• 23-Oct-2018

TOUR DE FRANCE 2019

Tour de France – Official Route Announcement! Are you ready?
The ups, downs, twists, turns & start and finish towns will all be released with the
official route presentation this Thursday, 25th October.…

  • 12-Jul-2018
  • velobiketours

You’re never too old to climb Mont Ventoux……..not even 3 times in one day!

Our tour groups for Provence always have riders who would be delighted to climb Mont Ventoux from Bédoin or even Sault, but this year we had two riders who had already tamed this mighty beast twice before. Therefore, the two guys were determined to climb Mont Ventoux from all access points - Bédoin, Malaucène and Sault, all in one day!

  • 28-May-2018
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Simply amazing! Giro d’Italia

What an amazing Giro d’Italia we have just witnessed, if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I simply wouldn’t have believed it. The Giro is always the best Grand Tour of the season and this year was no different, it certainly didn’t let us down. While Froome’s attack on Stage 19 will go down in history as one of the greatest solo rides in the modern era, the race had everything. It started with Tom Dumoulin winning the ITT in Jerusalem by 2 seconds from BMC’s Rohan Dennis. Not to be deterred.....

  • 25-May-2018
  • velobiketours

Dolomites – Unique Riding!

​The Italy Dolomites are synonymous with the Giro d’Italia; it’s the famous battle ground for the traditional final week where the fight for the Maglia Rosa is run and won. In September.....

  • 2-Mar-2018
  • velobiketours

Cycling Classic & the Great Ocean Road

A riding visit in Victoria, riding the magnificent Great Ocean Road, around the Great Otway National Park and surrounds; and taking part in the Ballarat Cycling Classic, which forms part of a large community day raising money for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute. Read more on these fabulous opportunities and scenic travels.

  • 02-Jan-2018

206,293 METRES CLIMBING IN ONE YEAR – 2017

72 year old Adelaide cyclist, Graeme Gilbertson, in 12 months to December 31st rode 16,388 km and climbed a total of 206,293 m, an impressive achievement for any cyclist, let alone a 72 year old. This is equal to climbing Mt Everest 23 times.

  • 14-Nov-2017
  • velobiketours

Dreaming of the Giro d’Italia in 2018?

The Giro d’Italia has often been the most fascinating and interesting Grand Tour in recent times with the Maglia Rosa frequently changing hands and who would have picked Tom Dumoulin as the winner of the centenary edition in 2017.
Race director Mauro Vegni has confirmed the presentation of the full route for the 101st Giro d'Italia in 2018 will take place in Milan on 29th of November. We already know that for the 13th time the Grande Partenza will be held outside of Italy, with Jerusalem in Israel confirmed as the host city for the opening 10.1km Time Trial on 4th May.... read more…

  • 17-Oct-2017

Will the 2018 Tour de France climb Mont Ventoux? A look at the magic mountain

Let’s not beat about the bush (you’ll struggle to find one on its wind-scarred summit): whenever the Tour de France heads up Mont Ventoux, the riders tackle the most fearsome climb in cycling. Ventoux has it challengers for severity..... read more

  • 03-Oct-2017
  • velobiketours

An Impressive Final Week of Racing with Top Class Riders and Il Lombardia

This week sees the curtain fall on the European road season. Traditionally it finishes with the final classics of the season, Il Lombardia, for the climbers, and the ‘Paris–Tours’ race for the sprinters.
This period of racing in Italy continues all the way to the climax of Il Lombardia in the town of Como this Saturday.... read more

  • 14-Sep-2017
  • velobiketours

2017 Tour Season Wrap Up

Our 2017 Touring season came to an end last week, it was a fitting climax in magnificent Provence with Mont Ventoux being the highlight of the week.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you who made our tours such an enjoyable experience, the camaraderie and companionship is the reason we love doing these tours.

  • 26-May-2017
  • velobiketours

Fascinating Centenary Giro d’Italia

So, with 18 tour stages down and 3 stages to go are we any closer to knowing who will win this fascinating Centenary Giro d’Italia?
Tom Dumoulin seems in control even if he has started a war of words with Nibali and Quintana about why they won’t work with him.......

  • 30-Mar-2017
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Special Offer - ½ Price Bike Hire

Our hire bike fleet is made up of the magnificent Storck Aernario bikes. These top-of-the-range road bikes offer an exceptional advantage on your France or Italy cycling tour with us. Why lug your pride and joy all the way to Europe, when you can hire and ride a bike of such refined quality.
Book a place on the 2017 Classic Alps tour by 30 April 2017 and you have the option to book a hire bike and pay only half the hire price.

  • 30-Mar-2017
  • Steve, velobiketours; specs courtesy Infini

Bike Light Review - Infini Lava

As cyclists, we want to ensure we are seen at night……… The more visibility motorists have of cyclists the safer we all are…… I felt that something higher on my jersey or helmet would aid my visibility to others….
Many hours can be spent scouring through the details of countless light options, but do you find what you are looking for? Can you find a rear bike light fit for your purpose?
Read this full review for an overall look at the Infini LAVA rear bike light

  • 9-Feb-2017
  • velobiketours

The aperitif, like an evening prayer for French people

It seems to be built into France’s social DNA, the Apéritifs, before dinner drinks and appetizers to stimulate the appetite, no encouragement is needed to get a French person to stop for a social drink with friends or family, a practice which is said to date as far back as the Medieval Ages.

  • 01-Dec-2016
  • velobiketours

Storck Aernario Bikes

Since 1995 Storck has been developing innovative ground breaking and timeless products which have won numerous tests and design awards. Markus Storck was responsible for designing and manufacturing the first ever all Carbon fork, the first ever all Carbon Full Suspension bike and the first ever all Carbon Cranks. The Power Arm Cranks were the lightest Cranks in the World for over a decade.

In 2013 Storck launched the New Aernario Road Bike. A combination of..... READ ON

  • 30-Nov-2016
  • velobiketours

Your Trip of a Lifetime | Challenging Riding | Hire Bike or My Bike?

One of the biggest questions facing cycling tourists traveling to Europe is what bike to ride? “It’s my trip of a lifetime and some of the most challenging and exciting cycling I may ever do so I need to do it on ‘my bike’.…..right?”

Then, do I have a bike bag? Will the bike get damaged in transit? There’s the cost of excess luggage; and..... READ ON

  • 16-Nov-2016
  • velobiketours

Cycling, Pyrenees Ancient Villages

Saint-Lizier, a very ancient village in the Pyrénées, is located on a hill above the River Salat, which has the Hautes Pyrénées mountains as its backdrop along with lakes, cirques and forests.
Be amid the live intoxicating atmosphere of le Tour de France, combined with famous Pyrénées climbs, sights and gourmet foods. Read on…

  • 15-Nov-2016
  • velobiketours

Gâteau à la broche

In Hautes Pyrénées, it is not chicken that is cooked on a spit but cake. But this is not a cream cake: it is soft in texture, delicately scented and skillfully fashioned over a naked flame! Read on…

  • 17-Jan-2017

Tour Down Under 2017 – Ride with Us

When is a cycling tour not a tour? Well in 2017 velobiketours would like to invite you to join us on our TDU daily ride program, as it’s always more fun to ride as a group. Each day we meet at BICI Cafe on Hutt Street Adelaide, then roll-out together for the day’s ride. We have great courses that include many of the most beautiful quiet roads and climbs of the Adelaide Hills. We generally ride around 80km per day, visiting a number of TDU race starts, key hill climbs and finishes that provide great viewing and vantage points as we watch this great race unfold day-by-day.

  • 29-Sep-2016
  • velobiketours

2017 Tours & Pyrénéan Treasures

Dreaming about your ultimate cycling indulgence and experience next year, 2017 Cycling Tours available now!
If you haven't ridden the Pyrénéan roads and cols, you are missing out on an area of France that is uniquely different with its unspoiled valleys, high rugged summits and mountain passes, which coupled with....

  • 29-Sep-2016
  • velobiketours

Giro di Lombardia, Italy Heaven

Lake Como in the Lombardy region is an idyllic setting of ancient lakeside villages and deep blue waters set against the foothills of the Alps. This is the majestic location of the start of the velobiketours “Italian Lakes and Mountains” tour and the starting town of the final Classic of the 2016 season, the Giro di Lombardia....

  • 06-Sep-2016
  • velobiketours

Gorges de la Nesque, Provence

The best way to see Provence is to immerse yourself in the sights, smells and sounds of this amazing countryside on a bike.
On the velobiketours ‘Pure Provence’ cycling tour, we ride through the Gorges de la Nesque which is deemed to be the most spectacular canyon in Provence. This beautiful hydrogeological site has formed grandiose, rough and wild canyons, with........

  • 26-Aug-2016

Celebrating the Alps in Style

A champagne celebration was the fantastic conclusion to our 2016 French Alps tour on the finishing podium on Le Alpe d’Huez! The whole week was a real buzz from the idyllic start in our 4-star accommodation in Talloires, on the shores of lake Annecy, to the final and most memorable climb up the mighty Alpe.

  • 23-May-2016
  • velobiketours

Giro d’Italia – 6 in Pink!

Isn’t the Giro d’Italia the most exciting and watchable of all three Grand tours? We have now had 6 different leaders dressed in Pink!

  • 15-Feb-2016
  • velobiketours

The grand finale in Paris awaits, luxurious viewing from the Presidential Suite!

Thrilling Sunday in Paris; Presidential Suite; Luxury Viewing; Tour de France; Champs-Elysées; Arc de Triomphe; the bikes, the people, the colour; arguably the grandest day of the year in the cycling world.
A TdF tour like no other….find out more

  • 09-Feb-2016
  • velobiketours

Cycling in the Pyrenees, delight in the local cheese!

The Midi Pyrénées countryside is so varied; it makes the gastronomy in the region so diverse. There is foie gras, truffles and Roquefort cheese, there is saffron, Bigorre Noir ham, Chasselas grapes and other delicacies that await you at the markets and restaurants. more…

  • 12-Jan-2016
  • velobiketours

National’s Brilliant Racing leads on to Tour Down Under Excitement!

The teams have all arrived, in fact many riders have been training on our Adelaide roads and buzzing past local cyclists for the past week or so, at least those riders who were not in the National Championships. What a truly amazing race and story with Jack Bobridge's redemption victory on Mt Buninyong on Sunday. And Amanda Spratt winning her second National Title as she out sprinted her breakaway companion Ruth Corset......click to read more...

  • 21-Oct-2015
  • velobiketours

2016 Tour de France Route Announced

Very exciting news overnight with the presentation of Le Tour de France route 2016.
It’s a more well-rounded route, with no TTT or Prologue, 2 ITT and only 4 mountain top finishes, it probably still favours the climbers.....
If you dream of riding this year’s TDF Pyrenean climbs, the velobiketours Pyrenees tour in the first week of July has all the climbs of the Tour de France Pyrenees stages 7 & 8.

  • 23-Sep-2015
  • velobiketours

Haute Route Swiss - Dolomites

August and September see the current three Haute Route cycle sportifs run and won, Haute Route Pyrenees – Anglet to Toulouse, Haute Route Alps – Nice to Geneva, and Haute Route Swiss Dolomites - Geneva to Venice. These are brilliantly organised and run events by OC Sport and as an amateur cyclist, it’s as close as you would ever get to feel like a pro in the Tour de France.

  • 29-Oct-2015
  • velobiketours

Spring/Summer Cycling

I love spring/summer Cycling, we are well into spring now and Adelaide is really starting to warm up. The mornings are lighter and not so chilly (most days!) and we get out on the road more, rolling in the early morning air. A fresher feeling in the air….looking toward holiday season, Christmas, then suddenly it is 2016, the cycling season kicks off again and the Tour Down Under is here!

  • 07-Jul-2015

2016 Tour Down Under Announced

The 2016 Tour Down Under race route start and finish towns have been announced, with some initial details on stages. The race includes some traditional stage starts, finishes and climbs, plus the addition of the well-known Norton Summit climb and the return of the renowned Corkscrew climb.

  • 14-May-2015
  • velobiketours

free bike service offer

velobiketours want to further support riders and their local bike shop. So until the end of June, book a European tour with us and we will pay for a full bike service at your local bike shop, up to the value of $250.

  • 07-May-2015
  • velobiketours

Giro d‘Italia

We are certainly at a very busy time in the professional racing calendar. Just last weekend saw the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire being run and won by Lars Petter Nordhaug (Team Sky); IInur Zakarin (Katusha) won the Tour de Romandie; and Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) won the Tour of Turkey.

  • 10-Apr-2015
  • velobiketours

​Paris-Roubaix

Paris-Roubaix this Sunday marks the end of the cobbled classics, as the focus then shifts to the Ardennes Classics races.
Paris-Roubaix is a brilliant race of anticipation, excitement, and plenty of controversy if you delve into the history, ‘the wrong bike’, ‘the wrong route’, ‘the wrong train’…..great reading!

  • 20-Mar-2015
  • velobiketours

2016 Tours – Early Bird Bookings Now Available

The 2015 touring season is now upon us, we still have spots available for our ‘Paradise in the Pyrenees’ tour which starts in Pau on 8 August 2015 and the ‘Pure Provence’ (luxury tour) which starts in Avignon on 16 September 2015. Please contact us for further details

Our ‘Early Bird’ 2016 tours are starting to hit our website so why not take a look .......

  • 17-Mar-2015
  • velobiketours

Milan San-Remo 22 March 2015

Milan San-Remo sparks a hectic month as the Spring Classics hit warp speed and four of cycling’s “Monuments” will be run and won by the 26th April. Who can forget the extremely cold and wet 2014 edition, as Alexander Kristoff leaped from the pack to etch his name in history.

  • 16-Mar-2015
  • velobiketours

Peaks Challenge Cradle Mountain

Bicycle Network continues to add to their Peak Challenge series with the announcement this week of the Peaks Challenge - Cradle Mountain. This is such an exciting opportunity to ride some of the most stunningly scenic roads in Australia, not to mention Cradle Mountain itself and for those, like us, that don’t live in the “Apple Isle”, this is too good of an opportunity to miss.

  • 14-Mar-2015
  • velobiketours

Paris - Nice, The Battle for Yellow

Great attacking riding by Team Sky saw Australia’s Richie Porte triumph on top of the Croix de Chaubouret on Stage 4 of Paris Nice. His friend and fellow Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas “lit the blue touch paper” to explode the race wide open and as Richie came over the top of his attack he held on for a gallant second place and Sky 1-2.

  • 18-Feb-2015
  • velobiketours

Paris to Nice “the race to the sun”

The ASO today announced the route for Paris – Nice, 8th to the 15th of March.
It’s the traditional French season opener for week long stage races, and this year sees it return to a more traditional format with the final stage reverting back to an ITT finish on the Col d’Èze. In 2013 Richie Porte defeated Andrew Talansky in the Col d’Èze ITT on his way to winning the overall classification.

  • 4-Feb-2015
  • velobiketours

RCA Sports announce Wild Card teams for 2015 races including the Giro d'Italia

Milan, 19th January 2015 – RCS Sport has today formalised the wild cards choices for its four UCI WorldTour races: Giro d'Italia, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo and Il Lombardia. These are in addition to the 17 eligible WorldTeams.

  • 2-Feb-2015
  • velobiektours

Peaks Challenge Gold Coast

Great news this week with Bicycling Network announcing a new challenge for all climbing freaks, the Peaks Challenge Gold Coast

  • 23-Jan-2015
  • velobiketours

Tour de France Devil Hangs Up the Trident

You can’t credit a single person with starting the trend of roadside cycling fans in costumes but if you did, you could hardly pick a worse avatar than Didi Senft, who went by "El Diablo" in Spain, "Der Teufel" in his native Germany, or just “the Devil.”

  • 30-Dec-2014
  • velobiketours

Chris Froome Rethinks 2015 Tour de France

Former Tour de France champion Chris Froome hinted on Tuesday that he may elect to compete in next year's race after previously suggesting he was considering sitting it out.

  • 03-Feb-2015
  • velobiketours

Cannondale-Garmin Announces 2015 Roster

Since its Tour de France debut in 2008, the Slipstream Sports pro cycling team (better known by its title sponsor, Garmin) has seen significant change. That continues for 2015, as the team has announced its complete roster for the upcoming season.

  • 16-Jan-2015
  • velobiketours

A Shorter Tour de France?

The pro cycling calendar is, quite frankly, a mess. Even if we just focus on the WorldTour races, the season is a strange, misshapen beast. It gets going in January at the Tour Down Under, then goes to sleep for six weeks until March, when there are six races.

  • 09-Jan-2015
  • velobiketours

2016 Tour de France to Start in Normandy

The route for the 2015 Tour de France was only announced last month but organizer ASO is wasting little time moving on to planning future Tours. The promoter announced today that the 2016 edition of the race will start in the Manche region of northwest France.