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Your data matters: A responsible approach

Here at Skedaddle, we’re all about living life to the full on two wheels! As the cycling holiday experts, we’re dedicated to making sure everyone who joins us has the best experience possible, both out on the bikes as well as at every other stage of the holiday journey.

So, with data laws changing, we wanted to take a few minutes to share our unwavering commitments to our extended Skedaddle family and the data you share with us…

We only gather essential information
All the details we ask for are important for enabling us to help you have the very best holiday possible! Some are necessary to keep you safe and secure whilst on the bikes and others are needed to make sure each stage of your Skedaddle experience is the very best it could be.

We won’t share information with anyone we don’t have to
Rest assured, we won’t be sending your details off to any external 3rd party companies to hassle you further down the line. Any data we share is with official service providers we work with closely and who would process the data to help us deliver you a great holiday and excellent customer service.

We only send you relevant information
It is our personal aim to make sure our marketing materials are as fun and informative as possible and these come jam-packed with fascinating trip features, expert advice and the latest Skedaddle offers. For those signed up to our newsletters, you also have the chance to tell us exactly what topics you’re interested in so you’ll only get the stuff that’s most relevant to you.

We’ll always give you the option to unsubscribe
Because we know minds are made to be changed! You have the right to update your preferences at any time and we have made sure unsubscribing is as easy as possible. Simply head to your account to do so or give our friendly team a call and we can guide you through the process.

We only keep your data for as long as is necessary
Saying goodbye is never easy but we know it is an inevitable fact of life! For those of you that don’t want to keep coming back for more Skedaddle fun, the day will come when we no longer need your personal data and after a certain period of time we securely delete from our system.

Good vibes and good values have always been at the heart of what we do at Skedaddle and we want our data policy to reflect that! As Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s information commissioner, the lady in charge of data protection enforcement, wisely explained, the new GDPR law is “an evolution, not a revolution” a statement we very much agree with. For more details check out our Privacy Notice.

Be inspired by the Giro d’Italia

The first Grand Tour of 2018 is here! And now it’s time to open up the possibilities of taking on your own two-wheeled challenge. Here’s a run down of the stages and where our road cycling routes feature on this year’s tour…

Stage 9 Abruzzo, Appennini d’Abruzzo
Guided | Duration: 8 days | Grade: 3-4
A gentle intro through the terraced vineyards and olive groves of the Gran Sasso range soon takes a turn for the challenging with the infamous Passo Laciano and Blockhaus of Majella. From there, the adventures keep coming until our final climb into Campo Imperatore.

Stages 14 & 15Italian Dolomites and Raid Dolomiti
Guided | Duration: 8/10 days | Grades: 4-5/5

Take on some of Italy’s most iconic mountains! Both of our trips exploring these thrilling peaks are aimed at experienced cyclists who love the challenges of riding in the mountains. Home to many Giro highlights, it’s your chance to defeat the famous climbs and star in your own classic tour.

Stage 17Lakes of Lombardia
Guided | Duration: 8 days | Grade: 3
The Northern Lake District is synonymous with cycling history. This trip, our very own Tour of Lombardy, is perfect for discerning cyclists who like to combine idyllic road cycling with the finer things in life — good food, wine and stylish accommodation.

Stage 18Piemonte, La Strada del Vino
Guided | Duration: 8 days | Grade: 3
New for 2018, Piemonte has ridden into the spotlight as a niche road cycling destination. The region was awarded UNESCO World Heritage recognition in 2014 and is famous for Barolo wine, truffles and cheeses… need we continue? Oh, and the cycling is quite literally picture perfect.

Long-haul adventures with our top tips!

Don’t miss out!
Make savings on a once-in-a-lifetime journey this month! For a limited time only we’re offering free bike hire on *selected cycling adventures in the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America. For more information, click here!

For when a weekend getaway or a city break just doesn’t cut it, long-haul holidays are made for getting out of your comfort zone and exploring our beautiful and diverse world. Read this inspiring write-up by our guide and cycling journalist Hannah Reynolds about how nothing quite compares to cycling in far-flung destinations and get some of her top tips for your next adventure…

Long-haul travel, however you do it, is always an adventure. It’s frequently said that ‘travel broadens your horizons’ and it does, in every possible sense, but travelling by bike, pedalling towards that exciting, changing horizon brings you more in touch with the country you are travelling through. Here are a few reasons I prefer to travel by bike…

Travel like a local…
On the surface travel is about exploring and experiencing differences, but often the things that bring most warmth and humour are the connections created by similarities. One of the great things about travelling by bike is that you become part of the throng of cyclists. Many countries use bikes as a primary mode of transport, instead of being shut behind the glass of an air conditioned tour bus you are out there with everyone else, getting covered in the same dust, struggling with the same heat and sharing in an ordinary day-to-day experience.

In Myanmar we ended up in a race with two young boys. They were cycling home from school on old steel bikes, at least two sizes too big, with their tiffin tins banging against the handle bars. As we sedately rolled alongside them on the dry dirt road I caught a sidelong glance from the two lads and their pace increased. After a few metres they were out of the saddle and hunched over the handle bars, school bags flapping behind them. I caught what was happening and exaggeratedly pedalled faster myself. We kept glancing across at each other to see if either had pulled ahead and all of us were laughing. When they stopped at the end of the village we waved to each other. A few minutes of warm, funny interaction thanks to our bikes.

Sensational cycling…
Cycling makes the inrush of the new sensations of travel unavoidable. If you are riding you need to take deep breaths, to keep the oxygen flowing to your working muscles. In those deep breaths you might get the smells and tastes of fresh, spicy cooking, the scent of an unusual flower, a waft of perfume as someone walks down the road. Or it might be something much less pleasant, more basely human or agricultural but you have to suck it in. There is no sanitizing air-conditioning on a bike ride.

Food, glorious food…
Food and sharing meals is one of the greatest pleasures of travel, after a long day of riding your appetite is significantly sharpened making your meal not just more enjoyable but making you more inclined to try new and unusual flavours. Hunger is the best sauce and like an army, cyclists travel on their stomach. Whilst sitting in a restaurant is always pleasant the most memorable meals are often the spontaneous ones, when you pull up to a café, or grab a snack from a street vendor, and eat your meal with strangers taking a break in their own day.

Depending on the country and the season you might be able to refresh yourself with fruit picked fresh from the tree. Nothing beats eating a juicy sun-warmed pineapple that was cut free just moments before. On my most recent Skedaddle trip in Myanmar it was melon season, we passed row after row of ponderous melons, their stalks tied to canes with bailer twine to stop their heavy flesh contacting the ground. We could smell the ripeness as we cycled past, perfectly sweet to the point of almost bursting open.  When we came across some pickers by the roadside we were offered one to sample; cut into wide slices and handed around the group we ate it in big clumsy bites with the juice running down our chins. It beats a dry cereal bar as a riding snack any day!

Get out there!
Long-haul adventures take us further away from our comfortable and familiar environments. Whilst sometimes challenging and disorientating it is always exciting, if we are open to what is going on around us. The best way to experience a new place is full immersion, jump in with both feet, or as we prefer, with two wheels.

Top Tips for your next cycling adventure…
Some people approach travel with a lot of preparation, research and planning; others go for the feet first full immersion without any preconceived ideas. Whichever approach you prefer here are some practical things to do before your trip to help you get the most from your experience:

1. Visas – it’s a small bit of admin vital to your trip, do it ASAP within the time frames for the country you are visiting. Some don’t allow you to do it more than a few months in advance.

2. Injections and health. Some courses of injections need to be started several weeks before you travel so visit your doctor for advice as soon as your trip is booked.

3. Buy some cycle clothing appropriate to where you are travelling. You may need lighter weight clothing, or even SPD sandals instead of your usual mountain bike shoes. Long loose clothing on the bike is often cooler than tight skimpy Lycra and will give you more sun protection.

4. You don’t need to read every guide book going before you travel but do learn a little bit about local customs and traditions, particularly anything that might cause offence, even accidentally.

5. If your trip includes many visits to temples or shrines make sure you have something that you can slip over your cycling kit to cover your legs and shoulders that will fit in your rucksack.

6. Download the xe.com app to make quick and accurate currency conversions so you don’t get stung when haggling in the markets.

7. Have a little bit of cash ready to use when you land. Most international airports have an ATM so make sure your cards will work in the country you are visiting.

8. Buy World Adapter socket plug so you can charge all your devices and have the right socket wherever you go.

9. Trying new foods is part of the fun of travel but some people find it comforting to have a few familiar snacks, especially if riding all day, so throw in a couple of treats.

Feeling inspired? Discover our full range of long-haul holidays for an unrivalled opportunity to explore the heart and soul of a destination on two wheels!