SMALL GROUP CYCLE CHALLENGES
DESIGNED BY CYCLISTS, FOR CYCLISTS
The routes we have designed for this series are classic, tough and remote... but quite possibly some of the best experiences you'll have on a bike!
These special 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: instead of route-marking with our famous orange arrows, we supply a GPX file for mobile navigation. An app will also show the route with useful information such as your position and key climbs.
Lunch: you will be free to stop for lunch when it suits you, and a roaming vehicle will provide additional water and snacks en-route.
Bike courier: your bike will be collected, professionally packed for transit, and driven to the challenge start point. This saves you time and hassle, gives you greater flight choice, flexibility to stay on longer, and avoids the risk of damage in transit.
CLIENTS WHO ENTER THESE CHALLENGES MUST BE ABLE TO:
- Cycle at least 160 km per day at an average pace of 20 km per hour, over an undulating route. The crew on this cycle will position themselves at the mid-point of the group (following the average pace) and as much as they will endeavour to support you, they cannot be in two places at once, so it’s important that you can keep up and hold your own on the cycle
- Be self-sufficient on this ride -you'll be pleasantly surprised with the amount of support you will still receive.
- 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