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What’s so good about our cycling holidays…

We’ve been travelling the world on our bikes for more than 20 years and what inspired us all those years ago still inspires us today. That travel should move you and that there is no better way to meet a place properly – its people, its culture, its natural wonders – than by bike.

We don’t do passing by, we do pedalling through
You can do something wonderful on two wheels, whether it’s weaving around cobbled city streets or pumping the knees with the hilltop picnic point in sight. Our local guides and their knowledge of the best food, wine and sights, give you an unrivalled opportunity to discover more about the people of a country and their culture; to really meet a place you’ll never want to forget.

A very different kind of ‘all inclusive’
We believe in being outdoors. In the rain and the wind, in sunshine and stillness. We plan for whatever the day has in store for us and look forward to being surprised. Because unlike back home there’s no autopilot or zoning out, we’re here to feel everything we can. All the sights and sounds, the odd bump along the way, just pedalling on and breathing it all in.

Life’s too short to not ride a bike
Medieval towns, rural villages, 
cafés in the harbour; views, smells, endorphins, goat bells and warm breezes, beads of sweat and the best bloomin’ picnics you’ve ever tasted. Meeting new people and sharing your journey with them, makes for the freshest and most enjoyable type of experience.

Whether you choose to go for our small-guided parties of around 6 to 15 people or decide to ride self-guided with friends or family, our hand-picked destinations and routes, led by local experts, are designed to make sure everyone has an incredible time.

Holiday Countdown…

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Heading away on your travels may be the stuff of dreams, but the preparation can take time, effort and cause unwanted stress too. Having been in the business for over 20 years we’d like to think we’re pretty clued up on making this experience as pain-free as possible! So, time to take a breather and let us help guide you through your holiday preparations…

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By now you should have received a copy of your booking confirmation via email which contains a number of important documents to store safely, as part of this you’ll receive payment details and important pre-departure information, including: a packing list and more detailed information on your chosen destination.

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Once your trip is confirmed it’s time to book your flights! We advise you sort your travel arrangements as soon as possible, in order to secure the cheapest seats. Check out skyscanner.net  to find the best deals for your local airport, or contact our team for more advice about the specific travel arrangements needed. Heading to an exotic destination? Make sure you double-check the visa requirements, which can often take a good few weeks to process. Full details for this can be found in your pre departure information (see step 1). You’ll also need to sort out any jabs required to help keep you healthy whilst away, so make sure you book a trip to the doctors in good time.

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A few weeks before you go, it’s best to re-check the grading for your chosen cycling holiday. Whether training for a challenging trip or heading off on a more leisurely tour, we advise everyone to get back in the saddle for at least a couple of rides to help get you used to riding!

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Time to sort your spending money so you can really enjoy yourself whilst away! You’ll find the necessary currency needed for your chosen destination as part of your pre departure information (see step 1 ).

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Around 1 -2 weeks prior to departure you’ll receive an email containing your joining instructions. This includes details of your guide or representative, your accommodation and any further information you may need before setting off. We suggest you take a copy of this information to have handy on your holiday.

Travel tips from the team…
We caught up with our team at Skedaddle HQ to find out what they’re best advice was for getting ready for your holiday!

Eilidh – Operations Manager
Pack your toothbrush and change of essential clothing in your hand luggage in case you’re delayed and separated from your luggage.

Kerry – Road Travel Consultant
Bring some extra parcel tape and zip-ties for packing up your bike, and download the airline apps – they’re great

Andrew – Creative Director
Learn a few words of the local language and practice at the evening meal. When chicken’s feet arrive instead of a green salad, pretend they’re your favourite and tuck in. 

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Time to start getting really excited for your up and coming travels! In need of some inspiration? Click here to check out our website to find your next holiday.

Ride, Rinse, Repeat – how to keep your kit clean during multi-day cycling trips

In the third instalment of our Hannah Reynold’s serieswe look at the age old dilemma of trying to keep your kit clean whilst traveling by bike. Read for squeaky-clean kit advice

Cycling every day of your holiday means washing a lot of cycling shorts. Here are our tips for getting the job done quickly so there is more time to relax and explore.

Wearing clean shorts every day of your trip is essential; not only will it help you to look and smell good it is the most important step in avoiding the dreaded saddle sores! Few of us can carry enough shorts to last a whole trip so washing them is inevitable but it needn’t be a chore.

Shower or sink
A super quick technique is to jump in your shower still wearing your kit. Lather up some soap and rub it over the outside of your kit before stripping it off and lathering the inside paying particular attention to the pad inside your shorts. Wash yourself and let the soap you have used rinse through your garments and then give them an extra good rinse with the shower head. Gently wring out the water and stick them in the sink to drain.

I have been doing this for years and even the experts agree with me that it works! Simona Febbi – R&D Textiles Officer at Assos, makers of very fine and very expensive kit, told me “using what you have available is better than leaving your shorts sweaty, even entering the shower with your garments on and rinsing them is a good compromise. Ordinary bar soap is ok to use. Kit can also be washed by hand, if a label says wash as 30 degrees this can be done by hand. Our body is 35.5 degrees so we need to use water that feels cold, if it feels warm to your hand it is already more than 30 degrees.”

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Washing liquid or plain soap
The product you use to wash your best cycling kit needs to be very mild otherwise it can damage technical materials. Your Lycra will become baggy, its colour will fade and any technical coatings will be removed. You should never use fabric conditioner as this destroys the breathability and wicking properties.

Plain bar soap, conveniently provided by most hotels, will do the job absolutely fine and is much better for your kit than cheap biological detergents. However if you are really protective of your expensive cycling outfits then specialist wash such as Halo Sports Wash, Assos Active Wear Cleanser or Odo Revive will look after the technical fabrics as well as being anti-bacterial to ensure that no bad smells follow you around on your next ride.

Drying your kit
When packing for a trip the best plan is a minimum of two pairs of shorts so you can alternate them just in case they don’t fully dry out overnight. Lycra dries fast but you can help it along by squeezing out most of the water before hanging them up, however to keep your kit in good condition you should avoid wringing or twisting fabrics.

My favourite technique is to lay out the bath towel on the floor, after you have dried yourself, then arrange all your kit on it. Roll the towel up and then walk up and down on it so you are pressing the water out of your clothes into the towel. Think of it like treading grapes!

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Drying Lycra is easy in a hot country but do consider your neighbours and the hotel owner. There is a belief that drying your shorts chamois pad outwards in direct sunshine can help to kill bacteria but be sensitive about where you hang up your undergarments! We were once asked to make sure that everyone in the hotel dried their kit out of sight and that shorts were turned inward so no offensive chamois pads were on display!

Eager to put these top tips to the test? Check out our holiday range to inspire your next cycling adventure.