Thomson Bike Tours Reviews
Thomson bike tours are all about cycling, harder than you ever thought you could, further than you normally ride, and then getting up and doing it again. Tours cater to advanced cyclists, and most trips cover the same ground as the biggest professional cycling races. Think Giro d'Italia, Paris-Roubaix, and Vuelta. And, they're one of the few Official Bike Tour Operators of the Tour de France, which gains them access to VIP viewing areas, the course, podium photo ops and more.
As these are high-end, performance based tours, you're encouraged to bring your own bike - and, most of their clients wouldn't have it any other way. But, you can rent a Bianchi Infinito CV or similar bike for a mere $500. These are first come, first served and probably worth every penny. How often do you have the chance to ride a world-class bike on a world-class route. It's like taking a Ferrari on the Nürburgring.
Hotels will focus on only the most necessary elements: clean, cycling friendly (can you bike to it), and with a restaurant that can pump out carb loaded meals. You won't be going on three hour wine tastings, taking cooking classes from some dude with an accent, or eating any Michlin starred meals on these tours. Get ready to ride.
But, don't think this is an all boys club. Women make up a decent percentage of the Thomson peloton. You'll find a great mix of cycling enthusiasts, hard-core riders and past professional cyclists looking to relive their glory days. It's always a lively, very welcoming and encouraging group of riders that will leave the week as friends.
Interested in setting up a Thomson-style trip for just you and some friends. Just let their owner know and he can help you out with everything from route suggestions to planning the entire package exclusively for your group. Thomson has become one of the go-to bike tour operators for avid cyclist who want a vacation focused solely on riding.
Number of Tours: 32
Meals: Breakfast / Most Lunches / Most Dinners
Thomson bike tours are designed for advanced cyclists capable of riding upwards of 50 miles per day in mountainous terrain.
Headquarters: Guilford, CT, USA
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