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Packing for a Cycling trip

Posted on January 25, 2014 by

What to pack?
Travelling light is key!

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A cycling holiday is all about comfort. If you have 2 pairs of good quality cycling shorts these are the first things to pack. Certainly for moderate or challenging trips it is a necessity. However, for easier or more leisurely cycling, a few pairs of comfortable regular shorts are more than adequate. After that it is all about layers and so a few T-shirts and warmer sweatshirts/fleeces is perfect.

Cycling gloves may not be for everyone but ardent cyclists will have them. For easy and leisurely trips, this is a personal choice but I think it is important to protect your hands over the course of the week.

The weather can change so do take a waterproof jacket. And, top tip, if it is raining keep a plastic bag handy and when you take a break use it to cover your seat so that you have a dry bottom for the rest of the ride! Bliss!

For sunny days sunglasses and high factor sun cream are essential. Don’t forget to pack a scarf to protect your neck when cycling and take a hat to wear when sightseeing.

Remember, on an organised cycling holiday you have a spacious pannier on your bike to pack your valuables and anything you need for the days ride.

Little extras:
Nowadays you can find small hand sized binoculars and these are always a nice extra to have. Also, rather than bringing your big SLR camera, it is great to have a small compact pocket sized camera that you can whip out to catch that unique scene. Finally a plug adapter for recharging phones, camera, Ipods etc. is a must.



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Our easy cycling holidays offer short daily rides on mostly level terrain. A typical day’s ride will take 2 – 3 hours at a leisurely pace and the remainder of the day will be free for you to explore further or simply relax. These rides are particularly recommended for newcomers to cycling holidays and for families.

Our leisurely cycle holidays will suit those who are reasonably fit through regular exercise of one kind or another – not necessarily cycling. On the whole, the terrain will be level but there may also be a few small hills to contend with along the way too. Daily rides will typically take around 3 – 4 hours to complete.

Our moderate cycle holidays are for regular cyclists, who are used to longer rides with regular climbs. A good level of fitness is needed and you can expect to be in the saddle for between 4 and 5 hours each day.

These holidays are for seasoned cyclists who cycle long distances regularly and who enjoy the thrill of long days in the saddle. There will undoubtedly be some challenging climbs along the way and you can expect to cover between 55 and 75 miles each day.

Simple 2 star hotels, pensions inns and B&Bs. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

Typically a mix of good quality 2 & 3 star hotels and in some cases all 3 star hotels. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

A mix of 3 and 4 star hotels & or in some cases excellent 3 star hotels.

High standard properties offering well-appointed guest rooms and good facilities. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

Basic: Cabins with bunk beds and shared facilities.

Simple: Cabins with bunk beds and en-suite facilities

Comfort: Twin bedded cabins and en-suite facilities.

Superior: Well appointed en-suite, twin cabins.

Deluxe: Very high levels of comfort & service. All cabins are en-suite.

theme-icon-familyFamily: Cycling holidays that are suitable for families.

theme-icon-riversRivers & Lakes: Cycling holidays alongside rivers and/or lakes.

theme-icon-coastalCoastal: Cycling holidays that follow a coastline.

theme-icon-wineWine Lovers: Cycling holidays through well known wine regions.

theme-icon-gastroGastronomic: Cycling holidays through regions renowned for their cuisine.

theme-icon-ebikeE-bikes: Cycling holidays where e-bikes are available as well as regular bikes.