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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:22 pm    Post subject: Cycling in the sun  Reply with quote

Hi guys - I'm looking for some advice. The wife and I have a weeks holiday at the start of April, and we seriously need to go cycling somewhere with a reasonable chance of sunshine. We've done the Mallorca thing, and would like to try somewhere new. My rough criteria would be...

1. Reasonable chance of some sun!
2. Can hire some reasonable quality road bikes.
3. Easy to get to from the UK

I was thinking of Sardinia, but couldn't find much in the way of places hiring decent bikes. Corsica perhaps? I'm not really looking for one of those organised tours, and would rather base ourselves somewhere nice for the week. All suggestions appreciated!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Club La Santa on Lanzarote, not cheap but bikes are available........
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did Sardinia April last year - beautiful!!  I went with Saddleskeddadle and took my bike.  You can hire decent bikes there, but I'm not sure where exactly.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback guys...

Bartali - I came across Saddleskeddadle website and it looked interesting, so it's good to know someone can vouch for them. I'd prefer to base myself in one place, rather than tour, so was there any town or region of Sardinia you thought was particularly nice for cycling?

Last KM - a couple of folk have mentioned the Canaries now, so I've started looking at it in detail. My concern was that the islands are quite small, and you would have to go around in circles. I assume you've cycled there, so was this your impression?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's all nice - well all the west coast which is where I rode.  Nice climbs, but nothing too mean like the Alps/Dolomites etc.  North of centre it was very windy, which was a pain for a light(ish) rider like me on a 'flyaway' bike.  I'll look on a map later but the cycling guides lived in the South and I think that's what they recommended.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Juggernaut wrote:
Thanks for the feedback guys...

Bartali - I came across Saddleskeddadle website and it looked interesting, so it's good to know someone can vouch for them. I'd prefer to base myself in one place, rather than tour, so was there any town or region of Sardinia you thought was particularly nice for cycling?

Last KM - a couple of folk have mentioned the Canaries now, so I've started looking at it in detail. My concern was that the islands are quite small, and you would have to go around in circles. I assume you've cycled there, so was this your impression?


Only cycled in Majorca.....Club La Santa is out of my budget..popular with Germans, and yes its a windy island.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I've opted for Sardinia, primarily because I can get cheap flights. We're going to stay in the South-East, which looks pretty and rural, so hopefully lots of empty roads.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoy........
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will love it Juggernaut - enjoy!!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Algarve (South Portugal) is very nice now. Good Roads. I don't know about renting bikes there but why not invest in a bike luggage and take your own bike with you?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

im told the beaches in croatia are among the finest has anybody been there id like to know
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam-I-Am wrote:
im told the beaches in croatia are among the finest has anybody been there id like to know


We were in the North near Porec and mainly the beaches are solid rock. Still crystal clear sea, good food everywhere and not a bad coffee to be had...mind you weather could've been better!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

redster73 wrote:
Sam-I-Am wrote:
im told the beaches in croatia are among the finest has anybody been there id like to know


We were in the North near Porec and mainly the beaches are solid rock. Still crystal clear sea, good food everywhere and not a bad coffee to be had...mind you weather could've been better!


thanks for that redster maybe they are in the south who knows anyway i like the sound of that sea and coffee and good food so then youd recommend it aye thats good to know maybe its in the cards for me thanks mate
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Juggernaut wrote:
Thanks for the feedback guys...

...

Last KM - a couple of folk have mentioned the Canaries now, so I've started looking at it in detail. My concern was that the islands are quite small, and you would have to go around in circles. I assume you've cycled there, so was this your impression?


Hi there,

Im just back from Gran Canaria. I didn't have the opportunity of cycling (I was there for some "injury recovery"), but I can guarantee you it is fantastic. Roads are almost perfect, and there are very good stretches uphill (and lots of cyclists around every day!). The island is not so small, so Im sure you will enjoy great rides without going in circles. they have good quality bikes (trek, cannondale, pinarello...) and the rent was about 15 euros per day. I am seriously thinking of booking something for the end of the summer myself....
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info Marco. Gran Canaria was definitly one of my favored options, but I couldn't get decent flights. More than happy to be gonig to Sardinia, but Gran Canaria is still near the top of the list!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
I did Sardinia April last year - beautiful!!  I went with Saddleskeddadle and took my bike.  You can hire decent bikes there, but I'm not sure where exactly.


Went to Sos Alinos near Orosei in May two years ago with a group of cyclists, so we took our bikes. As you say beautiful and very little traffic.
Sometimes you can get some great deals on the ferries which makes taking your bike a good option.
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..that would be very tiring before they reach the finish line, dude....!









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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why dont you go to the Gran Canaria and do the vuelta there in December?
You're pretty much guaranteed nice weather there but because its December it wont be ridiculously hot. You will still be able to breath when cycling! My wifes not that in to cycling but we've been quite a few times and rented a holiday villa quite reasonably on the island.
If you havent't heard of it before, its called the Vuelta Cicloturista International so you don't have to be Spanish to enter! The events pretty well organised and riders get water/snacks a long the way plus and post race massage! Can't go wrong with that. I would double check with the airline before you go, how much it costs to take your bike with you as it can be a bit of a stinger! You can probably rent a bike though when you're over there!
Happy cycling!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd also suggest Sardinia in April. Nice weather people scenary good roads for cycling and great food. I think there is also a tour that takes place there about that time each year.

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