We are excited to announce a new partnership with TE members Carolyn and Pieter from BikePlusTours to bring our members some fantastic tours for 2019 and 2020. All the details for the tours, including our TE member discounts, can be found at www.bikeplustours.com/TE
Who is BikePlusTours?
We are Carolyn & Pieter Maessen and we own and operate BikePlusTours from our home office in Breckenridge, CO. Both of us had athletic careers in Europe, Pieter for Rabobank cycling and Carolyn for Team Wiggle as a triathlete. We also had corporate careers so we bring a wide range of skills for organizing and operating our tours.
Pieter started out doing a custom trip for the New York Cycling Club in 2002 and our business grew from there. We have several customers who were on that first trip who still travel with us today and we are very proud to have so many repeat guests. Because we have so many regulars we are always researching and scouting new trips to keep it interesting. We pride ourselves on well thought out routes, quality hotels and our fabulous team ensure you get all the support you need to make for a memorable and special vacation.
We also offer a partner program on some of our tours because we kept hearing from some of our regulars that they wanted to bring along their non-riding partner but what would they do whilst they were riding? In response, we set up a partner program that can be tailored to your requirements to have an awesome time… without pedaling a single stroke!
You will see us on the Sunday rides when we are not leading our tours so come say hi!
After decades of political turmoil and crime, Colombia has finally become a safe cycling destination. The emergence of numerous cycling stars has brought international attention to the opportunities for road cycling. Colombia offers spectacular roads and scenery, a rich history and welcoming people with a real love of cycling. Our itinerary has been carefully put together to showcase the diversity of the country. You’ll experience the unique car-free Ciclovia ride in Bogota, the lush tropical jungle, the beautiful coffee region and the ‘longest climb in the world’. You won’t need to bring your own bike: we have Trek Domane bikes with electronic shifting available. MORE INFO
Come cycle with us in southern Spain on this Team Evergreen exclusive tour that includes ancient towns, quiet mountain roads, traditional food and wonderful hotels. Our trip will take you from the mountain town of Ronda to the seaside resort of Malaga. On the way we will stay in Antequera and Granada, two of Andulasia’s best preserved ancient cities. We’ll have a rest day in Granada where you’ll have time to visit the world famous Alhambra palace and other historic sights. We’ll ride the spectacular climb of Pico Veleta on Europe’s highest paved road (conditions permitting). Then we’ll head for the coast and spend the last two nights in historic Malaga. MORE INFO
BikePlusTours’s flagship trip is designed around Italy’s premier ‘Gran Fondo’ ride: the ‘Maratona dles Dolomites’ which is held on closed roads with 9,000 riders. Entry spots are hard to come by as more than 35,000 people apply every year! BikePlusTours has been an official travel partner of the Maratona since 2017 and our guests have a guaranteed entry spot. After the Maratona, we will transfer to the Alps for three additional rides. The highlight is the Passo dello Stelvio with its 48 numbered switchback turns and spectacular views of glaciers. For those looking for a somewhat easier trip, we offer shorter rides on the toughest days. Partners who don’t ride or want to ride only a few days are welcome to join. We have a dedicated program of guided activities for them. MORE INFO
Immerse yourself in the magic of Tuscany on this tour of the white gravel roads made famous by the L’Eroica and Strade Bianche races. This trip provides for challenging and scenic cycling between the medieval villages, endless vineyards and rolling hills of this special part of Italy. No trip to Tuscany is complete without experiencing the farm to table food, fresh pasta and regional wines that our excellent hotels specialize in. Our rest day will be in Siena, where we have arranged for a private guided walking tour in the morning to learn all about the rich history and culture of this impressive city. We have gravel bikes available for rent if you don’t have a suitable bike or prefer not to travel with a bike. MORE INFO
Experience the best of the south of France on this Team Evergreen exclusive trip! Our itinerary will take you on a spectacular journey including the rugged Gorges du Verdon canyon and the heights of the mighty Mont Ventoux. We will stay in ancient towns and experience the typical Provençal food and wine. At the end of our tour we will spend three nights in Nice and ride the training roads of the pros, including Col de la Madone, Eze and Braus. Late September is a great time to visit this region as the weather is still warm and pleasant for riding but most of the tourists have left so the roads are quieter. MORE INFO