When it comes to choosing an adventure, one of the most important things is finding a trip that matches your expectations, achievable and enjoyable.
The below grading guidelines have been carefully constructed based on our cycling experience as well as feedback from our past bike travellers. We consider daily distances, duration of trip, number of hills, technical terrain and support vehicle access.
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VEHICLE SUPPORT / BACK-UP CAR
On the majority of our cycling trips, a support vehicle accompanies the riders. This carries tools and spares, refreshments, your luggage and even, on occasion, yourself. If there is a high level of vehicle support you can confidently book a certain grade in the knowledge that there is back-up should you get tired. Equally, this means that friends or couples of different fitness levels can still enjoy the same trip together.
CYCLING GRADING LEVEL
If you want to push yourself, we can provide the challenge, but most of our cycling tours are exactly that – holidays. In response to customer feedback, we’ve introduced a new grading system to help you select the perfect trip.
The activity level dial offers an immediate illustration of just how challenging the trip will be. Ranging from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days, as there can be a cumulative effect from tiredness on a longer trip, and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day-to-day recovery. The activity levels are equivalent to our previous grading system, so if you’re used to B-grade cycling you’ll be perfectly at home on a Level 3 (Moderate) trip.
Suitable for anyone who enjoys easy and relatively short rides on flat or gently undulating terrain. Ideal if you simply want to explore a region by bike at a relaxed pace.
EASY TO MODERATE
This grade is ideal if you want to enjoy both easy and moderate rides on the same tour. You’ll cycle through flat or gently undulating terrain, with the occasional more energetic ascent.
Medium length rides suitable for cyclists who are used to undulating routes with occasional energetic climbs. Mainly on trails and quiet roads and you should have a reasonable level of fitness.
MODERATE TO CHALLENGING
Combining moderate grade rides with some challenging days in the saddle, this grade is ideal for reasonably fit cyclists who want to challenge themselves.
Longer and more demanding for cyclists who enjoy hilly terrain with some challenging ascents. The routes require a good level of fitness including some non-technical, off-road riding.