If you are wondering if a group bike tour is the best way to spend a week in a sunny destination, you’ve come to the right place!
Is it better to ride solo or with a group? Is it safer? More social? In this blog post we’ll go through the main benefits of joining a group bike tour and help you figure out if that fits your profile as a cyclist and your wishes as a visitor eager to explore a new region.
First of all, what do we mean by “group bike tour”?
Live Love Ride’s group bike tours are prescheduled guided tours which any cyclist can join (click here to check our see our group tour calendar ). Simply choose the date that best suits your needs and join the group that'll be departing then! This is a great option if you happen to be a cyclist traveling solo or in a small group. We assure all prescheduled group tours are actually conducted regardless of the number of people who sign up ( depending on availability).
The fact that all group tours are guided is the first benefit we can point out: you'll permanently have a local guide sharing his/her extensive knowledge and deep love for the region, as well as supporting you and making sure no one misses out on the best lookout points for a photo - or that easy to miss coffee stop where you’ll get to replenish your energy stores with that particularly delicious local pastry.
Here are some of the most reported advantages of joining a group bike tour, as often listed by our guests:
During a week-long group bike tour you’ll meet new people not only from all walks of life but also of a wide range of ages and cycling abilities. You’ll be riding with a group of people who have, at least, one thing in common: their love for cycling! This will help you feel integrated from minute one and conversations will start spontaneously. As your social circle increases, you’ll probably return home with a new set of real life friends!
Besides, cycling is always less strenuous and more fun when shared. While you may feel close to exhaustion when riding alone, riding with a group will uplift you - and you may well end up laughing through those last miles of the day! Here we must mention our guides tend to have a joke up their sleeves to help ease out the perceived effort on some harder climbs.
With all routes designed in detail and checked out in advance, the tried and tested daily programmes and all the support specifically provided to groups (sag wagon, mechanical expert and guides), Live Love Ride’s open group tours normally flow undisrupted and provide unforgettable experiences of cycling comradery in the beautiful settings we operate.
If you feel like giving that "planner’s mind" of yours some rest, then a bike group tour run by Live Love Ride is indeed a wonderful option.
Live Love Ride’s knowledge of tour routes is detailed in part due to the frequency we cycle those same routes. This means that we tend to include only the safer, less travelled roads in our cycling routes, selecting the ones best suited for groups.
In addition, when riding with a group, you will be less likely to get temporarily lost along the way - and you’ll be able to focus your attention on the beautiful passing sights instead of a small GPS screen on your handlebar!
Joining a Live Love Ride group bike tour is an amazing opportunity to meet new people, develop friendships, delve deeper into the local culture, explore new cycling routes in a relaxed manner and, most importantly, create shared long-lasting memories with like-minded people!
In case our group bike tour open dates don’t fit your calendar or if you plan on cycling with your own group of friends, a private tour can also be arranged on the date of your preference - provided your group has a minimum of 4. Private tours can include guides or be organized for you in the self-guided format, a more independent way of travelling.
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