The first Grand Tour of 2018 is here! And now it’s time to open up the possibilities of taking on your own two-wheeled challenge. Here’s a run down of the stages and where our road cycling routes feature on this year’s tour…
Stage 9 — Abruzzo, Appennini d’Abruzzo
Guided | Duration: 8 days | Grade: 3-4
A gentle intro through the terraced vineyards and olive groves of the Gran Sasso range soon takes a turn for the challenging with the infamous Passo Laciano and Blockhaus of Majella. From there, the adventures keep coming until our final climb into Campo Imperatore.
Stages 14 & 15 — Italian Dolomites and Raid Dolomiti
Guided | Duration: 8/10 days | Grades: 4-5/5
Take on some of Italy’s most iconic mountains! Both of our trips exploring these thrilling peaks are aimed at experienced cyclists who love the challenges of riding in the mountains. Home to many Giro highlights, it’s your chance to defeat the famous climbs and star in your own classic tour.
Stage 17 — Lakes of Lombardia
Guided | Duration: 8 days | Grade: 3
The Northern Lake District is synonymous with cycling history. This trip, our very own Tour of Lombardy, is perfect for discerning cyclists who like to combine idyllic road cycling with the finer things in life — good food, wine and stylish accommodation.
Stage 18 — Piemonte, La Strada del Vino
Guided | Duration: 8 days | Grade: 3
New for 2018, Piemonte has ridden into the spotlight as a niche road cycling destination. The region was awarded UNESCO World Heritage recognition in 2014 and is famous for Barolo wine, truffles and cheeses… need we continue? Oh, and the cycling is quite literally picture perfect.
Eager to escape to the hills? We take a look at two of our most popular biking experiences to find out more…
Best for: A classic cross-country journey taking in remote Scottish landscapes
Trip: Highlands Coast to Coast, UK | Duration: 7 days
You say: “Tomintoul to Ballater had some superb technical single track and a great fast decent. Mount Keen is also worth a mention for its challenging climb and technical singletrack. I would recommend this holiday to any keen mountain biker as a must-do trip! ” Simon, Hereford, UK
Why a Cross-Country Challenge? For the chance to experience a rewarding place-to-place route exploring unspoilt wilderness and varied landscapes on a range of diverse trails.
For more Cross-Country Challenges click here.
Best for: Thrilling, technical trails exploring Sardinia’s idyllic coast and mountains
Trip: Sardinian Enduro, Italy | Duration: 8 days
We say: “Our new Enduro tour has been specifically designed to put you through your paces on some of Sardinia’s most challenging and exhilirating trails – prepare for endless technical singletrack set amidst stunning backdrops.” Matt, MTB Product Manager at Skedaddle
Why Enduro-Style? A great way to put your trail centre skills to the test in more exotic climes. These are holidays, not races, but our expert guides will help you make the most of the local terrain.
For more Enduro-Style tours click here.
Italy’s heartland or ‘Green Heart’, Umbria has an unrivalled beauty in this beloved country. Its lush landscapes are a pristine patchwork of woodland, olive groves and wildflowers, punctuated by refreshing springs and medieval hill-towns that are steeped in tradition and works of art. For lovers of Italian food, wine and culture, our new cycling holidays in Umbria are a must.
Best for: Leisure cyclists seeking a gentle place to place journey
Holiday: Green Heart of Umbria
Duration: 8 days | Trips: April to October | Grade: 2
Cycle from one medieval treasure to the next along the Valle Umbra, visiting the World Heritage Site of Assisi and marvel over Giotto’s art in the Basilica of San Francesco. Sounds good so far? This gentle trip leaves you with ample time to explore each stunning town and treat the taste buds in the process.
Best for: Families looking for plenty of fun on and off the bike
Holiday: Spirit of Umbria
Duration: 7 days | Trips: May to October | Grade: 2
Our brand new family cycling holiday offers the best of both worlds on and off the bike. Our routes are gently undulating and mostly traffic-free through the Valle Umbra’s gorgeous green and mountainous landscape, stopping at the hilltop towns along the way for gelattos galore. Accommodation has been carefully selected and we’ve even included a pizza making evening!
Looking for more Italian gems to push the pedals?
Explore all the incredible corners of Italy by bike with us in 2018. Take a peek at our amazing range of tours here.