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When applying for a Schengen Visa in order to travel to one or more of the Schengen Zone countries there are some requirements one has to establish prior to the application. If you are planning to travel to more than one Schengen country its best if you apply in the Embassy/ Consulate of the country you will be staying at the most, regarding the residing days. Once you are issued a multiple entry visa you are able to travel to all of the Schengen Zone countries for the time permitted on the visa. Visa & Passports


What to bring/wear during our Cycle Classic Tour?

First of all of course you'll need a good quality Helmet 
For Clothing we recommend this;

  • Cycling Jersey ( 2 – 3)
  • Cycling Jersey long sleeve (2)
  • Cycling shorts (2)
  • Cycling Long –Tights (1 - 2)
  • Cycling Gloves ( 1) Fall/Winter
  • Thermal shirts long sleeve (2)
  • Thermal shirts short sleeve ( 2)
  • Cycling socks ( 4 - 5 pair )
  • Gore-Tex waterproof jacket
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Lightweight rain Jacket
  • Cycling sun glasses
  • Cycling Shoes
  • Cap/Balaclava/Warm hat 


Cycling in the mountains?

In the high cols your average speed will be much lower than on the flat. The time gained during the descents will not compensate for the time ‘lost’ going uphill. Mountains can be very long so the most important rule is to start gently. Try to find your own speed and balance. This is the perfect mood to relax and enjoy the fantastic landscape!


Weather in the mountains

Be aware that conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. It can be very cold, expect a 1C/33F decrease in temperature for every 100 meter rise in elevation.


What must be my fitness level?

For our self guided tours in Italy, France and Spain you don’t need to be a professional cyclist. Mostly the rides are on flatter terrain sometimes you have short steep climbs. If you do regularly exercises you would be able to follow the tracks, these rides present a moderate challenge to someone of average fitness. The tracks in the hilly Lake District in North Italy, Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily are for fit riders who like some challenges. These Tours include some long daily distances and some  though climbs. The rides in the Alps are for for well-trained riders who can do more than five or six hours of riding in the mountains. It involves long daily distances with many challenging climbs. These tours are advisable for someone with a high fitness level. 


Do I need to bring my own bike?

It isn't easy to travel with a bike box on trains and planes. First of all air companies will charge you way too much. Secondly, a common occurrence is that bicycles may get damaged on or during the journey. You are on holidays and to have to worry about your bike, it’s not worth it and therefore it’s not worth bringing your own bike. So what now? You may ask…..Just Relax! Let Cycle Classic Tours arrange your bike as we are glad to provide you with one of our Trek racing bikes. It avoids stressful situations and a lot of hassle during your holiday trip. Even though it’s always possible to bring you bike but be aware that you are responsible for your own bike.


Travel insurance?

Cycleclassictours recommends you to arrange a good personal insurance before leaving your country. We are not responsible for theft or loss of personal properties. 



What kind of weather we can expect?

During the spring classics in Belgium, Holland and North France the weather can be unpredictable. Belgium weather is maritime and usually mild. Flanders is on the same level as southern England, so the climate is comparable. In fact the month with the driest weather is March with 52 mm (2.0 in) of rain but always being prepared for rainfall!


Spring Classics March and April

Weather in Belgium/Holland/North France min  max average rainfall wet days sunhours
March 2C/37F 10C/50F 6C/43F 52 mm 11 3.8
April 4C/39F 13C/57F 9C/48F 54 mm 12 5.3


Italian Lake district
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The climate is Mediterranean which means the summers are long and winters are short and mild. Summer conditions begin around May when the average daily highrises to about 20°C. Once you move into June the highs reach 24°C, before peaking at 26°C in the hottest month of July.

Cycle Classic Tours Trips : Lake Como - Lake District - Lakes of Lombardy

Lake District min  max average rainfall wet days sunhours
April 08C/46F 15C/59F 12C/53F 110mm 14 10
May 12C/54F 20C/68F 16C/51F 128mm 16 11
June 15C/59F 24C/75F 20C/67F 134mm 14 11
July 18C/64F 26C/79F 22C/72F 98mm 12 12
August 18C/64F 26C/79F 22C/72F 97mm 13 11
September 14C/57F 22C/72F 18C/65F 105mm 10 9


Italian Alps and Dolomites 
 based on Bolzano
The region has a humid continental climate with warm summers and no dry season. The alpine valleys between 900 and 1400 metres, with a typically Humid continental climate , covering the largest part of the province. Summers are mild/warm with averages between 14 and 19°C. It is a very snowy climate; snow may occur from early October to April or even May.

Cycle Classic Tours Trips: Dolomites self-guided - Dolomites guided - 5 star Italian Alps

Itaian Alps & Dolomites    min  max average rainfall wet days sunhours
April 09C/48F 18C/64F 14C/57F 53mm 7 6
May 14C/57F 23C/73F 19C/66F 82mm 8 7
June 19C/66F 27C/81F 23C/73F 80mm 10 7
July 20C/68F 29C/84F 25C/77F 92mm 9 8
August 20C/68F 28C/82F 24C/75F 91mm 9 7
September 15C/59F 24C/75F 20C/68F 68mm 6 6


Sicily

Mediterranean which means the summers are long and winters are short and mild. Summer conditions begin around May when the average daily highrises to about 20°C. Once you move into June the highs reach 26/27°C, before peaking at 30/31°C in the hottest months July & August.

Cycle Classic Tours trips : Best of Sicily road bike - Cycle Sicily-Mount Etna - Classic Sicily - Mount Etna -Ionic See

Sicily min  max average rainfall wet days sunhours
April 8C/46F 17C/62F 12C/53F 35mm 4 10
May 12C/53F 22C/71F 16C/60F 14mm 3 12
June 16C/60F 26C/78F 20C/67F 10mm 1 13
July 19C/67F 29C/84F 22C/72F 10mm 1 14
August 19C/67F 30C/86F 22C/72F 17mm 2 13
September 17C/62F 26C/78F 21C/69F 28mm 3 11
October 13/55F 22/72F 17C/63F 48mm 7 9


Sardinia

Sardinia boasts a beautifully warm Mediterranean climate with long hot summers and coastal temperatures averaging 28.5 degrees (83F) in July and August. The island is renowned for its six month summer which means that the sea can be warm enough for swimming from May until October. 

Cycle Classic Tours trips : Trans Sardinia road bike - North Sardinia - Sardinia road bike - South Sardinia

Sardinia  min  max average rainfall wet days sunhours
April 09C/48F 18C/64F 14C/57F 42mm 5 7
May 12C/54F 22C/73F 17C/63F 20mm 3 9
June 16C/61F 26C/79F 21C/70F 12mm 2 10
July 19C/66F 29C/84F 24C/75F 10mm 2 12
August 19C/66F 30C/86F 25C/76F 18mm 2 10
September 17C/63F 26C/79F 22C/71F 40mm 5 8


Corsica
Corsica has a beautifully warm Mediterranean climate with long hot summers and coastal temperatures averaging 28.5 degrees (83F) in July and August. The island is renowned for its six month summer which means that the sea can be warm enough for swimming from May until October.

Cycle Classic Tours trips : North Corsica - South Corscia - Guided Road Bike Corsica

Corsica min  max average rainfall wet days sunhours
April 8C/46F 17C/62F 12C/53F 35mm 4 10
May 12C/53F 22C/71F 16C/60F 14mm 3 12
June 16C/60F 26C/78F 20C/67F 10mm 1 13
July 19C/67F 29C/84F 22C/72F 10mm 1 14
August 19C/67F 30C/86F 22C/72F 17mm 2 13
September 17C/62F 26C/78F 21C/69F 28mm 3 11
October 13/55F 22/72F 17C/63F 48mm 7 9


Tuscany & Umbria

The climate in Tuscany & Umbria is very mild. The coast and valleys tend to have hotter summers than the hills or mountains although the coast benefits from breezes off the sea for cooler temperatures. April and May as well as September and October are good months to visit Tuscany: sunny days, with some rainy days as well. July and August can be hot.

Cycle Classic Tours trips : Classis Tuscany - Lucca to Florence - Lucca to Pisa - Tuscany & Umbria road bike - Umbria road bike trip

Tuscany & Umbria  min  max average rainfall wet days sunhours
April 10C/50F 15C/59F 13C/55F 74mm 7 7
May 14C/57F 19C/66F 17C/63F 62mm 5 8
June 18C/64F 24C/75F 21C/70F 49mm 3 9
July 20C/68F 27C/81F 24C/75F 23mm 2 10
August 21C/70F 27C/81F 24C/75F 38mm 3 9
September 17C/63F 23C/73F 20C/68F 54mm 5 8
October 14C/57F 19C/66F 17C/63F 96mm 9 7


Puglia 
The spring comes early and is generally warm and sunny, with temperatures rising up to 20C by the end of April. The summer is long, hot and dry and lasts from the end May through to the end of September. Temperatures typically rise to around the 30°C mark in July and August, with the occasional hotter week here and there. Autumn remains generally warm with temperatures only really dropping out of the 20s towards the beginning of December.

Cycle Classic Tours trips ; South Italy self-guided - Puglia and Basilicata

Puglia  min max average rainfall wet days sunhours
April 09C/48F 18C/64F 14C/57F 47mm 5 8
May 13C/55F 22C72F 18C/64F 37mm 4 9
June 17C/63F 26C/79F 22C/72F 32mm 3 9
July 19C/66F 28C/82F 24C/75F 27mm 2 10
August 19C/66F 28C/82F 24C/75F 39mm 4 10
September 16C/62F 25C/77F 21C/70F 62mm 5 9
October 13C/55F 21C/70F 17C/63F 65mm 6 8


French Alps

Late summer early autumn is the best season to explore the Alp regions. End of August and beginning of September are the perfect months for exploring this beautiful region. In the summer time the Alps high cols can be very busy and also we want to avoid the extreme temperatures. Therefore we offer our trips in August and September. Also the temperatures are not that high anymore. Be aware that conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. It can be very cold, expect a 1C/33F decrease in temperature for every 100 meter rise in elevation.

weather in Annecy    min  max average rainfall wet days sunhours
August 15C/59F 26C/79F 21C/70F 62mm 10 7
September 11C/52F 23C/74F 17C/63F 42mm 10 6
weather in Grenoble  min max average rainfall wet days sunhours
August 13C/55F 26C/79F 19C/67F 3.7mm 11 8.4
September 11C/52F 22C/72F 17C/63F 3.9mm 11 6.6


South France
The best months to cycle in the South of France are May, September and October. Traffic would be considerably less outside the peak period and still there are many hours of sunshine.

weather in Nice - Provence       min  max average rainfall wet days sunhours
May 13C/55F 20C/68F 17C/62F 68mm 8 8,8
September 16C/61F 25C/77F 21C/70F 77mm 7 8,8
October 12C/54F 21C/70F 17C/63F 124mm 9 6,5


Costa Brava - Costa Daurada - Catalonia

The climate of Costa Brava is typically Mediterranean, mild and temperate, characterised by hot, dry summers and moderately cold winters. The annual average temperature ranges from 7 to 28 °C, while the highest temperatures are recorded in the months of July and August. The Costa Brava, is characterized by warm to hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters. Because the region is beside the Mediterranean sea, temperatures are generally moderate with a comparatively small range of temperatures between the winter low and summer high.

Cycle Classic Tours Trips: Barcelona to Girona - Cycle the Costa Brava - Catalonia on road bike - Costa Daurada road bike

Costa Brava - Catalonia- Costa Daurada    min  max average rainfall wet days sunhours
January 02C/35F 14C/57F 08C/46F 56mm 6 7
February 02C/35F 15C/59F 09C/48F 38mm 4 8
March 04C/40F 18C/64F 11C/52F 45mm 4 9
April 06C/43C 19C/66F 13C/55F 63mm 6 10
May 10C/51F 23C/74F 17C/63F 68mm 7 11
June 14C/58F 27C/81F 21C/70F 62mm 6 12
July 17C/62F 30C/87F 24C/75F 27mm 2 12
August 17C/62F 28C/83F 23C/73F 21mm 2 12
September 15C/58F 26C/78F 21C/68F 39mm 3 10
October 11C/51F 22C/72F 17C/62F 82mm 8 8
November 06C/42F 16C/60F 11C/51F 81mm 8 8
December 03C/37F 13C/55F 08C/46F 45mm 5 7


Costa Blanca

The sunny climate and all year round warm climate makes Costa Blanca one of the best cycling regions in the world!The Costa Blanca has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate and has special micro-climate all year round thanks to the mountains which surround the town. It enjoys some 3,400 hours of sunshine a year and an average annual temperature on the coast of 18°C (15°C in winter and 26°C in summer). The Costa Blanca has been described by the World Health Organisation as among the healthiest regions in the world.

Cycle ClassicTours trips ; Costa Blanca guided road bike - Costa Blanca self guided

Costa Blanca    min  max average rainfall wet days sunhours
January 05C/43F 16C/59F 11C/54F 42mm 4 6
February 06C/43F 17C/61F 12C/55F 39mm 4 7
March 08C/46F 19C/64F 15C/58F 40mm 4 7
April 10C/50C 21C/66F 17C/60F 37mm 4 9
May 13C/55F 24C/73F 20C/65F 30mm 3 10
June 17C/63F 27C/81F 25C/75F 21mm 2 11
July 20C/68F 31C/85F 27C/78F 17mm 1 12
August 21C/70F 32C/86F 29C/80F 12mm 1 11
September 18C/64F 28C/82F 25C/75F 25mm 4 9
October 14C/57F 25C/75F 21C/70F 54mm 4 7
November 09C/48F 19C/64F 16C/59F 69mm 6 6
December 07C/45F 17C/61F 12C/55F 45mm 5 6


Tenerife based on Playa de las Americas.
The sunny climate and all year round warm climate makes Tenerife one of the best cycling regions in the world. Though Tenerife has a climate that can't be matched anywhere in the world!  However the weather can change as quickly and dramatically as it does in the UK. The warmest weather is found on the south and west of the island, while the east is generally windier and the north wetter. What cannot be denied, however, is that Tenerife has the lowest temperature difference between summer and winter of anywhere in the world, with averages of around 15C in winter and 24C in summer!

Cycle ClassicTours trips ; Tenerife Road Cycling Trip - Tenerife Canary Islands Volcano Tour

Tenerife    min  max average rainfall wet days sunhours
January 15C/60F 21C/70F 15C/59F 32mm 4 8
February 15C/60F 21C/70F 16C/61F 35mm 4 9
March 16C/61F 22C/72F 17C/62F 38mm 4 10
April 17C/62C 23C/73F 17C/62F 12mm 4 11
May 18C/64F 24C/75F 18C/64F 04mm 3 11
June 20C/67F 26C/79F 20C/68F 0.1mm 2 11
July 21C/70F 29C/84F 21C/70F 0.1mm 0 12
August 22C/71F 29C/84F 23C/73F 2mm 1 11
September 22C/71F 28C/82F 22C/72F 7mm 2 10
October 20C/69F 26C/79F 21C/70F 19mm 5 10
November 18C/65F 24C/75F 19C/66F 34mm 7 9
December 17C/62F 22C/72F 16C/61F 43mm 7 8



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