Looking to treat you and your bike to a cycling holiday in Europe?
Thanks to budget airlines Easyjet and Ryanair plus last minute deals to be had on European accommodation with websites like secretescapes.com, booking.com and lastminute.com, there has never been a better time to save you and your bike from another boring lap of your local Saturday circuit.
(You know the one, the one that has you speeding up pass your old work friend’s house to avoid chit chat about the weather. As well as shamefully ending every ride with a sub-par cream tea washed down with lukewarm coffee whilst the town’s retired folk look at you bemused as they have never seen a person in lycra before).
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Cycling Holidays Ideas in Europe
Here are a collection of 4 cycling holiday destinations in Europe that will not fail to disappoint even the most discerning of cyclists.
European Cycling Holiday Idea #1 – Mallorca / Majorca, Balearic islands, Spain
If you are looking for a European cycling holiday destination recommended by the pros then look no further than Majorca. The Spanish cycling legend Pedro Delgado (who won both the Tour De France and Vuelta A Espana in his day) highly rates the island of Majorca for cycling, going as far as to say it’s “the perfect place to ride”.
“Majorca is a special place to cycle because the weather is good and you can find flat terrain or mountains; Majorca offers riders of different abilities good opportunities. I think it’s a perfect place to ride. When I was a professional, I used to come here for our team training camp in January, it’s where we planned for the season. You see it still nowadays with many professional teams still coming to Majorca in the early part of the season. Majorca’s a perfect location to start the season because the weather is warm and there are good routes to ride.” Pedro Delgado
Another great factor of Majorca is it’s small size. No matter where you base yourself the whole island is pretty accessible as long as you are comfortable with rides of 100km or more. Thrill seekers amongst you who are looking to feel the burn, in your legs not your skin, we would recommend checking out some of Majorca’s most famous climbs such as; Sa Calobra, Coll de sa Batalla, Puig Major, Coll de Femenia, Coll de Soller. (See map below for locations)
Coll de Soller
Coll de sa Batalla
Coll de Femenia
European Cycling Holiday Idea #2 – Canary Islands, Spain
When it comes to cycling Holidays in the Canary Islands you really can’t go wrong. With several islands to choose from they all offer fantastic opportunities for an epic cycling experience accompanied by all of the comforts of a traditional holiday.
As with almost all volcanic islands you can expect dramatic undulating landscapes with climbing (and of course descending) roads carved into monolithic mountain ranges. If you can spare a second off the saddle, there are also ample photograph opportunities across the islands. The hardest choice to make when it comes to a cycling holiday in the Canaries is which island to go to?
Tenerife, Gran Canaria or Lanzarote?
Cycling Holidays Tenerife
European Cycling Holiday Idea #2.1
A cycling holiday discussion on Tenerife that doesn’t mention the infamous Mount Teide would be unforgivable. The mountain’s summit is a staggering 3718m, making it the highest peak in Western Europe (outside of the Alps) and the 3rd largest volcano in the world. The mountain is renowned across the professional cycling community thanks to numerous cycling teams from SKY to Movistar using it as a training camp before the Tour de France. In Sir Bradley Wiggins own words “there isn’t any other environment that can beat Mount Teide. We have altitude, heat and virtually empty roads most days”.
The professional cycling teams will normally stay at the Parador Hotel allowing them to eat, sleep and train at 2,000m altitude. With rooms available for under £100 a night you can holiday like the cycling greats and come back from Tenerife stronger, faster and fitter than ever. (Just don’t try and book it when the SKY team are training as they tend to book the whole hotel out).
Cycling Holidays Gran Canaria
European Cycling Holiday Idea #2.2
Gran Canaria is the perfect choice if you want to combine the traditional sun, sea and sand holiday with some cinematic cycling experiences. The island boasts some of the whitest sands of all the Canary Islands but cyclists shouldn’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Similarly to Tenerife, Gran Canaria is also frequented by professional cycling teams and is home to ‘The Valley of Tears’. A name which truly does give it justice.
This famous cycling landmark starts 300 metres above sea level and climbs to a whopping 1,380 metres above sea level. The average incline grade is 10% with a maximum quad shivering incline of more than 25% in places. Once you’re done working hard it’s time to play hard with some tapas and nightlife in the town of Playa del Inglés.
Cycling Holidays Lanzarote
European Cycling Holiday Idea #2.3
Lanzarote offers a more effortless cycling holiday in terms of family friendliness. Whether you are planning on taking the kids or the parents, Lanzarote is home to a holiday resort with a twist. Club La Santa offers fitness fanatic holiday seekers the opportunity to access over 30 different sporting activities (don’t worry cycling activities are included to). Price wise 7 nights in their 1 bedroom apartments (that sleep up to 3 adults and 1 child) costs just under £700.
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Offer Code for Cycling Insurance – Yellow Jersey
Get an additional 10% discount when you follow the link above and use offer code BBHDEVON
Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance offers a pair of complementary insurance products to cover all eventualities for training, travelling, riding and racing.Cycle insurance providing complete cover for your bike in the UK and overseas; from crash damage and theft, to race fee cancellation and third party liability. Cycle-specific Travel Insurance covering you for medical mishaps and repatriation when riding abroad, on top of all the features you’d expect from a standard travel insurer.
Read why we believe Yellow Jersey provide the best cycling insurance cover
We have teamed up with Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance to offer you the best cover for your bicycle & travel needs.
We have spent a long time searching for the right insurance provider for our customers and we are happy to say we have found them in Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance.Yellow Jersey offer specialist cover for bicycles includes all the standard cover you’d expect but also cover other things like race fee cancellation, crash damage, wheels cover and even theft from inside a vehicle.Yellow Jersey are the official supplier to the British Triathlon Federation, they insure Team Wiggins and are proud sponsors of Matrix Pro Cycling, the team of double Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott.
Yellow Jersey offer a 60% discount on all additional bikes after you insure your first so they are super competitive! See below a short summary of the bike insurance cover and what it includes – Bicycle Insurance Features
If you already have travel insurance, check the small print! Some providers with exclude cover for medical expenses if cycling is the main reason for your trip, like a training camp or race. Yellow Jersey cover you for the following:
* Cover for all kinds of cycling
* £10m emergency medical expenses including repatriation
* Emergency cycle hire
* Trip cancellation
* Delayed baggage
* Permanent injury payment
* And more
Yellow Jersey offer 3 bicycle insurance policies depending on where you’re going and what type of cycling you’ll be doing. All cover as standard:
* Theft cover
* Crash, accidental and vandalism damage
* £2m public liability
* £250 accessories included as standard
Choose Performance to also be covered for
* 30 days in Europe
* Loss or damage with the airline or courier (bike only)
* Participation in a charity ride or sportive
Choose Ultimate to also be covered for
* 120 days worldwide
* Loss or damage of the bike box with the airline or courier
* Racing cover
The policies are available as short term or annual. You can buy directly via their website or direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or 0333 003 0046. Their small, friendly team will be happy to help.
We believe this is a comprehensive and very competitive policy from Yellow Jersey, if you claim it will not affect your home insurance, they do not increase your premium and they actually give you an automatic 20% renewal discount. Finally, the policy even includes for free a YJ DNA+ forensic protection system worth £30.And YJ also offer travel insurance
Why do I need a specific Cycle Travel Insurance?
In much the same way as you buy travel insurance for winter sports, Yellow Jersey provides travel insurance specific to cycle events / trips.
If you already have cycle insurance, ask yourself two simple questions:
“Have I checked it covers holidays where the primary purpose is cycling? e.g. a training camp or cycle tour.”
“Have I checked it covers me if I’m taking part in an event? e.g. a long distance sportive, a charity ride, a triathlon race.”
A lot of people are unaware travel insurance provided by their work or banks excluded claims if they came off their bike whilst on a cycling specific holiday. Some travel insurers will cover cycling if it’s an incidental part of your holiday, e.g. you hired a bike for a day with your family but not if the primary purpose of the trip is cycling. So if you were racing an Ironman in Austria, taking part in the Mallorca 312 or simply training with a group in the Pyrenees your normal travel insurance is likely inadequate.Further, the EHIC card protection is only valid if you get taken to a state hospital in Europe.
A lot of popular cycling routes and destinations in Europe have only private hospitals nearby whilst state hospitals are few and far between. No matter where you are or what type of cycling you will be enjoying, if you have cycle travel insurance with Yellow Jersey, you can relax and ride with complete confidence that you’re covered.Since active people rarely confine themselves to a single discipline, Yellow Jersey annual policies also include a FREE Winter Sports Package worth up to £80.
Alternative info on bike insurance –Why choose Yellow Jersey to insure your bike?
There are lots of reasons why you should get specific insurance for bicycles.
- All claims are handled by in-house and Yellow Jersey aim to get 95% of customers back on the bike in 14 days or less.
- Yellow Jersey cycle insurance claims will have no effect on your home insurance no claims bonus.
- Yellow Jersey do not you charge you extra at renewal if you’ve made a claim, in fact you automatically get a 15% renewal discount.
- Yellow Jersey annual bicycle insurance even comes with a Yellow Jersey DNA+ forensic protection system, to help with theft prevention, worth £30.
Get an additional 10% discount when you follow the link above and use offer code BBHDEVON