La Fuga staff pick out their top ten rides for the year ahead. What are you looking forward to this summer?
The gun has fired and we’re out of the starting blocks. 2015 is underway, the air is awash with fitness regimes, training tips and diet plans, but make sure you’re training for a reason. Many of you will have already picked your rides and aspirations for the year ahead, but we thought we’d share with you ten rides our staff are looking forward to ticking off their bucket list. We’re a diverse bunch at La Fuga, from individuals who have recently re-discovered the pleasure of just riding a bike, to experienced guides who are itching to get back out into the mountains. Read on and we hope you find inspiration whatever style of rider you are.
1. Trollstigen, Norway – Rich, Tour Manager:
A country of jaw-dropping landscapes and incredible roads, heading back to Norway is always special. Our small custom group heading to the ‘Troll Road’ are in for a treat.
2. Nove Colli – Phil, Marketing Manager
Italy’s most popular granfondo offering a beach-side start and finish in Cesenatico, home town of Marco Pantani, and nine challenging hills. Having run now for over four decades, the race now attracts over 10,000 riders, who make the pilgramage from all over Italy and beyond.
3. Ronde Vlaanderen – Wei, Marketing
Legendary cobbled ‘bergs’, beers, frites and crazed fans, the Ronde van Vlaanderen, or Tour of Flanders, is one of the monuments of the professional cycling calendar. Time for Wei to find out what it takes to become a Flanderian for a day.
4. Cyprus – Ian, Director
Ian is heading to the Mediterranean to scout out a potential location for a new early season training camp. Sun, sea, goats and deserted, smooth roads await. The rest of us aren’t jealous…
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5. Maratona dles Dolomites – Phil, Marketing Manager
The best granfondo in the world. If you haven’t done it, it has to be on your list. The mountains are other-worldly in their majesty and the local food on the feed stations is exquisite!
6. Box Hill – Vaish, Accounts
We took Vaise around Richmond Park last week for her first road ride in six years. The day couldn’t have been better, with a crisp blue sky and beautiful sunshine. She fell back in love with the bike there and then. Her next challenge is to make it up the slopes of Box Hill, an inauguration for any cyclist in the London area. Go Vaise!
7. Paris-Roubaix – Anna, Office Manager
Anna hails from the heart of Dolomites, so the cobbles and passion of racing in Belgium hold a special fascination for her. Having conquered the Tour of Flanders sportive last year, and sampled the riotous six day racing in Ghent this winter, there was one obvious event missing to complete the full northern European flavour: Paris-Roubaix.
8. Windsor Great Park – Claudia, Programme Co-ordinator
We often overlook the amazing riding available right on our own doorstep and it takes a fresh pair of eyes to remind you of what you’re missing out on. Claudia’s home town is Cesenatico, home to Marco Pantani and one of the biggest granfondos in Italy, the Nove Colli, so exploring our local English roads and heritage are her goal this year.
9. Corscia – Ian Director
Ian has been before but couldn’t get enough so he’s finding time to get back there this year. The 2012 Tour de France shone the spotlight onto this island of stunning, rocky mountain passes and twisting roads clinging perilously to the edges. There’s a tour in the making here.
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10. Secret location
Ian’s always got a new ride on his list, whether it’s going back to a place we’ve passed whilst on another trip, or exploring new destinations our guests have suggested. Sardinia has been on our radar, as well as Sweden and Sicily, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to see where the road takes us next. There’s a lot of riding to be done…
Interested in riding with us? Let us know what your top ten cycle rides in Europe are.