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.
Grand Tour season is fast approaching and the pro peloton pack is busily preparing for another sensational season in the saddle. Time then to set your sights high and check out our super-slick mountain tours, which all have one thing on their agenda: pro-style riding fun!
The French Alps: Check out some of the Tour de France’s iconic mountain stages during our action-packed tour in the French Alps. Highlights of your Raid Alpine journey include stunning daily challenges, such as the epic Cime de la Bonnette, which at 2,800 metres is Europe’s highest paved road.
The Italian Dolomites: Hopping across the border into Italy provides more mountain passes revered by the pros. From the mighty Stelvio to the sweeping Sella Pass, you’ll be taking on climbs of over 2,000 metres on an almost daily basis during the Raid Dolomiti.
Looking to explore the mountains but fancy something a little more manageable? Click here to check out our classic climb range for more options in the mountains.
Riding the lofty peaks of some of the world’s most impressive mountains may seem like the unattainable golden chalice of road cycling. But we’re here to help make your dream riding a reality, with these 3 great options:
1. Our Classic Climbs offer the opportunity to tackle a few iconic mountains from the world of professional cycling. Alongside all the classic TDF routes, we also have holidays inspired by other worldwide races. The Spanish Pyrenees sees you taking on Europe’s second largest mountain range, complete with giant picturesque passes and the culturally fascinating Basque country.
2. For those wanting to really step things up a notch, our HC Category offers the closest thing to pro riding you can get. Raid Dolomiti serves up legendary Alpine climbs each day of your tour, including the 48 hairpin bends of the Stelvio Pass.
3. Feeling inspired, but a little daunted? Fear not! For those who are looking for a taster of these tours, Introduction to the Mountains offers a great way to ease yourself in gradually. Providing daily climbing challenges alongside expert coaching, our Classic Alps Passes holiday will help you achieve what you previously thought impossible!