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Customer Story: Sketches from Puglia

Brimming with flavourful cuisine, distinctive architecture and breathtaking scenery, Puglia truly is Italy’s best kept secret! So it comes as no surprise that our customers often feel inspired to channel their creative side while on a tour. Our April Customer Competition Winner did just that.

Armed with paper, pen and watercolours, Sam Gomersall found himself capturing his cycling holiday in Italy by sketching. From ancientMonopoli on the adriatic coast, to the whitewashed houses of Ostuni and of course the memorable conical roofs of the Trulli in Alberobello, there was plenty of inspiration to be found!

‘The cycling trip to Puglia at Easter is now but a memory. Photos help to remind us how beautiful it was, where we went and what a great crowd of guests and guides we were with. In my case there are also some sketches and a few watercolours done in short stops during the cycling day.

Sketching is a luxury, not normally enough time in the day at home, so a double treat being able to cycle and sketch.

The weather was great for the entire week, so swimming in the sea was the other requirement – another great activity to fit into our cycle break! We were never far from beautiful beaches, idyllic sandy coves and inviting turquoise seas.

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‘Italian cycle guides Christina and Christina were super. Bike maintenance, navigation, picnic lunches all taken care of. And what picnic lunches they were; local bread, speciality cheeses, salads, and all laid out in a specially chosen spot. We will be back!’
Feeling inspired? Check out our Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday in Puglia or find out more about our Customer Competition.

Customer Story: So You Think You Can Climb?

One of our favourite things to do is to read stories from our Skedaddlers and we were in for a treat when this pair shared with us an overview of their time in Colombia. Featuring the challenges of the Alto de Letras (that is reputed to be the longest climb in the world), friendly locals and amazing scenery, they sure had the time of their lives. Keep reading to hear more about their cycling experience…

‘Chris and I have recently finished an organised 12 day cycling trip in Colombia with Saddle Skedaddle and, if you like climbing, take a look at this trip.


We started in Bogota, which is at an altitude of 2,625m and finished on the Caribean coast at Cartagena. As the Andes enter Colombia they split into three cordilleras (mountain ranges) and we spent the next 10 days crossing over them – up and down.   Perhaps the highlight, if you can call it that, was climbing the Alto de Letras which climbs continuously for 82km starting at just under 500m above sea level and rising to an altitude of 3,692m and is reputed to be the longest climb in the world with a total ascent of 4,200m. We were told this was a climb of more than four vertical kilometres and wonder if this could be the climb Lucho Herrara was thinking of when he said that European mountains, such as Alpe d’Huez, were far too short for Colombians.

Apart from the cycling being first class, the scenery was wonderful. We cycled through the Zona Cafetera, stunning scenery in one of the world’s primary coffee growing regions and our rest day was in Medellin, famous for its culture and nightlife. And we cannot write this article without mentioning the Colombian people, we are now half way through our two month trip and everybody has been so friendly and helpful – we really wish we spoke more Spanish so we could fully engage with them.


So if you are interested – here’s some more facts.

12 days cycling with one rest day. Total mileage 673 miles. Total climbed 17,716 meters. It is possible to take your own bike but we hired bikes; Argon 18 all carbon with Shimano 105 11 speed compact chain set with 11/28 cassette (not always low enough for Jan, she missed her bike).

Skedaddle have been running this trip for quite a few years now and they have certainly smoothed out all the problems that can occur in running an overseas trip. We had a well organised sleek tour from start to finish, where everything was thought of and organised. If you fancy it, have a look at their website or talk to David Hall at Skedaddle as we did on a number of occasions before we left home.’


Congratulations to Jan and Chris who are our February Customer Competition winners! Have something to share yourself? Find out more about our Customer Competition.

Customer Story: A Photo Diary From Chile And Argentina

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.’


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


‘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.’


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