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CYCLING HOLIDAYS...

Cycling holidays are becoming increasingly popular & cycling is the ideal way to see any country.

Supported cycling holidays have become very popular. The level of support can range from simply maps, advice and accommodation - right up to full vehicle support, carrying luggage, bikes and tired bodies if neccessary!

Or you can just pack up your bike, look at a map... And go.

Cycling Holidays in the UK

The UK has a great variety of beautiful countryside and is just the right scale for cycling holidays; villages, cafes, pubs, quaint oddities and ruined castles seem to arrive every few miles!

The ancient network of lanes and byways in the UK are perfect for a cycling holiday...
Quiet roads are still easy to find, holiday accommodation and food can also be easily found in all but the most remote areas.

Marked cycle routes like the Coast to Coast ride (part of the Sustrans National Cycle Route Network) make route finding easy and have attracted cyclist friendly facilities along the way. These can form a good basis for a cycling holiday.

More remote areas like Scotland, Wales, the Pennines and the Lake District have dramatic, breathtaking scenery and challenging climbs to test your fitness.
The flatlands of East Anglia and the Vale of York make for pleasant, less strenuous cycling holidays.

 

Cycling Holidays Abroad

Further afield, France, Belgium, Holland and the rest of Europe are just a ferry or Eurostar ride away.

A cycling holiday or bicycle tour in Europe will open your eyes to how cyclists should be treated!

France and Italy are the spiritual homes of recreational cycling. The French Alps are a very popular holiday destination for road cyclists and mountain bike riders but maybe best appreciated by those fit enough to enjoy the uphill scenery.

Every winter, thousands of riders have cycling holidays in Majorca. Pro Cycling Teams also use the island for winter training camps. Majorca has really geared itself up to cater for cycling holidays.


Travelling by car you are separated from the environment.
On a cycling holiday the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside are right there with you (the smells bit can be a problem!).

You can cycle lightweight or load up the bike with tent and panniers.
If you have not tried cycle touring before, a weekend away is the perfect way to try it out before taking the plunge with a longer cycling holiday!


  WHAT TO WEAR...CYCLE CLOTHING

   HOW TO CARRY YOUR STUFF...CYCLING BAGS

  

The Benefits Of Cycle Tourism

A cycling holiday is not only beneficial to the rider, it also benefits the economy of local communities.
A survey in the UK's Peak District National Park found that those cycling while on holiday in the Park spent an average of 25 per person per day. The average spend of a car-borne (or other) day visitor was just 7.30 a day. This is because cyclists have to shop locally, whereas drivers can buy in a lot of their provisions before leaving home and carry them in the car.

Cycle Touring Checklist

For those riders planning their first cycling holiday, here is a an idea of some of the stuff that you might want to pack.
All of it is optional; some cycle-tourists carry only a toothbrush and a credit card!
Some of the items listed are only for cycle-campers, some can be considered luxuries but some could save you pushing your bike for miles in search of a bike shop when you should be enjoying your cycling holiday!

Pack it all and you could stay away for months. You decide...

Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Mat
Tent / Tarp
Torch with extra bulb and/or Candle Lantern

Kitchen:
Stove & Fuel Bottle
Cooking Pot, Lid & Cleaning Pad
Knife, Fork, Spoon, Bowl & Cup
Lighter or Waterproof Matches
Swiss Army Knife

Bathroom:
Tooth brush/paste
Soap (biodegradable, multi-purpose)
Shampoo
Small Towel
Toilet Paper in a ZipLoc bag
Brush/Comb
Sewing & First Aid Kit
Sunscreen
Insect Repellent

Personal:
Cycling Shorts
Cycling Gloves
Helmet
Sweater
Socks
Trousers
T-Shirts
Rainwear
Cycling Shoes
Sandals
Sunglasses
Purse/Money Pouch
Camera
Notepad & Pencil

Toolbox:
Spare tube
Tyre levers
Puncture Repair Kit
Pump
Bike Spanner
Small adjustable spanner
Screwdriver(s) (make sure it fits all screws)
Pliers (small)
Allen keys as applicable
Utility knife
Spoke Key
Freewheel tool
Chain Splitter
Spare brake & derailleur cables
Old dishrag
Misc. nuts and bolts
Chain oil
Small Roll of gaffer tape
Zip Ties
Solar AA-Battery Charger
Spare spokes (can also be used for roasting sausages)
35 mm film container with grease
LED lights for front and back of your bike

That might sound like a lot but you'll be surprised how small it can pack down!
I use a front low-rider rack with panniers, a rear pannier rack which carries tent, sleeping bag, a Carradice racktop bag and one pannier for discarded clothing, waterproof cycling jacket and spare food etc. .


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