For those who enjoy soaking up the stunning sights en route, the journey is often less about the amount of cols you can tick off and more about the amazing landscapes you’ll explore from the saddle. Sound like your kind of riding? Take a look at our top 3 vista-tastic road routes below…
1. Trip: Ardeche to Carcassonne Where: France
We say: A beautiful region of France that promises to provide ‘wow factor’ scenery. En route you’ll spy the famous Pont d’Arc, a naturally occurring stone bridge, as well as plenty of lush pine forests and grand chateaux. If that isn’t enough we also have an epic 33-mile ride through the breathtaking Gorges du Tam.
2. Trip: Sardinia Coastal Explorer | Where: Italy
We say: Sardinia is a cyclist’s paradise, with few cars and excellent quality tarmac. An expanse of blue Mediterranean water is a regular companion on this ride and along the way you’ll see many stunning coastal features, from dramatic rocky cliffs to the island’s characteristic unspoilt, white sandy beaches.
3. Trip: Road to Ronda | Where: Spain
We say: With your accommodation for the week based in the beautiful, old Spanish town of Ronda (notibly one of the oldest in the country) you are perfectly placed to explore the impressive surrounding region. You can expect dramatic limestone landscapes, endless olive groves and plenty of panoramic vistas atop the passes you’ll conquer.
With challenging Alpine riding firmly in mind, we thought we’d take a closer look at our col-bagging trip, Mont Ventoux to Alp D’Huez, and the epic climbs you’ll enjoy both en route and on the TV over the next couple of days…
1. Col du Galibier, Stage: 17.
We say: Known by us as a ‘monster of a climb’, the Galibier is back after a 6-year hiatus from the TDF route! This challenging climb is not without its rewards though, with incredible scenic views as you make your way to the summit.
2. Col du Vars & Col d’Izoard, Stage: 18.
We say: These two climbs are generally featured alongside each other when included in the TDF and this year is no exception. Our own tour enables you to recreate this experience and the challenging combo will be sure to keep the heart pumping.
3. Mont Ventoux, not featured this year.
We say: Although the most iconic climb of our route won’t be making an appearance on the TDF in 2017, its legendary status makes it almost impossible to ignore. We kick the tour off with this most feared of climbs – a great way to settle any cycling nerves!
to take on this spectacular Southern region of the French Alps for yourself? If tackling some of the highest and most challenging mountain passes in European cycling sounds like the ultimate road cycling experience for you, take a look at our holiday here
Looking for a last-minute getaway on two-wheels this year? We don’t blame you! For your chance to disconnect from political fever and instead connect with smooth tarmac snaking through stunning landscapes, take a look at our top trips departing over the next few months:
Best for: A cheeky weekend break in the UK
Trips: Northumberland, Yorkshire Dales, Lake District Classic Passes
Team road say: A great way to get the miles in if you have limited time to take off! Our routes in the UK come with all the usual Skedaddle highlights (guides, legendary lunches and fab accommodation), as well as offering you thrilling routes to explore on our doorstep.
Best for: The chance to experience your very own Tour de France
Trips: L’Ariegoise Sportive Training Week, Classic Alps Passes & St Malo to Nice
Team road says: Our road holidays in France offer plenty of opportunity to aspire to pro-riding glory. Whether you’re looking to cycle end-to-end for the ultimate cycling journey in France, or want to challenge yourself on some iconic climbs, this country has it all.
Best for: Riders looking to cycle in world-famous landscapes
Trips: Ruta del Vino, Lakes of Lombardia & Raid Dolomiti
Team road says: From the scented vineyards of Northern Spain to the mighty peaks endless sparkling lakes of Italy, we’ve sought out a series of incredible routes offering the best possible way to experience these popular destinations.