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Cycling Holiday FAQs

Get into gear before you pedal in paradise with our Kerala Cycling Holiday FAQs

Bikes and equipment

Bikes
We provide TREK 3700 D mountain bikes, with 24 gears, Shimano shifters, disc brakes, and front suspension. Small, medium and large sizes are available.

You are welcome to bring your own bike if you’d prefer. Bear in mind that some of the roads can be quite bumpy, so suspension is an advantage, as are sturdy tyres.

Saddles
You are welcome to bring your own saddle, if you’d prefer.

Pedals
Standard pedals are fitted to the bikes, but you are able to bring your own.

Equipment
Tube frame bags and water bottle holders are provided. The tour van follows the group of riders throughout the trip and carries spare cycles, a mechanic and necessary equipment. It also provides refreshments along the way and sometimes a chilled beer.

Helmets
Helmets are not provided, so please bring your own.

About the tour

Is there a minimum age limit on this tour
We can accommodate guests above the age of 18.

Is there a minimum/maximum group size?
The minimum size is 2 and the maximum 16.

During the tour

Who will my guide be?
The cycle guide will be an experienced cyclists who is aware of the routes and can also act as tour guides.

Will I be fully briefed on the routes each day?
Riders are fully briefed every day about the distance covered and the terrain. Detailed information on the route is available in advance of your holiday, but may alter slightly on your tour due to road works, road closures and inclement weather.

What are the roads like on this route?
We try and avoid busy city traffic but there will be cycling on roads, so cyclists will need to be confident at this.

Are there any admission or transportation fees?
Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, temples & other exclusive events and transportation from rendezvous to final drop-off are always included in your tour price. We have given as much focus on non-cycling activity as on cycling.

Is food and drink provided?
Breakfast is included in the tour, and we try to make sure that local food plays an integral part of this. Drinking water, soft drinks, juice and tea/coffee are included while riding. Refreshments such as fresh and dry fruit, biscuits, cakes, crisps are also provided.

Do I need to carry my luggage with me?
Don’t worry about carrying luggage, as it will all be carried in the accompanying tour van.

Will I be able to wash my cycling clothing?
There are laundry facilities available at the hotels if you need to wash your cycle clothing.

 

What to pack

For your bike

  • Trainers or cycling shoes. Please note that the pedals are flat (not clip in or with toe clips).
  • Pedals and saddle if you’d prefer your own
  • Helmet

Cycling clothes

  • Bib shorts or bib tights (or comfy bottoms for riding up to 40 miles a day)
  • Cycling jerseys (long and short sleeve)
  • Arm warmers/leg warmers
  • Packable rain jacket (just in case)
  • Sunglasses
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Bandana/buff

Nutrition

Refreshments are provided, but you might like to bring the following if you prefer:

  • Energy gels (don’t pack these in your hand luggage!)
  • Energy bars
  • Energy/recovery drink powder

For general clothing and equipment, please read our handy guide.

 

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