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I have some questions about cycling adventures far away from home. What did you do before you go on vacantion - for example on Gran Canaria, Lago di Garda, Dolomites and places like this?
What is your biggest question before start of your cycling vacation in unknown places?
Where to rent your bike?
Where to ride?
Where to find bike guide for your ride?
Which page/app to use for preparation for your rides?
what you should see on your rides?
Some other questions??
Thanks for your feedback.
Most of the questions that you have are already good. It really depends on your destination. You can then plug that into google and find some local bike tours and rental shops. I would probably just read up some good routes and use google maps to plan them myself. That way I wouldn't slow anyone down and/or vice versa. Plus it would save a few bucks. But, then again, it would be easier to let an experienced person lead the way. Vacation should be easy after all!
http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#6/-120. ... /blue/bike
other things ... look local cycling clubs and either hook up with them or else see where they ride.
Look up local sportifs and races to see where they are held, even Strava segments ...
Stiff, Light, Aero - Pick Three!!
ClemondS wrote:Thx for all answers. Did you ask yourself something like, where is here the best road to ride for and see something interesting? I am looking for an app or web page, where I should just post my start location and app will play mega moolah slot here tell me all other thing, what to see and where to ride? Am I the only one who would like to have all informations on one place? What do you think about this idea?
Great idea, I think
Some of the questions I asked to the operator was how many hours we'll be riding, if I can review the routes, how much experience he had. In the end I had to simply trust that everything was kosher. It was but its hard to know if you don't have personal references or dealing with a small company. It was worth it though, I saved money and had a great experience.
There are many good sites that discuss the routes in popular locations such as Girona and Mallorca. Great way to learn if those are rides you want to do. Ask yourself what kind of riding you prefer, flats, climbs, coastal , mountain. Knowing this will help a great deal.
wobbly wrote:look up Bruno at cyclomundo.com
I used cyclomundo to provide support this year at GFNY Ventoux. Stephane Dantin was a wonderful host and a great bike mechanic. I never rode with them on a tour but from their website it seems you have to be self reliant to an extent. Even their guided rides they only have meet-up points with a support vehicle, at least if I read the site correctly. Most of their rides are not supported.
fromtrektocolnago wrote:I used to ride years ago with Backroads. They supplied it all, but I didn't enjoy riding their bikes and over time I found the rides lacking.... I enjoyed the step up but again found the experience lacking.... Some of the questions I asked to the operator was how many hours we'll be riding, if I can review the routes, how much experience he had. In the end I had to simply trust that everything was kosher....
Dude, it kinda sounds like you're not really into the type of organised riding that comes with a package tour type holiday.
Mapping tools make planning rides so easy these days, even in places you've never been before, so why not ditch the tour operator all together and just fly out somewhere with your bike and ride wherever you want?
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