So we have been flitting around the North West and North East at Sportives and Expos and there has been a common theme asked about are holidays.
“Am I fit enough to ride one of your holidays?”
So I thought I would just do a quick blog about it.
My response is that whilst we are not a training camp and leave all that to the racing snakes; our holidays are physically challenging.
On a typical day, you will be out for around 5-6 hours this, of course, includes stops so you will need a decent level of fitness on the bike. We generally ride for around 90 mins then stop for coffee, refreshments or lunch then continue, ride and repeat …as the song goes.
We run 2 different types of holiday both of which are very sociable and treated like a club social ride, no hard or fast rules with plenty of stops. Everyone Is given a route map and there are muster points to re-group. We run :
1) A standard week 80 – 120 km with elevations ranging between 1200m – 3000m, the climbs though are generally 3-6% in gradient but we do throw a few steeper ones in for good measure. Rest assured the views are simply breath-taking and well worth the effort. Generally, we will head out and stop once for lunch and then toward the end of the ride a couple of kilometres from the Retreat for a cheeky drink before heading home. The pace is sociable as cycling should be.
2) An easy rider week 65 -90km with elevations 500m – 1200m, the climbs are simply beautiful and the descents even better!! The ride leader will remain at the back to ensure everyone is okay, but usually, the groups pull and stay together which makes it so much more fun. Also the first to the café stop buys the cake (this is why the ride leader is at the back).
All rides are supported with a vehicle on call should you need one.
We ride without the pressures and time constraints of everyday life; so that you can relax in great company and enjoy the fantastic scenery and simply concentrate on your cycling and having a great time.