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By Tim Cheung source from: cnngo.com
Some of the best cycling routes in the world pass through its most beautiful scenery.
Here are 10 of world's best bike routes for cyclists who either are up for breaking a good sweat or simply seeing the world without leaving an ugly carbon footprint behind.
1. The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
The Great Ocean Road is one of the best coastal biking routes.
If you like a challenge, take on this 243-kilometer windy road along Australia's south-eastern coast. If a day is all you’ve got, take the 60-kilometer route from Torquay to Bells Beach.
There you’ll cycle through a rural farmland, enjoy the sweeping ocean views from cliff tops, and snake past the wetlands around Lake Connewarre.
The remaining ride is relatively easy and flat through the long Bells Beach, the surfing capital of Victoria.
How to get there: V/Line trains run all day from Melbourne to Geelong. From Geelong you can take a McHarry's bus to Torquay.
2. Udaipur City tour, Rajasthan, India
Palaces and temples make Udaipur City truly majestic.
Biking is arguably the best way to explore Udaipur, Venice of the East.
Cyclists often need to pedal past herdsmen and their goats and camels, sharing narrow, old pavements in this rustic but romantic city.
But surrounded by ancient forts, temples and majestic palaces, Udaipur conjures one of the best biking experiences, allowing cyclists to truly discover rural India.
How to get there: Udaipur is directly linked by rail with major cities including Delhi, Himatnagar, Jaipur, Ajmer, Kota and Chittaurgarh.
3. The Karakoram Highway, China-Pakistan
Glaciers reaching the road on the Karakoram Highway.
The Karakoram Highway is the highest international road in the world, reaching an altitude of 4,700 meters at the Khunjerab Pass.
Starting in Kashgar, China, cyclists can travel up to 1,200 kilometers on mostly unpaved roads, but the views are as breathtaking as the riding.
The snow-capped Karakoram Mountains will always be within sight, towering over the Hunza Valley.
You will also come across some small villages and towns near the Cathedral Ridge, with glaciers reaching the road.
How to get there: Catch a Chinese domestic flight to Urumqi, then travel to Kashgar either by train or bus.
4. Route of the Hiawatha, Idaho-Montana, United States
Route of the Hiawatha promises hours of leisure cruising perfect for family trips.
Take your family out to Montana this summer and cycle along the most scenic disused railroad in the country.
The railroad turned bike trail turns into 24 kilometers of leisure biking that takes you over seven trestles and through 10 tunnels, with the longest one, the Taft Tunnel, stretching for 2.7 kilometers.
High up in the spectacular Bitterroot Mountains and hidden in a sea of evergreen, this trail can be hard to find, but is worth seeking out.
How to get there: A shuttle bus picks up bikers four times a day between Roland and Pearson. Alternatively, if you’re driving from the East end of Avery, Idaho head North on Forest Service Road #456 for 14 kilometers to the Pearson Trail head.
5. Around the Sun Moon Lake, Taichung, Taiwan
Ride around Taiwan's largest lake for its idyllic views.
Located in the heart of Taiwan, the Sun Moon Lake has long been charming curious foreigners and local visitors alike. Its calm, turquoise water has also inspired many ancient Chinese poets and painters.
The route around the largest lake in Taiwan is a three-hour ride, where visitors can enjoy lake scenery, experience Thao aboriginal culture and learn about the local ecology in the Nantou County.
If you arrive in early spring, you can even catch the cherry blossoms near this mirror-like lake.
How to get there: The Ren Yeou Bus runs daily from the Taichung station to Sun Moon Lake; Kwo Kuang Bus goes directly from Taipei.