Things to know for your first cycling holiday

21/08/2019

Things to know for your first cycling holiday

So, you’ve finally gone and done it.

After years of enjoying cycling as a hobby you’ve decided to take the plunge and embark on a cycling holiday. First off, congratulations! Secondly, now that you’ve made your decision it’s time to start taking everything else into consideration.

While our cycling holidays are designed to be as easy and stress free as possible there are always things to remember before setting out.

With this in mind, here are a few things you should know for your first cycling holiday:

Preparation

You might be worrying that you’re not fit enough to get through the entirety of a cycling holiday. Well, don’t worry. You’re not on your own.

But, to be honest, it doesn’t take someone with an extreme level of fitness to make it. You don’t have to be an ex Tour de France winner if that’s what you’re wondering!

Still, it would be a good idea to fit in as much cycling exercise as you can before your holiday, just to get your body back in the swing of things.

Try setting aside half an hour a day a few weeks before you set off and gradually work yourself harder. By the time it comes to leave, you should be at a comfortable and manageable fitness level.

Pack light

When a lot of people go on holiday, they tend to over-stuff their bags with all sorts of knick-knacks they might need in certain situations. But honestly, who needs 3 spare pairs of flip flops?

For a cycling holiday the smartest move is to pack light – we recommend sticking to a medium sized case for travelling and a small backpack for cycling.

Try to stick to the essentials as much as you can: Cycling wear, lightweight waterproofs, breathable tops, comfortable trainers, a reliable water bottle etc.

Don’t worry, though. When it’s necessary we will provide transport for your overall luggage between locations, so you don’t have to worry about carting it all around on your bike!

Travel Insurance

As you can tell from the general gist of this post, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead.

But, it’s also a good idea to plan for unfortunate eventualities you might not expect. This is where travel insurance comes in.

Should you fall ill or injured while you’re away travel insurance can save a lot of time, effort and worry when it comes to taking care of all the related necessities. It comes in handy for damaged or stolen property, too.

So, before you head away, make sure you have any insurance you might need firmly in place.

We offer travel insurance through Endsleigh. You can find out more by checking out the page here.

Research

In all the excitement of picking a cycling holiday it can be easy to get caught up in the moment and sign up for the trip of a lifetime without any in-depth research.

At Freewheel Holidays each of our holidays are discussed with great attention to detail on each of their individual pages.

Everything you could ever possibly need to know is covered. But if there’s anything you think we’ve left out or if there’s anything you’re worrying about feel free to give us a call and we’ll take care of the rest!

Relaxation

Naturally you can expect to burn a lot of calories and expend a lot of energy on a cycling holiday. Heck, it’s what you’re there for!

But it’s also important to remember that this kind of consistent exercise can put a lot of strain on your body, which is why it’s important to fit in some time to relax and heal while you’re away.

Many of our holidays include specific stops at spas and relaxation centres, so you can rest assured your body will be in tip-top condition when you head back out onto the road.

This isn’t everything you need to know before you set out, but hopefully it will serve as a good starting guide.

If you’d like to know anything else about cycling holidays, or if you are interested in travelling with us, feel free to check out any of the tabs above or get in touch here. We’re happy to help!