:In Italy, there are national cycle routes that mirror the Via Francigena - the Via dei Pelligrini (literally the "pilgrim route") which is route number 3 and goes all the way from the Alps to Brindisi although it is interesting to note that even number 3 approaches the Alps to the east of the official VF route.... It's all a very tangled web!
If you are interested, here are my blog posts that relate to the VF: http://puglia2010.wordpress.com/tag/via-francigena/


No there aren't national cycle routes in Italy. Unfortunately the maps you reported in THIS page ("Bicitalia" etc.) are only dream maps. We haven't long distance cycle routes, and probably we won't have them for decades :(

However, there is the Trentino Alto Adige region which works hard to build a network of cycle routes: now it is at a good stage, almost completed, and it is excellent :)

Some other regions (I heard about Veneto, Marche, Abruzzo, Liguria) are building other projects, but are actually disconnected from Europe.

So if you want to reach Italy via cycle routes there are only few possibilities; I know these:

Resia pass
Brenner pass
Val Pusteria

The first one is the most connected with European cycle routes, and it can arrive to Trento or Mantova via very good paths. You could for example take a look at my tours, almost all along quite cycle routes, which are shown HERE.
I didn't arrive in Mantova, but you could (I suggest: Trento - Mori - Torbole - Riva del Garda - ferry boat - Peschiera del Garda - Mantova; this is all along real cycle paths).

To proceed further towards South, if you want small and quite roads, you'd need to study very detailed maps with attention, accepting a lot of 'waves' in the itinerary (both horizontally and vertically). I know Mantova - Modena should be easy (with unpaved roads), then from Modena to Appennini mountains there are some signed cycle paths, but then... you will be completely alone with your map.

Around the Via Francigena project there are probably other ways suitable for safe cycle touring, or they will be, but till today I didn't heard anything of complete about that...


EDIT:

Ah... I read just now about your short preparation for this tour... well, I looked for the first post of August 2008 but it seems so deep to be unreachable... so you already planned all the Italian roads, and my suggestion arrives with a certain delay.
Well, I think you'll find a bit of traffic in your way. Ride carefully!


EDIT 2:

If you still need good cycle maps, dedicated exclusively to cycle touring, with the complete road from North Sea to Trento via Rhine - Lake Constance - Resia Pass, they are the same I buyed for my tour. So tell me and I'll send all the titles.
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I'm currently in the process of writing a book about my cycle from the UK to Brindisi along the Eurovėlo 5 in summer 2010. See http://www.eurovelo5.com for more details.
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Hello
I have added some information -in another discussion- about "Via Francigena"
http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=47217
Maybe they can help
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My book about how I cycled from the UK to Brindisi in summer 2010 is now available! See http://apsykes.com/ for more info :)
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Some great feedback on my book, thanks for that. Hope others will also find it just as amusing / informative. Link in previous post :)
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Hi

Can I ask - is that book of yours a how-to guide to the route? ie: could you follow it?
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Portland wrote:Hi

Can I ask - is that book of yours a how-to guide to the route? ie: could you follow it?


Hi. Thanks for the question. It's more in the humourous travelogue section rather than the map section but my route is clearly set out and yes, you would be able to follow my path if you noted down the towns and cities that I visited and then ticked them off as you cycled. You may be interested in knowing that the book is now available to purchase as a paperback book. Follow this link: http://www.completelynovel.com/books/good-vibrations-crossing-europe-on-a-bike-called-reggie. More details of course at http://CyclingEurope.org.
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Hi Andrew, Just bought the e-book as I'm in the early stages of planning a trip for me and Mrs bikes4two on our tandem. I'm in trouble already in that I keep picking the book up as I want to read it NOW, not after the chores!

A great read - thanks for it - hope you make some reasonable dosh out of it - you deserve to.
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bikes4two wrote:Hi Andrew, Just bought the e-book as I'm in the early stages of planning a trip for me and Mrs bikes4two on our tandem. I'm in trouble already in that I keep picking the book up as I want to read it NOW, not after the chores!

A great read - thanks for it - hope you make some reasonable dosh out of it - you deserve to.


Thanks for the nice comments Mr Bikes4two. I'm not at any risk of giving up the day job quite yet... :) Hope you enjoy the rest of the book!
Cheers
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Good Vibrations: Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie is now available as a paperback on Waterstones / Amazon / WHSmith websites...
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Hi Guys,

Some really useful stuff here. Im using this route as leg one of my tour, but does any one have a GPX file or TCX file to hand, so i can view in bike toaster/Garmin GPS etc etc.

Thanks

Ed
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Discovered this.

http://www.viafrancigena.eu/home.asp

I was in Stanfords, London, the other day - they have a paper map of the Tuscany section.
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