It’s that time of year again, and if you cannot bear the thought of layering up for your next ride, let alone heading out into the frosty temperatures outdoors, now is the perfect time to start searching for your annual winter getaway where long rides in sunnier climes come as standard.
While only the bravest of cyclists head to the Mediterranean at this time of the year you could be blessed with a week of sunshine in the Balearics, and you might even be treated to toasty temperatures in the Canary Islands, but the truth is, if you want to escape winter, you need to head further south, down below the equator, where spring has sprung and temperatures are starting to rise.
World’s Best Winter Cycling Destinations
So what are the best destinations for a winter cycling holiday? Here are a few suggestions that will have you packing your Scicon this weekend:
Cycling Holidays New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the best cycling destinations in the world, but due to its remote location, it is often overlooked by European cyclists. While it’s a long way to go to cycle in the sunshine, the cycling routes are here are simply spectacular, with the Alps 2 Ocean Road, the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, and the Old Ghost Road to name a few. While many of the trails here are aimed at mountain bikers, there are plenty of options for roadies, and with sunshine all-but-guaranteed during our winter months, NZ is the perfect destination for a sunny cycling break.
Cycling Holidays Chile Patagonia
The Patagonia cycling season 2019/2020 is officially underway, and if your idea of the perfect cycling holiday includes riding through deep valleys, along glacial lakes, and up snow-capped volcanoes, this is the destination for you! Temperatures average between 20-25 degrees at this time of year, ideal for long days in the saddle, and the scenery gets better day by day.
Cycling Holidays South Africa
When it comes to value for money, South Africa is the ultimate winter cycling destination. There are accommodations to suit every budget, the roads are better here than many parts of Europe (yes Italy, we mean you!), and there are spectacular routes to suit all abilities. You can cycle the Cape Winelands, cycle the Garden Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, or even take a cycling safari! South Africa has it all, and if you visit in March, you’ll be able to participate in the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world’s largest timed cycling sportive.
So head south this winter and treat yourself to some sunshine on a cycling holiday of a lifetime. It certainly beats spinning classes!