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SV Travel

We welcome you to join us in some of the most incredible riding destinations in the world.

SV Travel offers unique travel adventures on and off the bike with many unique twists.


 

CORSICA

Porto Vecchio, Sartene, & Corte
6 days

September 8 - 14, 2019

 

Corsica, with its Italian and French history and rebellious, independent spirit, feels far removed from the mainland – and it is all the better for it. With 650 miles of unspoilt palm-fringed coastline, a spine of wild, rugged mountains soaring to 10,000 ft., and an almost unlimited choice of challenging, winding roads – not to mention a robust and delicious local cuisine – it’s an utterly seductive destination for cyclists.

Ride the Corsican roads that, thanks to the ideal conditions, have become a standard training ground for professionals, with sublime cliffs and wild forests known to inspire riders to perform at their highest level. We should expect the same on the climbs of our ride, and all will be rewarded as we savor the finest cuisine and lodging the region has to offer.

  • Transportation: All ground transport included and on the road vehicle SAG support.

  • Arrival Airport: Figari-Sud Corse (FSC)

  • Departure Airport: Calvi-Sainte-Catherine (CLY)

  • Guides: Our SV ride leaders will be on the front each day assisting you throughout each stage of this remarkable journey.

  • Accommodations: All-inclusive 3-4 star, charming single and double occupancy rooms included.

  • Road Food & Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner’s included + ride nutrition and hydration, rice cakes and post ride beers provided.

Trip is currently sold out. We invite you to join the waitlist.

 
 
 

 

SO-CAL GRVL GRINDER

L.A. & Catalina Island
6 Days (4.5 ride days)

Thursday, October 17th - Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

 

Studio Velo's expeditionary force invites you to join them on a remarkable adventure to some of the best-kept secret gravel riding to be found anywhere! We'll venture into the remote San Gabriel Mountains behind L.A. for 2-days of steep & deep canyon riding before we hop over to the desert island of Catalina, 22-miles off the coast of Long Beach, for 2 more days of truly epic gravel routes.

Enjoy carefully planned daily routes set to showcase the best gravel that So Cal has to offer in the span of 4.5 days of riding, in addition to the expert care and support SV Travel is known for.

This gravel trip is designed for the intermediate and advanced gravel rider. Daily distances & elevation will average 30-55 miles and 2,500 to 5,000 vertical feet of climbing. Options to extend routes will also be available. You can expect 90% of the routes to be on mixed-terrain, gravel roads, some trail and pavement.


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RIDE A MOOTS!

For this special trip we have partnered with one of the industry leaders in the gravel market, Moots. We are excited to present you with an opportunity to ride a dream bike while exploring the best gravel Southern California has to offer.


WHAT KIND OF BIKE DO I NEED FOR THIS TRIP?

This journey is designed specifically for gravel riding and the support and maintenance of gravel bikes. Therefore, we request you only ride true gravel bikes with hydraulic disc brakes and 700 or 650 wheel sets on this adventure. If you don't have a gravel bike and would like to discuss options, please call or visit Studio Velo; we are the local experts and are happy to help you explore options to properly prepare for this trip.

THE IMPORTANCE OF TIRE CHOICE & GEARING

Most of the riding for this trip will be on fire roads, two track and single track. The surfaces are likely to be dry and loose. Larger tires (35mm -- 42mm) designed for these conditions are a must. We also recommend you have fresh tires on your bike for the trip start. Gearing that affords a 1:1 ratio is also advised. Studio Velo is happy to provide help on tire and gearing choices.

TRIP DETAILS

  • Luggage/Gear: Our Sprinter vans will depart from Mill Valley ahead of the trip. Let us help transport your gear and bikes to and from L.A. The vans will return to SV just after the trip.

  • Transportation: All ground transport included and on the road vehicle SAG support.

  • Airport: Burbank Airport (Bob Hope Airport) IATA: BUR

  • Guides: Our SV ride leaders will be on the front each day assisting you throughout each stage of this remarkable journey.

  • Accommodations: All-inclusive 2-3 star, single and double occupancy rooms included. The hotels for this trip are not luxurious, rather, they will be clean and simple.

  • Road Food & Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners are included, as are ride nutrition, hydration & rice cakes.

  • The trip logistics will be delivered by 25-year veteran trip designer and local Mill Valley resident Brad Sauber. Brad brings a deep passion and many years of experience in facilitating remarkable cycling tours for many notable companies. Brad has spent more than a decade riding on Catalina Island and leading trips in the San Gabriel mountains. His experience and love for this remarkable region will provide us with an outstanding and memorable gravel adventure.

Double Occupancy: $2,350
Single Occupancy: $2,950
Includes hotel, on-road vehicle and guide support, ride nutrition, recovery and most meals (excluding alcohol).

 
 
 

JAPAN

The Southern Islands of Japan
Shimanami Kaido, Hiroshima & the Volcanoes of Kyushu
8 Days

Sunday, May 10 - Saturday, May 16, 2020

 

No place rivals Japan when it comes to providing an abundance of incredible experiences in a small amount of space. We’re offering a unique departure to explore Japan’s longest cycle friendly bicycle bridge system in the world, the Shimanami Kaido. Followed by a remote ride through the foothills into Hiroshima with a visit to the Peace Memorial-a World Heritage Site.

The remainder of our trip sees us travelling further south by the high-speed Shinkansen train to the third largest island of Japan-Kyushu. A mountainous region known for its soaring volcanic peaks, steaming hot springs, peaceful beaches and slow-paced living. We will further explore this amazing island by bike, staying in traditional ryokan inns along the way.

  • Transportation: All ground transport included and on the road vehicle SAG support.

  • Arrival Airport: Osaka International Airport (KIX)

  • Departure Airport: Fukuoka International Airport (FUK)

  • Guides: Our SV ride leaders, and our local Japanese team will be on the front each day assisting you throughout each stage of this remarkable journey.

  • Accommodations: All-inclusive 3-4 star, charming single and double occupancy rooms included.

  • Road Food & Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner’s included + ride nutrition and hydration, rice cakes and post ride beers provided.

Double Occupancy: $6,360
Single Occupancy: $7,200
Includes hotel, on-road vehicle and guide support, ride nutrition, limited laundry & recovery and most meals (excluding alcohol).

Read our 2019 trip recap and view pictures here.

 
 
 

SV:Travel Policy

We strive to ensure our guests have the most flexibility when signing up for a cycling adventure.


 

DEPOSITS

Deposits are fully refundable up to 90 days before the trip start date. Within 90 days of the trip, deposits are no longer refundable.

 

 

REFUNDS

There are no refunds on balance of trip payments made toward the trip within 60 days of the trip start. Once final payment is requested (60 days from the start of the trip) there are no refunds of any kind.

 

 

TRANSFER

You may transfer your payment or deposit from one trip to another up to 60 days before the trip start date. This allows you to retain your deposit and balance of payment towards a future trip with Studio Velo. Once inside of 60 days of trip departure, however, trip transfers are 50% of your trip fee.

 

 
 

Testimonials

 
 
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“When friends ask about my recent cycling trip to Japan, I answer: I went with high expectations and those expectations were exceeded. It was truly an epic experience.”

-- By Anonymous (Southern Japan, May 2019)


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I had a wonderful time! The northern Girona region of Spain is stunning and our daily ride route provided the perfect balance of challenging terrain and rewarding views. Ultimately, it was the people involved that made this trip so memorable - smart, FUNNY, positive, thoughtful, engaging and curious. A very special group. The SV Travel team exceeded expectations w/ this tour, and did an incredible job orchestrating the many elements (group dynamics, home base location, daily routes, menus, cultural activities, hospitality and support) that made the 2018 Girona Trip such a success. The food deserves special recognition -locally sourced, fresh, festive, plentiful, and beautifully presented. SO good! Muchas Gracias and Bravo SV Travel. Looking forward to more adventures in the saddle together in 2019!

-- By Carla Bourque (Northern Spain, May 2018)


Studio Velo trips are the highlight of our year for several reasons. First, impeccable and thorough attention to detail make it a true vacation. We don't have to plan, think, or take responsibility for anything, knowing we can trust the team.Secondly, the camaraderie between guests most often leads to new friendships post trip. Thirdly, discovering new regions and the local culture expands our cultural horizons. Fourthly, tailoring the rides to the groups ability both challenges and expands each individuals ability as a cyclist. Lastly, plain and simple, great fun!

-- Loring Sagan (Southern Spain, May 2017)

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Such a great trip! Exciting, exhilarating, enchanting! We are smitten!

-- Andy Cunningham (Southern Spain, May 2017)


The Ladies MOOTS trip with SV:Travel exceeded my expectations on every level. Not only was the experience of Colorado's mixed terrain on world-class gravel bikes from MOOTS stellar, the SV Staff made participating easy and the entire trip turn-key.

-- Marisa W. (Ladies Moots Trip, Spring 2017)

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The SV team hosted an exceptional trip. The road selections were scenic and had virtually no cars, the food was healthy and exceptionally delicious and local, safety was always a priority. The guides did an excellent job making the trip challenging and enjoyable for a wide range of cycling abilities. The support staff were talented and skilled, including the bike mechanic and massage therapist. I'm looking forward to next year's trip!

-- Nick R. Southern France, June 2018


The France trip is our third SV Travel trip in five years, and we're already looking forward to the next one. As always, we found ourselves at a charming property that, on first glance, seemed more like an intimate destination wedding setting than a place from which to stage epic bike rides. From there, I loved that I could challenge myself on a well-thought-out mix of scenic and challenging rides, knowing that SAG, recovery, great food and wine, great company, and relaxation were all well taken care of. On the road, it was great knowing that the staff had the skills to route around changing weather and conditions, while coordinating and supporting multiple levels of skill and fitness. Even my wife, who doesn't ride, loves these trips for the wonderful dining and company, singular sites and itineraries, local connections, and photo ops that just don't exist in the broader market. Keep up the good work, and we'll be back for another one!

-- Diren (Southern France, June 2018)

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I showed up not knowing anyone and left with a dozen new friends.

-- Brett (Southern France, June 2018)