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The Czech Republic promotes bicycle tourism with a 435-mile cross-country bike tour

January 9, 2018 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

New York, NY.  It’s one thing to cross the Czech Republic on a 14-day road expedition. It’s another to cross the Czech Republic on a 14-day bicycle ride – 14 days and 700 km (approximately 435 miles), to be exact. 

In an effort to boost the Czech Republic’s bicycle vacation industry, CzechTourism teamed up with American adventure traveler, award-winning online travel show host, and producer, Brian Cox, to document his impressive two-week bicycle ride across the country.

Project Highlights

Goal

To share what makes the country an optimal cycling destination for both long and short distances, showcase the beauty of the land and introduce Czech culture through the people met along the journey.

The Route   

Beginning at the German border, near Karlovy Vary, and ending at the Polish border near Ostrava, novice rider Brian Cox crossed the Czech Republic over roughly 50 km (about 31 miles) a day for two weeks. The trip combined the diverse European long-distance routes, EuroVelo 4, 7, 9 and 13, and the Vienna-Prague Greenways cycling paths, which is a 250-mile-long system of trails between Prague and Vienna – a project that is part of the Czech Republic’s sustainable initiative.

Maps of the EuroVelo routes: http://www.eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos/eurovelo-4/countries/czech-republic

http://www.eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos/eurovelo-7/countries/czech-republic

http://www.eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos/eurovelo-9/countries/czech-republic

http://www.eurovelo13.com/countries/czech-republic

The Videos

The ride was captured in a series of 14 videos (one covering each day of the journey).
Each episode, hosted by Brian on his The Travel Vlogger YouTube channel, covers the day’s journey including meeting people along the way, visiting attractions, eating authentic Czech food, drinking Czech beverages and showcasing the accommodations.
Videos of Brian’s journey can be found on his YouTube channel:
https://goo.gl/k1i3QU

“Cycling across an entire country is something I thought would always be just a dream, but now it is my new favorite way to explore a destination. I could not have picked a better place to embark on such a journey than the Czech Republic.  It is home to picturesque scenery, excellent beer, hearty food, friendly locals and over 3,000 miles of bike trails with service stations and accommodation for cyclists”, says Brian Cox.

Upcoming Events for the Media

  • In New York City, CzechTourism is hosting Brian at a presentation for the press where they will share highlights of the journey, the Czech Republic’s sustainable tourism insights, and the latest in the Czech Republic travel industry. Brian will show a short film that combines the highlights from all his 14 episodes.
    • Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
    • Time: 6-9pm
    • Location: Bohemian National Hall 321 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021 (Film screening, discussion, and presentation will take place in the movie theatre on the ground level of the Bohemian National Hall.
      Reception to follow on the 4th floor)
    • Directions: 1 block away from the new 72nd St Q train stationhttps://goo.gl/maps/nDwUhkPr2gp
    • Speakers include: Brian Cox and his cameraman and 2nd biker Garrett Galvan
    • Special presentation: 10,000 photos hyper-lapse video from the Czech Republic by travel blogging duo Megan Indoe and Scott Herder aka Bobo & Chici
    • Reception to follow: Czech beer from Pilsner Urquell, Czech wine from local wineries and Bohemian snacks
  • Another opportunity to meet Brian and the CzechTourism team will be at this year’s New York Times Travel Show where Brian is scheduled to present. During this presentation experts will review unique travel experiences in Europe and how travel agents can market and sell these destinations to their clients.
    • Date: Friday, January 26th, 2018
    • Time: 10-11am
    • Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St, NY NY 10001
    • Floor location: Focus on Europe section in the Travel Industry Conference meeting rooms
    • Presentation topic: Travel Trends: Unique Experiences in Europe
    • Other speakers include:
      • Rob Russell, Joint Managing Director, AC Tours
      • Eric Veroliemeulen, General Manager, Villa Medicea di Lilliano
      • Rob Allyn, Founder, Through Eternity Tours

“Not only is bicycle tourism another way for travelers to get immersed in our culture and to really see the country, but, traveling via bicycle leaves very little impact on the environment, it boosts local travel, promotes physical health and it supports local businesses”, says the Director of CzechTourism, USA and Canada, Michaela Claudino. “Our partnership with Brian [Cox] aligns with our goals around promoting the Czech bicycle travel industry”, adds Claudino.

Why Explore the Czech Republic by Bicycle?

According to Lonely Planet, the Czech Republic has become one of “Europe’s most popular travel destinations” since the fall of communism in 1989.

The Czech Republic as a cycling destination offers some of the most picturesque countrysides in Europe, historic towns, and rustic villages, miles of history, stunning medieval architecture, and romantic castles. By bike, travelers can also explore the nation’s beer and wine culture. The Czech Republic is known for their locally and regionally produced Pilsner beers and their fine, inexpensive wines.

Cyclists will take in a bit of history on the country’s revitalized paths as, during the days of communism, travelers weren’t allowed to travel as close as they can now to the borders.

In addition to the constantly growing network of cycling routes, bike parks, and trail centers are also multiplying.

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