“The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau
Photo Credit: Dave Nartin of Mountain Leon
Fittingly, with #wednesdaywisdom making its weekly feature on social media, there aren’t many activities that produce as many motivational, inspiring phrases as travelling. In particular, travelling alone.
As cyclists, riding in a group is one of the most appealing aspects of the sport. The combined effort, friendly competition and moments of togetherness can make long days on the bike feel significantly shorter. However, there’s a lot to be said for embarking on a lone ride. Whether that’s through your local fields or in the shadows of the famous European climbs, the sense of freedom to go wherever you like for as long as you like is often incomparable.
We want to encourage people to jump on their bike, regardless of whether they’re heading off on their own, with a 25+ strong cycling club or anywhere in between. With this in mind, have a look at three of our favourite single rider holidays below and “travel alone. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn something about yourself”. Ok, enough quotes.
What makes Port Pollensa such a popular cycling hub, besides its access to the famous Mallorcan climbs and location on the glorious sandy beaches, is the feeling of togetherness that all cyclists experience when travelling here. Those visiting the island on their own will be greeted by hundreds of other cyclists made up of other single travellers and larger clubs and groups. It is a great place to meet like-minded individuals after you’ve all returned from an unforgettable day of cycling. The hotel we recommend most is located in the heart of Port Pollensa and tailors specifically for cyclists with storage, incredible meals and a number of places to unwind.
Those seeking a mix of single rides and group rides can easily jump onto our guided rides. These run every day of the week and tailor to different speeds and experience. It’s a great way to meet others and experience the island with the help of a knowledgeable guide.
Few places boast the rich history, stunning medieval architecture and incredible access to climbs like Girona. The Catalonia city is a hotspot for cyclists from all over the world due to its accessibility to climbs such as Vallter 2000, the Rocacorba and Els Angels. Those travelling here on their own can lose themselves in the undulating hills before enjoying a relaxed stay in the charming city.
If you’re seeking a true cycling adventure, look no further than Asia. From the central coast of Vietnam to the Noto Peninsula in Japan and the Nubra Valley in India, you’ll find that the magnificent continent has something for everyone. Our cycling holidays in Asia all come with the assistance of a local guide. Join a small group of cyclists and bond over the remarkable scenery, rich traditions and unique, authentic lifestyle that each country and region provides.
This is the perfect way to explore a new country on your own. Benefit from the guides and knowledge without worrying about accommodation, food, luggage transfers and directions.
For more advice about travelling alone, give our team a call on 0207 157 1519 or email [email protected].