If you have been reading the locations and angling for a much more vertically driven cycling locale, then this is the one for you. The renowned mountain biking destination is home to an incredible selection of trails that will test the endurance of even the most practiced rider. The place to be is the Portes Du Soleil which thanks to its interconnected mountain high network is also a popular ski destination. Here 12 resorts and five dedicated bike parks give you the ability to climb, free ride and enjoy that much earned downhill coast on over 650 kilometers of eye-opening French land. The variety here is unparallel thanks to the landscape which means you can experience days full of different ride experiences, intense bouncy descents, steady rock ascents and then long open enduro rides, the choice is really up to you. Those hoping to take an extended tour will be thankful that this region borders Switzerland which in itself has its own selection of cycle friendly routes, and of course its own mountains.
If you prefer to stay away from the crowds of Spain, its neighbour to the west is a fantastic alternative. Recently Portugal has been encouraging more cyclists to take a pedal tour of its wonderfully sunny lands, integrating bike tours into the small towns that would otherwise go unchecked by tourists. If you want to do some sight seeing while you take in the open air, this may be up your alley as the beautiful Portuguese sea is not the only thing to revel in here. work your way over the hillsides and through the fields into the modest medieval villages that remain today. Cycle past the locals as you work your way up to castle height or meander through the flats of the village networks at sea level. This holiday will provide riders with an unseen view of Portugal for a blissful and culture soaked bike retreat.
With several destinations that have been tackled before by the cycling elite, Italy now stands shoulder to shoulder with other European destinations like France. Thanks to its iconic and often untouched landscapes, riders can experience the natural changes in the landscape that include wonderfully contoured mountains and rolling emerald hills. Head to Sardinia for long winding roads tucked behind ancient hills, here road bikers will love the steady inclines and road flats. There is also Tuscany, which has become the go to ride destination in Italy thanks to a couple of spring time tournaments. The white roads here will guide you to beautiful hilltop towns where you may be tempted to disembark for the local cuisine. Those dedicated to taking on a challenge will also find solace in the Italian landscape thanks to the quite literally breathtaking Stelvio Pass. This incredible looking cutaway into the mountains is as challenging a ride as it is picturesque thanks to a climb that is as steep as it is long and a descent that throws over 40 death defying hairpin turns your way.