Any type of cycling holiday becomes an adventure in itself – however, nothing comes close to experiencing far flung destinations on two wheels. This type of long haul cycling trip is bound to get you out of your comfort zone and will definitely be an unforgettable and in many cases, life changing experience, which will allow you to explore a range of situations whilst bonding with your fellow cyclists.
Summertime and easy riding – what better way to explore the wonders of Europe, than by bike? As well as providing fantastic exercise in an outdoor setting, a cycling holiday also offers a greater sense of freedom and a different experience to one which could ever be offered from a car. Travelling by bike exposes the rider to all the sounds, scents, colours and sensations of their surrounding environment. It is a truly wonderful way to explore the outdoors and at the same time, faster than walking, allowing the rider to cover a decent amount of ground.
Taking your bike on an aeroplane is considerably easier than it was ten years ago – the majority of airlines will allow you to travel with a bike provided it is packaged correctly. Many airlines will include the bike within the standard fare as long as it doesn’t exceed the size and weight restrictions of the standard luggage allowance.
Cycling is a truly unique way to experience a new destination. It offers unparalleled freedom, allowing the rider to properly explore a new destination and immerse themselves in the surrounding landscape and culture, in a way which would simply not be possible from a car. Cycling also sets the ideal pace – it is slow enough to let the rider truly soak up the surroundings whilst fast enough to allow experience changing scenery and easily reach local landmarks and attractions on a daily basis.
There is no set time of year to plan a cycling holiday – cycling is an activity which can be enjoyed all year round, as most avid cyclists will attest to. However, cycling in a different environment is always more interesting, making the trip more exciting and enjoyable. There are numerous other benefits to cycling holidays – being away from home allows participants to forget about life’s daily distractions and focus on pedalling and exploring, as well as enjoying some time to relax in a new destination.
The longest and undeniably one of the most iconic routes in the UK, as well as one of its most challenging – tackling the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycling tour (LEJOG) involves careful planning and preparation.
The trip can vary in length, depending on the pace of the tour, however it typically ranges from approximately 10 days up to anything around 30 days for those wishing to take it at a more leisurely pace.
The famous Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) describes a transversal route from the South-Western tip of mainland England in Cornwall, all the way up to the North-Eastern tip of John O’Groats in Scotland.
The route was traditionally considered a walking challenge but has now become one of the most well established and iconic cycling challenges in the world. A classic, yet extremely tough challenge which often takes months to prepare for.
Cycling holidays for singles have become increasingly popular in recent times, with a growing number of individuals seeking to travel alone, but ride within a group. For some, this may be due to the simple reason that neither friends nor family share their enthusiasm for cycling, and for others it is a way of meeting new and like-minded people, whilst participating in cycling adventures.
I am sure we could write endless details about our cycling holidays and how we believe they are the best available in the UK. That would obviously be our opinion but sometimes it is great to see our guests say it for us. So here is Derek showing you how much fun can be had on one of our trips. Thank you Derek for allowing us to share this…
It’s that time in one’s life when it feels like the good years are behind you, but the great ones are ahead. You need a challenge, something to show yourself that you’ve still got what it takes to bring muscle power and will power together. But you also want to give back to the world around you.
A charity bike challenge is just what you need.
If you are reading this, the chances are you own a bike, love to get on your bike and relish the idea of a challenge on your bike!
One of the most popular challenges for most people looking to do a charity bike ride is the Land’s End to John O’Groats – otherwise known as the LEJOG (or JOGLE if you want to do it in reverse – cycling backwards is not a requirement!)
It’s not a challenge to be sniffed at – it’s a trip that takes in just over 1000 miles of some of the most beautiful countryside of the British Isles. You will cycle through North Cornwall, cross the River Severn, taking in the scenic views of Herefordshire, and on into Northern England and up to the Scottish Border. Pass through the hills of Southern Uplands, and, if you have the energy to lift your hands off your bars, wave to ‘Nessie’ as you near your final destination – John O’Groats. Phew! But it’s not all in one go; at the end of each day there is a bed and a hot meal waiting for you.
So you may not complete the trip in 44 hours, 4 mins and 20 secs as done by Gethin Butler in 2001 but by riding with Bike Adventures you will be in very safe and experienced hands. Our trip durations range from 9 days for very experienced cyclists, through 15 days to a more leisurely 21 days for those with time to relax and enjoy the beautiful British scenery.
Bike Adventures have been running the LEJOG tour for over 14 years and can help you every step of the way in getting your charity challenge off to a racing start. From the initial advice about training plans and the best way to go about fundraising, to having the best tour guides in the business, we are there to assist you.
So, what are you waiting for? There’s no time like the present and no present like time, so ‘Get on Your Bike’, choose your charity and tick the LEJOG challenge off your bucket list: https://www.bikeadventures.co.uk/bike-tours/road-cycling-lands-end-to-john-o-groats/