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Five myths about our luxury cycling holidays

Posted 01 Jan 2016

What do you think when you hear the phrase “cycling holiday in France”? An easy, idyllic trip through rolling countryside, or an exhausting slog through the wind and rain?

What we've discovered through our years of organising bespoke luxury cycling holidays is that expectations vary drastically from person to person. To help you get the most out of your experience with us, we're busting the five most common myths about our cycling holidays.

Myth one: “I'm bound to come back skinnier”

As much as we'd love to tell you otherwise, cycling doesn't burn as many of those pesky calories as you might think it does. One hour of gentle cycling burns around 250-300 calories (that's about the same as that delicious morning croissant). It's not all bad news, though. You might not come back from your cycling holiday looking like a supermodel, but you'll definitely be healthier, stronger and fitter. We hope you'll have made some unforgettable memories, too.

 Myth two: “My holiday will be ruined if it rains”

Rain on holiday is the ultimate fear for a lot of us, who look forward to escaping to warmer climes to soak up the sunshine. However, on a cycling holiday in France, the rain can be a real blessing. Think of it this way: cycling through a refreshing shower is easier than sweating in the 35-degree heat. Just remember to pack your mac!

Myth three: “If I take along my GPS, it's impossible to get lost”

Part of the charm of rural France is its wonderfully rustic and unpredictable character. The terrain can be confusing or decidedly higgledy-piggledy at times. Before you know it, you're out of GPS juice. And you don't need us to tell you that charging outlets aren't exactly common out in the countryside. Take a spare battery and an old-school map with you, just in case.

Myth four: “I'm going to end up in a cyclist traffic jam”

There are few things worse than competing for space with hundreds of other, potentially slower, cyclists. Yes, cycling is immensely popular in France, but the trails are long and expansive and there's room for everyone. The occasional “bonjour” is all you need to worry about.

Myth five: “I won't be able to cover much ground in a day”

A lot of people worry about not being able to cycle for kilometre after kilometre. While you might not be Tour de France-ready just yet, you may surprise yourself. While you're busy admiring vast sunflower fields and picturesque vineyards, you might even forget about that thigh burn. The key is to build up slowly, and give yourself lots of breaks in the shade to fill up on nutritious snacks. Count up your kilometres on your last day, and give yourself a pat on the back.

Now that you're all clued in, all that's left to do is get planning your cycling holiday. Take advantage of our great savings of up to £75pp this summer extended until 30 June.

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