JULIAN COUSINS CYCLING TOURS
‘I went on a fantastic cycling trip organized by Julian to see the Strade Blanche in Siena Italy. Everything went like clockwork and all I had to do was watch the pros race on the Saturday and then ride a fantastic sportive with Julian and the bunch on the Sunday. The accommodation was first class with great beds and secure bike storage. The group that went were a terrific bunch and really friendly. And the food in Siena is heavenly.’
I started Julian Cousins Cycling Tours some years ago to offer trips based around Professional races and to ride the same course and Gran Fondos. They are small personalised groups, with all the transport and accommodation requirements taken care of. This year we’ve run trips to the Strade Bianche, Tour of Cambridgeshire and an amazing trip to the climatic final weekend of the ‘Monument’ season at the Tour of Lombardy. We also offer social and training rides from Battersea most Thursdays and Sundays. Follow Julian Cousins Sports on Facebook for more details.
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2023 CYCLING TOUR PROGRAMME
GRAN FONDO & TOUR OF LOMBARDY
6th-8th OCTOBER 2023.
£895 (depending on flight costs)
2017 was the first time for many years that a sportive had run here and it was spectacular. The 2020 event is bound to be very popular. The ‘Race of the falling leaves’ is a monument for the hardy souls coming right at the end of the season routed around the beautiful Lake Como. I have rooms booked in a great hotel in Lake Como, right at the start of the Sportive. I will booked BA flights into Milan and arrange a private transfer. For race day I have arranged a little treat for us too, but it’s a secret until we get there!
Fly out early Friday to Milan then transfer to our hotel in Como. Set up bikes, gentle spin and dinner in beautiful Lake Como.
Pro race day. We’ll be up and out onto the course and watch the pros and then head off a very special bar/cafe I have in mind to watch the finale.
Our day for the Sportive. It’s a circuit around the Lake including the most iconic climbs like the Madonna del Ghisallo. It’s a tough day in the saddle to complete the “Race of the falling leaves”.
A late afternoon/evening return home. Price is £845 for the weekend inc flights, transfers, private room, breakfast & sportive entry.
NEXT UP IN 2024
My favourite trip which becomes more popular every year. First year my entry number was 39, this year 2905! To guarantee entry and avoid missing out please book early.
Flying into Pisa then private transfer to Siena. We have a wonderful private villa for us this year.
Watching the Pro race and riding out onto the course before catching the finish in the Palio.
Gran Fondo Strade Bianche – awesome!
Some time in Siena before home for tea and medals (you need to have read the Famous Five to get that reference!).
SPAIN TRAINING WEEKEND
14th - 17th MARCH 2024
£850 (depending on flight costs)
I have been running trips here for 15 years now and if anywhere is my second home this is it. The routes and quality of roads are fantastic and the weather record is officially second to none. This is ideal for those training for the Etape, Marmotte etc, or simply wanting some serious training in the Spanish hills with of course the beautiful Spanish sun. These are the winter training roads of most of the pro teams like Quickstep and Astana. The Aitana peak was also the showdown for the 2016 La Vuelta.
After taking an early flight to Alicante, we will then be transferred to Hotel Allon in Villajoyosa. After setting up the bikes and food we will be ready for an early afternoon ride. This route will take us up the valley to the scenic Guardalest perched on an outcrop. Continuing the loop round reliving the final mountain stage of the 2016 La Vuelta from Benidorm to Aitana.
Breakfast at the Hotel Allon with a view to get on bikes by 9am allowing for any bike issues. A ride of approximately 140km/2400m is planned taking in both the summits of Aitana and Colles Des Rates. A dip in the sea followed by an evening at one of the many super local restaurants will be our reward.
This the big “Jamon e cafe” ride to Jijona. This has become a tradition over the years. Climbing to Relleu, Busot then onto Jijona to refuel on magnificant Iberico Jamon boccadillos. Then assuming everyone is in good shape we can do the 15km climb up to Alcoi before one last climb and descent over Aitana and back to Villajoyosa.
We need to be up early and to have time for a short loop recovery ride around Villajoyosa. Pack up and back home hopefully with very tired legs and a smile!
*Based on current flight prices and subject to change.
© JULIAN COUSINS 2020