1. THE COBBLES OF BELGIUM
Cyclists like to suffer, and the mystical mecca for pain--in the form of jaw-rattling pave--has to be Flanders. Follow the narrow roads of the spring Classics, try to summit one of the countless hellingen (short, sharp climbs) like the fabled, 20 percent Muur van Geraardsbergen, then take solace in the fact that Belgium is also home to 450 kinds of beer.
2. VERMONT'S GREEN MOUNTAINS
Autumn leaves--bazillions of them--flashing red, orange, and gold.
3. SLICKROCK TRAIL, MOAB
4. PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, CALIFORNIA
Follow Highways 1 and 101 from the Oregon border to L.A. for 800 spectacular miles.
5. CLASSIC CLIMBS OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE
Alpe d'Huez, Mont Ventoux, Col du Tourmalet.
6. NOVA SCOTIA'S CAPE BRETON ISLAND
Traverse the rocky coastlines.
7. KINGDOM TRAILS, VERMONT
Red barns meet G-force berms on a 100-mile dirt network.
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8. RIDE A BIKE TO WORK
Wakes you up, winds you down, saves the planet.
9. KYOTO, JAPAN
Preferably in early April, during cherry-blossom season. Preferably on the same mamachari (granny bikes) locals use.
10. SWITZERLAND'S NATIONAL ROUTE SYSTEM
Take No. 4 for Alpen passes; No. 1 for a mellow Rhone-side pedal all the way to Geneva.
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11. THE BC BIKE RACE
Seven days of racing on Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast, Squamish, and Whistler singletrack. (Don't want to compete? Cover the same route on a tour with BC Bike Ride.)
12. BORDEAUX, FRANCE
Chateaux, Cru, churches.
13. A CHARITY RIDE
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14. MAINE'S ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
Climb to the top of Cadillac Mountain.
15. BOULDER, COLORADO.
Take the Peak-to-Peak Highway.
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Race 35 to 205km on Tuscany's strade bianche (white roads) in full-on retro gear--wool jersey, leather shoes, pre-1987 bike.
17. INCA TRAIL, PERU
Ancient singletrack--and what may be the world's longest downhill (11,000 feet and 36 miles on the Olleros Trail).
18. CAPE ARGUS PICK N PAY CYCLE TOUR, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
35,000 starters + 109km = (the best kind of) mayhem.
20. RENT A BEACH CRUISER
Ride it on a boardwalk. Eat an ice cream.
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21. MAUI'S HALEAKALA
A game-changing up and down ride.
22. COLORADO'S MONARCH CREST TRAIL
Spin along singletrack on the Continental Divide.
23. ICEFIELDS PARKWAY, ALBERTA
Lake Louise to Jasper through the most spectacular peaks on the continent.
24. AMSTERDAM ON A CITY BIKE
25. NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY
Follow American frontier history through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.