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Customer Story: Repeat Offender

Having recently returned from yet another Skeddadle guided cycling holiday, Nick shares a few thoughts as to why he keeps on coming back for more and what makes our holidays uniquely enjoyable…

Easy to organise.  I’m sure we’ve all thought about organising a cycling holiday somewhere warm and sunny but then when it comes to the logistics it starts to get complicated. So where do you want to go? France, Italy, Spain, on or off road? There’s plenty on offer. Personally that’s the great thing about Skedaddle, they only ‘do’ cycling holidays, nothing else and run their own trips with their own dedicated guides. Rest assured they know their stuff and go out of their way to ensure everything is perfect, leaving you to concentrate on what really matters, enjoying your cycling and having a relaxed time.

Just Ride – The great thing about a Skedaddle leisure guided trip is that you can ride at your own pace, with your partner or friends. It’s not a race and with guides at the head and tail of the group you’ll not get left behind, so you can soak up the scenery and enjoy the ride. There are always opportunities to stop for have a coffee, grab a cheeky gelato or chat with the locals. Just as if you’d organised your own trip but without the hassle.

Whether you’re taking your own bike or hiring one locally (including e-bikes) it’s good to know there is full back up en-route.  On my recent trip in Italy I had a problem with my gears which meant if I had been on my own it would have been impossible to continue the day’s ride. However a spare bike was promptly pulled from the support vehicle and I was back on the road within 10 minutes, my original bike being fixed and back in full working order before I’d had my second beer on arriving at our destination! That’s service.

Great Accommodation – No, make that amazing accommodation! You’ll not be billeted in faceless large and impersonal hotels. You’ll be staying at a small local boutique hotels where you’re treated like a valued guest not just a room number. Perhaps you’ll enjoy an agritourismo where you’ll be hosted like you are extended family. Breakfast on the terrace, a cheeky beer after a day in the saddle, a splash in the pool or supper under the stars, you won’t be disappointed wherever you stay.

Delicious Local Food. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy my cycling but I also enjoy my food. It’s an integral part of my holiday to savour flavoursome local dishes made with fresh ingredients, not to mentionappreciating a selection of the regional wines. And there is nothing more enjoyable than sharing such delights with your fellow cyclists and guides. A perfect opportunity to relive the day’s highlights and wonder what tomorrow’s route has in store. Almost forget – Skedaddle lunches are legendary. They are prepared daily, usually served in the cool shade under the trees along your route and you certainly won’t go hungry.

Making New Friends. I don’t consider myself a person that needs to be in a group, in fact if you’d have suggest to me to go on a group holiday I’d probably say ‘no thanks’. But having overcome my initial reticence I’d say in general your fellow Skedaddlers are usually like-minded, engaging individuals who share a passion for cycling and will enjoy sharing their week. In fact I made several new friends on my initial trip to Sardinia over 11 years ago and I have stayed in touch ever since, not to mention those I’ve acquainted more recently.

So if you are thinking about booking your first Skedaddle trip or perhaps never enjoyed a guided or perhaps a leisure type trip then I’d urge you to do so. Hopefully you will enjoy it for all the same reasons I do and you’ll be left with wonderful memories and a huge smile.’ Nick

Nick is our July winner of the Customer Competition. His journey from Tuscany to Rome inspired him to send us this entry and we absolutely love it. Thanks Nick!

3 autumn bike rides you don’t want to miss

Who said the best biking happened in summer? Take a closer look at our top autumn biking journeys, which promise all the usual epic scenery, technical trails and our great guiding team too. For those eager to escape, you can’t go wrong with these 3 epic bucket list tours…

1. Roman Trails, Portugal
We say: Taking you from the dramatic North of Portugal to the plains of the South, there is no scarcity of varied terrain. Prepare for natural trails promise to keep you tested on this incredible journey.
You say: ‘I wanted a challenge and a challenge I got – a great holiday!’ Natasha, London.

2. South Africa and Botswana
We say: Combine technical riding fun with the opportunity to spot impressive African wildlife and you have a cocktail of epic biking experiences up for grabs.
You say: ‘2 giraffes not 30 yards away posing for us, I come out in goose bumps thinking about it.’ Liz, Derby.

3. Atlas to Desert, Morocco
We say: The mighty Moroccan mountains offer bikers something quite different to what they’re used to – one of the most unspoilt mountain ranges anywhere in the world!
You say: ‘I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for an unforgettable cycling holiday!’ Jason, UK.

Central America and the Caribbean: Better by bike

Central America and the Caribbean need little introduction to many, but for those seeking a more active way to experience the region’s turquoise waters and vibrant Latin American culture…we have just the thing! Take a look at our 3 inspiring journeys by bike below…

Where: Cuba | Trips: Cuban Wheels and Cuban Revolutions
Key experiences: Gliding past majestic limestone peaks in the epic Vale of Vinales (Cuban Revolutions only) and exploring the colourful town of Trinidad. 
We say: The island’s iconic old cars and idyllic palm fringed beaches now maybe be recognisable worldwide, but our cycling holidays enable you to go beyond these popular tourist sights and explore the island’s lesser known rural hidden gems too!

Where: Costa Rica | Trip: Volcanes y Playas
Key experiences: Encounters with exotic wildlife en route and cycling around Lake Arenal, with views of its impressive volcano as your companion.
We say: Renowned as a haven for biodiversity; Costa Rica really is a feast for the soul. Few of our destinations boast such a bounty of natural wonders and each day offers plenty of unique experience that can only be found when exploring an area so untouched by the human world.