We are dedicated to delivering fantastic cycling holidays through the most spectacular regions of the world, offering fascinating sceneries and immense cultural interest.
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This was a new tour we introduced in late 2019, we only have 1 testimonial at the moment.
This was a great journey! Cycling through the mountains and small villages was beautiful. The tracks were not too difficult to ride and the scenery was great, relaxed distances, quiet roads. Camping at splendid locations. Super staff: very friendly, always helpful and assisting with the bikes when having a puncture. Good guiding too, during cycling as well as city tours. The cooks prepared good and delicious food, and plenty of meatless options if desired. Next the visits to the historical cities, magnificent, interesting guided tours. Also some time to relax and admire all. This part of the tour was more busy, but worth it. All was well organized.
Stephen Boston, Manchester, UK
What more can I say about the last 2 weeks in Cambodia?! Our driver Vutha expertly navigated traffic and roadworks to keep us on time and was always in the right place at the right moment to greet us with ice water and a cold towel after each day’s cycling.
The guide Sokhom was amazing with his in depth knowledge about everything from Hindu origins to modern day Buddhism, Cambodian cuisine to Khmer Rouge and information on all the flora and fauna from Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat. His stories, jokes, sarcasm, boundless enthusiasm and cheeky smile made for an unforgettable fortnight with the Cambodia Crew.
These guys are two beautiful people who I’m privileged to now call my friends. Arkoun thom thom.
Wendy Holland, Whangarei, New Zealand
My fifth redspokes trip and there is a reason why I keep going back to redspokes. The design and execution of all the trips I have been on is excellent and I think very good value. Thank you once again redspokes I came back to NZ after another amazing trip feeling refreshed, fit and in love with life (any cycling). I had never been to India before and this experience just blew my away. India is incredible, the vibrancy, bright colours everywhere, beautiful landscape, food, culture, diversity but most of all the people. The people are just wonderful, so open, engaged, beautiful. I must have smiled 1000 times a day and I stopped and had many talks with people we met along the way. I would go back there in an instance. The tour team looked after us so, so well, all were so warm and kind and couldn't do enough for us. We felt like a family. Raju our tour leader was fantastic, he looked after every detail, always wanting to do more and more for us, every detail organised. Ravi lead the cycling from the back, where I was often at, taking my time, stopping, Ravi always patient, encouraging and very kind, an incredibly good navigator through busy traffic. Shabu, led from the front, he is a great cyclist, always encouraging, his beautiful smile was all we needed. Faizal also rode with us, usually leading in the middle, an absolutely wonderful young man, so excited by life and also an exceptional cyclist and lastly Jamal who drove the van - great driver, very very funny lovely man and he made sure everyone stayed hydrated - not an easy feat in 35 degree temps on some days - coconut water is the ticket so, so good.
To my fellow cyclists, Mark, Jude and Pete, Lynda and Geoff you all were amazing, I loved being with you all, such good company and humour. Thank you everyone once again.
Jo & Tim Johnson, Burley in Wharfedale, UK
From day 1, Ox confidently led us through the chaotic Kathmandu streets and continued to thoroughly plan an excellent adventure. Ox and Rocca took it in turns to lead the group and ensure we cycled as a close knit team. We all became firm friends over the two weeks and grew to love the friendliness of Nepal - even the ‘Nepali flat’!
Whilst this is a challenging cycling holiday, those who are mtb beginners should not be put off. Ox and Rocca were both patient and encouraging.
Nepal is a lovely and diverse country. This 2 week adventure gives the opportunity for many different experiences and as ever, cycling is a great way to see it.
Pete & Judy Burdett, Kettering, UK
We cannot praise the organisation of this trip highly enough. Raju led a team that was so attentive to every detail and went far further and beyond what we anticipated. The itinerary of cycling and culture enabled the four of us to fall in love with India on our first ever visit to the country. The route was varied, often rather challenging in terms of distance and height gained and cycling in heavy traffic occasionally, we expected this but were so pleasantly surprised how supportive the team was. Rest breaks arrived just when needed and snacks and fresh water kept coming. Encouragement ,smiles and praise kept us going when it was tough. Challenging cycling became overwhelmingly a pleasure. Safety in traffic was a top concern and we soon got very confident. The odd steep gravelly or potholed descent was very carefully guided down.
On days off Raju and Jamal the driver went out of their way to enable us to get the most from the day. It was apparent from day one that we were in very safe hands and this immediate first impression was borne out by the whole trip. We are still on cloud nine about what we saw and achieved.
Paul Brissette, Massachusetts, United States
An extraordinarily well designed trip by any measure. Our Argentinian guides were sensitive to the cycling and personal needs of a group that ranging from age 27 to 73. The Patagonian landscape went beyond my expectations and continued to awestruck me till the last day.
Hats off to the entire redspokes team for their organizational team. I am so glad I took this trip
Benjamin Whittaker, Massachusetts, United States
Spending two weeks cycling and eating my way through Colombia was an amazing experience. The country is a lush green everywhere you look. The people are friendly, beautiful, and willing to put up with my middle school Spanish and help get what I needed in stores or at restaurants. The food can start to be similar in the middle of the trip, but it always tasted good and there were enough breaks into bigger towns for a wider variety of food to keep things fresh. Visiting small towns that don't get many gringo tourists you will get a lot of stares, but it's mostly because they are curious and rarely see people that look like us.
Geovanny, Javier, and Geovanny Jr our guides and helpers were consummate professionals. They were able to help out with anything needed, and always available. When Geovanny had to go home to tend to an emergency situation with illness in his family, Javier and Geovanny Jr. stepped up and filled his shoes. It was a pretty small group of cyclists on this trip, 6 in total which was perfect. We all got along well and everyone cycled at their own pace, regrouping at stops to chat and share their experiences. In summary, excellent trip, I will be back again to conquer the full Alto de Letras 80k size of the mountain at some point.
Mark Beaven, Nottingham, England, UK
This was my first organised tour and the guides and helpers could not have been better - organised, friendly and helpful. The Patagonia Lake District route was a great mix of scenic roads and gravel trails. The variety of stunning landscape and overnight stops in both small towns and more remote locations meant I felt I experienced some of the culture as well as the breathtaking countryside.
The amount and type of cycling was about right for me, and the boat trips across the lakes added variety and interest to the tour. The mix of people I met on the tour also made it a great social trip. Overall it was a fantastic and very memorable holiday.
Janet Perrins, Calne, UK
I have had the most fantastic time, well above my expectations, and regard it as one of my two best holidays ever. Bearing in mind I am 58 that's quite a few holidays! Cathy, Lee and Ben were superb. Nothing was ever too much trouble, including finding wine in a supermarket to supplying english teabags! Cathy is also a font of knowledge on all the places we visited.
Everyday we saw something new and stunning. I have never been to China and it was truly the most wonderful cultural experience, as well as fabulous scenery.
Tanya Zimmer, Ventura, California, United States
The trip was well organized and the sights were phenomenal. I would use redspokes again. Thank you.
Regine Gowdy, Ontario, Canada
This was my first organised bike tour and I have to admit that it has exceeded all expectations. Everyday was an adventure, I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning to start the day. Thanks to Phea and Mr Nal I was able to learn so much about this country, it’s culture and traditions. Phea is an outstanding guide, extremely professional, yet warm and welcoming. Mr Nal is always ready to lend a helping hand, no matter what!
This has been an amazing experience for me. I loved every minute of it!
Dana Hansen, Calgary, Canada
This trip far exceeded our expectations - and we expected nothing short of amazing! The itinerary is full of variety and unforgettable experiences. Our guide, Ox, took such great care of us. We were well fed and the accommodations were wonderful. Each day brought a new journey of discovery in a beautiful country with friendly locals. Ox worked very hard behind the scenes to ensure that all we had to worry about was simply pedaling our bikes and he took care of everything else.
This was our first tour with redspokes, but it certainly won't be our last!
Richard Penny, Barnet, England, UK
An amazing trip due to the jaw- dropping scenery, exhilarating cycling and determination of our guide, Ox to give us an understanding of the history and life in Nepal. Truly unforgettable!
Eleanor Goodwin, Tatsfield, UK
A fantastic trip through beautiful Albania. A stunning array of scenery, through mountains and along the coast, with a perfect combination of both challenging and exhilarating cycling.
Our guide Joshua was full of information about the area and history, and went out of his way to ensure everyone got out of the trip what they wanted. Food and accommodation were spot on, and our driver Vissy was always there just when you need him.
This was my first guided cycling trip, and I loved every minute. Nice one redspokes, you'll be seeing me again!
Douglas Pulleyblank, Vancouver, Canada
Данияр (Daniyar) and the support crew were great -- not only did I love Kyrgyzstan, I loved the fact that they all did too. They dealt with the inevitable issues that arose smoothly, were always in good spirits (even on the days when we hit wind, rain, hail...and yeah, we had a couple of those), made great food, and were excellent guides into Kyrgyz language and culture. If I ever toyed with the idea of getting into the support van, I knew that Данияр would support that -- but was really hoping we could just keep cycling. Another memorable redspokes trip. Кооз жаратылыш!
Kate Cammidge, Leigh-On-Sea, England, UK
Wow! Where do I begin. redspokes you’ve done it again! We had such an amazing time. From the train ride to Jaffna to our arrival in Kandy. It was such a colourful and interesting tour. Each day we would see such fascinating sighs not knowing what to expect next!
Our Guides Mr Sampath and Mr Waruna were both so interesting. Mr Sampath took us on the most beautiful paths and away from the noisy dangerous roads, to climbing hills through the tea plantations with spectacular scenery. One memorable day - we got up and went for an early pre dawn cycle. We were cycling In Sigiriya Rock National Park and we saw traces of elephant and sure enough we stopped and one walked across the road in front of us! He disappeared without a trace. Mr Waruna is a great historian. When we visited ancient temples he knows so much about each place. Other places of interest he was so knowledgeable. Our guides, drivers and helpers were equally so kind, friendly and helpful. They all went above and beyond their duties to make sure we were all happy and you couldn’t fault any of them. They were a really good team!
Dale Beames, Florida, USA
Before leaving for this trip I told my daughter that it would be either really bad or really good. I'm happy to report it was the latter. This trip in every way exceeded my expectations. Geovanny and Adrian had thought of every detail. They know the small towns we visited well and always offered something extra at each stop, be it a trip to a coffee farm or seeing scrambled eggs made with an espresso machine! Julian was an excellent bicycle guide and is an exceptionally talented cyclist. Adrian, Julian, and Javier were always available to answer questions, provide snacks while cycling, and help us get set in the hotels and with meals.
I'm 59 years old and live in flat, flat South Florida in the US. I was worried that despite my preparation I would ride poorly up hills and at elevation. I wasn't fast, but I was able to complete all segments. Colombia is a beautiful place populated with wonderful people. My advice for those considering this trip: do it. Also: I rented a bike there and that turned out to be the best decision, other that signing up for the tour initially, I made. The bikes had hydraulic disc brakes for the descents and were geared appropriately for the ascents. The crew brought along knobby tired for the rougher roads. Every detail was thought out in advance. I'm already thinking about going back when they change the route!
Pierre Albert Gaspard, Beirut, Lebanon
This trip was as exciting as all the other redspokes trips I have been on. The quality of the accommodations, the stunning scenery and the challenging rides made up all the ingredients for a memorable tour.
A special thanks to the redspokes team Carl, Clare and Richard for their support and dedication. This Scottish week will stay in my memory for a long time and confirms redspokes as my first choice for outdoor adventures.
Fadi Asmar, Beirut, Lebanon
Great tour covering a very scenic part of Scotland, the whole tour was fantastic. Loved the cycling, scenery, cycling companions and the fabulous accommodation, particularly the nights in Ardtornish, a truly magical place. The support from Carl, Clare and Richard during the tour was beyond the call of duty! I thoroughly enjoyed it and would absolutely recommend it to anyone.
Ho Nyuk Chee , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Our guide and driver, Taiel and Marcello were very helpful,knowledgeable and fun to be with. The bikes were first class.
The cycling route was very scenic with little traffic although there was a section from the top of Piedra Molinas to the bottom which can be very dusty even if a single car passes.
Luke Henderson, Edinburgh, Scotland
My partner had never done a trip like this but I'd done many, we both loved every minute of the trip and the guides Nuuwan and Gayan were fantastic. Great support with water and food when needed.
Helped us out with all the small things to make the whole trip go smoothly. Thanks loads.
Joanne & Simon Belton, Matamata, New Zealand
Can you think of a better way to meet a bunch of random people from anywhere in the world? This ride showed the great mountainous expanse of Albania, the contrasts within the country itself, and how far the country has advanced since the end of communism. Our guide Arjan was every passionate about his country and was never hesitant to share his views and information. Our support man Elvis was outstanding. Nothing was too much effort for him, and he was always there offering you water, a banana, packet of nuts, or chocolate bar whenever you were in need - it was like you were holding a sign with your order on it.
Geraldine Connolly, Dublin, Ireland
I was very impressed with The Manali to Leh trip.
Tom Brett, Potsdam, Germany
The redspokes Himalayas Tour was an awesome experience and everyone should do it! Don't be intimidated by the altitude - it ramps up gradually during the tour, giving you time to acclimatise - although if you can also do a bit of acclimatisation beforehand (as I did, with a short tour in the Alps at around 2000m) then that will help. Raju and his team on the ground have everything really well organised and we were totally supported and looked after at every stage of the tour. Camp all set up by the time we arrived at the end of each day's ride; good food and plenty of it. On the road the pace is moderate with plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings and take photographs. Definitely an experience of a lifetime.
Big thanks to redspokes and all the team!
Eli Baron, Plano, Texas, United States
Scenery was exceptionally beautiful and different every day. Guides did an excellent job. In addition to bicycling in the midst of beautiful and scenic views, we had the opportunity to visit historic sites and wineries and experience life in the mountains of northern Argentina.
Carol Hubberstey & Clair Wakefield, Victoria BC, Canada
This was our first organized bike tour - we usually organize our own bike trips - but we wanted to do something different and redspokes offered Kyrgyzstan! The trip did not disappoint: the vistas were stunningly beautiful and the cycling was appropriately challenging, mostly due to very rough (i.e. unpaved) surfaces, which we were not accustomed to as road cyclists. We had so much fun with the off road parts as well as with the downhill portions. We loved the semi-nomadic culture and our time at Son-Kol lake and the yurt camp. The local team was excellent.
One caution is to be sure to take proper clothing for cold, wet weather at high altitude.
Steve & Kathy Riegel, Rochester, NY, USA
Arjan and Tani are among the best guides and support we have ever experienced. They greatly helped our understanding of Albania and its history, and ensured every one of us had a deeply satisfying time. In addition to spectacular riding, the tour packed an amazing amount of cultural experiences into the days. We were thoroughly immersed in Albania, and are certain the country will do well based on the strong, warm-hearted people there. They really know how to cook! Best food ever.
Audrey Midgley , Ilkley, UK
We have been on many cycling tours over the years but this one stands out as the absolute best. The scenery was exhilarating and the people, food, wine and accommodation was amazing. Our guides were the best we have ever had and they couldn’t do enough to look after us and improve our experience at every opportunity. I wish we could take them with us on every tour.
Mark & Clare Elsegood, Glossop, UK
As experienced cycle tourists, but having never been on an organised group tour , would we do another group tour? - would we use redspokes? -would we recommend Albania? The short answer to all is yes , we would.
We came away with very positive feelings about it all. We are already considering another tour with redspokes next year . We may have been fortunate in that the group was populated with like minded, interesting and capable people and the Guide and driver were first class. The accommodation was better than expected with plenty of idiosyncrasies- this is Albania afterall. They added to the fun rather than caused real inconvenience. The food was a revelation - plentiful , fresh and tasty with a local bias as hoped. Arjan and Tuani ( sp?) were great ambassadors for their country.
Albania itself was different but not as alien as we may have anticipated and we never felt threatened or particularly uncomfortable and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience that we are keen to repeat.
Andrew Wiggans, Rochdale, England, UK
Jason Heffernan, Auckland, New Zealand
The trip was exhilarating, hard, joyful, fun, exhausting, intriguing, interesting and challenging, a good old fashioned adventure. There was not a day that went by that I was not amazed or surprised by something. Ox our guide has done this trip many times and knows the toll the altitude takes on riders, he checked us out everyday to make sure we were OK, if you were not 100% on any given day, he would recommended spending a day or half day to recuperate in the support van. Its a long ride and wearing yourself out too early means spending the whole trip in the van! His Nepal team were superb, they made sure we had an abundance of food and drinks to keep the wheels turning. Special mention, Jenzen from the Tibetan team, he was so friendly and informative about his culture and country, thoroughly enjoyed his company and knowledge.
Becky & John Layton, San Francisco, USA
Our 4th redspokes tour and one of the best! The landscapes were positively gorgeous - dramatic mountains, brilliant lakes and rivers, colourful wildflowers, lush farmlands and jaw dropping coastlines. The first few days through the Albanian Alps were challenging, but a highlight of our trip and also the rest day at Ohrid was perfectly timed. The food was fresh, tasty, and plentiful at every meal. Our guide Arjan was fun, lively and had deep knowledge of the area and the road conditions. Albania's recent communist history and older Ottoman/Roman influences were fascinating.
We highly recommend this trip!
Eric Tofflemire, California, United States
Arjan was wonderful! Near the top of a 10k climb, at about 12% near the top, he was singing to us as we rode! He was a wellspring of local knowledge and history. My only question about the food is, how did I actually GAIN weight? Seriously, it was fresh, fabulous, and plentiful!
I can't say enough about the support. Tony (sp?) was a tremendous help. Many of us brought our own bikes, which he always kept cleaned, maintained, and safe throughout the trip. My bike arrived home in better shape than when I left! Thank You!
Stuart Malcolm, Ontario, Canada
Ox is a strong and caring team leader who leads an extremely supportive group of helpers that made the trip easier and more enjoyable. The food was enjoyable and plentiful. Patrick was always available to fix mechanical issues with the bikes while also dealing with camp setup and tear down. Our local Tibet guide was incredibly knowledgeable and humorous. This is an extremely physical and mentally challenging tour, you will learn and test your limits within a group of very supportive cyclists and crew. Ox was a marvel at keeping track of our mental and physical well being and usually knew when someone was having an bad day before we did. This was my second visit to Nepal and the warmth and friendliness of the locals combined with the stunning scenery make it a must visit destination for world travels.
Fernanda Strang, São Paulo, Brazil
The best way of getting to know a country. Perfect! You can cover so many different places in a speed that allows you to experience the local atmosphere in a unique way. Guides and staff were great making the trip goes smooth. Beautiful landscape, impressive mountains. The food was so fresh and surprising in the best way. Absolutely recommend this trip and redspokes.
Richard Cohen, London, UK
This was an unusual trip as there were only 3 participants and we were travelling in Sri Lanka at a time of national crisis following the Easter Sunday bombings. In several of the places that we stayed in our group were the only guests and the staff in all the hotels we went to were grateful that we were visiting the country at a time when most tourists had left Sri Lanka and many countries (including the UK) had advised against all non-essential travel.
I cannot speak highly enough about the cycle guide, Sampath and the driver Gayan. Both were endlessly helpful, patient and conscientious in their work with our group. They were always ready on time and kept the bikes in tip-top working order and they both went out of their way to respond to all kinds of requests from the group. They kept us constantly equipped with cold water even when the outside temperature reached 40 degrees and well supplied with bananas.
Mark Coleman, Norwich, England, UK
Never in my wildest dreams could I have dreamt just how incredible this adventure to Nepal would be!
Although I’ve been a cyclist for many years, I’ve never been on a guided tour before so this was something entirely new. Knowing that support, food and water was never far away helped no end and the sight of Mr Mamalay and his van in the distance was a blessed relief on several occasions! Although I thought I was reasonably fit, I think I underestimated the effort required; this was some seriously tough mountain biking. Most nights after dinner we were tucked up in bed by at least 9 o’clock if not earlier; utterly exhausted!
For me, the trip wasn’t all about the cycling. Some moments during the long days will stay with me forever; one of the girls in the group planting rice in a paddy field, being able to sit in on a Buddhist ceremony, sharing the ‘Holi’ festival with countless, happy, smiling, painted children, one of the boys in the group ploughing a paddy field behind 2 confused cows, goats on a bus; dancing at a wedding and flying by the seat of our pants through the mountains up to Jomsom. So many memories! All of these little ‘extras’ were made possible by one man; the legend who is ‘Ox’. The hardest working, most patient and happy, tough guy I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Don’t ever call this a holiday; it’s an epic adventure that will push you to your limits and be etched on your memory for ever more. Book now!!
Andrew Lindsay, Otford, England, UK
Very enjoyable trip combining cycling through some lovely and ever changing countryside and a good level of sightseeing / learning about the country.
Local guides were excellent and very knowledgable.
Kevin & Julia Thomasson, Poole, England, UK
Julia and I were on our 6th redspokes trip. This trip was as good as all the others. The scenery was stunning, a mixture of mountains, volcanoes, forests and lakes The Guides Tolke and German were professional, supportive and great company. The riding was well planned it was a mixture of road and off-road. Hotels very comfortable and food excellent.
A very well organised redspokes trip. Highly recommend.
Michael Litchfield, Emerald, Australia
My 8th redspokes tour was definitely a 5 star one ! The mix of great accommodation, stunning scenery, amazing food and of course the usual redspokes level of challenging riding made for fantastic memories ! Our group was superbly lead by Tolkeyen and German.
The Patagonian adventure is definitely a must do !
David Richards, Swindon, England, UK
This was without doubt an exceptionally well organised and managed trip, largely due to the unflagging dedication of the lead guide 'Ox' and his support team, all of whom worked tirelessly to ensure every member of the trip enjoyed an amazing experience. The balance of demanding cycling on and off road, and in-country experiences interacting with locals and the local way of life was perfect.
Our group was of mixed ability, yet the guides ensured we all got what we wanted out of the trip and were very well looked after throughout. They could not have done more, and I am really grateful to Ox and team for making my trip everything that I had hoped for, and much more! Thank you.
Karl Debenham-Eccles, Norfolk, England, UK
Amazing trip. Nepal really was the trip of a lifetime, very well organised and action packed with
stunning scenery and varied terrain.
Our guide Ox was fantastic and was keen to make sure every one was happy and well looked after.
Don't think about it, just book it now you wont regret it!
Lorna & John Forsythe, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
This tour was incredible, there was so much to it: challenging cycling, breathtaking scenery, which changed from the plains, to the hills and then amazing mountains. But it was the personal aspect of it that was most amazing: our guide Ox was superb, he really showed us Nepali life. He clearly balances the clients' needs with the local community and was always keen that we saw what rural life in Nepal is about.
We loved the fun of having a go at planting rice, watched by the entire village, and trying ploughing with oxen. I felt as if we really saw Nepal, from the craziness of Kathmandu, through the stunning rural aspects to the mountains and bleak beauty of the Himalayas.
Marjorie Leighton, Campbeltown, Scotland, UK
This was the second redspokes trip I have done and once again it lived up to expectations. It was well organised, the cycle leaders Sampath and Chamara took us alongside canals teeming with all manner of natural beauty, over roads under construction, and of course the ‘undulating’ countryside. Our driver Ishfan was always at hand to provide water, to help with the bikes and in my case when I was riding in the van, slowing down when I wanted to take photos.
The food was wonderful and abundant, even having lunch served by a Tamil lady at a lookout stop at 1302m (4,270ft). There was always the choice of local, spicy food or the less spicy western and for most days both breakfast and evening meals were buffet style. The accommodation was of a very high standard, with some hotels having swimming pools which were very welcome after cycling in the 36 deg heat and humidity. Probably one of the nicest overnight stops (as far as character) was at Sir John’s Bungalow (John Kotelawala an ex Prime Minister of Ceylon) up in the cool of the hills. It certainly didn’t have WiFi, it only just had electricity-luckily it had cold beer!
Apart from the countryside, the ‘add ons’ to the cycling included temples, UNESCO world heritage sites, a rock fortress, spice gardens, tea factory, botanical gardens, and white water rafting.
There was wonderful natural beauty, with the mating call of peacocks a daily occurrence, monkeys, egrets, herons, land and water monitors, elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, and more kingfishers than you could wish for. The country was lush, green, with an abundance of water and magnificent tea plantations.
The people were friendly, always smiling and the children shouted ‘hello’ and ‘bye’ as we passed. We were blessed with good weather (perhaps a wee bit hot for cycling) with only a couple of late afternoon showers in Kandy.
I would thoroughly recommend the trip to anyone.
Nigel & Ceri Johnson, Christchurch, New Zealand
Coming from the South Island of New Zealand, we wondered if the Andean Lakes would offer anything different, but the scenery was amazing, on a grander scale - so many volcanoes! Our guides were very well organised, and also friendly and with a great sense of humour, and everything ran smoothly due to their efforts. There was a good mix of sealed and gravel roads, although not everyone liked the gravel - road-bikers might need to practice on rough gravel before taking this trip.
Staying overnight on the slopes of Osorno Volcano, crossing the Andes through pristine forest on the Perez Rosales Path, and cycling through the old lava streams in the Conguillo National Park were particular highlights.
We also had a great group of 15 people who all added greatly to our enjoyment.
Nina Markham, La Molina, Peru
The views were stunning. The biking had a variety of pavement, dirt, gravel, hills which made it very enjoyable since it was always changing. The support was amazing. I went with my husband and 17-year old son. The guides and group were incredibly accommodating of our varying levels of biking.
What a fantastic way to spend a vacation!
Christian Carthew, Melbourne, Australia
I have been very keen to see India for some time and my expectations were exceeded. The trip was brilliant. Our guide Majid was excellent. He did a great job getting us safely from place to place, also passed on loads of great information along the way. I am missing the food, the colours and the smiles. Cycling is certainly the best way to see a new place.
Thank you Majid, Majesh and redspokes.
Karen Allworthy, London, UK
Brilliant trip experiencing the countryside and the lovely people of Cambodia. We were looked after so well by the redspokes team who really went the extra mile to make our bike trip so successful. Phea was a great guide backed up by Mr. Nal and Ramone. Accommodation and food was excellent, the problem was we didn't want the trip to end.
Tracey Croke, Sydney, Australia
I've been on many group trips and they are always different, but the redspokes trip to Burma is now among my favourites. I try not to have expectations when I go on these sorts of trips. Things don't always go to plan and I know that the local guides and staff are still working through the best way to operate. For me personally that's part of the attraction. Even with that in mind, I'm finding it difficult to pick fault. The whole experience was so well run.
I would rate everything about it as excellent - particularly the staff who were tirelessly attentive and competent in their individual roles. The accommodation exceeded my expectations. Almost the whole time we had our own bathroom and toilet. I enjoyed the local food - even more so when we were in the mix with local people. As for the redspokes guide Julian. I rate him as one of the top guides I've travelled with. See what Tracey wrote about this tour in adventure travel magazine
Ursula, Oxford, England, UK
A great trip. Well organised, fantastic guides, good accommodation. Stunning scenery, and we had the added luck of having good weather and a great group that really stuck together. What particularly struck me is how this worked well as a group trip, but that it was still possible for everyone to go at their own speed, and that all abilities were catered for.
A HUUUGE thumbs up for the guides (Diego, Tolkeyen, Bosco). Great fun to be with, and they really were organising whizz-kids - predicting where there were potential difficulties and working their way around these (e.g. organising transfers if poor road conditions were expected), so that we did not even notice - everything just worked.
Thank you also for the very good pre-trip communication and prompt responses whenever I got in touch. That was also very helpful.
This was my first redspokes tour. It won't be my last...
Paul Fisher, Walsall, UK
I have been on several overseas cycling trips before and this one exceeded my expectations. Our guide, Tolke, driver Diego and mechanic Bosco were excellent. The planning of each day, attention to detail by Tolke and Diego and transfers were expertly handled with no hitches. The hotels and lodges were very well selected - a super combination of very good lodges and hostels with a little luxury occasionally (well we deserved it). And as for the route - just brilliant! Cycling in the Patagonian Lakes was a bit of a dream come true for me - lakes, volcanoes, waterfalls, forests and fields under massive blue skies with high whispy clouds. Cycling was varied too, sometimes tough, but always enjoyable on gravel, forest tracks or tarmac.
Just a great trip!
Ruth & Phil Dunnell, Surrey, UK
Another great trip with redspokes. Stunning scenery, fun group and great crew. Some of the gravel roads were a challenge but not insurmountable - the ferry crossings provided a welcome respite & a chance to take in the majestic landscape. Special thanks to Tolkeyen & Alejandro for looking after us so well.
We've already booked our next redspokes adventure!
Harri Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland
The Nepal tour far outstripped my expectations on every level. The food was all excellent, and none of us ever got sick (our guide, Ox, was extremely careful and conscientious - even cooking some of our food himself when we stopped at roadside kitchens - and we had very very good food from places you would never have picked yourself, thanks to his local knowledge). The accommodation was much better than I expected - we had electricity every night, and everywhere was clean even when it was very basic. I am a competitive road rider with little mountain biking experience, and although the distances were low the routes were technical enough to be very challenging in many places, but with enough variety that it was still enjoyable. I would say you need at least one of fitness and skill for this trip, but not necessarily both - our group was of mixed backgrounds but we all managed fine. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking too!
The real highlight for me was the Nepali people - everyone was incredibly welcoming and friendly, and even as a female travelling alone I never felt unsafe exploring big cities such as Pokhara and Kathmandu. It was a lovely feeling to connect with and be welcomed by so many people as we cycled through the villages. Where we cycled on bigger roads (not very often), the traffic was fine and generally well behaved. There were plenty of times we all ended up on foot due to the challenging terrain, so if you are in road cleats (as I was) I'd definitely recommend carrying and using a set of cleat covers. High SPF suncream is a must, particularly for the high altitude days. A buff or pollution mask helps with the dusty roads and for walking around in the cities. A swimsuit for the hot springs came in handy too! We were very well fed, and I didn't use much of the cycling food I brought with me, but I did use electrolyte tablets - it was very hot on some days. If I did this trip again, I would only bring a small micro fleece towel as backup (rather than a full size one - they were always available), and I would bring more transitional clothes - short sleeved jerseys with arm warmers, shorts with leg warmers etc were used a lot more than the softshell jackets etc that I took. A decent waterproof cycling jacket was very useful too. I bought cheap baggy shorts in Kathmandu and wore them over lycra instead of expensive mountain biking shorts - there is plenty of knock-off gear for sale. Overall, this trip was a fantastic experience that was only possible with the level of knowledge and experience provided by the guides, and I'd absolutely recommend it to people with a solid cycling or mountain biking background
Ann & David Nicoll, Prestwick, Scotland
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole of our Burma experience with redspokes. Burma is a beautiful country and we felt very lucky to see a mixture of larger cities, smaller villages and unspoilt countryside. The people are very warm, friendly and welcoming. Our tour guide, Min Min did a great job of trying to explain the diversity of the country, it's history and traditions. The food was fabulous.
The cycling was hard at times, mostly due to the heat but also the odd hill or two!
Ruth and Phil Dunnell, Surrey, UK
Adrian, Julian, Javier and Jaime were all great - nothing was too much trouble & on many occasions they went that extra mile. Yes Colombia is hilly but none of the climbs were extreme and the crew were always on hand with well timed stops and refreshments. We saw amazing mountain scenery and stayed in small towns of great character and authenticity. There was some traffic in a couple of places, but we often had the roads largely to ourselves. All round, we had a fantastic trip.
Lon Dubey, California, United States
I truly enjoyed the Patagonia Chile-Argentina redspokes trip. The mountain and lake scenery was spectacular. The arrangements spot on and the accommodations very comfortable. I liked cycling on a combination of gravel and paved roads with a few days of truly memorable rides.
Staff was outstanding --Tolke, Diego and Bosco were terrific in everyway. They were competent well organized and helped make even the challenging days fun.
Angela Riddell, London, UK
The trip comes highly recommended. A wonderful experience in a beautiful, vibrant country. The people were so welcoming and Adrian & his team could not have done more to ensure we all had a great time. The views of endless stunning green hillsides whilst cycling and the sound of bird song live on even now in my mind. I'd go back tomorrow. Thank you!
Alison Urquhart, Sydney, Australia
I loved experiencing Burma at handlebar level. It's a great way to see the country and to meet the locals. The riding is varied with flat sections, challenging climbs and some challenging road surfaces. I was very happy with the bike I hired from redspokes and Jules and Phoe Aung ensured that it fitted me and was expertly maintained over the trip. The food is delicious and there is plenty to eat. I have celiac disease and had no problems eating gluten free.I loved my time at Ngapali Beach “swimming, body surfing and with my cabin right on the beach front.
Our local staff was awesome“ ensuring that we had everything we needed and more. They had a great sense of humour and we shared many laughs. In summary, redspokes organized a great tour of Myanmar at a great price and I can't wait to tour with redspokes again.
Deborah Littlejohn, Uxbridge, England, UK
We have just returned from our wonderful Sri Lanka Classic cycle tour. As we are middle aged and not particularly fit we decided to take the e-bikes. Although these did help us, they did not stop us from getting a lot fitter by the end of the tour. Our guide Chamara and driver Janika were extremely experienced and benevolent. We learnt so much about this beautiful country from the spices and teas that are grown there, to the gems that are mined. We visited Buddhist temples and world heritage sites. The lunches were varied delicious and memorable as were the snacks, black tea and fresh coconut stops.
It was an opportunity to see parts of Sri Lanka that very few others can or do.
The people are incredibly friendly and the children run down the road after you for a ‘high five’. I don’t think that there was one moment where I didn’t have a smile on my face. Thank you “redspokes” for a wonderful tour.
Larry Nafziger & Jane Snider, Ottawa, Canada
Cycling on a variety of roads, lanes and tracks through countryside ranging from flat stretches along beaches and rice paddies, to high elevation forests and tea plantations, was a great way to be introduced to Sri Lanka. The accompanying support team was superb.
Philippa Mann, North Yorkshire, England, UK
An incredible adventure through the towns and countryside of Cambodia. With Phea and Sekhom as our leaders, we saw the country through their eyes, with their brilliant local knowledge and passion, they showed us so much more than just a country. Every day provided a new and often unexpected introduction! From Kampot Pepper growing to how to milk a Palm tree (!) and meeting local families, school kids, impromptu volley ball games and crazy Karaoke, it was a dazzling assault on all your senses. We laughed every day (and cried at The Killing Fields) and came away feeling like we had made long term friends, with fellow travellers but most of all our guides. I recommend it without reservation. (Oh, and amazing accomodation, pools, views, fab food - but its MUCH more than just that).
This is a new tour for 2019.
Beth de Sousa, Exeter, UK
Phenomenal trip. We both loved the cycling and the scenery. The trip was made extra special by the personalities there. The other members of the group were great and we loved the combination of the guides. Tolkeyen who was shy and more reserved but helpful, sincere and very kind and Alejandro who was fun, knowledgable and organised and who mother ducked us around the trip.
I would without hesitation go on another redspokes trip and in fact went straight onto the site on returning home to check out the Albania trip for next year. Thank you for an AMAZING holiday and especially to the guides, who made everything run so smoothly
Robert Cieri, Vermont, United States
Guides and drivers were excellent. Attended to our every need and couldn’t have been more pleasant. Water stops and snacks were frequent - exactly as needed on hot days. Side trips were fascinating and gave us a real feel for the culture, religion and way of life. Everyone was open and friendly- we always felt safe and at home. We leave Cambodia with a deep sense of affection for the people and how they have endured a tragic history with a positive attitude and great hope for the future. We hope to return soon.
Catherine Hunter, Vermont, United States
Outstanding trip in every way. The staff was exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable. There was a new adventure every day - from varied cycling terrain to eye-opening cultural experiences.
As Americans, whose history is so intertwined with Cambodia’s, we found it particularly meaningful and profound. Thank you.
Mark Jolly, London, UK
I had been thinking of riding the Karakoram Highway for years and now I’ve done it with redspokes my only regret is that I didn’t do it with them before. Pakistan was fantastic in every way, China interesting in more ways than one and Kyrgystan a wonderful end to the tour. The local guides in each country were great and Craig, our redspokes guide, was better than the perfect person for the job. The trip was everything I was hoping for, and more.
Robert Oddo, Florida, United States
Another excellent redspokes tour. This tour gives you a taste of the lakes region of Chile/Argentina. What is different about this trip it also give you a taste of a wide variety of biking including road biking, hill biking and gravel biking. Highly recommend. Spectacular views.
Alastair Locke, Leeds, England, UK
Really enjoyed the Burma trip and the people on the tour. The food was much better than I was expecting, with every day providing a new foodie experience. The support crew were full of fun and enthusiasm. Whilst the riding at times was quite tough due to the heat and road conditions, the MTB bikes coped very well. The lovely Burmese people and the incredible variety of landscapes, plus of course one or two Pagodas!! were simply the icing on the cake. Many Thanks to redspokes
Mark Glaisher, Gillingham, England, UK
There were plenty of contrasts during our trip through Uzbekistan! The carefully chosen route passed into the mountains and across plains, and often there was hardly a building in sight, let alone a village. Coming to remote settlements we were made really welcome – cyclists are not common. Once we reached the bigger towns there was the bustle of buses, motorbikes, donkey carts and so on, whilst the travel for the classic tourism sites (Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent) was by High Speed Train. This was my fourth redspokes trip, and as on previous ones the support was really good. Our local guide filled in gaps in our knowledge, and the crew was on hand for the food stops during the day and to give any mechanical help. After a day’s riding, arriving at the camping place with the facilities set up and the afternoon tea on the go, was great. Such a variety of food, too; freshly prepared with little repetition, and there was always provision for me, a vegetarian. A memorable tour for all the right reasons.
Volker Düring, Berlin, Germany
One of the best cycling tours I took part ever, excellent balance between cycling and visiting cultural highligts, very good accomodation, helpfull and flexible guides, interesting and sometimes surprising visits and also food.
Inbetween three mostly challenging days in terms of climbing, but the roads are good to cycle an the team is looking to be helpfull in any case.
Nigel Moore, Amersham, England, UK
We were so very well looked after and enjoyed a wonderful insight into a fabulous country. Everyone was so welcoming and made it a super trip!
Also many thanks to your office staff for the pre-holiday admin to ensure we got there suitably prepared – this part also worked well.
Roger Troughton, Surrey, UK
Everything I expected of a redspokes trip to Burma combining "must-sees" and cycling off the beaten track to observe another side of the country. Backed up by a really good local crew. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trip to others who like the way redspokes does things.
Marcella Loehr, Minnesota, United States
I signed up for a 3 country, Asian bike tour because I wanted to see this part of the world! What a wonderful way to see it! We saw every aspect of the areas we traveled through Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. Since the guides were divided into one group from each country and were from these areas we learned first hand from their knowledge about their country. They took us to local spots that we would never had seen on any other tour. The biking was challenging but the guides and van drivers made sure we were all safe and were very well organized.
Michael & Christine Lawton, Rhyl, Wales, UK
Our fourth tour with redspokes and it will not be the last. The information supplied before the tour was really very good. The guide Mr Elle (Al) and his wonderful team of drivers/assistants were excellent and always ready to deal with any issues quickly. We were provided with a constant supply of cold drinks, fresh fruit, biscuits and crisps on the regular stops en route.
A pleasant cycle down the coast of Thailand passing through some beautiful scenery, riding through traditional fishing villages and plantations producing latex from rubber trees and some growing bananas and coconuts. Regular stops to meet the local Thai people, often at work in the fields or processing coconuts.
Louise Farley, London, UK
A fantastic blend of culture, local gastronomy and exercise - what better way to explore a country than by bike!
Keith Russell, Bath, England, UK
I had high expectations for this tour but it exceeded those expectations in pretty well every way. The scenery is spectacular but what pleasantly surprised me was that every day had something a bit different, from volcanoes to lakes to lava plains to gravel roads through forests or 15 km downhill screamers on tarmac. The guides were truly amazing; they put a lot of work in every day including the morning briefing, setting-out the 'magic table' at the always-welcome break stops (chocolate, coffee, bananas, energy bars, water) and loading and unloading the bikes and gear into the support vehicles. They calmly smoothed out any language or culture hiccups.
Diego and Jeronimo are also just two lovely blokes who are smart, work hard and genuinely cared about giving us clients a great experience. The trip has a fair amount of off-tarmac riding which was a big part of why I chose it but if you don't like gravel roads and just want tarmac, this trip isn't for you.
Susan Pritchard, Manchester, UK
redspokes provided a trip of a lifetime. The guides were very helpful and friendly making sure we all had everything we needed, especially coffee and food at the rest stops! The organisation was first class with clear itineraries each day. The route was beautiful. There were a few tough days but the scenery made the hard work worth it, especially staying in the refugio on Osorno volcano and the views from there. Some of the group even fitted in a few hours skiing on the volcano! The boat rides provided chill out time and awesome scenery as did a visit to a thermal spa. The group we had was great, we were from 7 different countries but we had shared interests of adventure and fun! I highly recommend this trip!
Eli Baron, Texas, United States
The 3 countries was an outstanding and varied experience. Every day different from the previous one and with exceptionally beautiful scenery.
Ross Prielipp & Annette Meier, High Halstow, England, United Kingdom
This was our 4th tour with redspokes and having thoroughly enjoyed the previous 3, this trip did not disappoint. The cycling is stunning, well surfaced roads, very little traffic, beautiful scenery and plenty of challenging climbs followed, of course, by exhilarating descents. The small towns and villages through which you pass are fascinating. The rest day in Chiang Kham is a particular treat, we were absolutely spoilt by the resort owner Rico and would love to go back there sometime.
The real highlight of this trip however is the guide Preecha, he epitomizes the friendly open nature of the northern Thai people and is someone you will not forget. This was as much a gastronomic tour as it was a cycling tour. During the day we stopped at roadside cafes for delicious pad Thai or noodle soup and had snacks of sticky rice flavoured with coconut. In the evenings Preecha took us to restaurants, night markets and riverside stalls for amazing dishes of grilled fish, firery curries and even deep fried bamboo worms (absolutely yummy). Thanks to Preecha, Rico and the redspokes team for a memorable trip.
Dawn Horsburgh, Kilninver, Scotland, UK
Thanks redspokes for an inspirational trip. I’ve been keen to visit Thailand for several years - the cycling, views, culture, food and company did not disappoint.
A jam packed fortnight of amazing experiences, memories gained and I am already wishing I was on another trip :)
Roger Hill, Crawley, United Kingdom
The trip included more than other tour companies did and yet the price was still very competitive. The trip included the amazing internal flight and cycling up to Muktinath which none of the others did, so that's why I chose it.
The trip was made so enjoyable by Ox. He had a great sense of humour and worked so hard to help all of us with any problems we had. He helped get my suitcase when it arrived a day late on my arrival. He arranged to get an sd card for my go- pro. Ox helped make it the best adventure holiday ever.
Bruce Irving, Norwich, UK
Colombia turned out to be much better than expected. The Colombians are honest and a delight. Happy dance music coming out of all the houses along the way. Lots of exotic fruit made the cycling a party!
Joanna Reaves, Edinburgh, Scotland
Another great redspokes tour. A smaller group but just as much fun, experiencing the colorful, friendly culture of Kerala and Tamil Nadu together.
Sarah Howes, Tonbridge, England, United Kingdom
This was my first time travelling with Redspokes and the cycle tour in Uzbekistan did not disappoint – it was a fantastic experience. Although a regular cyclist, mountaineer and camper, I’d never done a cycling trip like this before or visited this part of the world so for me it was such an adventure! Riding through the arid and desolate landscape, dotted with colourful oases and villages that seemed straight out of the Old Testament (albeit now with electricity, cars and mobile phones!) meant we truly saw the real Uzbekistan. Riding over the vast high plateaux was exhilarating and great fun! There was also some very challenging terrain at times. The support crew were absolutely fantastic and looked after us really well. They provided plenty of food & drink, and a huge variety, three times a day. Camp was always tidy, well organised, bikes checked and fixed/adjusted and even hot water for the shower tent. Sightseeing in Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva was absolutely fascinating and a great complement to the ‘wild’ part of the trip.
Adrian Sankey, Ambleside, England, UK
This was an excellent trip through the most beautiful countryside of Thailand. The cycling was great. A carefully chosen route with lots of interest and variety. Some of it was challenging, but the rewards were spectacular.
Our splendid guide Preecha looked after us admirably and found us imaginative places to eat both at lunchtime and in the evening and we stayed in some very comfortable hotels. I would happily do it again tomorrow!
Wendy Holland, Whangarei, New Zealand
This was my 4th trip with redspokes and again I have been blown away. The trip design was excellent (as usual)- the back roads, small villages, cultural experiences, and amazing vistas of rice fields and agrarian life was so fantastic and so interesting. I would never be able to organise this trip outside of redspokes because of the critical use of local knowledge and researched planning and cycle routes away for any usual tourist routes. Outside of the two cities we saw no other foreign travellers.
Forrest our guide was excellent. He could not do enough for us, he looked after us in every way, always wanting to do more. I loved his kindness, humour, and integrity. The food was excellent, Forrest got to know what we all liked and each meal was delicious. Mr Bi our driver was also great. Our coffee stops were great and Mr Bi is an exception cycling mechanic, he is also very funny - the bikes we used were put together by Mr Bi and were excellent. My fellow cyclists also made this trip very special, thank you, I loved being with you. So thank you, thank you, thank you redspokes, Forrest and Mr Bi, hmm where shall I go next!
Claire, Guildford, UK
Andrew Vittery, Guildford, UK
Sheelagh Evans, Winchester, UK
Thanks for the great trip. I can't fault it, its the best tour I have been on. Mr Phea and his team are wonderful.
Marie Sadler, Luton, England
This trip was a wonderful surprise. Albania is a hidden gem. The cycle route takes you through beautiful countryside, mountains, rivers and lakes, the scenery is breathtaking. We had a great group and very well looked after by Arjan and our driver. The food and accommodation was to a very high standard and the Albanian people very warm and friendly. Thank you redspokes once again for a well organised trip giving a true feel of AlbaniaThis trip was a wonderful surprise. Albania is a hidden gem. The cycle route takes you through beautiful countryside, breathtaking mountain, rivers and lakes, the scenery is breathtaking. We had a great group and very well looked after by Arjan and our driver. The food was and accommodation was to a very high standard and the Albanian people very warm and friendly. Thank you redspokes for once again for a well organised trip giving a true feel of Albania. This trip was a wonderful surprise. Albania is a hidden gem. The cycle route takes you through beautiful countryside, breathtaking mountain, rivers and lakes, the scenery is breathtaking. We had a great group and very well looked after by Arjan and our driver. The food was and accommodation was to a very high standard and the Albanian people very warm and friendly. Thank you redspokes for once again for a well organised trip giving a true feel of Albania. This trip was a wonderful surprise. Albania is a hidden gem. The cycle route takes you through beautiful countryside, breathtaking mountain, rivers and lakes, the scenery is breathtaking. We had a great group and very well looked after by Arjan and our driver. The food was and accommodation was to a very high standard and the Albanian people very warm and friendly. Thank you redspokes for once again for a well organised trip giving a true feel of Albania.
Joseph Steel, Rosenheim, Germany
This cycling trip was truly amazing. The cycling was hard, with many long, high climbs although most came with long, fast descents. The scenery was outstanding and something of a surprise. I wasn't really expecting it to be so good!
The accommodation throughout the trip, although it varied in standard, was always good - hot water in the shower, plenty of electric points for charging, and wifi in nearly all our rooms. In particular, the hotel in Shaxi was excellent.
Our guide was a great help - very knowledgeable and keen to share information about the places we were in and give his views about China. He took us to many different restaurants for some very good food.
Ged Browne, London, United Kingdom
Another great redspokes trip in a remote, hard-to travel-to Asian location. Deserving of its 10/10 rating due to altitude, repeated camping and Nepali roads, although it should be noted that the majority of this route is now good-quality surfaced road.
Kathrin Wieczorek, Rosenheim, Germany
This was probably the most scenic cycling tour I have ever done. Yunnan is simply stunning. I wish more people would go.
The trip is tough with very little flat roads, but the climbs are really rewarding with spectacular views. We were a very small group and together with Jia and Ken it felt like 5 friends on the road together. What a lovely team they are. Everything was planned perfectly, from the arrival to the hotels, luggage transfer, food ordered, the daily cycling and the few but well deserved rests. I highly recommend this trip!
Couldn't have a better guide than Jia who also provides valuable insight into the local culture. Bikes provided are good, and food is plenty and (for Chinese standards) quite varied.
Donal Burke, New York, United States
All guides were very helpful and make the trip fun. The scenery is incredible and the hills very challenging. As the trip covered some beautiful small towns as well as the two largest cities I felt that we got to see a good cross section of Colombia.
I would love for others to discover the magic of Colombia
Weland Mahar, Sydney, Australia
Long flat heat at the start, building up to steep climbs and never ending fast descents in the cooler hills towards the end. This ride was an interesting and varied journey through different cultures, terrain and conditions. The tour started strongly and just kept getting better as we went. The guides Sampath and Chamara were excellent and we couldn’t believe how good the food and accommodation was - it felt like a luxury foodie tour with lots of riding !! The best part was seeing the less explored parts of Sri Lanka especially in the North. The roads are superb - Highly recommended.
Richard Bedal, California, USA
Here is an article I wrote for our Cycling Club Newsletter:
BIKING COLOMBIA One of the first things I learned when preparing for our Colombia bike trip is that the country’s name is spelled and pronounced differently than the Ohio city with a similar name. After looking at the ride profiles provided by our bike touring company, I also quickly learned that the Andes are well represented in Colombia. Another clue that Janet and I were in for some challenging climbs was the 25 mile taxi ride from the airport to our Medellin hotel—the last 10 miles was all downhill, with a grade ranging from 8% to 15%. We were afraid we would be climbing this hill when we left this city surrounded by mountains. Watching the numerous cyclists zoom in and out of traffic and pass our already too fast taxi, on a windy road, did not allay my growing doubts of the wisdom in choosing this bike trip. Fortunately, the first meeting with our guides that evening was calming and made me believe I could do this. Although I was the oldest on this trip, our four cycling companions were not 20 or 30 year olds who I feared would only be seen at breakfast and dinner. Additionally, the guides assured us that the support van would always be available. Our first day of riding was on Sunday in Medellin (pronounced “med-a-gene” by the natives), with a population of 2.5 million. Not to worry. Every Sunday they have a Ciclovia, where they close some major roads to cars from 7am to 1 pm, to encourage physical activity, such as cycling, skateboarding, walking, running, etc. There are over 60 cities throughout Colombia that have a Ciclovia every Sunday. On the second day our guides had us leaving at 7am to avoid the commuter traffic. Apparently unbeknownst to the guides the Medellians are early risers. Although the natives are respectful of cyclists, they do not have a three-foot rule. Our cycling guide got us cleverly through town on some major roads, without any mishaps. Soon after we got out of town we were on rural roads, with little traffic, in the midst of beautiful green mountains and canyons. We stopped to take pictures, and then around the next corner there would be another beautiful view. The pictures I took really don’t do it justice. Besides the scenery, the people and their culture were a delight to embrace. Our guides, being from Colombia, are very proud of their country and enjoyed sharing it with us. We met many people, young and old, and had many enjoyable, memorable experiences. One that stands out occurred in a very small town. I was sitting on a curb with a 10 year-old boy who wanted to practice English. He took out his text book that had pictures of items. I helped with his English pronunciation and he helped me with the Spanish. Perhaps the most memorable is when Janet and I, while cycling, came across a young man who was using a machete to trim the vegetation on a bank next to the road. What first caught our attention was his ladder that was hand made out of bamboo. Janet asked, in Spanish, if we could take his picture. He thought a brief moment and said "Gringos." He wasn't being rude, judgmental or critical, but merely stating a fact. We chatted with him for a while in our meagre Spanish. He then posed and we took this photo. We liked him. He was much like all the Colombians we met—kind, friendly, self-assured, and confident, with a strong work ethic. Oh, lest I forget, bicycling up the hills was very challenging. Twice I had to use the support van. Once, when my blood sugar got too low, I got a ride up part of the way. On the other occasion, Janet and I were so slow bicycling up this long climb (27 miles and 5,800 feet of climbing), with lengthy stretches of gravel, we had to get a ride the last three miles because we were going to miss dinner. However, on another day I was able to complete a 50 mile day, with 7,500 feet of climbing and a 12,000 foot pass, the highest point of our bike trip. If anyone is interested in biking Colombia, I highly recommend Red Spokes Adventure Tours. We also used them when we cycled in Chile and Argentina.
Emma and David Smart, Bristol, UK
This was a great trip. The first trip with redspokes for my wife and I. Despite a flight delay, we were welcomed to the group meal and our first taste of healthy Albanian food. Meals were all arranged with communal food to take as much or little as you wanted. While it was hot cycling weather (it was summer, so expected to be hot), we were a fast and friendly group so able to get off the bikes in early afternoon to rest in the midday sun.
Armand and Arjan were very welcoming and were excellent tour leaders. The bikes were very well maintained with almost no mechanicals for any riders during the week. All the riders were great fun with lots of fun enjoyed over the odd drink in the evenings.
We are now working on which redspokes tour to do next.
David Mercer, Middlesbrough, England
It was great to ride with redspokes again, this was a potentially tricky tour with quite a few ferries to catch, variable Scottish weather, not too many alternative choices of food or accommodation if timings went wrong, Demot made it all look effortless, modifying the rides if necessary to ensure we stayed on track. He is a very motivating and enthusiastic tour leader, always being there when some encouragement is needed to get to the top of a hill.
The group rode well together, no one really ahead or behind, again with Dermot watching out to make sure we could all cope with the route, and providing a much needed stop with a cake and cup of tea at the critical moments.
A really enjoyable tour, with the hills and the weather providing a nice challenge and sense of achievement at the end of each day
Linda Hoff, Malmo, Sweden
This is a fantastic trip around a fascinating and beautiful country. The mountains are impressive, the coastline stuning and the people very friendly and helpfull. Our guide and driver were an excellent team and very good amassadors for Albania.