Updated: Jun 7, 2022
Going on a cycling tour is one of the best active things to do. Whether it’s for a few days, a week, a month or a year, exploring places by bike is an unrivalled way to experience the great outdoors and different cultures, especially if cycling abroad.
Covering serious distance on two wheels is a road cyclists dream. It presents the chance to find hidden gems, off the beaten path, meet fellow cyclists on the road, enjoy the scenery, and more. Plus, it's generally a cheaper option than your normal holiday as all that's required is you, your bike, and your cycling gear.
Still on the fence? Here are 6 reasons why you should go on a cycling tour.
1. It gets you off the beaten road
One of the best things about going on a cycling tour is it takes you away from busy crowds and roads, so you get to experience the places you'd normally drive straight by (or skip on the train). If cycling abroad, you'll get a more original cultural experience, skipping the usual tourist hotspots, and visiting the lesser-known places instead. Picture cycling through the countryside, stopping at small villages, chatting to the local people, tasting amazing food, and so on.
2. It shows you the welcoming nature of the global cycling community
It may surprise you, but the cycling community are welcoming and friendly. Regardless of where you are, there will be nice people who will help you if lost, fix your bike for you, and offer you shelter. Cycle touring is well known for the kind nature of the people you meet. Regardless of the country you are in, you'll also meet fellow cyclists on the road who all know what you are doing and appreciate the very essence of a cycle tour. Don't forget to give the cycling 'nod' back. It's a universal language.
3. It's a great form of fitness
Going on holiday is normally pretty unhealthy - alcohol, rich foods, lounging about... Going on a cycling tour is a great way to get exercise in while on holiday. Plus, with the efforts of the day, you will have earnt your beers and dinner in the evening. You will almost certainly return home fitter and healthier.
4. It's a unique experience
Going on a cycling tour is an incredibly unique experience. No tour is ever the same, and you never know where you'll end up, who you'll meet, and even sometimes where you'll stay. You may find the perfect camping spot. You may meet a local and get invited for dinner. You may discover the perfect bike-friendly hostel. You may cycle upon the most beautiful landmark. Lots of different things can happen on a cycling trip that makes each one special.
5. It's suitable for all budgets and cycling abilities
Regardless of if you are a keen cyclist or a beginner, a cycling tour is a great option for you. Why? Because the beauty of a cycle tour is it's extremely flexible. The distance you cycle each day is your decision. The places you visit is down to you. And where you stay is down to you. Some cycle tourists opt for budget hostels, while some get bike-friendly apartments. Some cycle 100k a day, some cycle 20k a day. There are supported tours you can pay for as well if you're concerned about carrying a lot of gear. If you want to do it on a budget, you can carry all your gear, camp where you can, cook your own meals, and limit the number of tourist activities you do.
6. It builds a bond
When you go on a cycling tour with a group, there will be highs and lows. There may be mechanical faults, there may be bad weather, and there may be missed routes. All of it builds an iron-tight bond with your fellow cyclists. One of the best things about a cycling tour is it's a shared experience, with not only the joys of cycling associated, with the sense of achievement at the finish line.
What are you waiting for? Go forth and cycle! But don't forget to plan it properly and have the right gear.