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Skedaddle Twaddle about Sardinia

Cross Country VS Enduro-Style

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.

Take on the mountains of Sardinia!

With our classic Sardinian Mountains guided road cycling trip revamped for 2018, we asked one of our local guides, Lieven Loots, about his favourite sections of the new route that you should get excited about right now!

The Coastal Road to Villasimius
23 km of perfect tarmac winding its way up and down through the highly panoramic coastal scenery in the southeast of Sardinia – because one can’t come to Sardinia and not cycle at least a little bit along the coast!

Genna Silana Pass
One of Sardinia’s most panoramic roads winding its way up from sea level to 1017m above sea level, through some truly amazing scenery dominated by soaring limestone cliffs and one of Europe’s deepest canyons – Gola di Gorropu – only to arrive at sea level again 60 km later – all on near perfect tarmac and with very low traffic. A definition of a road cycling heaven!

Climbing Monte Albo
A 13 km climb in two parts, the first seeing you slowly rise along the valley through thick mediterranean vegetation, the second taking you up to the top along barren limestone slopes. Sardinia’s answer to the Dolomites or – dare we say so – Mont Ventoux!

The Descent to the Flumendosa Lake from Sadali
One of Sardinia’s best descents which will take you on an exhilirating 15 km ride through a neverending series of sweeping bends – well off the beaten track and therefore virtually traffic free. With the added bonus of the view on the lake.

Riding the Trexenta Hills
A wonderful rolling road including one longer climb sneaking it’s way through some real unspoilt Sardinian countryside – you’ll be more likely to meet free roaming sheep and cows than cars along this 25 km stretch of cycling bliss. An ideal way to finish your cycling holiday in style.

Feeling inspired? Ready to take on the mountains of Sardinia? Our road cycling classic, Sardinian Mountains, is perfect for riders who prefer a few more miles under their belt each day and don’t mind an uphill challenge!

Our travel expert puts a new spin on Sardinia

New travel consultant and self-proclaimed ‘proper leisure cyclist’, Ruth Long, already has a Skedaddle holiday under her wheels! Having joined us for cycling fun Sardiniawe wanted to get her top travel advice for exploring this Italian island on two wheels:

1. Learn some basic Italian; the Italians love it when people make the effort to speak their language, and they especially appreciate it in Sardinia. You’ll stay in some super rustic villages, so greeting the locals with a Buongiorno or Buonasera is an absolute must and often rewarded with free coffees or glasses of prosecco…

2. Cycling in Sardinia can be undulating, but your climbs will always be rewarded with the most amazing views of crystal clear waters. It’s worth keeping that in mind when you’re pedallin’ up that hill!

3. Be sure to take your swimming costume and a mini quick-dry sports towel on your day’s cycling; you’ll cycle past so many hidden bays whose beaches are empty; not stopping for a swim seems criminal!

4. Make sure you explore the local areas! It’s tempting to stay in your hotels as they’re so fantastic, but there are lots of coastal wonders worth getting out to see and local flavours to taste.

5. Stay hydrated! One of my favourite things about Italy, and Sardinia is no exception, is that every village, no matter how tiny, will have somewhere you can get a great coffee, and fill up your water. During our ride we were never short on refreshments; just look for the main square (la piazza) or ask for il bar!

One more thought…
A Skedaddle cycling holiday in Sardinia allows you to see so much more than your average holiday would: you’ll stay in rustic Italian villages, you’ll taste delicious, authentic food, cooked and served the Italian way, and you’ll cycle through places that you’d typically never see. Traveling by bike is the best way to see how the locals live!

Feeling inspired? Ruth cycled our Island Flavours holiday in Sardinia.