Featured VeloGuide Of The Week | Edvinas | Denpasar, Bali

  • Author: Laura Head
  • Published: Dec 17, 2018

Om swastiastu! Welcome to Bali! You might think that the island is not well desined for cycling, but you're mistaken. Let cycling enthusiast and local VeloGuide Edvinas show you just what we mean.

You will have the chance to visit breathtaking waterfalls and other hidden non touristic spots on the island of gods. Living on the island for 3 months now, Edvinas has already collected quite a solid base with 1000 kilometers under his belt.

Cycling has not always been a passion for Edvinas, but he first fell inlove 10 years ago;
I first tried a road bike 10 years ago. A vintage steel '91 Peugeot from the second hand market and it was love from the first sight - it's funky colors, vintage look and considerably great condition allowed me to hit the cycling race not long after this successful find. After trying a few races and cruising around Lithuania (my home country), I realized I found a hobby for life. However, simultaneously I would not only train with my beloved road bike, but go for various bike touring trips in  Denmark, Poland, Germany and Finland with my cross bike. The most memorable was an epic 1200 kms ride from Rovaniemi, Finland to North Cape, Norway, which is the northernmost point in continental Europe. 

10 years after these amazing experiences, I ended up with totally opposite cycling conditions here in the southern hemisphere - Bali, Indonesia. Adapting to the hot climate and especially cycling in tropical weather wasn't the easiest thing, although now I can say I'm fully adjusted and can almost keep up with the pace of well trained Aussie guys here!

Thinking on whether to bring my road bike to Bali was no brainer. Although the island is a bit crowded with motorcycles and cars, it takes less than one hour to escape the crowd and to dive into pure nature! Strolling through the rice fields and jungle landscapes, climbing steep hills and stopping for a relaxing dip in a hidden waterfall - that's only a minor part of what my cycling tours have to offer. To be honest, Bali brought me some of the best cycling experiences and I am happy to combine it with the amazing VeloGuide initiative.

Sharing the beauty of Bali on the road with a professional guidance and safety is my aim, which you can be totally relaxed about. With nearly perfect road conditions in most of the places, a memorable yet very enjoyable ride is guaranteed! I'm ready to have you onboard here in Bali!

One of my favourite rides;
Ride to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces (UNESCO World Heritage site)
On this route, we will experience a challenging yet very picturesque 2000ft climb over 16 miles. Reward yourself with an amazing panoramic rice field views, coffee or fresh juice after the climb. The rest of the tour is only descend with an optional stop near small yet very inspirational waterfall in the jungle. The tour length is 65 miles, projected moving time for a trained cyclist 4hr. With relaxed pace it might take up to 5-5.5. Including all the stops, the accumulated tour time is around 5.5-6.5 hours.

Misha J - November 23, 2018
"I cycled with Edvinas from Denpasar to Ubud and he showed me a lot of nice places e.g. the rice fields, monkey forest, a super cool local lunch spot, and a great coffee shop called Anomali! He gave me a lot of recommendations on where to go in Bali as he's been here for quite some time, and even traveled to other islands in Indonesia. He's got many interesting stories as well and it just made the trip even more fun! I felt completely safe on the road with Edvinas and I'd like to thank him so much for being so patient and understanding with my pace and speed of ride. I would totally recommend anyone to go with Edvinas if you're planning for a cycling trip in Bali!"

So pack your pedals and shoes and get ready for an unforettable cycling experience. Book HERE!