By February, after this most miserable of winters, I’d almost forgotten what a pleasure it can be to ride a bike. What better to rekindle one's cycling enthusiasm and top up the vitamin D than a short cycling tour somewhere sunny and warm – like Greece perhaps?
On the taxi ride to Corinth station with bagged-up bikes from our final night’s hotel, I remarked to the driver Anastasios on the fine weather that had blessed our short tour. We’d booked our flights assuming February in the Peloponnese might be as good for winter sun as southeast Spain. Only later did I check the climate data, to find average temperatures hardly higher than Surrey and the same number of rainy days that month! Anastasios agreed: the previous week had been cold and wet, but these were ‘halcyon days’.
Enjoy summer cycling conditions now! Benji Haworth and Ed Oxley went to Greece with mountain bikes, while Dave Barter heads to Majorca with his road bike. Read the full article from CTC's Cycle Magazine.
Plenty of us have been to Greece on holiday. It’s one of the most popular destinations for the British tourists. Fewer will have gone during late winter or early spring. And even fewer will have been with the express intention of riding a bike.
For bikers, as with beach holidayers, Greece is extremely well set up for tourism. You can find cheap flight deals all year round. The tourist infrastructure isn’t restricted to the summer months. Which is just as well, as the best time to visit Greece for a bit of mountain biking is early in the year or in the autumn.