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The Azores: Our new road cycling destination

This is one of the most exciting times of the year for us – the time when we get to announce our new cycle holidays and destinations in 2018! Having set our expert team the task to scout out the best destinations to ride, our Road Cycling Product Manager and Tour Leader David Hall, was only to keen to jet off to the little known Azores archipelago for the chance to soak up some dramatic cycling, alongside breathtaking coastal vistas. To whet your appetite for our new guided road tour here, Lost world of Sao Miguel, here are 5 reasons why he’s excited about this new trip…

1. New trips in new destinations are always exciting. Exploring new routes, meeting new people, working with new colleagues, sampling new food and drink – what’s not to like?

2. I’m looking forward to going back in spring when hopefully island will be in full colour. During our reconnaissance last year we were a little bit too early but you could sense that everything was just on the cusp of bursting into life – the whole island is like a huge botanical garden.

3. I’m looking forward to a picnic lunch overlooking the Sete Cidades caldera – that’s a view I’ll never get tired of.

4. I’m dying to try Cozido das Furnas, a traditional, geothermically slow-cooked stew which the locals lower into the steamy volcanic hollows and allow to simmer for up to 6 hours.

5. And, obviously, the great cycling!

As seen in Cyclist Magazine…
Our new Azores tour has also been featured in premier road cycling magazine Cyclist as their latest Big Ride. To find out more about this amazing destination and the cycling you can experience here, be sure to see their January 2018 edition, on sale now . Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:

“The Azores’ location on the nexus of the European, American and African tectonic plates explains its eye- catching fusion of volcanic and subtropical landscapes with a distinctly European array of crumbling castles, ornate churches and bucolic farmland. Europe is easily overlooked in the search for pioneering cycling adventures, with ambitious riders venturing instead to Asia, Africa and South America, but the Azores is a reminder that Europe still has its own secrets ripe for discovery.”

Are you as excited as we are? Take a closer look at the excellent road networks and stunning scenery our new destination has to offer.

*Photos by Joby Sessions/Cycling Plus Magazine

2016: A year in review

As we speed into 2017, we thought we’d celebrate by sharing some of our favourite two-wheeled moments from the past year…

  • Best destination: The Azores
    We say: Without a doubt, this lush mid-Atlantic island escape has seen a huge surge in popularity amongst cyclists looking for something a little different from the norm. Don’t miss the chance to see this unique destination for yourself next year…
  • Favourite feedback: The Grand Traverse, Italy
    You say: ‘You cleared our stress heads and toned up our tired bodies, made us laugh (some hills made us cry!) and took us out of ourselves – basically looking after our every need and allowing us freedom to just do what we love – pedal in glorious surroundings.’ Andrew, Oxford
  • Best video: Camino de Santiago, Spain
    We say: Alongside the dawn of the Skedaddle drone in 2016, our office team were also sent out with our trusty GoPro, to help chart their work trip experiences. Click here to see EU Leisure Manager Kay Cliffe’s Camino adventure come to life.
  • Guide who went the extra mile: Manuel Marino
    You say:
    ‘I damaged my breaks whilst on a mountain bike holiday in Italy with you and one of your guides offered me their own bike (worth £5000) in its place. I refused this very kind offer, so he took off his break and fitted it to my bike…
I can’t think of anyone else who would do that!’ Colin, North Shields.

Want to join in the celebration? Don’t forget our January sale offers the chance to make savings on your cycling holiday in 2017. Click here for more information and how to claim yours today!

Distant destinations! Lonely Planet picks for 2017

With 2017 fast approaching, new travel experiences are on everyone’s minds! Instead of blowing our own trumpet, we thought we’d take a peek at Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel’ list which, this year, celebrates 3 of our favourite, remote cycling destinations….

  1. Destination: Colombia
    Emerald Mountains | Best for: Roadies.
    They say:  The country’s mix of vibrant culture, nature and hospitality is a rich tapestry woven by welcoming arms.’
    We say: With two sold out tours already in 2017, our long-haul road destination is proving incredibly popular. With the chance to tackle the world’s longest climb, we think we know why…
  2. Destination: Myanmar (Burma)
    Trip: Bagan and Beyond | Best for: Adventure seekers.
    They say:  ‘A window onto a vanishing Asia, where life moves to the timeless rhythm of chanting monks and monastery bells.’
    We say: Our new tour to Burma seems perfectly timed and makes the most of the country’s best features, including the extraordinary, ancient temples of Bagan.
  3. Region: The Azores, Portugal
    Trip(s): Islands and Volcanoes, Azores Adventures & Lakes and Volcanoes. | Best for:Leisure lovers, families and roadies.
    They say:Its natural assets resemble an array of superlative sights pulled from other destinations: lush Hawaiian volcanoes, gurgling Scandinavian hot springs and rugged Patagonian craters.’
    We say: The perfect way to experience exotic landscapes, without the epic long-haul flight. This stunning island is packed full of wonder and has something for all to enjoy.