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Your questions answered

The Cycling

How far do we cycle each day?

It depends on the day and the tour you're on. Some days are designed to be shorter, either to offer active recovery after a hard ride day or to give us more time at an interesting project. But the average is about 55 miles or 90 km. You can see the various cycling grades and which tours are in those grades here.

Will I be able to do it?

Absolutely. If you dive in, commit yourself to it and do the training, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Do you run any training weekends or rides?

Yes we run weekend rides over the summer and tour taster weekends down in Dartmoor. Check out our facebook events to keep up to date with these and to book on.

Do I need to be a lycra-clad tour de buff or young gun to take part?

Whilst you don’t need to be whipping the hairs off your legs just yet, you really need to make sure you've done some training before coming on the challenge.

We attract a diverse bunch at Brake the Cycle with a mix of age ranges. Our eldest participant was 65 and our youngest 19, the average being 34.

What bike should I get?

We'd highly recommend a tourer, road bike or hybrid. 95% of our cycling will be on tarmac roads with the remaining 5% being dirt or gravel tracks to access projects. You can find out more about bikes and kit on our kit list page.

What training do I need to do?

It depends on your current level and which challenge you're joining. Check out our sample training plans here.

Travel

Do I need to get travel insurance?

Yes, you must have comprehensive travel insurance for your trip. Most travel insurers deem cycle touring to be a 'dangerous activity' or 'extreme sport', however, there are a number of insurance packages available for cycle touring, we'd recommend World Nomads or SportsCover.

How can I get to and from my tour without flying?

Flying is very damaging for the environment so if you’re looking into getting to your Brake the Cycle adventure without flying then we wanna support you. We have a PDF you can download here. If you have any other questions we’re only an email or a call away.

How do I get my bike to and from the tour?

If you choose to fly you can book your bike on your flight for around £50 each way with most airlines. You’ll need to box your bike up for the journey. We ask you not to bring the solid bike boxes as they’re difficult for us to bring with us on the tour. Our recommendation is to use a cardboard bike box available at most bike shops. Here is a video of how to box up your bike.

Can I hire a bike?

Under normal circumstances, we offer bike hire on our trips, but unfortunately during Covid we can no longer offer this service.

Accommodation

Where do we stay?

As well as a physical challenge our trips are also a journey into green living. We stay at a mixture of inspirational eco-communities and rustic organic farms with a dose of Airbnbs for luxury and the occasional camping/glamping site.

What are the facilities like?

As you would expect the facilities at Airbnb's and campsites are second to none. The facilities at some of the projects vary depending on how developed the project is. This means that we may occasionally sacrifice having access to a warm shower to see an interesting project.

Do I need to bring a tent?

Yes, you'll need to bring a tent if your tour is a camping one. If you don't have one and you're up for sharing, we have a number of spares. (But unfortunately not during Covid times).

Can I see an itinerary?

Yes, we have itineraries to download on each tours page, known as a 'tour pack.' Please note that the itineraries are guides and we reserve the right to make changes as per booking conditions.

Food

Is it all vegetarian?

Yes all our food is vegetarian. We've found that organic vegetarian wholefoods are a great way revitalise your body from the inside out. We can easily cater for vegans on our trips. Worried about not getting your meat fix? Well don’t worry you’re free to buy whatever snacks you want during your days ride. It’s also a great way to try local delicacies, be that Cornish pasties or chorizo.  

Is it all organic?

The large majority of our food is organic. We purchase large quantities of dried goods before the trip from a large organic wholesaler, purchasing fresh produce on the road or from the farms we visit.

 

Support

What is the support vehicle?

The support vehicle is a bespoke minibus and trailer turned adventure machine that will carry all our kit, bags and food on the trip.

 

Who are the support team?

Each trip has a core crew of between 2-4 people. They’re a passionate bunch who are well versed in bike mechanics, first aid and green living.

Group Dynamics

How many people come on a tour?

For standard trips the minimum we can take on trips is 12 and the maximum is 20, however in 2021 we are introducing weekend trips in one place where more can enjoy the experience! (Check out Wellness Weekender and All Hallows Harvest)

What's the gender split?

About 45/55 with the slight majority female.

Money

Tell us more about your prices?

We run our tours at the most affordable price without compromising on the things which we know are essential to ensuring that the tours are safe, exciting and memorable - that’s why you’ve come to us, right? We highly recommend checking out other cycling companies and seeing what they charge in order to gauge where we sit within the cycle tour market. Putting on cycle tours such as ours involve various costs; there’s the staff time (all tours are staffed by our core team as well as extra crew members), organic food and drink, the running costs of the support vehicle, and the accommodation which includes paying a fair price to the communities who host us, which gives them a valuable source of income.

Can I get a refund if I cancel?

All deposits (25% of total trip price) are non-refundable unless we cancel the tour. Check out our booking conditions for more information. And our flexible covid policy and FAQs here.

 

Kit and Gear

What do i pack?

Most kit and gear is standard and applicable to all trips, to view the exact items to bring simply download the tour pack for the trip you're interested in.

 

'Expertly planned routes, helpful bike advice, delicious food and incredible places. Memories to treasure.'

Ed Brake the Cycle Participant