Top Winter Cycling Destinations Where You Should See Some Sun!

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.

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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!

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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!