Winter is nearly over, the cycling season is kicking off and there are some great spring training trips and sportives to ride. Get in touch to book your last minute break. Our top four March trips are:
Morocco: Marrakech & The Atlas Mountains
In Summary: The new hottest location for spring cycling. Fly to Marrakech with low cost flights from all over northern Europe. The riding here is spectacular with some epic mountain passes going over 2,000m in the High Atlas and some great ascents up to ski stations. The average day is around 1,500m of climbing so fairly tough but a great place to start the season with some proper climbs. The roads here are quiet and you will often have them to yourself. Our local guides will be with you the whole time and give you a real insight into the local culture. Finish in the fabulous city of Marrakech where you can have a tour on foot or by bike.
Weather: The March average is 23 degrees. Check out the latest forecast, that's right, every day from March 11th to 31st is due to be uninterupted sunshine and temperatures between 24 degrees and 27 degrees.
Unmissable: The two passes of Tizi n'Test & Tizi n’Tichka, both over 2,000m with absolutley spectacular roads.
Ideal for: Warm early season riding to a new destination.
Mallorca Spring Training
In Summary: The most famous spring training destination of them all and still a hard place to beat. Mallorca could have been built for cyclists, a long mountain range covering one side of the island with a wide variety of climbs and a flat middle area on quiet roads. In March you will see lots of groups and smaller teams from all over Europe training for the season. Our custom tours all include an expert local guide who will show you the best routes on the island, from the bucket list climbs of Sa Calobra to lesser known routes. High quality bike rental is also available if you want a short break without the hassle of packing your bike.
Weather: Average temperature in March is 17 degrees. Expect a bit of everything, it can be warm or snow in March but normally the sun is shining even when the temperatures drop.
Unmissable: The coast to coast ride from Andratx to Port de Pollensa - a 115km ride along the coast all the way, one of the world's great rides.
Ideal for: Spring training with a mix of climbing and flat terrain all at great value.
Tour of Flanders
In Summary: Along with Paris Roubaix, this is the most famous one day bike race on the planet. In Flanders, cycling is one of the main sports and this is the FA Cup Final of the region. You are not allowed to have a kick about at Wembley the day before the cup final but you can ride the route of Flanders on the iconic Tour of Flanders sportive. Choose your route option from 75km to 220km going over the famous climbs of the Oude Kwaremont, Koppenberg & Paterberg. On the Sunday, it's the pros turn. Watch the race with the locals on the course or at the end in Oudenaarde. There are numerous fan parks along the route, our favourite is to watch on the Kwaremont by the big screen.
Route Choices: 75km, 130km both in a loop from Oudenaarde or 220km starting with a transfer from Oudenaarde to Antwerp.
Unmissable: Watching the pro race on the Kwaremont with passionate locals and fans from all over the world. Riding with 18,000 cycling enthusiasts on the sportive cheered on by locals on all the main climbs.
Ideal for: Anyone who loves the classics & a great trip for clubs and groups.
In Summary: The start of the Flanders Classics week. Gent Wevelgem is a one day classic over Western Flanders with a relatively flat but very challenging route. The challenge here is all about surviving the strong winds that batter the flatlands of the region. The local peloton sprint out of every corner so sticking on the wheel is challenging all the way round. The middle of the route gets lumpy with some short and steep climbs including the famous Kemmelberg before a quick sprint back to the finish line. On the Sunday, the pros race the route starting near Gent. A couple of teams stay at our hotel so you can see what goes into a classic weekend for the pros. You can end your weekend in Ypres by watching the Last Post.
Route Choices: All options start and end in Wevelgem close to Kortrijk. Choose from 60km to 215km.
Unmissable: Fighting the wind on the flatlands of Western Flanders. Riding through the Menin Gate in Ypres and climbing the iconic Kemmelberg.
Ideal for: A real Flanders classic, ride with a strong peloton of local riders.