About the bikes
On an Explore cycling holiday, your bike is provided locally and unlike many other operators, the cost is included in the trip price. We mostly provide either classic touring bikes or hybrids - robust on dirt tracks and nippy on good roads. Specifications of bicycles used can be found in the 'Factfile' for each tour, and further details can be found on the tour notes.
How we cycle
Several of our trips offer the chance to follow self-guided routes where you'll be provided with a map and detailed notes and have the choice of cycling independantly or with other members of the group. On some trips, involving less obvious backroads/lanes or tracks - or perhaps a lack of road signs - we cycle as a group directed by an experienced tour leader.
The Tour Leader
With Explore, a specially trained tour leader is provided - often cycling with the group throughout. Occasionally the leader will drive the support vehicle, only cycling with the group when necessay.
On all trips we transfer your main luggage on to the next overnight stop. Whilst cycling, all you have to carry is what your need for the day, such as snacks or a camera. Depending on the trip, the bikes are provided with either a front handlebar bag, rear panniers or saddlebags.
The support vehicle
On some trips a support vehicle travels behind the group, always out of sight. On others it may go on ahead with the baggage and then return to sweep the route several times to check if anyone requires assistance. On certain self-guided group trips or on sections with no vehicular access, a support vehicle may not be necessary or practical. Specific details can be found in the 'Factfile' section of each tour.