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This was a new tour we introduced in late 2019, we only have 1 testimonial at the moment. 

Satu Hietanen Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Satu Hietanen, London, UK

Satu Hietanen from London, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

A great trip. The best scenery and food I've had on any bike tour so far. Plenty of free time to enjoy the beaches/pools after riding.

Our guide Yo was especially good at catering for my partner's various special dietary requirements. Would definitely recommend this trip.

Phil and Ruth Dunnell Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Phil and Ruth Dunnell, Surrey, England, UK

Phil and Ruth Dunnell from Surrey, England, UK  rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Another great trip with redspokes. There was a real sense of adventure on a route spanning three countries. The weather, and the food, got increasingly hot - and the hills increasing steep - as we moved from one country to the next. But all challenges, culinary and cycling were achievable.

So we finished tired but happy. All the crews looked after us well. We are definitely going to be heading back to this region again soon.

Lon Dubey Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Lon Dubey, Encinitas, California, United States

Lon Dubey from Encinitas, California, United States rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Colombia trip was a great cycling adventure. Beautiful landscapes and countryside, charming colonial towns. Local people welcoming and good natured.

Rides had some challenging climbs and a chance to ride on gravel as well as paved surfaces. Our leaders Javier (on the bike) and Adrian (driving the van) were outstanding. They were always positive, upbeat, available and helpful. Would highly recommend this trip.

Paul Ashley Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Paul Ashley, Devizes, England

Paul Ashley from Devizes, England rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Our first redspokes tour was a great experience. Beautiful landscapes, varied terrain with challenge for all levels of rider, very good organisation and crew and a lovely, multinational riding group.

Highly recommended. To read Paul's excellent blog from the trip click here!

Sheila Ashley Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Sheila Ashley, Devizes, England

Sheila Ashley from Devizes, England rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my first redspokes bike tour. I've never been on a bike tour before and was probably the least prepared (not really a cyclist), so found it very challenging. However, being able to get in the van when the mountains were too steep took away any stress and Gustavo is great company. By the end of the trip I was fitter and have become more enthusiastic about cycling and determined to do more at home in preparation for my next tour! Apart from the cycling itself, the scenery was spectacular and the two rest days gave us a chance to explore the lake District more. It's a very well planned trip.

Thank you to the team for all your support. I loved it!

Patricia & Gavin Prise Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Patricia & Gavin Prise, Aberdeen, Scotland

Patricia & Gavin Prise from Aberdeen, Scotland rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

This was my first redspokes tour. Booking was simple, organisation was efficient, the support crew were excellent and hotel/food very good. However the route, scenery, weather and group members made this Chile/Argentina adventure an outstanding and memorable trip that I think catered for the expectations of all - roll on the next one !

Phil and Ruth Dunnell Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Phil and Ruth Dunnell, Surrey, England, UK

Phil and Ruth Dunnell from Surrey, England, UK  rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Another great trip with redspokes. There was a real sense of adventure on a route spanning three countries. The weather, and the food, got increasingly hot - and the hills increasing steep - as we moved from one country to the next. But all challenges, culinary and cycling were achievable.

So we finished tired but happy. All the crews looked after us well. We are definitely going to be heading back to this region again soon.

Andrew Lindsay Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Andrew Lindsay, Otford, England UK

Andrew Lindsay from Otford, England UK rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

My sixth redspokes tour and among the best. The scenery was quite fantastic and it was an interesting area to visit. Other aspects excellent - good redspokes team, well planned routes, nice & interesting hotels and food. A very good group also helped.

James Raddatz Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

James Raddatz, Aylmer, Canada

James Raddatz from Aylmer, Canada rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

The trip was a great experience. The scenery was wonderful, the cycling challenging enough to be interesting but still very do-able.  Javier was a great guide, and the people of Colombia friendly. 

I am organizing a 4 week cycling tour of Ontario for some of my cycling friends, and have taken a lot of information from this tour about how to handle parts of my tour. I hope my guests enjoy my tour as much as I enjoyed yours.

Sandra Morris Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Sandra Morris, Ramsgate, England, UK

Sandra Morris from Ramsgate, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

This cycle trip is a fantastic introduction to the highlands of Colombia - getting off the tourist trail to experience 'real' Colombia. This cycle trip was exceedingly well organised and led by a fantastic team - Adrian, Javier & Julian. Lots of support and laughter and the bicycle van was always parked ready with snacks just when you needed it up a hill.

I would highly recommend this trip to anyone with a sense of adventure - it is indeed quite hilly, but the landscape, the downhills, the friendly people, the music, the fruit - make it all worth while. Visit Colombia!

 Anna-Carin Nicolini Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Anna-Carin Nicolini, Thalwil, Switzerland

 Anna-Carin Nicolini from Thalwil, Switzerland rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

This trip was over all expectations. Riding the bike all day with local guides has been an amazing way to discover a new country, people, culture, food and traditions.

It was such a fulfilling trip in all ways that it will be hard to travel in any other way in the future. Thanks for this great experience!

Randi Friedman Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Randi Friedman, Connecticut, America

Randi Friedman from Connecticut, America rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

I thought the tour guides were excellent. They were organized, had great coffee stops, were at every intersection with a turn, kept us all where we needed to be, offered super suggestions for extra activities. They were warm and friendly - really among the best guides we have ever had.

Tom Carroll Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Tom Carroll, Bishops Stortford, England, UK

Tom Carroll from Bishops Stortford, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

I really loved this trip. I was attracted by the idea of relatively challenging cycling, travelling across three countries where I could observe the cultural and geographic differences . There was dramatic mountain scenery in all three countries with the weather getting warmer as we moved into Laos and Thailand.

As we cycled through rural villages in Vietnam and Laos we always had little children waving and shouting hello to us. Really uplifting after 80km of cycling with usually a substantial climb included. The journey along the Mekong river was a really relaxing day on our own river barge. We even managed a river rescue along the way. The days rest in Luang Prabang was really welcome. It has a very large colourful night market. Durring the day I visited the Kuang Si Waterfall (series of three waterfalls), absolutely spectacular, a bear sanctuary (at the waterfall), an elephant feeding station and a few temples.

The guides in all three countries were really amazing. A very special mention to Phong in Vietnam who was always incredibly friendly informative and professional. Also Sang in Laos was really fantastic and even gave a cookery lesson one evening. The food was amazing in all three countries. Where to next ??

Tom Carroll Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Tom Carroll, Bishops Stortford, England, UK

Tom Carroll from Bishops Stortford, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

I really loved this trip. I was attracted by the idea of relatively challenging cycling, travelling across three countries where I could observe the cultural and geographic differences . There was dramatic mountain scenery in all three countries with the weather getting warmer as we moved into Laos and Thailand.

As we cycled through rural villages in Vietnam and Laos we always had little children waving and shouting hello to us. Really uplifting after 80km of cycling with usually a substantial climb included. The journey along the Mekong river was a really relaxing day on our own river barge. We even managed a river rescue along the way. The days rest in Luang Prabang was really welcome. It has a very large colourful night market. Durring the day I visited the Kuang Si Waterfall (series of three waterfalls), absolutely spectacular, a bear sanctuary (at the waterfall), an elephant feeding station and a few temples.

The guides in all three countries were really amazing. A very special mention to Phong in Vietnam who was always incredibly friendly informative and professional. Also Sang in Laos was really fantastic and even gave a cookery lesson one evening. The food was amazing in all three countries. Where to next ??

Bruce Irving Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Bruce Irving, Norwich, England, UK

Bruce Irving from Norwich, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Myanmar is full of delightful honest people. One of my best redspokes trips ever. Superb accomodation and food. Mount Poppa was the most fabulous place I have ever stayed,  Nagpali beach is a must do!

Lynda and Geoff Potter Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Lynda and Geoff Potter, Dingwall, Scotland

Lynda and Geoff Potter from Dingwall, Scotland rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

The organisation of this trip was top quality. The team run by Raju were very capable and they all became our friends during the trip. They were very obliging, supportive, made everything run smoothly and our holiday was most enjoyable. We always felt we were in safe considerate hands with Raju the leader, Jamal the driver, the cyclist guides - Ravi, Shabu and Faizal. The varied routes and itinerary combined excellent cycling with the local culture. We loved every minute and did not want it to stop. All our companion cyclists, we are sure, will agree with these comments.

We are not the youngest of cyclists and before we went on this trip we were a bit apprehensive about the challenging climbs and roads. However encouragement and smiles soon dispelled any doubts we had. The trip became an absolute pleasure. Timely breaks and snacks and fresh water were always available and helped us on our way. On the rest days and the evenings after cycling Raju and Jamal the driver guided and showed us around and enabled us to make the most of the local sites and culture.

Margaret Anderson Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Margaret Anderson, Laurencekirk, Scotland

Margaret Anderson from Laurencekirk, Scotland rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Cycling Lhasa to Kathmandu, taking in a visit to Everest Base camp, was a once in a lifetime experience. I wouldn't call it a holiday but more of a personal challenge; physically and mentally. The cycling in Tibet with several high altitude passes to negotiate gave a real sense of achievement in quite a barren landscape.

The few days cycling in Nepal had outstanding scenery which helped distract from the appalling road conditions. The reception received from villagers en route was heart warming. I would recommend this trip to any cyclist keen on a 12/10 challenge!

Martin Ingham Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Martin Ingham, Leeds, England, UK

Martin Ingham from Leeds, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

The trip was well organised. On a daily basis Ox kept the group informed of the itinerary for the day regarding stops for drinks and lunch. If anything was required around camp Ox and his team made sure that the request was met. The food provided was good and plentiful.

The last 2 days were hard going because of the weather conditions on arrival at the guest house in Kalikastahn when the team were soaking wet and cold Ox did an excellent job in organising the guest house staff in providing towels, hot drinks and getting a fire going and his support team did an excellent job in getting the support vehicle thro difficult conditions to arrive just after the group with our bags.

Philippa & Rob Middleton Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Philippa & Rob Middleton, Poole, England, UK

Philippa & Rob Middleton from Poole, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

We completed the redspokes Nepal Trip in Nov 2019 and can highly recommend it. There were 6 of us in the group with two guides and a driver. November was a perfect time to go, dry and warm but cold right at the highest point. The road surface was a mixture of tarmac, gravel and dried mud. Rough but not too technical. We hired bikes, through redspokes, which was the right thing to do. They were new standard Trek mountain bikes and did the job well. We normally take our own bikes abroad but with no spare parts available in Nepal and the punishment the bikes take, renting is the best option. The trip is a challenge but most fit people who can cycle 50 miles in a day would be able to do it. If you're not a cyclist, try something easier before attempting this particular trip. Some roads in the towns are busy, but we were mainly on quiet, unsurfaced roads. The views were incredible. Accommodation and food were better than we expected, several good hotels and simple guest houses in the hills. Food was good in most places and we kept well for the fortnight. You do have to be strict about hygiene (take hand sanitiser/wipes). Bring a water bottle with a cap for the mouthpiece as it gets dirty while cycling. Pollution and smog is bad in the towns, there is a fine dust everywhere. Not to put you off but it may not be suitable for asthmatics or people with other lung conditions.

The tour was led by OX, an experienced and capable guide. He sorted out all the logistics and ensured smooth running of everything. He and his team went the extra mile for us. Overall we had a great adventure, good company, excellent back up and would recommend you go.

Tracey Croke Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Tracey Croke, Sydney, Australia

Tracey Croke from Sydney, Australia rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

For a relatively small Island, Sri Lanka packs in a mind boggling mix of history, culture, heritage, nature, wildlife and spectacular scenery, which changes from sweeping coastlines to misty highlands and lush jungle throughout the trip. Every day is different and the journey is enhanced throughout by delicious food and the warmth and joy of the people.

On a bike you are immersed in everything this Island country has to offer - that's the real beauty of travelling under your own pedal power and it's the perfect was to experience Sri Lanka.

Ian Burnett Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Ian Burnett, Arakoon, NSW, Australia

Ian Burnett from Arakoon, NSW, Australia  rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

This was my first ever organised tour after decades of independent travel, and I loved the whole thing! Everything ran smoothly including the hired bikes (Cannondale hardtail in my case). The support crew were fantastic - an extremely knowledgeable guide who could explain any part of Sri Lanka's history, culture, education or political system, and Mr Sampath, a cycle guide who seemed to know every back road in the country.

The crew were totally flexible with requests from those who wished to cycle further than the scheduled distances. We had a great mix of accommodation styles, from isolated colonial bungalows to more "resort-style" hotels, an ate everything from street food to in-house buffet dinners. A very strong thumbs-up!

Ines Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Ines, Netherlands

Ines from Netherlands rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Stephen Boston, Manchester, UK

Stephen Boston from Manchester, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

Paul Brissette Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Paul Brissette, Massachusetts, United States

Paul Brissette from Massachusetts, United States rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Benjamin Whittaker, Massachusetts, United States

Benjamin Whittaker from Massachusetts, United States rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

Paul Brissette Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Paul Brissette, Massachusetts, USA

Paul Brissette from Massachusetts, USA rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Our cycling guides were skilled professionals. They work very hard to make everyone comfortable in the challenging climbs, hotel arrangements, food and transportation. They were kind hearted, funny, responding to every request and always went the extra mile to create a kind of supportive family for the two weeks.

 Ross Prielipp & Annette Meier Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Ross Prielipp & Annette Meier, High Halstow, England

 Ross Prielipp & Annette Meier from High Halstow, England rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

Colombia provides a stunning backdrop to some tough cycling. Lung busting climbs are rewarded with beautiful views over coffee covered hills and lush tropical valleys, then followed by exhilarating descents that go on for miles.

Medellin and Bogota both end the trip with exciting city experiences and the fantastic 'ciclovia' on Sundays. Inbetween, the small towns are no less lively, where everyone comes out to have fun around the town square each evening. Forget the bad reputation, the Colombians are friendly, fun loving people and we saw no trouble.

Cornelia Demmel Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Cornelia Demmel, Munich, Germany

Cornelia Demmel from Munich, Germany rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

This trip rates amongst the best ones I have done in my life - just everything worked out perfectly: a magnificent country with wonderful genuine people and picturesque countryside, an absolutely fabulous support team that looked after us well beyond the call of duty and a terrific group of fellow cyclists sharing the adventure on and off the bike.

Thank you redspokes for having organized yet another great tour. I will be back again.

Janet Rose Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Janet Rose, Colorado, USA

Janet Rose from Colorado, USA rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Colombia was everything I expected and more - great scenery and interesting culture. The roads were steep, long and challenging and the views outstanding. There is no such thing as "flat" in that area of the country.

Adrian brought the culture alive. He was always finding places where he could give us a taste (literally) of the local culture including sugar cane juice and fresh cakes of sugar cane to put warm on crackers, bonuela (deep-fried cheese balls), arepa (corn tortilla at every meal) sometimes with salsa, cocoa beans, and a variety of juices from fruit we had never heard of. We also saw a family drying grass and making brooms and sombreros, a hat museum, a coffee plantation, and a farmer protecting rare and unique palm trees. Julian always made sure he knew where we were on the tough climbs and on busy city streets. Javier was always ready with fresh water and to take your jacket once the day warmed up.

Wendy Holland Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Wendy Holland, Whangarei, New Zealand

Wendy Holland from Whangarei, New Zealand rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Jo & Tim Johnson, Burley in Wharfedale, UK

Jo & Tim Johnson from Burley in Wharfedale, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

Priyen Shah Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Priyen Shah, Singapore

Priyen Shah from Singapore rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

This redspokes Colombia trip was my first time in South America, and I was not disappointed by the incredible vibrancy of life in the towns and villages, nor the stunning vistas as we cycled through the countryside - you continually stop to take a picture because you think it would be the last opportunity with such a vantage point and then 50 metres further round the corner, there would be yet another amazing view.

The cycling was something I was initially worried about because there are no hills in Singapore where I currently live (and so its not really possible for me to do hill training), while on the other end of the spectrum there are no flat roads in Colombia! Note, when a Colombian describes something as a "flat road", it still has a minimum 3-5 degree incline! So despite at times feeling like I was ascending a never-ending climb like an Escher staircase, it was manageable at my own slower pace and very rewarding, particularly getting to the top of the Alto de Letras (and of course, what goes up must come down; indeed the downhills were exhilarating). There was a good mix of terrain from nice asphalt to loose gravel which I enjoyed, and the hire bikes were good enough for all terrains and inclines. Javier the tour guide was great, as were the rest of the crew, Geo Junior and Kevin. Food was not an issue at any point (I am vegetarian), and Colombian beer is rather refreshing! Overall, it was wonderful to see a country and culture which is changing so rapidly from it's troubled past and it was eye-opening to experience how really quite safe and fun it is now, as well as meeting lots of new wonderful cycling buddies!

 Joseph Lee Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Joseph Lee, Toronto, Canada

 Joseph Lee from Toronto, Canada rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

A fantastic trip through the best part of the Patagonia Lake District. I was very impressed with the route, and the support crew. They even arranged perfect weather for us, and some tailwinds!

Huge Thanks to redspokes! A great trip was enjoyed by all. Very special for me to do this with eight friends, and we are already talking about the next one! The only difficulty is deciding on where!

 

Pete & Judy Burdett Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Pete & Judy Burdett, Kettering, UK

Pete & Judy Burdett from Kettering, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

Allan Meek Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Allan Meek, Cardiff, Wales

Allan Meek from Cardiff, Wales rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

The trip was magical and the Colombian people were so friendly and welcoming. The whole redspokes team were just brilliant and went above and beyond to make it such a happy experience. I'll definitely tour with redspokes again.

Mark Beaven Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Mark Beaven, Nottingham, England, UK

Mark Beaven from Nottingham, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Janet Perrins, Calne, UK

Janet Perrins from Calne, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

Ruth and Phil Dunnell Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Ruth and Phil Dunnell, Surrey, UK

Ruth and Phil Dunnell from Surrey, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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. 

Tanya Zimmer Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Tanya Zimmer, California, United States

Tanya Zimmer from California, United States rates our  cycling holiday at 4.5 out of 5

The trip was well organized and the sights were phenomenal. I would use redspokes again. Thank you.

Tanya Zimmer Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Tanya Zimmer, California, United States

Tanya Zimmer from California, United States rates our  cycling holiday at 4.5 out of 5

The trip was well organized and the sights were phenomenal. I would use redspokes again. Thank you!

Angela Riddell Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Angela Riddell, London, UK

Angela Riddell from London, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

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!

Regine Gowdy Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Regine Gowdy, Ontario, Canada

Regine Gowdy from Ontario, Canada rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Dana Hansen, Calgary, Canada

Dana Hansen from Calgary, Canada rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Richard Penny, Barnet, England, UK

Richard Penny from Barnet, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Eleanor Goodwin, Tatsfield, UK

 Eleanor Goodwin from Tatsfield, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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!

 Alan Goddard Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Alan Goddard, Hertford, England, UK

 Alan Goddard from Hertford, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

What an amazing experience. I feel very lucky to have been part of a brilliant and supportive group - led expertly by our local guide “Ox”. The cycling was continuously varied, exhilarating and often very challenging - but the group made the whole experience enjoyable and memorable. The “uphills” were tough, but the “downhill” sections required high levels of sustained concentration to ensure safe passage - given the mixture of road conditions encountered.

Ox was a fantastic group leader, who provided information, advice and support when required. His local knowledge was fantastic and he was always looking out for the health and well being of the group. The location and quality of the accommodation was amazing and almost always exceeded my expectations. I would thoroughly recommend this trip, but don’t underestimate the technical riding skills required to fully enjoy and appreciate this amazing part of the world.

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!

Donal Burke Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Donal Burke, New York, United States

Donal Burke from New York, United States rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

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!

Ursula Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Ursula, Oxford, England, UK

Ursula from Oxford, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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...

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

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 Daniyar would support that -- but was really hoping we could just keep cycling. Another memorable redspokes trip. 

Richard Cohen Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Richard Cohen, London, UK

Richard Cohen from London, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

Clare & Mark Elsegood Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Clare & Mark Elsegood, Glossop, UK

Clare & Mark 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.

Luke Henderson Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Luke Henderson, Edinburgh, Scotland

Luke Henderson from Edinburgh, Scotland rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

Weland Mahar Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Weland Mahar, Sydney, Australia

Weland Mahar from Sydney, Australia rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

Wendy Holland Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Wendy Holland, Whangarei, New Zealand

Wendy Holland from Whangarei, New Zealand rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Thank you redspokes for another amazing, memorable trip. I love Colombia, the people, the culture, the landscape! It is an amazing country, you will be blown away - its developing fast so GO there now before it becomes a tourist mecca. I felt we had a REAL Colombian experience, the trip largely away from the tourist routes; we were mostly the only gringos in town! Sure the cycling was hard at times (lots of hills) and the heat full on (30-35C on some days (August)) but as always it is the experience, the engagement with the people and the culture that are the standout and the strongest memories - viva happy friendly faces, beautiful women, coffee, sugar cane, somberos, pongos, empanadas, chicken sopa, great fish, exotic fruits, beer, aquadiente and much, much more.

Adrian, Julian and Javier are an exceptional team, they looked after us impeccably well, way beyond what you would expect- we became a close family and had the best time together, loads of fun and laughs. This is the third trip I have done with Redspokes and I am so impressed, Redspokes you get it right every time with the guides and support team, you really do pick the best people. Many, many thanks and many thanks to my fellow team members, you were the best!!!!

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.
Charles & Marie Mcilroy Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Charles & Marie Mcilroy, Ashbourne, England

Charles & Marie Mcilroy from Ashbourne, England rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

This trip greatly exceeded our expectations. The scenery, road conditions, other road users, the food, accommodation and especially the people were all a very pleasant surprise.

Our guide Cathy was attentive, highly efficient and very knowledgeable with excellent English. Her husband Lee quietly got things done making sure the bikes were always maintained and clean. He led us down several very long descents and his knowledge of the roads was obvious and added to the enjoyment factor. This tour is a must for any cyclist who enjoys big country!

Fernanda Strang Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Fernanda Strang, São Paulo, Brazil

Fernanda Strang from São Paulo, Brazil rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

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.

Pierre Albert Gaspard Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Pierre Albert Gaspard, Beirut, Lebanon

Pierre Albert Gaspard from Beirut, Lebanon rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

Roland Moodie Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Roland Moodie, Horsmonden, England, UK

Roland Moodie from Horsmonden, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

The tour was extremely well planned and the tour guides were excellent, going over and above what they needed to do and extremely professional in everything they did and always very helpful.

My 13 year old son loved it and was treated extremely well by the tour guides and the other adults in the group. It was far more than a cycle ride as we went on a coffee tour and saw how sugar cane was processed. Can't recommend this trip enough if you want to see the Colombia that most tourists don't see.

 Dale Beames Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Dale Beames, Florida, USA

 Dale Beames from Florida, USA rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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!

Daniele Leyder Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Daniele Leyder, Kingston, Australia

Daniele Leyder from Kingston, Australia rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

I really enjoyed the experience of Bike riding in Myanmar. Countryside was beautiful and locals very welcoming. Very impressed by Chan’s organisation of the trip including the food.

I had forgotten to notify I was vegetarian, but he organised vegetarian meals for me at short notice. Very nice being able to hop in the bus when it was becoming too hard to continue pedalling in the heat. Chan would always make sure everyone was ok and enjoyed the trip.

Fadi Asmar Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Fadi Asmar, Beirut, Lebanon

Fadi Asmar from Beirut, Lebanon rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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  Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Ho Nyuk Chee , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ho Nyuk Chee  from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

Debbie Vearnals  Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Debbie Vearnals , Salford, England, UK

Debbie Vearnals  from Salford, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

This is the hardest cycling that I have ever done, however all the guides were super supportive. I never felt under any pressure being last and they were always checking if I was ok. For me the scenery was spectacular, I had ample opportunity to stop and take photographs and just enjoy the scenery. The Columbian people were friendly and tranquil, wonderful country.

 Bernie Sheehan Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Bernie Sheehan, Killcare, Australia

 Bernie Sheehan from Killcare, Australia rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

I highly recommend the Sri Lanka classic tour with wonderful guide Kasun Akalanka. It's a brilliant trip covering national parks, a tough uphill mountain day, meanders through rice field paths, undulating rides through tea plantations, a window into village life and immersion in tropical jungle. The food and varied accommodation are also highlights. 10/10.

Matt Westby Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Matt Westby, Sheffield, UK

Matt Westby from Sheffield, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

I've been on organised treks and bike rides pretty much all over the world with both British and local companies, but this was easily the best. Raju made sure we never wanted for anything.

There were loads of little things that went above and beyond what I would have expected, such as Raju and his team washing our bikes at the end of several of the days and making stuff like chain lube always available, Raju bringing us extra mattresses and pillows, and even tiny things such as being provided with fries with our tea/coffee at the end of the days. There were just loads of nice touches like that. A really professional, well thought-out and friendly trip.

Martin Barnes Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Martin Barnes, Durham

Martin Barnes from Durham rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

We had a fabulous time. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country, with such wonderful people - not least our Guide and Drivers - and the tour enabled us to see so many aspects of its culture and heritage. It was a great experience, really well organised by redspokes so the cycling was manageable, and something we'll never forget.

Geraldine Connolly Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Geraldine Connolly, Dublin, Ireland

Geraldine Connolly from Dublin, Ireland rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

The kindness of Raju, Aman, Nanook and all the crew was wonderful. The food which was fabulous, was cooked in the tent and always to such a high standard and served with a huge smile. Raju took such great care of us, ensuring our safety and comfort. He also looked after our bikes very well. He has a wealth of experience in dealing with high altitude and he knows the route so well. He has such passion and love for cycling in the mountains, which shines through.

The whole teams encouragement helped me gain new heights, in fact without that support I doubt I would have been able to get to such heights and had an amazing experience. I was very impressed with The Manali to Leh trip.

 Tom Brett Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Tom Brett, Potsdam, Germany

 Tom Brett from Potsdam, Germany rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

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!

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.

Eli Baron Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Eli Baron, Plano, Texas, United States

Eli Baron from Plano, Texas, United States rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

Linda Hoff Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Linda Hoff, Malmo, Sweden

Linda Hoff from Malmo, Sweden rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

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.

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!!!

 

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!

Mark Coleman Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Mark Coleman, Norwich, England, UK

Mark Coleman from Norwich, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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!!

Kevin & Julia Thomasson Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Kevin & Julia Thomasson, Poole, England, UK

Kevin & Julia Thomasson from Poole, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Michael Litchfield, Emerald, Australia

 Michael Litchfield from Emerald, Australia rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

David Richards, Swindon, England, UK

David Richards from Swindon, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Karl Debenham-Eccles, Norfolk, England, UK

Karl Debenham-Eccles from Norfolk, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Lorna & John Forsythe, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Lorna & John Forsythe from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

Alden Caldwell Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Alden Caldwell, Vermont, United States

Alden Caldwell from Vermont, United States rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Waruna was far and away the most knowledgeable tour guide of the 5 tours I've done with redspokes. He knows about Sri Lankan flora, fauna, history, politics and culture in detail. He is kind, generous, thorough and attentive.

Sampeth also deserves special mention for the roads he chose. There were times we had to take busy roads to get to our destinations but whenever he could he found quiet roads through gorgeous country.

Nigel & Ceri Johnson Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Nigel & Ceri Johnson, Christchurch, New Zealand

Nigel & Ceri Johnson from Christchurch, New Zealand rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Nina Markham, La Molina, Peru

Nina Markham from La Molina, Peru rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Christian Carthew, Melbourne, Australia

Christian Carthew from Melbourne, Australia rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Karen Allworthy, London, UK

Karen Allworthy from London, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Tracey Croke, Sydney, Australia

Tracey Croke from Sydney, Australia rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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

Paul Fisher Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Paul Fisher, Walsall, UK

Paul Fisher from Walsall, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Ruth & Phil Dunnell, Surrey, UK

Ruth & Phil Dunnell from Surrey, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Harri Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland

Harri Wilson from Glasgow, Scotland rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Ann & David Nicoll, Prestwick, Scotland

 Ann & David Nicoll from Prestwick, Scotland rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

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!

 Lon Dubey Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Lon Dubey, California, United States

 Lon Dubey from California, United States rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

Larry Nafziger &  Jane Snider Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Larry Nafziger & Jane Snider, Ottawa, Canada

Larry Nafziger &  Jane Snider from Ottawa, Canada rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

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 Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Philippa Mann, North Yorkshire, England, UK

Philippa Mann from North Yorkshire, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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).

redspokes Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

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redspokes from . rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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Kirsty Seddon Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Kirsty Seddon, Chester, UK

Kirsty Seddon from Chester, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

This trip and redspokes were recommended to me by a friend and the whole experience far exceeded my expectations. The diversity of experiences that were packed into the two weeks astounded me. The team led by Raju were absolutely brilliant. Raju himself was so attentive to every detail of the trip and couldn't have done any more if he tried. He clearly had very high expectations of what he wanted to offer and he worked incredibly hard to maintain those expectations jthroughout. Baba and Keshu were so professional as bike guides and brilliantly skilled as mechanics, again nothing was too much trouble for them. Jamal was a brilliant driver and again so attentive to delivering a high quality experience. As a team, the four of them worked brilliantly together and really made the trip a fantastic experience - thank you to them all!

Beth de Sousa Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Beth de Sousa, Exeter, UK

Beth de Sousa from Exeter, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

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

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