Tour History – Marco Polo – Now whether he was born in Venice or Korcula, Croatia, which was the subject of an earlier Tour History – https://blog.bikeodyssey.cc/blog/2017/12/18/bike-odyssey-marco-polo . However, there is little doubt he travelled a long long way! Marco’s first epic trip was in 1271, he was 17 years old. He travelled for 4 years […]
Tour History and the first post for The Venetians – Venice to Dubrovnik, our new Odyssey! An inspiration for this tour is undoubtedly one of Venice’s favourite sons, Marco Polo. However, it wasn’t so long ago that Croatia tried to lay claim to the great explorer! The exact date and place of Marco Polo’s birth […]
Our cycling tours are odysseys – historic and challenging. We want to give riders the excitement, adventure and trip of their lives. Saying that, we also want you to be able to appreciate the places in full which we are peddling through. I know some of you out there want to ride every single metre […]
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 […]
The Hammerhead Karoo – Bike Tour GPS Technology We are always looking to step up any aspect of our Bike tours. One thing I have been looking for many years is an exceptional GPS device and I think I have found it…. Pretty soon we are taking delivery of a couple of Hammerhead Karoos for testing. If they deliver […]
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 […]
We start our Australia East Coast tour on July the 5th. Thanks to all of our hosts from Newcastle to Wagga, Sydney to Hobart, Young to Maleny! We are really looking forward to it!
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….