Who we are, and what we do
Velotours came to be following a conversation that started somewhere around Lake Iseo, in Northern Italy, and ended on the approach to the Channel Tunnel between our founder, Simon Benson, and his good friend (and triathlete) Matthew Twynham. The enforced nature of an 800 or so mile journey (split by the Monaco Grand Prix) enabled a plan to form!
The result is Velotours - where our aim is to do something different to the multitude of companies already offering cycle touring and tourism.
What makes a Velotours cycling holiday different?
Our aim is to create an enjoyable experience for all levels of cyclist - from the novice to the more experienced tourer - but with the proviso that our base for the week doesn't move. That's right - rather than staying in a different location every night, we would rather base ourselves in one place and take circular rides out.
Simple really - we much prefer to be able to unpack and forget about our wardrobe for a week!
Are the other companies doing it wrong?
Of course not! They just do it differently to us - and having lived out of a suitcase (or a squashy bag with few clothes for a week) we know which we prefer.
So who are we?
Simon has been involved in luxury travel and tourism for many years, through his company Motorracinghospitality.com Ltd. This motorsport based company provides VIP experiences at race events worldwide, but with a focus on the Monaco Grand Prix, Monaco Historic Grand Prix and the '722 Tours' experience to the Mille Miglia - a joint venture with the aforementioned Matt Twynham.
Simon is a recent convert to cycling, having only returned to the sport in 2016 after about 30 years off a bicycle! Being as unfit as he was (is?) his attitude is 'if I can do it, so can pretty much anybody!'.
What we are
Velotours is a tour operator, proving ground packages at various destinations around Europe. All of our tours are unique to us - we partner with accommodation providers but we are not buying in our tours like a travel agent would.
What we aren't
That inclusive attitude means that, at present at least, we don't do "training camps" - our tours are not a training environment but mearly an opportunity for a small group of people to enjoy a few days exploring a destination by bicyle. If you're looking for a tour that'll take you up Mont Ventoux (left) then we're not the right people for you.
Find our more about our ride plans (and planning) in the FAQs and individual tour descriptions.
To find out where we're going with our tours, click on the tiles below and explore our cycling holidays: