Following lengthy discussions of various locations all across Europe and a lot of contemplating transfers of various lengths we have come up a customised itinerary we really are excited about.
Starting with a pick up at Barcelona Airport, we spend our first four days in Girona, Spain. This location needs no introduction, being the home away from home for most of the New Zealand professional cyclists over the last decade. This gives us a glimpse into the lifestyle of our Kiwi pro cyclists while they are banging their bodies into shape for their race season. The best location in Europe for coffee is matched by the local rides. A fantastic introduction to European riding with a mixture of testing climbs and beautiful coast roads on the door step.
We could not offer a Euro Summer 2020 Tour without featuring Provence, France. Based on the lower slopes of Mt Ventoux, we will tackle Le Geant de Provence and grab those bragging rights that will last a lifetime. The five days here will have you glimpsing in the realtor window contemplating a permanent base in this cycling haven. We will be featuring the back roads we know so well to really show off the best of the vineyards, lavender fields, gorges and historic villages of the area.
No cycling holiday in Europe is complete without ticking off a few of the legendary climbs of the French Alps. They don’t come much more legendary than Alpe d’Huez, so that’s where we will base ourselves for the last four days of our Euro Summer Tour. While AdH has achieved legendary status, it’s some of the surrounding climbs that we classify as the most spectacular in the area. We’ll be taking you to views that you cannot capture in images – the feeling of conquering these remote slopes just cannot be beaten.
To tick all the boxes of this private tour we are offering your own world of relaxing peace and quiet with your own room at each location. We can cater for double/twin bookings, but this tour features a single room as a standard option.
Day 1 – 4
Starting with a midday pick up from Barcelona Airport we head straight to Girona to get unpacked and start exploring this hub of all things pro cycling. It won’t take long to find your best coffee shop and beer stop amongst the cobbled streets of this historic town. Our rides will feature the Costa Brava coastline as well as the various hilly training loops made famous by the pro riders that own the Strava segments. Life here is good. No, actually – life here is great. Can it get better? Actually, we think it can – buckle up for transfer day.
We transfer across the border to France and head to the big peak in the distance – every cyclists nemesis, Mont Ventoux. We are staying on the lower slopes of this daunting beast, staring up at the moonscape we will tackle in the coming days.
Day 6 – 9
We have some real treats in store here. We know these roads like the back of our hand and are keen to show off the old ‘home town’. We’ll combine the famous local rides of Ventoux, Gorges de la Nesque and the lavender fields with our hidden gems along the way. It’s so tempting to ride from sunrise to sunset in this part of the world – actually we’ve got all day and there is so much we want to show off, how about it?? We will make sure there is energy saved for our finale location.
Our transfer to the final location on this tour. You might have heard of it – Alpe d’Huez, you may have ridden it’s virtual slopes of Alpe du Zwift. This is the real deal and Day 10 is the first opportunity to tackle it’s famous hairpin bends as we are staying at the top.
In our opinion the best and most spectacular climbs in this area are some of the least famous. We’ll show off what we think are the post card rides of the French Alps over these last three days of riding. If the views in this area don’t leave you with goose bumps we’ll be checking you for a pulse! These climbs are the greatest way to finish a cycling tour – massive efforts with massive rewards.
Our final day is a transfer to Geneva Airport to bid farewell to the Euro Summer Tour 2020.
Flights, travel insurance (compulsory) and meals other than those listed are not included.
Bike rental is available at a cost of $550 per bike for this tour. Our rental bikes are full carbon Scott frames with Ultegra compact gearing, or equivalent.