If you’re thinking of getting away with your bike, make sure you put some thought into choosing the right trip. Check out these ideas on how to make the most of a bike-based holiday…
What’s it for?
Before you fork out your hard-earned cash for a cycling break, you need to be clear in your mind about what you want to get out of it. With so many options on offer nowadays there’s a plethora of choice available to you. Are you going away to use it as hardcore pre-season training? Do you want to mix training with relaxation? Are you looking for a mid-season multi-day challenge to test you to the limit?
Most people tend to embark on cycling holidays with a partner or as part of a larger group. We cyclists are a social bunch after all. If there are a few of you, arrange a group ride one weekend before you book and have a discussion at one of your cake stops. It’s important that all abilities within your group are covered by the trip’s itinerary, as each person wants to take something from it. There’s no point paying a fortune to be held up, or be so close to the limit every day that you can’t remember it.
Home or away?
Budget airlines have made travelling to European countries much more affordable and we wouldn’t be surprised if you’re tempted to escape to warmer climes and take on some of Europe’s big-name climbs. But remember that the UK has some of the most beautiful scenery for cycling in the world and it’s cheaper and a lot less hassle to put your bike on the car or train than it is on a plane. The one thing you can’t rely on, though, is the weather...
Finding the best deal for your cash is easier than it’s ever been, thanks to our trusty high-tech friend the internet. You can book the individual components of your trip yourself, or make use of one of the many tour operators now specialising in cycling holidays. They’ll take care of every minor detail from mechanical support to energy products. Have a look at www.cyclebreaks.com, www.macsadventure.com and www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk.
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