People Cycling Rides

Rhine Source to Sea.

This is a Approved Ride
Moderate
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Marty Fink
Tour Dates
9/7/2021–9/28/2021
Start Location
Zurich, Switzerland
End Location
Hook of Holland, Netherlands
Cost (est.)
$4800 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
Deposit
$480 (USD
Payment Due
5/1/2021
Avg. Distance
62 mi / 100 km
Avg. Elevation
1300 ft / 396 m
Ride Description

The Rhine Source to Sea bike tour is a stunning 800 mile ride along the banks of the mighty Rhine River.  This route will take you through six countries:  Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and The Netherlands.  From the Swiss Alps to the North Sea, the Rhine has been at the heart of central Europe's cultural and economic development for over 2,000 years

Our route, which is basically downstream all the way, drops out of the Swiss Alps and arcs round to Lake Constance, and then on to Basel before heading north through Strasbourg.  Passing west of Frankfurt, we continue through Bonn and Dusseldorf to Arnhem, then west to the Hook of Holland.  You’ll delight at exploring the beauty of this river landscape and the picturesque towns and villages lining its banks, a number of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Some of the highlights of this tour include: 

  • After departing the cosmopolitan city of Zurich, you’ll board a mountain railway to the Oberlap Alpine pass.  Here you will be nearest to the source of the Rhine.  Exiting the train, you’ll mount your bicycle and enjoy a thrilling decent, dropping about 4,000 feet in 20 miles.
  • On day four, you’ll ride through four countries! At the end of the day we’ll stay in a hotel in the German town of Lindau, which is on an island in beautiful Lake Constance.
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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy
Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Challenging
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a recently launched cycling club, which you can join for free, and is led by volunteer ride leaders. We will be offering tours in the United States and overseas. Our tours a made up of a small group of participants (typically 20-30 or so) who want to ride 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world.

Our ride leaders are volunteers and do not financially profit on tours they lead. They are also are given broad discretion on how to lead their tours, and we consider them our greatest asset.

People Cycling tours are operated at cost or at lower cost (as negotiated by our ride leaders) than individuals can obtain on commercial tours. Within the cost of a tour, there is a nominal fee to support club operations and provide tools to ride leaders to manage their rides.

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