When we sat down to come up with a tour that was worthy of celebrating 20 years of early morning bunch rides with a great group of mates, there were famous European locations that just had to be experienced together.
The first group ‘must do’ that came to the discussion table was Mt Ventoux – the triple. No cycling holiday in Europe is complete without ticking off a few of the legendary climbs of the French Alps, so a few days based at Alpe d’Huez is a must.
A real change of scenery happens as we transfer to Lake Como for two days of quintessential Italian style and flair.
Back to the climbing as we head to Bormio to tackle an Italian triple treat. Finally we head to the famous Italian Dolomites – one of the most spectacular areas of Europe.
Day 1 – 4
Starting with a pick up from Avignon TGV Station we head straight to Bedoin to get unpacked and start exploring this Provençal hub of all things cycling. It won’t take long to find the pedalling legs and fall in love with the local lifestyle. Life here is good. No, actually – life here is great.
We have some real treats in store in this little corner of the world. 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 Sault lavender fields with a few of our hidden gems along the way. It’s so tempting to ride from sunrise to sunset in this part of the world – we’ve got all day and there is so much we want to show off, how about it??
Day 5 – 7
Our first transfer on this tour heads into the most famous location in the French Alps. 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 the opportunity to tackle its famous hairpin bends.
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 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 appreciate the terrain of the area – massive efforts with massive rewards.
We have a real change of atmosphere on the cards for the next two days, with a transfer to famous Lake Como. It just wouldn’t be right to not spend a rest day afternoon here exploring the cafes, shops, restaurants and enjoying a generous helping of gelato. After a rest day we blast around the lake to climb the Passo del Ghisallo and pay our respects at the spiritual home of cycling. A lakeside lunch in Bellagio is always a highlight here.
Day 10 – 12
Now it’s time for the Italian giants. He head to Bormio for a triple serving of climbing goodness. The appetiser of Cancano gives a little taste of the switchbacks and stunning views that are offered by its two big siblings. Passo di Gavia and Passo dello Stelvio really are the climbs of legends – and will deliver Scallywags bragging rights for years to come. We will have to have a bit of special R&R while we are here, just because we can and it is a holiday after all.
Day 13 – 15
We find ourselves at the our final location on the Scallywags 20th Anniversary Tour. And what a location it is. The Dolomites have to be considered the crowning glory of any bike tour. The majestic beauty of the 52km Sella Ring really is as good as scenery gets – jaw dropping stuff. We finish off the tour with a blast up the Passo Giau – just because it’s on the door step and we love it!
What a 20th Anniversary Tour! Fifteen days of goodness that will provide lifetime memories of riding with mates in the most spectacular parts of Europe.
Flights, travel insurance (compulsory) and meals other than those listed are not included.
Kiwi Style rental bikes* are available at a cost of $650 per bike for this tour. Our rental bikes are full carbon Scott frames with Ultegra compact gearing, or equivalent.
*Kiwi Style owned bikes are limited to availability. Alternative rental bikes can be sourced, but pricing may vary.