MARBLEHEAD, MA (PRWEB) March 13, 2006
Destination Cycling has launched five vacation packages for 2006 featuring historical cycling itineraries by CyclingRevealed: Flanders, Belgian Ardennes, Giro d’Italia - Belgium Prologue, Tour de France - Grand Départ Alsace, and Explore Andalucia Spain. Destination Cycling offers over 30 cycling vacations in Austria, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, US, and Canada.
CyclingRevealed.com is an online publication dedicated to cycling history, commentary, culture, and trivia. Its founders Graham Jones and Barry Boyce walk readers through cycling’s glorious history with the “20th Century Time Line,” “25 Top Tours,” and special articles recalling epic races past and present.
For Destination Cycling, CyclingRevealed has developed new trip itineraries around famous bicycle races such as the Spring Classics, Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, and Vuelta a España. Guests will ride the same hallowed roads as cycling’s greatest heroes while enjoying a local history lesson and the best of regional culture and cuisine.
“Given our company’s beginnings in European race-oriented cycling vacations, it is natural that we be 'true to our roots' and add cycling history tours to our trip offerings,” says Joe Tonon, Destination Cycling’s Co-Founder. “Within our Lifestyle vacations, Graham and Barry bring a unique combination of historical expertise, cultural appreciation, and cycling passion as tour leaders.”
Destination Cycling’s Flanders trip begins in Brussels and includes riding the Tour of Flanders route, tasting world-famous Brugge chocolates, and touring the WWI Western Front battlefields of Ypres and Passchendaele. Guests will visit a Trappist brewery and experience riding over the infamous Paris-Roubaix cobbles.
“As a cyclist I spent two years racing in Belgium and Northern Europe. Whenever possible I return to ride over roads that continue to make cycling history. As a history buff and having visited WWI and WWII battlefields with relatives who fought on the fields of Flanders, I have a special intimate affinity for the region. Combing cycling and history in a tour that also savors the culture, culinary delights, and of course incomparable Belgian beers, makes for a vacation to be remembered,” explains Graham Jones.
It is only fitting that this year's Giro d'Italia is starting in Belgium, the heart of cycling pageantry and history. Destination Cycling's Giro d'Italia - Belgium Prologue trip will begin in Tournai, Belgium and continue through the cobbled climbs and medieval villages of Flanders. Along the way, guests will catch the excitement of watching live stages of the Giro.
“Combining the flamboyant but elegant Italian style with Belgium’s incomparable cycling pedigree creates a rare cocktail for the cycling connoisseur,” says Graham Jones.
Destination Cycling’s Tour de France - Grand Départ Alsace trip will celebrate Strasbourg’s rich historical and cultural past. Host to the Tour’s start for the first time in 1919, Strasbourg eagerly awaits cycling enthusiasts. Guests will travel along the Alsatian Route des Vins, taste famous Gewurztraminer wines, explore the Vosges mountains, ride into Germany’s Black Forest, and learn first-hand about this region’s key role in WWII.
Looking south, CyclingRevealed has developed a tour featuring the spectacular terrain and cities of Spain’s Andalucia region. An itinerary that includes the world heritage sites of Alhambra and Granada will immerse guests in the passionate culture of Flamenco, bull fights, and homes of former Conquistadors. The region frequently hosts important races and this year guests will ride some of the same roads scheduled for the 2006 Vuelta a España.
"As your Destination Cycling guides, Graham and Barry will take you back in time to cycling's greatest eras, complete with all the race and rider trivia," explains Joe Tonon. "This kind of knowledge is rare and makes these trips one-of-a-kind and not to be missed."
All five tours are suitable for beginner and experienced cyclists alike. The daily ride distances for these trips range between 20-50 miles over flat to rolling terrain. All prices listed are per person based on double occupancy, airfare not included.
The Flanders package is offered July 28-August 4, 2006 and the Ardennes package is offered August 5-11, 2006. Prices for each of these 7 day/6 night packages are $3,995.
The Giro d’Italia - Belgium Prologue package is offered May 5-9, 2006. Price for this 5 day/4 night package is $2,695.
The Tour de France - Grand Départ Alsace package is offered June 29 - July 4, 2006. Price for this 6 day/5 night package is $3,695.
The Explore Andalucia Spain package is offered April 22-28, September 2-8, and October 15-21, 2006. Price for this 7 day/6 night package is $3,795.
CyclingRevealed.com is an online magazine that reports the great stories of cycling history. This vibrant web site adds richness and depth into the stories that make up the past and the present of elite level cycle racing, including the local history, peoples, and geography of the great races. CyclingRevealed educates and entertains with cycling trivia, factual data, and provides other excellent cycling resources. For more information, visit http://www.cyclingrevealed.com.
About Destination Cycling
Destination Cycling creates active lifestyle vacations specializing in performance, lifestyle, charity, and custom itineraries. Building on its founders’ expertise in European race-oriented cycling vacations, it offers journeys that blend cycling, local traditions, culinary delights, and wellness into unforgettable experiences. Destinations include Austria, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, US, and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.destinationcycling.com.
For More Information Contact:
Erin Berard, Marketing Director, Destination Cycling
Phone: 1-877-698-2712 Toll-free