More About the Tour
As noted, we have set this tour up to be closer to a support service for independent cyclists rather than a fully packaged trip.
The route will link towns that are nice places to visit along a route that is good for recreational cycling. The average day is about 70 miles and we generally try to go through a town or two that have café’s or other food options.
How will it work
Each day we’ll agree collection times for bags at your hotel and your luggage will be dropped to your next hotel. We’ll give you a quick briefing about the day ahead. The route won’t be signposted but everyone will be supplied with digital route files …if you haven’t tried it, it’s pretty easy to load a course to many Garmin models (or similar products) and then you get prompted at every turn or can follow a map. We are not going to have a vehicle waiting for you at every town and every hill, but if you encounter a problem, then we’ll be able to come and help you.
It is important that you arrive with a bike in good working order and fully serviced. We are not travelling with a dedicated bike mechanic, but we’ll help you wherever we can. We will carry spares and we shouldn’t ever be too far from a bike shop. A support vehicle has to be for the things you didn’t anticipate and we’ll expect you to ride with the essentials that you’d take on a normal day ride from home.
We will run a van of boxed bikes (proper bike box or just cardboard) from North East Scotland and will identify a couple of pick-up points on the way south. If this works for you, it means your bike will depart a day or so before you and will return a day after.
In a world where you can book a Hotel in France, in 30 seconds without trying to remember any High School French, there seems little to gain by adding a middle-man to make the booking and mark-up the fee! Mostly, you can get the same deal as us. Booking a single hotel for all doesn’t satisfy individual requirements, it you want to book the spa hotel or the budget option, then that’s fine, as long as we are all staying in the designated town, that’s easy – your bag will be delivered to your accommodation.