Fun European cycling holidays to France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Owned, operated and run by Clare Holdsworth, Wide Open Road offers quality, personalised bike tours to the best cycling regions in Europe. Our tours are affordable and offer the best value going around. We offer Cycling Holidays Tour de France but also explore stunning regions and quiet back roads that only the locals know about. We conquer the climbs of the French Alps, Tour de France, Pyrenees, Giro d'Italia, Italian Alps and Pyrenees and organise our routes to take in the tourist highlights of the regions as well as the cuisines and wines. We offer cycling holidays for singles, cycling holidays for couples and cycling holidays for women.
WHO IS WIDE OPEN ROAD?
Wide Open Road Cycling Tours have been operating since 2001 and are owned, operated and run by Clare Holdsworth. Clare has extensive cycling and travel experience in Europe, has detailed knowledge of the best cycling routes as well as the cultures, traditions, food and wine of the regions we pass through and goes on every holiday we run.
Clare delivers a personalised holiday experience, adapting your holiday to your needs. If you want to ride an extra Col, take in a long lunch, or take a short-cut - it's all possible!
Our rides are point to point (we don’t believe in spending valuable holiday time in buses), we cycle around 80km a day, attract a mix of abilities, ages and genders. The common factor is a love of challenging but sociable cycling with a good meal and glass of wine (or two!). Many of our customers become lifelong friends and return in following years.
We are Australian cyclists who fell in love with cycling in Europe in the northern summer and have spent many cumulative years exploring Europe by bike.
Each year we schedule different routes so that we can coordinate one of our tours to coincide with the route of the Tour de France. We have a crew of 2 to 5 people depending on the size of the group.
Our crew are all keen cyclists who volunteer to assist on our rides, have bicycle mechanic skills and can speak French.
Clare is the director of Wide Open Road. Initially a customer on a WOR Holiday in 2005, she took up the reins in 2008 and hasn’t looked back. She is based in Melbourne, but spends months each year cycling in Europe and has clocked up tens of thousands of kilometres exploring the regions that Wide Open Road pass through. She brings her passion, experience and knowledge
of cycling, travel, food and wine to provide that magic mix of a WOR Cycle Tour. She is also a qualified physiotherapist, speaks French and loves an al fresco long lunch after a great ride.
Frank brings with him a lifetime of cycle experience (and we mean that, literally!). A member of the WOR team for nearly 10 years, he has seen, ridden and repaired it all. When he’s not fine-tuning our customer’s bikes you’ll find him watching the Tour or chatting to the locals, bien sur aver son accent vraiment Parisien…!
Ross is based in London and brings knowledge of European food and wine along with him on all our rides which makes a welcome break from his hectic London restaurant management business in between WOR seasons. Part of the team since 2010, and along with being the official WOR photographer, he also has an obsession with all things bike related – feel free to ask him about his latest project, restoring a retro fixie!
Paul has been a member of the WOR crew since 2012, when his first European road ride was the epic climb to Alpe d’Huez. He’s been hooked ever since, crewing on our rides through France, Italy and Switzerland. A welcome addition, he brings the wealth of his customer service knowledge to the team. He is also a qualified musculoskeletal physiotherapist and brings that experience along with him on our rides.
When in Melbourne, Emma works part times as bike mechanic and sales person at Avantiplus Collingwood. When with WOR, she's either tweaking your bike or conquering cols on her own fancy new road bike, and if not... she'll be eagerly delivering the fresh croissants, pain au chocolate and pastries daily to our breakfast marquee, with perhaps just the odd one missing...!
New to WOR crewing in 2014; Josh is a keen cyclist, seasoned traveller and self confessed Tour tragic (having followed the 2013 Tour around France in a camper van) which makes him an ideal addition to the WOR team! Ever ready to help out around camp or on the road, he handled both 2014 WOR trips with aplomb and will no doubt be back again.
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