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You too can take a cycling vacation and be part of a virtual ride DVD!

By Jennifer Sage On May 11, 2012 Under General Advice

I just returned from a cycling vacation in Hawaii where we were a part of future virtual ride DVD for Global Ride. Here is a video that Peter Guellard, Cycling Fusion/Global Ride videographer extraordinaire, put together of the trip. You can see the camaraderie, excitement and fun that we had. There were two separate groups over two weeks. The first on the Big Island of Hawaii, the second week in Kauai (my husband Jeff and I were in Kauai). After watching this video, you might ask how you can be a part of such a fun trip? I’ll tell you how…

This was one of the most amazing vacations I’ve ever had, and I’m no stranger to bike tours. I own a bicycle tour company (Viva Travels) and have organized and led tours in Europe since 1989. But this is the first time I’ve been on the other side – that is, where I am not the guide driving the van all the time, not the person doing all the behind-the-scenes crazy work. What a blast it was!

Gene Nacey of Global Ride and Cycling Fusion, has done Virtual Ride DVDs in Italy, Spain and the Alpes of France. I think I’ve got him convinced that their next DVD set needs to be filmed in Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean. I’ve ridden my bike there and have sent several self-guided groups on cycling vacations there, and am hoping to put together this trip. As many places that I’ve ridden my bike (including New Zealand), I don’t think there’s a more beautiful place on earth to take a cycling vacation. Corsica has it all – Caribbean-style turquoise beaches with white sand on the east coast, rugged rocky coastlines on the west coast, ancient villages and citadels built on cliffs overlooking the sea, UNESCO Heritage sites, and lots of forests and mountains. With two ski resorts on this island, you can imagine how high the mountains get. In short, this island has all the elements needed for a spectacular bicycle trip and footage for an amazing DVD virtual ride series.

You know why else Corsica is the place to go? Next year, it will be used in the Tour de France for the first time ever, which means the rest of the world will discover this hidden secret. Before that happens, we will be riding on some of the routes to be used in the 2013 Tour de France.

It won’t be easy riding, but you’ve got about a year to train. We are just starting to discuss the details about it, but with enough advance interest, we will make this a reality. I don’t know costs yet, but it will require about 10-12 days in Europe, with flights to either Nice, France or Genoa, Italy. You can make this a dream vacation come true. Start saving now, start planning your year around a cycling vacation to Corsica next May. Make sure you are on the free ICA mailing list to receive information (sign up in the box on the upper right side of this blog), or email me at info@vivatravels.com.

If you really want to be prepared for the riding on Corsica, make sure to sign up for next year’s Winter Training program with Cycling Fusion. Better yet, get all of your students signed up, so you can train together!

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