Land of Plenty
Sitting at a crossroads of continents and cultures in the Caucasus Mountains, it is fitting that Georgia’s flag features no less than five crosses. Despite being one of the most beautiful countries in the world, it remains a relatively undiscovered cycling destination.
The scenery in this former Soviet republic is as varied as it is breathtaking, from high mountain peaks to verdant, steep-sided valleys dotted with ancient churches and watchtowers. In a country whose inhabitants follow the proverb that ‘a guest is a gift from god’ and claim to be the world’s earliest winemakers, a warm welcome is assured.
While the red carpet is rolled out off the bike, riders on the country’s roads will find themselves rolling over a carpet of glorious gravel. Many of Georgia’s highways are old military roads with a loose, broken surface. Even Google Streetview has not yet discovered the country’s roads, making this seven-day trip a true adventure.
Luckily, Rapha ambassador Stefan Rohner got to know Georgia’s gravel tracks well on a three-week riding trip there. He documented his journey and shared with us his favourite shots from the road.