WELCOME TO RIVER RIDERS
Following rivers by bicycle from source to sea.
Journeying with the river to see where it is born, where it goes, and what happens to the river on its way.
Bicycled over 5000 kms along four rivers since 2012: Danube in 2012, Loire in 2017, Seine in 2018, Bow and South Saskachewan Rivers in 2019.
Click on the link to watch the film I AM RIVER https://youtu.be/HWa5kfgx3dQ
This site is dedicated to water lovers and bicycle riders. It intends to build awareness on preciousness of water in rivers and invites many water lovers and cyclists to ride alongside rivers. This site aims to bring attention on many qualities of water, such as its beauty, purity, life giving force, and its existence in us, between us and beyond the boundaries that we can see.
Our wish is to be part of the river’s journey as it flows to the sea. Our vision is seeing rivers running clean to the ocean. It would be great to connect with many water lovers and bicyclists, share our passion about water and cycling, and ride together along rivers to raise awareness on the importance of water. Please connect with the River Riders if you have a passion to join us for the journey.
About River Riders
Why We Ride Along Rivers?
I love water and Peter loves long distance bicycling (see below for more on this), so we combine our love of water and bicycling for rivers, with rivers. We follow the rivers with our tandem bike (we have been on tandem bikes more than 25 years). When we did our first “River Journey” by the Danube River in 2012, we were fascinated with the peace and serenity we felt during our journey.
The river goes from its source to sea and may go through many changes. It may connect a number of nations, lands, and sources. In the river, there are uncountable water droplets that eventually will travel all around the world. Water is fascinating, it is “ONE” without boundaries and any categories.
Following a river is magical; the river becomes a leader and a teacher as we become the students of nature. We enjoy becoming part of life that the river brings, as it meanders through fields, brings nutrients and water to people, and becomes a nurturing ground to many species.
Water is precious. When we become part of a river, we relate to “what it is like to be water in a river”. The rivers are the arteries of our planet and we feel the river’s flow in our hearts as we ride along.
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Rivers to Ride
(Delayed due to Covid-19):
In summer 2020, we will follow the North Saskatchewan River from its source, starting from Saskatchewan Glacier at the Rockies in Canada to Cumberland House.
A River Rider trip is an amazing experience as it starts from its source and can take as much time as one has to enjoy the flow. Ours usually takes about couple of weeks or more on a really long river, or it could be something shorter that can be completed in less than a week.
So far, we have followed Danube River in 2012 (1200 kms), Loire River in 2017 (1200 kms) and Seine River in 2018 (900 kms) and Bow and South Saskatchewan Rivers (1100 kms) and some other connecting tributaries. With a tandem bicycle and passionate hearts for water, we share the journey of the river. Rivers are the arteries of the earth. They have the same pattern as a human's blood system. Fascinating.
How do we plan our trips? We choose a river to meet with after some search depending on many different reasons (proximity, weather, climate, time availability, passion, awareness raising, etc.). Then, we look at the source and the mouth of the river, and does research about the river, accessibility, cities on the way, land, eco-farms, places to visit and our connections. We allow time to ride an average about 50 to 60 km per day. The perfect length of trip for us is about 3 weeks, which is about 1000 to 1200 km. With that decided, it is now time to plan. River Riders start their journey and post some of their observations and reflections on the blog, riverriders facebook, and instagram. In our experience, we meet people who love rivers on the way so we have started to build a community around rivers.
There are many rivers to follow and each one of them is so unique, and has different journeys. Just to give you a sense of riding possibilities in Europe, below list includes some of the rivers to ride along with- in alphabetical order:
Daugava River (1020 km) (starts in Russia and goes through Belarus and Latvia before flowing into the North Sea. Given that Peter’s mother’s side of the family was originally from the Latvia/Estonia area, we would like to explore this zone. Perhaps this one is more suitable for July or August since it is a bit further to the north.)
Dneister River (1362 km)
Douro River (900 km)
Ebro River (930 km)
Elbe River ( 1091 km)
Garonne River (602 km)
Glomma River (612 km)
Maas River (925 km)
Oder River (850 km)
PO River (650 km)
Prut River (953 km)
Rhine River (1230 km)
Rhone River (812 km)
Sava River (990 km)
Seine River (776 km)
Tagus River (1038 km)
Tisza River (965 km)
Warta (808 km) is a long tributary of the Oder River
Wisla River (1050 km)
If you have an idea for a future River Ride, please let us know. We will publish in advance our planned rides, and also if you would like to join us, let us know. It would be great to cycle down a river with like-minded people. Let’s keep in touch as we go with the flow!