THE TOUR DE FRANCE TREATMENT
Posted on July 15, 2014
As competitive cycling’s biggest race rolls through Europe this month, travelers may feel the urge to grab a bike of their own and hit the road. Whether you’re an aspiring professional or just pretending to be one, these cyclist-friendly properties can provide a taste of the yellow-jersey experience.
Blue Ridge Mountains, SC
George Hincapie, who finished the Tour de France a record 16 times, has since retired and poured his energy into this boutique property, modeled on destinations he visited in Europe during his early career. Surrounded by miles of country roads, the Domestique offers preset ride routes, high-end BMC Racing bikes for rent, and an on-site pro mechanic. Over the summer, exclusive “XD” riding camps give visitors the opportunity to speed over the South Carolina hills with Hincapie himself.
A member of the Riccione Bike Hotels consortium of cycle-friendly properties in the northern Italian region, this property offers top-notch two-wheel amenities like specialized laundry service for technical clothing and on-site physiotherapists. Cyclists can ride the countless miles of coastal trails (coming across the occasional fortress or ancient castle) and finish their day with a warm-down swim in the Boemia’s remarkable glass-bottomed swimming pool.
Reads Hotel & Vespasian Spa
Visitors to this five-star hotel in the Spanish countryside can bring their own bike or rent a professional-grade Giant cycle from the property (road, mountain, and hybrid bikes are all available). Reads provides maps and routes for cyclists of all levels to get around Mallora, and its luxurious Vespasian Spa offers treatments and trainers tailored for cyclists looking to wind down after a day out.
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