We are dedicated to delivering fantastic cycling holidays through the most spectacular regions of the world, offering fascinating sceneries and immense cultural interest.
But don't just take our word for it, here is what our customers have had to say about redspokes and our services...
Floyd Christofferson, California, USA
The Kyrgyzstan tour was a phenomenal way to see this very beautiful country. From the challenging climbs, exhilarating descents, and the many interactions with people along the route, it was a very satisfying tour.
In particular, our tour organizer Aikokul was a constant source of information and context. She and her small team did a phenomenal job of managing to keep everything on track.
Graham Crawford, Poznan, Poland
This trip is everything it shapes up to be and more. Truly something to give memories for a lifetime. It's hard, so the better you prepare, the more you enjoy it. I took six months making sure I was in the best condition of my life, and it really paid off. Raju and his team really look after you, the food is fantastic and plentiful.
This is a once in a lifetime holiday, a must on everyone's bucket list. I'm so glad I went.
Vicky Seymour, La Rippe, Switzerland
This is an excellent trip - The guide was probably one of the best I have ever had on any tour, nothing was too small or too much to be achieved. The quality of food and accommodation is very good, I was particularly impressed with the range of vegetarian food available. I loved staying with the local families and in the yurts. All the people involved were highly welcoming and hugely enhanced the enjoyment of the trip.
The riding is challenging, but not overly so - the scenery is spectacular and the route has been well-considered to offer sufficient challenges without being tortuous! The bikes available for rent are perfectly adequate for the job and the support is highly professional, competent and reassuring.
Ms Sharlene Rainford, Lewisham, NSW, Australia
Wonderful trip. Colombia is forever in my heart and the crew were just lovely. I never thought I'd enjoy cycling up mountains so much. Be warned, the cycling on some days isn't for the feint hearted. The 130km day is pretty tough especially in the heat. The 'monster mountain climb' however was fantastic and not as hard as it sounds. The views are spectacular and of course there's the downhill reward. Be prepared for fairly same-ish food most of the time but it won't matter because Colombia is a special place!
Simon Rowley, Nuneaton, England, UK
I didn't know what to expect when I booked this tour but nothing could of prepared me for how well organised it was , Raju, Ravi and Keshu and everyone behind the scenes such as the kitchen staff were excellent and we wanted for nothing . The food , company and staff made this a memorable trip in stunning surroundings .
Tricia Handley, London, England, UK
Albania surpassed my expectations in every way. Beautiful scenery, including mountains and coast, challenging but manageable rides (I wasn’t as fit as I’d like to have been); wall to wall sunshine (wasn’t expecting that); an interesting mix of accommodation (including organic farm) ; food continuously of high standard (fresh always), a wonderful guide and the most hospitable friendly people. This is my second trip with redspokes and I’ll be looking to my third.
Andy Green, Isle of Wight, UK
Amazing Albania. What a wonderful country. You are certainly well looked after on this tour.
The food is excellent, the roads are quiet and the scenery is stunning!
Roger Troughton, Dorking, Surrey, UK
A great week - challenging yet with opportunities to relax - this was a real redspokes holiday! The route took us through some quite stunning mountain scenery over to the Ionian coast - and even that was far from flat! Well organised by very competent local crew, we enjoyed really good fresh food and a standard of accommodation that was much higher than I was expecting.
Katja Stille, Hackney, London, UK
Yet, again a fantastic holiday with redspokes. I didn't know much about Albania before booking the holiday and I have come home with a much better idea of the country and its history. On top of that the cycling was fantastic, beautiful climbs and exhilarating descents.
At the end of the day we were rewarded with a selection of tasty and fresh food that set us up for the next day. The days cycling along the coast held a the special treat of being able to cool down in the sea.
Jason Cooper, Samut Prakhan, Thailand
Cycling the Manali-Leh highway with my 15 year old son is an experience that we will never forget. The redspokes team took very good care of us and ensured that all we had to focus on was riding our bikes. The food was plentiful and very good quality, and all the guides and support staff were very friendly and went above and beyond to ensure the trip was enjoyable for us.
Tobi Grimminger , Stuttgart, Germany
Superlatives are not my cup of tea.. But this trip just was epic, awesome, amazing, exhilarating, stunning, rewarding, tough, challenging, wonderful, fun and fantastic. Superbe organization by the whole team of guides and cooks, beautiful landscapes and lovely passes made it an experience of a lifetime. I'll be back.
Kieran Kelleher, Kanturk, Ireland
Another great trip with redspokes with fantastic scenary & a great group of people with good support from Ox & his crew.
This is challenging tour with at least half of trip more associated with technical mountain biking than road biking as tarmac to rough rocky roads is about 50/50 with tough climbs.
Danny Hill, Northampton, England, UK
I had a superb time. A truly memorable trip with outstanding sites, cycling and culture. The local team are so superb, you have to do everything possible to ensure they maintain their high standards. I was deeply touched by the care they took of us all. The experiences I have had will remain as fond memories for a long time.
André BINON, Beloeil, Belgium
wonderful discovery of Columbia with an excellent team
Claire Bugler, Abergavenny, Wales
Dermot was a fabulous guide full of enthusiasm and constantly making an effort to ensure everyone was having a great trip. The local team really were lovely too and their strength is certainly their warmth and friendliness. Burma is a beautiful country with some fabulous cycling. It is definitely a country on the move though so I feel privileged to have experienced it now at such an interesting point in its development. I loved the relaxed style with which Dermot ran this trip. As someone who has travelled independently in the past I was concerned about joining a tour and losing the sense of adventure and exploration but wanted to join a tour for some company whilst travelling. Despite having a larger group I still felt there was a nice sense of independence and that things weren't too prescriptive.
Some plans were flexible and we were included in the decision making when possible which I really liked. Therefore it was perfect for me. I know that there was discussion regarding cutting the Nepali beach section of the trip, I guess it is difficult to please everyone but I thought this was one of the best sections of the trip, the beach was fabulous and I enjoyed the riding here most too. I think it would be a real shame not to visit the area. I hope that the Burma trip goes from strength to strength and lots more people get to see what a great country it is, good luck with future trips. Thank you redspokes!
Sara Blyth, Shipley, England, UK
We have just had another amazing holiday with redspokes. Chile & Argentina is a must do cycling holiday for anyone who loves their bike, breathtaking scenery, friendly people & crossing the Andes on a bike - brilliant. This was the first time we had met Dermot & what a fantastic person he is, highly entertaining whilst always ensuring that the groups needs are being met in every way. Thank-you so much for another great adventure. I can't wait to book our next redspokes trip!!!! ...but where in the world do we go???
Casey Thomas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
This was our first bike tour, and while we were a little hesitant to book it at first, it turned out to be an amazing trip. Everything about the tour was great, especially the guides. Marcelo, Diego, and Jeronimo did an excellent job leading and supporting us. They were great company too. My only reservations about doing another bike tour is that the guides won't be as good as Marcelo's team.
Violando and Richard Percival, Watlington, England, UK
A really special holiday! Stunning scenery, challenging but rewarding cycle routes, a fantastic team taking care of us, and a great group of fellow travelers from the UK and the USA. Really couldn't find fault with any aspect of this beautifully organized trip. Highly recommended.
Annette Meier, London, England, UK
I enjoyed the experience of cycling through the breathtaking scenery of Kerala and Tamil Nadu very much, the tea plantations were spectacular and we were always greeted with warm smiles from young and old. I found the cycling quite tough but very rewarding and the team were always on hand to encourage or help me. Thanks to Raju, Ravi, Sabu and our driver Jamal for a great trip, it was our second tour with redspokes and will not be our last.
Ross Prielipp, Stroud, England, UK
This tour is fantastic. The cycling presents a good challenge in the heat with plenty of climbing but your reward is the breathtaking scenery. The villages, towns, food and culture of Kerala and Tamil Nadu make the trip so interesting and the team of Ravi, Sabu and Jamal led by Raju could not look after you any better. Thanks guys for a memorable tour, highly recommended.
Janet Clark, Richmond, Canada
Our ride with redspokes on the Chile & Argentina, Patagonia and Lake District trip was simply wonderful. We shared the trip with a great group of fellow cyclists together with our thoughtful redspokes leader and support driver Jerónimo and Gustavo. We rode mostly on quiet roads with little car traffic though beautiful landscapes - normally with one or more volcanoes on the horizon. The accommodation was always comfortable and ranged from locally flavoured homestyle inns to incredible rustic lodges perched on the side of a volcano. Everything was well organized from the booking, to the airport transfers, bike rentals, and of course the daily logistics. This is a trip I definitely recommend offering interesting cycling routes, good company, and beautiful vistas.
Binon André, Beloeil, Belgium
Thank you Dermott …for the adventure with the group and yourself. Third trip with Redspokes and still appreciate it.
Binon André, Beloeil, Belgium
Thank you Dermot …for the adventure with the group and yourself. Third trip with redspokes and still appreciate it
Binon André, Beloeil, Belgium
Thank you Dermot …for the adventure with the group and yourself. Third trip with redspokes and still appreciate it.
David Harrington, Davis, California, USA
What absolutely delightful, charming, friendly, and most helpful staff we had to look after us: to make sure we remained safe while on our bikes, to make sure we were well hydrated and fed along the routes, to tend to our luggage before we knew it needed tending, to kept us informed and to educate us, to take care of the nearly endless little details and behind the scenes scrambling and work, and to make sure we enjoyed our Myanmar journey every step and pedal of the way!
"You want ice cream? We will get that across the street for you!" "How big is the pool? We will measure it for you (22 x 34')!" "You are not feeling up for dinner? We will give you Choco-Pie snacks now for when you wake up hungry at midnight!"
Kalayar was absolutely the sweetest and most genuinely caring woman I've ever encountered on a tour; she considered the six of us bikers her "children" in looking after our well-being, health, safety, and happiness for the entire two weeks. She also looks after her crew and fellow country men and women with the same concern, donating food or money to road crews as we biked throughout the country, supporting education with school supplies and books, and so many more things that we are certainly unaware.
The landscapes were varied and beautiful, the routes and roads challenging but not an issue with the excellent front suspension Trek 4300s, the weather nearly ideal (save for a few days with rain showers and occasional downpours), and the locals we encountered through every village simply the most sweet, friendly, curious, and happily smiling people in the world! Myanmar is relatively still a land and people beautifully untouched by outsiders, especially when compared to the many neighboring countries in SE Asia that have been increasingly influenced for decades. This precious gift won't last forever. Please start training now and give beautiful Kalayar a loving hug from Lu Kong Gee Koko and Ah Shay Gee Nyi from California!
Dave Clemmett, Manchester, England, UK
This is my 4th redspokes trip and I have loved every one. Great organisation and attention to individuals. Lovely people and fantastic scenery. It is the way to see a country and learn both about abroad but also about home. Would recommend and do recommend to people. The support from Bryony and the office is second to none.
THANK YOU I LOVE RED SPOKES
Muriel Thomson, Aberdeen, Scotland
A lovely country with very friendly people. A good cycle route with varied countryside. Everything very well organised. Ngapali beach was super. Nice quiet beach and lots to do. Full day jungle trek we did was excellent. Myanmar is certainly worth a visit before it gets too touristy.
Robert Tuck, Reading, England, UK
Our guide Phea and driver Nal were both extremely helpful and informative. As well as scheduled stops Phea also showed us many interesting things varying from wedding ceremonies to traditional racing boats and riding in an oxcart! In addition they were also willing to share many personal tales and anecdotes from their lives in Cambodia and Mr Nal's life under the Khmer Rouge. There was never any shortage of refreshments and our well-being was always a priority. We sampled many local fruits, produce and culinary delights. All in all, a trip to remember!
Karen Macauley, Woodford, England, UK
This was our first real cycling trip and what an amazing experience. I don't cycle a lot at home but I do excercise regularly - daily. Before I was concerned about the cycling each day but it was fine and felt relaxed and certainly enjoyable. I wore a constant smile on my face. The people were lovely and our tour Guide Khen was just amazing. He provided clear information about the cycling each day and events on route. He was a relaxed but extremely competent tour guide. It was a truly memorable trip and I would thoroughly recommend.
Louis Rosenthal, Colorado, USA
The redspokes Chile/Argentina tour was fantastic. Everything was well organized and several nice small touches were added in that enhanced our experience. Our two Argentinian guides were wonderful and knew the landscape and area history. Their support was consistently great throughout the two week tour. The couple of things that could have gone better were not the fault of the guides or organizers of the trip. We felt the price of the trip was very fair for all that was included. We had friends who did this tour last year and recommended it highly. We were fortunate to have the same guides they did as they were very pleased and for good reason. Since last year some changes were made to the itinerary to make this trip even better. The mark of a good organization is to try to always improve and we certainly got this impression about redspokes and this tour.
William Laufs, Ratingen, Germany
Well planned and organized every step of the way. An unforgettable trip.
John Roche & Judy Bedford , Leeds, England, UK
John - We has a fantastic time in Albania,great people, amazing food, good hotels and beautiful views. Dhino our guide was delightful, a good sense of humour and excellent communication skills. He knows the history of his country and passionate about it's future. We visited a number of historical sites and discovered more about Albania.
Judy - We had a wonderful trip. Dhino our guide was fantastic he was so organised and had so much knowledge about the history of Albania which made the trip so much more interesting. The cycling, food, scenery and company was outstanding I would definitely recomend this trip to others (and have done)
Minaxi Patel, London, UK
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.
Ruth and Phil Dunnell, Surrey, England, UK
This is a great trip and we would heartily recommend it. The crew really looked after us very well. Highlights for us were arriving in Palani, in the middle of festival, to find it packed out with thousands and thousands of pilgrims and Kodaikanal which was super chilled. But the route was the real star: coast, jungle, tea plantations and plenty of hills. We “stumbled upon” so much – temple celebrations, wedding processions, groups of pilgrims …. everyone smiling, waving and calling out. And to top it all the food was fantastic. We are already planning our next trip with redspokes.
Andy Pitts, Manchester, England, UK
I had a tremendous time. Tough cycling, great views, wild moped rides in Hanoi, great sense of achievement, great company, lots of laughs, beer, chopsticks. My brain is in overdrive mode. Memories to last a lifetime. Possibly the friendliest people in the world live in Vietnam. Phong brought his family on the trip and this made it even better. They made us feel very welcome and seemed to enjoy themselves too even though they were working. Have come back fitter in mind, body and soul and need to buy smaller clothes. I just had the best time! Back to work tomorrow. Accommodation was better than I was expecting but this was very welcome after a long day. Organisation and ease of getting replies to information from London end was also really well done! Thanks very much!
Kay Haarsma, Adelaide, Australia
Just did the Christmas - New Year Burma cycling trip and was pleasantly surprised by the little extras that redspokes provided. 12 years between trips with redspokes and their standard and value for money is still excellent.
Brian and Lesley Corbett, Cambridge, England, UK
We can't think of a better way to experience the "real" Cambodia than riding on dust roads through tiny villages and meeting locals in their homes. But the icing on the cake was the superb support of Phea and Mr Nal - they couldn't have done more to look after us. This was our first experience of riding with an organised tour - and we're converts.
Barry Murphy, Dublin, Ireland
I cannot think of anything negative to say about cycling around south Thailand. It never felt like we were in a rush or being pushed from A-B. There were varying levels of fitness, but never any feeling of competition or one up manship. The food was good, the group atmosphere was fantastic. I will definitely use redspokes again.
John Thorne, Edinburgh, Scotland
A great trip, fab support from Art and the 3 other Cambodian guides, they worked very well together. It was my first supported bike tour and having the 2 vans, sweeper, fruit and biscuits and water every 25km made a huge difference! The mechanic worked hard to service the bikes and keep them running perfectly. Def worth hiring from redspokes in my opinion. Great hotels were used too, most having a pool and all with aircon. Hotel in Phnom Penh especially well chosen for its location on the Mekong, close to the Royal Palace and National Museum but on a quiet street. Everything was done to make the trip as enjoyable as possible and an excellent first redspokes adventure.
Andre Schmid, Gattikon, Switzerland
Brillant trip, as the weather and the views couldn't be any better. Ox as a tour leader did very well, he's very well connected everywhere. Nice combination of the cycling with the safari in chitwan.
Trip is definitely tougher than other "6" ratings, technically as well as physically.
Renea Jaeger, California, USA
Sri Lanka is a wonderful country and a must see for all it has to offer! The variety of terrain from beach views to incredible tea fields was a feast for the eye. Beauty at every turn.
Richard Matheson, Leeds, England, UK
As good as any of the 7 tours I've done, one of the best! Ox and his crew were superb, good humoured and worked tirelessly to make the trip enjoyable. A great group of people/ fellow cyclists who were a pleasure to ride with.
Food was local and tasty, the mountains as I'd always dreamed they'd be, dramatic and striking. The terrain is challenging but never dull. And finally the Nepali people are kind and welcoming. A highly recommended trip.
Shona and Derek Stewart, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Absolutely wonderful trip, new adventures every day, so much to see as we cycled past. We just loved cycling off the beaten track, on quiet routes. The views and wild life were awesome. Al, our guide, so knowledgable and Tao, our driver, mechanic, snack provider, cold drinks of every sort at our request. We couldnt give one highlight of the trip - just loved it all. Al & Tao gave us a lovely experience - a trip to remember.
Bob Harrison, Weymouth, England, UK
It was a superb trip. It was well organised with a UK tour leader who has an infectious friendly enthusiasm and was well supported by local guides and an effective local support organisation. All responded appropriately when the need to amend itineraries and adapt to local circumstances arose. The group was the best that I have ever travelled with. The mountain scenery is probably the best that I have seen anywhere. The biking was never less than very good and often excellent.
The trip was also fantastic value for money.
Cornelia Demmel, Munich, Germany
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.
Justin Pearce, Dunbar, Scotland, UK
We had a very small group but that allowed us to greatly experience the culture of Nepal and Ox was a great catalyst in making this happen. The rides were often quite technical, but nothing that we couldn't overcome...eventually.
Ox ensured that the balance between sampling village life in Nepal and time in the saddle worked perfectly. If I were to repeat this trip, I would spend time practising cycling over rocks and I would definitely take a GoPro - the crazy descents would be worth experiencing again.
John Lingford, , London, England, UK
Want to see inside a Yurt, eat fresh warm bread and drink warm Yak milk? Perhaps even the chance to herd some calves? Then join the redspokes Tajikistan tour, spectacular scenery, rushing rivers, views of Afghanistan all thrown in as well. Fascinating country, and the chance to find out more from your local guide and drivers. Another redspokes special.
Alistair , York, England
An excellent and memorable trip. As many others have commented Phong our guide is just great. Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable and rightly proud of his country. We all really enjoyed the whole trip, great views, lovely people, enough of a challenge without being impossible and a feeling of really being in Vietnam and not viewing it from within a tourist bubble. We loved it.
Andrew Clark, Richmond, England, UK
This was my first cycling tour, but any concerns I had were dispelled in the first few minutes of meeting the tour organisers and my fellow riders. The country is beautiful, and largely undeveloped with generally quiet roads that make for peaceful cycling. The rides are supported by a 5 person team who typically wait an hour ahead of the start point of each ride, with refreshments and water top-ups. After couple of days, I started referring to their transport as Ken's magic bus, after our Lao tour guide, due to the apparent ability of its crew to rejuvenate my cycling each hour.The riding was generally comfortable, with a couple of harder days in the hills, though the spectacular views on these rides were the highlight of the trip for me. There is no off-road biking (save the odd few metres of washed out tarmac), but there are a few rest days to enjoy the main cities and nightly opportunities to try out the cultural institution that is Beer Lau.If you ever been somewhere and thought "I wished I'd come here 10 years ago", you should pack your bag quickly and visit Laos before the rest of the world does.
Marc Shakinovsky, St Albans, UK
A Truly Magnificent Tour. Phenomenal Local guide and Incredible support team."Kawp Jai"redspokes leaves only positive footsteps in Laos. redspokes investment back into the communities is admirable. I was very proud to receive such a warm welcome from the Homestay Hmong village and the School which you and your clients helped to build and continue to support. You are a credit to tourism. I will definitely be getting involved in supporting the families and children we met on our big Laos adventure.
Robert Burford, Luton, England, UK
Overall a fantastic trip in an stunningly beautiful part of this world, all days were well organised with being able to stop and take pictures, ride at your pace and enjoy each day. This is my 4th trip organised by redspokes and it truly does what is says on the tin!
Chile and Argentina are beautiful and cant think of any other way to see such beautiful places and hideaway's in this world. The team helping us on our way were always approachable and served with a smile. Food excellent, drink excellent, cycling a pleasure. The group we cycled with became friends immediately and had a hilarious time on route and at our resorts. A fantastic way to celebrate my 50th birthday, the team, the cycling group and the hotel really made a memorable day and evening. Really looking forward in meeting up with them on another redspokes trip in the future.
Sandra Groenewold, Wijk bij Duurstede, The Netherlands
Pakistan was wonderful. We read so many negative things about Pakistan in the news, but nothing is true about that in the Hunza valley. People are really nice and always willing to talk or take a picture, men and women. We visited the school redspokes supports and it was nice to see that with a little help so many beautiful things happen. Out guides were lovely. China was different, the people were different, but enjoyed it. In Kyrgyzstan we had a wonderful support group. We only had a few days there, I would like to stay much longer, but everything comes to an end. I want to thank our great guide Aiden for his flexibility with the tour changes and the fun we had as a group.
Mina Patel, London, England, UK
I had a fantastic time, the landscapes were amazing, the cycling was varied and at times challenging. The places we stayed had character and I liked being away from the usual touristy places. German, Marcello and Diego are lovely guys, they looked after us well without imposing on us at all. I only have to decide where to go next with redspokes!
Keith & Pat Green, Dudley, England, UK
Keith & I really enjoyed the Colombian experience. The people there are really friendly. In fact, 4 of us were invited into someone's home for a baptism celebration! The scenery is really impressive. High green mountains with lots of coffee, banana and exotic fruit plantations. Most of the towns seem to be hanging onto the side of a mountain with practically vertical streets! Our guides Geovanny, Alex, Adrian and John were great and the group were really friendly and lots of fun and we will miss everyone.
Patricia Handley, London, England, UK
My first long awaited redspokes tour. Had a wonderful time. Our guides German, Diego and Marcello were a great team who at times looked as if they were on holiday themselves as they got on so well with everyone, and appeared to make it look so easy. A peek outside very early morning or after we'd dump our bikes at end of day and see them taking care of bikes and baggage all sorted for another day told real story. Great cycling and so many beautiful sites from incredible volcanoes and emerald green lakes, thermal springs. Cycled across lava field and ate and drunk aplenty. Best steak ever in Bariloche! It was also a great group of people, singletons and couples and several redspokes tourists; of which I hope to be one. Looking forward to planning next tour. Many thanks.
Nigel Moore, Amersham, England, UK
We had a really enjoyable time and were very well looked after, in some of the world's most stunning scenery. Well done to redspokes for compiling such a fabulous trip; we'd certainly use them again.
Robert Travers, Maryland, USA
To all adventurous bicyclist, redspokes is an incredible company that will take you into some of the best areas of the world to experience biking, culture and the people. I rate this trip and the company behind it 5 stars as everything came off perfectly. In addition the company and its trip leaders focused on safety and being the best, friendly, helpful and we all had a great time and fun. I highly recommend redspokes. In addition the bikes they provided were perfect and exceeded expectations and the trip leaders totally maintained them during the entire trip
Piero Tassinari, Meldola, Italy
Four days have passed since I left Nepal, nevertheless its stunning sceneries are hovering in my mind while driving my car or walking within the familiar surroundings. This trip has bewitched me!
Since the first finding the redspokes website I had the feeling the people involved in the trip organization knew their job pretty well; then I had a long talk on the phone with Dermot, and my enthusiasm grew up to the point of signing up.
In Nepal I have experienced an unforgettable adventure, thanks also to our tour leader Ox. He proved not only very efficient, coping with all the needs related to the tour organization, but was also a pretty delightful person and we had great fun and so much laughing ... this helped a lot to elate our spirits when the road had worn us out!
I'm 61, I try to keep in shape cycling all the year round ... but guess what? I thought it would be easier, just a piece of cake. Well, some stages proved very demanding, especially the sections off road ... but I always could rely on our guide's assistance, always close, always helpful ... and in the evening, warming up our bodies and spirits around the bonfire, I could say:
"I did it, it was worth it, what a scenery!" Piero, the Italian of the Nepal tour crew
Susan Lincoln, Idaho, USA
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.
Karina Lehrner, Santa Cruz, USA
redspokes, you did it again! Trip three with you and once again, the result is an environment where we become a "family" cycling around a new country, with a local guide and a support team that join in the spirit of family as well. There are so many good memories, in all, the trip was a remarkable experience. Highlights include climbing the famed highway up and over a mountain pass. There were nearly no cars and it was one of those "pinch me, this can't be real moments in life". Stopping and learning about a family in the countryside growing rice, thanks to Phong's dedication to connecting us to Vietnamese culture, was another of many highlights. Thank you, redspokes! Now, will it be Tibet, Peru, or Kyrgyzstan... See you soon.
Olivia Slee, Perth, Australia
This trip was undoubtedly the best trip I have ever been on. I still find myself comparing other travels and nothing matches the amazing experience of the Laos trip. You step into a new world and interact with your surrounds to a far greater level when touring on your bike. Some of the experiences still seem very surreal. I cherrish a letter written to me by one of the schoolgirl wishing me "lucky when back to your home". I have met some amazing people and will have to organise another trip with some of the group (the two Andy's!!) in pursuit of winning a hill stage!
Martin Hamilton, Telford, England, UK
Absolutely superb trip, exceeded all my expectations. The crew looked after us fantastically well - nothing was too much trouble. Overall an excellent trip to a fascinating country.
Heather McCulloch, Australia
I loved the opportunity to interact with locals in a meaningful way. I can't fault the organisation, it all went so smoothly, and I know there's always so much work behind the scenes. I had such a wonderful holiday, every day was like a new adventure.I really enjoyed the way Dermot was involved and how he (and the whole group) was into all the spontaneity, for example here's some crazed guy in a car yelling that he's a cyclist, and we all end up having a great time visiting his bike museum and pub.redspokes would always be first preference for me, I fully recommend them.
Moey Chen Lim, London, UK
It was an excellent and breathtaking trip! A star trip!! The country, scenery, the guides and support crew and the group makes this trip a memorable one!
Kyrgyzstan is quite simply one of the most beautiful countries on earth and a fantastic cycle destination!
Brian Ingle, Southampton, England UK
A fantastic adventure in an amazing country. The tour took us through a varied environment of the dry rocky lowlands to the lush green of the higher mountains. It was a step back in time as we encountered the hospitality and welcome of traditional nomadic people in their yurts and shared the open plains with wild horses. The locals seemed as interested in us as we were in them as tourism in this area is truly in its infancy. We exchanged a ride on their horses for a ride on our bikes and although maybe didn't enjoy the taste, we certainly appreciated the kind offer of fermented mare's milk.
With long periods away from any villages or shops it is great to have the support of the excellent redspokes staff and vehicles to carry all the food, water and camping equipment. I look forward to my next trip!
John Beckley, London, UK
I fell in love with China on this trip. The scenery was stunning; lush and green with rice terraces spreading as far as you could see. Everywhere people were friendly; we were invited to eat with people and spent a wonderful evening watching a DVD of Beijing opera in a Dong village drum tower with all the old people of the village. The cycling was great; particularly along the river from Diman, through villages it felt few non-Chinese people had visited and up the road we were told no-one had ridden on a bike before.
Wendy Holland, Whangarei, New Zealand
My second trip with redspokes and it didn't disappoint. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be absolutely blown away by northern Pakistan - I just loved it - for me it was a garden of eden ; I had no idea how bountiful and rich it was - not to mention the sky filled with mountains. Loved the people, their openness, friendliness and hospitality - loved the fact that we visited 2 amazing schools and a sewing centre supported by Redspokes - this is one of the big reasons why I love redspokes - NORTHERN PAKISTAN YOU MUST GO!!.
Relished the opportunity to step into China especially cycling over a mountain pass where I was very challenged by the altitude and an amazing authentic yurt experience and then Kyrgyzstan what a beautiful country - our time was too short there YOU MUST GO - I would go back to northern Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan in a heart beat!. We had a fantastic group and guides and UK cycle guide, the cheeky and humour-filled Aidan - alright guv - thank you everyone for your friendship, care and support. Till next time redspokes, Arohanui
Jean Mc Arthur and Andrew Credland, Wellington, New Zealand
Our trip to northwest Vietnam was a true adventure... biking up and down mountains offering spectacular scenery, winding our way through valleys where terraced paddy fields and tea plantations cling to seemingly impossible terrain, being invited into people's homes and experiencing their generosity and ingenuity, eating meals in local people's living rooms (cum cafes), laughing with children... laughing with each other.
Dermot and redspokes did a brilliant job... establishing the culture within the group, ensuring the organisation ticked over smoothly. I can't imagine any better way to experience the people and the countryside than biking it with a group of like-minded people. Well done Dermot: the fact that nine of us had travelled with redspokes before says it all. The big question is - where to next?
Matt Westby, Sheffield, UK
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.
Judith Kimenai, Netherlands
A big thanks to all the guides that made this wonderful trip possible! Danny and Maddy were fantastic on the bike ánd in sharing stories about Indian history! Raju did everything possible to have every little bike problem fixed. Cook and transport/logistics staff were just amazing by making sure the whole camp was arranged before we arrived. All of this made us feel like we were on a real holiday! :-). The whole trip was just stunning. Fantastic scenery, great people, challenging, but doable biking experience and the ever present positive vibe were reasons to enjoy every single bit of this journey. Definitely a recommendation to everyone who enjoys high altitude cycling and mountain scenery!
Cheye Lincoln-Hill, Australia
A wonderful, memorable and challenging experience made all the more amazing with the non-stop support of the dedicated and friendly crew. We cannot wait for our next two wheel adventure..
Bryan Pooley, New Zealand
There was not much that a cyclist could complain about on the ride. The organisation was really good with Raju always available to help out when those small incidences such as punctures occurred and the guides could not have done any more to assist us to achieve our goals and make the ride an enjoyable and fun trip. The food was excellent and the camp team were always as helpful as they could be. Overall, a really good team and thanks to my fellow riders for making a challenging trip so enjoyable. An experience to remember.
Bill Silvester, Australia
Another awesome trip. Fantastic support from the local team, and another excellent group. Only problem was it finished too soon - please could you make the road a bit longer next time!
Kenneth Fant, Sweden
I went on this tour because I wanted to go on my bicycle in the Himalayas, with the security of support. But I wasn't really prepared for the impact the scenery and the mountains would have on me. For me this was a fantastic trip with everything into it. Amazing mountains and challenging cycling, a true adventure with a great support from the local crew. Still looking back to this tour and feeling very lucky that I had the possibility to go on this tour. Will never forget it.
Neil Kelly, Sheffield, UK
What an adventure. Be under no illusions, it's tough but the rewards of this amazing country far outweigh any difficulties. There can be few more impressive roads in the world than the one from Luang Prabang to Kasi and we had a real sense of achievement looking back at the distance we'd travelled. The absence of bus transfers with only leisurely boat rides instead was a massive bonus.
We were so sad to have to say goodbye to Ken and his team after all their tireless work and endless enthusiasm. They gave us such an insight into the Laos psyche which, trust me, is something you want to have and keep!
Gillian Pastuch, Sheffield, UK
Where do I start...
The only word I can use to describe this trip is 'epic'.
I've been on three cycling trips before with another tour operator which, at the time, I thought were hard. I now realise that they were like a gentle Sunday afternoon pootle through the countryside compared to this one!
This trip is intense - but you will get out of it what you are prepared to put in and the rewards and sense of achievement that you will feel at the end of it are fantastic. You will be exhausted (physically and mentally) though, so be prepared for that!
You are travelling for a lot of the time in places that are totally off the beaten track (in a country that is quite 'off the beaten track' to start with). Expect conditions to accord with that fact - there is little tourist infrastructure so many hotels/guesthouses are far more basic than you might expect elsewhere in the world.
Many roads are in a terrible state of repair, but that makes for epic days in the saddle!
The support team is amazing - the most helpful, cheerful, kind, entertaining team that I have had on any trip. Always there with a Beng Beng and a cuppa at each rest stop. Ken is always there with an entertaining (or, at times, terrifying) story, too.
Many, many memories from this trip will live with me for a long time. The children literally jumping up and down with excitement, shouting 'Sa bai dee' at us crazy cyclists actually brought me to tears at times. The Buddhist ceremony at the homestay (with mobile phone interruption) was incredibly special (and slightly hilarious). The shower in a shed will live with me for longer than I would perhaps like.. The view from the hotel on the reservoir was probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches as a pre-cycling breakfast will be firmly established in my training regime for life.
This is not an easy holiday. If you want an easy holiday, pack yourself off to a tourist resort for two weeks.
If, on the other hand, you want to see a beautiful country, meet wonderful people and challenge yourself in any number of ways, book this trip. You won't regret it.
Michelle Tarvit, Australia
Omar & Elias were exceptional guides - super hard working, friendly, conscientious, helpful and fun! Fantastic group of people. Delicious picnic lunches everyday! Great bikes. Would definitely ride again with redspokes!
Alison Blattman, Australia
The guides put in 110%. They were extremely knowledgable, attentive to the needs of all, tireless workers, yet relaxed, friendly, and a lot of fun. Great mechanics too.The bus drivers were were skilled and you could relax in their hands. Each day the ride would be different, yet all were memorable, and many times, challenging. With the Andes as a backdrop sometimes it was difficult to concentrate on the road!
King Ho Tan, Hong Kong
I was very impressed with Raju and his team, for being so attentive, caring and ensuring that everyone's well being are well taken care of. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone.
Phillip McNeill, New Zealand
Overall, the redspokes Peru/Bolivia trip was a fantastic experience with a variety of challenging cycling, both physically and mentally. Fantastic scenery, particularly at the high passes. Also a very social trip with opportunity to enjoy a drink and chat about the experience. Great support and company from Omar, Angel and Julio who were very friendly, professional and only too happy to go above and beyond. Had a ball!
Jerry Bolton, Jersey, UK
Superb trip and the only one I saw offering a trip through Peru to Bolivia and staying in guesthouses/hostels. The cycling is hard (but meant to be) and the views are unimaginable. Very good value for a very good trip. This is me at the top of the pass leading into Death Road. Top speed 42.7 mph. Total calories burned in tour 52,000. Longest descent 45 miles. Longest drop 3,500 metres
Ian Hadden, British Columbia, Canada
I really didn't know what to expect on a cycle trip in China, as I've never been on anything like this before. Well, it's safe to say, I'm hooked. Every day was a new adventure, you never have 2 days the same. We rode on everything from brand new paved roads to red clay trails, and everything in between. I loved the fact that we knew there were alternate routes on better (busier) roads or highways, but we always seemed to be taking the longer, more scenic, and quieter path. Our guide, was always there to answer any questions , but never once did he rush anyone like there was a time limit, we just got there when we got there. Our support driver was never too far away with water, treats, and of course the coffee stops. Riding thru dozens and dozens of villages, I learned real quick that you should have your camera ready at all times, as southern China really is a photographers dream. If you want to experience the real hidden China, I highly recommend the redspokes trip.
Sarah Meldrum & Jeremy Bolton, Edinburgh, Scotland
Great trip exploring a new country. A nice mix of hard cycling with some easier days and some great swimming opportunities to relax.
Sandra Groenewold, The Netherlands
Excellent tour. Every evening it was made clear what was to be expected the next day. The cycling distances were as described and good to do. There is always a speed difference between people, some people want to go fast, others like to go slower and maybe take pictures. Therefore, our tour leader made it clear that there was no need to hurry and people could take their time.
I think the tour leader Eduardo did an excellent job, kind of a perfectionist. Sometimes it was difficult to find a guest house or breakfast but he was searching a whole evening for breakfast in a town and the next morning he found something. This is what I call real customer service. Also his crew, when something on the bike was not ok, it was fixed within minutes. And the guys on the truck and the bus were always friendly and helpful as well. Only compliments from my side.
Kerstin Sieben & Kolja Stille, Breman, Germany
Many thanks to the redspokes team and the local guides for making this holiday unforgettable! Cycling through beautiful hilly landscapes, lovely people, food to die for- best way to explore Kerala. It was amazing!
Jeff Riley , London, UK
Thanks Dermot for helping me discover and appreciate new countries with cyclists who share the distinctive design of the redspokes experience.
Lots of cycling, adventurous tours that attract adventurous people. I've had two redspokes tours and they were both fabulous.
Chris Darke , Oxfordshire, UK
This is a tough trip with long cycling days and extreme attitudes and depending on the time of the year it can also be cold. But the compensation is wonderful vistas and the experience of very different cultures. From Mountains, to Everest base camp, to bustle of Lhasa and in particular Kathmandu, to the decent from 3,700m to just over 1,000m on the worlds longest cycle decent along a river valley which from a beauty perspective truly takes your breath away.
If you like extremes this is a trip not to be missed thanks to redspokes.
Corina Naughton, Dublin Ireland
The cycle group were really great, everyone got on well. Albania was interesting probably more developed than I was expecting. I loved that we had a chance to visit some of the ancient sites, even if a bit hot. Mountains were beautiful and swimming in the sea is a real bonus on a redspokes trip!
Steve Lahey, Scarborough, Australia
Nepal is a fabulous place and Ox and his team go out of their way to show you everything the country has to offer. They want you to experience all of their culture, if you want something they haven't thought of they will try and get it for you but don't be too harsh if it is not the Nepalese way it is what will bring us back again and again. Enjoy the Nepalese Flat!
Robert Thomson, Western Australia
This was an amazing experience and a really worthwhile tour. We rode on every kind of surface possible from smooth roads to almost impassable rutted stony tracks. Ox was a great leader with very good local knowledge and everywhere we went people knew and admired him. The scenery was often just so spectacular and quite unforgettable.
The Nepalese people seem blessed with the happiness gene, and were friendly everywhere, no matter how poor (and there is a lot of poverty). Any mechanical issues were sorted out on the road by the support crew - no problem. Thanks redspokes!
Family Mulligan-Bennett, Bellingen, Australia
Our tour of North West Vietnam with our 14 year old daughter was so much more than we were expecting. Every day was interesting to the degree that it was hard to know what to look at: mountain people in traditional dress, a couple ploughing with a buffalo on a scarily steep slope, the school children trying out their English and easily keeping up with us on their vintage bikes, and beautiful scenery of mountains and rice fields. Our daughter managed extremely well with the help of our tour team and we only used the van for around 40km on some of the steepest climbs. A totally brilliant trip.
Reggie Johnston, Berkshire, UK
Well, what an incredible adventure! Extreme and adventure seem to equal "Exhilaration" and this trip has it is bucket loads. It was well thought out and paced by Raju, the stops were well planned for effort and acclimatization, the scenery is breath-taking both figuratively and literally- the altitude takes some adjusting to, and you feel a sense of pride in doing it by bike rather than motor bike or bus! The support team are simply superb and the food is plentiful and freshly prepared every evening.
Angela Thomas, Matamata, New Zealand
I cannot rate this tour highly enough. Arjan our guide was amazing. When my luggage didn't arrive in Tirana he followed up to see where it was and had it delivered to our hotel before the start of our tour the next morning. What a beautiful country and lovely people. There was quite a few undulations.
Cressida Dawson, Jussy, Switzerland
This was a fantastic tour - what an amazing country. It was really well organised an our guide, Arjan was great - helpful, very well informed and immensely proud of his country. The accommodation was very good, the bikes in good condition and easy to ride, and great food.
Katherine OpieSmith , London, England, UK
Great trip! One of the best I've been on.
Alice Appleton, Leeds, England, UK
A wonderful trip, very well organised and with a superb support system so that everyone who could ride that day/section was encouraged and enabled, but anyone who was sick or otherwise couldn't ride was assisted swiftly and with compassion but no fuss. A great adventure - thoroughly recommended.
John Fisher, Leeds, England, UK
From stepping off the plane in Delhi to riding the highest mountain pass in the world the trip was special and full of extremes and beauty. There were very tough moments and the challenges were met by a great group of people helped and guided by the local people, The support and back up were fantastic and with everyone coming home in one piece a great testimony to a well planned expedition.
Julie Watkinson, Edinburgh, Scotland
As usual, redspokes gets you to places that other tourists generally don't see, and that comes with its own challenges - the accommodation can be "rustic" at times! For me that just adds to the appeal... you can't beat a bit of reality once in a while.
I can't praise the staff enough - I can honestly say I've never been so well looked after on a cycling trip! Kalayar is an angel and nothing is too much trouble for her and her team. The scenery on this trip is fantastic but what made it for me are the Burmese people - they're the most amazing smiley, friendly, gentle people I've ever encountered and cycling in their country was an absolute joy.
Matthew Conduit, Toronto, Canada
"This was my third redspokes tour and it won't be my last! Everybody should run to see Burma now before it changes forever. As always redspokes got me to places away from the main tourist draws, off the beaten path, which made me feel like I was the only foreigner for hundreds of miles. And with the wonderful local guides I was always made to feel at home even though I was only a visitor."
Jim Ball , Kidderminster, England, UK
This trip was made be Mr Chan and his crew. Nothing was to much trouble also all bikes were checked every night problem or not.