CYCLE TOURING: TREKKING ON A BICYCLE, UK TO WORLDWIDE
SATURDAY 18TH JANUARY 15.30-17.00
SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 10.00-11.30
Cycle touring is a great way to explore further and slightly faster, but still with time to enjoy the scenery you pass through, with plenty of fresh air!
Cycle touring has become increasingly popular, with the development of bike design and performance, and the advent of the e-bike. Find inspiration for gravel/mountain (MTB) bike packing, classic cycle touring and touring with an e-bike.
Popular routes range in hugely in difficulty, so choosing a tour appropriate to your experience, fitness and type of bike will make a massive different to your enjoyment.
These seminars will cover the key aspects of preparation, kit, choice of bike, training, fitness and injury prevention, and Cicerone’s Mike Wells and Cress Allwood will be happy to discuss some suitable route ideas, whether you are an experienced cyclist looking for something a bit different, or planning your first cycle touring trip.
Anyone intending to go touring by bicycle. It will cover all aspects of cycle touring, from short UK tour routes to routes in Europe and worldwide expeditions. Technical cycle maintenance will not be covered.
By attending this workshop you will:
Have the opportunity to discuss specific route ideas and get advice from experienced experts.
Gain essential knowledge about how to plan and execute a successful cycle touring trip.
Know what to pack, leave behind and get tips on equipment.
Leave with suitable ideas and recommendations for cycle touring.
All attendees will leave with a kit and equipment list, a Cicerone catalogue, a list of graded cycle tours and a £20 voucher for Cicerone guidebooks of your choice.
Inspiring Complimentary Talks to Experience
If you’re a cycle touring pro or you’re just interested in how you can start your cycling journey, the Adventure travel show also has a range of complimentary talks and specialist seminars to get you on the right path.
Cycle Touring in Northern Scotland – 528 Mile Circular Route From Inverness
Time: 13:30 – 14:00
Speaker: Mike Wells (Cicerone)
Regarded as one of the most remote and scenic parts of Britain, the far north of Scotland has been opened up to tourists by a 500mile touring route known as the North Coast 500 (NC500). Designed principally for motorised visitors, this route does not take into account the different needs of cyclists. Mike Wells has devised an alternative cycle route that avoids some of the busiest main roads and the steepest hills, yet still stays true to the idea of opening up Scotland’s scenic beauty to visitors. He will outline how cycle tourists can experience everything northern Scotland has to offer without having to dodge speeding traffic or drag their bikes up 20% gradients.
Cycling Through the Heart of Europe – The Danube Cycleway
Time: 13:20 – 13:50
Speaker: Mike Wells (Cicerone)
The 2772km Danube is the second-longest river in Europe, flowing from Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea coast of Romania. Mike Wells cycled the Danube Cycleway twice when writing his two-volume guide to the route, experiencing the cultures of ten different countries and learning how to order a beer in seven different languages. The total ride takes about five weeks, but it can be ridden in two or three trips by breaking the journey in Budapest or Vienna and Belgrade. Mike will describe the preparation needed for such a journey and his experiences following Europe’s most iconic river.
KATE RAWLES – Adventure in the Andes: The Life Cycle Biodiversity Bike Ride
Sunday 19 January 15:15 – 15:45
Kate Rawles aka @CarbonCycleKate rode 8288 miles the length of South America on ‘Woody’; a bicycle made of bamboo she built herself. Following the spine of the Andes, Kate explored biodiversity – what it is, what’s happening to it, why that matters and what can be done to protect it.