What people sometimes ask.
Is there a minimum age requirement for participating in your Italian cycling tours?
Yes. Only adult cyclists aged 18 years and over will be considered. Even then, all participants need to be fit and experienced cyclists able to cope with cycling relatively long distances (50km or more) over difficult (steep) terrains.
How fit and experienced do participants need to be?
This is difficult to specify with any degree of accuracy. But as a general guide, all past participants have been enthusiastic and capable users of their bicycles as their regular mode of transport and have experience in cycling similar long distances. In addition, cycling participants needs to be in excellent physical shape to be able to endure the rigours of bike riding on public roads, cope with tough and challenging terrain and endure distance road cycling.
Would I need to take my own bicycle on your tours?
Most participants prefer to use their own bikes with which they are familiar. However, if participants prefer to hire bicycles locally, let us know and we will try to help you.
What kind of accommodation is included in the tour price?
Over the past number of years, we have stayed at various hotels in the area and have formed a short-list of clean, comfortable and reasonably-priced 3/4 star hotels where we, ourselves, have been happy to stay and where our participants have been offered accommodation with which they have been extremely happy. Our aim is to offer you a good standard of accommodation without the overall tour price becoming prohibitively expensive.
Will I have to share accommodation with another participant?
Accommodation is generally based on sharing with one other bike tour participant of the same sex. If, however, you prefer single occupancy accommodation, then you would need to specify that on your reservation/booking form.
Is there an extra charge involved if I don't wish to share?
Yes. There is a Single Room Supplement charge that varies depending on the tour. Please see induvidual tours for pricing.
What about local knowledge? I've never travelled to Italy before and I don't speak Italian at all.
Most participants from outside Italy speak little or no Italian but this has not been a problem. Italian Cycling Tours' has an Anglo-Italian guide who is fluently bi-lingual in English and Italian. As he will also be participating in the events, you will not only have a "translator" riding along with you, but you will also be able to draw on the combined experience and local knowledge of the organisers to help you get around the route and locality without difficulty.
Will there be opportunity for taking a tour of the region on one's own?
The tour schedule and itinerary are pretty full from the day following your arrival and onwards. However, the day of your arrival is pretty much free for you to do as you may like. But we would like you to be back in time for the evening group dinner at the hotel. This dinner is not only the time to get to know other members of the tour group but also to provide you with additional information and answer any questions that you or any other member may have.