Grading Information

We try to grade the tours to give you an idea of how they compare in terms of difficulty. Whilst this gives a good indication of what a tour is like, every tour is individual so feel free to give us an email about what you’re looking for as we are more than happy to assist.

Guided road tours always have a support vehicle. Off road or mountain bike tours can not be supported all the time so pick your grade carefully.

1 – Easy

Easy tours are just that, easy. Generally these tours are suitable for cyclists seeking an easy cycling experience who just want to ride, relax and enjoy the scenery. They cover lower distances per day with not as many hills.

2 – Moderate

Moderate tours have some longer distances with a few more hills. You’ll probably ride once or twice a week at home and require a good level of fitness. On the guided road rides, there is always a support vehicle so you can climb on board when you spy that big hill on the horizon or you just want to take a break and relax.

3 – Challenging

We’d suggest you ride 2 – 3 times a week in preparation for these tours. Some days cover over 100km/60miles  meaning you will need to be fit and a more experienced cyclist. As always on the guided road tours, there is a support vehicle so if you want an extra rest day or you are having an off day there is always the option of making sure the driver isn’t falling asleep by getting a free commentary!

4 – Difficult

We reserve our top grade for those long hard gut busters and off road technical riding on difficult trails.  You will need an excellent fitness level.  If you love the thought of that then sign up now!

 

Guide to Determining Your Fitness Level

  • Reasonable (exercise occasionally for up to 1 hour)
  • Average (exercise regularly 1-3 x week up to 1-2 hours)
  • Good (exercise regularly for 2-4 x week for 2+ hours)
  • Excellent (exercise regularly/daily up to 4-5 hours comfortably)

 

For tours graded easy / introductory. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and we suggest 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for the three months leading up to your trip.

For tours graded moderate. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and we suggest 60 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for the three months leading up to your trip.

For tours graded moderate to challenging. You will need a good level of fitness and we suggest 90 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for the three months leading up to your trip.