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Last-Minute Gifts for Your Beloved Cycling Enthusiast

By Frantiska Blazkova

It’s almost like that sudden chilling realization you’ve left the key in the door and walked away – Christmas is creepily close and you don’t have any presents for that bicycle-loving freak person in your family or among friends. Here are some last-second butt savers that you can buy online and print out the voucher or booking page in your office or home in no time. The only worry you’ll be left with will be picking a nice envelope and a matching ribbon to wrap it in.

Race entry fee for your semi-pro racer

December is the perfect time to go online and book a starting number for some of the more popular cycling races, marathons or similar cycling events. L’Etape du Tour, Paris-Roubaix Challenge, UCI Gran Fondo Series, Nove Colli or other cycling challenges will be an amazing and, in most cases, unexpected presents for sure. And it can make for a nice New Year’s Eve resolution too. Just go on the respective race’s site and a short search will lead you right to the purchase.

Rapha Travel bike trips

Rapha is known for taking pride in the luxurious aspect of everything they do, ranging from cycling apparel to carefully curated bike trips. They offer a wide range of adventures from challenging point-to-point tours to relaxing weekend retreats with all your needs cared for. There’s a selection of both European and USA countries, topped with Japan. Accommodation, food, mechanic service, guides, and even a sommelier ¬– anything you might dream of on your travels. So plunge into their website and don’t get carried away: you’re booking a gift not a treat for yourself! Also, it goes without saying that some nice voucher for that famed Rapha apparel shop won’t certainly hurt.

Big Mountain rides

For the adrenaline-focused rider, Big Mountain has a huge selection of journeys taking you through the most stunning landscapes all around the world. This is perfect gift for someone who enjoys bikepacking, likes to travel distances, doesn’t mind a bit of downhill and sleeping under the stars. There are also “milder” versions including a yacht trip or exploring breweries in the region.

Headwater self-guided cycling holidays

This unique concept targets European countries and works on the basis of “assisted” bike tours. Headwater experts plan your itinerary, where you move between hotels and hostels every two days with routes going through breathtaking sceneries, being guided by a GPS device while the company takes care of your baggage and ships it between location so you or your bike won’t carry an unnecessary load. You can use the spare days for exploring around or relaxing by the pool. They offer routes for all abilities, ages, and athletic levels.

BreakAway Bike Tour – get a taste of London!

This site offers a bit of an urban adventure combined with good ol’ sightseeing. What you might see in London in the course of days when by yourself, BreakAway tours claim to show you in mere hours. The guides are Londoners through and through and they’re seriously in love with the city. It won’t be just the boring drill of showing you Big Ben and the Parliament building, according to them you’ll be in for “hidden gems, quaint old pubs, quirky history and amazing photo opportunities”. It’s a nifty gift you can combine with that dreamt-of trip to the British capital your significant one or a family member wanted for so long because, you know, flight tickets can also be booked online.

Trek Travel Cycling promises vacation of a lifetime

Their motto is “we’re in the business of exceeding expectations” so your future gift is backed with some strong words. And Trek travel is not just playing around, they were voted the 2016 Travel and Leisure World’s Best Tour Operator! Their goal is to help you create lifelong memories with the assistance of a professional trek team of dedicated cycling globetrotters, world-travellers, and dreamers. You simply choose a location you like, ranging from Alaska to Zion, and let Trek supply you with great bikes, gear, guides, and a customized schedule.

Mountain Bike Reisen – German experts for your cycling trip

To finish off with one non-Anglo-centric website, we offer you Mountain Bike Reisen from Germany. They claim to be no. 1 in the world on mountain biking and we can’t disagree. You simply select a country from their nifty map and see what they have in store for each one of them. So, if the person you plan to make happy with an awesome cycling adventure doesn’t have very freundlich relations with English but German is their cup of tea, head over to Mountain Bike Reisen.