A newly launched service will enable cyclists heading abroad to take part in major sportives to do away with taking their bike apart to fit it in a bike box that they then have to lug to the airport.
Velotransfer, a new business set up by keen sportive participant Paul Shields, lets cyclists drop off their bike before the event and have it taken over there for them.
Bikes can be dropped off during a three- or four-day window spanning the weekend before the event to one of several locations in south east England – Crawley, Harlow, High Wycombe, Luton and Wandsworth.
The bike is then checked in and fitted with baggage ID tags and can be tracked by the owner on its journey to the event.
Once over, Velotransfer collect the bike and take it back to the UK where it can be cocllected from the chosen location over a similar three- or four-day window the weekend following the event. The company also provides a kit bag delivery service.
Prices start at £180 return with the main attractions of using the service said to include not having to disassemble the bike and put it back together again, as well as avoiding the stress and worry of taking the bike to the airport and leaving it at the mercy of the baggage handlers.
Velotransfer founder Shields said: “Bike boxes have a place for sure. But, lugging them around airports, praying they arrive off the carousel at the other end and the whole bike disassembly/reassembly process is a complete headache.
“This is a stress busting service allowing riders to concentrate on getting themselves race ready whilst we handle the logistics of getting their bike to the event”.
The first trip will be out to the Paris-Roubaix Challenge in April, followed in Mary by the Mallorca 312 and other events that will be covered in 2020 include the Nove Colle and Stelvio Santini in Italy and – naturally – L’Etape du Tour.
You can find full information and make bookings here.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.