12 Great Bike Touring Photos

Our recent photo contest to find a cover shot for the upcoming 2nd edition of the Bike Touring Survival Guide received an outstanding response: over 700 photos were entered!

With so many great photographs, it was very difficult to shortlist just 10 photos. We ended up picking 12 favourites. There were many superb photos beyond those shortlisted but, for various reasons, they weren’t quite suitable as cover shots.

The shortlisted photos will now be judged by two bike-touring photographers, Paul Jeurissen and Amaya Williams. The winning entry will be announced on Friday, March 15th.

Without further delay, here are the 12 shortlisted photos (in no particular order). Clicking on the photos will take you to the image on Flickr.

#1. Early Winter In China by Cyclingthe360.com
Early Winter in China

#2. On Tour In Chile by Garths On Tour

#3. Iceland by Mattaos
Matts photos

#4.  Land of volcanoes, sandy paths and salty salars by Gerard Castellà

#5. Back On The Road by Solidream
Back on the road

#6. Laguna Tuyaito, Paso Sico, Argentina by Piciclisti
Laguna Tuyaito, Paso Sico, Argentina,

#7. Cañon inesperado by Alvaro & Alicia
Cañon inesperado

#8. On the way to Uspallata, Mendoza, Argentina by Ana Carolina Vivian
Somewhere on the way to Uspallata, Mendoza, Argentina.

#9. Kluane lake, Yukon (on the Alaska Highway) by Lorelyruss

#10. Near Passu by Sloths On Wheels
Near Passu

#11. Descending From The Atlas Mountains by Leave Only Treadmarks
Descending From The Atlas Mountains - Morocco

#12. Magical road near Skuru by Vellowallah


  1. Doug W.
    6th March 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Very nice selection! Tough choice for the judges, but I’d have to go with #1 and #12 — I like to see my riders in motion and both of those have great composition.

  2. Renee
    6th March 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    loving number 5…. and 7 are my favorite…

  3. brenda
    6th March 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    my favourite is no.5.. hope you are all well. Have you decided on your Easter trip. We intend cycling the Yorkshire Wolds.
    Best wishes Brenda in the Boro

  4. Alberto
    6th March 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    All excellent pictures and certainly not an easy job for you and the judges (I did go through all the flickr album!). But number 1 and 2 are my winners.

  5. Cathryn
    6th March 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    These are beautiful – a definite mountain bias which I totally agree with.

    • friedel
      7th March 2013 at 7:29 am #

      Yes, guilty! But mountains DO look good on a book cover 🙂

  6. Trent
    7th March 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Really like #2 and #6!

  7. Pawel
    8th March 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Definetly number 5 ! The rest is soooo routine.

  8. Tyler
    8th March 2013 at 1:36 am #

    #7 is incredible. Well done Alvaro & Alicia!

  9. Louis-P & Lysanne
    8th March 2013 at 5:18 am #

    For me, in order, 12, 6 and 7. As for #5, it’s looks too good to be true.

  10. Dan
    11th March 2013 at 5:48 am #

    Re photo #9:
    Just a typical Yukoner quibble, but while Kluane Lake is on the Alaska Highway, it is entirely in the Yukon!

    • friedel
      13th March 2013 at 8:10 am #

      That’s probably my mistake! I will amend it in the caption.

  11. Jim
    19th March 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Beautiful. Can you say “calendar”? 🙂

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