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Customer Story: Colombia – El Resumen

Skedaddlers never stop surprising us with the ways they capture their holidays! Here’s quite a unique one and it’s from Karen who joined us to Colombia recently. Check out what a Skedaddle holiday to South America looks like in numbers…

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‘# of riders: 16 (7 from Canada, 4 from the UK, 2 from Trinidad, 2 from Holland and me, the lone American)
# of tour leaders: 1 (Andrew, British)
# of tour guides: 1 (Tomas, Colombian)
# of wives of tour guides who made sure we ate and had a place to sleep: 1 (Juana, Colombian)
# of drivers: 2 (Tito and Oscar, both Colombian)
# of incredible people on the trip: 21 (yes, I included myself!)
% of time I understood the Brits (in English): 80%
% of time I understood the Colombians (in Spanish): 85%
# of days of riding: 10
# of total miles ridden: 615 (approximately)
# of times I laughed nervously when Tomas described the ride for the next day: 17
# of days that I finished the entire ride (generally to my surprise): 10
% of time during the rides that Tito and Oscar offered amazing support (i.e., nutritional, mechanical, emotional and motivational): 100%
# of typical wardrobe changes each day (e.g., arm warmers, rain jacket, vest, etc.): 3
# of times the riders cheered the arrival of fellow riders after a long climb or difficult stage: 5
# of times I pumped my fist and yelled out loud while believing I was the toughest person alive because I had just finished a nearly 1 mile section of a very steep climb: 1
# of times I looked around and saw my fellow riders beaming: 32 (this typically happened after a particularly good descent)
# of times I looked around and saw breathtaking scenery (everything is so green!): 863
# of pictures taken by Christian, a fellow rider: 705 (I only took about 100)
# of miles of the longest climb (Alto de Letras): 52
# of meters climbed: 4,000
# of hours it took me to complete the climb: 10 total hours including lunch and multiple breaks; 8 hours actually riding my bike (very very slowly)
# of times Andrew told me that I was going to finish the climb after I expressed some doubts: 21
# of miles Andrew rode alongside me to make sure I’d finish: 14 (or roughly 3 hours)
# of demonstrations that closed down roads that thankfully we were allowed to ride through: 3 (2 regarding a teachers’ strike and 1 for a community that didn’t have water for 2 weeks)
# of said protests during which two non-Spanish speaking members of our group were given a mic and asked to say a few words: 1
# of impromptu police escorts: 1
# of fantastically unique road signs: 11
# of times people cheered us on as we passed by: 42
# of times I felt so incredibly fortunate to be part of this tour: too many to count

A big thank you to all the Skedaddle staff and my fellow riders. It truly was an incredible and unforgettable trip.’

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Feeling inspired? Now is the time to start thinking about visiting Colombia yourself. It’s a very popular destination, so don’t miss out!

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Skedaddle designer Helen Wallis gives us a brief overview of her recent experience riding the Via Francigena from Tuscany to Rome on an electric bike (ebike). Find out how she got on…

‘I think it’s fair to say that like many folk, I’m a fair weather cyclist but really love getting out on my bike. However, as the years have gone by I’ve found that it’s becoming harder to keep up with cycling friends that ride in all weathers and never seem to be off their bikes! So when I spotted the option of an electric bike for my upcoming Skedaddle trip, I jumped at the chance! 

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To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect. Would it be difficult to ride? Would it be powerful enough to ride all day and get me to my destination and enable me to keep up with my friends? Well, I needn’t have worried, in fact after my week on an ebike, or more to the point a pedal assisted bike, I’m a true convert. 

In fact I’ve become a bit of an ebike evangelist and here are a few reasons why:

It’s as simple as riding a bike! Gears, brakes and handling are just as you’d expect, however at the flick of a switch your super powers kick in, it’s amazing!

 Confidence giving. An ebike allows you to stop to admire the view, take a selfie, delete the selfie and take a nice picture, safe in the knowledge you will not get left behind.

 Make mountains into molehills.  Whatever your ability you can simply just dial up the power for the odd (or every) hill.

 You still get fit. My Skedaddle ebike was pedal assisted so I could simply ride along in ‘eco mode’, the lowest setting or any one of the other 3 levels of assistance depending on the terrain and how I felt.

 It goes for miles. My ebike easily covered over 30 miles a day on the trip and often still had half of its charge left. And when the cycling was over I simply plugged the battery in to charge in my room before going out for supper.

 It’s fun to ride! It gave me the chance to sit back and relax and take in the scenery. And when my fellow cyclists occasionally ran out of puff, I still had the energy to keep on talking – great for me – less so for them!

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Interestingly, after a few days of gentle teasing (and a cracking new nickname ‘Duracell Bunny’), everyone on the trip was keen to have a go on my ebike. There were plenty of big grins and even the odd cry of amazement at the level of assistance it provided on all types of trail and surface and especially on the hills.

So, the bottom line is whatever your cycling ability or age, you don’t need to feel you are missing out. Riding an ebike made me feel like a big kid again, I felt unlimited in where I could go and what I could see. It provided me with the time and comfort to take in the glorious Italian countryside and the confidence to ride all day with my friends, safe in the knowledge that whatever the route threw at us, I was able to ride by their side. 

Now, where’s the nearest socket…’

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Sounds good? We have a great range of Electric Bike Holidays for you to choose from!

Photography: Alessandro Gallo

Your chance to win £1000 off your next trip

Ladies, gentleman and cycling lovers worldwide…we need YOU! Our monthly customer competition is your chance to share your Skedaddle cycling experiences with us and save over £1000 off your next two-wheeled trip too – yes, you read right! But what sort of stuff are we looking for? Take a peek at our some of winning entries so far:

Overcoming cycling fears in Kerala…
“So…do you do a lot of cycling?” I asked one of the women, feigning nonchalance. “Casual or obsessive?” Click here to read Sheila’s full story and find out how she got on exploring India’s lush and tropical landscapes.

Sketching in Italy…
Like what you see above? This sketch was created by our April winner Sam Gomersall, who joined us in picturesque Puglia. Check out more of his amazing sketches here.

Lyrical mastery in Colombia…
“There was a group of 16 with Skeddadle/ On the saddles of their bikes they did pedal/ From the heights of Bogota/ To the seas of Cartagena/ They splashed, puffed, bumped and showed their mettle.” Read the full poem by Cathy here.

To see our full list of 2017 winners so far and to find out how you could be in with a chance of winning click here.