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E-bikes: what's the fuss about?

By Lucy Pierce
Posted 30 Jul 2019

E-bikes have become increasingly popular in recent years with many cyclists adopting e-bikes over normal bicycles. There is an option on almost all our holidays to upgrade to an e-bike, which means they aren’t limited to experienced or fit cyclists. 

What is an e-bike?


E-bikes are electric bicycles with a battery-powered assist that you can activate while pedalling. This means when your ascending a hill or when your legs grow weary, a small motor springs into action to give you an extra boost.

What are the benefits of using an e-bike?


The pedal assist will help you up inclines without you furiously pedalling or getting hot and bothered in the process. The assistance will reduce stress and impact on your knees and thighs, as well as enabling you to ride for longer and appreciate the stunning views.

Thanks to the technology over the years, you can barely tell the difference between an e-bike and a normal bike. The only give-away is a slight hum, or that you are overtaking everyone with ease!

E-bikes are an eco-friendly option as they emit less pollution per mile than motorbikes and cars. The battery can last between 35 and 100 miles before it needs charging, depending on the size of the battery, setting – can be eco or turbo – and terrain. 

Everyone can use an E-Bike

Cycling on a trek e-bike

Using an e-bike on our holidays


Our Softies’ cycling holidays in France and Italy are created around sublime views, historical sights, regional cuisine and fine wines, with your bicycle being your mode of transport. We avoid steep hills and mountains, instead opting for quaint villages, river paths and pedalling through vineyards.

Tried and tested

Our cycling experts have spent time getting to know our routes and trek e-bikes, which are now available on some of our cycling holidays.

“We have been providing e-bikes on our holidays for over four years now. The best thing about them is how they open an active holiday to almost anybody.” – Harvey, Head of Cycling

Our Tuscan Valleys e-bike holiday is a popular option when visiting hill-top towns, cypress-lined Roman roads and the wineries of Montalcino and Montepulciano. With an e-bike, you can cruise over hills and reach up to 30km/hour on flat roads without breaking a sweat.

Exercising couldn't be easier on an E-Bike

Cycling past lavender fields in Provence

Fresh air and exercise

Despite e-bikes making cycling easier, you’re still exercising and getting fresh air. The bike’s motor only provides electronic assistance, so you are still required to pedal. If you’re finding your cycle too easy, you can turn the assistance off to give yourself more of a challenge. E-bikes can improve your fitness as well as being able to cover further distances.

“My trip to Provence was made easy thanks to the e-bike. The slightly hilly terrain didn’t faze me and I was still getting good exercise!” – Marton, Cycling Expert

Enjoy the scenery

We want you to enjoy every aspect of your cycling holiday with us, which includes taking in the beautiful scenery and stopping when and where you like to walk around. Cycling on an e-bike lets you do this without being exhausted at each stop.

“I was sceptical of e-bikes in the past. I have now tried them a couple of times and I’m a complete convert! My favourite aspect is that you can cover more distance and enjoy the views instead of concentrating on pedalling.” – George, Cycling Expert

Enjoy the scenery more on an E-Bike

Cycling is made easy with an e-bike

Our Châteaux of the Loire cycling holiday includes plenty of opulent castles, medieval villages and lush landscapes. Taste the local culinary delights and brilliant white wines in between cycling.

Our cycling experts can help advise you on e-bikes, with the option to add them on almost all our holidays. See our e-bike holidays here, or call 0203 944 2157 to speak to our experts.

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