8 Cycling Vacations for the Summer
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Looking to test your climbing legs? The Boulder Ride Camp in the Rocky Mountains is a true climbers camp that traces classic climbs from the historic Coors Classic cycling race and other celebrated climbs from the region. The timid should not apply, with the weekly schedule having well over 30,000 feet of climbing. But if you're looking for a training camp at altitude to get you ready for the cycling season, this may be the one for you.
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Ever been to New Zealand? Now you get the chance to bike through it. With some of the most varied and unique terrain in the world, this tour of the southern-region includes sightseeing stops at glaciers, rain forests and beautiful ocean coastlines. Whether you're trekking across the Southern-Alps, stopping at world famous wineries for tastings, or kicking back at the beach, New Zealand truly offers something for everyone.
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Not your traditional vacation, this cycling ride camp offered by Trek Travel includes options for cyclists or triathletes who are looking for a vacation along with more serious training. Lasting seven days and six nights, the pricing includes a room at an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of Solvang, use of Trek's Domane 5.9 high-end carbon bike, food and support vehicles for each daily ride option, which range from 20 to 80 miles depending on your fitness level.
Tour des Alpes (Tour de France, July Only)
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Celebrate this year's 100th edition of the Tour de France roadside on this amazing cycling adventure through the French Alps. You'll watch the tour, including this year's epic double passage of L'Alpe D'Huez, and then you'll get the chance to ride the classic climbs of the Col de la Madeleine, Glandon, and the Col de Galibier. Because of all the climbing, it is recommended for cyclists of intermediate to advanced levels, though non-cycling spouses are also welcomed.
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It isn't often that you can spend a week training in the middle of Spain, much less the beautiful Spanish Island of Mallorca—you'll see why they call this place a cyclist's paradise. With epic terrain and breath taking views of the Mediterranean, you'll soon see why so many of the pros make this their offseason training grounds. Trip details included use of a high-end Trek road bike, full support staff, meals and occupancy in the Reads Hotel overlooking the Tramauntana Mountains.
Wine Country, California
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Let's see—a week pedaling through world famous vineyards, eating delectable meals, wine tasting in Napa Valley and a weeks worth of pampering at award-winning spas. Does that sound all right to you? Daily rides are at a pace for all levels, and the bike to Bodega Bay on the Pacific Coast is one that can't be missed.
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This vacation is for cyclists of all levels, taking in the relaxing countryside and wine vineyards on the epic roads of Italy. When your not taking in the breathtaking scenery, spend your time sampling cheese at a agriturismo, sip wine at the center of the Chianti wine production vineyard and tour some of the world's most beautiful Renaissance architecture in Pienza. Touring this magnificent region by bike is sure to be a dream vacation you'll never forget.
Custom Self-Guided Tour
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For those looking for more affordable options, Break-Away Bike Tours offer custom vacations to meet the needs of those wanting something different and less expensive for the family. Most tours still offer biking options, though the daily planner is completely flexible and isn't a requirement. For non-cyclists, many of the custom tours offer cooking classes, art workshops and language tutoring. Prices vary depending on what location you choose, but most in the U.S. come at a reasonable rate.