The Tour de France had their official 2018 route presentation a few weeks ago. Trip planners for all the major tour companies have been working hard to get their Tour de France trip itineraries in place. Many cycling tour companies do trips built around following the Tour. But only 6 companies are Tour de France Official Tour Operators, in partnership with the ASO.
If it’s already starting to get chilly where you are, it’s time to think about escaping the cold at some point this winter to get in some quality training. Many companies offer winter cycling tours or training camps in warmer European regions. Here is a list of six popular winter cycling destinations in Europe, and the tour companies that can get you there.
New for 2015, the Giro d’Italia is now licensing Official Tour Operators. With as many companies offering tours around the Giro as they do around the Tour, this is a more than logical step.
Want to ride with the pros? Here’s a round-up of current and former pro cyclists that run cycling tour companies and training camps.
- Phil Anderson Cycling with Phil Anderson
- Cinghiale Cycling Tours with Andy Hampsten
- Stephen Roche Cycling Holidays & Training Camps with Stephen Roche
- XEvents and Pinarello Travel with Eros Poli
- InGamba with Joao Correia
- Your Bike Travel with Alex Dowsett
- Experience Domestique with George Hinapie
- TripleSmc with Scott Sunderland
- Jemison Cycling Tours with Marty Jemison
- Ronan Pensec Travel with Ronan Pensec
- Sport Active with Sean Kelly
- Stuart O’Grady Cycling with Stuart O’Grady
- Last but not least – Bike Camp with Connie Carpenter, however their website has been offline for some time
Thanks go to @Inrng for helping with this list!
Until now this blog has focused on companies that provide fully supported cycling tours. But there is another outstanding choice for the more independent and budget-conscious traveler, self-guided cycling tours.
Self-guided tours are carving out a good market for themselves, fitting somewhere in between the fully supported luxury tours and completely do-it-yourself tours.
There have been lots of beautiful, snowy, and celebratory photos from tour groups during the last week of the Giro d’Italia. Great collections on both Twitter and Instagram – the best ones are posted here with links.
Even though the weather was not super cooperative, many groups were out cycling the original routes on Passo Gavia or enduring downpours to catch a glimpse of the action.