For some there’s no better feeling then heading out on the open road to stretch their legs, fill their lungs, and to discover the best a country can offer. There are endless roads to explore across the globe when you set out on your road bike to retrace some of the most infamous climbs and stages in the world.

Road cycling tours can include more easy-going and leisurely rides, as well as more physically demanding trips that retrace your most favourite road races. Road cycling tours may also connect you to cities, sites of cultural significance, and of course wonderful food and drink. Road rides can vary greatly in difficulty as they can come with various levels of support and can take multiple routes to get to the same destination. Take the long route up over the mountains to feel the crisp mountain air, or stick to the valley bottom and meander your way alongside a picturesque river; it’s up to you!

One of the most popular road tour trends is to retrace the stages of some of the world’s most popular stage races, such as the Tour de France or the Giro d’Italia. Riders try their hand at tackling some of the most iconic climbs like the Col du Tourmalet, Alpe d’Huez, or the Passo dello Stelvio. For the more casual riders a food or culture based tour might be more suitable as you take your time to casually cycle your way through the landscape sampling the best the country can offer.

Take your time to understand what the physical demands are, and what level of support is offered. Many of the more difficult road tours offer full support from a following van which makes it possible for all levels of riders to partake in some of the iconic rides. There’s no better way to experience a new country than by taking to the road and riding your way through it.

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