Cycling holidays are one of the fastest growing travel trends, and if you like the idea of combining your annual trip overseas with a few days in the saddle, there are some fantastic international cycling tours that will work perfectly with any tailor-made travel itinerary.
Until recently, travelling overseas with your bike was a costly experience, but due to the popularity of international cycling events, many leading airlines will allow you to transport your bicycle as part of your standard luggage allowance. With that ‘problem’ solved, you can start planning your cycling holiday today, and if you are looking for some inspiration, here are 3 Amazing Overseas Cycling Events to get you started…
The Tour de Tuli – South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe
An off-road event for those who like to get down and dirty on their Mountain Bikes, the Tour de Tuli is a 4-Day / 280km cycle tour that will take you through some of the most beautiful areas of Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. A charitable event that raises money for the Children in the Wilderness organisation, the Tour de Tuli takes place every August – but spaces are limited, so you need to book for 2016 now!
The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge – New Zealand
New Zealand’s benchmark cycling event, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is made up of 20 different events ranging from the popular Bike Barn Solo, a 160km circumnavigation of Lake Taupo, to the Barfoot & Thompson Extreme Enduro – a whopping 1280km challenge. Taking place in November each year, this one day sportive works exceptionally well with a self-drive New Zealand itinerary.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour – South Africa
Attracting over 35,000 cyclists each year, the Cape Town Cycle Tour (previously the Cape Argus), is the world’s largest timed cycle race, and fast becoming the world’s most popular one day sportive thanks to its idyllic location and spectacular scenery. The CTCT takes place in March each year, which just happens to be the best time of the year to visit South Africa. After a week in Cape Town, you can extend you stay with a self-drive Garden Route tour, a Winelands adventure, a safari, or even a trip to Victoria Falls – the possibilities are endless.