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I AM THINKING OF DOING MY FIRST CYCLING HOLIDAY WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO GO?
Well, living in Italy at Lake Garda of course I am going to say here, aren’t I?!! Seriously though, there are a few things to think about. How much riding you do and what sort of riding you like? Do you like or dislike the heat and hills for example? Do you want something that gets you from one starting point and ends at another across say 7 or 10 days?
As always, the list is a bit long. Bear in mind that anything you do at home will increase by probably +50% when you get abroad and the week will catch up with you, even if you are an experienced cyclist. Waking up to beautiful weather and wanting to explore the open road in another country will pull you to get out on your bike and ride more km’s and probably more hills too.
The best parts to explore though are France with Provence and the Loire, The Italian Lakes of course as well as Tuscany, Croatia, Spain, and Holland too. If you want to go further afield then look for Boulder Colorado, Vancouver’s North Shore, and Stavanger in Norway…Of course not forgetting the Alps and Dolomites, just make sure you have your climbing legs ready for those two places……
My cycling journey has brought me to be fortunate enough to live, work and train in Italy, at Italy’s largest lake, Garda. However, my 40+ years of riding bikes started when I taught myself to ride at a young age. Having a bike gave me freedom and that freedom soon culminated in me wondering how I compared to others. TT’s and Road Races soon followed then of course Club Events and in later life Sportives and Granfondos, some of Italy’s toughest as well as a few MTB events too.
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