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Cycling Tour Levels

We offer 4 different levels of cycling tours and given our focus on food, not only as fuel for a ride, and also as a cultural experience, we could not refrain from drawing inspiration from the four courses of a typical Italian meal:

  • Level 1 – Antipasto (Appetizer)
  • Level 2 – Antipasto and Primo (Pasta)
  • Level 3 – Antipasto, Primo and Secondo (Entrée)
  • Level 4 – Antipasto, Primo, Secondo and Dolce (Dessert)

Either when you are ready to sit at the table for a meal or hit the road for a ride, for your overall satisfaction it is very important how “hungry” you are. After 18+ years of experience organizing tours and riding for more than 30 years, we have noticed that cyclists’ motivation can bridge the gap between the individual current level of fitness and the performance desired. Performance is intended as either simply reaching the top of a hill at your own speed (fast or slow!) or pushing yourself to beat your previous record, or whatever is in between.

 

Motivation can be built before the tour and when getting ready for it while practicing on your own bike at home. We always recommend that our guests spend some time on the bike before the tour. Ideally, this would include practicing on and getting used to a type of bike similar to the one we rent. We strongly discourage experimenting with any new components just before the tour such as brand new clipless pedals or a never-tried type of handlebars. This is for your own safety, which is our number 1 priority on our tours.

 

Very important is also to clarify that the van is available to shorten the route when you prefer to hop in and skip some of the ride. If you feel doubtful about your cycling level or don’t have enough time to practice before the tour, please remember that the van can help in case you can not complete all the rides. Just get on board, enjoy the company of the guide driving and of the other guests who might be skipping the ride as well.

 

Read below for more details and to find out what published tours are currently featured for each cycling level. If you are planning on traveling with your friends and/or family and are looking forward for a different level of cycling (easier or harder) please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you. Buon appetito e buona pedalata! (enjoy your meal and have a good ride!)

Level 1 | Daily average between 20-35mi & elevation gain 500-1500ft

  • Expect mostly flat and rolling terrain with a few days featuring a few 1-2mi climbs between 2-7% grade
  • In general this level of tour does not include climbs at 8+% grade. If it happens it can be for a few times over a week for less than a mile
  • A few downhills will be possible. Remember that some roads can be narrow and steep!
  • If you have more steam you can daily add 10+ more miles and 500+ feet of elevation gain 

Cycling Tour in Puglia | Cycling Tour in Alentejo are our current journeys featured for this level, that can become even easier if shortening the rides using the van, or can become Level 2 adding extra mileage and elevation gain daily available on tour.

Level 2 | Daily average between 25-35mi & elevation gain 1500-2250ft

  • Expect a few sections of flat and rolling terrain and, at times also three, four 1-4+mi climbs between 2-7% grade
  • This level can include some climbs at 8+% grade for a few times daily for a mile or so
  • There might be a few downhills featuring narrow and steep roads at times
  • If you have more steam you can daily add 10+ more miles and 1000+ feet of elevation gain 

Cycling Tour in Piedmont | Cycling Tour in Provence are our current journeys featured for this level, that can become even easier if shortening the rides using the van, or can become Level 3 adding extra mileage and elevation gain daily available on tour.

Level 3 | Daily average between 30-40mi & elevation gain 2250-3000ft

  • Expect mostly rolling terrain and, at times also three, four or more 1-6+mi climbs between 2-8% grade
  • This level can include some climbs at 9+% grade for a few times daily for more than a mile or so
  • There might be some downhills featuring narrow and steep roads at times
  • If you have more steam you can daily add 10+ more miles and 1000+ feet of elevation gain 

Cycling Tour in Sardinia | Cycling Tour in Liguria | Cycling Tour in Tuscany | Cycling Tour in Sicily | Cycling Tour in Tuscany and Eroica | Cycling Tour in Istria | Cycling Tour in Mallorca | are our current journeys featured for this level, that can become even easier if shortening the rides using the van, or can become Level 4 adding extra mileage and elevation gain daily available on tour.

Level 4 | Daily average between 30-50+mi & elevation gain 3000-5000+ft

  • Expect mostly climbs and descents, at least three, four or more 1-10+mi climbs between 5-9% grade
  • This level can include some climbs at 10+% grade for a few times daily for more than 2-4+mi or so
  • There might be more downhills than previous levels and featuring narrow and steep roads at times
  • If you have more steam you can daily add 12+ more miles and 2000+ feet of elevation gain 

Cycling Tour in the Dolomites | Cycling Tour in Catalonia | Cycling Tour in Corsica are our current journeys featured for this level, that can become even easier if shortening the rides using the van, or can become Level HC (hors-catégorie) adding extra mileage and elevation gain daily available on tour.

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