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 excellent condition and you have the gears to get up the steepest hill on your chosen route any road bike will suffice. 28 mm tyres are useful, particularly in Corsica or on 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 and between countries. Occasionally, only with your agreement and limited to UK trips, Youth Hostels may be used. Rooms booked in Youth Hostels would always be private twin or triple rooms and where possible en suite.
Bikes and Bags
On all European trips bikes and bags can be taken out and bought back for you, meaning you can travel with hand luggage only on flights. Collection and drop off would be from a mutually convenient location close to the motorway as I travel down the country from the Lakes to Channel Ports. This may be several days before a trip starts and you will get your bike and bags back a couple of days after the trip finish date.
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 the Alps in 8 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 in the Alps, Pyrenees or Corsica - typically 2000 to 3000 m or 6000 to 9000 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, repatriation, personal accident and cancellation by you.