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Summer Cycling Holidays 2020: Back To Back Tours in Austria and Italy

Unless you’re a hardcore cyclists, the 2019 outdoor cycling season has all but come to an end, and if you dread the thought of sweaty spinning classes, the next five months of virtual cycling on Zwift, and trying to regain your balance on your indoor roller, why not book your 2020 cycling holidays and distract yourself from the abyss that is winter.

Cycle Grossglockner

So where should you go cycling next summer, well, the world is your oyster, but if you are looking for a great value cycling destination with pristine roads, magical mountain landscapes, cycle-friendly accommodations, and traditional homecooked cuisine, Austria and Italy should be top contenders for your 2020 break.

Bormio 3 Mountain Pass Cycling Holiday

Here is a selection of summer spins that might just tickle your taste buds:

25th June – 29th June: Summer Spin 2020 including the Mondsee Radmarathon. This 4-night cycling holiday will take you to the lake district of Salzburg, where you will enjoy two cycle tours, guaranteed entry into the Mondsee race, accommodations with half-board, and airport transfers. From £685.00 per person.

30th June – 3rd July: Cycling Grossglockner, Austria’s highest alpine road. This 3-night trip includes all accommodations, half-board, airport transfers, and two cycle tours, one up the mountain, the other around a lake. From £495.00 per person.

4th July – 8th July: Cycling South Tirol. This time we’ll head to the north of Italy to cycle some demanding passes in the region. This 4-night trip includes accommodations with half-board, airport transfers, and 3 cycle training tours with some mighty mountain climbs. From £495.00 per person.

9th July – 13th July: Bormio 3 Mountain Challenge. One of the most popular cycling trips in Italy, this 4-night adventure includes cycling Bormio’s three major mountain passes, Stelvio, Gavia, and Mortirolo. As you would expect from a fully-inclusive cycling holiday, this trip includes all accommodations, half-board, escorted rides, and airport transfers. From £525.00 per person.

The beauty of the above cycling tours is that they are all back-to-back so you can one, two, three, or all four on one cycling holiday!

Cycling Grossglockner: Austria’s Highest Alpine Road

So, you’ve done France, conquered Italy, and cycled your way around Spain – what next? Well, it might be time to head to the land of Alpine Adventures and book your 2019 cycling holiday to Austria!

While most people think of Austria as a skiing destination, it is one of the best cycling destinations in Europe. The roads are immaculate, the drivers are courteous, and there are more mountain passes that you can count. The weather in this part of the world is surprisingly good from May through to October with summer temperatures exceeding the 30°C mark, the air is pure, the landscapes are breath-taking, and the food is, well, it’s like it was made for cyclists with decadent cakes, delicious Käsespätzle (cheesy pasta type dish), and coffee… lots of coffee.

In the mountainous state of Vorarlberg in western Austria, there are endless cycling possibilities for those who love a challenge, and once a year, you can compete with other climbing aficionados in the Arlberg Giro in St. Anton, a fabulous one-day sportive that tackles 2,500m elevation over just 150km.

Austria is also home to the Ötztaler Radmarathon, which is often described as the most challenging one-day sportive in Europe. Taking place in Sölden each year, this gruelling race includes 3 knee-trembling passes and covers 5,500m elevation over 238km, so it’s not for everyone, but such is the demand that you can only enter by ballot, and just 4,000 out of some 15,000 entrants get a place each year.

Finally, we come to Grossglockner – Austria’s highest mountain. The most magnificent adventure for keen cyclists, it features a pristine alpine road that winds its way up and up to the snow-capped peak. You really need to do this between July and September if you are to at least try and avoid snow on the way up, but if you are blessed with sunshine, you may just think you have died and gone to cycling heaven.

The ascent it tough, but the descent was made for daredevils, and with a clear view of the road below, you can really unleash your inner speed devil and break your own Strava speed records.  The Bicycle Beyond Team will be Cycling Grossglockner again in 2019 and you are invited to join us – click here to find out more!