Sports Tours International

Fanatical About Sport

Website: www.sportstoursinternational.com

About

Sports Tours International is the UK’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. The company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking competitors to the NYC Marathon. Into the new century, thanks to a series of acquisitions, the company now embraces international cycling, running, and triathlon events and competitions, sports training camps, charity initiatives and corporate hospitality.

Clients often have the opportunity to participate in events with the pros and are encouraged to “unleash your inner hero.” When it’s not possible to compete, there’s the option to be active spectators along the routes and “watch your heroes.” Cycling events include, but are not limited to, the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, Haute Route Rockies, Vuelta a Espana and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.  Running events include, the Berlin Marathon, Medoc Marathon, Disneyland Paris Half Marathon. Triathlon events include the IRONMAN Lanzarote and the London Triathlon.

Tour packages differ between events but in most cases include; lodging in top quality hotels (upgrades often available), most breakfasts and evening meals, transport in a customized coach, full support for cyclists on guided rides, English speaking Sports Tours International staff, airport transfers and daily transport to the different stages, transfers between hotels, luggage handling and bike storage (if needed) and all hotel taxes.

Cycling Tours and Events

Founded over 40 years ago, Sports Tours International offers the most comprehensive range of cycling tours and cycling holidays.

Trips range from spectating at the top cycling events in the World, to participating in well known cyclo sportives, through to offering training camps and weeklong cycling tours in the Alps and Pyrenees.

See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/event-categories/cycling/

Running Tours and Events

Sports Tours International has been taking runners to events around the world for over 40 years. They have packages available for all 6 of the World Marathon Majors and some of the biggest events in the running world. They are very pleased to offer GUARANTEED entry to many events.

See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/event-categories/running/

Triathlon Tours and Events

Test yourself against all 3 disciplines. Join Sports Tours International for some of the toughest triathlon events in the world. They offer a range of Triathlon events from the IRONMAN Lanzarote based in the world’s number 1 sports and active holiday resort, Club La Santa to the iconic London Triathlon.

See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/event-categories/triathlon/

Club La Santa

Sports Tours International is the Exclusive UK and Ireland Agent for Club La Santa in Lanzarote, an acclaimed sports holiday resort. Designed to be the perfect sports and active holiday destination, guests can do as much as they want, whenever they want, with expert help on hand if and when desired.

Club La Santa was created with the dream of being the world’s greatest playground for active people. A wide variety of sports are included in the accommodation prices so everybody can enjoy the facilities, group classes and entertainment free of charge. All equipment is provided, along with coaching opportunities to help participants take part in the many sports and activities offered in the extensive weekly program.

Training Events

Designed to improve one’s cycling technique with on hand tips and advice from the professions in some of the most beautiful locations in Europe. Whether it is training for an event such as the Etape du Tour, or the desire to jump on a bike and rack up some quality miles, there’s just the right training event to satisfy one’s needs.

Charity Events

Sports Tours International also works very closely with charities in the UK, providing them with event entries and travel services to sports events around the world. It also creates bespoke sporting challenges to assist with charity-related fundraising.  Sports Tours International is the founder and organizer of top regional running events such as the UKFast We Love Manchester 10k, the UKFast City of Salford 10k, the Tour of Tameside and the MediaCityUK Santa Run.

Sports Tours International Customer Profile

The typical customer is a keen sports enthusiast and potentially participates in cycling, running and possibly triathlons at an amateur level for fun or on a competitive level.  Sports activity is the primary focus for their leisure time and they regularly watch and participate in a variety of sports. They are affluent with a high disposable income and enjoy travel. They often travel as a couple or as part of a larger group.

Sports Tours International Company Timeline

  • 1970s
    Vince Regan founded the company and started taking runners to the NYC marathon.
  • 1981
    Involved with the first London marathon, bringing international runners to it.
  • 1980s
    Began strategic relationship with Club la Santa in Lanzarote, becoming their agent for the UK and Ireland.
  • 2006
    Purchased Graham Baxter Sporting Tours, creating the core of the current cycling division.
  • 2012
    Launched Wheel2Wheel Holidays, a new leisure cycling travel division.
  • 2013
    Launched Walk2Walk Holidays, a new leisure walking travel division.
  • 2015
    Purchased Freewheel Holidays specializing in easy cycling holidays throughout Europe
  • 2017
    Launched Whereabouts Holidays, a new cycling, walking and adventure division.

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Contact Information

Head Office: 91 Walkden Road, Walkden, Manchester M28 7BQ, UK

Phone:           (+44) 161 703 8161 Fax: +44(0)161 703 8547
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Sports Tours International Brings Visitors to Excitement of 2018 Vuelta a España Sans Froome and Team Sky

MANCHESTER, UK, Aug. 24, 2018– The wrap-up tour on this season’s world stage of cycling is the 2018 Vuelta a España Aug. 25-Sept. 15, 2018.

“The 73rd edition of this race is perhaps going to be the most exciting Grand Tour of the year as Team Sky is unlikely to dominate proceedings without Froome or Thomas competing. The field should be completely open. However, all us Brits will be rooting for the Yates Twins,” said Ross Litherland of Sports Tours International. “Just imagine all three Grand Tours of 2019, won by three different British Riders”.

UK-based Sports Tours International is the officially sanctioned tour operator for this event and the go-to specialists in providing hospitality tickets and prime viewing experiences at international cycling and marathon events year-round. To partake of this season finale excitement, still available for purchase are

  • 2018 Vuelta a España VIP Hospitality Tickets that for £109 procures one of 20 (except Madrid) stage finishes including, premier views of the finish line, catering and an open bar; or for £1019 visitors can follow the stage in an official car, with access to the Vuelta Village in the morning, viewing of team preparations, access to an exclusive area at the finish line and an exclusive Vuelta gift. https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/2018-vuelta-espana-vip-hospitality-access-tickets/
  • Sept. 13-16 weekend in Andorra to view the final mountain stages. The rate is £499 per person double and includes three nights at Hotel Acta in Andorra La Vella, daily guided rides, transport to the stages, some offering exclusive VIP access, the services of our bike guides and drivers. There are options to add bike rental and an extra night in Madrid to watch the finish. https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/2018-vuelta-a-espana-the-final-weekend-andorra/
  • Enjoy a weekend in Madrid to experience the excitement of the Grand Finish on Sept. 16. Lodging packages with rates per person double range from £129 for Sunday night to £259 for two (Saturday and Sunday) nights in choice accommodations in the heart of Madrid, just steps away from Plaza Colón, city center and all the action. Hospitality tickets for VIP access at a designated hospitality area (Neptuno) are available at £319 per person.  https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/vuelta-espana-final-weekend-madrid/

Thanks to Sports Tours International, fans of cycling can vacation in Spain while the Vuelta is in progress. This company makes all of the arrangements for race packages that combine among others:

  • Ringside views of thrills and probable spills at one or more of the stages.
  • Opportunities to cycle the same routes as the pros and to share in VIP and celebratory events related to the races, including riding the last section of a course a few hours before the peloton, crossing the finish line in front of cheering fans and then standing on the winner’s podium for photo opportunities.
  • Accommodations accessible to various stages of the races.
  • Transportation to and from the stages.

“These cycling events never lack drama, and it’s a sure bet that the final hours of this endurance contest can pump up spectator adrenalin,” said Litherland. “With Sports Tours International’s experienced staff on hand to guide our guests every step or pedal-stroke along the way, visiting spectators are at ease to enjoy the very best of what the 2018 Vuelta has to offer.”

For an overview of Sports Tours International’s commitment to this event, please see https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/sports-tours-international-launch-2018-vuelta-espana-tours/.

Sports Tours International suggests booking event-viewing packages early to guarantee being in the heart of the action. Visitors to Sports Tours International’s website can sign up now to receive notifications about…

For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online: www.sportstoursinternational.com, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling events and triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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Sports Tours International Introduces Epic 3-Country, 4-Week Spring Classics Tour Featuring Europe’s Top Cycling Races and Events

MANCHESTER, UK, July 30, 2018 – Just announced! Cycling enthusiasts can immerse themselves for an entire month in spring 2019 in the world of Europe’s pro cycling competitions by pairing a three-country vacation in April with Europe’s Spring Cycling Classics.

Sports Tours International for nearly 30 years has organized vacations to view this popular series. The 2019 Cobbles and Ardennes Classics Tour scheduled April 5-29 includes viewing Spring Cycling Classics in Belgium, Holland and northern France as well as opportunities to ride portions of the actual race routes in events called cyclosportives.

The Spring Classics jump start Sports Tours International’s 2019 season which focuses on the world’s most compelling cycling competitions such as the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.

Included in the £3500 per person double rate (£1500 single supplement) are 24 nights of accommodations, breakfasts, all transportation and transfers associated with the program, on race day VIP viewing and participation in festivities, bike transfers, guide services, sightseeing, the services of Sports Tours International’s experienced team of cyclists and mechanics with a customized minibus with trailer and roof rack, bike rental (optional) and much more. See: www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/spring-classics-cobbles-ardennes/

Shorter itineraries accommodating some but not all of the April Spring Cycling Classics are also available. See: www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/event-categories/cycling/

Activities for the 2019 Cobbles and Ardennes Classics Tour begin April 4 inBelgium (Ghent), where guests will:

  • ride with Johan Museeuw, nicknamed the Lion of Flanders as he was particularly successful at the cobbled classics and tour a Belgian brewery (‘Huyghe’, home of Delirium beer);
  • visit (with Johan Museeuw) the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders Museum);
  • participate in the Tour of Flanders CycloSportive in advance of the April 7, 2019 Tour of Flanders Pro Race -- including all the famous climbs;
  • witness the start of the 2019 Scheldeprijs.

In France (Roubaix) they will:

  • bike cobblestone routes leading into the Forest of Arenberg;
  • participate in the April 13 Paris Roubaix Challenge;
  • witness the start, some sections and the finish of the April 14 Paris Roubaix Pro race.

Back in Belgium (Leuven, Liege) and in The Netherlands (Maastricht) riders will:

  • join the VIP area for the finish of the 2019 Brabantse Pijl on April 17;
  • ride in the 2019 Amstel Gold race sportive preceding the April 21 2019 Amstel Gold race;
  • experience exclusive VIP access to the Mur de Huy on the2019 Fleche Wallonne (one of three Ardennes classics) that takes place on April 24.
  • join the events of the Liege Bastogne Liege (sportive) Challenge preceding the April 28 Liege Bastogne Liege itself that ranks as the oldest among cycling’s classics, dating to 1892. It embraces the hilliest parts of Belgium, along routes typical of the Ardennes.

Sports Tours International (https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/) suggests booking packages early to guarantee being in the heart of the action and perhaps riding the official cyclosportive with transport and accommodation for the tours, guaranteed entry and support to cyclosportives as applicable.

Sports Tours International has also added two new events to its spring roster:

For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online: www.sportstoursinternational.com, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling and running events, triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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Follow Sports Tours International on Social Media

Twitter:           @sportstoursint

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/sportstoursinternational/

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Instagram:     www.instagram.com/SPORTS_TOURS_INTERNATIONAL/

Media Contact:

For inquiries, interviews and photos please contact Widness & Wiggins PR:

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Tour de France Aficionados Can Reserve 2019 Viewing/Lodging/VIP Packages Online Now with Sports Tours International

MANCHESTER, UK, July 16, 2018 --Tension is thick and the thrills aplenty in the 2018 Tour de France ongoing throughout July in Europe. For those wishing now they could be roadside for the excitement, Sports Tours International has good news.

People can sign up now on Sports Tours International’s website to reserve one or any number of packages that will go on sale soon for witnessing the 2019 Tour de France. Experiences range from riding over the official finish line to start village access, VIP welcomes and receptions and the chance to ride in an official tour car.

The 2019 Tour de France will start in Belgium from Brussels, the capital of the EU and home of NATO and a fascinating fusion of ancient and modern with a beautiful old center mixed with sleek modern buildings. This capital of indulgence – think beer, chocolate and waffles –is where Sports Tours International begins to indulge its guests over the 3-week-long 2019 spectacle.  Coincidentally, 2019 is also the centenary of the famous Yellow Jersey first won by the Frenchman Eugène Christophe when he won the stage from Grenoble to Geneva on July 18, 1919. And it’s the 50th anniversary of Tour legend Eddy Merckx’s first victory.

The first 2019 packages from Sports Tours International are already online and can be reserved now to secure privileges next July.

First up is a July 4-9, 2019 Grand Départ Brussels package including:

  • 3 nights and breakfasts and hotel taxes at a centrally located Brussels hotel;
  • Airport transfers from Brussels Zaventem Airport (BRU);
  • All in-resort transfers to and from the stages;
  • The official 2019 TDF welcome pack and road book;
  • Access to the Izoard hospitality area on one of the stages; Access to the Village Depart area on one of the stages;
  • Access to the Relais Etape hospitality area on one of the stages;
  • Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini;
  • Daily guided bike rides and secure bike storage;
  • Services of hosts and bike guides.

The schedule for these six days calls for:

  • Thursday 4 July, 2019: Team presentation in Brussels
  • Friday 5 July, 2019: Team training day
  • Saturday 6 July, 2019: Stage 1, Brussels
  • Sunday 7 July, 2019: Stage 2, Team Time Trial in Brussels
  • Monday 8 July: Stage 3, (to be announced)

For more details see: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/tour-de-france-2019-grand-depart-brussels/

The Tour’s finale is the July 28, 2019 Tour de France Final Weekend in Paris where spectators can watch the finish of the 106th Tour de France on the Champs Elysees. On this Sports Tours International plan guests lodge for one, two or three nights with breakfasts at the 4-star Hotel Mercure Paris Arc de Triomphe Wagram in the heart of Paris, only a few steps away from the Eiffel Tower where this Tour concludes. Guests enjoy a range of Grandstand seating (some of the most prestigious seats available) and VIP Hospitality packages where they can view the finish of the final stage of the 2019 Tour de France and watch their cycling heroes cross the finish line.

For more details see https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/tour-de-france-final-weekend-in-paris/

And now for the first-time visitors can obtain by email E-tickets from Sports Tours International that include:

  • Tour de France Tribune Elysee – grandstand seats in the official tribune ‘Elysees’ located just after the finishing line on the right-hand side of the Champs Elysees. With the circuit of the 106th Tour de France going farther up the Champs Elysees towards the Arc de Triomphe, this will be a pretty good location to watch the proceedings. 
  • Tour de France Triomphe Package – secures viewing onthe Rive Gauche side, the closest section on that side of the Champs Elysees to the actual Awards Ceremony at the very end of the Tour de France. Located across from the Tribune Présidentiele, the Espace Triomphe is as close as it gets when it comes to Le Final and awards ceremony. 
  • Tour de France Le Berkeley Programme – enjoy a cocktail lunch party in a typical Parisian setting.This is one of Sports Tours International’s most popular and well received hospitality options with the quality and quantity of the very good food. 
  • Espace Rive Gauche – offers front-of-finish-line viewing and high-quality service throughout.

For more details see https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/tour-de-france-paris-grandstand-and-vip-hospitality/

Sports Tours International (www.sportstoursinternational.com) is one of a handful of official tour operators sanctioned to offer VIP packages and services to this event. For 20 years Tour de France has been a star of this UK company’s annual line up of nail-biting, world-class cycling tours. Cycling’s biggest race, Tour de France, runs three weeks every July.

For more information, space availability and reservations please visit online: www.sportstoursinternational.com, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, ‘Our Experience Will Make Yours’, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling events and triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality. With over 45 years’ experience the company has built long-standing official partnerships with all three cycling Grand Tours, all six World Marathon majors and most other popular events. They have exclusive deals with the best hotels in all the best locations, experienced reps on hand to provide support when needed, mechanical and extra feed stop support at many events. Sports Tours International is registered with major trade and travel associations for overall peace of mind, including ABTA, ATOL, and IATA.

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Media Contact:

For inquiries, interviews and photos please contact Widness & Wiggins PR:

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Sports Tours International Heralds World’s Wackiest and Most Unusual Marathons Including in Petra, Myanmar and Nepal

MANCHESTER, UK, June 21, 2018– Sports Tours International creates opportunities for marathoners to sprint in such far-flung places as Petra and Myanmar, and to run and recreate in France -- with wine in hand.

Sports Tours International (https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/) organizes entry fees and accommodation packages for off-the-beaten path, mainstream and sometimes downright quirky international running events.  The company assists with airport transfers, transport to and from race sites for both competitors and their companions, accommodations and more. Here are a few of the company’s favorites when it comes to exotic and unusual.

July 1, 2018 Marathon du Mont Blanc, France takes place when the snow melts in Chamonix, ski capital of France and running mecca.  Competitors and their guests may obtain a three or four-night vacation package to enjoy the events beginning June 29. With the travel package comes guaranteed entry into the 42km, Cross (23km), 90 km and the Vertical km events. 2018 entries are closed; however, interested runners can sign up to receive information regarding the 2019 event. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/mont-blanc-marathon/

September 1, 2018 Petra Desert Marathon, Jordan is a four-night program (beginning Aug. 30) including a marathon or half-marathon in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This challenging desert marathon winds through Jordan’s red sandstone landscape, including past ancient monasteries carved into the mountains.  Extras in this tour package are a starlit celebration dinner and awards ceremony, a guided walking tour of Petra, visa assistance, services of an English-speaking guide, entry pass for three days in Petra, a dip in the Red Sea and some meals. A tour of landmarks (including Bedouin music and lore), a cooking class and a visit to a spa or Turkish bath are optional. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/petra-desert-marathon/

September 8, 2018 Medoc Marathon, France is a mix of costumed runners hoofing it through the vineyards, cheered on by equally colourful spectators in the wings. This year’s theme is “Amusement Park.” The field accommodates 8,500 runners. For this wackiest and booziest marathon, Sports Tours International offers two, three and four-night packages. Guests lodge in a 19th century mansion and explore the city of Bordeaux. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/medoc-marathon/

November 24, 2018 Bagan Temple Marathon, Myanmar includes running a full or half marathon or 10k across a flood plain surrounded by the ghostly stupas of an ancient civilization. Packages for six and eight days here also include guided tours of Yangon and Bagan, internal flights (roundtrip) to Bagan, and (8-day only) flight to Mandalay and (8-day only) day cruise from Mandalay to Bagan on the Irrawaddy River. Optional tours are offered. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/bagan-temple-marathon/

April 20, 2019 Old Mutual Two Oceans (South Africa) Ultra (56km) and Half Marathon (21km) qualifies as the world’s most beautiful marathon as it courses out of Cape Town on the Cape peninsula between the Atlantic and Indian oceans. A world class Expo, International Friendship Run, Fun Runs and Trail Runs complete the weekend of running activities for a maximum field of 26,000 athletes. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/two-oceans-marathon/

May 15-June 3, 2019 Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon, Nepal, the 17th annual, is the world’s highest marathon, stretching from Everest Basecamp to Namche Bazaar. This adventure, first held for locals in 2003, has an international reputation with runners from over 20 nations. A three-week commitment through Sports Tours International includes four nights in Kathmandu, a 14-day trek to the Everest Basecamp where runners acclimatize, accompanied by expert local guides and a full support crew including doctors. The downhill route leads through rough tracks and trails, traveling through the homeland of the Sherpa people. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/tenzing-hillary-everest-marathon/

May 18, 2019 Great Wall (China) Marathon dating to 1998 is now one of the most popular adventure marathons, with runners conquering 5,164 steps on the Great Wall. Sport Tours International offers guaranteed entry to a choice of three events: marathon, half marathon or 8.5k fun run. This marathon takes place on a highly varied course including a narrow “goat” trail, small villages and, of course, the Great Wall itself. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/great-wall-marathon/

June 9, 2019 Comrades (South Africa) Marathon 2019 is the world’s largest and oldest ultra marathon (56 miles). Sports Tours International plans the lodging and assistance for runners and companions over four days at the KwaZulu-Naral Province of South Africa between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The direction of the race changes every year. Finishing this marathon is a major achievement for even a highly accomplished runner. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/comrades-marathon/

Sports Tours International recommends booking race packages early. For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online: www.sportstoursinternational.com, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling and running events, triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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Follow Sports Tours International on Social Media

Twitter:           @sportstoursint

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/sportstoursinternational/

You Tube:      https://www.youtube.com/user/sportstoursint

Instagram:     https://www.instagram.com/SPORTS_TOURS_INTERNATIONAL/

Media Contact:

For inquiries, interviews and photos please contact Widness & Wiggins PR:

Sara Widness: 802.234.6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dave Wiggins: 720.301.3822 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sports Tours International This Fall Lends Helping Hand to Marathoners In Dublin, Venice, Athens and Shanghai

MANCHESTER, UK, May 24, 2018– Four international cities will come alive this fall with the rumble of thousands of international runners jockeying for position at world-class marathons as throngs of spectators cheer them along.

Sports Tours International www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/ reports that more and more people are participating in international sporting events and using them as a chance to explore the world. The company is the undisputed expert in this market with more than 45 years of experience in arranging packages around cycling and running events and competitions worldwide.

“In Dublin, Venice, Athens and Shanghai, we expect to assist hundreds of competitors,” said the company’s Head of Product and Operations Alex de Waard. The UK-based Sports Tours International services an international clientele of competitors whose hearts are set on entering international competitions. Sports Tours International holds spots for clients in coveted events, arranges VIP viewing and perks, transportation, hotels and more.

Following are the four cities where Sports Tours International is giving a professional helping hand to runners who may be competing internationally.

October 28 - Dublin Marathon 2018: Europe’s fourth largest marathon, Dublin Marathon is known for its relatively flat course. In 2017, 21,000 runners took to the streets of Dublin. Optional package activities include a Guinness Storehouse Tour or Private Half Day City Tour. Two and three-night lodging plans with breakfast are available that include the option to buy a guaranteed entry (£65) into the marathon and local ground support. A post-marathon gala at £50 per person includes transportation to the foothills of the Dublin Mountains where the Merry Ploughboy Pub presents a home-cooked meal and traditional music and dance. It’s widely regarded as the best traditional music show in Dublin.For details see www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/dublin-marathon/

October 28 - Venice Marathon 2018: An optional guided walking tour helps explain the magic of Venice before runners tackle this marathon that starts in Stra which is a beautiful riverside town known for its collection of 18th century Venetian mansions on the Brenta Canal.  After passing through Saint Mark's Square and the Palazzo Ducale, the finish line is located on Riva Sette Martiri overlooking the Venetian Lagoon. Activities include a marathon expo and family fun runs. With three nights’ accommodation from £250 per personcome breakfasts, transfers to the start, a pasta party, local ground assistance and reserved seats at the finish zone for all companions. The marathon entry is £65. A (temporary) pontoon bridge goes up the night before over the Grand Canal just for the runners who face 14 little bridges over canals. Wooden ramps are put in place to prevent athletes from running on the steps. The Venice Marathon is an international marathon certified by the IAAF Silver Label. For details see  www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/venice-marathon/

11 November - Athens Authentic Marathon 2018: A three-night program is arranged for runners competing in 10k and 5k events onthe route of the original marathon run of the soldier Pheidippides, who in 490 AD ran from Marathon to Athens to bring news of the victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. Guests lodge at the Airotel Parthenon Hotel in the heart of the old city, where 15,000 runners conclude their efforts. The per person rate is from £239 including guaranteed entry (fee extra) with free public transport pass, a 50% discount in the entrance fee at the Acropolis Museum and many more extras. For details see www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/athens-marathon/

18 November - Shanghai Marathon 2018: Three and four-night programs with optional extensions are available for this 10k marathon. Rates from £449 include accommodation with breakfasts, guaranteed entry (£35) for runners, city tour (Shanghai Museum, the Bund where the marathon starts, Yu Garden and the old town Bazaar), a post-race dinner preceding a Huangpu River Cruise, airport transfers and English-speaking representatives who will be available for assistance. Sports Tours International can assist with extensions in Shanghai or a four-day program in Beijing at £599 per person double including high-speed train transport between the cities, hotel accommodation with breakfast, two lunches, one dinner, a city tour (Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Summer Palace) on an air-conditioned bus with an English-speaking guide, a tour of the Great Wall and Temple of Heaven, transfer from the hotel to PEK airport. For details see: www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/shanghai-marathon/

Sports Tours International recommends booking race packages early. For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online: www.sportstoursinternational.com, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling and running events, triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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Sports Tours International Rolls Out June UK Running Festival – Tour of Tameside near Manchester

MANCHESTER, UK, May 8, 2018– Runners of all ability levels are invited to sprint through time near a Bronze Age burial mound, a 5th century Roman ditch and the ruins of a 12th century castle in a four-day running festival June 14-17, the Tour of Tameside, in Tameside near Manchester, UK.

Sports Tours International (https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/) as the host of the June 14-17, 2018, Tour of Tameside can sort out all of the entry and travel arrangements for this annual celebration of running expected to draw hundreds of international aficionados this early summer. This is just one of a series of events owned and operated by Sports Tours International that specializes in helping runners and cyclists gain entry to coveted global competitions.

“We don’t just take runners to events around the world; we organise events ourselves and our expertise shows. Here at Sports Tours International we live and breathe sport,” said the company’s Head of Product and Operations Alex de Waard, from offices in Manchester, minutes from Tameside. He notes that that there are direct flights from North America to Manchester, the UK’s second largest city.

A variety of running routes and terrains on roads and hills will challenge participants physically and mentally, with all stages carefully chosen to be achievable for runners of all abilities. The Tour of Tameside, founded in 1983 by Olympian and marathon legend Ron Hill, was re-energized when Sports Tours International took over the reins. This running event has been called “The Ultimate Running Challenge.”

The Tour of Tameside begins with a 10k cross-country run on the eve of June 14. The trail takes in two superb local country parks and a variety of running terrain including a steep gradient and long flats on surfaces ranging from tarmac to cobblestones to woodchip paths. A six-mile Hell on the Fell Race is held on June 15 with an evening start that pits runner against the landscape, taking on the steep climb and steep descent – a guaranteed challenge for all ability levels. It ends later that night with a ceremony crowning the male, female and age category winners. The Hero Half Marathon has a mid-morning start on June 16. Runners will cover the 13.1 mile half marathon journey on a trail that parallels a disused railway line. The Tour of Tameside’s finale is the Dr. Ron Hyde 7-Mile Race on the morning of June 17. Afterwards, all runners and their guests will retire into Hyde Town Hall for the post-race presentation ceremony and to toast the four days of running.

Sports Tours International suggests that after this excitement in Tameside concludes that runners and their companions tag on a break to Edinburgh and Scotland in the north, explore Britain’s beautiful Lake District or scoot on down to London.

For details on the event see  https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/event-categories/tour-of-tameside/

Sports Tours International recommends booking race packages early. For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online: www.sportstoursinternational.com, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours Internationalis Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling and running events, triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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Sports Tours International - Pros at Securing Packages and Entry for Runners In Prestigious 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon

MANCHESTER, UK, April 25, 2018– The sports world has created a new breed of migratory bird. These are flocks of male and female marathon runners who descend annually on six international marathons (Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City). While it may be just the elites chasing the cash prizes, everyone else is after the Six Star Finisher Medal given to those amateurs who challenge and accomplish all six of the majors. See: https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/everyday-champions/six-star-finishers/.

This series is the ultimate challenge for those who want to experience an amazing achievement in fascinating cities. But one city stands out from the crowd. More marathon records have been established in Berlin than any of the other majors.  

In past years nearly 75,000 runners in one year alone requested to enter the BMW Berlin Marathon in a field limited to 40,000, advised Sports Tours International https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/.

To assure that every marathoner fulfills the dream of joining the Berlin field, Sports Tours International guarantees entry to marathons requiring individual entries. The company also arranges a variety of inclusive accommodations packages for competitors and for non-running visitors who want to track the drama of such stars as Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge who won the BMW Berlin Marathon in 2017.

This marathon, famous for being flat and fast, started in the Grunewald forest in 1974 and moved to West Berlin in 1981. Over recent years the BMW Berlin Marathon has provided nine world records, including Dennis Kimetto's marathon world record of 2:02:57 in Berlin in 2014. The female course record 2:19:12 was set here in 2005.

The September 16, 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon starts and finishes on Strasse des 17, running past the magnificent Angel of Peace statue and through the Tiergarten district before continuing past the Reichstag at 7Km and the Berliner Dom at 9Km. The field begins to spread out and the race begins to move along quickly where runners can start picking up speed and pace at 12Km while passing the lovely fountain at Strausberger Platz.

The crowds continue to pick up as does the noise, and it’s all supplemented with more than 60 bands lining the route. The course is one big sightseeing loop through one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Guaranteed entries are available with travel packages through Sports Tours International. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/berlin-marathon/

Sports Tours International’s BMW Berlin Marathon tour packages for competitors and visitors feature:

  • Guaranteed entry into the marathon (£130 per entry)
  • 3/4/5 nights at a choice of excellent, centrally located hotels
  • All hotel taxes
  • Daily breakfasts
  • The services of the highly experienced Sports Tours International Team

Sports Tours International suggests booking race packages early. For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling and running events, triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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Sports Tours International Anticipates Banner Year for Amateur Cyclists Thanks to Appeal of Cyclo Sportives and Gran Fondos

MANCHESTER, UK, April 19, 2018 – Cyclo sportives and Gran Fondos are lengthy, challenging, mass participation cycling events that follow the same routes conquered by professional racers. Participating in one provides the opportunity to ride on some of the most notable and legendary climbs and descents in competitive cycling history.

Sports Tours International (https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/) offers travel and support packages to ride in a wide variety of the world’s finest cyclo sportive and Gran Fondo events. They secure entries for many annually over-subscribed events including perennial favorites such as La Marmotte, Maratona d les Dolomites and L’ Etape du Tour. These are also quite popular with North Americans looking to combine a cycling event with a European vacation.

L'Étape du Tour 2018 on July 8 is the only cyclo sportive that allows amateur riders to test themselves on closed roads on the exact same route as a Tour de France stage. It is almost always in the Pyrenees or the Alps and often falls on a Tour rest day so it makes a great highlight in any trip to follow Tour de France’s mountain stages. L'Étape du Tour 2018 takes in stage 10 of the Tour de France, Annecy to Le Grand Bornand in the Alps. Riding out from Lake Annecy will be 15,000 cyclists on a 169km route that takes in Col de la Croix Fry, Col de Romme and an unusual gravel section. The finish is at Le Grand-Bornand, a resort in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France.

Riders and guests will enjoy a festival of cycling over the weekend in Annecy, an alpine town known for canals and cobbled streets. Sports Tours International’s L'Étape du Tour2018 four-day/three-night tour package includes guaranteed entry. The company is one of only a handful of operators who can guarantee entry to the event. The package includes accommodations at a range of hotels, round trip airport transfers from Geneva, overland bike transfer, bike rental and storage, complimentary coach accommodations for traveling companions to witness the excitement, three breakfasts, and, depending on the hotel, three dinners, staff support along the race course and more. Per person, double occupancy rates begin at £549and go up to £699 for four-star accommodations. Self-drive packages are also available. While guaranteed, an additional cost is the actual entry fee to L'Étape du Tour2018. For non-riders, a free coach from Annecy to the finish in Le Grand Bornand is offered with return to Annecy later in the day. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/event-categories/etape-du-tour/

La Marmotte Gran Fondo (French) Alps also on July 8 is an extremely tough event for the 8,500 riders. This is a 170km alpine climbing bonanza between Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez with 5,000m of climbing. The event does not take place on closed roads but there are rolling road closures. The Marmotte is a firm favorite for foreign riders with the field containing just 20% French riders. There are no cut off points enroute.  Packages similar to L'Étape du Tour2018 are available. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/la-marmotte/

2018 Maratona dles Dolomites on July 1 exemplifies closed road Italian Gran Fondo riding at its very best. This event with 8,500 riders is one of the toughest cycling events around, tough not for distance (138km) but for the amount of climbing packed into the route. The climbs are steeper, in general, than both the Alps and Pyrenees! Participants and guests lodge in the Alta Badia area for seven or four nights. Most hotels are on a half board basis with breakfasts and dinners included. Some have spa and wellness facilities.Packages similar to L'Étape du Tour2018 are available. See https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/maratona-dles-dolomites/

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on July 29 forms part of the London 2012 Olympics legacy events for cycling. This is an opportunity to cycle on closed roads around London’s many landmarks and into the county of Surrey. Most importantly for cyclo sportive riders is riding a route that replicates much of the 2012 Olympics Road Race course. Some 20,000 riders are anticipated. The new Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46-mile distance event takes place on the same day as the 100, setting off after all the “100” riders have departed. This is ideal for those wanting the RideLondon experience, without the stress of riding 100 miles. Climbs on Leith Hill and Box Hill on this ride aren’t meant to replicate the exertion it takes to climb in the Alps. The race returns to Central London for a finish on The Mall. Later in the afternoon there will also be a Pro cycling event. Packages similar to L'Étape du Tour2018 are available. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/ridelondon/.

For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online: www.sportstoursinternational.com, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling events and triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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Sports Tours International Presents Line-up of International Spring Marathons Open to Serious Runners of all Abilities

MANCHESTER, UK, April 16, 2018– Sports Tours International lays a world of marathons at runners’ feet in Spring 2018. This UK company’s resources stand ready to link competitive runners with such major marathon hot spots as London, Paris and Rome as well as a few more unusual ones such as The Great Wall of China, Everest Basecamp and Stockholm.

“We are on track in 2018 for our most successful year ever with a big rise in bookings across both the spring and autumn marathon seasons,” reports the company. Here’s the line-up of upcoming events to consider.

April 22, 2018 London Marathon is one of the most popular, competitive and over-subscribed running events in the world.  Sports Tours International does not offer entries to the London marathon but does offer accommodation packages for runners and friends with staff support and transport to the start of the race. A two-night weekend includes city center accommodation, a hotel reception, coach for runners only to the start, and more. This London event represents one of the six races in the coveted Abbott World Marathon Majors. This series includes Berlin, Tokyo, Boston, Chicago and New York City. See https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/london-marathon/

May 19, 2018 Great Wall (of China) Marathon dating to 1998 is now one of the most popular adventure marathons, with runners conquering 5,164 steps on the Great Wall. Sport Tours International offers guaranteed entry to a choice of three events: marathon, half marathon or 8.5k fun run. The company also offers a choice of hotels for five or six nights, airport transfers and optional sightseeing tours. The Great Wall marathon takes place on a highly varied course including a narrow “goat” trail, small villages and, of course, the Great Wall itself. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/great-wall-marathon/

May 29, 2018 Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon, the 15th annual, is the world’s highest marathon stretching from Everest Basecamp to Namche Bazaar. This adventure, first held for locals in 2003, now has an international reputation with runners from over 20 nations. A three-week commitment includes four nights in Kathmandu, a 14-day trek to the Everest Basecamp where runners have a few days to acclimatize accompanied by expert local guides and a full support crew including doctors. The downhill route leads through rough tracks and trails, traveling through the homeland of the Sherpa people. A marathon package includes accommodation, airport transfers and internal flights, guided sightseeing in Kathmandu and services of an English-speaking leader, among others. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/tenzing-hillary-everest-marathon/

June 2, 2018 ASICS Stockholm Marathon is one of Europe’s oldest regular city marathons, this year celebrating its 40th anniversary. Sweden’s capital offers a relatively gentle marathon course which attracts 7,000 international runners from 100 countries looking for a personal best at a large event. There are hundreds of thousands of spectators along the route cheering on the thousands of marathon runners. Stockholm is one of the world’s most beautiful capitals, built on an archipelago of 14 islands around the medieval city center. Stockholm is one third water, one third green belt and one third city. The city is compact, allowing runners and guests to squeeze in a great weekend of sightseeing and culture in addition to the marathon. A marathon expo and pasta party precede marathon day. The event finishes in the 1912 Olympic stadium. Sports Tours International offers a three-night getaway inclusive accommodation and the option to buy a guaranteed entry into the marathon. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/stockholm-marathon/

July 1, 2018 Marathon du Mont Blanc takes place in Chamonix, ski capital of France and running mecca when the snow melts. Sports Tours International offers travel and support packages including guaranteed entry and accommodation in Chamonix center and airport transfers. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/mont-blanc-marathon/

Sports Tours International suggests booking race packages early. For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online: www.sportstoursinternational.com, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling and running events, triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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Sports Tours International Secures Vacations Ringside for Pro Cycling Races Including 2018 Vuelta a España

MANCHESTER, UK, Mar. 5, 2018– Every summer the world’s cycling elite jostle for positions in the three top European professional cycling events of the calendar. The final race, 2018 Vuelta a España, is scheduled Aug. 25-Sept. 16.

The 73rd edition of this race in Spain, like Italy’s Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, is a three-week nail biter during which cyclists devour diverse landscapes in time frames called stages. Each stage performs like a mini start and finish, with drama and ceremonial flourishes that provide fans up-close opportunities to witness and cheer on their favorite cyclists.

Thanks to Sports Tours International, a UK-based, officially sanctioned tour operator for this event, fans of cycling can vacation in Spain while the Vuelta is in progress. This company makes all of the arrangements for race packages that combine among others:

  • ringside views of thrills and probable spills at one or more of the stages
  • opportunities to cycle the same routes as the pros and to share in VIP and celebratory events related to the races, including riding the last section of a course a few hours before the peloton, crossing the finish line in front of cheering fans and then standing on the winner’s podium for photo opps
  • accommodations accessible to various stages of the races
  • transportation to and from the stages

“These cycling events never lack drama, and it’s a sure bet that the final hours of this endurance contest can pump up spectator adrenalin,” said Ross Litherland, Sports Tours International spokesperson. “With Sports Tours International’s experienced staff on hand to guide our guests every step or pedal-stroke along the way, visiting spectators are at ease to enjoy the very best of what the 2018 Vuelta has to offer.”

Following are examples of race packages that Sports Tours International offers in Spain for the 2018 Vuelta:

Aug. 24-30, 2018 Vuelta a España – Málagaand Granada. Over this long weekend guests see and ride the first five stages that include the first mountain top finish on stage 4 with a new Vuelta climb, La Alfaguara.

  • Stage 1 – Saturday 25 August, 2018 – Málaga – Málaga 8 km ITT
  • Stage 2 – Sunday 26 August – Marbella – Caminito del Rey – uphill finish
  • Stage 3 – Monday 27 August, 2018 – Mijas – Alhaurín de la Torre – mid-mountain stage
  • Stage 4 – Tuesday 28 August – Vélez Málaga – Sierra de la Alfaguara – mountain finish
  • Stage 5 – Wednesday 29 August – Granada – Roquetas del Mar mid-mountain stage

The per person double rate is £975 (£325 single supplement) which includes three exclusive VIP hospitality experiences: the cross-the-finish line experience on stage 3, VIP start Village on Stage 5 and VIP finish hospitality on Stage 1; accommodation and hotel taxes for 4 nights at Hotel Barcelo in Malaga city center and for 2 nights in Granada at the Melia Granada; 2 dinners; exclusive “la Vuelta” gift and Sports Tours International jersey made by Santini; airport transfers, transport to and from the stages and bike and luggage transport; detailed day by day itinerary with maps and all event information; daily guided bike rides and stage access for spectators by vehicle and support vehicle and services of our experienced drivers and bike guides. Guests have the option to rent Orbea bikes. For details see https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/2018-vuelta-a-espana-malaga-and-granada/.

Sept. 6-16, 2018 Vuelta a España – Asturias to Andorra. This 11-day vacation package focuses on the stages that will decide the General Classification. Spend three days in the Asturias region with stages peppered with climbs and mountain top finishes before having a rest day. After an individual time trial and visiting the Basque country, there is more climbing with a high altitude visit to the principality of Andorra before the traditional finish in Madrid. The per person double rate is £1425 (£550 single supplement). Hotels in the best locations of Gijon, Bilbao, and Andorra are included, as are daily breakfasts and seven dinners, together with daily guided rides, transport to the stages and the services of bike guides and drivers. There is the option to add bike rental as well as an extra night in Madrid to watch the finish. Exclusive VIP access is included on various stages to make this tour extra special. For details see https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/2018-vuelta-a-espana-the-final-11-days/.

For an overview of Sports Tours International’s commitment to this event, please see https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/sports-tours-international-launch-2018-vuelta-espana-tours/.

“We are the only international tour operator who has official partnerships with the three Cycling Grand Tours and the five Monuments of Cycling. We provide an unrivaled offering of travel options to provide sports fans as well as the travelling amateur cyclist access to a whole host of amazing events throughout the year,” said Sports Tours International’s Head of Product and Operations Alex de Waard (https://www.sportstoursinternational.com).

Sports Tours International suggests booking event-viewing packages early to guarantee being in the heart of the action. For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online: www.sportstoursinternational.com, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling events and triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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