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Customer Story: A Photo Diary From Chile And Argentina

We are very excited to announce John as our first Customer Competition winner of 2017. That’s right folks, our monthly Customer Competition is back and we can’t wait to see what you get up to this year! Read on to hear all about our latest winner…

A picture speaks a thousand words, so the saying goes. Having set his sights on South America, John Hayes joined us in Chile and Argentina and came back with some amazing snaps of his cycling holiday. It turns out John is quite a traveler, spending most of his time either walking or cycling somewhere in the world, or planning his next trip. He is an author of his own blog ‘John Hayes Walks (and Cycles)’ on which he features his fascinating travel tales, including a write up of our cycling adventure too. So, without further ado, check out John’s beautiful photo diary from Chile and Argentina, a journey through the regions impressive Lake District:

‘Getting away to the sun and cycling in January is a brilliant way to escape cold grey Britain and it’s now established as a regular feature in our calendar. After three excellent trips in south-east Asia, we wanted a change from the traffic and the endless Buddha statues and decided to go to Chile and Argentina.’

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‘Apart from the cycling (I’ll cycle anywhere) and the good company, this trip was all about the landscape.’

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‘The scenery is spectacular and surprisingly varied. While huge lakes are a common theme, the landscape is lush, forested and green on the Chilean side of the Andies and like a desert in Argentina. Particularly spectacular were the snow-capped volcanoes and, on a smaller scale, the monkey puzzle forests.’

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‘The accommodation was generally speaking excellent, nice hotels in great locations. As is usual the people attracted to these trips are easy going, good fun and everyone got on very well.’

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‘The trip ended on a high with some great cycling along lovely tarmac roads with a long undulating descent.’

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Make sure to read John’s full story on his blog!

For the love of cycling!

Roses are red, violets are blue…stuff the flowers and book a two-wheeled trip for two!

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This Valentine’s day, why not avoid the materialistic clichés and instead put the wheels in motion for an exciting adventure together? Here is a selection of our most lusted after destinations, handpicked by our HQ team…

1. Team Road: Tuscany Tourer, Italy
Why? Idyllic landscapes greet you at every turn in treasured Tuscany and we can’t think of anything more romantic than soaking up the sublime Val d’Orcia views together on two wheels.

2. Team Leisure: Chateaux of the Loire, France
Why? This is quintessential France at its best! Picture grand castles dotted along a scenic valley – all washed down with the region’s revered vineyard wares and gastronomic delights.

3. Team Adventures: Wine Country, Chile
Why? Don’t miss your chance to cycle the incredible vinayards of the Colchagua Valley (complete with an Andean mountain backdrop) with your other half – surely the dream holiday for those who love to relax with a tasty tipple, or two?

4. Team Mountain Biking: South Africa and Botswana
Why? If you’re the sort of couple who crave an adventure, this is the tour for you. Packed full of experiences, you’ll get to sample some fun and technical biking, as well as the chance to spot lions as you explore the “dizzyingly exciting” Mashatu wildlife park, by bike!

Customer Competition 2016: We Have A WINNER!

You voted fiercely and we are now happy to announce our Annual Customer Competition winner for 2016:

Congratulations, Denise D’Abadie!
Her November entry was a huge success and her prize sees her claiming an additional £1000 worth of Skedaddle vouchers. YAY! Denise is a real Skedaddle regular so we are delighted she has won.

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Her destination: Chile and Argentina
We love seeing more and more Skedaddlers enjoying the impressive cycling sights of South America! Denise loved our holiday in Chile and Argentina so much that she wrote a series of blogs, which give an incredible insight into our adventure there. This trip took her through landscapes of snow-capped volcanoes, deep valleys, lakes and curious forests of monkey puzzle trees set against the awesome backdrop of the Andes. Chile is a special place for us, this is where the idea of Saddle Skedaddle was born, so we’re super pleased Denise felt suitably inspired.

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What now?
You can look at her full competition entry or learn more about the ‘Chile and Argentina’ holiday right here. We have a guaranteed departure date in November 2017 and places are filling in fast! Also, keep your eyes peeled and your entries ready for our competition re-launch in 2017.