Central Loop "BIKO" - Stage 1

Prague to Poděbrady

Enjoy the splendor of a hundred years old spa town

This stage was created thanks to the kind support of

BIKO Adventures s.r.o

Stage general description

Today you will start your epic trip leaving the capital behind you.

After following the Vtava river for a while, crossing a few amazing city parks, admiring many famous landmarks and a bit of zigzagging  through communist blocks of flats, you will get to the country side.

Once there you will followthe Elbe river and enjoy many km of backroads all the way to Poděbrady, the legendary spa town.

This stage can be entirely skipped by train. Stronger riders can pair it with Stage 2 which is shorter than usual.

Minimum distance and gain: 29 km / 18 mt

Maximum distance and gain: 81 km / 290 mt

Road Bike Version distance and gain: 85 km / 320 mt

This stage is developed in cooperation with Brandýs nad Labem - Stará Boleslav Town Hall

Stage Highlights

Brandýs nad Labem Chateau

Brandýs nad Labem Castle is one of the most important Renaissance monuments in Bohemia and is a unique castle in the lands of the Czech Crown, where all the rulers of the Habsburg-Lorraine dynasty stayed for four centuries.

Nymburk

Nymburk was made famous by Bohumil Hrabal in his novel Postřižiny. Take a walk around the picturesque Gothic walls and the romantic streets of the Great and Little Moats, the two city canals. And of course don't miss the impressive Gothic Cathedral.

Poděbrady

For over a century, Poděbrady has been one of the most important Czech spa towns. Springs, stable weather, and harmonious environment on the banks of the Elbe, along with the calm atmosphere of its colonnade and stylish cafés makes it a great destination.

Videos

Official video

"Bohemian Cyclist" unofficial video

Disclaimer: please keep in mind that the Bohemian Cyclist is mainly riding Regular Stages which are supposed to be hard. Shorter variants are easier!

Gallery

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Start planning

Choose the stage that suits you the most in terms of km and gain.

Download the gpx or the map, the stamp book and set for the big adventure!

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that although we try to keep an eye on all the loops and constantly update them also with the help of municipalities, You might still find last minute detours and unpredictable hazards on the way. So when riding Cesko Okolo you are doing it under your full responsibility 

Stages levels

Regular Stages

Regular stages are designed for avid cyclists who love to ride every cm of the loop. They are long and on many different kind of terrains. Sometimes specific sections of the route need good sense of orientation and love for maps. E-bikes strongly recommended for occasional cyclists.

Shorter Variants

Shorter variants are designed for more casual cyclists and families and combine bike and train and the easiest terrain when possible. If trains allow us we like to design two shorter versions: one slightly longer for those who would like to challenge themselves and one much shorter for those who want to play it safe. If you don't want to miss out anything, you can just ride regular stages and divided them in two parts. You can find more details in the Regular stage info.

Road Bike Stages

Road Bike stage are designed specifically for racing bikes so are normally long as the regular stages or more and they follow small back roads with good asphalt as much as possible. Easy gravel or patched asphalt sections are present from time to time when unavoidable but for real short distances.

Regular stage - 84 km

Regular stage - 84 km

Start: Czech Around HQ – Vratislavova 58/3, Praha 2

Finish: Jiřího náměstí , Poděbrady (main square)

This stage starts from Czech Around HQ which is located a few meters from one of the main cycling paths along the river, the A2. Please keep in mind that gettting out of Prague center is complicated. There are many little turnings and a few steep uphills. So if you are into an easy start we recommend you getting the metro to Cerny Most (61 km variant). Back to the route, start cycling along the river direction North. At the National Theatre you cross the river and immediately after you turn right and get to Kampa park (careful, there are stairs). Cross Kampa, ride under Charles bridge until you get to Mánesův bridge which you will use to cross the river again. Once on the other side you keep going north until you get to a complex of modern buildings (one of them is Danube House, made famous by James Bond in Casino Royal). At that point you go inland and enter the vibrant Karlin district. In a while you will be swallowed by a tunnel that will take you on the other side of Vitkov Hill just to find out immediately after that you actually have to climb that very hill! Don’t worry, the reward on the top is great: one of the best views over Prague and one of the biggest equestrian statues on the planet.  After that the cycling path A25 will take you all the way out of Prague running through old communist neighborhoods, minor roads through old villages now part of the city and nice green areas. Around km 30 the Elbe river will welcome you in the countryside. Before heading East a little detour to Brandys nad Labem and its famous castle is a must. After that Elbe will keep you company all the way to Nymburk first and Poděbrady later, your destination for the day.

Stage length: 84 km / Gain: 290 mt

Tired, injured, bad weather, not enough time? Here a quick tool to shorten the stages with trains in case of need.

Click on the triangles to jump to the Czech Railway website and see the timetable.

Help for you and your bike

Legend

Red dots: hospitals

Blue dots: bike shops

Useful numbers:

  • 150 – fire brigade
  • 155 – rescue/ambulance
  • 156 – metropolitan police
  • 158 – police

Shorter variant - 64 km

Shorter variant - 64 km

Start: Černý most metro station Prague 14  – Yellow line

Finish: Jiřího náměstí , Poděbrady (main square)

This stage variants uses the yellow metro to get to the edge of Prague. This way you avoid almost 20 km. After that it follows the Regular Stage’s route.  You just need to get the yellow metro and go all the way to the terminal Cerny Most. Once you get out you are on the route and after only 14 km to the Elbe river will welcome you in the countryside. Before heading East a little detour to Brandys nad Labem and its famous castle it is a must. After that Elbe will keep you company all the way to Nymburk first and Poděbrady later, your destination for the day.

Stage length: 84 km / Gain: 290 mt

Tired, injured, bad weather, not enough time? Here a quick tool to shorten the stages with trains in case of need.

Click on the triangles to jump to the Czech Railway website and see the timetable.

Shorter variant - 29 km

Shorter variant - 29 km

Start: Lysa nad Labem train station

Finish: Palackeho Namesti, Kutna Hora (main square)

This stage starts from the train station in Lysa nad Labem, a small town outside of Prague. You can get a TRAIN at Praha Masarykovo station and easily load your bike. The train ride is only 37′.  Once you get out of the station you start riding and  follow the cycling path direction south and after a few hudread meters the Elbe river will welcome you  and it will keep you company all the way to Nymburk first and Poděbrady later, your destination for the day.

Stage length: 29 km / Gain: 18 mt

Tired, injured, bad weather, not enough time? Here a quick tool to shorten the stages with trains in case of need.

Click on the triangles to jump to the Czech Railway website and see the timetable.

Road bike variant - 85 km

Road bike variant - 85 km

Start: Czech Around HQ, Prague

Finish: Jiřího náměstí , Poděbrady (main square)

This stage starts from Czech Around HQ which is located a few meters from one of the main cycling paths along the river, the A2. You start cycling along the river direction North. Careful because this first part is busy with cars. Soon you will get to a complex of modern buildings (one of them is Danube House, made famous by James Bond in Casino Royal). From that time on, you will be following the river all the way to a little village with a weir called Klecany. A road on your right will take you up hill for a while. Bye bye Vltava river, see you soon Elbe river. In fact after about 20km,  the Elbe river will welcome you in the town of Brandys nad Labem where a short visit to its famous castle it is a must. After that Elbe will keep you company all the way to Nymburk first and Poděbrady later, your destination for the day.

Stage length: 85 km / Gain: 213 mt

Tired, injured, bad weather, not enough time? Here a quick tool to shorten the stages with trains in case of need.

Click on the triangles to jump to the Czech Railway website and see the timetable.

 

Stamp book

Save, print, fold, enjoy!

Get the  specifically designed booklet where you can collect stage stamps that could be hidden in a geocache or to be found in a coffee shop, restaurant info point etc

Usefull links and apps

Best maps

Mapy.cz offers local bike & hike friendly maps that works also perfectly offline.

Transport

Idos.cz is the local transport app, allyou need to travel all over the country

Weather

Meteor always knows what is coming with this local accurate satellite app

Good food

Gastromapa has the best places where to eat around you according to locals

Beer!

Brewee will always find you freshly brewed gold on your way!

Best maps

Mapy.cz offers local bike & hike friendly maps that work also perfectly offline.

Transport

Idos.cz is the local transport app, allyou need to travel all over the country

Weather

Meteor always knows what is coming with this local accurate satellite app

Good food

Gastromapa has the best places where to eat around you according to locals

Beer!

Brewee will always find you freshly brewed gold on your way!

Enjoy your destination

Taste every moment of your trip with our unbiased tips based on our own experience.

Help for you and your bike

How to read the map:

Red dots: hospitals

Blue dots: bike shops

Useful numbers:

  • 150 – fire brigade.
  • 155 – rescue/ambulance.
  • 156 – metropolitan police.
  • 158 – police.

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This stage is brought to you by

BIKO Adventures s.r.o.

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