When the weather at home is too bad for race cycling then its best to go to Italy, Croatia or Spain. The southern regions offer the best conditions for racing cyclists during the colder season.
Costa Blanca - La Marina
There is clearly no winter break in La Marina, the all-year racing cycle area in Eastern Spain. Racing cyclists meet here on quiet, challenging roads all year round. On average, 1.300 metres in altitude per 100 kilometres are to be mastered.
When the weather at home is too bad for race cycling then its best to go to Istria. The Croatian coastal area offers 30 fantastic racing cycle regions. Roads with hardly any traffic and steep ramps lead inland.
This middle Italian region offers the best conditions for racing cyclists from mid-September until the end of July. Cycling enthusiasts will find that the Val d‘ Orcia Valley south of Sienna is an attractive and challenging region all year round.
The cycling season at the Italian east costs lasts all year long. Race cycling history unfolds around the hilly landscape of the Montefeltro region between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennines. The mountains Catria, Petrano and Nerone have already been part of the Giro d’Italia.
The topographic diversity and mild climate between the Adriatic coast and the Apennines provide the ideal conditions for all-year-round cycling. Rimini, Riccione and Cattolica are the starting points of hinterland tours on which Marco Pantani trained in the past.
The natural landscape, quaint villages which sit enthroned on the hills and carry the names of the world famous Barolo, Barbaresco and Novello wines as well as the small, almost always empty roads are typical for Piedmont in north-western Italy.
The tours around Italy’s largest lake are accessible all year round. Pros use the early months of the year for training sessions, hobby bikers enjoy the almost empty roads. Lake Tenno and Lake Cavedine, the mountains Monte Bondone and Monte Baldo are some of the classic tours.
Lake Levico - Trentino
Only an hour’s drive in north-eastern direction from Lake Garda, you will find the Sugana Valley to be an amazing race cycling area. Diverse topography and a season lasting from February until November are good reasons to spend a racing bike holiday here.
The combination of Mediterranean climate and high-alpine beauty make South Tyrol an interesting starting point for any racing bike holiday. The season starts in the Vinschgau District and along the wine route already in March.
Klopeinersee, Faaker See & Rosental
Mountains or water – you don’t have to make a decision in the region around Lake Klopein. With the mild climate, you get to enjoy both options: mountain air and swimming fun! The race cycling tours are not only a great physical challenge but also reward with a truly scenic landscape.
Racing bike region Salzburgerland – Salzkammergut
The merger of the Salzburger Land and the Salzkammergut into a racing bike region resulted in a top racing bike destination only a few kilometres away from the town of Salzburg. The diversity of tours between lakes and Alpine passes is unique.
An optimal network of low-traffic side roads and cycling trails promises stress-free race biking with all levels of difficulty from March onwards. Planned as stage tour, the entire region between Neuschwanstein Castle and Lake Constance can be discovered on two wheels.
When snow still covers the landscapes at home and the thought of race cycling is still far off, then it’s best to take a holiday in Italy or Spain. The winter sun in the south provides the perfect conditions for training and the start into the season during the colder time of the year.