This is a great question and a very important one to have answered before you sign up. It is critical for ensuring that your expectations are met and having a clear picture of what each day on tour might be like. The reality of course is that being on tour cannot be fully understood with pre-reading, but some degree of preparation will help you get the most from your cycling tour experience.
A typical day on a cycling tour goes something like this; We begin with breakfast, either at the hotel / chalet or at a local cafe, then roll out between 7:30 & 8am. Rides can take anywhere from 5-8 hours (depending on the level of the tour) and almost always include a lunch stop. Afternoons are left mostly free to allow some rest or exploring. We usually gather again around 7pm for dinner and head off for some well-earned rest around 9pm. We usually ride between 3-5 days consecutively but always provide options for a day off if needed.
Some important information about your cycling tour
Above all else, you will need to be well prepared phuysically for your cycling tour, this cannot really be over-stated. Climbing mountain passes on a bicycle is physically demending, especially when rides are tackled on back-to-back days. So you will need to ensure that your fitness / endurance is up to scratch. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your tour.
Mostly you will be riding on the right hand side of the road and this can take a little getting used to. With this in mind, a high level of descending proficiency is very important. Our experience tells us that a lack of descending confidence is more often a problem than poor fitness levels. Remember that for every mountain we climb, the road must come back down and the descents in Europe can be very technical.
We strongly recommend that guests arrive at the initial destination at least 24 hours prior to collection for the first detination. This allows a little time to get over the long flight and help to ensure you are ready for the first riding day. It is also advised that you select an evening departure if flying from Australia, this assists in getting some sleep on the long outward flights
Most tours have full support during rides. Vehicles will follow riders and transport clothing, food, spares, tools, first aid supplies etc. Each ride will have a designated lead and sweep rider in addition to the support vehicle.
Generally we will have two "bases" on our tours, so there will be transfers between these destinations including the arrival and departure transfers
Accommodation is usually twin share (although single supplements are available) in hotels, apartments or chalets
Most evening meals and often all breakfasts are included in most tour packages. Some dinners are at guests expense (please check inclusions for each tour). If you have special dietary requirements, please advise Icon Bike Tours in advance
ALL alcohol consumed on tours is at guests expense.
Lunches and ride nutrition is the responsibility of guests