Where can I go in Europe for £250?
Answered by Andy Davidson, MCN tourism specialist
Forget the Pyrenees or Italy’s much-ridden passes and take a trip to Europe’s most biker-friendly region. The Black Forest of southwest Germany is biking nirvana, with miles and miles of stunning, not to mention perfectly smooth, tarmac that twists and turns through breathtaking scenery.
It’s home to one of Europe’s most beautiful roads, the B500 national highway. The road carves its way down the middle of the forest and wriggles up and over mountain passes with gorgeous scenery and rollercoaster turns. You can spend the entire day riding the B500 through a finely balanced blend of hairpins, lefts, rights and long, fast sweepers. A two-yearold with a crayon couldn’t have drawn more twists, curls and whirls. Whether you start north or south, the road etches high up years in the 1990s and early 2000s Ducati and Kawasaki (to take two examples), just didn’t appear to think good high-speed control was particularly important. And maybe for some customers it isn’t.
But say you’re a manufacturer who wants to build in good ride quality for today’s crappy roads, but your accountant retains a grip on production costs. One cunning the spine of a green mountain that incites you to ride and ride. You’ve 40 miles of it, which means you can ride at least four good laps in a single day, practising and perfecting your lines.
And you can do it all for £250. The Eurotunnel will cost you £50, two nights in a pension including breakfast will be around £50. You’re looking at around £100 for fuel and £30 on food for a long weekend. Easy peasy.