Tours

Great Cycling Tours For 2017

It can be an easy trap to fall into – you go on holiday and see your resort, the beach and a few spots nearby. You don’t get to see the countryside of the place you are visiting and are funnelled into all the ‘tourist’ spots. But there is a great way to have a holiday with a difference that is also great for your health – a cycling holiday.

Why Go Cycling?

Okay, some people go on holiday for a rest and don’t want to be doing anything too active. But for the rest of us, there are lots of reasons to go for a cycling holiday. And even for those who want a rest, these breaks aren’t just about constant activity and being on the move – they are about using the bike to see parts of a place you might otherwise miss. It is about seeing the scenery, the places that guide books miss out and meeting the real people. It is also about being healthy, getting exercise and fresh air as well as being closer to nature and to each other.

Top Destinations

France is a popular place to visit for a cycling holiday due to the range of different locations it has to offer. If you want a real challenge, you can do a tour of the Alps and the Pyrenees as well as including part of the Tour de France for the more experienced riders. But even some of the gentler routes can be an amazing opportunity to see the kind of scenery that the professionals race among. A guided tour is a great option if you are unfamiliar with the area and means you can get routes that suit your abilities.

Cycling holidays in Croatia offer a great balance of scenery, beautiful beaches and seaside locations as well as history with Roman relics and historical towns. Another benefit to the country is that it isn’t a ‘mainline’ tourist destination so you can explore without beating through the crush of vast numbers of other visitors. There are plenty of stunning Mediterranean villas in which to stay between cycling for an added element of luxury, thanks to specilist providers like Cro Exclusive.

The coast of Portugal, the most western part of Europe, is a popular holiday destination but also offers some great cycling opportunities. From the Douro river banks to the cities such as Porto there is a great combination of sights to see. It is also a great place for a spot of bird watching or wine tasting.

Further Afield

Burma is a great place to visit for a number of different reasons and one of these is if you want to try a cycling holiday. One example is a thirteen day Burma by Bike tour that includes everything from limestones cave temples with carvings and paintings to floating villages and even ancient Buddhist shrines such as at Sagaing.

If you enjoy Chilean wine, then a cycling tour around the areas where the grapes are grown is an excellent combination holiday. You can enjoy the amazing scenery, meet the people and tour the vineyards, sampling a few glasses here and there as well. A ten-day tour will include a number of major towns and cities as well.

Planning Your Ride

If you’re starting to get a bit more adventurous with your road cycling, and your looking to head further afield, your ride will be all the more enjoyable if you take some time to plan it out.

Now we know, a lot of you free spirits who just like to get on your bike and head off, might think that sitting down and planning your ride takes all the fun out of it. On the contrary, with a little bit of research you might find rides that you’d never have come across, and make each ride an experience you enjoy even more. The guys from Global Cycling Network explain more.

Amazing Bike Tours

Cycling can be an ideal way to get fit, save money and embrace the great outdoors, but there’s only so much of the same old scenery a cyclist can take. However, there are a number of destinations that offer cyclists a little inspiration when planning their next adventure in the great outdoors.

There are a number of destinations that offer cyclists a chance to navigate dirt tracks, mountains and woodland areas while absorbing the inspiring surroundings.

Pacific Coast, United States

Although a little out of the way for some, the Pacific Coast Highway offers cyclists a scenic route that celebrates what nature has to offer. Cyclists will be treated to beautiful ocean views and woodland areas, as well as having the opportunity to travel through iconic cities likes San Francisco. The Pacific Coast Highway is a tour that should be on every cyclist’s bucket list.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa

Many people enjoy mountain climbing, but there is an alternative to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and that’s the enjoying Africa’s tallest mountain from behind the handlebars. Ideal for those looking for a more adrenaline-fueled tour, cyclists will be treated to uneven paths, rocky roads and a dusty atmosphere, Cyclists can expect to encounter the local wildlife, as well as the local culture.

Image by Kilimanjaro Climbing Company

The Silk Road & the Pamir Highway

Those with a real craving for adventure could do worse than to take a trip along the Silk Road trade route. Cyclists will travel through Turkey and Iran, before taking on Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway. Obtaining visas for the trip can be somewhat tricky, and a little expensive, but can be a worthwhile investment for those looking for something a little different.

Southeast Asia

Cycling in Southeast Asia is a somewhat simple affair, which is why it’s become one of the trending destinations for cyclists. As well as it breath-taking views and cool air, Southeast Asia is also easy on the pocket. Hotels are reasonably priced, as is the food. So all that’s left for you to worry about is what route you will take to fully embrace what Southeast Asia has to offer.

Morocco

Like Southeast Asia, Morocco is a country that’s great for less-seasoned cyclists looking to spread their wings. Although Morocco is instilling a more tourist-friendly environment, there are still plenty of cycling routes that will see cyclists introduced to locations such as the Draa Valley and the Sahara desert. Cyclists particularly enjoy the thrills that riding downhill on a mountain has to offer.

There are only a selection of what the world has to offer the cyclist of today. Although there can be some travel involved, the trip is often worth it, as it offers the more-seasoned cyclist a break from the old routine.

It’s always advisable to carry out research before commencing any cycling trip away from home, but it’s worth it in the long run as cyclists will be introduced to sights and cultures from around the world, as well as creating some truly memorable experiences

Top Five 2016 Cycling Events for Spectators

Cycling events are becoming more and more popular, with a number of cycling enthusiasts looking out for cycling events that are taking place throughout 2016. Some fans may wish to employ the services of a company who specialises in sports travel tours to ensure they get their fix of cycling action throughout 2016. Below are five of the most popular upcoming cycling events.

Olympics

Although the Olympics offer a selection of different events, the cycling events are on offer are more than enough to cater for even the most committed of cycling enthusiasts. There are a selection of cycling events taking place during the 2016 Olympics, including the men’s road race, women’s road race as well as a series of cross-country races. Rio de Janeiro will be the host of the Olympics in 2016.

Tour De France

Any cycling fan will be more than familiar with the Tour De France, and 2016 sees the 103rd edition of the popular multiple stage bicycle event. The event will take place between 2nd July 2016 and 24th July 2016 and will start in the French department of Manche. This is the first time the event has started in Mache since it was created back in 1903.

Vuelta a Espana

Just as the Tour De France takes place in France, the Vuelta a Espana occurs in Spain, while passing through nearby companies. The event was actually inspired by the Tour De France and has been held annually since 1955 and its roots go back to 1935. Although the routes change each year, the format of the event remains the same each year.

UCI Track Cycling World Championships

The UCI Track Cycling World Championships are a series of events that test the disciplines and endurances of cyclists. The event first took place in 1893 and events include team pursuit, individual pursuit and sprint. The event takes place in London Velopark in 2016, a cycling centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

Giro d’Italia

Giro d’Italia is a bicycle race held in Italy, which was first organised in 1909 in a bid to boost the sales of La Gazetta dello Sport, an Italian sports newspaper. The event is currently organised by RCS sport and the 2016 event will take place in the Netherlands. Just like the Vuelta a Espana and Tour De France, the format of Giro d’Italia stays the same each year, but the route changes. All stages within Giro d’Italia are timed to the finish.

These five events are some of the most recognised and respected events in the world of cycling. All have a rich history and have introduced us to cyclists such as Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. Of course, many of the events can be watched on television, but attending the event is a much different experience.

Much of the fun experienced is finding ways to view the riders as the fly past, For example, attendees of the Tour de France often find ways to get to the route hours before the riders arrive, as well as seeking out good vantage points.