CHOOSING YOUR GRADE

We're all different with different levels of fitness, cycling experience and reasons for signing up to a trip. For some the physical challenge is primary, whilst for others it just one aspect that has attracted them to the tours. These cycling grades are designed to help you find the perfect tour for your level of fitness and experience, getting the most out of your trip.

Making the grade
How we rate our rides

There are a few things we consider when grading our routes. These are primarily

 

  • Distance covered

  • Number of hills

  • Duration of hills and gradient


 

Looked through the grades and still not sure? Give us a call on 0843 289 1007

The grades

 GRADE 1  

For those unused to cycling or just getting into the sport. Grade 1 tours are very relaxed, covering around 20-40 miles or 30-60km a day. Well suited to beginners, or those getting back into cycling after time out.

 

You are…

 

Looking to get into cycling but you wouldn’t call yourself a ‘cyclist’. Perhaps you used to ride when you were younger but have fallen out of the habit and are looking for quite, beautiful, well tarmacked roads and a supportive crew to help you get back on the road. We’d recommend a grade 1 cycle.

Tours in this grade:

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 GRADE 2  

For those used to cycling but don’t do it that often. Slightly more undulating riding with a few challenging climbs. Around 30-50 miles or 40-70km a day.

 

You are…

 

Perhaps a city cyclist who is looking to extend their time in the saddle further. Your a semi regular cyclist, looking to increase your fitness and confidence on the road. Grade 2 would be perfect for you!

Tours in this grade:

 GRADE 3 

For riders who are experienced and moderately fit, looking to increase their fitness. They’ll be some longer rides and bigger climbs on these trips. 45-65 miles / 70-100km days.

 

You are…

 

A moderately fit cyclist, perhaps you commute everyday, go out for the occasional weekend ride and potentially have done some cycle touring before. You’re not a novice and are up for the challenge. Grade 3, yes please!

Tours in this grade:

 GRADE 4 

Grade 4 rides aren’t much longer than grade 3’s, however there maybe will be more climbing, longer climbs or slightly steeper sections. 55-75 miles / 80-110km

 

You are…

 

A moderately fit cyclist looking for a few more hills and challenging climbs. The views from the top always make the climbs worth it.

Tours in this grade:

 GRADE 5 

 GRADE 5
 

Grade 5 rides are a great test for even the most competent riders. This grade consists of longer rides, between 65-85 miles / 100-135km, and challenging climbing.

 

You are…

 

A keen cyclists eager to test your physical limitations with some physically arduous riding. The riding is the main emphasis of your trip.   

Tours in this grade:

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