In Situ offers Challenging Bike Tours in Europe, but that doesn’t mean that our bike tours aren’t supported. It’s a common question that we get from prospective guests: Are your bike tours supported and if so, what kind of support do you offer?
On the route every day, you’ll be accompanied by both a trip leader riding a bike and one driving a support vehicle. They will check in with you at various points along the route and throughout the ride. In addition to picking you up if you’re done riding for the day, the support vehicle is well stocked with snacks (sports bars, sports drinks, fruit, etc.), spare bike parts and first aid. Plus, the support vehicle is there even if you just want to stash that extra layer of clothing you needed in the morning, but no longer need in the afternoon.
Many of our guests are used to riding long distances self-supported when they are not on a trip, so the availability of support van is a nice perk. You don’t have to think of it as only the “sag wagon” or “broom vehicle” bringing up the rear.* Rather, think of it as a great resource to have while you’re out biking. You don’t need to carry lots of extra layers or worry about filling up your water bottles. The support van doesn’t just stay at the back, but covers the whole route to check in with you and to see if you need anything. We particularly recommend that people use the van to keep warm clothes available and dry for the sometimes chilly, mountainous descents. After you’ve spent a few hours climbing up the Col du Galibier, it’s a real treat to be able to put on a dry jersey for the descent. It lets you enjoy the ride even more!
* All of our bike tours are GPS equipped and we encourage you to ride at your own pace, with no pressure to ride faster than you want or get in the van.