INTRODUCING SMALL GROUP CYCLES
DESIGNED BY CYCLISTS, FOR CYCLISTS
The routes we are designing are classic, tough and remote, but quite possibly some of the best experiences you'll have on a bike!
These european cycle challenges will be capped at a maximum of 15 participants. Running these challenges with lower numbers means our crew can concentrate on supporting your experience and provide coaching en-route.
how are they different from normal trips?
Lower numbers; these challenges can run with a minimum of 6 people
Route via GPX files; the routes will not be route marked with arrows, but we will supply you with a GPX file for mobile navigation and all routes will start and finish at hotel accommodation. You will also have access to an app which will enable you to see where you are on the route in addition to the locations of key climbs and refreshment stops.
Lunch; there will be no specified lunch stop and therefore you will be able to take a packed lunch (food provided at hotels) and stop at a point of your preference, depending on how you are feeling, weather and location of climbs.
Stripped back water-stops; a roaming vehicle will provide additional water and snacks to you en-route.
Bike courier; we can arrange for your bike to be transported out and back from your challenge. This is included in the trip cost and includes your bike being collected from your chosen address at a specific time and date (approx. 1 week before challenge departure), brought to Discover Adventure HQ before being professionally re-packed and driven out to your challenge start point, therefore saving you the arduous task of transporting your bike via plane and avoiding a higher risk of damage in transit.
CLIENTS WHO ENTER THESE CHALLENGES MUST BE ABLE TO;
- Cycle at least 100miles per day at an average pace of 20km per hour, over an undulating route. Failure to do so may result in receiving significantly less support from the challenge leader
- Completed previous multi-day cycle trips
- Confidently and efficiently fix a puncture by replacing the inner tube
- Confidently navigate whilst riding using a Garmin or mobile phone app
- Ridden a Category 1 or HC (Hors catégorie) climb before and have the right gear set up for this - note, this may mean having a climbing cassette fitted to your bike
- Must be able to carry adequate clothing to cope with mountainous weather - jacket, arm and leg warmers, gloves and under hat
- Must be able to confidently descend using drop handlebars or have their bike set up with secondary brakes