Of the various questions that we are asked regarding our european cycling tours, ones concerning the difficulty of the trips are probably at the top of the list. In Situ’s bike tours are labeled as “challenging” because we like to distinguish them from the many other tours that seem to focus first on sightseeing, then on the hotels/meals and finally on the bike riding. To be sure, our bike tours visit some of the most well known mountain climbs in France, Italy, Spain and Germany, but our cycling trips also include LOTS of great things to see, good food to eat, wonderful inns and fantastic places to explore. Our love of cycling puts the riding first, but we always make sure to include enough “off the bike” time to allow our guests to soak up the local culture, try new foods, discover a village market, get a massage or simply relax poolside at the hotel.
On every bike tour, the routes are supported. Our support van is fully stocked with snacks, sports drinks and spare bike parts. And in addition, the van is there in case any guest wants to shorten their daily ride by hopping in and being shuttled for the rest of the route. We remind our guests that our bike tours are neither a race nor a competition. They are a vacation that is meant to be fun and rewarding. If you’re physically not feeling up to it on any particular day, you’re invited to join us in the van and rest up for the following day. There’s never any pressure to ride more than you’d like to or faster than you want to.
So with regards to how “serious” one needs to be to join on of our cycling tours, the simple answer would be that one should enjoy cycling, enjoy the physical challenges that riding can present to oneself and look forward to the adventure of biking in some of the most famous cycling regions in Europe!
Guests (past, present or future) are always welcome to talk to us about our bike tours. Give us a call or simply email us your questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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