Cycling Holiday Grades
Our trips are graded by activity levels. If you want to push yourself, we can provide the challenge, but most of our cycling holidays are exactly that – holidays. In response to customer feedback, for 2014 we have introduced a new grading system to help you select the perfect trip.
The activity levels range from 1 (Leisurely), through to 7 (tough). The grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skills required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative effect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery. The activity levels are equivalent to our previous grading, so if you’re used to B-grade cycling you will be perfectly at home on a level 3 (Moderate) trip. If you have any specific questions, contact one of our sales team before booking. For the 2014 grading (which also appears in the brochure), please download this document. This correlates to the old grading system explained below
If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on 0845 863 9626, or email us.
Leisurely (Grade A)
If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise then these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. Unfortunately no routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50 kms (32 miles), often any longer days are optional.
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Moderate (Grade B)
Most people who enjoy a weekend riding on either trails or roads at home will enjoy a B-grade trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. B-grade off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances on road trips rarely exceed 70 kms (43 miles) per day.
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Challenging (Grade C)
For any ride at this level, fitness is important. C-grade trips require confidence in your own ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is preferable, but not essential, for C-grade off-road trips as they will involve some technical riding.
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Tough (Grade D)
At this level previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must. These routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off-road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!
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Split and Optional Grades
In order to provide a more accurate cycle holiday grading system, where a cycling trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or split grade, for example A/B. Clearly, conditions may differ from region-to-region or month-to-month and as such the information given on these pages is designed to act as a guide to your cycling holiday only. In all cases you should refer to the Trip Notes for further details.