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Be inspired by the Giro d’Italia

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 & 15Italian 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 17Lakes 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 18Piemonte, 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.

Aim high and conquer that mountain climb

Big rewards await those keen to ride the mountains…

For those Roadies who are eager to set their sights high, here is our low-down on some of our favourite European Mountain Challenge holidays:

Best for: A great introduction to the world of mountain climbing
Recommended Trip: Classic Alpine Passes Intro, France
You say: Each day provides a challenge going up and down. I felt I learned a lot on ascending and particularly descending from the help received by the 3 Skedaddle guides.’ Pamela, Newcastle

Best for: Conquering mountain stage highlights of the Giro d’Italia
Trip: Italian Dolomites, Italy
We say: The Dolomites showcase some of the most thrilling riding you’ll encounter and without a doubt provide legendary climbs with equally magnificent views.Naomi, Italian Head Honcho.

Best for: Ticking off legendary Tour de France challenges daily
Trip: Raid Alpine, France
You say: ‘This trip was way above my expectations. The route was spectacular, the guides were professional and the logistics were handled impeccably. The choice of accommodation was excellent each night.’ Peter, Glasgow

Best for: Taking on one of the most demanding climbs in professional road cycling.
Trip: Vuelta Classics, Spain
We say: ‘As far as climbs go, the Angrilu is up there as one of the more memorable! This is a journey packed full of dramatic experiences and sees you exploring three of Spain’s most beautiful National parks’ Dan, Spanish Head Honcho.

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5 must-do climbs

For many keen roadies, the ultimate aspiration is to tackle a few impressive mountain challenges on your bike. Here are our 5 must-do climbs to put you through your paces in 2017…

  1. Climb: Plateau de Beille | Ascent: Approx. 1,255 Metres*
    Trip: Pyrenees Fitness Weeks, France
    We say:
    ‘A great way to work on your power and recovery skills! Riders will learn the techniques needed to conquer a climb, from our expert fitness guide.’
  2. Climb: Angliru | Ascent: Approx. 1,248 Metres*
    Trip: Vuelta Classics, Spain
    We say:
    ‘With gradients reaching, at times, 24%, this is a tough one that will certainly test those thighs. As an optional ‘out and back’ ride, those struggling can head back for lunch at any time!’
  3. Climb: Alp d’Huez | Ascent: Approx.1,470 Metres*
    Trip: Mont Ventoux to Alp d’Huez, France
    We say:
    ‘The ultimate Alpine col! With a whopping 21 hairpin bends, as well as iconic TdF status, this is your chance to ride the routes of the pros.’8
  4. Climb: Zoncalan | Ascent: Approx. 3,000 Metres*
    Trip: Italian Dolomites, Italy
    We say:Dubbed one of the most demanding climbs in professional cycling, this mighty mountain makes for a cracking way to finish your week-long tour of the Dolomites.’
  5. Climb: Altro de Letras | Ascent: Approx. 4,200 Metres*
    Trip: Emerald Mountains, Colombia
    We say:
    At 52-miles, the world’s longest climb is not for the faint-hearted. Combine this with exotic surroundings and you’ve got one very memorable road cycling experience.’
* All of our ascents are take from our trip schedules and based on the amount of ascending expected on the day you’ll tackle this climb. Please note, these are approximates and figures may vary trip-to-trip.