FROM THE BLOG
We love to be prepared. If you've ever gone on one of our tours, you know this to be true. We love to cover all of our bases. We want you to be able to do the same. We've written several posts over the years about how best to prepare for your tour from recommended reading to GPS apps to inclement weather gear. Breeze through the posts below! We hope they help you if you're still trying to pick your tour or if you've decided and are anxious about the preparations. Let us know if you have any unanswered questions and we'll do our best to answer them!
There are few cities we visit as regularly on our bike tours that have the same historical significance as Florence. The seat of the renaissance, Florence has been the backdrop of countless political and religious struggles. It is also where we start all of our Tuscany tours. There are so many wonderful things to do in the romantic and charming Florence that it was definitely hard to pick just 5. However, since most of our guests choose to spend at least an extra day in Florence before beginning or after ending their bike tour, we wanted to share some of our favorite things to do in the capital city of Tuscany. Read along on our road map of the top 5 things to do in Florence and get inspired.
We’ve been avidly following the Tour de France since we can remember. It’s been a passion of ours from traveling to France (with and without guests) and riding the routes to waiting on summits for the greats to pass us by and rubbing elbows with some of the fastest living cyclists at their hotels. When we can’t travel to the race, we host cycling fantasy leagues and a big party with our friends to celebrate and geek out on the amazing parade of skill! It all boils down to the grand spectacle, the geeking out and the history.
WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY
“WOW! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE!!! Jamie and Joy Gilpin – along with their staff members – created one of the most memorable bike adventures we’ve ever experienced. My husband and I have had the very good fortune of biking all over the world, which should underscore how well planned and organized Outfitter Bicycle Tours is! Every detail was considered, from the exceptional accommodations at eve… Read more
“We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this tour – well thought out bike routes, very good hotel accommodations (nice, clean rooms and substantial breakfasts), and excellent choice of breweries and brewery restaurants (including brewery tours when available). It was obvious that a great deal of attention to detail had been given to this tour and customer service and client satisfaction was of ut… Read more
“I was able to watch Tour de France action when I wanted and ride the beautiful roads and passes of France when I wanted, and the flexibility to do either was what I most appreciated. Conquering Mont Ventoux, Col d Galibier, Col d Semnoz, Col d Serene, Alpe de Huez, riding alongside Andy Schleck and Jens Voigt on their rest day, and 40+ mph descents that went on for miles are just some of the hi… Read more
“The team at the Outfitter Bicycle Tours put together an amazing holiday that I’ll never forget. We had great places to stay/eat and we were always in the thick of the action. The tour rides catered for riders of all levels and we somehow managed to visit my favourite team on a tour ride! I’ll be back to do it all again soon.”
I always had an idea that I wanted to go see the Tour de France once in my life. Well, I have now gone on three TdF trips with Outfitter Bicycle Tours as the experience was that good. Jamie and Joy’s low key, friendly and flexible approach made riding in the Alps an amazing experience. They did a great job of helping me determine what would maximize my experience. If I wanted an easier day, they h… Read more
“The support was incredible – so nice to have a car on the route for water, and so we did not have to lug gear for weather changes. With all the elevation, this was comforting. Exceptional mechanical support. We did not expect this kind of on-road support!”