UMBRIA - Italy
Umbria is a region of historic and modern central Italy. It is the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a border with other countries. It includes the Trasimeno Lake, Cascata delle Marmore, and is crossed by the Tiber River. Umbria is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, and influence on culture. Umbria, also known as the “Green Heart of Italy” is ideal for all those enthusiasts who wish to take part in a amazing experience by bike in this stunning and breathtakingly beautiful region. Umbria offers a large variety of itineraries and there is also the added possibility of making your own special itinerary. Umbria satisfies the needs of all cycling tourists: from complete beginners to the most advanced cyclist. The itineraries can be adapted to a wide range of ability levels because the local knowledge and biking experience ensures a flexible tours to suit all interests.
TEUTOBURGER WALD - Germany
Teutoburger Wald is where the North German Plain meets low mountain range, hiking trails, spa towns, Westphalian cuisine, a nature-orientated and likable region and guests that appreciate more the simple and finer things in life. The scenery and landscapes of the holiday region Teutoburger Wald are varied; from rolling hills and ridges to river landscapes and the unique „Senne“heathland. The charm of the region can be experienced pleasantly by bike on excursions and star- and multi-day tours. A bike trail network with themed tours runs through the nature areas between Porta Westfalica and the Paderborn plateau, the Münsterland park scenery and the Weser Hills. Whether you cycle for enjoyment or professionally, Teutoburger Wald offers bike tours and altitude profiles for every taste.
CANTON OF GENEVA & IT'S SURROUNDINGS - Switzerland
The Canton of Geneva in Switzerland, including the city of Geneva, is closely linked with parts of Canton of Vaud in Switzerland, and to the bordering parts of the Rhône-Alpes region of France.
The area is covered by the Swiss national cycling routes, such as the Route du Rhône, and Route du Jura, and the one under development – "Tour du Léman"; the regional routes: Route du Pied du Jura, Gros de Vaud–La Côte, and some local ones: Route du Vignoble de la Côte, Genève-Sézenove, Genève-Salève, Genève-Satigny. All of these stop at the border with France. Extensive information exists in terms of printed maps, as well as an online database of Swiss Mobile, where a variation of services, including various accommodation types, and bike services, are documented. The Leman region is a very attractive and well frequented tourist destination, offering beautiful scenery (lake, mountains, vineyards, nature) and cultural diversity (cities, villages, sites, food) at the crossroads between France and Switzerland. The region is very attractive for bicycling tourism, both as day trips and excursions for city tourists but also for those intending to cover longer distances, e.g. following the Rhone from it’s source to the sea. There still is an untapped potential on the side of tourism providers (in particular, accommodation and food) to tailor their offers to bikers’ needs, as cyclists so far have not really been on their radar as clients.
THAYA VALLEY - Austria
The Austrian pilot area for the EUBike Project is located in the north of the Waldviertel (Forest Quarter) in the district of Waidhofen an der Thaya in the Thaya Valley. The Waldviertel is the northwestern region of Lower Austria. It is bounded to the south by the Danube, to the southwest by Upper Austria, to the northwest and the north by the Czech Republic and to the east by the Manhartsberg (537 m), which is the survey point dividing Waldviertel from Weinviertel (Wine Quarter). The district Waidhofen an der Thaya comprises 15 municipalities with approximately 28.000 inhabitants and a population density of 39 people per square kilometer. The rather remote region is characterized by woods, hills, moor landscapes and scattered, traditional villages. Agriculture and craftsmanship are the pillars of income for the local communities. In the last years, several innovative enterprises, mainly in the technology sector, established businesses in the Waldviertel. In 2006 the 15 municipalities of the district Waidhofen an der Thaya jointly founded the association Zukunfsraum Thayaland (Future Space Thaya Land). The association is meant to foster cooperation and communication among all municipalities and support regional development.
The construction for the transnational cycling trails Thaya Runde started in autumn 2014 and will be completed by 2016. Abounded trail lines are converted to bike paths and will ampunt to approximately 90 km of bike trails. The Thaya Runde will also connect the Austrian bike paths to the Czech cycling route network.