Great Events & Destinations
For those of us celebrating milestones, health victories, empty nests, new bikes or wanting something big to look forward to in the New Year, here are some dreamy trips and bike tours to think about.
Extreme Biking: Cairo to Capetown
If camping for 100+ days doesn’t scare you, this wild trans-continental ride with TDA Global Cycling starts at the Pyramids of Giza, pedals along the Red Sea and the river Nile, along the edges of the Kalahari and ends with a triumphant finish into gorgeous Capetown. Too late for 2024, but a trip like this needs a little forward planning…for next year.
Sail by Night; Ride by Day
Who knew you could actually ride in Tahiti? Bill and his team at Santana Advenetures have figured out exactly how to do it, and give you the best of everything in their 8-island cycling cruise through French Polynesia.
The backcountry of Montana is a bucket-list destination for a litany of reasons. This organized gravel trip is for women only and includes stunning scenery, quiet roads and sections of the famed Great Divide. The final day syncs up with the Dusty Bandita women’s gravel race (yes, you read that right) in Ovando, MT on June 1st. Accommodations are on a ranch – get the cowgirls together for this one. Trip details here >
An alluring destination that’s definitely best done by bike and with experts like those at Duvine. Berber villages, Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains. Get details here >
There are so many reasons to go to Tuscany, that it just seems ridiculous to name another cycling-specific one but here we go. Hundreds of miles of quiet, white gravel “strade bianche” roads wind through the Italian countryside, drawing cyclists from around the world. While the official 2024 Strada Bianche event is sold out, check out other options here >
Most of us are self-trained cyclists, passionate recreational riders who would never consider racing. But…for a dose of what it would be like (and to infuse a little estrogen into the pack), head to Aspen, stay at a fabulous hotel and ride with Christian Vande Velde at this posh Clip-in Training Camp. Details at the Little Nell.
National Park Bike Season
April heralds something extraordinarily special in select US National Parks (Yellowstone & Glacier) – a period of time where the roads are open to bicycles only. It’s an unbelievable gift to experience the natural wonders and the wonderfully unnaturally quiet roads that are normally packed with motor homes. Get busy and get details for Glacier here > and for Yellowstone here >
Mount Tam to Point Reyes
Arguably the best that California has to offer cyclists. Incredible views, stunning forests and many options in terms of length/loops you can make. Add a ride across the Golden Gate and you feel like you’re in some fabulous movie. Ride with GPS app makes this 70.5 mile option easier than it used to be.
Ride The Blue Zone
Discover why Sardinia is one of the world’s 8 blue zones, where longer life expectancy, lower chronic disease and a happier, healthier lifestyle are resident. Turns out, cycling on this Mediterranean island is a quiet delight, and the food and wine are both secret ingredients to longevity. Treat yourself to this wonderful tour with the experts at Duvine >