Europe: Diverse roads and stunning countryside

Europe has so much to offer the avid cyclist that you could fill a lifetime exploring the varied regions and never cross your own path. As we began CycleVentoux, the criteria for our home base was amazing roads, a world renowned climb in our backyard, a beautiful place to be and great food & wine. Ease of access to riders flying into Europe from away was also a key factor. Provence has this all, and we started CycleVentoux to celebrate and challenge ourselves on “Le Géant de Provence.”

The terrain and scenery of Provence provide incredible rides for all ability levels. Ride from the house on excellent road surfaces. The roads wend through Séguret, Sablet, and Gigondas, then climb through the hill towns of Suzette and Crillon le Brave, or north through Vaison la Romaine and the northern flanks of Mt. Ventoux through the villages of Brantes, Sault and the stunning Gorges de la Nesque.

Then there is Mont Ventoux. A great, challenging ride in and of itself. A classic Tour stage that is bound to stay etched in your memory.

As we have grown, so has our curiousity to stretch out and explore destinations that embody the best Europe has to offer cyclists: great hospitality, culture, beauty and the delicious food to fuel your ride.

We now have bases in the northern French Alps for the rides that include the Galibier, Croix de Fer, Glandon, Madeleine, Télégraphe, I’zoard and much more. In the Pyrenees, we base ourselves out of Aarau so we can ride the stunning region that encompass the Tourmalet, D’Aspin and Peyresourde and other Tour classics.

In the Fall of 2011 we began riding the hills of Liguria Italy and availing ourselves of the great food and hospitality in the Italian Riviera towns of Rappallo, Sestre Levanti and Levanto – amazing seafood and a lively night scene, while the days are spent riding the peaceful roads deep into the Ligurian mountains.

2012 has brought us to Bormio Italy to ride the classic mountain stages of the Giro: The Passos di Stelvio, Mortirolo, Gavia amongst others. The town boasts three thermal spas and a great physio facility for massage and body work. The regional cooking and wine of the Valtellina are fantastic.

Our current region of interest and exploration is the Langhe region of Piedmont, Italy. The wine, food and culture is as fine as it gets. The riding is as diverse and challenging as we’ve found anywhere. While the Langhe and Alta Langhe may not boast a hors catégorie climb, a look at our cycling computer after a day of riding in this region tells us we’ve done 5,000′   – the benefit? the more times you go up these beautiful hills, the more great descents you have – all day long – fun!

So please contact me to discuss the myriad possibilities available to you for exploring Europe and having a memorable cycling adventure.

All the Best, Robert Deeley