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.
Solo travel but never alone.... sounds a bit of an oxymoron but tour operators are reporting up to a 29% increase in solo travellers compared to the year before. More people than ever are opting for guided tours catering for solo travellers who are looking for a shared adventure with like minded travelers.
Team GB’s success at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics along with Bradley Wiggins becoming the first Brit to win the Tour de France has inspired cycling enthusiast Roy Griffiths to start up a new cycling business.
An innovative approach to self-guided cycling holidays in Cyprus using GPS for easy route finding, together with easy to follow route guides detailing special points of interest.
Three new destinations – Turkey, Cyprus and Sardinia – together with new itineraries in Austria and Italy have been added to HF Holidays’ UK and European cycling programme for 2013.
About thirty adventurers took part in the first edition of the Madrid-Lisbon mountain bike tour (Madrid-Lisbon MTBike): some rode the week the tour crossed Spain, others rode a few stages in Portugal.
This summer saw a frenzy of cycling action as the Brits lead the way in the Olympics and Tour de France. This new found energy for cycling has seen a recent surge in popularity and demand for more exciting cycling holidays.
Now the Olympics are over, it doesn't mean sport has to end. Grab your passport and jet off to continue your 2012 sporting year with a trip to the Great Lakes.
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