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Road Cycling

GRADING - Road Cycling

Grade - green

The following provides an overview of how we grade our Road Cycling trips. For more specific information please check out the Trip Dossier for the relevant trip. If you ar ein any doubt about your suitability for a trip please get in touch and we'll be more than happy to offer some advice.

Our Green grade road cycling trips are our most accessible grade of road cycling trips and are designed for active people who like road cycling but are looking for a trip that is easy going with mostly flat or rolling terrain.

Our green graded trips are suitable for people new to cycle touring and looking for a different way to explore the country. On most days the itinerary is very relaxed and you can spend plenty of time exploring the natural and cultural history of the area as well as enjoying long lunches in some great locations.

Distances typically range from 25-35 miles each day with possibly one or two slightly longer days between key stages of the itinerary. The terrain is generally flat with one or two short climbs. 

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

  1. Are you generally active and enjoy riding a road bike?
  2. Are you up for a challenge, learning a new skill and having a lot of fun?

Green graded road cycling:

The Outer Hebrides (Grade: Green)

 

Our Trip grading system - Choosing the right trip for you

We have put together a range of grading videos which will give you an even greater understanding of what to expect on your Wilderness Scotland holiday.

Grade - blue

Our Blue grade trips are for people who regularly enjoy cycling and may have joined a multi-day cycle tour holiday before. On these trips you can expect rolling and sometimes hilly terrain. You are comfortable climbing and descending steep roads as long as there are plenty of stops for photos!

On these trips, harder days in the saddle are usually followed by easier ones both in terms of distance and the amount of climbing. On most days these trips offer lots of opportunity for exploring the surrounding area and enjoying relaxed lunches.

Distances typically range from 30-50 miles each day with typically rolling terrain. On some days you can expect some testing climbs and exciting descents.

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

  1. Are you happy being on your bike for around six hours each day for up to 6 days in a row?
  2. Do you regularly ride a road bike most weeks or have you done a multi day tour recently?
  3. Are you comfortable climbing and descending steep roads?

Blue graded road cycling:

The Grand Tour of Scotland:(Grade: Blue)

Grade - red

Our Red grade cycling trips are designed for committed cyclists who love cycling and spend many weekends each year riding their bike. You will enjoy the challenge of longer days and grin at the prospect of testing climbs and fast descents. These trips may involve several challenging days in a row with a significant amount of climbing, sometimes exposed to the elements.

Distances typically range for 40-70 miles each day through hilly and often mountainous terrain. These trips also include some of the most testing climbs in the UK.

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

  1. Are you happy being on your bike for between 6-8 hours each day for up to 6 days in a row?
  2. Do you ride your road bike most weekends during the summer and do the occasional longer multi day trips?
  3. Do you get excited at the thought of testing climbs and fast descents? 

Red graded road cycling

The Mountain Passes (Grade: Red)

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