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Cycling holidays for beginners

A cycle holiday does not need to be all about hills, Lycra and sweat. Rather it can be about gentle bike rides on flat routes and with your only concerns for the day being where to buy the next ice-cream and when to top up on the sun lotion.

Who are cycling holidays for?

An easy cycling holiday is for all types of people. You could be a family with young children or a couple who are new to cycling. Perhaps you’re already an accomplished cyclist but you would like a holiday that is enjoyably active. Easy-graded cycle tours have the benefits of only short daily distances or longer days of cycling but on flat routes. Many easier cycling tours will follow river or canal routes along flat paths or towpaths. For example, the Danube Cycle Path offers a cycling holiday that is about as flat as possible so there is no need to worry about exhausting your leg muscles!

The benefits of cycling

A cycling holiday offers the amazing benefit of returning home fitter than when you left for your holidays. Check out our blog about cycling benefits.

Self-guided but signposted

Easy cycling tours will rarely require a great deal of navigation. If you are worried about visiting a new country and exploring on two wheels, the perfect tour for you is one that is easily navigated and regularly signposted. A holiday guidebook will detail each daily route and so you'll find a great deal of comfort in following well-established signposted routes.

Themed cycle holidays

Many easier graded holidays will include a focus each day, such as historical or cultural places of interest to visit. For example, a five-day cycle tour in Scotland on the Four Abbeys Cycleway offers the opportunity to cycle between stunning Scottish abbeys.  The Chateaux and Gardens of the Loire cycling holiday offers seven days of cycling leisurely between glorious French castles and gardens.  Meanwhile, an easy to moderate cycle tour holiday called Gourmet Rioja Cycling takes cyclists on a food and drink adventure in stunning Spain.

Luggage is not your concern

A supported cycle tour offers the bonus off being luggage-free. Your tour company will take your luggage from each overnight accommodation to the next. This leaves you free to enjoy pannier-less cycling, which means you’ll easily cover the daily mileage. Some holidays are based in just one or two places, or uniquely on a boat, such as the Danube Bike and Boat trip, so that your luggage stays in one or two places or on board the boat that you meet at the end of each cycling day.

Take the days as they come

Another advantage of most easy cycle tour holidays is the opportunity to take each day as it comes. You might wake up in the morning and decide that you are full of energy and would like to cycle for many hours. But you might also be keen to spend some days not cycling or cycling for only an hour or so. Most easier-graded cycle tours have lots of flexibility built into them so as to cater for all fitness levels and aspirations.

No need for Lycra

Many people are put off cycling and cycle tour holidays because they think they will need to wear Lycra padded shorts. While padding in shorts is a bonus for longer cycling outings most people will be perfectly comfortable in general sports clothing or outdoors trousers and tops. Stretchy materials are great for cycling but you do not need to be kitted out head-to-foot in tight clothing. Please do tell us about your cycling holidays and tell us your top tips for an enjoyable trip.
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