I don’t cycle regularly – how fit do I need to be?

All the holidays in this brochure can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Obviously some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you haven’t cycled for a while, re-acquainting yourself with two wheels will better prepare you and add to the enjoyment of the holiday. Do let us know if you have any medical conditions we should be aware of, and check with your doctor if you have any concerns.

I’m concerned about the distances.

The cycling distances on our holidays vary from 15 miles to 48 miles. This translates to 2-5 hours’ cycling time. On each cycling day there’s always time to stop and enjoy the sights and scenery en route, start late or arrive early. Many of our itineraries have average cycling day distances of 20-25 miles, and include ‘rest days’ when you can enjoy other activities. Of course if you are a regular cyclist who relishes a challenge there are more demanding tours with greater distances and daily cycling in many instances. The choice is yours !

What do I wear for cycling?

Very much dependent on the season but the emphasis is on comfort. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Dress in layers so you can add or remove clothing easily according to the conditions.

What else should I bring with me?

Daytime clothes for sightseeing and other activities on non-cycling days, casual evening clothes, a fleece, swimwear and swimming towels, sun creams and a sun hat. Please do not bring valuable items for transportation, and we ask that you limit your luggage to one medium-sized suitcase per person.

What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route?

Your bicycle is well-maintained and given a thorough check before you set off, so you are unlikely to have any problems. However, if a problem occurs with the bike or anything else which you can’t fix yourself, your tour host or representative is on the end of a phone and will come to your aid as quickly as possible.

What happens to my luggage whilst i'm cycling?

Whilst you are cycling, your luggage will be transported to the next hotel by one of our tour representatives. Your luggage will be waiting for you one you arrive at the hotel.

I'm on my own - Which holidays are best for me?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group 'vibe' continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you're visiting.

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