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Can I take my own bike?
You don’t have to hire a bike. You can take your own bike. We can advise you on how to properly pack your bike for air travel and will look after your bike bags during your tour returning them to you at the end. If you would prefer to hire a bike our rental partner offers an extensive range of top end brands. We take your measurements at the time of booking to ensure the bike is the best fit for you. It is also possible to hire accessories like helmets, panniers, lights and more.
What’s included in the price?
- Full route details including maps
- All accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis (based on two people sharing twin room)
- Daily luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
- Airport transfers in Italy
- A full briefing on points of local interest across your route including cultural highlights and selected bars and restaurants
- Our Welcome pack with helpful general information on preparing for your trip and cycling in Italy
- Emergency telephone support
As above plus:
- English speaking ride leader with local knowledge
- Backup vehicle support
If taking your own bike the airport transfer includes your bike and storage of bike bags/boxes in Milan. If renting a bike, the price will include full rental costs.
The cost of each trip depends on your requirements. Please get in contact for a detailed quote.
What’s not included in the price?
- Flights to and from Italy
- Lunch and evening meals (except where stated)
- Travel insurance
- Other expenses e.g. souvenirs, excursions, boat trips
When is the best time of year to go?
It is possible to cycle in this part of Italy at most times of the year. The best time to ride is between March and November. During the winter months snow and ice can make it difficult to cycle on some of the mountain roads.
Where will I be staying?
You will be staying at good quality 3 and 4 star hotels, perfectly suited to the needs of a mid life cyclist! We have carefully selected our hotels, not just for their location on our route but also for their level of comfort. It is possible to tailor the accommodation to suit your needs.
How fit do I have to be?
We have designed routes for different levels of fitness and can advise you on what will work best for you. “Comfortable” routes are suitable for most people with an average level of fitness and also for people who are not regular cyclists. The routes are mostly flat. A “Bit Harder” routes include some tougher climbs combined with easy riding. Our “Tough” category includes steep climbs and technical downhills that are more suited to experienced cyclists. We have included details on the number and types of climbs for each of the routes we recommend (See brochure for details).
What pace do you ride at?
On Group tours the average “on the road” pace is approximately 9-12mph (15-20kph) which we believe is more than achievable for most MidLifeCyclists. We start and finish each day as one group and include plenty of breaks. On flat sections of routes we ride together at the pace of the slowest rider. On hills, stronger riders will tend to climb at a faster pace and also descend quicker but we then regroup. We start riding each day after breakfast and aim to arrive at our final destination by late afternoon. On Self Guided rides you ride at your own pace and decide how often you stop for a break. Please get in contact if you have any questions.
Will I get lost?
For self-guided rides we will fully brief you on the route you have chosen. We also provide hard copy, customised maps showing route details. In addition, we offer emergency telephone support. For guided rides you are accompanied by an English speaking ride leader with local knowledge.
Are these rides suitable for kids?
Our rides are not suitable for young children. However, if you know a teenager – we would suggest at least 14 years of age – that can ride a bike all day long without too much complaining then you have the answer! Riders under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. Please contact us if you have any questions or need further clarification.
What do I need to bring?
We will supply you with a full list of things – from Sudocrem to sunblock – that we think may be useful for you to bring on your tour. This will be included in the Welcome Pack sent to you prior to your departure. Please note that wearing a helmet is compulsory at all times – please ensure you bring one with you or we can arrange for you to hire one.
Do I need personal travel insurance?
Yes, and for extra piece of mind we recommend taking out specialist cycle-friendly insurance. All this information and more will be provided in your Welcome Pack.
Can people within the same group choose different routes or have more or less rest days?
Yes, it is possible to mix and match routes for different levels of fitness within the same group. Just get in touch and we will help you find what is right for you.
What about financial protection?
We offer 100% Financial Protection. All payments from our customers are held in an account controlled by an independent organisation called the Travel Trust Association. Payments are only released to MidLifeCyclist when customers have returned from their cycling tour. This is standard practice for tour operators in Europe and fully meets the requirements of EU travel regulations.