The new Girona? We have a candidate, and the (weather) data agrees…

February 17, 2023
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A look into data: why ride around Treviso when Girona and Mallorca are calling?

Treviso, Veneto, Northern Italy. The home of Pinarello,  gateway to the Prosecco Valley, and at the doorstep of the Dolomites. It's mid-February, the sun is shining and it's 16 degrees Celsius, what more could you ask for?

When it comes to planning a winter trip with the bike, good weather is at the top of the checklist. The Alps are incredible, but good luck trying to tackle any Cols in February. It’s then easy for Mallorca, Girona or Calpe to be at the forefront of your mind. But, we think there’s a new name that should be on the list, Treviso. Let’s take a dive into some data.

Treviso is in the Veneto, a northeastern region of Italy that stretches from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea.

From March onward, the temperature in the Veneto region is ideal for riding. It spans between a monthly average maximum of 14°C (57.2°F)  and a monthly average minimum of 4°C (39.2°F). For Girona the same numbers are 17°C (62.2°F) max and 5°C (41°F) minimum. And for Mallorca 17°C (62.2°F) maximum and 8°C (46.4°F) minimum.

For the sake of a measly few degrees difference, do you really want to miss out on the amazing riding in this part of the world? And, if you wait until April rolls around, the difference is only one degree between Girona and Treviso.

We’ll be honest with you, tackling any of the passes in the Dolomites (just a couple of hours north) requires a bit of caution in the spring but that’s the case at any time of year, and part of what makes riding in the mountains exciting.

Photo by FRANCESCO TOMMASINI / Unsplash

But starting from mid-April the Dolomites  are ready to be taken on. The CyclingHero crew are ready to provide the required support to conquer bucket list climbs such as the Passo Giau or the Passo Pordoi.

We’ve touched on the temperature, but what about the rain? Majorca is indeed pretty dry, especially in the summer months - however there is still a risk of snow, as was the case this year during the Challenge Vuelta Ciclista a Mallorca pro race this year! Treviso has a rainfall that is pretty much on par with Girona, and since moving back to my home region from Berlin in 2021, I can vouch for the drastic improvement over my previous home.

Finally, there is the subject of daylight hours. From April onwards, Treviso is number one in terms of light available during the summer. In June and July you can stay out on your bike for over fifteen hours, if you feel so inclined…

It is undeniably true that the weather in Treviso appears to be less interesting than that of Girona or Mallorca. Treviso weather has only 1.2 million results in Google, vs 1.5 Million for Girona and a whopping 4.35 Million for Majorca. A sure sign that it’s a hidden jewel waiting to be discovered!

Treviso may be the new kid on the block for major European cycling destinations, but why not come and give it a go? You often hear people say that they’d love to go back to the Girona or the Mallorca of twenty years ago, before they became a bit overhyped.

So those are the (not so) cold, hard facts: Treviso is still an unspoiled cycling paradise and you're invited to come and check it out!

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