|New in 2007
Happy Alums in Alsace, '03
Biking in Alsace
Alsace continues its successful run. In recognition, we are scheduling a second (June) departure of this wonderful ride, with a special focus on the region’s gastronomy. Veteran coordinator Nicolas Clifford will lead, the trip will offer a special gastronomic focus, and several happy alums have already signed up. Yea!
Portuguese Explorer Returns!
We offered a departure of our much-regretted Portuguese Explorer trip in 2006, and it was enjoyed by its happy riders. So we are re-introducing it to our regular catalogue of offerings.
The renaissance of Portuguese Explorer brings back another favorite, 3-week Atlantic Coasting, combining our Portuguese ride with its cultural cousin in western Spain, Galicia.
“Burgundy Biking” Adds Two Days
Years ago, we split our long-popular “Burgundy Biking” trip into two parts, north and south, corresponding to our 2006 “Chardonnay” and “Pinot Noir” Burgundy trips, respectively.
Our Burgundy development continues in 2007, a tribute to this wonderful corner of the world, where one could easily just go and stay, and forget about leaving. In fact, maybe we'll just do that, and stop writing.... Just KIDDING.
In 2007 our “Southern Burgundy” route will add a day of riding from the “North” route, offering a new loop ride north from Dijon (or an opportunity for a day off the bikes, wanding the medieval streets of one of France’s prettiest cities).
Our “North” route will become a daisy-chain ride, based for most of its week in a country inn south of Auxerre, at the junction of three valleys. Beautiful biking without baggage worries, and a fine table to come home to in the evening a relaxing vacation environment.
C’est Cheese and Biking Transcontinental both adopt the new “Southern Burgundy” route, thus seeing their lengths extended by a day.
“Hommage to the Tour de France”
Last Spaces, Enquire Before Booking!
Dates: a special, one-time trip to run in 2007, from Sunday, July 22 through Saturday, July 28. The 28th will be a riding day: plan for a Sunday flight if you are departing Europe by plane.
Trip Leader: the trip is being designed and staged by Jeff Kralik, a veteran Blue Marble coordinator (10+ years), sometime amateur racer, and student of the Tour de France.
The Route: it will visit the foothills and peaks of famous TdF routes in the Alps, riding the climbs and visiting the stage towns. Opportunities to brush up against the ‘07 Tour will be available before or after the trip, and we can help with independent travel to let you do so.
The trip will meet in Albertville and start in the Tarentaise Valley, and explore the Savoie and the Hautes-Alpes. It will disband in Grenoble. Featured climbs will include the Galibier, Glandon, Télégraphe, Alpe d'Huez, Madeleine, Croix de Fer.... Don't worry, you won't have to do all, but all will be available to you. If you have a favorite, tell us that when you sign up, so we can be sure to structure a day accordingly.
Training Partners (this means something very precise in our peculiar world) are welcome. A week in the French Alps is fun, whatever your means of transport!
The Price of $1,995 US / $2,350 C / £999 GBP will include:
Capacity will be limited to 19 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment: we have 6 aboard as of now, and will reduce our capacity by the end of March in function of those aboard at that point. To sign up, go here.