The 2017 cycling season ends with China’s Tour of Guangxi, the last WorldTour race and allows riders a brief break before next year. The off-season will be spent in the garden, at the Alamo or on the beach depending on whom you ask.
The WorldTour season starts in 2018 with the Tour Down Under, January 13 to 21, in Australia. With some team meetings considered, riders only have around two weeks off before their teams begin winter training camps.
“Now you can enjoy it, see some family, work a bit in the garden. I’m just doing things that normal people do.”
Vanmarcke and his wife are welcoming their second child soon. Even if they wanted to travel, they must stay home in Flanders.
“My plans were this week to be on holidays in Argentina,” Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing) said. “It was planned before the Tour de France, but I supposed that’s one of the risks of planning your holidays early.”
BMC Racing called Roche to race the Tour of Guangxi. It worked out well because the team has been leading mountains competition. Afterwards, he will have around two weeks not riding.
“I was really eager to discover Patagonia and all of that, but that will be postponed. I had 10 days planned, but there’s no time now. Instead, I’m going to go for five days to a spa area in Tuscany, in Siena. I’ll just have a few days of relaxing and refocusing for next year.
“I’m just going to go home and relax,” American Lawson Craddock (Cannondale-Drapac) explained. “The year has been pretty mental, so I just need a bit of restart.
“Our first anniversary is coming up in a week, so I have a small trip planned with my wife. I going to go down the Alamo and to check that out, be a true Texan for a few days then go down to the coast and go fishing.
“I’ll probably only have two to three days of complete stop because it’s so late in the year and you have to start training full on in December.”
“I’m going back to Australia for a couple of weeks and my fiancée will come with me,” Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) said.
“We haven’t planned anything thing yet. I’m only in Australia for a couple of weeks and I only get to see my family so much during the season, so I’ll spend more time with them instead of holidays.”