Tour Difficulty Guide
We rate the difficulty of our tours on a four point scale from easy to hard. Some tours fall in between levels or fit into two levels, with the option to do extensions or take short-cuts, changing the difficulty level. On each tour there is a more detailed description of the difficulty, but below you will find a general guide to what each level represents:
EasyThese holidays have low distances - usually 20-40km (12-24 miles) each day. There may also be a rest day in the middle of the tour.
The routes are predominantly flat and tend to follow narrow country lanes through valleys, or a picturesque coastline. There may be some short sections of climbing - but this will be clearly marked on the itinerary, and will be gentle, allowing you to spin the pedals easily.
These tours are generally designed for cyclists that like to do some leisurely riding in nice scenery, but also to spend time exploring villages and relaxing at the hotel or the beach. These tours are also ideal for a first cycling holiday or for those with little cycling experience.
MediumOur 'medium' rated tours are designed for cyclists that like to ride for a few hours each day.
The average distance is around 35-50km (22-31 miles) per day - although many days will have short-cuts and route extensions to allow you to go a longer or shorter distance.
The routes have flat and rolling sections, and there may be one or two days with a longer climb (this will be listed on the itinerary).
ChallengingThese tours are set in the mountains and will normally involve climbing on most days. The minimum distance is kept fairly low, generally ranging from 55-75km (34-47 miles); however, there may be one or two slightly longer days. There are always optional extensions if you wish to cycle further
The amount of climbing each day (without extensions) can range from around 500m to 1,800m, depending on the tour.
As such, these holidays are designed for cyclists that enjoy climbing and riding in the mountains. The relatively short minimum distances mean that you certainly don't have to be a club cyclist to get the most out of the trip; however, some recent cycling in the weeks before the trip is recommended.
HardAS the name suggests, these tours are hard. They are designed for experienced cycle tourists and riders that want to test themselves. They are set almost exclusively in high mountains, such as the Pyrenees, and are done on road bikes.
Daily distances can be over 100km (62 miles) and you can expect over 2,000m of climbing on most days. As will all our tours, there are plenty of extensions if you would like more punishment!
These tours are designed for cyclists that love climbing the highest and more challenging mountains, and that wish the cycling to be the main focus of the holiday.