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Cycle Myanmar (Burma)

Cycle around Myanmar (Burma) and the mystifying Thousand Temples of Bagan



At a glance

* 10 days cycling with full vehicle support
* 95% tarmac, 5% unsurfaced sections
* Route mostly backroads and a few main roads with minimal traffic
* Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 years
* 13 nights hotels

Cycle around Myanmar (Burma) and the mystifying Thousand Temples of Bagan

In the words of Kipling, ‘this is Burma and it is unlike any land you know’.
This may be even truer today when we arrive on two wheels in Bagan, one of
Asia’s holiest cities, giving you the chance to explore this cultural nerve
centre of a country only recently emerging from international isolation. Our
route takes us to the tranquil Inle Lake with its famous lake-side markets,
the striking countryside of the Shan Highlands and the central plains around
Mandalay. The key sites are joined up by some fantastic rural cycling in the
more remote areas where tourists are still very much a novelty and villagers
will be keen to greet you on your cycling adventure.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts and 1 dinner
* All accommodation (see below)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts and 1 dinner included.

Myanmar’s food is a diverse blend of Chinese, Indian and South East Asian
influences, with many regional variations of their ‘standard’ dishes. Rice is
at the core of most Burmese food, and good vegetarian food is widely
available, curries are very common as are noodles and soup. In the bigger
hotels and cities and at Inle Lake western food is available. Vegetarians are
well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary
requests. Please note that in Myanmar the availability of certain specialised
products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or
non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary
items from home. You may find it beneficial to bring some ‘cycling snacks’
with you from home; high energy snacks are not readily available locally. For
snacks and drinks during the rides, a kitty is normally arranged by the tour
leader (see extra expenses).

On Day 10 we include a meal at Sanon Restaurant and Training School where
they do great work training disadvantaged youths in hospitality skills (and
the food is delicious).

Start destination: Yangon

End destination: Yangon

Cycling profile

Day 1

Start Yangon. The huge Bogyoke market is worth a visit with food, clothing
and handicrafts all on sale (closed on Mondays and public holidays), or visit
the historic Strand Hotel which was often visited by the likes of Rudyard
Kipling and Somerset Maugham. There will be a welcome briefing this evening
with an optional group dinner at a local restaurant.
*Grand United Hotel or similar*

Day 2

A short flight takes us to Heho, the gateway to the impressive Inle Lake. We
then drive to Nyaungshwe our base for exploring the lake and its
surroundings.The Shan Hills flank the lake on both sides, with villages on
stilts, inhabited mostly by the Intha people (meaning sons of the lakes).
After getting set up with our bikes we will have a short warm-up ride to
visit a local vineyard for some wine tasting. Cycle approx. 15km.
*The Nyaung Shwe City Hotel or similar*

Day 3

Today begins with a ride to Inthein on the western banks of the lake, this
intricate pagoda complex has hundreds of Shan style stupas clustered together
on the hillside. Following years of decline, and with the forest reclaiming
the site, walking around and through it makes you feel like Indiana Jones. In
the afternoon we cruise on the lake passing cottage industries, and visiting
the lakeside markets (if possible). We will see the famous leg-rowing
fishermen casting their nets in the lake – this technique of standing up
holding a long paddle in one hand and their leg wrapped around the paddle
lower down leaves the fishermen free to cast their conical fishing nets. This
unique style evolved as the lake is covered by reeds and floating plants
making it difficult to see above them while sitting.
There is a lakeside market that rotates through five different sites around
the lake. Here the locals come to sell their traditional wares early in the
morning and return to their village in the afternoon. The market serves most
common shopping needs and depending on its location, we may be able to visit
it. Cycle approx. 54 km.
*The Nyaung Shwe City Hotel or similar*

Day 4

Heading out on our bikes to visit the villages that surround the lake and the
dense farmland, our ride is undulating and on quiet roads. We cycle around
the edge of the lake towards Intha minority group villages passing rice
paddies, sugar cane, traditional wooden houses and colourfully-dressed
villagers. We will stop en route at villages and see what is being made and
harvested depending upon the time of year. Proceeding to the village of
Inpawkhone, famous for its traditional silk weaving from the stems of lotus
flowers, a time-consuming process that results in high-quality materials, we
will observe weaving techniques before visiting a cheroot factory where
cigars are rolled by hand. Time-permitting we will also visit a boat-making
workshop to learn about this key lakeside industry. We will then return to
Nyaungshwe. Cycle approx. 31km.
*The Nyaung Shwe City Hotel or similar*

Day 5

Making our way towards the Shan Highland there are a couple of tough uphills
at the start of the day. Continuing through rolling hills we will stop and
refuel at regular intervals. The last stretch of today’s journey is the most
scenic as we near Pindaya with Pa-Oh and other tribes working in the fields.
After checking into our hotel we visit Pindaya caves, exploring its caverns
and tunnels. There are more than 8000 Buddha images within the Pindaya
limestone caverns and meditation chambers; every day pilgrims flock to the
caves and install new Buddha images within this labyrinth of tunnels and
chambers. Cycle approx. 59km.
*Conqueror Resort Hotel or similar*

Day 6

Leaving Pindaya we drive back to Kyone junction in order to avoid starting
the day with a steep uphill. From here we continue over the hills to Ywar
Ngan passing more fields and small lively villages. After lunch we will
transfer the rest of the way to Mandalay – approx. journey duration: 5 hours.
Cycle approx. 54km.
*Mandalay City Hotel or similar*

Day 7

Cycle to Mingun, the home of the largest uncracked bell in the world until
2000 at 90 tons. We will visit a huge unfinished pagoda which suffered
earthquake damage but whose flat surface is now an ideal spot for amazing
river views. From here we board a boat and head back to Mandalay. Cycle
approx. 40km.
*Mandalay City Hotel or similar*

Day 8

An early start as we head out to one of Myanmar’s most iconic sights, U Bein
Bridge. This teak bridge spans over a kilometer and is best seen at sunrise
when villagers use it to begin their journey to work and fishermen below get
ready for a day on the water. This is one of the most photogenic sights of
the country and not to be missed. After driving to Myin Mu (approx. 2 hours),
we cycle to Monywa visiting the Hindu style Thanbodday temple en route.
Thanbodday is one of Burma’s main attractions, yet like a lot of sites
outside Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan is seldom visited by foreign tourists. The
site dates to 1303 and contains hundreds of gleaming gold-topped stupas.
Inside, there are more than 500,000 Buddha images of all shapes and sizes. We
will also stop at Boditahtaung pagoda, which houses the largest reclining
Buddha image in the country, at 100m long and 27m high. Nearby is the largest
standing Buddha in the world, Laykyun Setkyar. Cycle approx. 65km.
*Win Unity Hotel or similar*

Day 9

We start off cycling from the hotel towards Ma Au village and then transfer
to Pakkoku where we board a boat on the Irrwaddy River to the ancient wonder
of Bagan (Pagan). In Bagan there are over 2000 temples and pagodas in many
shapes and sizes to explore amongst the 25 square miles of brick that compare
to the Angkor Kingdom of Cambodia, Chichen Itza and Machu Picchu as one of
the world’s most spectacular archaeological sites. This is where Buddhism,
Hinduism and Nat worship come together in an array of different shrines.
Cycle approx. 50km.For those that would like to do the optional balloon ride
please consult the Optional Extras section.
**Su Tine San Royal Palace Hotel* or similar*

Day 10

This morning is spent exploring the temple complex spreading out as far as
the horizon with its peaks of brick stupas that dot the skyline in many
shapes and forms. Building commenced after the former Kings of Bagan
introduced Theravada Buddhism in the mid-11th Century, a string of Kings
followed building temples to worship their gods. Ananda Pahto with its
bejewelled ‘hti’ (umbrella), Dhammayangyi pahto and Shwesandaw Paya are the
largest and most impressive sights we will visit along with the smaller
hidden gems offering unique opportunities to climb and delve deeper into the
history. We return to our hotel in the afternoon for free time but will
finish the day with sunset at one of the viewpoints overlooking the temples
to enjoy stunning views as they glow in the diminishing light – a truly
magical experience and a photographer’s paradise. Cycle approx. 25km.
**Su Tine San Royal Palace Hotel* or similar*

Day 11

Our scenic cycle to Mt Popa takes in more stunning brick temples, before
reaching the petrified forest that surrounds the extinct volcano. At the base
of the mountain, there is a display of 37 Nats (spirits) with frequent nat
pwes (spirit ceremonies) held in their honour. One Nat, Ko Gyi Kyaw, is
adorned with whisky bottles because he was a heavy drinker and this vice took
him prematurely to his grave. He is the patron Nat of tramps and alcoholics.
We have the option of taking a hike up the 777 steps to the summit and paying
respect to the mountain top pagoda as well as enjoying the scenery of the
surrounding area. For anyone that does not want to do the walk, we can go to
a nearby resort to enjoy the views over lunch. We then have the option of
either cycling back to Bagan or hopping on the coach for the journey. Cycle
approx. 50km / 100km if return cycle chosen.
**Su Tine San Royal Palace Hotel* or similar*

Day 12

After a free morning, we fly back to Yangon. The bikes and your leader will
be available this morning for one last optional ride to Kyuak Gu U Min north
of the main temple area on the banks of the Irrawaddy for anyone who is
interested. This temple has intricate stone carvings and is situated away
from the main archaeological zone, so here we can discover a different side
of Bagan. Cycle approx. 20km.
*Grand United Hotel or similar*

Day 13

Yangon sits under the shadow of the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, the most
religious site within Myanmar that is said to contain eight hairs of the
Buddha. As the stupa glitters in gold with 5500 diamonds and numerous other
precious stones overlooking the city, life goes on in the busy streets to the
south where we will explore dilapidated colonial edifices on our city tour.
Chinatown offers plenty of photographic opportunities with its unpaved
streets lined with old wooden shuttered houses, medicine shops, temples and
the more colourful markets. Close by, we visit Shwe Bontha, perhaps the most
photogenic of all streets in the city, with its leafy sidewalks, pavement
tea-shops and magnificent colonial buildings. Finally our tour takes us to
Lake Kandawgyi to view the glittering Karaweik replica of the Royal Barge
before ascending to Shwedagon Pagoda for impressive views over Yangon at
sunset.
*Grand United Hotel or similar*

Day 14

End Yangon.
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Customer Feedback

Surely the best way to experience Myanmar . .

Summary:
The full two week schedule was well justified (and we added a five day
extension to travel south of Yangon after). The group of 14 were very
compatible, and ranged in age from early 50s to early 70s. Noone had any big
problems with the distances, although the variable tarmac surfaces left most
wishing for more saddle padding than they had brought. . .
The one day of mostly dirt roads and tracks was judged the most fun – the
mountain bikes were designed for this, and there was, of course, no traffic.
More such by-ways if possible please!
Myanmar threw us surprises every day. No amount of reading prepares you for
a temple with over 500,000 buddhas, or a village built over water, where
everything is done by boat (there are no footpaths), or a stupa with more
than 3 tons of pure gold covering it.
Local food is fresh and delicious, local beer seems largely a monopoly of a
brand called ‘Myanmar’ (presumed to be owned by the military), and the hotels
much grander and newer than I had expected.
Apart from the start and Yangon, all had pools, great for a wind down swim
after a day in the saddle.
Heat was… hot – but bearable as cycling creates its own breeze and most of
the riding was done before lunch.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Every day threw up another wonderful surprise, and cycling between sights was
the ideal way to approach them.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
He was extremely good. He had a very good command of English phrase and
idiom and an infectious sense of humour. He encouraged any question – which
was normally greeted with an announcement:
“hey everybody – this is a really good question. . .!”
He worked extremely hard and was a pains to make sure everyone knew what the
plans were at all times.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The cycling is split into roughly 1 hour/ 20 km sections, so make sure you
are happy riding this distance.
There were only two real climbs of note, otherwise rolling countryside was
normal.
You will need more padding for your bottom than in UK!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Its fine to go as a singleton, people ride at different speeds, so you will
find you naturally ride with two or three of the group and its all pretty
relaxed.

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Cycle Myanmar

Summary:
A wonderful tour with a well-organised itinerary that provided a good insight
into Burmese daily life. Friendly, welcoming people, stunning scenery, and
thousands of Pagodas. I would highly recommend this trip.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Highlights included the long-tailed boat rides on Lake Inle (seeing the
leg-rowing fishermen at work, stopping to watch skilled craftsmen and women
using traditional methods to make silk wear, cigars, the teak long-tailed
boats, and silverware, plus seeing locals tend their ‘water-allotments’);
our stay in Naung Shwe City (the Naung Shwe City Hotel was lovely and our
favourite); day 9 cycling towards Ma Au village (a long, quiet rural road
and stopping to spend time with the excited village children); and, of
course, visiting the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda at Sunset.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Naing’s leadership and communications skills were outstanding, as was his
extensive knowledge and boundless energy and humour. Nothing to was too much
trouble and he was mindful not to overload us with too much information at
any one time, nor to over-organise us. It was a pleasure having him as our
guide, and having now completed 15 Exodus trips, I would say he raises the
bar of excellence. Naing’s support team were also brilliant.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
A couple of the rides had long inclines, which coupled with a headwind and
the heat of the day, seemed arduous at times. With the exception of one, all
the hotels were of a high standard (and included a hairdryer), far exceeding
our expectations. When staying at the Conqueror Resort Hotel (Shan Highland)
be mindful that whilst the functional wooden lodges appear delightful, the
February night time temperatures drop significantly – the beds do have an
electric blanket but getting out of bed into the cold room was probably the
day’s toughest challenge!
The food was generally very good and we took great care but occasionally
still experienced short-lived upset tums.
In a few locations we did experience polite vendors targeting tourists. In
Yangon beware when asked for donations by young boys purporting to be Monks
– they are fake.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
If you enjoy cycling and seeing everyday life, then this trip is a must.

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Burma by Bike…they only way to go!!

Summary:
If you enjoy cycling and want to see an Asian country not yet jaded by
tourism this is the trip for you!! I have never done a cycling trip and
wasn’t sure what to expect. This trip was very well organized, with a
fantastic support team. When I punctured a hole in my tire, my first thought
is that I would never catch up to the rest of the group…however Joe, our
bike mechanic had the wheel off and replaced with another in less than 10
minutes!!!

The scenery, the Burmese people, and this itinerary make it an exceptional
experience.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Biking through the city of Mandalay.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Top notch!! He kept us safe, informed, and very entertained.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Although it is rated as a 3 in terms of difficulty, do yourself a favour and
go cycling on a route that incorporates hill training or attend spin cycling
classes. I was not a very experienced cyclist and was very grateful that I
had prepared myself in advance. It made the trip enjoyable; I looked forward
to each day of cycling. .

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The Burmese food is quite tasty and not yet influenced much by western
cuisine. You should be able to find something you enjoy at every meal, but
keep in mind you are not travelling to Burma as a culinary experience. Given
their history, they have had limited opportunity to develop culinary
expertise.

I enjoyed it so much and it went by so fast I would love to do it all over
again!!

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Cycle Myanmar(Burma)

Summary:
We found this trip lived up to our expectations. This is a country that is
just opening up to tourists and the people although having lived through hard
times are friendly, courteous and wanting to interact with tourists.
The activities and sites which we experienced were educational as well as
fun.
The biking was moderate as rated and the bus was always available if you did
not want to cycle at any time.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The friendliness of the people of Myanmar and the villages where they lived
and worked.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alex was an excellent leader, always friendly, knowledgeable about the
history if his country and Buddhism aa well as attentive. He went out of his
way to make sure everyone was comfortable with the plans for the day. He
worked well with his staff. He had a good sense of humour and we thoroughly
enjoyed his leadership.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for the heat and just go and enjoy,

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Burma By Cycle

Summary:
Wonderful trip which I would recommend to anyone.
My only word of caution is that you are riding a mountain bike which causes
you to be bent forward when riding. If you have a shoulder/neck problem, this
type of bike can cause you pain in your shoulders/neck. It can be remedied by
having an extender installed in the headset of the mountain bike which will
allow you to sit more upright and take the stress off your shoulders. Exodus
does not provide these and you should bring one with you which their bike
mechanic will install. They cost about Canadian and will make the bike
riding on the bumpy roads much more enjoyable.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The Burmese people .

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Myanmar Biking, Inle Lake to Bagan

Summary:
Moderate difficulty. Good for us 70 year olds. Excellent accomodations
throughout and food locations suggested by “Alex”,our lead guide. Wonderful
and attentive crew. Would accommodate all our extra needs (handling shopping
items). Great route selection through rural Myanmar. Could really appreciate
the local culture.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Serenity of the countryside and friendliness of the Burmese people.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
“Alex” was excellent.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared physically. Weather is very hot

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Very highly recommend this trip.

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Burma By Bike

Summary:
This trip provides a comprehensive insight into a country in transition- at
this stage it has a long way to go to reach the economic and social standards
of most of its neighbours in south east Asia. The people are
friendly,welcoming and charming and much of the scenery is stunning.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The sheer numbers of Buddha statues was impressive ( in some cases thousands
in one location ) as were the temples and stupas of Bagan. Inle Lake was a
highlight- lovely scenery,good cycling,interesting insights into the making
of various goods including silk garments,umbrellas,and cigars all made using
locally available materials.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alex was a superb leader- excellent communication skills,good humour,and
comprehensive knowledge about the history,religion and cultures of his
country.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Most of our group suffered at some stage with a stomach bug- shortlived but
quite severe whilst it lasted- be prepared to be careful what you eat and
bring appropriate medication. Mozzies were not a problem on this trip- we did
encounter them from time to time,so a good repellant is advisable. The
cycling is generally fairly easy- undulating for most part although there are
some steep challenges e.g. last 2kms up to Mt Popa.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
If you are thinking of doing this trip,don’t hesitate- this is a superb
opportunity to get a comprehensive insight into a country in transition and
which continues to face many challenges.You will be assured of a warm welcome
by the friendly and charming people.

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Great Cycling Trip

Summary:
A well organised trip. Plenty of breaks between cycling and enough sight
seeing too. We liked that they provided electrolytes on the breaks and the
selection of snacks and drinks was great too.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were a couple of really tough days in the first week, including a hard
7km climb uphill. It felt amazing when you reached the top, a wonderful sense
of achievement.
The many golden pagodas and stupas add a magical sense to the beautiful
scenery, especially in the more rural areas.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alex was very approachable, spoke very good English and looked after the
group very well.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This is classed as moderate but I would recommend doing several 30 miles
rides at home to see if you like the distance before booking as it is pretty
tough doing that sort of distance day after day. We trained and were fine.
Padded shorts/pants are a must.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This was our first cycling trip and we are looking forward to many more.
This is a good time to see Burma, because its not very touristy yet. The
hotels we staying in were of a good standard and we were able to get food and
drink that we didn’t think would be available.

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Very interesting & active holiday

Summary:
Would recommend this trip to anyone who likes an adventurous cycling holiday.
Be aware that you are up at 6 am every day to get the cycling done before the
real heat sets in or to try fit in temple visits etc. Dinner is usually at
7pm and most people had collapsed into bed by 10pm.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The people of Myanmar were an absolute joy to interact with. They have
suffered so much and yet still have a smile for strangers. We never once felt
ripped off by the local people.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alex is excellent, ask him anything and he will answer you very honestly.
Always pleasant and patient.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
It’s a busy enough itinerary. So would recommend arriving rested. Also, the
cycling is slightly challenging at times due to heat, road surfaces and
pedestrian/canine/motorbike traffic around you. Watch out for snakes on the
roadside also.

If you do the Nagapali extension, 3 days there is plenty.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
50-60km per day may not seem like much cycling but can be tiring when you add
in heat and hills.

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Cycle Myanmar (Burma)

Summary:
Great and advetures trip with very good group leader.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Inle lake and Bagan.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very organized, caring and full of knowledge and laughter.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
You need to be prepared for an intinerary full of action all day and not
expect to sleep late in the mornings 🙂

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I can reccommend this trip for all that enjoy cycling holidays.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. 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 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as 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!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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