To help make it happen VeloNews presents The Ultimate Ride Guide, on newsstands March 22. The Ultimate Ride Guide takes you inside the best rides on the planet, from the almost outrageously luxurious catered trips to more humble yet thoroughly breathtaking rides like a self-guided trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and Virginia.
The Guide spans across world-class riding at home and abroad, with special sections focusing on Italy, France, Switzerland and Spain, as well as U.S. events like Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge Gran Fondo, and Ryder Hesjedal’s Maui Cycling Camp.
Most of the rides detailed are organized events, where, at the very least, the course is set out for you and some level of structure is provided. If you are considering traveling to Europe, there are countless options, from do-it-yourself shoestring trips to fully guided tours where you won’t have to sweat a single detail. Whichever route you prefer, the VeloNews editorial staff tells you where to go, how to prepare and what to expect for your next ultimate ride.
VeloNews 2011 Ultimate Ride Guide
Adventures of a lifetime in Italy, Spain, France, Hawaii, California and Switzerland. 85 great events. Ride a Gran Fondo, enjoy a guided tour, follow the Tour de France.
While it may lack some of the cultural flair of its Mediterranean neighbors, Switzerland is the undisputed points leader of another, oft overlooked criterion for bicycle tourism: organization.
Old school cyclosportifs and the cobbled classics
For everyday cyclists with an interest in riding historical events, the Tour de France is not the only game in town.
Like tasting notes from a well crafted Bordeaux, or trying to analyze the complex characters of Bernard Hinault or Laurent Fignon, France's magnetism as a cycle-tourism destination can be tough to decipher.
Held every year in early October since 1997. L'Eroica is a classic bike tour that celebrates "sharing the passion for the past."
For cycling aficionados, no other country in Europe can match Italy's rich blend of culinary delights, diverse terrain, and spirited fans.
Fuel for the fire
Inspiration for your next ride, whether from your home or a rented chalet
Pack it in
6 great ways to get your gear there safely