Cycling holidays provide you with the opportunity to explore new destinations, locate hidden gems and make new friends with fellow bike enthusiasts.
Cycling also offers a fantastic form of exercise and is an eco-friendly way of travelling around. Here are a few tips on how to organise a cycling holiday in the UK.
Decide a destination
Making the all-importance decision of where you’d like to go on your cycling holiday can be difficult. Firstly, work out how many people you’ll be travelling with, consider how long you’ll be going for and decide what activities you want to do on your trip.
There are several cycling routes in the UK, including Snowdon in Wales, the Jurassic Coast in Dorset and the Cheshire Cycleway. You’ll certainly be spoiled for choice.
Choose the right bike
Once you’ve decided where you’re headed, you’ll need to make sure you have the correct bike for the route you have in mind.
Touring bikes are similar to road bikes in that they can travel long distances whilst withstanding heavy loads. They’re perfectly designed for long days out, delivering both practicality and comfort for the rider.
Gravel road bikes are extremely versatile and are ideal for all-rounders, especially if you’re looking for a fast road bike that can tackle off-road excursions.
Make a travel plan
Research the places you will be visiting beforehand so you can work out your route and which roads you’ll be travelling on. That way, you can analyse the conditions, as well as how long you’ll be taking on each road.
Plus, learning about each of the locations you’re visiting means you can find out about the activities, places to eat and other tourist hotspots.
You must stay extra careful whilst cycling, especially if you are crossing cities. Watch out for other road users, too – if you get hit by a car, you might be able to file a personal injury claim with a specialised lawyer if the accident wasn’t your fault.
Organise your luggage
Try to organise your luggage so it won’t affect you whilst you’re on the road. Many people prefer to use rucksacks, as they typically have a slot for a drinking bladder. There is a range of options available on the market, so you’ll be sure to find one that suits your needs.
Panniers sit on either side of your bike to ensure the large load is well-balanced. You can ride comfortably as the bag is attached to your bike instead of your back.
If some of your routes involve you having to take the train, be sure to check for any rail strikes or train times ahead of time to avoid getting caught out.