Now that the Tour de France has finished, with Italian Vincenzo Nibali donning the yellow jersey, many cycling fans may be left dreaming of their own two-wheeled tour of Europe.
If your love of cycling has been reignited and the Tour de France has left you wanting more, this may be the perfect time to consider your own cycling trip. Whether you like cities, hillsides, wining and dining or would rather just stay closer to home, there are plenty of fantastic tours you can make on your own two wheels. Here’s a selection of some of Europe’s most impressive cycling regions to whet your appetite.
For Tour de France fans: The Pyrenees
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One of the key routes of the Tour de France, the Pyrenees offer challenging routes and winding pathways between the area’s many peaks. These hefty climbs reward cyclists with high speed descents and awe-inspiring views of mountains, forests and high altitude lakes.
Beginners could start with the Col des Ares climb, which offers gentle gradients of 310m in total, with winding turns throughout. Cycle 6.7km from la Moulette to the summit, where you’ll be able to celebrate your journey with a cooling beverage.
Another great climb, and one of the most popular, is Guardader d’Arres, which can be started on the Spanish side of the border. This winds through tall forests before offering jaw dropping views across the valley. Following the moderately steep, but steady climb, cyclists can enjoy a fun descent, speeding through the village of Arres, with plenty of hairpin bends to get the heart racing.