When thinking about choosing from an established cycling holiday provider there are obviously some things you want to know before making your choice. European Cycling Tours have been involved in designing, planning and delivering cycling holidays, challenges and adventures for many years and, despite the information given on our trip pages, there are always things to ask to find out a little more if our trips are right for you. Below are a few questions (with answers) that regularly arise from customers that we think will help you consider joining one of our incredible itineraries.
GENERAL CYCLING FAQ’S
Q. I am a keen cyclists but I’m worried I will not be fast enough to ride with a group, what is the average speed of your cycling group?
A. We typically expect to average approx 15mph over the whole day – some itineraries average can vary (family, charity). Many things can impact the average speed including weather, terrain and road surface. The group speed is governed by the cycle leader who knows exactly where the group need to be through the day. Each itinerary is designed to be accessible to most cyclists from club level to keen weekend riders. A cycling training plan is given to all our applicants and we ask people to make an effort to be in shape when arriving. Also, remember we have all day to complete the daily distance which have been designed to achieve comfortably.
Q. I want to book my flights early to get a good price – when will I know what flights to book to arrive at the right time?
A. Ordinarily, we will inform flight details at the time of application for each trip.
Q. I have a bit of an ongoing knee problem. If i’m having a bad day, can i go in the van for a bit?
A. Yes, absolutely, the van is there to help support riders at all times and if you need a break to rest an injury for a few hours that is fine… we want you to get to the final ride in to the finish without finishing you off.
Q. I do quite a bit of riding at the weekend but should I be doing anything else in my training?
A. It is advisable to include at least one further cycle ride or indoor gym/spinning class session into your preparation. A training plan is included in your event pack which you can view here – European Cycling Tours Cycle Training Plan.
Q. I would like to arrange for my wife to stay with me at the final destination – is it possible to arrange to book her into our hotel at the finish?
A. Yes, absolutely, this is a common request – our itineraries do finish in beautiful cities. We will be happy to arrange a room type to suit you at our final hotel for your wife to stay.
LONDON TO PARIS BIKE RIDE FAQ’S
Q. I was wondering if you knew what the average pace is when riding.? Just want to make sure the training i do will be relevant.
A. For this event to Paris we typically average in good weather approx 13mph.
Q. What time do you normally arrive in Paris on the Sunday?
A. All going well we should arrive approx. 4pm at our finish point the Place du Trocadero before then riding on to our hotel (10th arrondissements area) we should be settled into our hotel by 6pm
Q. Do you know where we will be staying in Paris?
A. We stay close to the Gare du Nord rail station (this is the Eurostar departure terminal)
Q. What time Eurostar do you normally get on the way back?
A. Ordinarily we aim for a departure between 2-4 pm depending on availability – arriving into London between 5-6pm.