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Noun, Verb

Touring is a form of long-distance cycling that involves carrying camping and survival gear.

Example usage: 'I'm going on a bikepacking tour to explore the countryside.'

Most used in: North America and Europe.

Most used by: Bikepacking and mountain biking enthusiasts.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Randonneuring, Audax, Bikepacking, Cycle Touring,


What is Touring Cycling?

Touring cycling is a style of cycling where the rider takes a long-distance trip, often over multiple days. Touring cyclists typically bring their own camping gear and supplies, and may travel alone or in a group. Touring cyclists will take their time to explore the area, often stopping to take in the sights along the way.

Touring is a great way to explore a country or region, and it can also be a great way to stay fit. Touring cyclists often travel hundreds of miles, and can burn thousands of calories in a single day. Touring cycling is a great way to push yourself and get out of your comfort zone.

Touring cycling is becoming increasingly popular, with more than 20 million people worldwide taking part in some kind of cycling tour. This number is expected to keep growing as more people look for ways to stay active and explore the world.


The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Touring'

The term “touring” in cycling was first used in the late 19th century in England. The word comes from the French verb tourner, meaning to turn or to go around. Touring was used to describe a form of cycling where the rider would travel around a certain area, usually for pleasure or to take in the views.

The earliest known use of the term “touring” in cycling was in 1891, when it was used by the British cycling magazine The Wheelman. In the magazine, the term was used to describe a type of cycling where riders would go on long trips, usually to explore the countryside. The magazine encouraged readers to go on “tours”, which were often multi-day trips.

The popularity of touring as a form of cycling grew in the early 20th century. During this time, cycling clubs began to form, and touring became a popular pastime amongst cyclists. The first cycling clubs in England were formed in the late 19th century, and by the early 20th century, touring clubs were established in many countries around the world.

Today, the term “touring” is still used to describe a form of cycling where riders take long trips, usually for pleasure. Touring has now become a popular activity amongst cyclists, and many cycling clubs offer organized tours.

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