Nice, the Tour de France and its great significance to GreenEDGE

Nice’s historic run at the Tour de France

This year marks the seventh occasion that the Tour de France will depart from the South of France, daringly close to the mountains, from the stunning Côte d’Azur city of Nice. Located right on the Mediterranean coastline, and nestled at the foot of the Alps – Nice la Belle ‘Nice the beautiful’ offers quite the spectacular backdrop and will excitingly once again play host to the world’s greatest bike race at the 2020 Grand Départ.

Nice has been a significant part of Tour de France history since as early as the fourth edition in 1906 where it was home to the finish following a gruelling 345km battle that started in Grenoble and saw René Pottier kick start a long running history of Tour de France victories there.

It has since, featured a prominent 37 times, three of which have been Grand Départ’s and its most recent being at the special 100th edition in 2013, where it held the Stage Four Team Time Trial.

A place of great significance for Orica-GreenEDGE 

Although each Tour de France return to Nice has been significant, the Team Time Trial at the 100th edition certainly created something special. The discipline itself; a unique, entertaining event to witness firsthand, topped by sensational crowds – lively atmosphere, and the idyllic coastal city setting. 

A day to remember for many – in particular the then fresh to the World Tour scene, Orica-GreenEDGE who claimed an emphatic, history-making victory in Nice, only a day following the Australian team’s first ever Tour de France win on Stage three with Simon Gerrans. Gerrans’ success, coming soon after the team hit headlines during Stage One in Corsica when the team bus dramatically got stuck under the finish banner. Their success to come, all the more welcomed, following the chaos and stress surrounding them to start.

The team, established only the year prior in 2012 stepped into the 2013 edition with a real vengeance to prove their position on the World Tour to sponsors, fans and themselves. Their achievements well and truly demonstrating their worth and kickstarting their continued rise to the top of the ranks, where they now stand as one of the most dominating professional teams on the pro circuit, as Mitchelton-SCOTT.

The monumental day for the team on July 2nd, 2013 saw them tackle a 25km flat circuit through Nice’s city centre. Lines of excited, passionate fans gathered the streets in cheer as the fastest professional cyclists united with their team mates in time trial format. Orica-GreenEDGE crossing the line, a mere 75 hundredths of a second ahead of Belgian squad, Omega Pharma-QuickStep in an unbelievable time of 25:56, holding an average speed of 57.54km/h over 25km. The average speed still stands in history as one of the fastest ever.

The victory came with double success for the team as not only did they secure their second consecutive Tour de France stage, but also moved into the prestigious Yellow Jersey, with Simon Gerrans.

Now they’d had their taste for the Maillot Jaune, and as their Tom Petty team theme song said, ‘they weren’t backing down’ easily. Their incredible stream of success, continuing on to see Gerrans hold the Yellow for an additional two stages, before passing it onto the shoulders of team mate, Daryl Impey. Impey, also making history as the first ever African to wear the Yellow jersey, in which he did so impressively for another two stages, tremendously supported by the team – high on Tour de France success.

2013 Orica-GreenEDGE Tour de France team

  • Simon Gerrans
  • Daryl Impey
  • Stuart O’Grady
  • Matt Goss
  • Brett Lancaster
  • Cameron Meyer
  • Svein Tuft
  • Michael Albasini
  • Simon Clarke

 Words from the riders 

What it mean’t to win in Nice…

SIMON GERRANS – 

Simon Gerrans raced professionally from 2005-2018 and is highly regarded as being one of Australia’s most decorated cyclists. He raced for GreenEDGE since their initiation in 2012, right through to his penultimate year as a professional in 2017. Gerrans won multiple Tour de France stages (including two team time trial’s), as well as stages at the Giro d’Italia and La Vuelta. To top, he won the most gruelling of one day monuments; Milan-San Remo and Liège–Bastogne–Liège throughout his stellar pro career….

“When I look back on my cycling career, one of my fondest memories is our Team Time Trial victory in the 2013 Tour de France in Nice.
We were not on anyones radar as big favourites for the stage and our preparation for the stage was limited at best, so I don’t think there was a huge amount of expectation on the team. The fact that we were all so elated with the teams win on the stage prior and the yellow jersey was up for grabs, everyone in the team simply lifted for the occasion and put in a world class performance.
It is always a special feeling to win a race, however to win at the Tour de France alongside 8 great mates really elevated this win to another level.”
Image by Cor Vos

CAMERON MEYER –

Current Australian Road National champion, multiple World track champion across several disciplines, Commonwealth Games 2018 Road Time Trial champion and a GreenEDGE original having been with the team since 2012, minus a short hiatus in 2016.

“To win the Team Time Trial in the 2013 Tour de France in Nice was incredible. We had so much drama happen with the bus getting stuck on Stage 1, Simon Gerrans winning Stage 3, the first week became a whirl wind of stories every day. We went so fast in that Team Time Trial and won by the smallest of margins. We knew we could go well but I don’t think we ever expected the Yellow Jersey along with the win. To have the leaders jersey of the biggest cycle race in the world was unbelievable and to hold it for the next four stages was more then we could of ever imagined. It was a dream come true for everyone within our new GreenEdge organisation and put Australian Cycling as a Team at the top of the World Stage.”

Memories from the race itself…

“I remember the day of the Team Time Trial being really hectic. The stage was packed with spectators and we arrived late to the start. We did one quick lap on the bikes to check the course out and nearly ran out of time to do our warm up. Everything was a bit rushed that we never really got time to think about all the what if’s. That probably helped us as went we out and attacked the course as hard as we could. I was a little nervous being in the starting position for the team as we rolled down the ramp, but once we were into the race and rhythm, I knew we were on a fast ride. I remember Whitey screaming to pedal as hard as we could all the way to the line because it was that close. Once we knew we were the winners it was pandemonium. We were jumping up and down, cheering in disbelief like we had won the lottery. You could not take the smiles off our faces.”

Bring on Nice 2020

If Nice’s last appearance at the Tour de France is anything to go by, its return in 2020 will no doubt be spectacular. With the Grand Départ and the opening three stages taking place from its picturesque coastal shores, it will provide the perfect stage to showcase professional cycling at its very best as the world’s most talented cyclists go head to head to claim first honours.

For the Mitchelton-SCOTT team, they may just carry that bit of additional motivation, as they push their pedals through Nice with some unforgettable memories.

“I am excited to see the Tour de France return to Nice. So many professional cyclists have a base in that area which makes it a special place. Our team will always remember that day we pulled on our first yellow jersey, so I’m sure when the team lines up this year, an extra motivation will be in them to start the Tour in a successful fashion. It’s a fantastic location with special memories for the GreenEdge family and fingers crossed 2020 is just as good.” – Cameron Meyer


Interested in being there to witness the beauty of Nice and the Tour de France combined at this year’s Grand Départ Nice? Mummu Cycling will be running a 5 day experience that will have you as close as can be to the spectacular start; from the official opening ceremony, through to three LIVE opening stages, all from the heart of stunning Nice. Limited places remain…find out more, here.

Tips and Words from a World Class Climber – George Bennett

Wonder what it takes to become a World Class climber? What do they think about? How to mask the pain?!

Hear from New Zealand’s greatest professional climbing success, George Bennett who runs us through some key pointers, shares personal ‘climbing’ race memories, his most favoured and dreaded training/racing climbs and his BIG ambitions for 2020.

 

  • What are some key tips you can offer a recreational rider when training for long climbs?

Repeat! Climbing is all about repeatability- a lot of people can do a climb fast once but it takes a lot to survive a long hilly ride. The only way to get to that level is to drag yourself through a number of climbs in one session. It can suck at first, but eventually you will be doing the 5th climb of the day as fast as your first.

  • Has climbing always been your greatest strength?

Being light, I’ve always had gravity on my side, but a lot of people shake the kilos later in their cycling lives and come and join the party in the mountains.

  • What did it take to really make that step up to being consistently there climbing against the world’s best? 

I think there were many factors, for sure years of training and racing and a lot of suffering but I think when it comes down to it the key factor is nutrition. Learning to be able to eat enough on the bike so I can avoid the bad days.

  • What do you think about when climbing?

Ideally nothing but the wheel in front of me…but it doesn’t alway work like that. Some days I have a line of a song stuck in my head or a phrase of another language I’m trying to learn, but at the end of the day I just try and focus on saving the legs as much as I can until I need them.

  • Any key mental tips that help with overcoming the pain?

There is no avoiding it, some days you deal with it better than other days but just try and embrace it. If you really focus on a certain goal, it can distract you from the pain. For me, in a race I just think a lot about the last corners and when I should try and make a move and that point seems to distract me a little from the fact I still have 30mins of suffering to get there.

  • Favourite training/racing climb/s?

Big fan of Takaka hill in my native Nelson (New Zealand) or Col de Ordino in my adopted home of Andorra. As for racing – the Dolomites and the Pyrenees can’t be beaten!

  • Hardest training/racing climb/s

I think anything in Spain is pretty hard, it’s hot and generally steep and on rough roads. Rocacorba in Girona is a filthy climb alongside many of the Vuelta specials, (Los Machucos being one of the worst).

  • Best climbing race memory?

There’s a number of them but maybe one of the best as a climber was in last year’s Tour de France up the Tourmalet…I just got to ride the front as hard as I could without having to worry about saving anything, it was on the worlds biggest stage on one of cyclings most mythical mountains and when I finished there was a handful of guys left.

  • Toughest mountain stage you’ve raced throughout your career?

So hard to pin point them, I think the two hardest stages of my life have actually not been in the mountains but as far as climbing stages go, I think stage 7 in the TDF 2017 was pretty crazy or basically anything in the last week of the Giro 2018- Maybe the Finisterre stage won by Froome.

  • What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Giro d’Italia, heading your team Jumbo-Visma?

I think approaching it with a bit more experience and support than previous years should make things a bit more successful. It looks like a pretty crazy course with a heap of stages over 200km so I’m probably looking forward to the rest days already….

  • With the Tokyo Olympics also on the radar and suited to you, assume this will be your biggest target for 2020? 

Yep, 2020 is a pretty special year being Olympic year. That’s what I’m pinning most of my hopes on, but with the way the World Tour operates these days you need to be good all the time, so i will have quite a few goals spears across the year!


George’s climb to success continues and in recent season’s he’s certainly confirmed that; from winning the Tour of California in 2018, to soaring into a credible 8th on GC at the Giro d’Italia, and to last year being a significant part of the sensational Tour de France Team Time Trial victory of his team Jumbo-Visma. 

A big thank you to George for taking the time to share some pointers and words on climbing and a little insight into personal experiences as a World Class climber. We wish George all the best for the 2020 season to come as the already successful kiwi with incredible talent and a big personality to top, continues his climb! Watch this space. 

 

Flanders Chat with Stuart O’Grady

Hear from former Paris-Roubaix champion, also third at the Ronde van Vlaanderen in 2003 and real Classics specialist, Stuart O’Grady talking all things Flanders!

Stuey will be hosting our Spring Classics experiences this April, including the recently launched Flanders Weekend. His experience, expertise and firsthand knowledge will certainly not go amiss on tour.

Find out what he has to say about the iconic one day Classic, below…

Image: CyclingTips – Cor Vos

What’s so special about the Ronde van Vlaanderen?

The Ronde really is one of the coolest races of the year. The entire country is in party mode for one of the most historic and difficult races on the calendar.

If you stand on the podium at the end of this gruelling race, you gain instant ‘hardcore’ status from your fellow riders!

It’s one of the most challenging days you can have with the small roads, constant change of direction and super steep cobbled climbs.

Although the cobbles aren’t anything like Roubaix, they are constantly changing in their difficulty and it can get really dangerous when racing.

Your favourite Ronde van Vlaanderen race memory?

Finishing 3rd in 2003.

This was a huge moment for me personally. It gave me the confidence after years and years of trying to be competitive in the final of these one day Classics, that I did have what it takes.

It gave me the belief that i could potentially win one of these big races if everything fell in my favour in the years to come.

Favourite Flanders climb?

I wouldn’t call any of them my favourite as they hurt so much when you’re racing over them!

But the Muur van Geraardsbergen was probably the most iconic and hardest when the race used to finish in Meerbeke. Racing up such an incredibly steep cobbled climb after 250kms was so hard….But so cool if you were having a good day.

Preferred Flanders cobbled sector?

I didn’t really have a preferred cobbled section, but the one I really struggled with the most was the Stationsberg section.

It is long and is only at around 5-10%, but you really need big power on this section.

Most challenging section or phase of the race?

From km 100 to the finish line. You have to stay so focussed on everywhere you put your front wheel. The roads are contstantly changing, the wind blowing different directions. It’s a crazy race.

Greatest difference to Paris-Roubaix?

The climbs. Roubaix is fairly flat, whereas Flanders has 20+ climbs. All different lengths and difficulties.

In Flanders you can use slow down tactics on the climbs to ‘block’ the roads so teams are out of position for the following sector, whereas in Roubaix, the roads are wider and you race 50kmph + over the sectors.

They’re both incredibly hard and have their own personalities.


Interested in experiencing the incredible Ronde alongside Stuart O’Grady this April? Learn more, here.

A Santos Tour Down Under to remember…

Another fun-filled, action packed Santos Tour Down Under has been and gone, and we’ve headed home exhausted, but immensely satisfied, following the delivery of two very successful tours (8 and 4 days) and an additional corporate one-day experience.

Take a look back…

We kicked things off on Schwalbe Classic day, perfectly timed to enjoy a cruisy warm-up spin out to the beach, in far but balmy conditions and drizzle. Not the hot, sunny Adelaide we were expecting, but the weather certainly didn’t dampen the mood, as excitement flooded the air, our guests well and truly ready to get amongst the action.

From there, we were off to see the pro women go head-to-head in a valiant battle for overall honours as the criterium marked the final stage of the women’s edition. An incredible display of fast, fiery, aggressive racing followed that saw eventual winner – American National road champion, Ruth Winder maintain her lead by the slimmest of margins to take the GC victory.

Next up, the men took to the streets in cool, windy and wet conditions…caution the priority for most, with the official tour to commence Tuesday. The battle against the sprinters, however still came in full force, despite the slick roads – Caleb Ewan a few bike lengths too quick for competitors, proving he’s bought his flying form from last season right back into 2020.

The following morning, we were up and at em’ fairly early to get some k’s and exploring in before meeting Team Sunweb pre recovery ride. 

We woke up once more to blustery conditions and wet roads, so our plans to tackle the Adelaide famous Norton Summit shifted to a safer, sheltered ride led out by local guide, Darren O’Grady and former pro – Tour de France Green jersey winner, Baden Cooke. 

The sun showed its face just in time for the pros to venture out for their ride as we made our way in to the City of Adelaide Tour Village to meet them. While we waited for the team to kit up, our own Stuart O’Grady, now official Race Director of the event popped down for a visit with none other than his old mate from the pro peloton, Fabian Cancellara – fresh off the plane having just arrived to Australia that morning. An incredible surprise for our guests, that understandably left them feeling a little speechless!

Team Sunweb then graciously took the time to chat and grab a photo, before rolling out in pursuit of the beach. We hopped on the train for roll-out to get an idea as to what their ‘recovery pace’ is…Verdict – NOT easy.

tour down under participants

From there, we were back to the hotel to freshen up, before departing to enjoy the remnants of the tour ‘rest day’ at McLaren Vale’s world-famous winery, d’Arenberg. 

Here, we enjoyed a walk through the abstract building ‘the cube’ before retreating to the top floor to enjoy a wine tasting and the stunning panoramic views on display. By then, our stomach’s were rumbling and well and truly ready for the decadent three course lunch that followed. An afternoon well spent, doing the rest day ‘just right’.

An afternoon well spent tour down under

The next day, we were up early, ready for action as the games were well and truly about to begin, with Stage One kicking off from the heart of Adelaide’s other world-renowned wine region, the Barossa. The mood was high, from start to finish as we enjoyed the stunning, scenic route out over the iconic Gorge road. Joined by the Factor Bikes Australia team, we had plenty of support out on the road and an excited group of guests to match, cheerily anticipating the race action to come.

We rolled in to Tanunda just in the knick of time to see the Stage start as the pros set out on their first lap of five. We then settled in to our marquee roadside, setup a mere 75m from the line, where we enjoyed a delicious gourmet picnic spread by the incredible ‘Everyday Gourmet’. Not a bad way to replenish our efforts post ride and await the race action, that eventually saw a furious sprint battle against the peloton’s fastest men – Irishman, Sam Bennett, this time stealing the show.

tour down under food

The following morning, we whipped our climbing legs out of the bag to set out in pursuit of Stirling, where the Stage Two finishing circuits would take place around a testing, undulating course. Our own first hurdle came up the slopes of the mighty Montacute ascent…cruelly tough in its final stages, reaching some punishingly steep gradients. Nonetheless, everyone made it up, albeit through gritted teeth. A cool coke and a handful of lollies later, the grins were back and we were off again – Stirling bound to tackle a lap of the circuit.

Safe to say, on arrival back to the finish there were a few weary faces, more than ready for their afternoon, wining and dining over incredible pizza and local wine as we watched the stage action unfold right before us from a prime viewing location. Big screen entertainment, atmosphere on point and air-conditioning made for a day very well spent at the Santos Tour Down Under. Excitement levels at their peak when we saw the sensational Caleb Ewan prove his strengths once more in an exhilarating uphill sprint to the line. 

pizza santos tour down under

Meanwhile, the Mummu team were also busy delivering a Corporate Tour Down Under day experience with Piper Alderman.

Their morning started right with coffee and baked goods before setting out into the Adelaide Hills, led by Baden Cooke. Mount Lofty, their first test of the day as they made their way out to Stirling and deeper into the daring hills. They then contested not one, but two laps of the final circuit to well and truly work up an appetite for a huge afternoon of indulging in incredible food, wine and race viewing. Three courses later, paired with a drop or two of stunning local vino, and they were well and truly prepared for the spectacular finish that came!

Find out more on our Corporate and Bespoke travel experiences, here 

The next day, it was time to get the cameras out as we set off to the Stage Three Start in Unley. As an official tour operator of the race, we were granted special access to the pre-stage rider prep area that had us wandering by the teams and riders within very close proximity. Literally, as close as you can get! We were lucky enough to then meet, chat and grab photos with some of the sports biggest stars along the way. Most, incredibly relaxed and friendly ahead of go-time, leaving our guests feeling a little starry-eyed!

sports biggest stars

Following the Stage start, we were back to the hotel to prepare for the arrival of our 4 day guests and get set for an afternoon welcome ride as the weather took a turn for the better. Thank you to Factor Bikes Australia for once again doing a fantastic job assisting in bike setup and dialling ahead of go-time. 

mummu cycling team

Concluding a relaxed spin out to the beach, we were back to refresh and doll up ahead of the evening’s Mummu Cycling cocktail function at the Hilton. Several drinks and canapés later and we were joined by a number of very special guests from the pro peloton…

A BIG thank you to; Luke Durbridge, Jens Voigt, André Greipel, Stuey O’Grady and Baden Cooke who took the time to join us for the evening, sharing fantastic insight into the race, as well as some memorable moments from their impressive professional careers. 

Luke Durbridge, Jens Voigt, André Greipel, Stuey O’Grady and Baden Cooke

The next morning, we were up before the birds to contest the Westpac Challenge Tour, presented by the Advertiser – a sportive event that runs along the same Stage Four route as the pros – from Norwood through to Murray Bridge, with several shorter ride options from different start points also available. 

A huge day out for many battling over testing terrain – some even lucky enough to cruise along with Fabian Cancellara!

Challenge ✔️- All arriving to the finish in Murray Bridge weary yet satisfied and ready for an afternoon kicking back watching the race action and preparing for the quick sprint battle that came. The man to beat, Caleb Ewan once again proving all too strong…

Meanwhile, our spectators were off on their own adventures, enjoying a touristy morning scoping out the Adelaide famous German town of Hahndorf, followed by wine tasting and a delicious meal at The Lane Vineyard before joining the rest of the group at the finish.

At Mummu Cycling we strive to create spectator and rider friendly itineraries run simultaneously to ensure an all-inclusive group dynamic. The only differing activities are when rides take place and spectators head out not their own guided adventures with our support team. Find out more, here.

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The following day’s adventures included a cruisy spin to the Stage Five start in Glenelg where we enjoyed the buzzing pre-race festivities and met some big names of the pro peloton. 

It was then back on the bikes and into the hills…a little leg weary for most, but still game for some k’s! Concluding a beautiful beach to hills ride, we arrived to the City of Adelaide Tour Village in time to enjoy the Stage action, while enjoying a delicious picnic lunch by the always impressive Everyday Gourmet. 

It was then time to put the feet up ahead of the evening’s ‘Legend’s Dinner’ hosted by Fabian Cancellara and joined by the inspirational Kristina Vogel, as well as the voice of cycling, Phil Liggett.

mummu cycling team at santos tour down under

Last but not far from least, the thrilling final showdown up Willunga Hill awaited…

Our day started bright and early as the Mummu peloton hit the streets on route to McLaren Vale, along Adelaide’s impressive vineyard-dotted cycle ways.

Following a challenging summit or two (for the keen) up the leg zapping Willunga Hill, it was time to settle in for an incredible afternoon replenishing our efforts over great food and wine, while watching the excitement of the closing stage unfold from big screen entertainment, to witnessing the action live, roadside.

We then made our way over to our marquee’s set up 75m from the finish to join the madness and get our cheer on as the pros hit the base of the climb for the final time. As expected, an epic fight to the line that saw the legendary Richie Porte come out on top of the GC ranks….Truly surreal to witness it all live!

adelaide south australia mummu cycling

Thank you Santos Tour Down Under for putting on another seamless event, to our amazing, easygoing guests and to our dedicated, positive team of staff. We’ll be back…

mummu cycling team


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The Ronde van Vlaanderen

De Ronde

The Ronde van Vlaanderen ‘de Ronde’ is a day in cycling that the entire country of Belgium and cycling fans around the world unite to watch one of the most entertaining one-day bike races across the calendar.

It stands among the most prestigious, sought after events in the sport and one of the five famous monuments, alongside; Paris-Roubaix, Milan-San Remo, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Giro di Lombardia.

The race was established in 1913 and has successfully run almost every year since, with WWI being the only reason for intermission. In 2004, a professional women’s version of the race was initiated and continues to take place ahead of the men. 

Johan Museeuw on his way to winning his third Ronde van Vlaanderen in 1998.
Johan Museeuw on his way to winning his third Ronde van Vlaanderen in 1998.

Six cycling greats hold a joint record for the most victories, a highly commendable three times: Eric Leman, Ahciel Buysse, Johan Museeuw, Fiorenzo Magni ,Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara. 

The Ronde van Vlaanderen is one of the two major cobbled classics, held the weekend prior to its cobbled counterpart, Paris-Roubaix. Both hold similar degrees of prestige, yet offer a highly differential race experience. Paris-Roubaix, well regarded for its tremendously challenging sporadic ‘pavé’ sectors with little elevation throughout the races’ course, while the Ronde van Vlaanderen offers a much lumpier route through the testing hills of Flanders and a combination of  cobbled climbs and technical cobbled straights. The cobbles themselves contrast significantly; Roubaix’s pavé much rougher and lined less orderly than its Flanders counterpart.

de ronde paris roubaix

The route

Over the years, the Ronde van Vlaanderen has exchanged start and finish locations between numerous Belgian cities within the Flemish region. In 2017, the start city was handed over from Bruge to Antwerp and in 2011, the finish moved to Oudenaarde from Meerbeke. Oudenaarde also marks the start city for the professional women. 

The route traditionally travels through the Western Provences of Belgium, crossing through both West and East Flanders. 

Both 267km (men) and 160km (women) routes offer little to no respite throughout, with the exception of a usual straightforward ‘open’ start and a recurring famous 13km flat run into the finish, directly proceeding a succession of race-deciding climbs; the punishing Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg critical final hurdles. The flat stretch often leaves key contenders battling it out cat and mouse style – separated from the aftermath of the climbs and fighting against the cross winds in a desperate drag to the line, to either win the race or claw their way back into contention.

Start and finish aside, the majority of the course is jam-packed with a consistent stream of short, steep bergs – some lined with cobbles, others so narrow that the race for position to its base, is as imperative as the ascent itself. When the attacks aren’t being laid down on the climbs, they’ll be frequently flying on the infamous cobbled sectors; time after time stringing the peloton out into single file, fighting for the ‘smoother’ gutter line – again the battle for position proving crucial for contenders and their loyal domestiques on duty to get them to the head of the pack.

To be a key competitor in the race, it takes tactical knowledge, immense skill and strength combined and an aggressive, all or nothing nature. The strongest men and women are persistently left battling it out to the final stages and if the race’s history is anything to go by, only the very greatest in the sport will cross the Ronde van Vlaanderen line first. 

@Yuzuru Sunada – The champion of champions, Philippe Gilbert claiming an emphatic solo RVV victory in 2019.

Key sectors and climbs to note:

Paterberg: Average gradient – 12.9%, Maximum gradient – 20.3%, Length – 360m

The Paterburg is famously known within the cycling world for its rough cobbles, meshed with harsh gradients of up to 20.3%. As the last climb in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, it almost always lives up to its name, encouraging countless late race attacks before the final flat stretch into the finishing town of Oudenaarde.

Oude Kwaremont: Average gradient – 4%, Maximum gradient – 11.6%, Length – 2200m

2.2km of pain – tackled not once, but three times throughout the race and more often than not, splitting the peloton or what’s left of it to bits! It was atop the Kwaremont in 2017 that World Champion, Peter Sagan’s race was ended with a brutal late race crash. On our 2020 Flanders Weekend and Cobbled Classics tours we will spend most of our day catching the action up the Oude Kwaremont, as the most frequently crossed point throughout the race.

Koppenberg: Average gradient – 9.4% , Maximum gradient – 22% , Length – 700m

It’s feared by all, mostly due to its punishing steepness and cobbles to combine. On many an occasion you’ll see riders being forced to run their bikes up the short, but brutal climb – usually caused by chaos ahead!

Muur van Geraardsbergen: Average gradient – 9%, Maximum gradient – 20%, Length – 750m

Muur means ‘wall’ in Flemish, so we’ll let you be the judge. Narrow and steep – and known to always bring an electric crowd of excited spectators awaiting the race to explode up its famous slopes.

Kanarieberg: Average gradient – 7.7%, Maximum gradient – 14%, Length – 1000m

A slightly longer climb for the peloton to take on and certainly a challenge. The riders will have a break from their dose of cobbles, however as the climb is lined with smooth asphalt.

Taaienberg: Average gradient – 6.6%, Maximum gradient – 18%, Length – 530m

It’s over before you know it with it’s short length, but size certainly doesn’t matter on this occasion. More often than not, the big names will be right up at the head of the peloton and ready to pounce!

Haaghoek: Length – 2000m

The Haaghoek is a famous sector, lined for 2km with gnarly cobblestones. The race is almost always going to explode along here as riders hit it at speed and attacks fly. One word – hectic!

Paddestraat: Length – 2300m

Another famous sector of cobbled madness – 2.3km of burn in the legs along this stretch is inevitable. Attacks will fly and the hammer will be laid down as riders battle for the narrow, uneven side gutters and only the strongest, most skilled riders will reach the end up front.


We are incredibly excited to be returning to the spectacular Ronde van Vlaanderen this season in full force. Due to popular demand, we have recently launched an additional Classics experience – ‘Flanders Weekend’  dedicated to the iconic Ronde that’ll have you riding the very same cobbled roads in the official Flanders Cyclo (Sportive) the day ahead of witnessing it’s greatness yourself LIVE within the thick of the madness! The weekend will be hosted by Classics expert, former Paris-Roubaix champion, Stuart O’Grady and will include a final day ride and drink with 3 x Flanders champion, ‘The Lion of Flanders’ – Johan Museeuw. Jump on board – here.

La Planche des Belle Filles 

La Planche des belle Filles is a challenging Tour de France featured climb, located within the Vosges Mountains – a lower mountain range in eastern France, near the German border.

Lesser known to the Alps or the Pyrenees, yet well respected and talked about for its serene nature, dotted with unique, lush forest roads – a true cycling playground.

The name, La Planche des Belle Filles refers to a local legend, that some ‘beautiful girls’ – ‘the belles filles’ threw themselves into a lake up the mountain in 1635 rather than face the Swedish invaders during the Thirty Year’s War. 

La Planche des Belle Filles has made quite the reputation for itself since its step onto the Tour de France scene in 2012 when Chris Froome emphatically stole the show on Stage 7 up the slopes of the gruelling ascent. The victory, only the beginnings of his journey to eventual Tour de France domination.

La Planche des belles Filles has since reappeared in the Tour de France four times, each time in the first phase of the race, marking the perfect platform for key contenders to stamp their authority early on. 

In 2014, it was Italian climbing sensation, Vincenzo Nibali who took hold of the climb, demonstrating his incredible form that eventually saw him take the Yellow jersey through to Paris. 

Several editions later, La Planche des belles Filles was back and this time it was his Italian counterpart Fabio Aru, that took honours following a perfectly timed attack 2km out from the brutal summit finish.

By then, the testing 6.9km La Planche des belles Filles, that averages a lung busting 8.9% had well and truly cemented itself in Tour de France history as being a critical ‘early race’ climb, marking a pivotal turning point in the overall standings as early as week one. 

To well and truly confirm its reputation, ASO Tour de France organisers decided to take it to another extreme in last year’s 2019 edition by extending the finish by 1km to include its cruel gravel, dirt road final section, reaching punishing gradients up to 20%. The much talked about Stage 6, lived up to the hype, proving a thrilling stage and final battle up La Planche des belles Filles between Stage winner Dylan Teuns and Giulio Ciccone, who’s credible performance saw him claim the Maillot Jaune.

In 2020, La Planche des belles Filles will be back to the Tour de France with flying colours, but this time as late as the penultimate stage and to really spice things up, as an Individual Time Trial. As the sole race against the clock of the 2020 edition, and ‘uphill’ it could prove a real final game changer if standings remain close. Could we see the Maillot Jaune switch hands up its slopes once more, as late as stage 20? If it’s anything to go by La Planche des Belle Filles history at the Tour de France, then we’ll no doubt be in for one dramatic final showdown.

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Interested in seeing the Tour de France LIVE this July? Check out our complete Tour line-up, here.

Our Alps Ride EPIC Bucket List

The latest addition to our 2020 Tour de France tours, is the Alps Ride EPIC experience that’ll have you endeavouring on a testing journey through what is arguably road cycling’s greatest playground, the French Alps!

It’s the ultimate Alps bucket list experience, designed for the hardcore cyclists out there who dare to go head-to-head with some of the most challenging, iconic cols across the globe.

Find out what 10 epic Alpine ascents you’ll be tackling here:

  •  Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux literally means ‘Windy Mountain’ and the name speaks for itself. To add – it has been nicknamed by many as ‘The Bald Mountain’ due to its interesting, barren Provencal landscape.

The 21.4km climb (via Bédoin) travels up to 1912m, with a testing average gradient of 7.6%, and is widely known throughout the cycling world as being a real physical challenge. Tough? Yes. Painful? Absolutely, but the elation and incredibly satisfactory feeling atop will certainly make it all the more worth it.

  • Cormet de Roseland 

The Cormet de Roseland is a Rhone-Alps favourite and will be featured mid Stage 18 of the 2020 Tour de France across an incredibly challenging 4000m+ route. The lengthy 19.4km climb (via Bourg Saint Maurice) has a steady average gradient of 6% and climbs up to a sky-high 1937m.

  • Alpe d’Huez

Renowned for its mythical 21 switchback bends, covering 1120 metres of elevation in 14 kilometres with a leg zapping 8.1% average gradient. The climb is a real Tour de France icon and has been the stage for many-a legendary victory since its inception to the race in 1952. It not only offers a great challenge, but truly surreal views and scenery for its entirety.

  • Col de Sarenne

Col de Sarenne lies beyond the legendary Alpe d’Huez and offers the perfect platform to continue climbing into the clouds (1999m) for an additional 9km, at at an enjoyable 3.8% from the West. Stunning landscape and hairpin roads ensure the extra metres of climbing all the more endurable.

  •  Col de la Madeleine

Col de la Madeleine is an Alps icon that has made quite the name for itself in Tour de France history – its relentless gradients proving quite the test. ‘Beautiful, but heartbreaking’…even for the pros. From La Chambre, the daring 19km giant averages a vicious 8% and tops out at 1933m.

  • Col de La Morte

The lesser known switchback dominated Col de La Morte, situated in the Rhone-Alps travels up to 1368m over 15.3km and averages 6.5%.

  • Col d’Ornon

The 11km Col d’Ornon is part of the Dauphiné Alps and has been featured in the Tour de France 7 times in its history. It’s 1373m high and averages a steady 5.8%.

  • Col du Lautaret

The Col du Lautaret ascent is a testing 34km (from Le Clapier). Long, yet gentle with an average gradient of 3.8%, climbing up to 2058m.

Col du Lautaret marks the boundary between the valleys of the Romanche and the Guisane and has been climbed regularly throughout Tour de France history, often countered by the connecting Col du Galibier. 

  •  Col du Galibier

The Col du Galibier is incredibly iconic and brutal to pair. Dauntingly high at 2642m, there are multiple challenging ways to reach its sky-high summit. On our 2020, Alps Ride EPIC experience, we’ll be tackling its relentless slopes from the summit of the Col du Lautaret. From the turn, the climb travels 9km at a demanding average of 7%, the final km proving the most difficult. Well rewarded, nonetheless with its truly spectacular glacial views.

  • Col du Télégraphe

The Col du Télégraphe has appeared frequently in the Tour de France route since as early as 1911. The 7.3%, 11.8km ascent climbs up to 1566m (via Saint Michel de Maurienne) and it often placed as a hurdle just ahead of its daunting neighbour, the Galbier.

From the Valloire side it is a tamer 4.8km in length, averaging 3.4% – 1566m.

So, there you have it…our own Alps Ride EPIC Bucket List. If you’re up for the challenge, head here to register and join us on one hell of an Alps Tour de France adventure!

Santos Tour Down Under Hit List

The 2020 Santos Tour Down Under is hot on the horizon now, with two weeks until go-time!

The official startlist is yet to be revealed, however word on the street says that it’ll be yet another start-studded field lining up to set the 2020 World Tour season off with a bang.

Here are a few big names to look out for, that’ll no doubt be bringing some fine form to Adelaide.

  • Daryl Impey

Two-time reigning champion, Daryl Impey will be returning in full swing in a bid to claim his third consecutive overall title. The South African National champion had an impeccable 2019 season, claiming a number of outstanding victories, including a Tour de France stage. He has fought vivaciously from start to finish in past editions, with the help of his Mitchelton-Scott team, winning both titles by the narrowest of margins, much to his competitors’ dismay. 

We have no doubt Daryl will be right in the mix for a third title, however it will be a tough challenge at hand with key contenders undoubtedly marking his every move.

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  • Richie Porte

The King of Willunga Hill, Richie Porte will return once again to not only make his mark on the testing slopes of Willunga once more, but to steal back the overall lead. Having won the title in 2017, followed by two close second’s, he’ll be raring to reposition himself on the top step with the support of his Trek-Segafredo team.

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  • Simon Yates

Climbing sensation, Simon Yates will be lining up for his debut Santos Tour Down Under. A very exciting addition to the Mitchelton-SCOTT team, significantly bolstering the squad’s strength, especially when it comes to the road rising up and going on the attack. Having not raced since the Tour de France, we’re confident he’ll be more than ready to put the hammer down Down Under!

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  • Romain Bardet

French climber, Romain Bardet will no doubt be primed and ready to hit the Adelaide hills, with climbing stages 3 (Paracombe) and 6 up Willunga hill on his sights. The 3 x Tour de France stage winner will be another first timer in Adelaide, leading AG2R La Mondiale. The team,  however no stranger to the race, as the only ones to have competed in every Santos Tour Down Under since its inception. 

French climber, Romain Bardet
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  • Elia Viviani

Italian fast man, Elia Viviani is undeniably one of the quickest riders on the World Tour. His incredible turn of speed has seen him claim a large handful of stage victories across all three Grand Tours, and has had great success in past Santos Tour Down Under edition’s. As reigning European Road Race champion, he’ll be flying onto the streets of Adelaide in style wearing the special blue stripes and yellow stars, representing his new team Cofidis.

Elia Viviani

  • André  Greipel

Cycling legend, Andre Greipel will be returning to the Santos Tour Down Under with a credible 18 x stage wins and 2 x General Classification victories already to his name. This time round, he’ll be lining up alongside the latest addition to the World Tour, Israel Start-Up Nation and will undoubtedly be on the hunt for another victory or two to increase his incredible stage record.

André  Greipel

  • Patrick Bevin

New Zealander, Paddy Bevin was the man to watch at last year’s Santos Tour Down Under, until his dreams of winning the overall title were heartbreakingly diminished when he suffered an untimely crash on the penultimate Stage 5, injuring himself enough to lose the lead he’d worked so hard to establish. 

The tough kiwi, will be returning repping the orange colours of his CCC team, back with a vengeance in a bid to claim what was close to being his in 2019.

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  • Mads Pedersen

The current road World Champion, Mads Pedersen of Denmark, will be proudly taking to the start wearing the rainbow stripes in support of his Trek-Segafredo team mate, Richie Porte. The race will present a fantastic opportunity to showcase his fresh jersey and start the 2020 season on a high as World Champ.

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  • Caleb Ewan (?)

A question mark still hovers next to Australian sprinter, Caleb Ewan as his name has yet to be confirmed by his team Lotto-Soudal or Santos Tour Down Under organisers. We are very hopeful he’ll be lining up, once again bringing his exceptionally quick sprint with him. He’s no stranger to success at the race, and if it’s anything to go by his stellar 2019, where he claimed a jaw-dropping 3 Tour de France stages and a Giro d’Italia victory to top – he’ll surely be storming into 2020.

Rohan Dennis

  • Rohan Dennis (?)

Another unknown, is World Time Trial champion, Rohan Dennis. Following a mostly rocky 2019 with team issues, he was able to put troubles behind him in time to close his season out on an all-time high winning the World title, for the second consecutive year. 

He now begins a fresh season with Team Ineos and as a local Adelaide rider, we’re confident he’ll be taking to the start in a few weeks time to show off his new look.

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For now, stay tuned for more rider updates and get excited for what is sure to be another fast and fun-filled Santos Tour Down Under! Find out what we’ll be up to on our 8 and 4 day experiences, here.

That’s a Wrap 2019 + Bring on the 20’s

Hear Mummu Cycling Managing Director, Marcel Berger’s thoughts and review of the 2019 season; including the many high’s, favourite moments and challenges undergone throughout.

He then talks 2020 plans and ambitions for what we are confident is a bright, exciting future for Mummu Cycling.

  • How would you best summarise Mummu Cycling’s 2019 season?

2019 was a huge year for Mummu Cycling! We successfully delivered more tours to more destinations and created more memories for clients from over 15 countries. Beginning in Adelaide for the Santos Tour Down Under, we had the pleasure of hosting an immersive team experience with team Mitchelton-SCOTT, a partnership which grew through the year to include the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and La Vuelta.

Our European season began with the Spring Classics where we hosted four tours with over 40 clients. Excitingly, we launched our Mummu Bespoke experiences with Vodafone UK at Paris-Roubaix. Our new offering has been specifically designed for corporate organisations keen to offer unique hospitality for their stakeholders.

We had record numbers at the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and La Vuelta and our growing global team of expert guides helped deliver memories to over 350 guests across the year. All in all, 2019 was a massive year of growth for Mummu Cycling and we are excited about what 2020 will bring.

  • Most memorable moments?

Difficult to summarise the moment into only a few, but I am so proud to share that we helped create a range of unique and exclusive opportunities for guests to meet their cycling heroes. This included Tom Boonen dropping in for a beer at the Spring Classics, lunch with Eddy Merckx, Phil Gilbert coming to say hi to our clients after his post-Roubaix media duties, and of course Peter Sagan stopping for a group photo pre-stage at the Tour de France. This is what makes Mummu Cycling special.

  • Most challenging?

With growth comes logistical challenges and the 2019 Tour de France brought just that. During the final week, we had six different tours running in parallel to each other and then throw in some of the weirdest weather I have witnessed. We had three groups on Galibier the day of the landslides and unfortunately had a coach with 25 guests forced to drive through Italy just to get around the road closures. This was a stressful day, but our team managed it perfectly, ensuring that everyone was safe and happy through a trying period.

  • Biggest success?

Our biggest success in 2019 would have to be our fantastic team and how they have helped deliver memories and experiences to cycling fans from around the world. We now have a group of incredible staff across four countries and three continents and their ability to continually deliver world-class cycling experiences is just amazing.

  • 2020 ambitions? 

If 2019 was big, the first year of the next decade will be even bigger! Starting with our new partnership with Factor Bikes, Mummu Cycling now offers one of the world’s best, most advanced road bikes to our customers. We are so excited to continue to grow this partnership through exclusive experiences, different bike models and of course unmatched access to Factor’s new team, Israel Start-Up Academy.

We are continuing to focus on our famous Pro Tour Experiences at Grand Tours and Monuments throughout the 2020 season but have expanded our product offering to include Bespoke Experiences at over 12 events throughout the year for corporate and private groups, as well as ride-specific experiences in Australia, Europe, USA and Asia. In true Mummu fashion, all of our trips are designed and/or hosted by our Pro Host Ambassadors which has now expanded to over 15 of the best cyclists in the world.

We also have some exciting announcements to come in the first part of 2020, so stay tuned!

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Mummu Memories – Top moments of 2019

What a year we had in 2019! Thank you to everyone who was part of our journey, helping create some of our best memories to date.

To reminisce on what was a fantastic season, we’ve thrown it back to 10 of our top Mummu Memories on tour. 💛


Kicking off at #10 – We had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with the legendary Brad Wiggins, courtesy of Stuey at this year’s Tour de France. What a day to be on tour!

Top moments of 2019 Mummu Memories by mummu cycling

Coming in at #9 is when we witnessed this legend ⬇️ Philippe Gilbert claim a thrilling victory at the Queen of the Classics, Paris-Roubaix.

Parked right inside the Roubaix velodrome, we saw the final battle for honours, followed by the raw emotions that followed.

What a win, what a champion.

Philippe Gilbert

#8 – Having this ⬇️ view of what was a thrilling sprint battle against the pro pelotons fastest men at the Tour de France’s Stage 16. The sensational bullet of speed, Caleb Ewan stealing the show once more.

As a TDF official tour operator, it’s days like this that make us truly appreciate just how special the access we have to the world’s biggest bike race is. 💛

TDF official tour operator

#7 – It was all smiles, miles, blue skies and scenic, vineyard dotted roads on route to this year’s Santos Tour Down Under final showdown out at Willunga.

A perfect ride, topped with an incredible day kicking back watching the action unfold – Willunga hill a spectacle as always!

Alpe d’Huez while following the Tour de France

Rolling in at #6, was the day we set out to tackle the legendary Alpe d’Huez while following the Tour de France.

The iconic climb has been a huge part of TDF history and when riding up its incredibly unique 21 switchback bends, it certainly lived up to the hype and fame surrounding it.

Safe to say, we had a top day conquering the mighty mountain – the hard work rewarded well with its killer summit views on a perfect summer day, and all in fantastic company.

Passo San Boldo

#5 – We had insane roadside action up the slopes of the iconic Passo San Boldo at the Giro d’Italia. All avidly supporting the eventual stage winner, Esteban Chaves.

An incredibly emotional moment for the ever-smiling Colombian and one we were thrilled to be there to witness!

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#4 – We take a look back at what was a very special final stage at La Vuelta in Madrid. An unreal view and an even better crew to top an incredible time on tour, backing Mitchelton-Scott. 🙌🏻❤️🔥

Eddy Merckx

#3 – We revisit what was a very special day meeting the greatest cyclist of all time, Eddy Merckx for lunch during our Spring Classics tour. 🤩

Eddy Merckx for lunch

#2 – Podium time at the Tour de France.

This is an experience exclusive to TDF official tour operators and one that for us, never gets old as each time we witness the sheer excitement and joy on our guests’ faces as they take top step.

All followed by riding the final km’s of the stage on closed roads, right through the barriers at the Flamme Rouge, to cross the official stage finish line – arms sky-high. 🏆

Podium time at the Tour de France

Rounding out our top 10 in #1, was a dream moment at the Tour de France when Stuey arranged a special photo opportunity + thumbs up for our guests pre-stage with the man in Green and true legend of the sport – Peter Sagan.

Starry eyes and toothy grins all round! 💚

true legend of the sport - Peter Sagan

Thank you for the Mummu Memories 2019 and here’s to new adventures, challenges, people and travel destinations in 2020. Happy New Year all!

Passo dello Stelvio

The Race

One of the world’s greatest mountain passes, the Passo dello Stelvio will be returning to the Giro d’Italia in full swing in the penultimate mountain stage, 18 – arguably the ‘Queen Stage’ of 2020.

The incredibly testing ascent, next year’s ‘Cima Coppi’ (the highest climb of the race) will be faced following a testing start, including the ascents of the Campo Carlo Magno and Passo Castrin, and will be cruelly closely followed by the Laghi di Cancano up to the finish, ensuring a much anticipated race-shaping day in the mountains for contenders.

Passo dello Stelvio

As the second highest mountain pass in the Alps, to France’s Col de l’Iseran, at 2758m – the Passo dello Stelvio it is far from an easy feat.

There are three varying routes to the summit: the South Tyrolean side from Prato allo Stelvio, the Lombardia side from Bormio and the Swiss side from Santa Maria, over the Umbrail Pass.

The most famous side from Prato allo Stelvio, set to be featured in 2020, also marks the most challenging at a daring 24.3km in length and with an average gradient of 7.4%. Renowned for its unique 48 switchback bends that can be counted down from turn 48.

The first 8km drag from Prato remains fairly tame from the start, before eventually hitting the first of the switchback turns and with that, its steeper gradients, hugged by lush Alpine forest.

The trees eventually diminish, leading to a much more exposed final phase; the summit now teasingly in sight, high above the countless bends that lie before it. Yet, the pain and suffering somewhat masked by the truly surreal views that overlook the Ortler mountains.

Gradients remain fairly consistent, right through to the closing km, that viscously ramps right up to ensure a true battle to the line. Worth every inkling of suffering endured for the incredible feeling of elation and immense satisfaction welcomed at the Passo dello Stelvio summit. Topped with breathtaking views and scenery to appreciate, while kicking back on cloud nine.

The Stelvio Pass by mummu cycling

In 2020, we’ll be there tackling the epic Passo dello Stelvio ourselves, before setting up at our base roadside to join the electric, mountain-mad atmosphere and await the pros to go-head-to-head with the Passo dello Stelvio in style, as we watch on in awe.

Interested in learning more? Head here, to see what else we have in store for our 9 day Giro d’Italia experience, with special guest, 2 x Giro d’Italia winner, Ivan Basso. 

Factor Bikes join forces with Israel Cycling Academy

We are immensely excited to see our incredible new bike partner, Factor Bikes has joined forces with the latest entry to the World Tour, Israel Cycling Academy.

The team has recently announced its big step up in 2020 and with that, an additional stream of talented, on-demand professional athletes that have already significantly bolstered the squads standings, and will undoubtedly be the key to what we expect will be a stellar debut World Tour season. Included in the star-studded line-up of recent signings, are; Andre Greipel, Dan Martin, Rory Sutherland, Alex Dowsett, Mads Würtz Schmidt and Nils Politt, amongst others. 

The three year deal with Factor Bikes will have the team storming into the 2020 season on two of Factor’s most advanced road bikes, including; the aero, highly desirable Factor One, designed for flat races and stages, combined with the Factor O2 VAM – built to excel in the hills. 

We’re all too familiar now with the lightweight Factor O2 having recently partnered with Factor Bikes ourselves. Having spent our closing phase of the season trialling the world-class bike, we can confirm – it’s the ultimate dream ride…fast, light, and handles like a champion.

We are thrilled to have our fleet of custom Factor’s officially available to hire from January, 2020 across all Mummu Cycling tours, and following the announcement of their partnership with Israel Cycling Academy, we can confidently share that we’ll be cheering the squad on at every opportunity throughout the season! 

“With the best equipment, we will reach for the top. Yalla, Factor, welcome to Israel Cycling Academy.” – Sylvan Adams, co-owner Israel Cycling Academy.

A big congratulations to Factor Bikes and Israel Cycling Academy on the collaboration. We can’t wait to see what you can achieve in 2020.

Find out more on how to hire a Factor O2 on a Mummu Cycling tour in 2020, here.

The SAME epic experience for everyone – Rider & Spectator friendly tours

At Mummu Cycling all of our tours are not only designed for cyclists, but spectators alike…We strive to deliver the same tour experience, providing a unique platform to view and step within World Tour racing at its absolute best.

Our itineraries are specifically curated to enable our spectators to undergo specialised activities daily on tour during a select ‘ride’ window. We will then always come together for race viewing, meals and all other tour happenings to create an inclusive, fun and dynamic group environment for all.

While rides are taking place, our spectators will usually be off on their own guided adventures with our specific team of support staff to allow ample opportunity to see the incredible regions we travel through and maximise tour experience.

Other primary race days may involve jumping ahead in transport vehicles to ensure spectators are driven to the ideal stage viewing location, where they will reconnect with riders – Often up the slopes of a decisive climb, or parked right in the thick of the action at the finish line. Wherever it will be, we’ll ensure you’re there!

So…if you are an avid cycling fan that doesn’t ride or alternatively, a spouse, partner, friend or relative of a cyclist considering joining us on tour too – don’t think twice about coming along for the adventure. We promise and adhere to deliver an experience just as epic!


That’s what they said…

Whether you’re a serious cyclist, a weekend warrior or a cycling fan like me, Mummu will go out of their way to make sure everyone takes home more than they came with.” – Kym Dickson

“As a spectator, I was always treated equally to the cyclists and my experience was as important to them as those on the bicycle. I was never left out or isolated from the action. Total inclusivity is what they do best.” – Nicole McIntosh

 

Nicole McIntosh

Pre-season Training Tips

It’s that time of the year again that the pros begin tentatively training and key preparations for next year’s season, following a much deserved break (for most).

To help give you some insight into what this build-up period involves and perhaps some added motivation to get prepared for your season to come, we’ve crafted some ‘pre-season’ training guidelines…

  • JUST RIDE

Commit to ‘just riding’ for now with a lesser focus on specific intervals or ‘going hard’…as much as it’ll be difficult to resist covering those inevitable training ‘attacks’, doing so now and committing to the process will do wanders when the real racing gets underway. Team up with a group of mates to set out on some social ride adventures to get your pre-season km in, in good company and stress free. Oh, and don’t forget the coffee stop!

  • IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BASE

Now is the time to build you base for 2020 and long rides at a consistent, relaxed pace are the key to achieving this. Again, a suggested option would be to team up with a bunch of likeminded riders keen to up their weekend miles, but not go crazy…just yet!

  • SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

Too much too soon isn’t sustainable. Measure your efforts and measure your progress. Slow and steady wins the race!

  • MIX IT UP

There are many other activities and exercises that can immensely benefit cyclists, especially in the pre-season phase. A lot of pros will mix up their pre-season training with specific strength and conditioning gym sessions, running, hiking, yoga and for those going head-to-head with a cold winter, ski mountaineering.

  • ALLOW TIME FOR OTHERS

Don’t get too caught up in the excitement of your pre-season training. The busy season is fast approaching and the cycling season is long and often, timely. Allow time for family/friends and schedule rest days accordingly, ahead of some busier months on the horizon.

  • MASTER YOUR FUELLING REGIME

Now is a key time to focus on improving your nutrition; trying new fuelling methods and adjusting weekly nutrition habits. Take time to record what days you feel ‘best’/off and how you’ve fuelled around that specific session. Use this feedback to make amendments and try new regimes, ahead of the season to come and the now fast approaching ‘festive season’ where overly indulging is inevitable!


These guidelines are based on advice and protocols from some of our friends in pro cycling. They can also apply to you – training for your own race season or alternatively, beginning a little preparation for a 2020 Mummu Cycling tour. Good luck and enjoy!

A word with back-to-back Santos Tour Down Under champion – Daryl Impey

We had the pleasure of recently chatting with Santos Tour Down Under back-to-back champion, Daryl Impey, following one of his greatest seasons to date…

He started on a high by returning to Adelaide in January to claim an emphatic, down-to-the-wire victory over Richie Porte, and soon after went on to win both South African national road and time trial titles. Proudly sporting his country colours, he performed consistently well throughout the season – the biggest highlight being his incredible Stage 9 Tour de France victory.

Here, we spoke with Daryl about his success at the Santos Tour Down Under and his hopes for the 2020 edition, now fast approaching!

Santos Tour Down Under champion - Daryl Impey


  • How did winning your second Santos Tour Down Under compare to your first in 2018?

The first was a little bit of a surprise to myself and the team. The second time I went knowing that I could win an event like the TDU, so I had a bit more confidence in myself and a team being built solely for the GC. It was a bit more special because it was the first time someone went back to back and being Hayman’s retirement race, made it even more special. 

  • It was a huge, history making achievement to take the title for the second time this January. How does it feel to be the first Santos Tour Down Under back-to-back champion?

To be honest, I didn’t get caught up in all the hype about it being back to back initially. I just wanted to do my best and focus on the task at hand. After I had done it, it really sunk in and it was awesome to do the double. It’s nice to be the first at anything because you are known to have set the bar again and that’s a good feeling. 

  • Surely you must dread Willunga Hill, after having to dig so deep both year’s to claim the title with the GC so down to the wire? How do you do it?!

I don’t really dread it, but rather I know I need to do my thing and hopefully it’s enough. I quite enjoy it, knowing I will give it my best and there is nothing else I can do. I try ride to my strengths and go from there. A lot relies on that ride up Willunga which has made it so iconic. 

  • You obviously cope very well with pressure too, with the overall standings consecutively being so close, and using your speed strengths to take time bonuses each day on tour…not your standard race for overall victory that’s for sure. How much do the time bonuses really effect/shape the race and how do yourself and team go about handling the added pressure throughout?

There is no doubt I need a buffer and we work hard at what needs to be done. I put a fair bit of pressure on the team in the race and it is demanding, but with motivated guys we seem to do it very well every year. We select the days we need to nail but stage wins are what counts…you won’t win the TDU easily without a stage in the bag. 

  • Your team, Mitchelton-SCOTT have now won the race an impressive 5 times in its history, and as an Australian born team, this is no doubt a very special race to perform highly at. Having been with the team since its establishment, to give these wins back to them and the hard-working team out on the road/behind the scenes must be a great feeling?

I work hard in December, but so do they. It is satisfying to pay them back with a win as I know they are working just as hard to help me as I am trying to win the race. I have been on both sides, so I know the workload and pressure on everyone. I have started to cope a lot better with that now. It is humbling that they believe in me. 

  • You’re consistently on fine form at this event, as are the selected riders. How does this set you up for the remainder of the season and returning to peak form later year?

It is tricky because we start so early, but yes a good start can always take the pressure off the team and also myself. I like to hit the ground running, I have always had a good season which had a good start. I need to have a break shortly after the race to prepare for the European races but it’s nice to race in good weather and with great fans. 

  • What do you love most about the Tour Down Under?

The fans and the weather!

  • Favourite stage to date?

Stirling.

  • Lastly, congratulations on rounding out your most successful season to date…what are your plans now for the off season and will you be returning for a hat trick?!

Yes, I am focused on trying to get back to TDU to go for the hat trick. It’s a big objective of mine!

TDU to go for the hat trick.

All the best to Daryl and Mitchelton-SCOTT in January! We will be there once more with bells on avidly cheering as they fight it out for number three. Keen to jump on board? Head, here to register.

Perks of an Official Tour de France Tour Operator

The Tour de France is the pinnacle event of cycling and one of the greatest, largest scale sporting events across the globe. The three week race travels across some of France’s most stunning, yet testing terrain, every year delivering an incredible display of world class sporting entertainment. With that, thousands of passionate cycling fans and  supporters from all over come in swarms to avidly cheer their countrymen and favourite riders on, throughout its 21 day course.

At Mummu Cycling, we thrive in creating a platform for like-minded fans and cycling enthusiasts to come to the Tour de France each year to experience its greatness at a whole new level. We are one of only six official Tour de France tour operators, which ensures we have unprecedented exclusivity and access to the race and its inner sanctum, allowing us to deliver once in a lifetime Tour de France experiences, with an added difference each July.

Perks of an Official Tour de France Operator

So what does it mean to be an Official Tour de France Tour Operator?

  • Exclusive access to the race from incredible hospitality zones.

With our official Tour operator license, comes a list of exclusive benefits and race hospitality invitations…

The Departure Village –

We take our guests right inside the bubble at Tour de France stage starts, into the official tour departure village and rider pre-race zone. Here, you’ll be kicking back over a coffee and local delicacies, enjoying the festive departure village atmosphere, while watching the riders sign on for the stage within close proximity. You’ll then have exclusive access to the team bus area, where riders tentatively prepare for the stage ahead. A unique opportunity that will allow you to see up-close, all the pre-race rituals, warm-up’s and routines, catch a glimpse of the latest high-tech, advanced equipment on display and if you’re lucky, get your photo with some of the sports biggest names. If you follow Mummu Cycling tour host, Stuart O’Grady’s path, it’s almost inevitable…

The Departure Village

The Relais Etape –

The Relais Etape is one of our favourite hospitality experiences, located at a prime  location on course each day at the Tour de France and restricted to a limited number of exclusive invites. It’s a real day of ‘special treatment’ as you sit down to a divine three course long-lunch, paired with unlimited delicious local French wine, while watching the race from big screen entertainment, amidst some star-studded company. As the mood continues to rise, you’ll then witness the peloton fly by seemingly effortlessly, where you’ll by now be glowing with excitement, chanting support at your sporting heroes in full force. 

The Relais Etape never fails to bring a buzzing, cheery atmosphere, that will have you leaving feeling like you’re well and truly within the Tour de France bubble.  

Tour de France bubble

The Izoard –

The Izoard is another outstanding hospitality zone we are privileged to have access to. Usually located at the stage finish line to ensure you witness the most thrilling of sprint finishes from prime viewing, or alternatively, placed conveniently up the slopes of a riveting Tour de France summit finish. Either way, when at the Izoard, you’re guaranteed to be positioned in the ideal location to view those champion race moments live, and once the race has passed, it’s all eyes glued to screen entertainment – Champagne and French canapé in hand…it doesn’t get much better.

Tour de France ride the course

  • Ride on the course

One of the best exclusivity’s of being an official tour operator is the incredible opportunity of riding on the offical race course, on closed roads, to the point where you’ll truly feel like you’re within the Tour de France.

Ride Depart Experience –

The Ride Depart experience will have you literally riding off the stage start line, as excited crowds of fans already line the streets in support, just hours ahead of the race itself and within the official Tour de France convoy. This is a truly surreal experience, difficult to justify in words alone.

Tour de France D-Day Experience

 D-Day Experience –

If the start isn’t enough, there’s also the finish and our D-Day tour operator experience.  D-Day is another unique occasion that will have you riding the final part of the stage and take you right across the official finish line, arms held high is you so desire! Exclusive to official tour operator’s only, you’ll be every other fan’s envy as you pass the barriers at the flamme rouge and    experience what it’s like to cross the line of a Tour de France stage – again, only hours ahead of the pros. Lively fans will be avidly cheering as you make your way down the final stretch and to top off an unimaginable experience, you’ll then be able to step onto the leaders stage podium for a celebratory pose and photo, as well as hitting the interview booth following to get a taste of that ‘winners feeling’. 

Tour de France VIP treatment 

  • VIP treatment 

Our tour operators license not only guarantees unprecedented access to the race, but will also ensure VIP treatment throughout the Tour de France’s duration and our preparation phase. Included; first preference to reserved accommodation options that will have you as close to the action as possible, consistent, direct communication with Tour de France organisers (the ASO), as well as VIP access to parking and transport to-from the stage/s, enabling us to spend as little time ‘waiting around’ in traffic as is possible.

What else adds to the Mummu Cycling difference?

– Pro Tour Hosts and Guides

Key partner and ambassador, Stuart O’Grady plays a pivotal role in the design and delivery of all Mummu Cycling tours and having contended 17 Tour de France’s  throughout his professional cycling career, his extensive wealth of knowledge, experience, skill and countless connections within the cycling world ensure a differential, incomparable experience.

Using his insider access to the pro peloton, Stuart will arrange pro team meet and greets with some of the best World Tour teams on the circuit. This presents a rare opportunity to exclusively chat with the riders and gather some great insights from the ‘team behind the team’ of staff; from mechanics, to race directors, soigneurs and beyond.

To add to the arranged meet and greet, Stuart will on a consistently be catching up with ‘old friends and team mates’ of the peloton throughout the race’s course, introducing our guests along the way. To name a few, Phil Liggett and Jens Voigt, who will both unfailingly take the time to chat or grab a photo with Stuey and our guests on a regular basis.

Over the years, we have grown to establish strong connections with a   number of other former pro riders, who now routinely act as tour hosts, ongoing ambassadors and guides on our tours. At the Tour de France, expect to be learning all the tricks of the trade from the likes of 2 x Giro d’Italia champion, Ivan Basso, Milan San-Remo winner, Matt Goss or lead-out specialist, Nick Gates. They’ll not only know all the Tour-famous roads and have a credible level of experience, but have countless race tales to tell, Tour de France memories and knowledgable race insights to share throughout the trip.

– Logistics

A fantastic benefit of joining us on tour is that we take care of almost everything for you, so, you’re left with little-nothing to think about, plan or prepare, and more time to simply ‘enjoy the ride’. 

  • From the moment you arrive, we’ll be there to drive you to your arranged, reserved accommodation for the tour’s duration, booked well in advance and located in the most ideal location to meet tour itinerary needs.
  • Daily transport to and from the race will be covered – all you’ll need to do is worry about getting yourself to the van on schedule.
  • Luggage will be transported accordingly when moving on to our next hotel destination.
  • Ride routes are tentatively prepared in advance to ensure you see the best of the race while ticking off bucket list rides and along minimal traffic roads. 
  • All rides are guided and supported by our experienced team. You will always have a ride leader and a following support vehicle providing water, energy nutrition, snacks, spare clothing, in addition to mechanical equipment and assistance when needed.

 – Not just for the riders

Our tours are not only designed for cyclists, but spectators alike. All Tour de France itineraries are designed to also suit spectating guests, wishing to witness the best of the Tour de France live, without the cycling factor. We will often run daily separate activities and additional events on the tour itinerary, while rides are on, to ensure our spectators get the most out of their experience at the Tour de France and the incredible regions we travel through.

– Meet new friends and likeminded people

Most guests leave our tours with new friendships, cycling companions and connections. At Mummu Cycling, we strive to create a friendly, comfortable and fun environment. It’s not all just about the race or the riding, but having an enjoyable, social experience while you’re at it! 

Tour de France Meet new friends and likeminded people


Join us for the ride at the Tour de France, 2020 – here!

2020 Tour de France thoughts from Stuey O’Grady

With the 2020 Tour de France now out, we’re busy planning our 2020 line-up of tours, set to be launched on our website, October 22nd!

While you wait…hear what 17 x Tour de France contender, Stuart O’Grady has to say about the route.


“It’s a brutal, brutal course, but good”, says Chris Froome.

“The hardest in six years!”…

This is the opening comment coming from a 4-time TDF champion…If Chris thinks it’s going to be hard, then God help the rest!

The organisers have created a course to hopefully give France their first victory since Laurent Fignon way back in 1984.

There’s only one TT and almost every stage is going to be a battle of concentration and courage, something that Alaphillipe, Pinot & Bardet have a lot of.

This edition starts off in the beautiful Côte D’Azur where I, along with many Pro riders called home for many years. It’s going to be an incredible backdrop for the first few stages taking in the coastline and the difficult surrounding climbs such as Col D’eze which features in Paris-Nice each year.

It is going to be a Tour De France for the climbers, taking in all 5 mountain ranges including 5 mountain top finishes that cover 29 categorised climbs!

The race will also return to Cornet de Roseland where I will have some shakey memories after having the biggest crash of my career, coming off at 90km/hr and hitting a barrier which broke nearly every bone in my torso.

The Tour De France 2020. It’s going to be epic! And I will be there to guide you on the greatest annual sporting event on the planet.

Join me and Mummu Cycling for a once in a lifetime journey inside the World’s Greatest Cycling Race.

Allez!

Stuey O’G

Lock in your spot on a a 2020 tour by placing a simple, risk-free pre-booking deposit, HERE  (before we go LIVE, Tuesday October 22nd). By doing so, a place on your tour of preference will be secure and you’ll go in the draw to be one of two to win premium FACTOR bike hire on your chosen Tour de France experience with Mummu Cycling!

 

A word from the Girona ‘pros’

The World Tour road cycling season has almost come to a close for 2019. With that, many professionals are now well and truly into ‘off-season’ mode, relaxing and enjoying the humming town of Girona. Come November, they’ll mostly be jumping back onto the bike to begin preparation for 2020!

Here’s your chance to jump on board the pre-season training wagon with a pro and friends of the peloton this November 14-17th for a Long Weekend of epic riding and exploring the now cycling-mad city of Girona!


We recently had a chat to a few of our Girona based pro friends to hear what their favourite cycling-related parts about the now cycling Mecca are….

Here’s what ‘the pros’ have to say –

“The best part of riding a bike in Girona is the company, there is a great community of people on and off the bike getting amongst some of the best roads in Europe.”  – George Bennett, Team Jumbo–Visma


“Off season/ November is my favorite month of the year in Girona – the weather is warm enough to enjoy the riding, but not too hot that it’s uncomfortable, the roads are quiet and peaceful and the town has a nice quiet local vibe to it!!” Shane Archbold, Bora–Hansgrohe


“The people that you ride with in Girona and the united cycling community here make it, paired with the incredible riding and countless options; from the beach, to the mountains and flat roads – it really has it all.” – Sam Bewley, Mitchelton-SCOTT


“The training options and weather in Girona are two of the big draw cards. With great year-round weather and very few wet days, it’s easy to take it for granted. There are so many great routes to choose from when out training that you could easily ride one of Girona’s best rated rides every day of the week. You have options for flatter rides or if you’re looking to challenge yourself a bit, you can head inland towards the Pyrenees and ride some of the many longer climbs. When you’re not out on your bike, the city has plenty of character and is rich in history. Fantastic food and wine, cobbled streets that are dotted with squares and the river Onyar, which is famous for the many brightly painted houses lining it.” – Michael Hepburn, Mitchelton-SCOTT

November is fast approaching, so now is our final call to get you on board for what will undoubtedly be a long weekend to rave home about. Take their word for it and join us for the Girona ride…

When booking, use code:  GIRONA5 to receive 5% off total tour price.

Giro d’Italia Memories By Nicole McIntosh

This year’s Giro d’Italia proved a huge success as we took to the final phase of the spectacular Italian Grand Tour to witness the best of live race action, while enjoying a taste of the incredible culture and riding ourselves along the way. To add, we were privileged to host such a fantastic, energetic group of guests throughout the week, ensuring a seamless, fun-filled time on tour.

Here, spectating guest, Nicole McIntosh shares some personal Giro d’Italia memories…


This year, my husband and I were fortunate enough to travel with Greenedge Travel, Mummu Cycling to the 2019 Giro and enjoy an up close and personal experience with Mitchelton-SCOTT.  We have some truly precious memories of our time which ticked off some bucket list items for us.

Firstly, I was so very impressed with the Mummu Cycling staff, many of whom have been professional cyclists and trainers themselves.  Their knowledge of the professional peloton is superb and their warmth and friendliness were greatly appreciated.  As a spectator, I was always treated equally to the cyclists and my experience was as important to them as those on the bicycle.  I was never left out or isolated from the action.  Total inclusivity is what they do best.

Giro d'Italia Memories

Secondly, the unique bond the company has formed with Mitchelton-SCOTT is extremely special and we were given direct access to the team on several occasions.  As a supporter of the team, I could not have asked for more insight, exclusivity and a glimpse into the life of a professional cycling team competing in a Grand Tour.  The riders and staff themselves were welcoming and very giving of their time – given the importance of what they were trying to achieve on GC, this was extremely exciting to be a part of and incredibly worthwhile.  Our visit to the team hotel on the second rest day of the Giro was quite a privilege and we were able to discuss tactics, tour the team bus and speak with the Sport Directors.  A truly extraordinary life experience!

Giro d'Italia Memories Nicole McIntosh

Thirdly, my most memorable moment, was the opportunity granted to ride in one of the team cars of Mitchelton-SCOTT on Stage 19 – an iconic day taking in the amazing Passo San Boldo!  This was simply one of the best days and came as such a surprise for the spectating crew.  I was warmly and genuinely welcomed by Dan and Craig from the team and spent a fantastic day in their car learning about the intricacies of being a staff member for a pro cycling team, the nutrition and food required to fuel a cyclist for a day in the Giro, their general roles and their life on the road.  However, the best part of this day was being able to listen to Race Radio as Esteban Chaves mounted his comeback with a stage win.  I was also generously invited into the team hotel to watch the final four kilometres with the staff and witness not only a fantastic and well deserved win but their delight at being an integral part of this achievement – I felt incredibly lucky for this opportunity.  You simply cannot get better than that!!!  I don’t believe any other cycling company can offer this kind of unique and special experience.

Mummu Team

Finally, the Mummu Team showed us some spectacular parts of Italy, gorgeous little villages, and brought together some fantastic people who we continue to keep in contact with.  The Mummu guides provided us with a once in a lifetime experience with direct access to the professional cycling peloton and expert advice from those who have lived and breathed the life of a world class cyclist. Chapeau to you all!

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Grazie Nicole for taking us back to what was an incredible time spent at the Giro d’Italia, with a great group of people.


  • If our Giro d’Italia experience is something that interests you for 2020, you can pre-book by placing a simple, risk-free booking deposit here to secure your place on tour and be the first to know when our complete tour itineraries go live. Spots are strictly limited, so we do recommend signing up to reserve your place ahead of launch. The 2020 official route will be revealed October 24th and our tours are set to go live closely following. Stay tuned!

Johan Museeuw: The Lion of Flanders

We are incredibly excited to have the legendary ‘Lion of Flanders’, Johan Museeuw joining us for a day on our 2020 Cobbled Classics and Flanders Weekend experiences.

The Belgian Classics phenomenon, born in 1965 grew up in Gistel living and breathing all things cycling as his father pursued a professional career on the road, eventually calling it quits following a podium finish at Amstel Gold. 

Johan’s initial focus in his earlier racing days was on Cyclocross. Soon enough, however his talent on the road was discovered and he went on to race professionally from 1988 – 2004; his stellar list of palmares stacked from start to finish. 

He transformed from early career ‘sprinter’, to Classics specialist in the 90’s and raced for some of the world’s best professional teams throughout, including; Lotto, Mapei and Quick Step, to name a few.

Johan was and to this day continues to be commonly regarded in the cycling world as the ‘Lion of Flanders’ due to his continued dominance in the Classics throughout his racing years and as a proud West Flanderian, the name is even more fitting.

Arguably, his greatest achievements were an admirable trio of victories at the prestigious Ronde van Vlaanderen and an additional hat trick at it’s cobbled counterpart – the Queen of the Classics, Paris-Roubaix. To have won two of the most sought after Classics on the calendar a very credible three times each, has certainly listed him right up there as one one of the finest Classics riders of all time.

To add his Classics success, he also claimed multiple Tour de France stage wins, in addition to two Team Time Trial victories, several Belgian National road titles and was crowned Road World Champion in 1996.

In 2020, Johan will be leading a group ride on our Spring Classics experience over the most iconic roads of Flanders past, many of which he has stormed to victory across in his past racing years and endured countless training hours over throughout his career. 

He will then join us post ride to discuss his phenomenal period as a professional cyclist; no doubt sharing a story or two and some fantastic insight into the Spring Classics.


A Word from the Lion of Flanders himself…

 

 

DOB: 13.10.1965

Teams: ADR, Lotto, GB-MG, Mapei, Domo-Farm Frites, Quick Step

Born: Varsenare, West Flanders, Belgium

Raised: Gistel, Belgium

Professional years: 1988 – 2004

GreenEDGE Travel La Vuelta experience

GreenEDGE Travel recently took to the streets of Spain, to witness the final week of La Vuelta a Espana live and get behind the team in their valiant fight for stage success.

The seven day tour, hosted by former GreenEDGE team member, Stuart O’Grady, proved a huge success, from the trip’s day one team ‘meet and greet’, to the spectacular final showdown in the heart of Madrid.

Trip Highlights:

Our guests well and truly hit the ground running on arrival to Spain, checking in to their accommodation in the history-rich Spanish city of Segovia, before enjoying a leisurely warm-up ride ahead of the evening’s activities, meeting the team on their well earned rest day.

Here, Sport Director, Julian Dean enlightened guests with a tour of the bus, followed by a Q and A with the riders, sharing some fantastic insights into the race and team operations. Guests then had the unique opportunity to chat with the team in a relaxed environment, before rounding out the evening superbly with dinner at the hotel, joined by Julian.

Come day two, it was time to take a step into the race at the stage 17 start in Aranda de Duero. Here, the perfect platform for guests to explore the start area, catch a glimpse of our ‘pre-race’ routines and wish the riders well, ahead of a wind-prominent stage ahead.

Following the excitement of the stage depart, guests were off for their own ride adventure along the outskirts of the stunning vineyard-dotted, undulating roads of Aranda de Duero. The challenging conditions had riders glued to the wheel of tour host, Stuart O’Grady, eventually completing the ride exhausted, yet elated and ready for an afternoon of deserved wine tasting and tapas at boutique local winery, Dominio de Cair, owned by the famous Luis Cañas.

Next up, it was time for guests to grasp a real taste of mountain madness and the incredibly lively atmosphere the mountain stages never cease to deliver at the Vuelta. First up, riders battled over the testing slopes of Puerto de Navacerrada, in time to see the race splinter to pieces over the other side, and support the team in full force as they crested its summit, pain-faced.

Meanwhile, our spectating contingent joined the team in the support car for the day. A special experience that had them placed in the heart of the action at numerous feed zones throughout the stage, witnessing firsthand what goes on behind the scenes on race day.

The group went on to reconnect at the finish in Becerril de la Sierra to see what was a thrilling battle for Stage 18 honours, placed a mere 100m from the line. They then had the opportunity to chat with some of our riders to hear all the inside scoop on yet another incredibly demanding stage at La Vuelta.

The following day, the GreenEDGE Travel team were up bright and early, on route to Stage 19, where they would be tackling the final run into the unique medieval city of Toledo. Rain, wind and rolling terrain, had riders fighting hard to the finish – a daring cobbled climb into the centre, the cherry on top to what was a testing morning out on the bike. Appreciation levels for the professionals, then only strengthened when it came to relaxing downtown over a typical Spanish ‘menu del dia’ while watching the drama-filled stage unfold and the sheer speed it was raced at. They then took to the streets of the technical finish, joining thick crowds of like-minded, excited fans to support the team in their final dash to the line.

Come the penultimate stage, GreenEDGE Travel riders were in for one last roaring fight up the Category 1, Puerto de Pena Negra, along the mountain-dominated stage 20 route. Brutal conditions, deemed it no easy feat, however all eventually arrived to its summit, shattered, yet incredibly satisfied – another bucket list climb conquered. Post ride, the afternoon was spent at the final sprint point of the day, watching the stage action from the warmth of a local restaurant, over typical Spanish cuisine and a few deserved beverages, while the riders heroically continued to click down the final vertical metres of this year’s relentless Vuelta in grim settings.

An action-packed week at La Vuelta supporting the team, came to an end as our guests hit the Spanish capital of Madrid to see the race come to a spectacular close from an incredible rooftop viewing location on-course. They then rounded out the tour on a high with a toast to the team post-stage to congratulate them on their efforts, followed by a final farewell group dinner to cheers to an incredible week together experiencing the best of La Vuelta’s final week, backing Mitchelton-SCOTT.

A word from tour host, Stuart O’Grady:

“What a way to finish off the year with GreenEDGE Travel at the Vuelta! It really was one of the best cycling tours I’ve been a part of, and a refreshing change to the incredibly addictive but busy Tour De France. We enjoyed a nice mix of rides, food & wine, roadside race viewing and finish line buzz, while taking in some of Spains great attractions and warm culture along the way. To top, the team were so welcoming throughout the week and made a very memorable occasion for our guests.

For those wanting a very typically Spanish and a little bit more of a “tranquilo” tour, get on board for next year – I honestly cant wait”!

Want to join La Vuelta a Espana madness in 2020? Pre-registration is now open – secure your place with a risk-free booking deposit, HERE to ensure you have a spot on tour. We pride ourselves on intimate group sizes, so places are strictly limited!

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What to expect on a cycling tour in Italy?

With the complete 2020 Giro d’Italia route yet to be revealed, to keep the excitement alive, we’ve come up with some common denominators that you’ll no doubt experience while on a cycling tour in Italy, and in particular, at the Giro d’Italia!

INCREDIBLE CYCLING

The Dolomites –

Many would say, the Dolomites offer the most beautiful cycling playground across the globe. The Northeastern mountain range of Italy forms part of the Southern Limestone Alps and travels through to the River Adige in the West and the Piave Valley, East. 

The Dolomites, are an absolute must-visit for adventurists, lovers of the outdoors and avid cyclists alike. Its surreal landscape is made up of a succession of peaks, all sporting unique ‘jagged’ edges, and surrounded by a combination of rolling valleys, gorges, endless green fields and forests. 

Their sheer beauty offers the perfect contrast when cycling within, to the pain and suffering they will no doubt disperse! The many famous ‘climbs’ of the range are far from easy, yet an incredible challenge and absolutely worth it for the picturesque scenery and mind-blowing views atop.

Arguably, most famous to the Dolomites within the cycling world, is the iconic Sella Ronda loop, that tackles a selection of famous passes throughout its route, just shy of 70km in total, including; the 9.3km Gardena (6.4%), the 5.5km Sella (7.9%), the 13km Pordoi (6%) and the 5.8km Campolongo (6%). How’s that for a day’s climbing?

Another popular Dolomiti choice for cyclists, is the unforgiving Passo Fedaia. The 14km climb, offers little to no respite with its 7.6% average gradient, ramping up to a gruelling 18% along some sections. Again, worth every inkling of suffering, for the unsurpassed views on display at its summit. .

Stelvio territory –

Surely you’ve heard of the mighty Stelvio pass? An absolute icon world-wide, due to its incredibly unique 48 switchbacks and truly exquisite landscape. The 24 km climb (from Prato) reaches an incredible height of 2758m, assuring it the second highest paved road in the Alps. Averaging just over 7% for its duration, it’s by no means an easy feat, however its famous hairpin bends, for many assist in offering a nice platform for a little respite here and there. Counting down from 48, with each turn clearly marked, it may seem a long way, however once you’ve covered its sheltered lower slopes, and entered the more exposed final stages, you’ll be able to look up to see the summit and the unbelievable switchback slopes that lie ahead – a breathtaking experience, both visually and physically, as surely by now you’ll be a little out of breath! 

Not far from the Stelvio is the not-so friendly, Gavia. From Ponte di Legno, it’s a challenging 17.3km long, averaging 7.9% and incredibly exposed for most of its final half. When the weather takes a turn, the Gavia is one to avoid! In this year’s Giro d’Italia, the climb was removed from the Queen stage (16), with avalanches and extreme weather deeming it high-risk.

The murderous slopes of the Mortirolo also loom nearby and for some, it’s referred to as the toughest climb across all three grand tours in professional cycling. From Mazzon, the climb averages a relentless 10.3% over 12.4km, reaching points of up to 18% along its course. Its continuous ‘steepness’ offers seldom opportunity to recover, making it a real battle in hell when not feeling 100%. Word of advice – come prepared and be committed to suffer – a lot! Although a challenge, the elation and sense of achievement at its summit certainly make up for the pain endured. A definite bucket list climb that ‘not so’ simply must be ticked…

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Tuscany

Now we’re really talking ‘bella Italia’. The famous region is commonly passed through along the Giro d’Italia route, showcasing its stunning, rolling, vineyard-dotted, olive grove lined roads, particularly famous for its Chianti wine. How does a day or two riding along picture-perfect undulating roads, rewarded superbly with a glass of Chianti under the Tuscan sun sound? Not bad, we say and something you’ll almost certainly be in for on a Giro d’Italia cycling tour in Italy. 

Carnic Alps – 

They border Austria and are home to the relentless Monte Zoncolan, considered as difficult or even more so, than the Mortirolo and another one of cycling’s toughest ascents encountered on the professional circuit. Averaging 11.5% over 10.5km, it’s no wonder! The lethal climb has appeared six times at the Giro d’Italia, most recently in 2018 when Chris Froome stole the show and tore the legs off competitors on Stage 14. Here’s hoping it’ll be back in 2020.

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Treviso/Monte Grappa –

Home to Italy’s best prosecco, Treviso is a definite, yes when visiting Italy. The famous province’s stunning surroundings are vineyard prominent, as the original area of the famous sparkling wine. Also known for the Italian favourite dessert of tiramisù – the perfect reward following the nearby testing Monte Grappa climb, popular within the cycling world and part of the Veneto region. The unique climb offers an incredible nine varying routes to its 1775m high summit. Famously known as a World War 1 battleground, featuring a memorial at its peak and outstanding panoramic views to add. 

The Italian lakes –

Let’s not forget the crystal clear waters of Italy’s most spectacular lakes. Lake Garda and Lake Como to name a few, may ring a bell. Known for their idyllic settings, and both occasionally visited along the Giro d’Italia’s route. Como, part of the Lombardy region was a popular stop-off point along this year’s 2019 route with the Stage 15 finish along its shores. Home to the famous Madonna de Ghisallo climb and the tourist-favourite, charming lake-front town of Bellagio at its base – it’s a place you’ll be reluctantly leaving.

 

DIVINE FOOD AND WINE

If you’ve never experienced ‘authentic’ Italian cuisine, then you’re certainly in for a treat. The Italian’s certainly do food incredibly well, and are most famous for their to-die-for flawlessly cooked pasta of all shapes, sizes and flavours; gnocchi, spaghetti and carbonara to list a few…Then, there’s their renowned, exemplary pizzas, crusted perfectly to ensure just the right amount of crunch and thinness to its base, with a selection of divine ‘typical Italian’ toppings. The combination simply cannot be replicated in other parts of the world, no matter how hard they try.

The list of traditional favourites then goes on, as they absolutely excel in many other areas.  Prosciutto, polenta, risotto, are a few popular specialties, and of course, their sensational gelato and coffee to top. Simple, locally inspired, fresh and so delicious. To add – the outrageously inexpensive prices, and generous serving plates, make it all the more tasty. 

To top outstanding cuisine, the Italians are known world-wide for their reputable selection of varying wines, from a number of popular regions. One of the first things you’ll notice in most parts of Italy is the phenomenal landscape, vineyard prominent in many regions. Again, you’ll be far from breaking the bank to treat yourself to a nice drop of Italian vino to pair with that pizza.

THE PEOPLE, CULTURE, HISTORY AND ART

Mama Mia! The Italian’s are an incredibly lively, passionate culture and when at the Giro d’Italia, you’ll absolutely experience their love for life and contagious energy when in amidst the atmosphere catching the action. 

Steeped in the arts, architecture, music and food – they have it dialled. Something that really stands out, too is their ‘family life’ and significance of family in many aspects of life. An incredibly close, emotional culture and something you will undoubtedly witness in your travels through Italy.

Also, very rich in history…the entire country is prominently filled with ancient palaces, fortifications and archaeological parks; every city and small town holding it’s own stories and unique look – packed into stunning old buildings and churches, through to the countless cobbled alleyways that lie between them, ensuring it a place to endlessly explore by bike, foot or boat!

 

So many things to look forward to when travelling to Italy, (and this list could go on and on)…many of which you could well experience on a cycling tour in Italy, combined with the spectacular Giro d’Italia, depending on the Grand Tour’s varying annual route. Set to be announced later year, we’ll be working hard to release our tours shortly following. For now – stay tuned, if you haven’t already ‘pre-register‘ to secure your spot and head here, to read about what’s in store for the opening stages, set to take place in Hungary…

La Vuelta – Off to a Fiery Start

The opening nine stages of La Vuelta 2019 are now behind us and today’s rest day is understandably, very warmly welcomed by all, following an incredibly brutal start to the race. Let’s just say, the Vuelta is less predictable, has little structure to the route and is herby somewhat harder to control than it’s French and Italian counterparts.

This year, has proven no different with the route running straight for the hills, concluding the opening, drama-filled team time trial, that saw a surprising Astana claim victory and Miguel Ángel López step into the lead – competitors unable to match their shear speed, while multiple favourites’ chances were diminished with unforeseeable crashes, due to a mid-stage water spill along the course.

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From there, there was certainly no ‘warming into it’, as the riders took to the undulating terrain along stage two, that saw Nairo Quintana take an impressive victory, eventually outwitting a select group of race favourites by attacking them 3km from the line and maximising the core group’s hesitation behind. The Columbian’s win, wasn’t enough to move into the lead, with race veteran Nicholas Roche taking second on the stage – his team, Sunweb’s strong opening team time trial assuring him the jersey.

Stage three marked the first sprint opportunity of the race, resulting in a spectacular outcome for the Irish, with Sam Bennett’s (Bora-Hansgrohe) turn of speed far too good for competitors to match, winning the stage by a bike-length in a perfectly timed dash to the line. The jersey remained in fellow Irishman, Roche’s hands, making it a day to go down in history for Irish cycling.

Stage four, saw another hectic sprint finish and a tight battle to the line by Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Fabio Jakobsen and Stage three winner, Bennett. The photo finish declared Jakobsen winner by the slimmest of margins – the young Dutchman stealing his first Grand Tour victory of his short, but promising career. 

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Dark horse, Ángel Madrazo of Spanish contingent, Burgos-BH went on to take a very surprising stage five victory in what marked the first official summit finish of this year’s La Vuelta. The victory stemmed from a successful breakaway – Madrazo initially in the move with the sole focus of picking up points to extend his lead in the mountains classification. The Spaniard, however stormed on, combining forces with team mate Jetse Bol, to take an emotional, career standout win. Behind, it was all-go for the GC contenders – young Columbian, López, all too strong for competitors, putting in an explosive attack several kilometres from the line that saw him take a significant time gap and soar his way back into the leaders jersey.

Stage six had Bahrain-Merida’s, Dylan Theuns step into the Maillot Rojo, concluding a successful 11 man breakaway. Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) proving too strong for breakaway companions, stealing the stage, while Theuns moved into the lead. A crash-marred stage sadly saw the departure of a handful of riders, including previous race leader, Nicholas Roche. EF Education First taking the biggest blow, losing Rigoberto Urán, Hugh Carthy and ultimately, Tejay van Gaarderen, who went on to contend the following stage, but failed to finish due to injuries sustained the day prior.

The punishing gradients stage seven dished out, saw a dominant Alejandro Valverde win the stage, as he seemingly effortlessly powered away from the remaining core group of four, over the relentlessly steep final climb. The world champion, stamping his authority and showing his strengths once more on the harsher gradients, while the closely tailing, López grasped the lead back once more.

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Stage eight resulted in a 21 rider strong breakaway success and yet another exchange of the leaders jersey, into the hands of Cofidis’, Nicolas Edet. The challenging, punchy course was tackled in treacherous weather conditions, eventually seeing Nikias Arndt of Sunweb take the stage victory, his speed simply too much for competitors in what resulted in a final sprint to the line.

Yesterday’s stage nine, marked quite likely one of the most challenging stages across the tour’s duration. With the start and finish points from Andorra, the 94km route was only up and down, proving a real test for contenders, and workhorses alike. As expected, the stage was all drama and action, with little to no respite for its entirety. A number of GC favourites suffered untimely mechanicals and crashes, including Mitchelton-Scott’s Esteban Chaves, who’s misfortune, resulted in him ending the day almost five minutes back. Grim conditions and a gravel section leading into the final climb, then saw favourites, Roglic and López hit the deck, however luckily losses were limited as both riders fought their way back to contention, despite the incident. 

The stage victory went to a very impressive Tadej Pogačar of UAE. The young gun attacked the remnants of the race, in the closing km, storming past Movistar’s Marc Soler as he reluctantly sat back to support team mate, Quintana. His strength too great, as he went on to claim an emphatic win atop Cortals d’ Encamp in brutal conditions. Movistar, not losing out, with Quintana’s strong performance moving him into the lead.

With the first phase behind us, every minute of today’s rest day will be greatly cherished, with the middle week set to be surprisingly even tougher, leaving the race well and truly wide-open. With all GC contenders having already pushed well above the limit to remain in contention, it should certainly prove an incredibly exciting second half!

“It’s been a very hard first week,” Mitchelton-Scott’s Esteban Chaves said with a laugh. “The sad part is that the second week is going to be even harder.”

 

– Esteban Chaves (VeloNews)

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“It’s been a very interesting Vuelta so far,” Arndt said. “We’ve had changes in the leader’s jersey, we’ve had a few sprint stages, we started with a triple-T, and we’ve had some hard days in the mountains. I’ve come to the Vuelta in good shape, so I have not suffered so much, but it’s true it’s been a very hard parcours so far.”

– Nikias Arndt (VeloNews)

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For us, we’re well and truly ready to join La Vuelta madness in Spain with GreenEDGE Travel…primed and eager to support Mitchelton-Scott in full force through to the grand finale in Madrid. Vamos! www.greenedgetravel.com

Giro d’Italia, 2020 : A Hungarian Grande Partenza

Grande Partenza

It’s no surprise that the Giro d’Italia will be mixing it up once more with a unique ‘Grande Partenza’, following their 2018 depart in Israel and former starts in Sardinia, the Netherlands and Ireland. 

In 2020, the Grande Partenza, will be hosted in Hungary, where the first three stages will go on to take place. Kick starting in its capital of Budapest with an opening Individual Time Trial, it will undoubtedly be quite the spectacle as the riders tackle a 9.5km course starting at one of the cities largest and most visited sights, ‘Heroes’ Square’. The route will then travel through the history-rich, medieval old-town streets, before completing the effort with a 4%, 1.5km climb into the visually spectacular Castle district. The short Time Trial will crown the first Maglia Rosa of 2020 with time gaps expected to be minimal.

From there, Stage Two will travel from Budapest to Györ as the riders race 193km over mostly flat terrain, with only a few minor climbs along the way, marking the first prime opportunity for the sprinters to earn early success and stamp their authority.

Stage Three, will prove even flatter than the day prior, covering 197km from Székesfehérvár to Nagykanizsa, along the shores of the picturesque Lake Balaton. Again resulting in an almost certain sprint battle to the line. By now, there will be clear idea as to who the ‘fast men’ of the 2020 Giro will be! 

“This will be the 14th time that the Giro d’Italia starts from abroad and the first time from this part of Europe,” race director Mauro Vegni said, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “There will be three stages on Hungarian soil that will allow riders to race in places that are still little known in professional cycling.

“When we choose the site of a Grande Partenza, the tradition and sporting passion of the area is one of the many aspects that we evaluate. We’re certain that many Hungarians will line the roads of the Giro making these days of sport unforgettable and unique.”

Mummu Cycling will be returning to the 2020 Giro d’Italia with bells on, following an incredibly successful 2019. Following the announcement of the exciting Hungarian Grande Partenza, we can’t wait to see what else the Giro will have in store…

Secure your place on tour with a risk-free booking deposit, here…As soon as the complete 2020 route has been revealed, our team will be working tentatively to create detailed itineraries. Your pre-booking deposit will ensure you receive our tour reveal’s first and don’t miss out on a spot. With our 2019 line-up, a sell-out, we’d recommend it. Andiamo!

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The Mummu Cycling Difference at The Tour de France – Hear what our guests have to say…

There’s a place for everyone in a Mummu tour — riders of varying capabilities, spectators, and adventurists who want an extraordinary life experience.

We joined the Tour des Vins Mummu program within the 2019 Tour de France, my husband a cycling enthusiast and me, a seeker of unique/cool experiences (but definitely not a cyclist or in-shape human). Team Mummu accommodated our respective interests and capabilities and delivered the outcomes we each wanted. I gave cycling a shot and Mummu enabled me to ride to my capability limit and then kindly gave me a lift to catch up to the group … as a result, I enjoyed the cycling on my own terms within the Mummu safety parameters and without feeling pressured to keep up with the “real” riders or relegated to the sidelines.

Marcel, Stuart, Liam, Cedric, and Emily are each, in their own right, exceptional people; and as a team, well, simply incredible. And while I did not meet Paul, who answered my endless questions on the administrative side, in person, I can attest he too delivered exceptional customer care and service. From our first e-mail inquiring about the Mummu TdF tour through our farewell after the Stage 7 depart in Belfort, we knew we were in the hands of professionals committed to their mission, capable in their planning, and thorough in their execution.

Without question, each member of the Mummu team demonstrated attention to detail, listening and responding to group and individuals’ queries/dream experience requests, ensured safety precautions were communicated and followed, and delivered an incredible experience we remain “wowed” we got to live. Team Mummu puts the customer at the center of its thinking/planning/doing. I’m a tough customer with a high bar when it comes to “return on investment” of time and money. Mummu Cycling’s investment in producing an extraordinary project was evident and without question, they delivered a return on our investment.

All the better that we had a fantastic group of people to share the Tour des Vins cycling, TdF excitement & hospitality, and beautiful Alsace region with for five days. Book your trip now! You will be disappointed only if you wait too long and miss out on the experience you’ve been wanting to live.

Thanks again Team Mummu and the 2019 Tour des Vins crew!!

JC Walsh, Tour des Vins

Julie Worthington, Grand Depart

A 35-yr. bucket list…truly, a dream come true for us – all thanks to you Mummu Cycling! What an unbelievable experience to be a part of the Grand Opening in Brussels. To riding the first 3 stages of the Tour…starting/riding the Tour from the actual start line (are you kidding me!!), to meeting Paul and Christian, having dinner with Jens, hanging in the shadow of Stuart as he chats with the many pro bikers, unbelievable Belgium meals, and being catered to for our ever last biking need – I cannot say enough about this once in a lifetime experience! We are still pinching ourselves!! Our expectations were exceeded in every way. Never dreamed we’d experience the Tour de France like we did, with you Mummu Cycling. Thank you!!

Julie Worthington, Grand Depart

Scott Jensen, Tour des Vins

I did the Tour de Vins with my son and the experience was absolutely amazing. The riding was fantastic, the hosts including Stuart O’Grady, Marcel, Liam, Cedric and Emily were unbelievable and the whole experience was unforgettable. We had enough access to the Tour and the riders that we felt almost like we were doing the Tour De France and not just spectators. Mummu took great care to mold the experience to the interests and abilities of the guests who were there that week, and they couldn’t have done a better job.

Scott Jensen, Tour des Vins

Scott Petrie, Pyrenees Pro

We recently joined Mummu Cycling for the “Pyrenees Pro Experience” with Stuart O’Grady as our host. This week in France with them was FANtastic. We got to experience the excitement of the TDF like you could not believe. Exclusive access to Start and Finish lines including a couple of really tough mountain stages, hospitality second to none, friendly team support crew and of course all the knowledge and expertise shared by one of Australia’s legendary sports stars. I highly recommend this trip if you are looking to experience a taste of the Tour with all the trimmings but not being too exhausted at the end of the day to still enjoy a little of what France has to offer after dark.

Scott Petrie, Pyrenees Pro

Helen Longwill, Tour des Vins

Our Tour Des Vins with Mummu was absolutely fabulous. Tim LOVED the riding! It was an amazing opportunity for him to ride the course on the morning of the stages, just before the professionals rode through. The experience of the Tour De France was wonderful for both riders and spectators. What a thrill to be up close to such a sporting event and to the athletes participating. No other world class sporting event offers that kind of access and with the involvement of Stuart O’Grady, Mummu provided exceptional opportunity to meet and see those athletes throughout. Beginning with our visit to Caveau Humbrecht and ending with our final dinner at Les Jardins de Sophie, we were impressed with the quality of food, wine and service offered. We haven’t yet managed to find croissants to rival those we had for breakfast at the hotel. We had an interesting and fun mix of people on the tour who helped to make it a highlight of our holiday. Thank you so much to all the Mummu gang for all the hard work you put into pulling it all together for us. Tim wants to know when we can do it again!

Helen Longwill, Tour des Vins

Mike Sumner, Pyrenees Ride

Had a great experience on the Mummu Pyrenees Ride Experience. Fantastic riding; we rode Hautacam, Soulor, Tourmalet and Luz-Ardiden among others. Simply awesome routes and scenery, great climbs on tough enough but not ridiculous cols. Nick Gates and Siska did a great job of leading, supporting and looking after the group and our tour was well integrated into TDF when Le tour passed through. Will do it again sometime!

Mike Sumner, Pyrenees Ride

Adrian Brian Roch, Tour des Vins

I came into the “Tour de Vin’s” unsure what to expect and also anxious of the cycling challenger that lay ahead. I left thinking “when can I do this again?” 

This was a ball from start to finish, great organization from Marcel and the team (and that is not easy in the belly of the Le Tour Machine), with the cycling experience of riding sections of the course A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, especially the challenge of the stage 6 climb finish. Not to mention the food and accommodation, the new friends I met along the way, and the up close access to the stars of the tour, the cyclists and their teams. 

Would not hesitate to do this again.

Bravo Mummu!

Adrian Brian Roch, Tour des Vins

Paul McGowan, Paris Weekender

Great time – well organised. Even turned on a Aussie winner for us. Thanks Mummu!!

Paul McGowan, Paris Weekender

Johnny and Samantha Silla, Tour des Vins

Thank you to Mummu Cycling for an experience of a lifetime. My wife and I were on the Tour Des Vins experience on the TDF 2019. It was absolutely incredible!!!! The rides, people, staff, food, wine and of course the perfect locations to view the great race were amazing and it exceeded all expectations. Mummu Cycling really got us inside the bubble. A very big and special thank you to Stuart O Grady, Marcel Berger, Cedric, Liam, Emily and all the Team for making our experience so memorable. We have so many special memories and have made some life long cycling friendships.I would have no hesitations in recommending Mummu Cycling Tours to anyone.

It’s 5 Stars from us.

Thanks again Mummu Cycling.

Johnny and Samantha Silla, Tour des Vins

Brice Geisler, Pyrenees one day experience

One day experience to “La Planche des belles filles”. It was great : hospitality, finish line, podium and some funny moments with the group of riders and the staff. I hope to do it again !

Brice Geisler, Pyrenees one day experience

Tim Longwill, Tour des Vins

There simply aren’t enough stars. Mummu is in a league of its own. I think that this was one of first times that Stuart, Marcel and the crew did the Tour de Vins as part of their broader program of tours and it was genuinely (putting aside childbirth and weddings etc) the best 6 days I have spent. Stuart O’Grady is part of the fabric of the Tour de France and treated accordingly. We all had the benefit of the esteem with which the international cycling community holds Stuart and we had access to former riders, the current peloton and behind the scenes areas that no-one could or should have expected. I have since been feverishly telling cycling friends to cancel their planned trips with other providers and sign up with Mummu instead. To Stuart, Marcel, Liam, Cedric and Emily my profound thanks. I am saving for my next Tour. (For anyone reading this who is considering another tour group ask them whether they can organise a chat with Peter Sagan). 

Tim Longwill, Tour des Vins

Amir Ghahremani, Paris Weekender

Great organisation and an unforgettable event. Met lovely people and had a fantastic time.

Amir Ghahremani, Paris Weekender

Tour de France route


With next year’s Tour de France route set to be revealed mid October, we’ll then be starting our own race to get our 2020 string of tours live! From the Grand Depart in Nice, through to the traditional final showdown in Paris. 🥂 🇫🇷

Join the race, and beat the crowds by simply placing a risk-free deposit to secure your spot early!

Why we LOVE the Santos Tour Down Under…

The Southern Hemisphere’s most talked about professional cycling event, the Santos Tour Down Under is set to take place for the 22nd time next January and willl certainly be returning with a bang, following the tour’s recent 2020 route reveal. The incredible event continues to grow and impress each year, increasingly becoming one of cycling’s most favoured events for the professionals and fans alike.

Unique to other World Tour events, with the sole base for the week being South Australia’s, Adelaide central. Not only assuring convenience and less travel between stages, but an incredibly lively atmosphere within the city that cannot be compared to. Offering a festival-like vibe city-wide; from the offical ‘City of Adelaide Tour Village’, located opposite the professional team’s hotel base, to the countless ‘cycling related’, humming pop-up shops located sporadically throughout the centre – all there to embrace the Down Under spectacle and the tribes of cycling enthusiasts the week brings. It truly is one big ‘party’ for fans and a consistent stream of entertaining activity throughout the week that only continues to build as the race takes shape.

To add to its stand-out differentials over other events across the season, the Santos Tour Down Under allows a level of access to the professional peloton that cannot be replicated. Perhaps it’s the relaxed nature and attitudes of the riders as their first real test of the season, combined with the laid-back Aussie culture and again, its one central hub for the entire race duration.

For cycling-keen spectators of the race, the experience is truly amplified when setting out on the bike to join the thousands of other like-minded, passionate fans cruising through the stunning, yet challenging surrounding hills of Adelaide, in pursuit of some live stage viewing. To ensure an unforgettable live race experience, the organisation continue to create spectator-friendly courses – many of the races stages, include ‘circuits’, that allow fans to witness the action firsthand – on some days, up to five times. This again, encourages crowds of committed viewers to line the streets in support mode; a constant stream of cheer, delight and excitement in the air. 

If it’s not the hills calling, the exceptional coastline surely will be, where the flatland fans can enjoy coastal spins under the Aussie sun throughout the week, also just a short pedal out of the city. 

To top a sensational cycling experience, the Challenge Tour provides the perfect platform for riders to tackle the Stage Four race route ahead of the pro peloton in a sportive-like event. Masses of cyclists continue to show up each year, bright and early to contest the challenge and see for themselves just how tough the pros have it. This year should prove no different, with a testing route from Norwood, to Murray Bridge on the cards, totalling 162km, with varying lesser distance options to choose from in between.

To ride or not to ride? It’s certainly not just a week for the avid cyclist, chasing hills and willingly enduring pain. When not watching the world’s best battle it out over Adelaide’s most daring terrain, there’s ample opportunity to scope out some of South Australia’s most reputed wine regions, and their many fabulous eateries. From McLaren Vale, to the world-famous Barossa and all that’s in between. The race will travel across some of Australia’s most visually stunning wine country and if you time it right, you could well be kicking back, watching them fly by over a crisp glass of local rosé.

When not wining, dining and race viewing amidst Adelaide’s surrounds, the buzzing CBD itself has a lot to offer; from the popular Rundle Mall, to the must-visit Adelaide central market, its charming Botanic Gardens and many highly regarded bars, restaurants and cafes, where great coffee is far from difficult to come by. 

At Mummu Cycling, we are huge fans of the Santos Tour Down Under and the incredibly lively race experience it consistently delivers year after year, continuing to surprise us with its valiant efforts to return bigger and better each time. Taking into account the many attributes noted above that assure our love for the race and Adelaide, we have tentatively planned our 2020 tours to create a truly special Down Under experience!

We are thrilled to be returning with several immersive experiences that will ensure you are there to truly witness the best of it and make the most of each day on tour. Whether it’s the complete ‘8 day‘ adventure; from the furiously fast opening ‘Schwalbe Classic’ criterium around Adelaide’s city streets, through to the the nail-biting dramatic finale up the relentless slopes of the race-famous Willunga Hill. We’ll have you there to witness it all firsthand, at times over that much talked-about glass of SA wine, as well as embracing the best of a spirited Adelaide along the way. 

If time is restricted, our 4 day tour will ensure you catch all the race-shaping, thrilling final stage action and beyond within the short span of a long weekend away and assuredly a weekend you’ll be raving home about!

To maximise your cycling experience, in 2020 we will have a fleet of world-class, incredibly lightweight Factor O2 carbon road bikes available to hire. The Santos Tour Down Under will be the very first tour that our custom fleet will make an appearance, and what better way to do it than on Australian turf, before the European season gets underway. Find out more on our strictly limited, brand new Factor bike fleet and hiring options here.

Both tours are now LIVE and on sale. Go on and join us for serious some Down Under madness! Secure your spot before it’s too late.

GreenEDGE Travel at the Tour de France

GreenEDGE Travel hit the recent Tour de France’s middle week to experience the best of the Pyrenees, as the team went head-to-head with some of the Tour’s most challenging and race-shaping stages.

The six-day experience had guests kick starting their week with a visit to the team hotel on the Tour’s first rest day, through to the thrilling Col du Tourmalet summit finish on stage fourteen.  

Hosted by former team member, Matthew Goss, guests received unprecedented insight throughout. Suited to both riders and spectators alike, the trip offered a varying itinerary complete with great riding, race hospitality and incredible live stage viewing.  

Trip Highlights: 

The team flew into the first Tour de France rest day on cloud nine, several days after the sensational stage nine victory of Daryl Impey. Six years on from his stint in the Maillot Jaune back in 2013, the win marked another highly momentous career achievement as his first ever individual Tour de France stage victory to add to team time trial success. Concluding some very challenging opening stages to the race, legs were weary and the rest day was warmly welcomed, yet the mood remained bright and motivation high. 

GreenEDGE Travel guests timed their arrival to perfection, joining the team late afternoon for a meet and greet in a relaxed environment and stunning outdoor setting in Albi. Here, the riders and staff took some time to discuss their opening week and share thoughts and ambitions for the mountainous stages that loomed. Guests then had the opportunity to ask questions and chat with the riders one-on-one before enjoying dinner at the team hotel to close out a fantastic day one on tour.

Stage eleven rolled around briskly and the GreenEDGE Travel riding contingent took to the start in the buzzing centre of Albi, to enjoy the ‘Ride Depart’; an exclusive Tour de France tour operator asset that allows guests the opportunity to ride off the official stage start line, just hours ahead of the race and on closed roads. A privileged experience, that ensures ‘fans’ witness firsthand what it feels like to be ‘within the barriers and on course’ at one of the world’s biggest sporting events. 

Enthused supporters and an electric atmosphere from the start gun, made for a ride to remember; our guests absorbing every km, before completing their ride mid-stage to settle in for some stage viewing from the shade of our roadside marquee, over a picnic lunch. Here, they awaited the race to pass, all set to support Mitchelton-SCOTT in full force. 

The following day, our guests ventured in to the heart of Toulouse city to meet the team ahead of the stage twelve start. Here, they had access to the official ‘departure village’ while they awaited the team’s arrival, allowing time to explore the atmospheric village and its festivities. Later, making their way to the team bus zone to visit the riders ahead of the stage, seeing firsthand how the team operates ‘pre-race’ and riders’ different preparation routines. From there, it was time to wish them well before departing to the stage finish in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, by bike or transfer.

On arrival, it was all-go and excitement was gradually building as Simon Yates’ breakaway move looked certain to succeed. Guests enjoyed all the action from the Izoard finish-line hospitality, where live coverage, beverages and French canapés ensured the prime combination for some thrilling race viewing. Tension and question continued to build as Yates and his remaining two breakaway companions approached the final km’s in hot pursuit of stage honours. The talented climber eventually claimed a dramatic victory, taking his competitors by surprise, as he out-sprinted them in a furious dash to the line, securing the team’s second stage success of this year’s Tour de France. How special, for GreenEDGE Travel guests to be right in the thick of it, to witness such an exhilarating, momentous victory for Yates and team.

Next up, it was all about the race against the clock, as riders hit the undulating roads of Pau for the stage thirteen individual time trial. Today, GreenEDGE Travel guests would be enjoying the best of it, within the Tour de France’s most talked-about hospitality zone, the Relais Étape. A special experience that had them indulging in a delicious three-course lunch, paired with local French wine, all while watching the stage action live from its mid-course location and big screen entertainment. A day to pick up and move on from for the team, yet a day our guests will be remembering for a while.

From there, it was all mountain-madness as the tantalisingly tough Tourmalet awaited. The iconic ascent has featured a frequent 78 times since it’s welcoming to the Tour de France in 1910. However, this year marked only the third time the climb’s summit would crown a stage winner.  

GreenEDGE Travel riding guests departed from Lourdes alongside Matt Goss, nerves high as the daunting climb grew closer. From the base, all initial worry and concern forgotten as they joined the thousands of other enthusiastic fans riding and lining the slopes of the Tourmalet; passion and excitement flooding the air. 19km later and a valiant effort from our guests, they reached the 2115m high summit and were able to enjoy the ‘finish-line’ exclusive tour operator experience that allowed them to ride from the flamme-rouge and cross the stage finish line itself. Topped off superbly with a trip to the official podium to capture the moment; smiles bright and arms held sky-high. From there, they descended part way down the climb to the Izoard hospitality zone, where they would be settling in for an afternoon of mountain-madness and riveting summit finish viewing: Primed, ready and raring to support the team as they too took on the Tourmalet.

Overall, a fantastic six days for GreenEDGE Travel: the team’s second tour stage victory was witnessed live, sporting heroes were met and well-wished, Tour de France race hospitality was experienced at best, and iconic cols were conquered. Thank you all for your appreciated ongoing support throughout the Tour de France and across the season!

Interested in joining the team at La Vuelta on a GreenEDGE Travel experience in September as we return to defend our title? Final places remain – don’t miss out!

Tour de France 2019 – Final Wrap!

Just like that, the Tour de France has been and gone. What a race and what an adventure! For us, it’s been one busy month on the road embracing the circus that it is, enjoying every minute of the word’s biggest bike race and it’s never-ending madness. Our super team of staff have worked tirelessly to deliver back-to-back memorable Tour de France experiences to our guests throughout, and we’re walking away exhausted, yet over the moon in what we’ve achieved. Nine unique tours, 228 guests and 19 staff, from the Brussels Grand Depart right through to the final showdown in Paris. Chapeau all!

The final week of this year’s Tour de France proved incredibly exciting as the race hit the Alps and the mightiest of mountain passes awaited. The week was full of surprises as legs began to tire and some of the stars started to fade, while others grasped the opportunity to shine. Unpredictable, as always, the Alps went off with some shocking weather conditions, resulting in quite the bizarre Stage 19 close and an unexpected passing on of the Yellow jersey to the shoulders of Egan Bernal. The young Columbian confirming the Maillot Jaune and proving his worth the following day in the penultimate, shortened 60km stage. From there, it was all about enjoying the final hurrah into the beautiful city of Paris and we were right there to take in every moment.

Continue on to read all about our final week at the Tour de France…

THE FINAL WEEK – From the Alps through to Paris

Our last week on tour was busier than ever as we welcomed three new groups to kick start their Alps experiences. An Alps Pro tour, led by Stuart O’Grady and Matt Goss to take guests right inside the pro tour bubble, onto an Alps Ride experience that had Nick Gates zapping some legs up famous TDF cols, as well as the ZiXing Sports Tour de France group from China; a bespoke tour powered by Mummu Cycling from the Alps through to Paris. Meanwhile, our Best of LeTour crew continued on from their first week in the Pyrenees.

On the opening day of the closing week, it was all about embracing the last Tour rest day. Our Best of Le Tour gang, decided that rest days really are the best days, as they set out for a day of wine tasting from Montpellier and its picturesque vineyard dotted surroundings. Several tastings later, we’d picked up an appetite and sat down to a delicious long lunch, over wine and great company.

Over in Avignon, our Alps Pro and Ride trips were busy getting underway. First stop for the Pro group with Stuey, a visit to the team with the man in Yellow – Deceuninck Quick-Step Cycling Team. As the hottest squad on demand at the Tour at the time, with Julian Alaphilippe still in the lead, we were very lucky to squeeze in a visit. Thank you team and to Stuey for arranging the special pitstop!

While the Pro crew were getting starry eyed, our ‘Ride’ guys and girls were busy preparing for today’s warmup spin led out by Nick Gates and new addition to the team, Drops womens cycling professional cyclist, Lucy Shaw.

The following day, it was all-on as we took to different phases of Stage 16!

Our ZiXing sports group hit the road early to tackle most of the days Stage route, finishing with the ‘D day’ finish line and podium experience to cap off a top day out. A big effort from all in very challenging conditions. 

@Henry Iddon

Stuey, Gossy and the Alps gang also hit the finish and podium in Nimes, following a solid ride in from Avignon. Fond memories for both, as this year’s Tour marked six years since both former professionals stood on the top step together following an incredible victory in the TTT with GreenEDGE in Nice.

While they were busy clicking snaps on the podium, our Alps Ride and Best of Le Tour groups were sweating it out in the heat, destination Pont du Gard. On arrival, time to kick back over a bite before seeing the race blitz by. Our Best of crew then setup camp outside the stunning ancient Roman aqueduct to watch the remainder of the stage over a big screen, cold beer in hand. The Alps Ride tour, opting for the less relaxed option, battling it out in the heat by bike back to watch the finale over a beverage at the hotel. Fantastic to see Caleb Ewan take another thrilling sprint victory! 

The next morning, we we were up at em’ bright and early – for most of our tours, Mont Ventoux bound! The legendary ascent has delivered many-a spectacular Tour de France summit finish and crowned some very reputable champions at its peak. Although not in this year’s tour, we decided to include it in our itineraries, being a big bucket list climb for many. 

The 19km ascent, reaching over 1900m in elevation is relentless from the get-go with its viscous, demanding gradients. Its unique landscape had us traveling from stunning lower vineyard lined surroundings, onto its shaded forest-covered middle slopes, before reaching the final third that left us out in the wide-open, with nothing but the road and the daunting top of the ‘bald mountain’ looming in the distance.

The day’s hot conditions made what was a challenging ride already, even tougher. So to see our guests courageously battle their way up its leg zapping slopes was very impressive and a special day to be out there supporting them on.

From there, we flew down the other side to arrive at the charming town of Vaison-la-Romaine to catch some Stage 17 race action and enjoy a well deserved burger and beer, before hitting the road, Alps bound.

Meanwhile, Stuey and Gossy had their Alps Pro guests on the Pont du Gard Stage 17 start-line raring to go for their ‘Ride Depart’ experience. A very special stage to ride ahead of the race on closed roads, all while enjoying the stunning surroundings of the historic monument. 

Our Best of Le Tour spectators also hit the unique Start Village, spending the morning lapping up the pre-race atmosphere, meeting their favourite riders and kicking back over a brew while watching the riders sign on for their 17th day on tour!

From there is was mountains galore and the climbing legs were whipped back out of the bag, all set to conquer the famously tough, lengthy Col du Galibier. Brutal, but with unsurpassed views that only improved throughout the duration of the climb, making every inkling of suffering along the way all the more worth it.

Our Alps Ride guests were out the door early to also tackle the Col du Lautaret as a bit of a ‘warm-up’ climb ahead of the looming 2645m high Galibier. Safe to say, they finished the day’s efforts shattered, yet pretty chuffed with a few more Alps epics ticked off the list and some TDF stage viewing to settle in for following.

Once all groups had summited, we set off to our Stage 18 viewing destinations for the day. Alps Ride and ZiXing sports group set up camp at the prime roadside viewing spot under the shelter of our Mummu marquees, 8km from the summit on the Lautaret corner, where the atmosphere was alive and the mood was high! 

While they were busy getting right amongst the thick of the Tour mountain magic, our Alps Pro and Best of Le Tour guests had descended further down to the Relais Etape, where they settled in for an afternoon of delicious food, unlimited beverages and race coverage. All while lapping up the fun, games and festivities of our favourite hospitality zone.

Both fantastic Stage 18 setups that had us all in awe as the pro’s flew up the climb, all guns blazing; the head of the breakaway fighting for the stage victory, the GC contenders going into battle mode for precious seconds and the remnants of the peloton slogging it out weary-eyed to ensure they were in the safety zone ahead of time cut. From there, it was champagne showers as we applauded Nairo Quintana’s impressive solo victory and toasted to another fab day out on tour. 

The good times continued to roll for our Mummu on tour crew the following day as our Best of Le Tour and Alps Ride groups came and conquered the iconic Alpe d’Huez and absolutely aced it! As one of the Tour’s most famous, legendary climbs with its 21 hairpin bends and incredible views, we decided this one simply could not go amiss. Big ups to our guests who fought it out to its summit, weary legged but ecstatic to be there and thrilled to check off another bucket list ascent. 

Over in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, our Alps Pro guests were busy meeting a few cycling legends, led by their tour hosts and fellow cycling stars, Stuart O’Grady and Matt Goss. Cheers guys for teeing up a chat with Bradley Wiggins – very special to meet one of cycling’s greatest! The list didn’t end there, with words from Simon Clarke, Andy Schleck and Daryl Impey to follow. Thank you all for taking the time out of your schedules pre-stage. 

Following some time lapping up the departure village, they set out to tackle the challenging Col de la Madeleine in fiery conditions. Another Alps favourite, commonly described as ‘beautiful but heartbreaking’. A battle for our guests, no doubt. Well done all for toughing out yet another epic!

The extreme heat, soon quickly took a turn, as we transferred closer to the Tour de France action and watched wide-eyed as the drama unfolded on Stage 19. A very bizarre contrast in weather extremes…Oh the Alps! Safe to say, the TDF 2019 has been well and truly full of surprises.

@Henry Iddon

From there, most of our tours set to the penultimate Stage 20 start in Albertville to enjoy one of the final Stage starts and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere, before kicking back to watch what was a short, but very entertaining final mountain stage that saw an impressive Vincenzo Nibali overpower the rest, to claim honours. Our Alps tours, went on to enjoy their final group toasts to close out a huge week in the mountains, while our Best of Le Tour and ZiXing sports group, set off via coach transfer for the grand finale!

Finally, we made it to Paris, welcoming our Paris ‘weekender’ guests to join us in seeing Stage 21 live along the iconic Champs-Elysées. To start the morning right, we ditched the road bikes for the townies and hit the streets of the spectacular Paris on a city bike tour.

Soon enough, it was go-time and we were there, located right in the thick of the action, on the final stretch to the line where we were able to witness firsthand the thrill and beauty combined of the Tour de France’s traditional closing stage. How incredible to then see young Aussie sprint sensation, Caleb Ewan take a sensational third stage win in a fighting dash to the line. Toasts all-round followed to cheers to an amazing evening, and one very memorable Tour de France adventure!

@Kramon

We’re now heading home, exhausted yet satisfied and incredibly proud of what we’ve delivered at this year’s Tour. A BIG thank you to our dedicated, incredibly hard-working team of staff on the ground and back in the office, and of course, to our many guests who arrived and left smiling, making our jobs a whole lot easier and enjoyable along the way!

Interested in joining us in 2020? Reserve your spot on tour, here.

All-go in the Pyrenees: Week Two at the Tour de France

And just like that, the Pyrenees have been and gone. A week of adventure, friendly new faces, action and Tour de France madness!

Our Mummu team have been busier than ever, with four unique tours operating simultaneously, offering differing experiences throughout the Pyrenees. 

The week kicked off with a warm welcome in Toulouse to our Pyrenees Pro guests, set to take on the Pyrenees and step into the Tour de France bubble with Stuart O’Grady. Deeper into the mountains, we had Nick Gates greeting our Pyrenees Ride guests, prepped for a little more suffering and a huge week of conquering famous Pyrenean cols.

Pyrenees Pro guests

Matt Goss had by now also arrived to prepare for a six day GreenEDGE Travel Pyrenees experience, that would allow guests to get right behind Mitchelton-SCOTT as they undertook their second week of racing. Bonus – a first rest day team meet and greet; including a chat with the riders, staff and a tour of the bus before enjoying dinner at the team hotel to kick start their tour. 

Matt Goss with the guest

Down the road, Stuey and the pro crew were busy meeting Bahrain Merida, including the likes of Vincenzo Nibali and Rohan Dennis. Very special for our guests to dive straight onto the scene and gather some great insight into ‘life on tour’ and the team behind the team. Also, very interesting to hear the varying ‘rest day’ methods preferred by different riders on the team. For some, rest is best and others, too much rest is detrimental to their performance the next day, with the body switching into ‘relax mode’ – and understandably so!

Meanwhile, it was all mountains for our Ride contingent who hit the slopes of the famous Hautacam ascent to get their first real taste of mountains and a fine slice of pain while at it. Safe to say, they were in for a tough week!

The following day, our Best of Le Tour 13 day experience tee’d off with a bang in the city of Lourdes. A very exciting prospect for us at Mummu Cycling as we take on our first coach tour that will take guests right through to the grand finale in Paris; enjoying the best of the Pyrenees, Alps and Paris in one-go. We were lucky to be greeted by only friendly, happy faces and following some time to settle, went on to explore the scenic surrounding roads of Lourdes on bike paths, and back-roads before settling in for a welcome dinner, and toast to a big few weeks ahead!

Back East, GreenEDGE Travel and Pyrenees Pro returned to the buzzing start town of Albi, to enjoy the Ride Depart experience; an incredible asset we enjoy regularly throughout the tour as an offical tour operator of the race. The mood was high, and smiles were bright as riders set out off the start line along the Stage 11 route, absorbing the electric, excited atmosphere and taking on each cheer from the many fans lining the streets awaiting the race to come. An experience for us that never gets old. From there, we set up roadside to enjoy a picnic lunch before seeing the guys cruise past, seemingly effortlessly. We then took off in time to catch what was a spectacular sprint finale in Toulouse’s beautiful city centre – our Aussie contingent delighted to see Caleb Ewan take honours.

While some guests were lapping up every second of the Tour de France live, our Ride guests were busy getting stuck into the Pyrenean cols, ticking off the Col d’Aubisque and Col du Soulor in very grim conditions. Challenge accepted, they said and admirably battled it out to complete the day exhausted, but satisfied!

Tour de France live

The next day, our four tours united to form the Mummu peloton into the Stage 12 finish in Bagnères-de-Bigorre – some tackling a few more vertical metres than others, but all arriving smiling and buzzing to step into some TDF madness. And that we did, as we rolled through the 1km banner together to enjoy our Tour operators finish line asset experience, which allows us to ride the final km, cross the finish line and icing on the cake, step onto the stage podium. From there, it was all eyes on the screens and the stage action as the pros battled over the roads we’d just ridden, including the final Hourquette D’Ancizan ascent that saw the breakaway splinter to three and hold it through to the finish in a quick 30km downhill dash to the line, resulting in a fantastic battle for honours. An especially great day for GreenEDGE Travel guests and Mitchelton-Scott fans to see Simon Yates up for the win!

GreenEDGE Travel guests

Next on the radar, was the Stage 13 Individual Time Trial in Pau, where all groups met again following a morning ride in. On arrival, it was all about relaxing in the Relais Etape 12km into the challenging, undulating course, in awe of the the pros as they flew on by in TT mode. What a spectacular finale to then see the unstoppable Frenchman in Yellow soar across the line to take a surprising TT victory and extend his lead even further.

Individual Time Trial in Pau

To close out a great week In the Pyrenees, we tackled the almighty Tourmalet on RACE DAY. With the daunting 19km climb (2115m of elevation) on the radar, it was all nerves pre-ride as we all set out  along a scenic route from Lourdes. Our ‘hardcore’ Ride guests, again clocking up some extra klicks and another ‘warm-up’ ascent over the Luz Ardiden.

When approaching the base, all fear was forgotten as enthused fans covered its sidelines, their faces ridden with excitement, chanting cheers of encouragement. The further up we went, the thicker the atmosphere got and we were there lapping up every second!

Come 1km to go, it was all-on as we regrouped and stepped across the road block to enjoy our tour operator finish-line experience. To do this on a stage like today, on a summit finish and across the peak of one of the Tours most famous climbs, was truly EPIC.

From there, we enjoyed some podium time before descending a little further back down the mountain to our base for the day. The Izoard hospitality zone, for some, and for others a Mummu Marquee setup roadside to really get right up and close to the action. Beers, cheers and good times followed as we enjoyed the mountain ambience and watched the riders suffer their way up; from the heat of the race to the battling remnants of the grupetto. Some even taking up our offer of a cool coke as they went.

Mummu Marquee

What a day, what a week! Thank you to all of our smiling guests for making our jobs a breeze, and to the countless hours our busy team of staff on the ground and back in the Melbourne office have been putting in to ensure each day at the Tour de France is ticked off smoothly. 

Onto the Alps we go!

Want to join in on all the fun next year? Pre-registration for 2020 is now open! See details, here.

Mummu Cycling welcome fleet of the world’s best ‘FACTOR BIKES’ to tours

Mummu factor bike

Mummu Cycling are thrilled to announce that we have officially partnered with Factor Bikes. The exciting new collaboration has allowed us the opportunity to warmly welcome a fleet of the most advanced, lightweight road bikes to our tours, in the Factor O2. 

Factor Bikes have over the years proven themselves to excel in innovative bicycle engineering, delivering some of the world’s most sought after, advanced machines that have won an applaudable run of professional cycling events since their establishment in 2007.

The O2 is designed to deliver a ‘high-performance ride capable of satisfying the demands of the fastest riders in the ProTour peloton’ (FACTOR). Its impeccable design, incredible transfer of power, paired with it’s feather-light frame and carefully selected components, ensure ‘the dream’ ride and absolute perfection when it comes to climbing, complemented flawlessly with it’s credible ability to murder a descent. 

The inclusion of ‘Factor Bikes’ to Mummu Cycling tours will ensure our guests’ experience is amplified, as they take to the most iconic climbs across Europe, in line with the world’s most prestigious cycling events. The O2 will have them ‘dancing about the mountains and storming down descents’ on similar technology to some of the word’s best professional cyclists, including the French outfit; Ag2r-La Mondiale, led by key Tour de France contender, Romain Bardet.

The Factor O2 is powered by SRAM Force eTap AXS, delivering the ultimate ride experience with a combination of; the Force Flattop chain, Force crankset and the XG-1270 cassette, featuring optimal electronic shifting. Its incredible 12 speed range will ensure Mummu Cycling guests can use up to 24 gears, providing the dream platform to tackle some of Europe’s most epic ascents with ease!

The Mummu Cycling Factor O2 fleet will be officially launched next January at the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under and from then will be available to ride on all tours throughout Europe. Painted a stealth grey with custom ‘Factor Yellow’ Mummu Cycling features, they’ll be difficult to miss; Fast and easy on the eye.

The exact model was recently revealed and is currently being ridden at the Tour de France by Mummu Cycling ambassadors, Stuart O’Grady and Nick Gates, alongside Managing Director, Marcel Berger. From there, it will be all-go for January! Find out more about hiring a Factor O2 on tour, from our Bike Hire page, here.

Our 2020 Tour Down Under experiences are now LIVE and on sale! Head here to jump on board and be the first to ride a Mummu Cycling Factor 02.