Published by W.W. Norton in the
U.S. and in the U.K., Bicycling Cuba contains 328 pages of information
about cycle touring in the Carribean's largest and most welcoming nation.
There are over 100 photographs, 17 of them in full color, and 32 maps.
introduction contains practical information for biking in Cuba and observations
on Cuban life as we experienced it during six months of riding over
three years. Unlike the only competing guide in English, there is no
"boilerplate" lifted from other guidebooks; every word was
written specifically for cyclists traveling in Cuba.
The routes are organized into four
major sections. One contains detailed directions for leaving Havana
by bike, either west to Pinar del Río Province or east to the
Playas del Este and Playa Jibacoa. Subsequent sections cover routes
in Pinar del Río, Central Cuba, and the Oriente provinces of
Holguín, Granma, Santiago de Cuba, and Guantánamo.
Kilometer-by-kilometer route descriptions
are provided in so much detail that even cyclists with limited Spanish
can find their way around Cuba with confidence. These detailed descriptions
also make it possible to get a good idea of what each tour is like before
actually riding it.
is also a section with suggestions for connecting the regional routes
and biking Cuba from one end to the other, plus an appendix that includes
Spanish for Cyclists, information on airline policies pertaining
to bikes, a detailed packing list, and more.