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Anna & Peter Murphy Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Anna & Peter Murphy, Manchester, England, UK

Anna & Peter Murphy from Manchester, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

redspokes has a knack for bringing together like-minded individuals, and while our entire adventure in Argentina was already fantastic, the wonderful people I shared it with made it even more enjoyable. It truly was a once-in-a-lifetime journey filled with countless cherished memories. I often find myself revisiting the photos to relive the moments. Meeting such lovely people, both fellow travelers and the organisers, was a highlight in itself.

I'm not sure if any experience can surpass this one, but I'm certainly eager to explore another destination and see if it can. Thanks again for the incredible journey!

Sarah & jerry Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Sarah & jerry, Edinburgh, Scotland

Sarah & jerry from Edinburgh, Scotland rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

Great trip exploring a new country. A nice mix of hard cycling with some easier days and some great swimming opportunities to relax

Kate Mccoy  Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Kate Mccoy , Chepstow, England, UK

Kate Mccoy  from Chepstow, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

This trip was an adventure from start to finish. It challenged me in so many ways- it was so much more than the cycling . Unexpectedly ox could not lead the trip due to Dengue fever however he made sure he had able deputiies in Rocka taking over as lead guide and Jiban .

We loved stopping off a little places you would never believe were a cafe and out of nothing tasty noodles or chicken thali would arrive. The guides ably supported the fastest and slowest riders- making sure no-one felt left out . They arranged for us to see Buddist monasteries, temples. Rocka even took us to meet his family where we experienced the culture of family at a time of family grieving.

The weather ! Hot, sunny, humid and showers . The end of the Monsoon season was delayed so as we reached Chitwan a 16 hour rain storm signalled adventure time. Not that we cycled in it just witnessed the power of water. Our guides did a fabulous job hiring locals to assist us safely across swollen rivers- the Nepalese community spirit very evident. Frequent climbing over landslides and broken tarmac roads - I was pleased I had my own hardtail bike to navigate - nothing too technical just comfy. The weather gods continued to hamper us- no flight to Jomsom - contingency in place to get there in a jeep. Caution Nepalese roads in the Monsoon season are not for the faint hearted. Amazing skills witnessed in our drivers and in the local bus and truck drivers. None of us will forget that drive . Having arrived late at night north of jomson,in Kabeni ,the highlight of the trip was waking up to clear blue skies, to the big mountains. The long jeep ride temporarily forgotten cycling up to Muktinath followed by down hill to Marpha where a welcome change to itinerary meant we sampled the local apple pie, cider and brandy. Cycling the road back to Beni was fun - road in the loosest sense - 65km down hill ! Yes it would have been lovely to have drier weather but I would not swap that adventure we had. Nepal is full of extremes, mountains, rivers, roads, dodgy electrics yet wifi everywhere, physical poverty evident but not in spirit .

Michael Jackson Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Michael Jackson, Bradford, England, UK

Michael Jackson from Bradford, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

This is a fantastic trip with awesome scenery along the way and some of the best days cycling I have every done. Some of the days are hard and some days are over a lot of gravel but the pain is worth it. The guides were the best and were fully attentive throughout helping with organisation, planning and stuff, always on hand.

Great bikes most seemed brand new Specialized. Generally a high standard of hotels based on our experience of other tour providers. And not least some of the best steaks and red wine you could ever want.

Debbie Vearnals Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Debbie Vearnals, Salford, England

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

Northern Thailand was far more beautiful than I expected and the friendly welcome from the people in the villages. The food was also superb.Very tough cycle in parts with quite steep gradients which even the serious cyclists found tough. Sert was a fabulous guide as were Peter and William, nothing was a problem for them.

Stuart Bunt Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Stuart Bunt, Waterlooville, England

Stuart Bunt from Waterlooville, England rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

Overall I had an excellent trip, met some lovely people and were looked after by great guides. The scenery was stunning and gave me a great feel for the country and its people.

Paul Bullen-Smith Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Paul Bullen-Smith, Saffron Walden, England, UK

Paul Bullen-Smith from Saffron Walden, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Excellent thoughtful ‘bespoke’ tour of all that Nepal has to offer- you see both crocodiles and yaks in the same country in the same 2 week tour.

 Rachel & Martin Millener Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Rachel & Martin Millener, Wraxall, England, UK

 Rachel & Martin Millener from Wraxall, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Fantastic trip. Would highly recommend to friends. Was a little nervous before the trip about the level of cycling but it was fine and I completed all of it. As long as you are reasonably fit and do some regular cycling you will be fine. The bikes are perfectly geared for the terrain so the hills are quite manageable. As Jeronimo said after every up there is a fantastic down and it’s always accompanied by amazing scenery.

Lots of laughs, good company and great guides. Best description of Patagonian cycling from our guides -‘the roads are either updulating, downdulating or flatdulating!’ and they were. Loved it.

Susan Pritchard Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Susan Pritchard, Manchester, UK

Susan Pritchard from Manchester, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

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!

William Vandyck Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

William Vandyck, Penarth, Wales

William Vandyck from Penarth,  Wales rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Our guides Geovanni, Adrian, Javier, and Danny were all warm, friendly, helpful, competent, fun, all you could hope for; they looked after us attentively and perfectly all day long from breakfast call, through the routes, to the evening meal, and on the rest day. They seemed to be having a good time doing it and were generally tremendous - honestly if any one of them came to the UK I'd be happy to put them up. My hired bike was better than my own.

The routes were beautiful, and challenging, and fun. The rest of the group were lovely and we had a great time together. It exceeded my expectations: I loved it all from start to finish; and I would highly recommend cycling in Colombia, in particular this tour, and this crew, to anyone.

 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 !

Susan Lincoln Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Susan Lincoln, Idaho, USA

Susan Lincoln from Idaho, USA rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Colombia was a fantastic trip, cycling through beautiful terrain, friendly people and with a staff that made every effort to support us on our journey. Be prepared for lots of climbing, lots of swooping downhills, greens of all shades, views, rivers, non touristy towns, and a warm welcome from all that we met.

There is so much here, and the seat of a bicycle (the rentals were excellent, well tuned and a good match for the varied terrain you will traverse) is the perfect vantage point to sample it. Geovanny, Alex, Adrian and John were a great team, so much fun both on the road and off.

Kevin Thomasson Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Kevin Thomasson, Poole, England, UK

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

Another great redspokes trip. I didn't know what to expect from post communist Albania. I was pleasantly surprised. A beautiful, lively, modern and very friendly country. Our guides Aryan and Juli did a great job looking after us in a friendly amusing and professional manner. redspokes rate it 6/10 more like 7/10. The scenery is varied ranging from stunning mountains to vivid blue seas. Excellent food and good local beers to rehydrate you at the end of the day.

Helen Dillingham Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Helen Dillingham, London, UK

Helen Dillingham from London, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Overall we had an excellent trip. The routes at the beginning were a little busy but improved further into the trip. Our guide Preecha was excellent and fed us extremely well. It was great to get into the more remote parts of Thailand and we enjoyed the fact that there were very few western tourists. The scenery was absolutely stunning. I would definitely recommend the trip.

Kim Bowman Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Kim Bowman, Toronto, Canada

Kim Bowman from Toronto, Canada rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

I would like to say a word about our driver, Mr. Preecha. This man was a gem and I can't say enough about him. He was there every step of the way for us. Both morning and afternoon breaks were offered and he would always find the BEST places for lunch that we would have totally bypassed had we been cycle tourists without his help. He was very flexible and encouraging on the challenging days. He pointed out interesting features of the route and was very patient when we stopped frequently for picture taking. The tour would not have been the same without him. Thank you!

Michael Thomson Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Michael Thomson, Toronto, Canada

Michael Thomson from Toronto, Canada rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

My second, and hopefully not last RedSpokes trip. A fantastic, challenging, off the beaten path tour. The roads were surprising good, the traffic almost non-existent except in the cities, and friendly people everywhere. Smiles were common! The guide, Preecha, was fantastic, looking after us, making sure we never made a wrong turn, ordering fantastic meals at road side "diners" that would never been chosen without his insider knowledge. The food was fantastic, the scenery was wonderful, and the people were delightful! An excellent introduction to the real Thailand.

Doug Pulleyblank Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Doug Pulleyblank, Vancouver, Canada

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

This was my first cycling tour ever and I had an amazing trip. I think the only hard thing about the entire trip was some of the cycling itself -- going up and down some of those Nepali 'flats' was sometimes a challenge. But the cycling challenge was exactly what I was looking for. It's why I signed on! Apart from that, Ox, Sunil, Ram and others made everything easy, from pick-up at the airport, to getting set up in hotels, to seeing parts of Kathmandu, to experiencing all kinds of things in the parts of Nepal we were able to visit. They dealt with both expected problems (like the occasional flat tire) and unexpected problems (like airline complications) efficiently, occasionally creatively, and with good humour. The tour was marked by flexibility.

I was definitely more of a mountain biker by the end of the tour than I was at the beginning. Great tour! Great team! Thanks, Ox, Ram & Sunil -- I'd recommend your team to anyone!

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.

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!

Karen / Geoff Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Karen / Geoff, London, England, UK

Karen / Geoff from London, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Another great trip with redspokes, lots of interaction with the local people whilst cycling through some stunning Colombian Highland scenery. We feel that we saw the "real Colombia", the side that most tourists don't see, we would do it all over again! A big thanks to our fellow travellers, what a great bunch of people to travel with!

Robert Harrison Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Robert Harrison, Weymouth, England, UK

Robert Harrison from Weymouth, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

By hiring an ebike I was able to complete a tour that I wouldn't have been able to contemplate without. Albania is a cyclist's dream, quiet roads with good tarmac, big climbs and high mountains all around, From day one scenery was varied and spectacular. The tour combines comfortable accommodation with fantastic food, especially if you like cheese! It was extremely well organised and run by one of the best guide and driver teams around.

redspokes Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

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

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

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!

Bob Harrison Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Bob Harrison, Portesham, Weymouth, England

Bob Harrison from Portesham, Weymouth, England rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

'I have been on 4 group trips and this was the best by some way. Scenery was spectacular, varied and stunningly beautiful throughout the entire trip. There were no bus transfers apart from the start and end. Biking was excellent both in terms of the fitness challenges and technical challenges presented. Camp sites were in beautiful locations and camping was fun and comfortable for someone who is an occasional rather than regular camper.

The tour leader related well to all parties and successfully kept the stronger and weaker cyclists reasonably together without being unduly restrictive. The support team were great.'

Ros Lawson Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Ros Lawson, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Ros Lawson from Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

What an amazing trip! Chile, Argentina & the Lake District of Patagonia are so incredibly beautiful and we never tired of the snow-capped mountains and volcanoes and the crystal clear water in the lakes.

Our two guides were so friendly and helpful & the trip was run extremely well.

We stayed in some gorgeous accommodation and ate in lovely restaurants recommended by the guides. 

This was my 9th cycle tour (4th with redspokes) and one of my favourite destinations. Learning to speak Spanish is definitely on my agenda!

Susan Redfern  Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Susan Redfern , Rochdale, England, UK

Susan Redfern  from Rochdale, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Entering into the unknown has never been so rewarding. You will be thrown out of your comfort zone and into a fabulous world of friendly locals, stunning views and great food.

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.

Brian Copestick Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Brian Copestick, St Albans, England, UK

Brian Copestick from St Albans, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 4 out of 5

Excellent trip in stunning, diverse landscapes. The guides transformed trip from good to great.

 Minaxi Patel Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Minaxi Patel, London, UK

 Minaxi Patel from London, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Another trip with redspokes, where I couldn't fault the organisation, care and attention to detail. The cycling was slightly tougher that the other trips I have been on but the hills are what make this part of Columbia so beautiful. There was plenty of time to explore the towns we stayed in and the excursions arranged by the guides added to the cultural experience.

Javier and his team were fabulous at looking after the group.

Megan Hassett Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Megan Hassett, Melbourne, Australia

Megan Hassett from Melbourne, Australia rates our  cycling holiday at 4.5 out of 5

Kyrgyzstan is an untouched natural nomadic paradise made up of stunning, wild and diverse landscapes! I would highly recommend traversing by bicycle throughout this incredibly beautiful countryside!

To top this trip off, the friendships formed with the funny, witty and smart local guides just made the trip all the better for me! So step out of your comfort zone for a challenging, yet memorable, cycling adventure to one of the fewer places left on earth unchanged!

Karen Allworthy & Geoff Messenger Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Karen Allworthy & Geoff Messenger, London, UK

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

Our Thailand trip was excellent, we were a very small group so was very pleased that redspokes ran the trip.

Amazing food and scenery, both Tom & Pangupong were very good at looking after us.

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.

Audrey & Tim Midgley Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Audrey & Tim Midgley, Ilkley, UK

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

We felt incredibly privileged to visit such a diverse and beautiful country and to learn about the people, history and culture. Our experiences will live in our hearts forever!
Our team of 4 guides worked tirelessly to ensure that our trip was well planned, varied, exciting and memorable. For this we thank them, and may many more people follow in our footsteps!

Craig & Katrina Nethercott Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Craig & Katrina Nethercott, Cambridge, England, UK

Craig & Katrina Nethercott from Cambridge, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

It will always matters as to the quality of the guide and his team, but as my husband and I were the only customers on this trip, it was always going to be crucial that we got along. However,I needn't have worried. I simply cannot put into words how astonishingly wonderful Phea and Mobitel were. They could not have done more to make our holiday a success. They constantly were seeking out new experiences for us, explaining the Cambodian customs, answering my plethora of questions, making us laugh,noticing when we were tired,thirsty,hungry,wanting to stop,to swim,to take photos.They were always, always punctual,thoughtful, obliging,carrying our bags,finding different foods, different drinks,different fruits to try. They never stopped being kind and considerate, engaging the locals and making us feel so welcome in people's houses, in schools,even at a wedding. They made us smile and laugh each and every day, even when it was blisteringly hot at 35 degrees and our spirits were flagging.They cooked for us,they partied with us,danced for us and they made the difference between a good holiday and an outstanding one.I cannot imagine there could ever be a better team and I have nothing but gratitude for how they treated us.

Please, please let them know how much we appreciated their hard work and that we really miss their company. You are fortunate to have them working for redspokes; if there was a prize for the best guide and driver they would surely win it every time. They are simply solid gold.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Hannah MacDonald Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Hannah MacDonald, Liverpool, England, UK

Hannah MacDonald from Liverpool, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

A fantastic trip with a great group of people and a redspokes crew who really were outstanding. 

Once again I feel humbled by the hospitality that we received. A beautiful country rich in so many ways, redspokes offering a true insight.

Lorenzo Nicolini  Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Lorenzo Nicolini , Thalwil, Switzerland

Lorenzo Nicolini  from Thalwil, Switzerland rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

It was a fantastic cycling and travel experience that we could never achieve with a traditional tour. Sri Lanka is a great destination for its people, the nature, the historical and cultural heritage.

I think the guide did a tremendous job in balancing the needs and capabilities of the different participants, offering frequent stops and refresh options. Time schedule was kept without adding stress and pressure. Some of the lunch and accommodation were really great and always in line with the spirit of a cycling tour.

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 Versteegden Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Ines Versteegden, Amstelveen, Netherlands

Ines Versteegden from Amstelveen, 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.

 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.

Keith Russell Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Keith Russell, Bath, England, UK

Keith Russell from Bath, England, UK rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

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.

Thomas Preston Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Thomas Preston, Alaska, USA

Thomas Preston from Alaska, USA rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

A fantastic trip in all aspects! As a veteran of ten guided cycling trips so far with several tour companies, I can attest that redspokes certainly has it's act well together. There were rarely any issues or unexpected changes in the trip; and when they did occur on occasion, the guides and staff adjusted accordingly without any problems. 

The concern and attention for the riders by the staff was always apparent, and the smiles and helpfulness of Mr. Phong were always such a pleasure. Even during the rest days, Mr. Phong was always present to accomodate us with any and every detail. Mr. Trung's bikes were first class as well!

The riding was at times very challenging, but the payoff was cycling through incredible scenery and fascinating villages, with a true sense of accomplishment culminating each day. I can heartily recommend this trip to anyone wishing to see rural Vietnam up close on two wheels!

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.

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!

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!

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!

 Jonas Barter Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Jonas Barter, Almonte, Canada

 Jonas Barter from Almonte, Canada rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

The redspokes Scotland 500 trip is tough but extremely rewarding. The route really had something for everyone ... narrow roads, gravel short-cuts, rolling hills, steep climbs, screaming downhills, and crossings of ancient viaducts, not to mention the verdant valleys, distant mountains, and whimsical villages. Our guides were strong, funny, well-organized, flexible, and attentive. Even though this is arguably redspokes' only trip in a developed country, I usually felt that I was "out there" in the beautiful wilds of Scotland (but with a comfortable B&B at the end of the day).

Highly recommended!

 Jonas Barter Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Jonas Barter, Almonte, Canada

 Jonas Barter from Almonte, Canada rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

The redspokes Scotland trip is tough but extremely rewarding. The route really had something for everyone ... narrow roads, gravel short-cuts, rolling hills, steep climbs, screaming downhills, and crossings of ancient viaducts, not to mention the verdant valleys, distant mountains, and whimsical villages. Our guides were strong, funny, well-organized, flexible, and attentive. Even though this is arguably redspokes' only trip in a developed country, I usually felt that I was "out there" in the beautiful wilds of Scotland (but with a comfortable B&B at the end of the day).

Highly recommended!

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!

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!

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.

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.

Richard Bedal Cycling on the  tour with redspokes

Richard Bedal, California, USA

Richard Bedal from California, USA rates our  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

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.

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!!!!

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, San Paulo, Brazil

Fernanda Strang from San 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

 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.

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