What to expect on a
Choosing Your Adventure
Some Freewheeling Adventures are designed with keen cyclists in mind, and include long distances, steep terrain, and daily challenges. Others are designed to accommodate relaxed riders, or groups with varying desires. To help you choose, we use elevation profiles to represent the route, and a challenge-rating system using symbols from the skiing world. Many of you will already be familiar with it. for the non-skiers, see the explanation below.
Note that these classifications may vary with weather and/or road conditions, and you should always arrive with a sense of fun and adventure. If you are unsure, choose a guided trip. The vehicle support can help you get over any hill, and can turn even the most difficult trip into an easy one.The easiest routes we offer, these are generally flat and cover relatively relaxed distances. You will be comfortable riding a hybrid bike, walking in sneakers, or paddling a light kayak, and will normally have time to take many photos and enjoy extended lunches.
Requiring moderate fitness levels, these cover terrain with hills and valleys, and tend to include distances of 50-80km (30-50mi.)/day cycling, or 3-6 hours of walking per day. Most Freewheeling Adventures fall into this category, and are suitable for most ability levels.
The most challenging trips, these include longer distances, bigger hills, long hikes, exposed paddling, and full days of activity. We recommend a higher degree of fitness and training to make the most of the experience.
There is also a rare double black diamond, reserved for only the most difficult adventures.
• Van support
• Full-time local guides (1:6 ratio or better; often 1:4)
• Picnics and snacks
• All lodging and breakfasts
• Small groups
• Keep your own pace
If you want to travel with van support and cheerful, caring guides, and have most of your meals included, a guided trip is the best choice for you. Your luggage is carried for you, and on most days, the guide(s) will pass you in the support vehicle frequently to offer you snacks, drinks, and opportunities to catch a lift. The groups usually congregate for picnic lunches and special affairs, but otherwise tend to spread out along the route during the day, each rider choosing his or her own pace. Because you will be sharing your holiday with other adventurers likely to have a few things in common with you, your evening dinners become enriched by shared stories and entertainment, and you may make friends who will share your future adventure plans.
• Luggage transfers
• On-call service
• All lodging and breakfasts
• Daily contact or briefing
• Boosts when necessary or desired
• Keep your own pace
If you want greater independence to cover the routes at your own pace, without having to carry your luggage, choose a self-guided trip and enjoy the privacy and intimacy of traveling by yourselves. You will have a driver to move your luggage,and can include one “boost” per day when your luggage is moved. You will normally be expected to ride the entire prescribed route each day, and to be more independent than on a guided trip, but your driver will be on call to help if necessary (extra cost may apply). Lodging and breakfasts are provided, and we inform you about your best options for lunches and dinners. You will be expected to have the knowledge to make routine bike repairs, including repairing flat tires, fixing chain derailments, and tightening loosened bolts. If you are using one of our rental bikes, you can expect a well-maintained bike in good condition, and our attention to make sure it stays so. If you bring your own bike, you will be responsible for all repairs, and we strongly recommend a thorough, professional tune-up before you commence your trip.
If you expect to need extra service on a consistent basis, please consider a guided or private guided trip. We can normally accommodate your new dates.
Self-Supported AdventuresWe offer this service in selected locations, for those who want the reduced cost and relative independence of using our planning service without any support on the road. If you do not see it listed with the trip of your choice, ask about its possibility. If we can plan it for you, we will.
• On-call advice
• Lodging and breakfasts
• Maps and route notes
• Transfers relevant to the itinerary
• Keep your own pace
If you want total independence to cover the routes at your own pace, and are happy to carry your luggage, choose a self-supported trip. We make your reservations for you, and give you maps and a route book to follow. Lodging and most breakfasts are provided, and we inform you about your best options for lunches and dinners. Bike rentals may or may not be available, depending on the location. You will need to have the knowledge or resources to handle any breakdowns or repairs, and if you bring your own bike, we strongly recommend a thorough, professional tune-up before you commence your trip.
Choosing a New Adventure
You can add a new date to our schedule at any time. Here's how: Once we confirm your new date, we will guarantee the departure for you, based on the conditions below. We will then advertise the trip to attract others to join. The more lead time you give us, the better the chances of growing an enthusiastic group to travel with you.
How we Guarantee your Adventure
We require a minimum of four people to operate a guided trip at the advertised price. If, a month or less before the trip starts, there are fewer than four registrants, you may be given the following choices:
- Do the self-guided version. We can switch back to guided if there are four or more registrants in time.
- Switch to another trip in the same year.
- Choose a private guided trip at a 20% price premium (2-3 participants).
- Cancel for a full refund.
You can choose your own travel dates, and request customized plans. We like to have some advance notice to work on your holiday, but can often put it together even if your departure is imminent.
Custom & Special Interest Adventures
We welcome custom requests for you, your family, or your group. First, have a look at our web site to see the adventures we already have waiting for you. We can establish a new date, and can make changes to suit you. If you want something else, we will explore new places and possibilities for you. Whatever you choose, we will be enthusiastic and very flexible!
Families & Custom Groups
Young children like to stop and play. Parents and grandparents like to be with them. We recognize the mixed needs, and we welcome families. Any of these adventures can be arranged for your family or group. If there are youngsters or oldsters, we alter the pace, and sometimes the plan, to suit them. If you want other families or people to join, we will do our best to attract them; please give us as much advance booking as you can! Please note that there are discounts available when three or more people share a room.
Several adventures each year become dedicated to solo travelers. Those not specifically advertised as such are usually comprised of a combination of couples and singles. If one of the designated trips does not suit your preferences, call us. We can tell you about how the groups are shaping up, and suggest the best options for you. Once you choose to join a trip, it can raise the enthusiasm for others joining the same trip, especially if you make plans well ahead of time.
We provide excellent nutrition for hungry adventurers. Breakfasts are always included. On self-guided trips, we provide the information you need to make good lunch and dinner choices. On guided trips most lunches and dinners are included. We prepare picnics for you along the route, we provide healthy snacks for between meals, and we dine at the best restaurants we know, making exceptions only when the freedom to explore is the most appropriate option. We ask you for information about your dietary restrictions and preferences before you arrive. Vegetarians, seafood lovers, children, and discriminating palates can usually be well accommodated. If you have specific dietary needs, such as kosher or very restrictive diets, please ask before booking.