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Cycling in Albania

Discover the beauty of this previously isolated country by bike



At a glance

* 5 nights hotels, 2 nights guesthouses
* 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
* Group normally 4 to 16, plus local cycling leader and driver. Min age 16
yrs
* Trip can be combined with Cycle Macedonia & Northern Albania
* E-bike hire available on request

Discover the beauty of this previously isolated country by bike

Some say that visiting Albania is as close as you’ll get to travelling back
in time. It wasn’t until the collapse of the People’s Socialist Republic of
Albania in 1991 that the world got its first glimpse of the country within.
Huge snow-capped mountains, inviting beaches, pretty rural villages, a
genuine subsistence culture and an exceptionally friendly welcome is what you
will find here. We cycle through the very best of Europe’s beautiful unknown,
beginning our tour on the border of Macedonia, biking towards the ancient
town of Gjirokastra passing soaring peaks and lush green valleys. From here
we begin our descent to the Albanian Riviera passing the UNESCO site of
Butrint and Llogara National Park, before relaxing by the sea at our hotel in
Vlorë.

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What’s included

* All breakfasts and 2 dinners included
* All accommodation
* Transfer for group flights
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts and 2 dinners included.

Food in Albania is quite varied thanks to the many influences on the country
and particularly Mediterranean combining Turkish, Greek and Italian tastes.
Dairy products, especially milk and yoghurt are present in almost every meal,
usually locally sourced.

Under the leadership of Enver Hoxha (the communist leader of Albania from
1944-1985), Albania became a self-sustaining country due to its isolation to
the world. However due to the lush fertile valleys, fresh mountain springs
and Mediterranean climate, they are still very much a subsistence culture and
show very little signs of changing. In the countryside expect your food to
have been reared/grown not too far from your plate.

Breakfasts are typically eggs, fresh bread, jam, honey and coffee or tea. For
lunch and dinner, meat dishes are often goat or lamb, with fish dishes
ranging from trout to whitebait. Courses often come in mezze form
complimented with a variety of succulent vegetables, salad, freshly baked
bread, homemade cheeses, local wines and of course, raki. Your guide will
recommend the best options when in the towns.

Start destination: Pogradec

End destination: Vlore

Cycling profile

Day 1

Start Pogradec. Those on the group flight will be met at the airport and
transferred to our hotel in Pogradec, situated on the shore of Lake Ohrid
(approx. 3hr drive). The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy this lakeside
location.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

We begin with one of the most demanding days of the tour. After a quick
transfer to Korçë, we begin cycling and leave behind the agricultural
plateau, climbing steadily into the border mountains through a landscape of
barren rock interspersed with wild flowers. Numerous cols and valleys lie
ahead, climbing towards Grammoz Mountain and over the Barmash Pass (1159m) to
Gërmenj, lying in its own tranquil valley. Here we relax at our
accommodation, Farma Sotira, which is also a working trout farm. Meals here
consist of organic produce that is reared or sourced from the farm itself.
Once you’ve finished eating your hearty dinner, you can sit and relax by
the open roaring fire in the dining area with a glass of homemade wine or a
bottle of Korçë beer (Albania’s most popular).

Cycle approx. 72km, total ascent approx. 1150m, total descent approx. 1050m.
*Standard Hotel*

Day 3

In the morning there is a climb out from Germenj to a high grassy plateau
close to the Greek border, surrounded by soaring peaks before reaching the
source of the River Vjosa and descending through its spectacular gorge to
Leskovik. We continue descending to Çarshove and then follow the corniche
route high above the river to Benje situated on a ridge above the river.
After lunch at the guesthouse, we take a short ride to the thermal springs to
relax and soothe aching muscles. Both lunch and dinner will be served on the
peaceful terrace.

Cycle approx. 60km, total ascent approx. 687m, total descent approx. 1352m.
*Standard Hotel*

Day 4

Today is one of the easiest days. We continue along the valley towards
Kelcyra with its distant shark-tooth peaks, which guard a further gorge. We
ride between these gorges until the two rivers meet. After lunch at the
waterfalls of Tepelene we drive (approx. 30 mins) through the wide plain
toward the town of Gjirokastra (city of 1000 steps). The well-preserved town
is perched on the steep side of the Drino Valley, overlooking snow-capped
mountains. In the afternoon we take a cultural tour through the city and
explore its narrow cobbled alleys and 18th Century Ottoman houses. We also
visit the 13th Century castle and learn about the fascinating history of this
town, which has seen many rulers and has inspired poets, authors and artists.

Cycle approx. 46km, total ascent approx. 350m, total descent approx. 520m.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5

After breakfast we load the bikes on to the support vehicle and transfer up
to Muzina Pass (approx. 45 minutes), the gateway to southern Albania, for a
spectacular downhill ride to Sarandë. Located on the Ionian Coast, Sarandë
is sandwiched between the high mountains and the sea and is close to the
ancient remains of Butrint, which we visit on the way. A UNESCO World
Heritage Site, Butrint is located very close to the Greek border and is one
of the country’s most important archaeological sites, tracing its origins
back to the Greeks and the Romans. We have lunch at the site and continue
along the coast to Sarandë.

Cycle approx. 70km, total ascent approx. 725m, total descent approx. 1285m.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6

Climbing steeply out of Sarande to a rocky plateau, we enjoy a spectacular
coastal ride over cols into bays and around headlands. Always with the
stunning mountain scenery to the right and sea to the left, we continue along
before descending to Himarë, a small communist-era fishing village with a
small promenade filled with cafes, restaurants and ice cream stands. There is
plenty of time for a swim in the Ionian Sea, and our hotel is a short walk to
Potam Beach.
Cycle approx. 54km, total ascent approx. 1064m, total descent approx. 1064m.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7

Today’s route is as challenging as it is spectacular as we cycle the most
demanding ride of the tour; it will show you how strong you have become. In
the morning there is a climb out of Himarë, which naturally is rewarded with
an enjoyable downhill. We then have another climb before our coffee break.
Our break is followed with a nice downhill, but we must climb yet again
before we regroup. We then come face to face with the long steady ascent to
the Llogara pass. At 1043m above sea level, this climb is completely
optional, so if you think it is too much then you can jump in the support
vehicle. However, if you are looking for an extra challenge, this climb comes
with a real sense of achievement, and the views are fantastic. At the pass
itself (which you will also see if you take the van) it is possible to see
across to Italy on a clear day. We recommend taking a warmer layer for
reaching the top of the pass. From here you enter Llogara National Park, home
to black pine, Eurasian otter and golden eagles. The park is a scenic expanse
of protected woodland that encompasses the forests on the northern side of
the Llogora Pass. We begin to descend and have lunch in the National Park. In
the afternoon we continue descending towards our hotel, which is located by
the sea just outside of the city. Here we can relax and take a dip in the
sea, the perfect reward for a hard day’s cycle.

 Cycle approx. 65km, total ascent approx. 1630m (including the optional
climb), total descent approx. 1630m.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8

End Vlorë. Those on the group flight will be transferred to Tirana airport
in the morning (approx. 2.5hr drive).

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Customer Feedback

Cycling Albania

Summary:
Interesting, challenging adventure trip mostly in rural Albania with some
days on the Ionian coast.

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
One late afternoon we had a chance to visit the thermal springs of Benji. We
had to cross an ancient foot bridge to get to the pool. It was awesome to be
in warm waters in the middle of nowhere looking at beautiful pasture and
snowy peaks.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
This was the only sub-par part of the trip. Our leader biked by himself most
of the time, leaving us for ourselves. There was a van support, but it was
very behind us, sometimes ahead of us leaving us without support. The leader
failed to point out the beauty, the scenery and most of the time the guiding
was very superficial, lacked enthusiasm.
This was my 3rd trip with Exodus, and the other two trip leaders were so much
better.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure to be in good form, the hills are steep. This is not a trip for a
beginner.

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

Answer:
Food was excellent, all local, organic and very tasty.
Rural roads were in bad condition.
There should be a better arrangement for those not flying in from England;
some of us had to take a taxi to Pogradec, some 250 km away, because the
local transportation would not wait for us at the airport.

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Cycle Albania

Summary:
Albania totally surpassed my expectations. The scenery and cycling was
fantastic. Inland its a bit like the Alps and towards the coast it get more
like mountainous meditterannean. But the beauty of it is that the roads are
really quiet which is just great for cycling. The trip notes had said that
some of the accommodation may be a little basic, but this too was a lot
better than I was expecting. I think this trip had the best days cycling
I’ve had anywhere.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Getting to the end in one piece. Its a 6 day trip. We had 5 glorious days
of sunshine, with some big climbs, and on the final day a little rain, which
made the roads very slip after a prolonged dry spell. Two of the team had a
spill

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
They were great as usual on all exodus trips. They were from a local company
‘Cycle Albania’. Everything was well organised, the bikes were good, and
they coped well with a few unexpected events. People could cycle at their
own pace and then re-group at specific points.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Not really. The only thing I would say is that I wouldn’t go to Albania for a
gastronomic experience. There is a lot of really good seafood, always fresh
and readily available. Otherwise the food is uninspiring.

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

Answer:
A great trip. I think this is a destination waiting to be discovered. Can’t
understand why loads of cyclist go to Majorca to train when they could come
here.

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Albania

Summary:
A challenging ride through dramatic scenery. Beautiful countryside, friendly
people but too many unfinished buildings. The trip was efficiently organised
with good back-up and accommodation.

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
Reaching the top of the 1000m pass on the final day.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Both leaders were excellent.They were well informed and spoke excellent
English.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t be put off by the mountainous terrain. You can take it at your own
pace.

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Why would you go to Albania??

Summary:
Why would you go to Albania?!? Is what everyone said to me before I did this
trip. Well, after coming back I’m telling them they should go because of:
– Amazing scenery. Beautiful mountains, alpine type meadows, some nice
beaches along the coast
– Good food. Really nice, simple food. Fresh fish and fresh vegetables.
Options for vegetarians too.
– Great cycling. Some reasonable hills (and a couple of really good descents)
and generally good quiet roads (in April anyway.)

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The big hill on the last day was a satisfying challenge.
The descent out of the mountains on day 2 was beautiful and probably my
favourite bit.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Really good. The guide and driver we had were great – friendly, helpful and
super organised. This is probably the best organised exodus trip I’ve been
on.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
In terms of difficulty this is definitely a grade 4 (certainly not a 3.) You
don’t have to be a ‘cyclist’ but you do need to have a reasonable level
of cardiovascular fitness and to have been on a bike about before I think.

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Challenging cycling with stunning scenery, fabulous food and great company

Summary:
This is my seventh trip cycling with Exodus and probably one of the best.

The cycling was quite challenging with a fair amount of hill climbing and I
was glad that I had spent the time out on my bike in the weeks before I
departed. This was rewarded with cycling through wonderful hills and
mountains with snow capped mountains in the background. We could go at our
own pace and stopped for great coffee and lunch.

Every night we stayed in different types of accommodation – mountains,
valley, beach resort, small beach town. The variety was really good.

We had fantastic lunches and dinners with lots of home grown vegetables,
salad, local cheese, local wine. Our local guides organised these great meals
for the group.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Reaching the top of Llogara Pass on the last day of cycling. Our guides
provided us with information about the days cycling so we knew what to expect
and then provided snacks, water and supplies to make sure I could keep going
to the top.

I also really enjoyed cycling to Leskovik and through the valley. The snow
capped mountains in the background with river wending past wildflowers and
blossoms was a great days cycling.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our guides worked tirelessly to make sure we had a great holiday. They
organised lunch and dinner and provided encouragement and support for every
day of cycling. They were amazing ambassadors for Albania.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you do some training beforehand, cycling up and down hills.

I went without expectations and just wanting to have any enjoyable week of
cycling. It was a great experience and would recommend a trip to Albania
before it becomes really popular.

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Cycling Albania

Summary:
Didn’t know what to expect, but it didn’t disappoint. Really excellent tour
guide. Fantastic scenery. One of those trips that just went smoothly, almost
certainly due to the guides organisation. The cycling is described as
moderate to challenging. At the time I would have said it was more
challenging. However, upon reflection, I was pushing myself, which almost
certainly made it feel more challenging. However, the last day of cycling was
definitely challenging. It was also very rewarding and as with all of the
Exodus trips I’ve been on, there’s always the option of the bus, which for
various reasons, some of our party took. The food was really good. Plenty of
choice for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. There are plenty of mountain
springs for water top-ups which was brilliant – tasted great! A fantastic
trip which I won’t forget with a guide who really did look after everyone!

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
I like the challenge of a hill climb, so I would have to say the last day,
cycling up and over the pass.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The group leader was truly amazing and really did go the extra mile. As
previously mentioned, a trip doesn’t run that smoothly without a lot of
planning. He was also without a doubt a group leader you would want in any
unexpected situation that might occur!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The mountain spring water is fine to drink. You get a bit of a taste for it.

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

Answer:
Another tick for Exodus! Really excellent! I knew very little about Albania,
which has now changed. A beautiful friendly country with fantastic scenery
and food! Did I mention the spring water 🙂

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‘Albania’ why go there!

Summary:
‘Albania’ why go there? was something we heard many times from friends and
family when we told them of our plans. Well firstly its off the beaten track,
it isn’t full of mindless tourists and its got some sense of mystique still.
But mostly it is such an interesting place with such lovely people.
My third Exodus cycling trip and the most challenging, it is more challenging
than moderate in my opinion. We went in September and it was still fairly hot
so the long climbs were a bit of a ‘push’. I was tail end Charlie for most
days, partly due to my frequent stops to take photos and I was not going to
be rushed, all at my own pace. The point is that this trip allows this to
happen, no pressure whatever you capability. The rear-guard van is never far
behind so you are not on your own.
The scenery here is amazing, both mountains and the coast. Albanians we met
were lovely and you always felt safe and welcome.
Bikes were good and days were planned well. Hotels were varied but all were
more than adequate.
There was a bit of culture thrown in which was interesting but not overdone.
We were a large group of 16 but in no time at all we had all gelled and were
supportive of each other and had many laughs and shared experiences. We have
all shared our photos so we have a great bunch of memories.
Most of my memories are of quiet roads, no people anywhere and incredible
views made more amazing by people still living in a bygone age.
Apart from start and end there are no significant transfers so this is a
positive.
Food was excellent and plenty of it too.

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
The first and last days are the most challenging climbs and so to finish them
(last) I did feel I had achieved the challenge I knew lay ahead when I
booked.
Also to see real Albanian subsistence farming in action, people actually
supporting themselves without food imports, selling food at the side of the
road.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Dhimo was 1st rate, very friendly, easy going and good at communicating.
He was well organised and had all the food/snack stops well organised.
Seamless all the way!
He has a good knowledge of Albania in many ways and answered all kind of
questions put to him.
He worked well with our van driver as well. It was nice they both ate and
socialised with us, something I didn’t always witness on other trips I have
done.
Safety and accommodating everyone’s wishes was always top priority.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go with the Group Leader suggestion to pool money for group meals, it saves
so much time and works out cheaper too.
Waterproofs may well be needed and long sleeve top for down hills.
If you are partial to white wine then perhaps take a couple of bottles as
there is none available on a couple of nights early in the trip. Also black
tea is a rarity in some places so bring you PG Tips!
Agree with Exodus/guide up front to go to Tirana for a short tour and lunch
after arrival. This is a real bonus. Either bring £cash with you and change
a lot on first day or use an ATM in Tirana.
Food and drink is relatively cheap in Albania so for a ‘full on’ week week I
only spent £200!

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

Answer:
Don’t be put off by the challenging nature, but try to be as fit as you can
before arrival, spinning classes helped me. Remember its a holiday, take your
time if necessary.
Padded shorts a must as are gloves. they will provide a pannier if wanted but
a small handle bar bag would be better for phone, camera and money etc.
We arrived a couple of days earlier and hired a car and went to Berat, well
worth the effort. We then met the group at the airport for the transfer.

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An excellent way to see Albania

Summary:
My husband and I have recently returned from cycling in Albania. What a
fantastic adventure it was. Prior to going on this trip our bikes came out
of the shed about once a year and since we are not in the flush of youth we
had to go out cycling every weekend for the previous 5 months to make sure we
were fit enough and boy were we glad we did. It was a challenging trip but
we loved every minute of it. The scenery is fantastic, we could not fault
the food and the hotels were a lot better than we anticipated and even quite
luxurious at times. Armand is an excellent guide with plenty of local
knowledge. He offered to run a kitty for meals and drinks and ordered a
variety of food at every meal which made meal times so easy and enjoyable.
It is a fast paced trip and we had to be up early every day for breakfast and
be ready to leave by 8.30 every morning but we were glad of this because at
least it was cooler when we set off and we always had a nice stop for coffee
to look forward to after a couple of hours. It is a great way to see Albania
and it was great to start inland and then move to the coast offering
different scenery and a chance to have a swim in the sea. We enjoyed the
cultural stops and the chance to learn about the history of Albania. The
minibus driver was always there with extra water, bananas and snacks when you
needed them and greeted us with a smile at the top of every climb. I would
strongly recommend this trip to anyone but to enjoy it make sure you do
plenty of hill training. We hired the bikes offered by Exodus and these were
of good quality although we took our own saddles. We used the pedals on the
bikes ie. no clip ons and managed it okay so if you fancy it go for it – you
won’t regret it.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Getting through the first day without hopping on the bus and actually
thinking I might be able to actually cycle the whole route – I had been
panicking before we went that maybe we had overstretched ourselves. it was
harder than I imagined but we had trained enough and so were able to do it.
A great feeling!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Armand was a good leader. He made sure we always knew what time we had to be
ready, where we were going and when the next stop was. He ordered all our
food for us and made excellent choices at every meal. We have never enjoyed
food so much on holiday before.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you are fit enough to cycle up hills and for consecutive days.
Take energy drinks and snacks as you definitely need these as well as the
Zero sports drink tablets to stop you getting dehydrated. We didn’t have
these and had to beg, steal or borrow some from the rest of our group.

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

Answer:
Don’t hesitate – just go ahead and book this. It’s a fantastic trip. Not
sure how we are going to top it next year!

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Definately a challenging cycle!

Summary:
We signed up for this trip having done a few other cycle holidays and always
finished feeling more cycling would have been good. Not so on this one! It’s
certainly a challenging route, with many long hills and often some long
climbs before you get to the start of the days longest climb! But the bikes
are good, the roads are mostly in good condition, with very little traffic
and we were very well looked after along the way. As always, cycling is the
best way to see a country and this tour certainly gives you an insight into
way of life in the Albanian countryside, how things are developing and a
lovely few days in Macedonia too.

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
A few moments of relief on reaching the top of some big climbs – and the time
in Macedonia around Lake Ohrid, including visiting the old town (UNESCO
site).

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Vimo (maybe not the right spelling, sorry) was excellent. Managed the group
really well, gave a good briefing about the next day each evening, set out
meeting points so that people could cycle fairly large chunks at their own
pace and was always on hand with snacks at the re-grouping point.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for some long tough climbs. If that’s what you like and what you
are expecting then you’ll will have a great time! Do consider the impact the
weather, particularly the heat, might have on your cycling and ability too
when deciding to go. August in Albania is HOT!!

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

Answer:
Great trip – some people in our group were combining it with the Southern
Albania cycling trip the week after too – this also looked good but a bit too
much in one go for me, might go back another time to try that one!

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Fantastic country and cycling tour

Summary:
The country was wonderful – everyone was very friendly, the views were
stunning, and the new roads made it perfect for cycling around. Don’t be put
off by preconceptions about Albania – we were all delighted to find it much
more pleasant to be in than many other European countries, and will no doubt
be full of tourists in the next 5-10 years. Definitely go before everyone
else realises how good it is. It’s very cheap too, especially in the more
rural parts.

My only complaint would be the repeated promises of ice cream, which
mysteriously never materialised!

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The long descent on the second day, speeding down a mountain with amazing
views, a new road surface, and no cars!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very sociable, organised, and clearly passionate about his country.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Withdrawing 30,000 LEK at the airport should be sufficient for the whole
week.

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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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