Summer in the cycling world is the season of high mountains and epic adventures. The snow has melted and heading up high is in order, plus longer days mean longer rides and warm weather makes kitting up and heading out both easier and far more appealing (although these winter cycling destinations break that mould – always something to look forward to!). We would spend the whole season riding our bikes from one European mountain range to the next if we could, but there’s work to be done so we’ll leave the cycling to you… And to help you decide where you want to go this summer, here’s our pick of the best European cycling tours to ride this year.
Trans Pyrenees – Classic Trans Challenge
We’ve mentioned it before but Trans Pyrenees is the original Eat Sleep Cycle tour and one that we think everyone should ride. From Girona to San Sebastian with plenty of Cols to tackle in between it promises to be an unforgettable adventure filled with culinary and cultural discoveries too.
Trans Pyrenees Tour Dates:
- 30th June – 7th July 2019
Trans Dolomites – Classic Trans Challenge
The classic climbs of the Giro are the target on the Trans Dolomites Challenge point-to-point from the Zoncolan to the Mortirolo with the mighty Stelvio in between. In total a whopping 611 km with 17,100 m of climbing of course all supplemented by delicious Italian food!
Trans Dolomites Tour Dates:
- 16th – 23rd June 2019
A Gravel European Summer Cycling Tour
Are you looking for a different type of European summer cycling tour or something that is off the beaten track? Then this trans alps gravel tour is for you! Maybe you’ve already completed Trans Dolomites or Trans Pyrenees, maybe you’ve done all there is to do on the road and you’re wondering what’s next? Introducing: the Trans Alps Gravel Bike tour. Take things off road this summer and cycle to Munich To Verona Via Germany, Austria & Italy on gravel whilst taking in the stunning scenery along the way.
Trans Alps Gravel Bike Tour Dates:
- 30th June – 6th July 2019
Classic Climbs of the Alps – Summer Cycling Tour
Immortalised by the epic battles of the Tour de France, the classic cols of the French Alps are a must-ride for any cyclist and an experience to be ticked off the bucket list. Take on the likes of Alpe d’Huez, col du Telegraphe, and the Galibier over a week in one of the most stunning places you can possibly ride a bike.
Classic Climbs of the Alps Tour Dates:
- 7th – 13th July 2019
Tour de France Summer Cycling Tour
If you want to watch the world’s greatest bike race at its most dramatic you need to head to the Pyrenees. This tour is all about soaking up the atmosphere of the Tour de France and following the pro’s pedal strokes on the iconic Cols of the Tourmalet, Peyresourde and Aspin. The tour is based out of the perfectly located and charming French town of Bagnères de Luchon where such climbs are right on your doorstep! (psst, going to watch the Tour this year? Find out what the pros think about the 2019 Tour de France route!)
Tour de France Tour Dates:
- 16th – 21st July 2019
La Purito Summer Cycling Tour
If you prefer to be in on the action rather than just watching it then entering an event like a sportive is the way to go, and they don’t come much harder than La Purito! Taking place in Andorra, an undiscovered theme park for cyclists, La Purito is the legacy of retired Spanish pro Joaquim Rodriguez and comprises an epic course over 145 km and 5,200 m!
- 3rd – 5th August 2019
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