Cycle Touring NZ: How to Pick a Cycle Tour that Fits Your Comfort Level

How to Pick a Cycle Tour that Fits Your Comfort LevelYou don’t need to be an elite athlete to enjoy a Natural High cycle tour. In fact, on any tour you can ride as little or as much as you like.

Guided road tours always have a support vehicle in attendance, so you can climb aboard whenever you feel like a break. And if you’re independent touring, you can stop and take a breather (or take the afternoon off!) whenever you feel like it.

However, in order to get the most enjoyment out of your trip, we recommend picking a tour that best matches your riding style and ability. We offer tours to suit all levels of rider, so whether you’re looking for laid back and cruisy, or technical and tough, we’ll have a trip to suit.

Here’s a quick guide to the different levels of tours we offer:

1 – Easy
Easy tours are just that – easy peasy. Generally these tours are suitable for people who just want to ride, relax and enjoy the scenery. They cover lower distances per day with fewer hills.

2 – Moderate
Moderate tours cover longer distances with a few more hills thrown in. To take on a moderate tour, you should be able to comfortably cycle for up to 3 – 4 hours a day, on some uneven ground and with some uphill.

3 – Challenging
You’ll want to be a competent, fit rider for these tours. Some days cover over 100km/60miles, with lots of steep uphills.

4 – Difficult
We reserve our top grade for long, hard, gut-buster rides and off-road technical riding on difficult trails. These are for experienced, fit riders only.

Wondering what the NZ terrain is like?
All major highways and many secondary roads are tar-sealed (paved). Unsealed secondary highways consist of gravel and are generally well maintained in popular tourist areas.

New Zealand roads tend to be straight up and over affairs and there are no long, all-day climbs as found in places such as the European Alps. However many of the alpine passes have steep sections.

If you’d like to talk more about finding a tour to suit your ability level, please get in touch. And keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks – we’ve got some brand new tours coming for summer 2016/17 which we think you’re going to love!

Have a great week,