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Tour Level Ratings

Our itinerary descriptions provide daily mileage to help you determine if a bicycle tour is suited to your physical capabilities and interest. You’ll also find a note about the trip’s terrain on the “Tour Facts” page of each tour. The purpose of this page is to offer a general explanation of our rating categories.

Bike Tours 101

Perfect for people looking for mostly flat terrain, or those newer to cycling. Also great for families traveling with younger children (8 – 14).

  • Average daily mileage: 50 – 57km (30 to 35 miles). Be sure to check the day by day itinerary description for the tour you are considering for specific mileages.
  • Terrain: 101 tours offer flat to gently rolling terrain. You might also encounter one or two steep short climbs (less than a mile). You’ll find specific information on the “Tour Facts” page of each itinerary where you see the tour rating.

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Bike Tours 201

For riders who prefer a combination of flat and rolling terrain with moderate climbs on one or two days. An excellent compromise for friends who have diverse riding abilities.

  • Average daily mileage: 50 – 57km (30 to 35 miles). Be sure to check the day by day itinerary description for the tour you are considering for specific mileages.
  • Terrain: 201 tours feature mostly flat and rolling terrain with moderate climbs on one or two days where you might gain up to 2,000 feet. Some 201 tours may have some longer mileage days of up to 50 miles over fairly flat terrain. While others may have days of 30 - 40 km (20 – 25 miles) with steeper climbs. You’ll find specific information on the “Tour Facts” page of each itinerary where you see the tour rating.

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Bike Tours 301

For riders who enjoy some climbing every day. These tours are best suited to intermediate level recreational riders. Fit beginners will likely do well but may want to shuttle on days with steeper climbs.

  • Average daily mileage: 50 to 75 km (35 – 45 miles). Be sure to check the day by day itinerary description for the tour you are considering for specific mileages.
  • Terrain: For 301 tours expect cumulative daily climbs of 1,500 – 2,000 feet and several days of climbing in excess of 3,000 feet. You might encounter some longer mileage 80 – 90 km (50 -60 miles) days with rolling terrain. You’ll find specific information on the “Tour Facts” page of each itinerary where you see the tour rating.

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Bike Tours 401

For cyclists who love to climb (and descend)! If you haven’t trained or are an inexperienced rider you will find these trips very challenging and will likely need to shuttle regularly.

  • Average daily mileage: 50 to 75 km (35 – 45 miles). Be sure to check the day by day itinerary description for the tour you are considering for specific mileages.
  • Terrain: 401 tours are challenging. Expect the possibility of longer mileage days of 80 to 100+ km (50 to 70 miles) with rolling terrain, or some sustained hills for considerable distances - think mountain passes, or steeper (+5%) climbs that come with regularity and could be as long as 10 km (6+ miles) . You will have gains of 1000 meters (3000 feet) on a third of the days. You’ll find specific information on the “Tour Facts” page of each itinerary where you see the tour rating.

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Bike Tours 501 - ExpeditionPlus!

Our ExpeditionPlus! tours designed for strong riders looking for the challenge of riding across countries or continents. Long daily mileages means limited van support so we recommended these tours for riders who feel confident that they can ride every mile.

  • Average daily mileage: 120 km (75 miles). Be sure to check the day by day itinerary description for the tour you are considering for specific mileages.
  • Terrain: Expect and be prepared for any and everything.

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REMEMBER

It is almost always possible to adapt the day’s ride to how you are feeling either by taking advantage of the support van, or asking tour leaders for additional mileage. Many itineraries also feature longer and shorter mileage options.

Need More Miles? On just about every day of every tour it is possible to add miles to the day. Just talk to your tour leader about the options.

Need Fewer Miles? If you aren’t sure about your abilities or how much you want to ride remember the support van is available to offer snacks, encouragement, a lift over the next hill, or to the next hotel. You are on vacation and we’re here to help make it perfect for you.

Free Fitness Programs by Joe Friel, a nationally recognized fitness expert! We offer 12-week cycling training programs designed for all fitness abilities and customized specifically for ExperiencePlus! tour ratings.

Chalk Dust Arrows. Remember, no matter what level of tour you choose ExperiencePlus! uses chalk dust arrows to mark our routes so riders can take the day at their own pace! Whether you prefer to stop at every gelateria, take a hundred photos a day, or push to achieve a new personal best you’ll be happy on our tours.

If you still aren’t sure if a tour is right for you give us a call at 1-800-685-4565, or email us at tours@experienceplus.com we’d love to help choose the perfect bicycle vacation for you.

 

 

Tour rating 101 for ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours

Tour rating 201 for ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours

Tour rating 301 for ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours

Tour rating 401 for ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours

Tour rating 501 for ExpeditionPlus! Bicycle Tours