of a holiday indicates how fit and strong you need to be to enjoy it, to
complete each day with time for unhurried refreshment stops, a little
sightseeing, to take photos… and arrive in time to relax before dinner.
Regardless of grade, our tours are meant to be a holiday, not a trial of
endurance! The occasional day may be longer, but an average day should include
some spare time, providing you choose an appropriate grade.
Grade of holiday
Min–Max average for 70kg rider
1 – Very
Tours at this level never require you to carry more on
the bike than you would for a day-ride.
2 – Leisurely
Our first two grades are good for new and occasional
cyclists, as well as those with more experience who know their limits or
simply don’t want to work too hard on holiday!
3 – Leisurely
Not too demanding for most regular cyclists, even if
you haven’t toured before.
4 – Moderate
Experience of riding all-day, every day is advisable
at this level.
5 – Moderately
In addition to touring experience, you should be happy
to ride up steep (10%) hills.
6 – Energetic
To enjoy tours at this level you should to be able to
tackle anything on tarmac roads, albeit slowly.
7 – Very
You are also capable of a fair turn of speed and frequently
ride long distances.
8 – Athletic
If other experienced cyclists describe you as a strong
rider, you should enjoy these holidays.
9 – Very
At this level you probably race a bit, or ride
Audax/sportives, or simply tour a lot!
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