Have Bike — Will Travel. Top Trips for Cyclists From a Tour de France Vet
George Hincapie rode in the Tour de France 17 times (Photo: Hotel Domestique)
Bicyclists have become a hot new segment in the tourism industry. Cyclists are constantly on the lookout for locales with tough rides, stunning views, cooperative motorists, and good places to eat and relax.
George Hincapie should know. He’s been all over the world as a professional U.S. cyclist. He rode in the Tour de France 17 times, many of them alongside Lance Armstrong (Hincapie writes about the doping scandal and the end of his own cycling career in his new book, “The Loyal Lieutenant”). After leaving the sport in 2012, Hincapie, a native of Queens, NY, went in an unexpected direction: He moved down south and opened Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest, South Carolina (just outside of Greenville).
From cyclist to hotelier: George Hincapie’s Hotel Domestique brings a European flavor to South Carolina (Photo: Hotel Domestique)
“I thought it was such a special place,” Hincapie says of his new home, which reminds him of the European villages he used to fly through during his races. “I really liked the fact that if you took a shot of it and didn’t tell someone where it was, they would guess it was in Tuscany because of the views and vineyards.”
Hincapie’s hotel is cyclist-friendly, but non-cyclists are welcome too (Photo: Hotel Domestique)