Holiday, for most people, means sipping on colorful drinks with their toes in the sand. For Sports Tracker Sergio Almeida, it means cycling hundreds – and even thousands — of kilometers.
For more than 10 years, Sergio has been using his holiday time to travel Europe by bicycle. His weeks-long trips span countries – for example, from Bulgaria to Portugal — taking him all over the continent. In fact, with 38 countries under his belt, he’s cycled through nearly every European country.
The coolest part? He tracks every trip using Sports Tracker so that you can follow along, enjoy the scenery, and even plan your own trip based on his routes. He shares plenty of beautiful photos from his journeys, too.
Staying fit with cycling
Sergio has been using Sports Tracker, the first sport tracking app he ever used, since 2011. “I use Sports Tracker mainly for long distance biking. It’s perfect to provide trips for other cyclists who intend to explore countries,” Sergio says.
Cycling has always been Sergio’s favorite sport. “It’s the best means of transport, which you can bring along with you on weekend and vacation trips, and your daily commute,” he says. “Plus, there’s all the proven benefits, such as environmental, economy, health, social, self-esteem, improvisation, creativity, and self challenges.” He does love to get active in other ways too, though. He likes exploring new cities on foot, mountain hikes, half marathons, and team sports. “Anything that keeps me moving, basically!” he says.
Pack and track
Other than his bicycle and phone, Sergio packs light for his trips, with only the bare necessities. One luxury he couldn’t do without, however, is his portable coffee kit. “I can drink coffee anywhere, and it’s much better than any energy drink,” he says.
Sergio’s cycling trips have taken him all over Europe and brought him new experiences – he’s cycled the Monaco Grand Prix circuit, climbed the Pyrenees, and made tons of new friends. One of his favorite experiences is discovering places with interesting names. Sergio has cycled through both Kissing and Lazy, and even a few more risqué places, like Áshóll, Iceland. “Some of them are 18+, but they exist,” he laughs.
Want to live vicariously through Sergio? Most recently, he has been cycling around Iceland – literally! Check out his Sports Tracker profile to see the 1446.41 km route and amazing pics taken throughout the trip.
Kathleen Harris – Writer and active explorer of Helsinki
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