Greg - Canada
World's Best Road
All motorcyclists dream of riding the best stretches of road the world has to offer. Each road is unique with every corner and straight presenting a fresh perspective and evoking a feeling like no other.
You may have ridden it before or yearned for the opportunity. So tell us which you believe is the world’s best road to ride on and why, and DHL could be delivering you and your motorbike there for the ride of a lifetime with Mark Webber, former Formula 1™ driver and avid motorbike fan.
Plains / Desert
WORLD’S BEST COASTAL ROAD WINNER
THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD, AUSTRALIA
The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometres stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. The road hugs coastline affectionately known as the Surf Coast between Torquay and Cape Otway and the Shipwreck Coast further west of Cape Otway, providing visibility of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The road traverses rainforests, as well as beaches and cliffs composed of limestone and sandstone. The road travels via Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell, the latter being notable for its natural limestone and sandstone rock formations including The Twelve Apostles.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
You have to look carefully to spot Chapman’s Peak Drive from a distance. The 9 km route just south of Cape Town follows the elegant silhouette of the eponymous peninsula, creating the impression that this rocky colossus – rising 160 meters out of the ocean – was made for motorcycling. Chapman’s Peak Drive is not just worth a drive for its 114 bends; its surrounding scenery is truly unique. The proof is in the pudding; the road is used by motorbike and car manufacturers all around the world for their video shoots.
Great Ocean Road
Boasting turquoise water, steep cliff edges and countless bends curving through a picturesque landscape, the Great Ocean Road on the South coast of Australia is a motorbike lover’s paradise. Of course, this road is worth visiting for plenty of reasons besides its beautiful natural vistas, from the romantic coastal cities dotted along the route to the opportunity to encounter typical Australian animals like kangaroos, koalas and quokkas up close.
WORLD’S BEST MOUNTAINOUS ROAD WINNER
THE KARAKORAM HIGHWAY, PAKISTAN
Known informally as the KKH, the Karakoram Highway is considered the highest paved international road in the world. Tracing one of the many pathways of the ancient Silk Road, the KKH is often called the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed. The highway runs about 1,300km (800 miles) from Abbattabad in Pakistan to Kashgar in China, connecting the two neighbours across the Karakorum mountain ranges and includes the highest border crossing in the world: Khunjerab Pass at an elevation of 4,714 metres (15,466 feet).
Grossglockner High Alpine Road
Verdant mountain pastures, colorful flowers, steep rock faces, ice and snow – the Grossglockner High Alpine Road offers incredible contrasts over its 48-kilometer length. To a soundtrack of thunderous waterfalls, shrill marmot calls and roaring wind, it snakes its way through 36 bends to a height of almost 2,500 meters above sea level. At the highest point, you can survey multiple 3,000-meter peaks. Outstanding among these are the Grossglockner – at 3,798 meters the highest mountain in Austria. With numerous picnic stops, info points, nine exhibitions and opportunities to partake of refreshment, a day trip along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road just seems to fly past.
The ride over the Trollstigen pass has some thrills in store, and the pulse accelerates rapidly as you negotiate the eleven hairpin bends on this route. Lush valleys, sheltered villages, strawberry fields , steep mountains and breathtaking panoramic views are guaranteed to give you butterflies in your stomach. There are also some outstandingly engineered tourist installations on this route. The viewpoints at Ørnesvingen, Gudbrandsjuvet and Flydalsjuvet are an opportunity to appreciate nature in a novel way. The ferry across the Geirangerfjord will take you in close proximity to the famous waterfalls known as The Seven Sisters, The Suitor and The Bridal Veil. You will also be traversing the most famous fjord on the planet, which enjoys UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
World’s Best Plains / Desert Road Winner
Route 66, United States
For many bikers, it is still the ultimate embodiment of freedom, this former ‘Main Street of America’, 2,451 miles in length, that winds its way from Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through eight US states. Formerly, one of the main migration routes from the mid-west to the Pacific coast, the road lost its importance as a transcontinental route to the interstate highways in the 1980s. Today, Route 66 is a historic road with seemingly endless vistas, countless cafes, motels and souvenir shops to honor the legacy of its once-glorious splendor. That ‘Easy Rider’ movie lifestyle is still palpable every mile of the way.
Ruta Nacional 40
The Ruta Nacional 40 stretches over 5,000 kilometers from the southern tip of Argentina to the Bolivian border. While the northern part winds through the Andes at over 4,000 meters above sea level, endless views of the vastness of the high plains of Patagonia can be enjoyed to the south. Starting at Cabo Virgenes lighthouse, you pass through several national parks in the Argentine Pampa. You should have a clear run, as large parts of the southern route lead through sparsely populated areas, but in return, you’ll just have to accept that the asphalt road will become a gravel track in places. A real adventure!
The 2017 DHL World's Best Road competition is now closed.
You can find a selection of this year's entries below. We’ll soon be announcing the 2017 World's Best Road Winner.
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Total entries to date
Rafael - Spain
David - Canada
Matteo - Italy
ELENA - Spain
Ivan - Colombia
Carlos - Spain
Gergana - Bulgaria
Sara - United Kingdom
Christian - Austria
Pablo - Spain
Begoña - Spain
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