Ensemble Cycling Vacations
Road biking has boomed in popularity in the last ten years. For cyclists of all stripes -- from high performance triathlete to round-the-block Sunday pedalers -- biking in Europe should definitely be on their bucket list.
One of the best (and easiest) ways for a group of friends – whether strong, moderate or not-at-all cyclists -- to experience the joys of cycling in Europe is from a home base in a luxury private villa. Ensemble Cycling started out under the Butterfield & Robinson umbrella and brings more than 20 years experience in General Interest European villa vacations to their new cycling program based in our luxurious private villas in France, Italy and Spain.
An Ensemble Cycling stay works for all skill levels. Keen cyclists can do 100 miles before meeting up with the 35 mile group for lunch. And the Ensemble Cycling "Local Leader" makes sure that everyone enjoys the non-cycling side of Europe – the markets, historic sites, best restaurants...
Just pick your dates, speak to a Cycling Specialist at Ensemble Cycling to choose the perfect region and villa (from 3 bedrooms to 15 bedrooms). As European travel experts, we do the rest – arrange excellent rental road bikes (or shipping of your own), chefs, transfers, routes and maps, cycling guides, non-cycling activities. You just have to show up ready to ride.
To set the cycling scene, in this newsletter we talk about why cycling in Europe is so great. We also highlight three villas popular with cyclists, in three regions.
Sample Cycling Routes
Each cycling group receives a customized Ride Guide with a week's worth of our favorite Performance (60-100m, hilly) and Recreational (25-50miles, flatter) routes with maps, elevations and instructions.
One of our favorites in Provence is the out and back over the Col du Murs, from the foot of the Ventoux to the Luberon Valley and back. Here it is excerpted from the Ventoux area Ride Guide.
Our Favorite Villas for Cycling
While there are many options, here are just three of our favorite villas for a cycling stay, one each in the Dordogne and Provence in France, and in Italy.
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