Bike Route Rating

At Gourmet Cycling Travel, we carefully choose our daily bike routes using local knowledge to ensure the most scenic, quiet roads that are pure cycling heaven!

Our trips that focus primarily on the Gourmet and Luxury aspect (Provence, Tuscany, Loire Valley) are typically FUN level rides but can accommodate guests who would like to partake in ACTIVE level rides.

Our Tour de France and Giro d’Italia are focused primarily on incredible and challenging cycling and accommodate road cycling enthusiasts who would like to partake in ACTIVE and CHALLENGE level rides.

Level Distances per Day Trips Bike
FUN – easygoing on flatter terrain with some short hills 10-25 miles (16-40km) Provence, Tuscany, Loire, Bordeaux San Sebastian Hybrid bike typically
ACTIVE – all terrain, up to 2 mountain passes 20-45 miles (32-72km) Tour de France, Giro d’Italia Option for: Provence, Tuscany. Bordeaux San Sebastian Carbon road bike
CHALLENGE – all terrain, up to 3 mountain passes. 20-75 miles (32-120km) Tour de France, Giro d’Italia Carbon road bike

All trips include a following van, on-the-bike guides as well as GPS turn-by-turn ride routes with maps. At the Tour de France former professional racers lead every ride: coach Simon Kessler, an international cycling coach, and Neil Martin (father of top pro racer Dan Martin).

Tour de France bike tour

Tour de France bike tour

“Our Tour de France Trip was truly spectacular. Simon was more than just our cycling guide through the scenic roads of Provence, the Alps, Lyon and Paris. As a fluent French speaker and former professional cyclist, he was also our cultural guide through France and our ‘press-pass to the pros.’ The highlight of our trip included front row access to the team buses and personal photos with Robert Hunter of Team Barloworld. Also impressive was Simon’s ability to keep our group rolling! Whether it was the dirt-road detour to reach the stage start, a broken chain or a tricky alpine descent, he just knew how to support cyclists. Ed and I will definitely take our next trip to France with Simon!” Catie Whelan and Ed Rood

Tuscany bike tour

Tuscany bike tour

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“The TdF trip through the Pyrenees with GCT was beyond words; it was such a fantastic trip! As a non-cyclist, GCT was the only tour group advertising the non-cyclist version at the time I was planning my trip. After talking to Simon on the phone, I was ready to go! Read More