Kentucky, Japan, Poland, Norway & Sweden, Active Ocean & River Cruises and Many More New Trips Roll Out in 2019

Berkeley, CA (May 7, 2019) In recognition of National Bike Month this May, Backroads, the leader in active and adventure travel, celebrates its deep roots in biking with an impressive collection of new biking trips. New biking adventures include trips in Japan, Poland, Norway & Sweden, Kentucky and several Active Ocean & River Cruises. Adding to the excitement, Backroads offers custom-designed titanium Performance Road Bikes (included in trip price) built for a race-ready, high-tech yet comfortable journey through the countryside. Backroads also offers best-in-class custom-designed titanium Touring Bikes and Electric-Assist Bikes to give guests extra power as they pedal.

Backroads designs, owns and maintains all the bikes within its fleet. In 2019 the company will offer guests the option to ride like a pro and upgrade to top-of-the-line, all-new carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod. This bike delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package. It's built for avid riders who are looking for pro-level technology that doesn't sacrifice comfort. Retailing for nearly $10,000, the bike is available by request for $400 on Biking Trips in Europe, United States and Canada.

With tours for avid cyclists, newcomers, leisure riders and everyone in between, Backroads combines meticulously researched routes with skilled Trip Leaders, deep local knowledge, rich cultural experiences and unrivaled on-trip van support.

"I founded Backroads on the belief that the best way to see the world is by adventuring actively," said Backroads Founder and President, Tom Hale. "We're proud to offer best-in-class bikes and options for every type of rider. Introducing our new titanium Performance Road Bikes and offering guests the option to upgrade to the Cannondale Synapse."

Founded in 1979 as a bike tour travel company, the first Backroads trips included tours to California Wine Country, the California Coast, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, the Canadian Rockies and San Juan Islands. Backroads now offers more than 130 biking itineraries throughout the United States and across almost 60 countries and 5 continents. For 2019, Backroads has scheduled more than 1,600 dedicated bike tour departures. Biking is also a featured activity on over 1,000 Backroads multi-adventure trips.

For a complete listing of Backroads bike tours, go to https://www.backroads.com/award-winning-tours/biking.

Below are roundups of new and most popular Backroads bike tours for 2019.

New Backroads Bike Trips in 2019

  • Columbia River Gorge & Willamette Valley – Oregon's Waterfalls & Wine Country
  • Japan – The Noto Peninsula to Kyoto
  • Kentucky – Louisville to Lexington
  • Norway & Sweden – Seaside Scandinavia – Waterways & Spas South of Oslo
  • Poland – Rich Heritage & Inspiring Nature from Kraków to Warsaw

Best-Selling Backroads Bike Trips for 2019

  • Croatia – Dalmatian Coast Adventures on the Adriatic
  • Danube River Cruise – The Blue Danube—Prague to Budapest
  • Netherlands & Belgium – Windmills & Canals from Amsterdam to Bruges
  • Portugal – From Lisbon to Vineyards, Castles & Beaches

Top Backroads Bike Trips for Avid Riders

  • Southern Spain's Andalucía – Flamenco & Vistas from Sevilla to Granada
  • California Wine Country – Napa & Sonoma Vineyards, Redwoods & Pacific Coast
  • Classic Provence – The Luberon & Renowned Wine Villages
  • North & South Carolina – Outdoorsy Greenville to Artsy Asheville & the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Tuscany's Chianti – A Journey through Hilltop Towns

Top Backroads Trips for Leisure Riders

  • Bali – Sacred Temples, Beaches & Rice Terraces
  • Baltic Sea Ocean Cruise – Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Helsinki & Stockholm
  • Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket – Massachusetts' Colonial Islands
  • Netherlands & Belgium – Windmills & Canals from Amsterdam to Bruges
  • Secret Provence – Avignon to Aix-en-Provence

Backroads Hidden Gems

  • Chile – Chilean Lakes & Volcanoes District
  • Cuba – National Parks & Latin Rhythms into Havana
  • Hudson Valley – New York's Hudson Valley & the Catskills
  • Ireland – Counties Cork & Kerry
  • Santa Fe & Taos – New Mexico's Land of Enchantment
  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend – From Redwoods to Sonoma County Vineyards

For riders inspired by National Bike Month to start a cycling training plan – in anticipation of a summer biking trip or to jump-start a more active lifestyle – Backroads offers Pro Tips on our website.

About Backroads: Backroads was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale and has been a leading innovator in active and adventure travel for 40 years. The company hosts thousands of guests each year, 75% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests, in hundreds of locations across the globe. Backroads is a founding member of the Adventure Collection. For more information, please visit backroads.com or call 800-462-2848 daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pacific time.

Backroads Media Contact: Liz Einbinder | Liz_Einbinder@Backroads.com | 510-292-2753 

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