|For each of our holidays you should at least have the basic skills of cycling. Also an average physical condition is required.
The most important basic skills include the following:
• Being able to ride in a straight line under varying conditions is the key to riding safely in traffic.
• Practice stopping as quickly as you can to get a feel for how much distance is needed at different speeds and under different conditions. This one is very important when you are cycling in a group.
• Make sure you are always aware of your surroundings. Know what is behind you and watch out for what is in front of you.
• Always make hand signals well in advance of any turn.
Levels of difficulty
Below are the eight levels that we use to indicate the difficulty of our trips to prevent any future surprises. Are you unsure about the level that is right for you? Our professional sales department will help you find your way.
Most Bike & Barge holidays we offer are level type 1 or 2. These holidays are appropriate for anyone with average physical condition and basic cycling skills (see above).
The Bike & Hotel holidays we offer are from level 2 to 8. The length of the stage, the altitude and climate determine the level of your trip. On a hotel-based tour you can choose whether you are going to cycle each day or not. On a round tour the cycle days are fixed. That also is a factor to keep in mind.
(1 km = 0.62 miles)
The lightest cycling holiday, suited for everyone and people of all ages. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.
Quiet and relaxed cycling. Distances to 60 kilometers per day (Bike & Hotel tours: on gently rolling terrain). You spend about 5 hours on your bicycle.
Relaxing cycling holidays with average distances up to 45 km. Short slopes with heights up to 100 meters.
Daily distances to 60 km per day over hilly terrain and low mountain range with occasional steep and longer gradients. Sometimes a short stage with a little more climbing.
Daily distances to 60 km per day over hilly terrain and low mountain range with occasional steep and longer gradients. Sometimes a short stage with a little more climbing. A reasonable basic level of fitness is required.
Steeper and longer slopes than level 5, which require more strength and endurance. This trip has a mountainous character. The stages are approximately 80 km long and have long climbs. Intended for participants with a good basic level of fitness.
Challenging trips. Stages of 70 to 100 km with hills and mountains, every day a good number of altimeters. For the experienced rider with experience in the mountains.
Rides for the trained cyclist with mountain experience. Medium or high mountain stages around 100 km.