The increased popularity of cycling tours among the over 50s is bringing a tourism boost to Alpine areas traditionally popular as stay-put ‘Lakes & Mountains’ destinations a generation ago.
James Dealtry, cycling enthusiast and owner of L’Ancienne Poste, a luxurious mountain lodge in the village of Avajan in the French Pyrenees, has created a unique ‘Tour de France’ trip for 2013, with the riders going virtually past the front door.
For a family-friendly adventure this May half-term, HF Holidays suggests pedalling at your own unhurried pace through picturesque countryside past historical sights, exploring a new culture and country.
Cycling has hit the big time with the British population, with bike sales leaping into the stratosphere and a new phenomenon of Lycra clad individuals hitting the roads each weekend.
Unique pleasure and pedal packages have been created for those visiting the Lake District in spring and summer 2013 by idyllic lake cruise company, Ullswater ‘Steamers’.
Cycling and Alta Badia go together like Schüttelbrot and cheese. There is nothing quite as harmonious and rewarding as a summer’s day bike ride through the heart of the spectacular South Tyrolean Dolomites.
Now featuring over 200 cycling tours across Europe, Freedom Treks has continued to respond to the increased demand for holidays, allowing travellers to discover la Dolce Vita at their own pace.
Last year was a momentous one in a year of so many sports but it was perhaps cycling that surpassed expectations more than any other.
Once Easter weekend has passed and the clocks move forward an hour, the longer evenings bring a renewed sense of energy and motivation to holiday plans.
Nothing has so energised our passion for two wheels as much as the triumph of cycling stars Sir Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins, who astounded us all in the Olympics and Tour de France.
The mountainous region of Liguria in north-west Italy is one of Europe’s best kept secrets for keen bikers, with thousands of miles of coastal and mountainous paths and biking contests throughout May and June.
Prince Edward Island is the perfect province to cycle. The Confederation Trail runs tip-to-tip from Tignish to Elmira and includes 400 kilometers of excellent rolled stone dust surface for cycling.
Renting a bike and taking to the beautiful off-road routes on holiday is a great way to combine enjoyment and exercise as well as the ideal means of seeing the otherwise hidden areas of a destination.
As the New Year begins in earnest, Freedom Treks’ revamped website is waiting to tempt the growing leisure cycling market out in the fresh air and on to two wheels this summer.
With London 2012 boosting bike sales cross the UK by 14.7% and with the announcement of the Tour de France starting in the Yorkshire in 2014, Brits all over the country - inspired by the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton - are jumping back on the saddle.
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