well… it depends on what you base being ‘great’ upon. If it is for campaigning in amazing corners of the world which has allowed us to follow them and create fantastic routes for a bike tour then they certainly are both great! Richard I was named Coeur de Lion (‘The Lionheart’) after his victories over […]
On our bike tours, we love history, food and a good aperitif and we certainly have our tour ‘themes’. However, as with so many parts of the world, there is so much depth in the history as you travel through these amazing territories. One of our riders (thanks, Tony!) said to me that he had […]
Tour History and after our newsletter, a few people understandably asked what colour is Plantagenet! Disclaimer: If you are watching that series Vikings on TV at the moment there are spoilers in this blog! So firstly who are the Plantagenets? The House of Plantagenet, King Richard the Lionheart’s House (he was the 2nd generation to be […]
Historical, unique and simply an amazing climb. We ride this beautiful road day 3 on Lionheart as we head into the Dolomites. The most testing part of the climb is a stretch of 700m including 7 hairpin turns! During the First World War this road was built to replace a path leading up to the col. Historically […]
Tour History and Pierre Basile, the boy knight and killer of England’s most famous king! – Lionheart Cycling Tour As King Richard the Lionheart lay slowly dying of a gangrenous wound in the Limousin region of France in 1199, he said to his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, pardon the bold boy Pierre Basile! Rolling back […]
Neuschwanstein Castle – the most impressive castle in the world? We also visit some battle worn castles such as where Lionheart himself was imprisoned in Durnstein on the Danube….