Boutique Cycle Tours

Boutique Cycle Tours

Thanks to Australia’s antipodean timezone, it is well past midnight while I prop my eyelids open and watch Stage 14 of the one hundredth Tour de France. My consciousness drifts between Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett‘s dulcet tones and my dreams of riding the same regions the peloton passes through. If you share the same waking dream, Boutique Cycle Tours can make it a reality.

I asked Paul Fuge, Team BCT’s directeur sportif, to tell me what to expect: “Boutique Cycle Tours aim to give every cyclist the opportunity to see and ride the most famous and the most unknown rides in the world. We primarily target experienced cyclists but have no set criteria as to how fit or experienced you need to be to come along. That said, we do offer training advice and can forecast what to expect and this would allow a client enough time and opportunity to get in reasonable condition.

Boutique Cycle Tours

“One of the most asked questions is “what if I come last and can’t keep up with the group?” The usual answer is: “Someone has to be last. That is a fact of life.” However, we have many options. We can drive you ahead of the group so you are constantly ahead. You can take a break in the sag wagon. You can take all day to climb the Passo de Stelvio if you wish and we will support you and wait for you. We have one goal and that is to help you tick the box that you set out to complete.

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“Generally speaking, everyone is so enthused with what they have achieved that a real bond develops between the riders and a union evolves that is rarely seen in other activities. It is common to see very strong and fit cyclists helping the weaker ones by way of verbal support.

Boutique Cycle Tours

“We stay at very comfortable hotels and B&Bs and have a great rapport with the owners. The food is always raved about, we sleep in and usually set off around 9.30am. We go out of the way and do a little sightseeing, or point out particular interests.

For example, on the last trip I took the group along Lake Geneva and showed them the Grand Hotel where ‘Smoke on the Water’ was written when the hotel was burned to the ground. We had a few music junkies on board and they loved this, as well as the Freddy Mercury statue and tribute.

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“We offer support vehicles to transport the weary, carry spare wheels and bike parts, nutrition and your spare warm and wet clothing as required. We also have experienced photographers, massage therapists and bike mechanics on every tour for your total experience.”

You can browse the schedule of Boutique Cycle Tours and make your booking via the website. Special thanks to Paul Fuge for the words and images.

Boutique Cycle Tours

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  • The Amsterdam Whale

    come now, I too am goggle-eyed from those climbing shots so dramatically and manipulatively captured and finished; and I know in your heart of hearts its about the pure experience of cycling and not the tremendous pressure you feel day in day out to give up some editorial control as favour to a devoted and loyal advertiser who asks for so little and are the very reason you have a great job…. but the slim edge of the wedge is oft an entrancing, if not damn sexy, appearance in our lives. I dont complain, so this is only observation and from someone long subscribed but have read only 30% each week, but…

    I can tell you this, I shall continue to read and enjoy, experience and be impressed a long time yet by b-ex., I am sure. My life in Amsterdam, and Utrecht has elevated the bicycle to the primary, possibly, likely, primal constants in my life. I am infatuated and cannot sstop taking photos on the degree of beautiful patina I see everywhere. So I tote about a collection of six thousand images of peeling paint and worn metal and leather seats.

    IT could be argued the bicycle is my life, if you consider those parts of my life critical to the continuation of our species. I need it to hjunt for food, and to bring food home. I need it to provide healthy medicines and medical care to my children, without it I would be dangerously out of condition and as someonee with MS likely in a wheelchair. Then there is one’s mind, and one’s spirit. To feed this I bring my 2 yr old daughter, every day, to preschool on the front of my bike, a perfectly shaped, fitted and ventilated plastic dome sparing her the slightest damp, if necc. otherwise her smile alight’s the world in front of us with halogen intensity and oil-lamp consistency. Soon, as in immediately, we’re surrounded by other moms and dads with bicycles likewise fitted with living human accutrament, Then come the university students, the great glowing heart of our endevour, doubling each other, one perfectly perched side saddle without slightest apparent discomfort and catching up on some reading before an exan, no doubt, while she who’s agreed to be grunt this day pusheson without the slightest air of resentment nor discom4rt. Tomorrow she will be side saddle, tomorrow she will do her job as she does it today. This, you can imagine, generates a… ah.. a, a, of cloud of human cycle powered energy and determination, I mean, you can just take your feet off the pedals most of the time and just let the awesomeness carry you where you need to go. OK not always where you first thought you needed to go, but you know…..wherever you were going before, will still be there. Right now you’ve discovered something new and something very, very special. Something so beautifully human just when you thought that idea itself was daft. I’m in Canada at the moment, long, medically necessary trip, and homesick though I may be I’ve not embellished a word. The streets and my fellow two wheel travellers in Amsterdam, they are truly my nirvana.