Cycling travellers seem either to go solo, or in pairs. If they are also foodies, they are at an advantage as cycling will burn off those extra kilojoules gained whilst at the same time, get them very efficiently between restaurants and vineyards. On top of this, the money and time they save using a bicycle to convey them between one point and the next, means their budget will stretch even further within those Michelin starred restaurants.
Travellers on bikes tend to be very self-contained. They often choose to carry lightweight tents and all their own cooking gear. Many wear only unisex lycra in lurid, easily visible colours that ensures they will blend in with exhibits in contemporary art museums, but never camoflage themselves to enable bird or animal watching in wilderness areas. Physically, it is sometimes challenging to identify the gender of cyclists travelling in tandem, particularly if their cycling adventures continue long enough to develop the strong legs, but minimal torsos, acquired by those who spend the bulk of their lives on a bike. Moreover many such pairs opt for look alike haircuts, further accentuating their androgenous external appearance. I have even withnessed one such pair who, after five years on the road, fascinated other travellers as they literally became mirror images of their cycling companion.
Some truly hardy cyclists can be found attempting to cycle across immense tracts of desert, where, loaded up with water, they carry weights that would challenge even a team of camels.
More moderate cycling enthusiasts flock to traverse cycling tracks that follow along the Danube, Rhone, or Rhine supplementing leg power for train power when confronted by hills. Many flock to watch and admire professional cyclists competing in the Tour De France ,or Tour Down Under , whilst cruising the scenic terrain at a way more leisurely pace.
Cycling travellers enjoy moving through the landscape and experiencing small towns and villages and genuine interaction with locals. They get invited to stay with locals in remote places where visitors are a rarity and welcome connection with the outside world. They prefer cycling friendly cities like Amsterdam, to the narrow streets and crazy traffic conditions of Rome.
Some prefer group cycling adventures of events such as the 'Great Victorian Bike Ride', wher ameteur cyclists, from 14 to 80 follow a set week long route to different parts of this Australian state every year. Each team organises its own support crew and group catering is provided.
One thing about travelling on a bicycle, there are so many levels available, from an easy cruise at your own pace that meanders from one village or attraction to the next, to high stamina challenges that match the feats of adventure travellers, to whetting the cyclist's appetite for competitive, professional cycling!.