What fitness level or other physical requirements are necessary?
We are in the Cotswolds, so expect hills – although not particularly steep, they do come quite often. Each day is a practice ‘run’ for the next day, so you will find it easier day by day. If you can cycle a little prior to the start of your tour then this will add to your enjoyment.
What type of cycling will I encounter?
Biking is on country lanes and paved roads and off the ‘beaten track’.
Do I need special clothing?
No, but these items of clothing will help make your tour more comfortable – cycling shorts and flat soled sneakers/tennis shoes. Cycling gloves are a personal choice. Bring a lightweight top. Day bags are provided to carry top when not needed, camera etc.
Can you name accommodation prior to booking?
The tours are based on B & B’s and small Inns as this area has no hotel chains, so we cannot give a specific named accommodation. This is determined at the time of booking. We do personally inspect accommodation and some are in historic houses, some have great gardens but all have a warm welcome. Hosts also have a depth of local knowledge. As we live and work in this area we make sure that each accommodation offers a full English breakfast, all have private bathrooms and are within easy walking distance of restaurants, wine bars and pubs.
Could you accommodate our own choice of place to stay?
Remember, websites do not always reflect reality and location of the accommodation – this is especially important when you are on bikes.
What sort of bike?
We use ‘Dawes’ 24/27 geared hybrid cycles that are regularly renewed. We get a lot of feedback on the high standard of our cycles. Cycles are personally fitted to make you as comfortable as possible. Every cycle is serviced before it goes out on tour.