European Cycling River Cruise with Phil Anderson
Budapest to Amsterdam
Friday 17 June, 2016 to Friday 01 July, 2016
AllTrails Bicycle Tours are proud to announce that in June 2016 we will be working in conjunction with Reis & James Travel Associates in promoting their unique European Cycling River Cruise with Phil Anderson, with guest appearance by Phil Liggett.
Be a part of this unique 15 day private cycling charter led by Phil Anderson who is personally mapping 7 optional rides for you.
This enchanting cruise between Budapest and Amsterdam is a unique opportunity to experience the heart of Europe – cruising the magnificent Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers aboard an award winning, luxury river cruise ship, finishing the day before the Tour de France begins. You could also combine this tour with our Rome to Turin ride.
Phil & Susan will also be guests on the trip for a few days and look forward to seeing you in Europe!
|Cycling River Cruise with Phil Anderson|
|Dates:||Fri 17 Jun – Fri 1 July 2016|
|Duration:||15 days, 14 nights. 7 ride days|
|Distances:||50-85km, cycling enthusiasts 15-20km, recreational riders|
|Bike Type:||Road Bike or hybrid (BYO)|
|Terrain:||Good bitumen roads – undulating|
|Meals:||All included while cruising incl wine, beer, soft drinks with dinner|
|Price:||This ride has passed|
|Deposit:||This ride has passed|
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There will be 7 rides planned over the 15 day duration of the cruise with something for everyone.
For cycling enthusiasts, there are 50-85 km rides personally mapped and led by Phil Anderson, joined by Phil Liggett on one or two occasions. For rides led by Phil Anderson, all riders will be accompanied by support riders from Pedal Power plus SAG wagon with driver/mechanic.
If guests don’t want to ride on an official riding day, they can instead do the touring or just stay on board.
Enthusiast cyclists will need to bring their own bike (all hire bikes are now allocated). For recreational riders, there are 15-20km rides that will be led by local tour operators. Bikes will be provided for recreational riders (no need to bring your own).
Non riders can enjoy normal touring off the ship on ride days as the ship will operate a host of day trips and excursions as per their regular itinerary. If non riders decide to do a recreational ride on a riding day, provided they advise 2 days before, a bike will be available.
If guests wish to ride on a non riding day, they can take their bike (or assigned hire bike) on a private ride. 10 mountain bikes will be also onboard for anyone to use at any port to do their own riding on a first come first served basis.
About Phil Anderson
Phil Anderson OAM is one of Australia’s cycling heroes. Having worn the prestigious Tour de France yellow jersey an impressive 11 times, Phil continues to be at the forefront of the sport and is a patron of the Amy Gillett Foundation.
He won gold in the 1978 Commonwealth Games, turned pro and joined the intensely competitive professional Europeanroad circuit with a career spanning 16 years and culminating with another Commonwealth gold in 1994, the year of his retirement. Phil is recognised as a cycling pioneer, well known for being the first Australian (and first non-European) to win the prestigious yellow jersey in the Tour de France. His daring challenge of the French favourite, Bernard Hinault created history, his exploits on the road, are stories full of pain, fierce determination and excitement. Ultimately, Phil Anderson wore the yellow jersey 11 times and rose to number one in the world in an era when Australia was not considered part of the cycling landscape.
Since his retirement in 1994, Phil Anderson has worked as a consultant to the cycling fraternity in addition to media commitments, sports commentary and sports development.
About Phil Liggett
Phil Liggett MBE, the famous English commentator, journalist and renowned “voice of cycling” will be our special guest on this journey. Together with Phil Anderson, join in the revelry as they recount tales of past races, stories of racing individuals and personalities and share their views on modern topics impacting the cycling scene.
Phil is excited to be joining us on his first ever river cruise and particularly the lighter pace it will bring to his usual frenetic European summers calling races. Share a beverage with Phil (did you know that he also has a game farm in South Africa where he also works to save Rhinoceros from poachers?) or enjoy his company cycling on selected rides that Phil Anderson is hosting.
Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accom)
Today’s ride: Welcome Ride
Join Phil Anderson for his traditional welcome ride, this time not on the slopes of the Pyrenees or Alpes but through exciting Budapest. Starting on the bike trails we will head into the foothills on the outskirts of the city. Designed to introduce you to riding in Europe the pace on this 50km ride will be easy, grupetto style giving you an opportunity to get to know your fellow cycling enthusiast while our staff get to know you.
There is no ride scheduled for today
Join Phil and staff on the guided walk through fascinating Bratislava. The cobble streets and narrow laneways hold in their grasp the history of the old town and bear the hallmarks of a future potential bike course should time permit!
Phil Anderson presents a 75km ride that incorporates the famous Danube bike path and the additional indulgence of an opportunity to ride with a special cycling guest. After a gentle warm up we will have a chance for a good hit out through the narrow roads of the Keirlinger Forest before returning back to Vienna along the banks of the Danube.
A traditional cyclists early roll out with Phil (and special guest) at the helm will see us leave the port of Durnstein on a 70km ride. Rolling hills will challenge you, the 11th Century Gotteig Benedictine Monastery will delight en-route before we return to the Danube via a ferry crossing at Spitz and back to port.
Backing up for our third and perhaps longest ride of the trip we follow the Danube port to port. Phil presents an exciting boat chase with full commentary from the voice of cycling along 85kms of narrow country roads and bike paths on the borders of Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany as our ship cruises from Litz to Passau.
Today is a scheduled rest day
Every grand tour is fought out on courses replete with challenges and like most great races we present forced rest days. Every great cyclist knows the routine, a gentle roll out, massage media engagements and family time is allowed. All on your own time of course.
Today is another scheduled rest day
There are no secrets about today. The captain will set sail for distant ports and our legs will be elevated as we listen to the dulcet tones of Phil Anderson who with our special guest Phil Ligget will engage us with tales of days past and present before our guest disembarks.
There are no scheduled rides today
Our rest day routine will continue, the routine of the avid cyclist though not strictly adhered on our passage down the Danube able to be implemented should opportunity arise.
Rested, we roll off the boat for an early hit out through the hillside vineyards of Wurzburg on a ride down the first steps of the Romantic Road. We will ride 75km on a route that connects some of the historic villages traversed by the Romans in day’s past. With our legs fresh, the tough little pinches on today’s ride should not be a problem. Opportunity for inevitable espresso stops are highly likely on this popular route.
Today is a well needed rest day
Wary now of Phil’s ride descriptions the challenge of a small mountain tomorrow would suggest a rest day is required.
Today’s ride at 65km is shorter than most but one that will leave a sting in your legs. Our circuit takes us north of the Rhein and we have only a small mountain, 525m to conquer but with gradients of 5 -10% this 5km climb will have the field strung out on our ascent. Majestic views wait as we catch our breath and re-group before the descent to the valley below.
There is no official ride scheduled for today
We check into Cologne and while there is much to see, a cyclist may of his own accord ride the streets on a faster exploration of this beautiful city!
Having cruised from Hungary to Holland our last formal cycling challenge will be the echelon formations that are requisite when riding in the windy flat lands. From windmills to tulip farms the canal rides of Holland and Belgium are standard fare for a cyclist as we navigate around Amsterdam on a 55km farewell loop.
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