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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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Carol Hubberstey & Clair Wakefield Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Carol Hubberstey & Clair Wakefield, Victoria BC, Canada

Carol Hubberstey & Clair Wakefield from Victoria BC, Canada rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Steve & Kathy Riegel, Rochester, NY, USA

Steve & Kathy Riegel from Rochester, NY, USA    rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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  Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Audrey Midgley , Ilkley, UK

Audrey Midgley  from Ilkley, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

It really was an amazing trip and people need to know about it!!!

 

Douglas Pulleyblank Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Douglas Pulleyblank, Vancouver, Canada

Douglas Pulleyblank from Vancouver, Canada rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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!

Mark & Clare Elsegood Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Mark & Clare Elsegood, Glossop, UK

Mark & Clare Elsegood from Glossop, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Andrew Wiggans, Rochdale, England, UK

Andrew Wiggans from Rochdale, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

How best to sum up my experience in just a few words? Flawless organisation and support throughout; fabulous Albanian hospitality, food and accommodation; a glimpse of a country yet to be "infested" by our takeaway culture - not one McDonalds or Starbucks in sight; fabulous snow-capped mountains and fields full of poppies; and a chance to learn all about the culture and history of this land and its people.
 
I was a month short of 70 when I did the trip and worried about a slightly dodgy knee. No need to have been too concerned, not least because of the friendly and supportive group with whom I rode. If I can make it so can you. Go soon before it gets too busy.
Jason Heffernan Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Jason Heffernan, Auckland, New Zealand

Jason Heffernan from Auckland, New Zealand rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Becky & John Layton, San Francisco, USA

Becky & John Layton from San Francisco, USA rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Eric Tofflemire, California, United States

Eric Tofflemire from California, United States rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Stuart Malcolm, Ontario, Canada

Stuart Malcolm from Ontario, Canada rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

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.

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