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Let our experts turn your dream ride into a reality

Whether you’re a group of friends looking for a unique bonding experience or are searching for a suitably challenging fundraising trip, our Tailor Made cycle holidays could be for you! We asked regular Skedaddler Russ Cummings why he keeps coming back for more bespoke cycling tours with us…

You keep coming back for more Tailor Made experiences, Russ. There must be a reason?
‘The routes, the people and the picnics… Skedaddle have years of experience and their encyclopaedic knowledge of the best roads for cycling means they take us to wonderful places, quiet scenic and appropriately undulating. The staff are fantastic, whether it is the team at HQ organising and taking bookings, or the team on the road. They treat us like friends, yet work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the event a success. And the food… those picnics by the side of the road are legendary, fresh local produce in wonderful locations (or is it just that we are so hungry when we stop, we’d love anything they gave us!!)’

Tell us about your experience organising these tours?
‘The planning is almost as much fun as the riding. Discussing routes and logistics adds to the anticipation. Before we finish one trip we start planning the next (David has this knack of sowing the seeds of his favourite roads in Corsica, or unfinished business in the French Alps!). So the anticipation keeps us going throughout the winter. The admin staff are brilliant, helping coordinate everyone flying in from different places.  And if I haven’t mentioned it before, those guys work so hard during the week itself! Rising before dawn to sort bikes, prep the route, provision the van, then last to bed (certainly keeping us company in the bar!). Nothing is too much trouble for the staff and they really know the formula to keep us all happy and together – not and easy task at times when tired and hungry!’

What for you is the best thing about each of your holidays with Skedaddle?
‘The routes, the people and the picnics – plus we’ve been taken to some wonderful, memorable places off the beaten track.  Places with character, often with lovely views where cyclists are welcomed and well fed… if only they weren’t all on top of a hill!’ Russ

Still not convinced? We have also asked another regular of Tailor Made trips Scott Brown about what he thinks makes a Skedaddle experience so unique and personal…

‘The Skedaddle team have a knack of judging the routes so they stretch and challenge us without turning a trip into an ordeal or tribulation and, as a result, we surprise ourselves by achieving something that truly feels like a real accomplishment and this brings immense satisfaction. If you told me a few years ago that I would be climbing (and just as importantly descending!) Tourmalet, Ventoux, or Stelvio, I would have laughed. The Skedaddle team have shown us what we can do when we put our minds to it and are suitably motivated… and related to this there is a sense of camaraderie that forms during, and that lasts beyond, these memorable trips.’ Scott

Want to discover for yourself? Read more about our tailor made cycling holidays. It’s your chance to turn your dream cycling tour into reality!

Photos by Lighttrapper Photography

Design your dream cycling holiday

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Looking for something a little bit different?
Look no further than our Tailor Made tours! Designed with you specifically in mind, we’ll do our very best to help design the trip of your dreams.

What we can offer…
With over 20 years’ experience planning cycling holidays we’ve honed our skills right down to the finest detail. Whether a small group of friends looking for a unique way to celebrate a special occasion, or a corporate party as large as 50, who fancy conquering a challenge together, we’re here to help you design your ultimate cycling journey.

Case Study…
Who: Russ Cummings (+ 20 guests)
Where: Tuscany, Italy
Key requests:

  • Handpicked accommodation
  • Great riding experiences
  • Friendly/familiar guides

They say…

“Very good all round. Professional, efficient and fun.” Ian, London”

“The highlight of the year’’ Scott, Cambridge

Click here to read more about our latest Tailor Made holiday.

Feeling inspired?
If you’re chomping at the bit to start planning your very own cycling holiday with us, simply click here to put the wheels in motion…

Seeing is believing…
Take a closer look at our awesome aerial video from Russ Cummings’ latest Tailor Made tour in  Tuscany:

Tailor Made: Customise & Exercise

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At Saddle Skedaddle we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of high quality cycling holidays to meet the requirements of every kind of rider.

Anything from a weekend in Northumberland to a high altitude, adrenaline-fuelled, singletrack extravaganza in the Peruvian Andes, we offer hundreds of departures for scores of unique tours in dozens of destinations. And with five categories of tour; Cycling Adventures, Road Cycling, Mountain Biking, Leisure Cycling and, most recently, Family Cycling you might think that we have something to keep everyone happy. Whilst that is largely the case, we know that there is no such thing as an average Skedaddler and every season more and more of you are coming to us with specific requirements and requests to make your Skedaddle experience just a little more unique and a little more special. So, if after searching our website or scouring the Skedaddle Ride Guides you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for, don’t dismay. Just pick up the phone and tell us what you have in mind – we’ll consider any reasonable request and we don’t often say no!

I’d like my own date…
Tailor-made tours come in various forms, the most straightforward of which might be as simple as you and a group of riding companions wanting to participate in one of our standard tours but on a different date than the scheduled departure. If our published schedule just doesn’t work for you and your friends, don’t be afraid to ask if we can schedule a special trip. We can, and often do, add dates to our schedules to meet specific requirements.

STRAWS 1 (1)STRAWS 2  Fat Dads and Classy Lasses: Always on the look-out for an adventure these chaps from Derbyshire have done bespoke mountain biking trips with us in Southern Spain and Sardinia. Not to be outdone, their better-halves have forayed into Southern Spain, Sardinia and joined our St Malo to Nice trip too.

I want that one, but…
You’ve read the tour dossier and you love everything about the tour but…you don’t want to ride so far every day, you want to ride further, you’d rather stay in four and five star hotels, you’d like all your meals included, you want non-riding partners to come along or you’d like to extend the itinerary by a couple of days to include rest days or take on a few more classic cols. Almost anything is possible so again, don’t be afraid to ask.

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Crafting classics for Russ & the Gang: We’ve created tailor made tours for Russ Cummings and his guys for the last four years. So far these guys have gone Cape to Cape in Spain (check them out on pages 40-45), ticked off the Tourmalet in France, taken on the Tour de France’s classic climbs and gone coastal in Corsica. 2016 and it’ll be back to Italy for a spot of Tuscan sunshine.

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Looking after Langdon: Mention an iconic road climb or two to this legendary charity and they’ll soon be rounding-up the ‘usual suspects’ and heading to Europe for a long-weekend that’s packed with action. Over the last couple of years they’ve taken their velos to Ventoux and gone from Garda to the Stelvio. With group sizes at around 40 riders, and lots of money raised along the way for their charity (langdonuk.org), it’s no mean undertaking!

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Camping it up with the caravanners: Dressed in tweeds (yes it does chafe) for a 600 mile round-the-UK ride from Wantage to Scarborough to celebrate National Camping and Caravanning Week. Tim our guide sensibly went tweed free!

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Supporting the Swampeys: The ‘Swampeys’ from New South Wales, named after their local road, regularly ask us to organise their cycling trips. Forever searching for something a little bit different, they’ve joined us in Japan, pedalled with us in Provence and we’ve lost count of the times they’ve headed to Italy. For 2016, plans are already afoot for a spot of Spanish cycling in the sunshine.

Tell us what you want, what you really, really want!
More and more of you are coming to us to ask for help turning your dream trips into a reality. We’ve worked with you to create dozens of special adventures in new countries and new routes in countries in which we already operate.

Have you been assigned by your cycling club committee to come up with a more exciting idea than going back to Mallorca for the 15th year in a row? You might be a group of friends who’ve already ridden many of our standard tours and fancy trying something brand new. Are you a business looking for a team-building opportunity with a difference or a corporate event to treat your most important customers? Perhaps you’re a charity looking for a fun and challenging way to raise funds for your cause?

If so, give us a try, we have broad experience in each of these avenues and we’ll be delighted to share our expertise. In theory, no group is too small and we’ve arranged numerous bespoke tours for small groups including couples or solo riders. However, in our experience parties of 8 or more are ideal and can often be accommodated for prices similar to those of our standard tours. For more information about a tailor made trip, call, email, or click here to make your booking online.