Cycling Mallorca

Ask the Experts: Cycling Q&A

Everyone at Exodus HQ is passionate about travel and adventure. Between us, our experts have visited more than 131 countries and come from a diverse range of backgrounds including archaeology and mountain rescue, to tour leading. This means they have the hands-on experience to answer any questions you may have and can help you when you need it.

Here they answer your cycling adventure questions…

I’m all booked and looking forward to my first cycling trip. I’m excited, but a little nervous! What can I expect?

Andy Ross, Head of Product, says... 

"Lots of fun! On the first day it’s normal to feel a little nervous. You’ll be wondering where you'll fit in terms of speed and fitness, or how steep the climbs are. Remember that it isn't a race - there are no prizes for being the fastest. The idea is to relax and enjoy the country you're exploring, rather than just cycle quickly through it. Our itineraries are designed with plenty of time for visiting the sights, enjoying the views and taking photos so don't miss the opportunity to do so.

 

The group will be on average 10-12 clients with a real mix of ages and backgrounds. Hopefully a sense of adventure and an enjoyment of cycling will be shared by all. And we take care of everything. The majority of our trips feature full vehicle support, so you can make the most of the tasty local snacks and water on board. If any section is too tough for you: remember, this is a holiday. Enjoy it!"

What happens to my luggage when I’m cycling?

Dave Sear, Product Manager, says...

"We’ve thought about this too, so most of our trips feature a support vehicle that accompanies the group. This leaves you to simply jump on your bike and enjoy the ride. And you can leave us to carry your luggage, tools and spares, snacks, water, and should you feel tired – you too! Most people surprise themselves by managing to ride the full route, but it should offer reassurance, particularly if you are a first-timer on a cycling holiday. And, of course, at day's end, your fresh jersey, and evening clothes, will be waiting for you at your accommodation. If you are in any way concerned about your fitness level please give us a call to discuss this - we're here to make sure you choose the trip that's right for you.

Another option is to consider one of our trips where electric e-bikes are available, helping you power up those pesky gradients!"

What’s the difference between guided group cycling and self guided cycling?

Gina Eckersley, Product Manager, says... 

"The beauty of Exodus’ self-guided trips is that you’re fully supported: your luggage is transferred seamlessly from hotel to hotel, and your high quality, fully serviced bike is provided at the start of the holiday and picked up at the end. We’ll send you detailed trip notes prior to joining, and routes can be downloaded as GPX files for many of our trips. You’ll get a puncture repair kit, lock and a pump and fitted panniers for your journey to carry what you need for the days ride. And you’ll be given an emergency contact number to reach us whenever you need to.

Our guided groups have the camaraderie of a group of fellow cyclists and, again, that all important local knowledge: but this time, the guide is with you every mile, helping you to really get the most out of your time away. Groups are made up of like-minded travellers - with cyclists of similar levels of experience on the same departures: and we usually have many younger and older clients in every group.

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For those not travelling with a partner or friend, all departures are available to solo travellers, with specific ones marked as solo departures if you want to be in a group of solos. Travelling on your own is not only possible, it’s encouraged and very much a feature of our guided group holidays. They’re a fantastic opportunity to meet people to share your travel experiences with."

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