People Cycling Rides

Riding The Balkans.

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Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Thomas Ryan
Tour Dates
Start Location
Split, Croatia (SPU)
End Location
Sofia, Bulgaria (SOF)
Cost (est.)
$7900 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
$2370 (USD
Payment Due
Tour Company
Spice Roads
Avg. Distance
43 mi / 69 km
Avg. Elevation
2789 ft / 850 m
Ride Description


This magnificent odyssey of a bicycle tour encompasses five fascinating countries, taking us all the way across the Balkan Peninsula from Croatia to Bulgaria passing through Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. We will ride 1122 km/ 697 mi from Split in Croatia, to end the journey in Bulgaria’ capital, Sofia and will experience the myriad patchwork of countries, cultures, languages and people that make up an incredibly diverse, cosmopolitan part of the world where civilisations have flourished, collided and intermingled over centuries of colourful history. Our journey starts at sea-level in Croatia, where we can enjoy the crystal clear water of the Adriatic as we follow the coastline and ride through picturesque Mediterranean towns, cosy harbours and vineyards and island-hop to the historical city of Dubrovnik. In Montenegro, we experience the contrast of the charming old-towns, and the vibrant Budva Riviera with its super-yachts and glamorous beaches before riding inland to Virpazar and Lake Skadar, the largest in southern Europe surrounded by magnificent views of both the rugged coastline and magnificent Balkan Mountains in the distance.

Entering Albania and riding towards the mountains we pass the glittering Lake Komani, encountering stunning views at every turn. The terrain is rugged and exciting, while the history is rich and varied and the welcome is always warm. Cycling in Albania is like riding back in time and our… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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