The spring cycling holiday is a well-maintained tradition in cycling. Getting some sunny miles in before the British summer kicks off is a great way of building fitness and awakening some excitement for the months ahead as well as building relationships with club and team-mates.
The European roads often boast a glass-like smoothness and as a result the miles seem to whizz by – even when there are some pretty substantial climbs along the way.
The best cycling holiday locations
You could cycle anywhere in the world. But there are a few very popular locations – here’s a look at the most frequently visited…
Belgium is home to some of the most high profile bike races in the world – but you’re better off waiting until the spring classics period has passed, and heading over come summer when the weather is more predictable.
Terrain varies greatly, there’s plenty of flat stretches in the north whilst you’ll find the hills in the south.
The famous cobbles will present their own challenge, and climbs to look out for include the Koppenberg (600 metres, 11.6 per cent average, 22 per cent max) and Oude Kwaremont (2.2km, average 4.2 per cent average, 11 per cent max).
Cape Town, South Africa
The longest flight on our list by a long way, but the stunning roads that lace this coastal area – which sits just below the shadow of Table Mountain in South Africa – are well documented.
The area is keen to advocate healthy lifestyle choices, with the Bicycle Cape Town organisation set up to promote facilities, routes and services in the area. During March, 3-12, the ‘LifeCycle Week’ pays tribute to all things bike related, with sportives, MTB events and competitive races filling out the schedule.
Sights to explore include the Smitswinkel climb, Cape Point Nature Reserve, the Misty Cliffs and Chapman’s Peak/Suikerbossie double ascent.
Denia (or Calpe), Spain
Both Calpe and Denia are located on the Mediterranean coast of mainland Spain, on the Costa Blanca (in Alicante) stretch and about 35km apart from each other.
Like Mallorca, both areas are incredibly well set up for cyclists, with pretty much anything you could need available in case you run into trouble and need replacement parts or servicing.
There’s also a wide range of terrains, with notable climbs as well as flat lands for those easy spins home. When off the bike, there’s long stretches of sandy beaches to explore.