The Carpegna climb is best known as Marco Pantani's favorite training ground - and at 11%+ grades for 7km - it was a perfect place for the late climbing sensation to hone his legendary skills. I'd long wanted to ride it for myself, and got the chance this year while visiting the bike Hotel Lungomare in Cesenatico.
Grand Fondos aren't just sweeping the nation, they're sweeping the world, as Dan Carruthers saw first-hand riding the recent 5-stage Grand Fondo China. It's a whole new world riding in the Middle Kingdom.
One of the best reasons for choosing a good bike hotel is their skill to show me the best their region has to offer - like routes, rides, food & drink that I simply could not find on my own. This ride (and subsequent wine tasting) never would have have happened without my guide from Garda Bike Hotel leading me on a relaxed ride through the hills of valpolicella and an even more relaxed stop at the Santa Maria Valverde winery.
In case you needed another reason to visit Italy, Enjoy Garda Hotel offers perhaps the best option for adding onto a visit to this years Milan Expo 2015 world's fair.
Watching others who've gone before you is one of the best ways to whet the appetite for adventure - and this beautifully produced video of climbing the eastern ascent of the Col du Tourmalet made be relive my own ride here several years back, and remind me that I need to get back there again soon. Check it out...
The queen stage of the 2015 Tour of California will be a ball buster of epic proportions, climbing 11,600 feet over just 80 miles from Ontario to the top of Mt. Baldy. I rode the stage a couple years back as part of the L'Etape du California sportif ride, and can assure you this would be at home in any Grand Tour. Here's a closer look at the stage that could decide the 2015 race.
DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. – the global leader in premier bicycle vacations – adds Ireland to its European bike tour destinations. The new cycling holiday will take place along the southern Wild Atlantic Way from Dingle to Killarney and will include the most coastal riding available in the region.
France From Inside Tours specializes in cycling holidays in southern France. One of their most popular trips is the epic Conquer the Pyrenees, 12 days riding 1000 miles from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and back, climbing over 94,000 feet. The company owner and lead guide, Allan Reeves, explains how next year’s 6th presentation of this marathon ride unfolds.
Photog David Pearce is on the ground for the Tour Down Under, and as an accomplished travel and wine journo, was keen to visit the McLaren Vale region to ride and have a look at some of the roads that will be ridden on stage 4, with the requisite stops for food & drink along the way.
Here's one of the best travel / cycling / travel for cyclists videos I've seen - and I'm not just saying that because Nicola & Alberto at Garda Bike Hotel are good guys and great hosts. Take a look and see for yourself.
Every week GFNY COZUMEL is coming out with something new and exciting and this week is no exception. This will truly be the First and most EXCITING Gran Fondo in Paradise. We are keeping to our Italian heritage but our Mexican spice is evident in everything we do.
We do love traveling to exotic locales and riding the famous roads of cycling, but sometimes a trip closer to home is even better. Scotsdale's Bespoke Inn offers owner-run personalized service, a fully equipped bike shop, days of top rides, and nights of delicious dining and drinks.
On the Friday before the big race Lee Rodgers and the Velo Classic crew hit the cobbles for their own Paris Roubaix for 124 kilometers of torture over the famous Roubaix stones. 18 pavé sections in total and memories to last a lifetime.
TRAVEL: Looking forward to, and training for a gran fondo is the ideal incentive to cap your season with your best fitness, and enjoy the reward of a great ride in a tropical location when the days turn cold back home. The GFNY Cozumel fits the bill perfectly...
Great scenery, a spectacular climb and a twice as long descent, the Col de la Madone climb along France’s cote d’Azur is must do for any fan of great rides. The capper was meeting up with a PEZ-Fan who lives nearby for a great day on the bike.
The 2014 Tour de France visits the Bordeaux region with a stage finish and Time Trial start at the medieval town of Bergerac. France From Inside cycling tour's Allan Reeves knows the area well - his family owns a chateau there, and guests will enjoy fantastic riding, exquisite French cuisine, and some big time bike racing.
France From Inside Tours specializes in cycling holidays for small groups in southern France, like their epic 'Conquer the Pyrenees' trip. 1000 miles, 100,000 feet climbing, 12 days of riding across the Pyrenees, coast to coast and back. The company owner and lead guide, Allan Reeves, explains how next year’s 8th presentation of this marathon ride unfolds.
The cycling around Lago di Como in northern Italy is among our favorites, and it’s even better when ex-pro Fabio Negri of ComoLagoBike.com leads the way, and our home base is the Albergo il Perlo Panorama.
Sometimes you gotta point the car at the cliff and give ‘er some stick. Okay, maybe heading out for an awesome solo ride may not be quite the same... but sometimes heading into the unknown is best approached with a ‘give ‘er’ attitude, and as I once again learned on this awesome ride around Lago di Como, the rewards can be worthy of a lifetime.
Gord is bouncing around on the kasseien and hellingen of one of the sport's most hallowed regions. Travelling with Peter and Lisa Easton of Velo Classic Tours, it's time to get up close and personal with the brutality of what the pros will face in the Ronde van Vlaanderen.