Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of bike do I need?
All the trips that I run are intended for road bikes, but you do not need a ₤5000 super bike. And it doesn't need drop handlebars. Or 22 gears. Or electronic shifting. As long as it is in an excellent roadworthy condition and you have the gears to get up the steepest hill on your chosen route any road bike will suffice. 28 mm tyres, or bigger, are useful on many UK roads.
What type of accommodation is used
Unless otherwise stated or arranged with you accommodation will be on a shared twin or double Bed and Breakfast basis. This might be in Hotels or smaller Bed and Breakfast establishments. Hotels where possible will always be 3* or above. Please be aware that the standard of hotels, even with the same star rating, may differ between parts of the same country. Occasionally, and only with your agreement, Youth Hostels may be used. Rooms booked in Youth Hostels would always be private twin or triple rooms and where possible en suite.
How fit do I need to be?
You need to ride a bike regularly, and be used to riding up hills. Although these trips are not intended for complete novices they are also not races, training camps or get to the next hotel as fast as possible trips. A good Winter's training should get you through a LEJOG trip in 14 days. Advice on training can be given. If you've never been on a cycling holiday before a weekend in the UK can assess whether a longer and harder trip might be for you.
How far each day?
Generally expect to ride between 100 and 140 km or 60 to 85 miles per day, with a goodly amount of up - typically 2000 to 2500 m or 6000 to 7500 feet per day. However, book a bespoke group trip and daily distances can be tailored to suit the group.
Do I need Insurance?
Yes. Insurance is compulsory. Your insurance needs to cover you for the specific activity, medical expenses, personal accident and cancellation by you.