cycling in Cuba

We knew this ride would have its challenges. We were following Bicycling Cuba’s “Pinar del Rio region Ride 6 Day 1” but reversed. The Smith’s routes are extremely detailed, but I was a little nervous about seeing all the landmarks from the opposite direction…


STATS – Soroa to San Diego de los Banos Distance: 62 km Average Speed: 20 km/hr Time Cycling: 3 hrs Top Speed: 49 km/hr The night before leaving Soroa, we booked a room in the only hotel in San Diego de los Banos – Hotel El Mirador. I had no idea if there were casa […]


STATS – Soroa to Las Terrazas and back Distance: 56 km Average Speed: 17 km/hr Time Cycling: 3 hrs 27 mins Top Speed: 54 km/hr Left Soroa: 9:15am Back in Soroa: 5:30pm We expected this to be a light, easy cycling day. After all, it was only 17km from Soroa to Las Terrazas. Round trip […]


I had read that finding snack food in Cuba was difficult, but it wasn’t clear why. Maybe the travel guides were referring to the lack of fast food chains. That was no problem for me and Pier; we don’t eat fast food. Or maybe it was because high performance protein bars aren’t sold in Cuba. […]


STATS – Havana to Soroa Distance: 99 km Average Speed: 21 km/hr Time Cycling: 4 hrs 47 mins Top Speed: 48 km/hr Left Havana: 9:15am Arrived in Soroa: 4:00pm Before Cuba, Pier and I had never biked 100km in one day. The only long-distance cycle traveling we’d ever done was a trip through Italy, biking […]


  The Bicycling Cuba authors said not to attempt cycling in Havana unless you are comfortable riding in urban centers like New York City or Toronto. Apparently Toronto has a reputation for being a crazy city to bike in, and rightfully so. Pier and I ride in Toronto every day, and we were ready for […]


STATS – Matanzas to Guanabo Distance: 78 km Average Speed: 21 km/hr Time Cycling: 3 hrs 47 mins Top Speed: 56 km/hr We left our casa at 9:45am armed with a general map of Cuba, but no detailed map of Matanzas. The day before, the Via Blanca dropped us in downtown Matanzas at the only […]


While the other tourists caught their buses to the resorts, we set up our bikes. It didn’t take long to unpack, pump up the tires, and repack for riding. Maybe 15 minutes. And then, as was suggested in Bicycling Cuba, we went hunting for a detailed map. Apparently, road maps are not commonly sold in […]


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