Our Cycling Trip Grades
We endeavour to describe our trips as accurately as possible since – naturally – we want our cyclists to get the most out of their experience and book onto the ride that suits their expectations. Having said that, trip grading is unavoidably subjective as different cyclists ride at different paces, have varying levels of personal fitness and what they regard as easy, difficult, steep or gentle. Other external factors – such as wind and weather – can also change the ‘feel’ of the same ride from one day to the next. It’s also fair to say that the fitter and better prepared you are, the more you will enjoy your chosen trip regardless of the grade.
The following trip grades should give you a good idea of what to expect on our cycling holidays but please do get in touch if you have any questions regarding your suitability for a particular trip or route.
GRADE 1 – EASY
For those who are looking for a more leisurely holiday with 3-4 hours of riding, allowing you to combine riding with sightseeing and café stops. If you’re fairly new to cycling or occasionally commute on gentle gradients, Grade 1 trips would suit you.
GRADE 2 – MODERATE
Moderate graded trips are for regular riders with a good level of fitness. You should be capable of riding for up to 40 miles per day and be happy on undulating terrain with the occasional steep climb.
GRADE 3 – CHALLENGING
You should be a fit cyclist who exercises regularly. Expect to ride for up to 8 hours a day (including breaks), covering up to 60 miles on a variety of terrain including steep climbs.
GRADE 4 – TOUGH
Our tough graded trips are for experienced, fit cyclists who regularly ride long distances and occasional sportive events. You should be able to ride up to 70 miles per day on consecutive days including steep, long climbs. You should also be a confident descender.
A word about Gradients and terrain…
The northern half of the UK – where all of our trips are based – is celebrated for its varied and interesting scenery as much as for the hospitality of its people (some would argue that the two are intimately linked). Although the terrain does vary from one region to the next, you don’t have to travel far between hills of varying gradients. Rather than include the terrain details within our trip grading we do our best to describe the type of terrain and gradients for each particular trip alongside the trip grading.