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Book a bucket-list trip with Stuart Hall Cycling

Always dreamed of riding where your heroes made history? Here's how to make it a reality

31 Jul 2017

This feature was produced in association with Stuart Hall Cycling

Cycling is unique. Few of us will ever get the chance to boot a ball into the net at Wembley or drive a lap around the Nürburgring, but if you ride a bike there’s very little stopping you from tackling the same routes as Messrs Froome, Wiggins, or even Merckx.

In fact, if it’s always been your dream to ride Mallorca’s famous Sa Calobra, pit yourself against Mont Ventoux or take on Pyrenean beasts like the Col du Tourmalet, it’s just a question of booking and pedalling.

Among the most trusted and well-established tour operators who can make a trip like this happen for you is Stuart Hall Cycling.

Set up in the late 1980s, the company has helped thousands of cyclists achieve their ambitions, even attracting a fair number of pros.

Team Sky’s Luke Rowe, Bike Channel-Canyon’s Dexter Gardias and Aqua Blue Sport’s Daniel Pearson have all been spotted at Stuart Hall training camps over the years.

Not that you need to be an elite-level rider to enjoy what’s on offer. With guided rides and training camps taking place from the beginning of January to the end of October, Stuart Hall has got something for everybody, regardless of ability or experience.

In the early part of the year through the winter and spring you can join them in Mallorca for a series of rides that’ll help build your fitness, improve your riding technique and get you on the same roads that the pros use for their pre-season training – in fact pro spotting is almost a recognised pastime in Mallorca early in the year.

Throughout the summer and autumn, the company specialises in the stuff of cycling fantasy.

Always dreamed of riding from Land’s end to John O’Groats? Want to take on the Ventoux? Fancy tackling the Alps or the Pyrenees? How about entering some of the most challenging rides in the European sportive calendar? It’s all on the menu.

There are even great wind-down camps back on Mallorca at the end of the year designed to ensure that you can get one last warm-weather cycling fix in before the winter does its thing.

With each of their trips you get half-board in two and three star hotels, airport transfers and guided rides included in the price.

You can also expect vehicle and mechanical support if you’re taking on the likes of Ventoux, entry costs and paperwork taken care of if you’re tackling any of the sportives the company works with such as the Marmotte, and if you fancy riding in Mallorca but don’t want the hassle of taking your own bike, they have a superb stable of MEKK and Etape carbon beauties available for hire from £95 per week.

Prices range from around £300 for a week in Mallorca, to £1,045 for their Trophee de l’Oisans package which sees riders tackle three alpine sportives in a week. Now that’s what we call a bucket-list ride!

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