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As we get into June and into the summer proper we have seen warm weather in the UK at the Sports Tours International Manchester HQ. We hope everyone is making the most of the weather and training is going well.
We have already delivered quite a few events successfully this year and many more brilliant events are now just around the corner. Enjoy reading about some our recent events and find out more about what we are currently working on.
Our groups just keep getting bigger and bigger every year to this brilliant adventure marathon. Take a trip through living history by running a marathon along the Great Wall of China! The Great Wall Marathon started in 1998 and has been run every year along the Great wall of China since. Sport Tours International offers guaranteed entry to this event and a choice of 3 events to compete in, the marathon, half marathon or 8.5k fun run. We also offer a choice of hotels, and optional (very worthwhile) sightseeing tours. More information or JOIN THE 2019 WAITLIST HERE
We had an excellent 2018 Giro d’Italia. We started our fully supported tours in Ovaro at the foot of the mighty Mont Zoncolan. We followed the riders of the Giro around the Italian Alps via Lake Garda and Susa to the final battle up to Cervinia. The race had a spectacular finish on the streets of Rome.
Please have a look at our review in photos below and if you are interested in the 2019 Giro d’Italia, we will have all our travel packages and daily VIP and hospitality experiences available after the 2019 Giro d’Italia route announcement at the beginning of October 2019. JOIN OUR 2019 GIRO D’ITALIA WAITLIST NOW HERE
The Overseas Operations team are preparing the final logistics for a big summer of cycling events. Firstly it is the staggeringly beautiful but very tough Mont Blanc Marathon which takes place across the final weekend of June and then it’s into the July cycling season with the big 3 Cyclo-sportives, Maratona dles Dolomites, Marmotte Alps Gran Fondo and the Etape du Tour.
The Maratona dles Dolomites is sold out but we have very limited availability still for both the Marmotte and the Etape du Tour.
We provide full travel packages with hotel, entry, airport transfers to the Marmotte and the Etape but we also offer a comprehensive selection of race day services which are available to book without having to book the full travel package. These include:
More info here: Marmotte Race services, Etape du Tour Race services
We look out for the interests of all travelling cyclists, not just our own customers so we have made sure that the handling agents at Geneva airport are aware that both the Etape du Tour and the Marmotte take place on the same day in July this year. We expect a lot of travelling cyclists with their bikes on aircraft, mainly on the Friday and the Monday so airlines and handling agents have to make sure that the aircraft plan for the increased bike carriage on their planes. To help with this we have offered bike rental and an overland transport service from the UK but both of these are now fully booked.
Our partners SHERPR provide door to door bike shipping if you want to make use of their service. SHERPR is a door to door bike courier service, offering a low cost, maximum convenience alternative to flying with your bike – Book Now
The Criterium du Dauphine is under way now with a few cracking mountain stages that we are looking forward to seeing including a stage to La Rosiere which is a virtual replica of one of the Tour de France stages.
The Gran Fondo Milan San Remo weekend is getting under way with a little bit of difficulty on Friday which is the main arrival day for our customers. Italian air traffic control strikes have meant cancelled and rescheduled flights. Our staff on the ground are working hard to assist our customers.
The Milan San Remo Gran Fondo is your opportunity to ride the route of the longest one day event on the UCI calendar in June 2019. The Milan San Remo Gran Fondo follows the same route as the one undertaken by the riders of the pro peloton during the annual spring classic in March, the Milan San Remo. We offer 2 nights in Milan and 1 night in San Remo with airport transfers from Milan and to Nice and luggage transfer on race day included as well as guaranteed entry and our staff support. Join the 2019 waitlist here
The UK Qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships took place last weekend. The Tour of Cambridgeshire took place and we have seen an enormous amount of interest in our travel packages to Varese where the world championships take place at the end of August. One hotel is already sold out but we still have some places remaining so if you qualified at the TOC or any other UCI Gran Fondo World series event, don’t wait too long with booking your hotel and support package with us as we are selling fast – BOOK NOW
Now available to book is VIP access and hospitality at the the 2019 Strade Bianche which takes place on Saturday 9 March 2019. BOOK HERE
Now available to book is The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad which heralds the traditional start of the cycling season. This race is steeped in tradition and it recreates the finale of the Tour of Flanders as it was in the past with the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the finish in Meerbeke. Watch the Pros on the Saturday and take part in the Cyclosportive on Sunday. VIP access and hospitality at the the 2019 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad which takes place on Saturday 2 March 2019. BOOK HERE
This weekend sees the Comrades Marathon taking place in South Africa. We started with a very small group a few years ago and this brilliant event just seems to grow and grow in popularity. If you want to make that step up from the Marathon distance but you’re afraid about getting lost in the mountains on a trail race then the Comrades is for you!!
The Comrades Marathon is the world’s largest and oldest Ultra Marathon race with a distance of about 89 km (approx. 56 miles). This fantastic event takes place every year in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The direction of the race changes every year and it alternates between the ‘up run’ (87 km) starting from Durban and the ‘down run’ (89 km) starting from Pietermaritzburg.
Finishing this marathon is a titanic achievement for even a highly accomplished runner, the atmosphere of this major event is well worth the trip. You can join the 2019 waitlist here to find out when we go on sale
We are in the final sales period for the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon now with final places remaining. After Paris, you can also enjoy some Disney magic in Florida in January and February 2019. More information about the RunDisney series of events can be found here
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