In our tours all over Europe, we frequently find ourselves traveling on or alongside EuroVelo cycling routes. Even though they don’t always satisfy our preference for dirt, the vast network of vetted, interconnected routes are always worth considering in planning long-distance bikepacking trips all around the continent. Spanning from North Cape to Malta and Brest to Kiev, they provide inspiration for connecting distant cities, and the waymarked paths are easy to follow as a bailout option.
On the 25th anniversary of the pan-European cycle route project, the EuroVelo organization has added a much-requested feature to their website: a direct download of GPX files. For the first time ever, riders are now able to download the EuroVelo routes from the website for loading into route planners, cycling computers, and phones.
This milestone marks the culmination of years of work by the corresponding national organizations in designing and tracing the 90,000-kilometer (and counting!) network of waymarked cycle routes that criss-cross the European continent. These tracks correspond to the official latest developments of the routes in all countries covered by the network and are kept up to date by the local coordinators.
To celebrate this important achievement by EuroVelo and help you plan your next cycling trip in Europe, our friends over at RideWithGPS put together a handy guide that explains step-by-step how to download, import, and customize the routes to suit your preferences and itinerary.
You can learn more by diving into the official announcement over at EuroVelo.com.
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