Biking is a great way of experiencing a new country. It allows you to take in the sights and learn about the culture. It’s also an excellent way to meet people and establish connections with a destination.
Cycling tours range from leisurely exploration to challenging routes. They all focus on a healthy, active lifestyle with a fun twist!
The Tour de France
The Tour de France is one the most famous cycling tours around the globe. It is an annual, multi-stage bicycle race that typically takes place in France and occasionally passes through nearby countries. It includes 21 stages spread out over 23 days. The winner of the race is often the rider with a combined time of the lowest 21 stages.
Each stage has a prize, and riders try to win as many stages possible. This competition adds to excitement on each stage and gives riders a chance of showing their skills in a variety different ways.
A polka dot jersey is awarded to the rider who has climbed the most mountains. A classification is also available for the best young rider.
It is also a team sport with riders riding together in a group known as the peleton. This saves energy and allows team members to be more tired during races.
There are four classifications within the Tour de France. They are the green jersey (or yellow jersey), the points jersey (or mountain classification). The yellow jersey is awarded to the overall winner, while the other three classifications are given to the top riders in each category.
It’s a tough race to win, and it isn’t uncommon for riders to use performance-enhancing drugs to boost their performance. Doping has been a major issue in the Tour since its inception. The biggest doping scandal to date involved seven-time winner Lance Armstrong.
The Vuelta a Espaa
The Vuelta a Espa a is one of the world’s most famous cycling tours, with a route that features some of the best climbs in the world. The race is held annually in August and consists of 21 stages. It ends with a sprint in Madrid.
In recent years, the Vuelta a Espa A has been a leader in the world’s most exciting races. Director Javier Guillen has sought to create a more narrative-driven route, going outside the big cities to visit secondary towns and regions that are not traditionally associated with bike racing.
Stage 8 will see riders tackle Collado Fancuaya’s mountain climb in Spain’s Asturias region. It is a stage that must be seen in the Vuelta. It’s also a day that will prove difficult for GC competitors as they will have the challenge of climbing the mountain without getting too tired.
The grueling climbs will keep the peloton on their toes, and there are nine mountaintop finish stages throughout the race that will have a major impact on the overall. The Altu de l’Angliru climb, which has been a highlight of the race’s history, will be used again this year.
The Giro d’Italia
The Giro d’Italia is a challenging and exciting cycling race. The race takes place over a series of stages, with each stage being timed to the finish. The general classification is decided by the rider with a lowest average time.
The Giro d’Italia is a great way to travel to Italy to see some of the most famous cycling races in the world. Not only will you get to see some of the world’s top cyclists in action, but you’ll also be able to experience some of the country’s most iconic landmarks from up close.
The best thing about the Giro? You can access all stages through a variety hospitality options. These include VIP access to the first three stages, allowing you to witness the race from a unique angle, and also food, wine, and art exploration experiences.
Musement offers a hospitality package that includes VIP access for the 2023 Giro d’Italia’s second stage and VIP experiences on the most iconic climbs of the race. They also offer guests the chance to witness the Grand Finale in Milan.
If you’re looking to enjoy the Giro d’Italia in its finest, be sure to book your package today! You will have an unforgettable, fun-filled experience that you’ll never forget.
The Tour Down Under
The Tour Down Under is the first stage of the UCI World Tour. It is a must see event for all cycling fans. It’s an opportunity to watch the world’s top riders race, hear from brand experts at Australia’s largest bike expo, and see all the latest tech.
The tour begins with a Schwalbe Classic criterium in Adelaide. It then moves on to five stages throughout South Australia. The race covers 673km and riders will climb over 14 mountain passes.
Many of the top teams will have the opportunity to earn valuable UCI points and avoid being relegated. In addition, a few of the world’s top time trialists will be looking to test their technical prowess with the opening prologue, a 5.5 km time trial in Adelaide.
Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma), who finished third overall last year will have a good chance to win the prologue this year. His time trial skills could play a major role in his chances of winning the stage, especially considering the circuit’s challenging nature.
After the prologue, it’s time for another short and technical stage that has a real chance of exposing the opportunists at the front. The 104km Stage 3 (Nairne to Stirling) has the potential to bring some serious racing. It finishes in the foothills just outside of Adelaide.
The Tour of the Basque Country
The Cantabrian Sea and the Pyrenees Mountains surround Spain’s northern Basque Country. This creates a stunning backdrop that makes it a wonderful place to travel. There are many things to do and see here, from exploring Bilbao’s historic center and catching a live concert at La Ribera market to visiting the world-famous Guggenheim Museum and enjoying the stunning coastline of Biarritz.
Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria-Gasteiz are the most popular cities in the area. This charming medieval city is often overlooked because it houses two cathedrals and Plaza de Virgen Blanca, one of Europe’s most beautiful parks.
If you’re looking to experience some of the best that the Basque region has to offer, consider a private tour with a local guide. This hassle-free adventure includes accommodation, selected meals, transportation, as well as a friendly, knowledgeable guide.
This 11-day trip to northern Spain will take you through wine, cheese, tapas and pintxos. Start in Barcelona, kicking off your vacation with an organic winery tasting and a sunset sailing excursion before moving on to the culinary hot spot of San Sebastian.
You will also visit La Rioja, a wine country with its boutique vineyards. This is a great way to get acquainted with wine, as you’ll be able to sample the local wines and learn more about the region’s history.
The Tour of Spain
Spain is a country known for its picturesque mountains and sun-drenched cities. This lively tour will take you to Catalunya’s Gaudi and Madrid’s Prado. It also includes the Spanish art masters of Toledo, Madrid, and San Sebastian.
The Spanish Grand Tour is often called the sport’s most exciting three week race. It boasts uphill finish riches rivaling any of the two world championship races. ASO will create a slower-burning course this year because of the Spanish race’s foreign starting point.
Apart from the obvious suspects, there are many other contenders to keep your eyes on this season. Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) has shown rising form in recent months, and is one of the most reliable GC contenders among the field.
Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) is another top contender. She finished third last year in this race and has a strong record of climbing. He’ll be a threat throughout the competition, regardless of whether or not he can make it back to the top in Spain.
The final week will also include a number of big stages, including a rolling stage in Extremadura that will likely see some sprinters offload themselves. Although the GC will be tighter these last four days there is still a chance that some speedy riders could make it into the top five.