Ahlen / Stuttgart Travel by bike. It is no longer just a holiday for extreme cyclists. Bicycle tours are becoming increasingly popular and some travel agents have specialized in them.
Great sea view, but sweaty ascents and hairy descents. It does not have to be the hard training camp in Mallorca when it comes to cycling. Many organizers have long been offering cycling trips for nature lovers who do not want to train hard.
“The trend is towards solo trips,” says Barbara Merz-Weigandt. Long distances can be covered by bicycle. “But travelers are slow enough to enjoy the environment with all its smells and people, which is a great feeling. “This is the great thing about cycling,” says the editor-in-chief of MyBike magazine, for everyday and touring cyclists.
Alone or in company
“In the case of individual trips, the traveler can usually book a personalized tour through the tour agent,” says Kathleen Lumma. “In the case of group travel, on the other hand, it has to adapt to the group,” said the executive director of the state-run ADFC in Baden-Württemberg. Group travel is rarer than individual travel.
According to travel journalist Stefan Schwenke, there are now offers and providers for cycling tours for racing riders, mountain bikes, hiking bikes or e-bikes. In addition to specialist providers, itineraries often offer trips that maintain and market a bike path themselves. The ADFC provides an overview of various organizers and tips on radurlaub-online.de.
“The offer is great. “Classics like river racing or cycling in Mallorca are popular – but you can go cycling on almost any continent,” says Stefan Schwenke. “From Africa to Asia, the only limits are the treaty and maybe the budget.”
For example, some providers also offer trips with different levels of difficulty as a twin idea. “If a partner wants to drive slower or slower, he just chooses the shortest or easiest route,” says Schwenke. “You will meet again at night at the end of the stage. That way they both have the value for money and can still enjoy the holidays together. “
What should be the focus of the trip – sports, food or culture
“But you have to find out for yourself what is important to you,” says Schwenke. “Just get advice from a travel agency or browse the internet. “It’s incredibly exciting what you can find and what areas you can discover by bike.”
Kathleen Lumma sees a big difference in the preferences of cyclists. For racing and mountain bikers, the focus is on the sport with fitness and technique development, often in teams.
“Hiking tours are more about the conscious experience of a trip to nature. “Such excursions can often be combined with a cultural offer,” he says. “The route and the level of difficulty can be adjusted individually, and even circular tours and tours for the whole family are possible.”
A little training before the tour – and do not overdo it
Before booking, those interested should consider how demanding the route can be, says Schwenke. Decisive for choosing the right tour: a realistic assessment of the route to be taken. After all, it’s supposed to be a vacation trip.
Depending on their abilities and route, cyclists can comfortably travel up to 50 kilometers a day, with an electronic bike up to 70 kilometers. “But it depends on the preferences of the tour. “Those who prefer to take an extended break drive less during the day,” says Barbara Merz-Weigandt.
For beginners, Kathleen Lumma recommends cycling regularly before the tour and opting for a beginner’s tour for a few days on the first trip. Sitting on the bike for several days in a row is unusual for many vacationers.
“There is a guide with us who can give a lot of advice. “On a tour with basic accommodation, you can also take a day off without having to follow the whole group afterwards,” he says.
You must take the bike with you or rent it
Barbara Merz-Weigandt advises to be careful if and how the motorcycle starts before planning. “An electronic bicycle cannot be transported by plane. “If you need a rental bike, travelers should ask about the model in advance,” he says.
Stefan Schwenke provides help with the question “own bike or rental bike?”: “Anyone who already has a good bike at home usually does not want to do it without it during the holidays. “And if the starting point is easy to reach, most people take their own bikes with them.” “For long-distance travel, a good rental bike is a good idea, it’s just more comfortable.”
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