Our tours are generally around just 16 clients in total. This enables you to get to know your fellow cyclists better, and make new friends. We will eat together most nights, building camaraderie within the group. In some locations, there will be the possibility to go off and find a restaurant yourself, but most evenings are spent eating together. Have your bike collected from your door before the tour, and delivered back after the tour, just for an extra £30 each way ! This obviously only applies to mainland UK. On the tour itself you only need to carry the minimum of equipment and food. Your main luggage is transported from one hotel to the next by the support vehicle. The support vehicle will generally meet you between every 25 and 30 miles. So our average day is often around 75 miles, and you will meet the van at around 25 and 50 miles. At these ‘pit stops’ you will be fed and watered. hot drinks and cold water available, as are sandwiches, cakes, snacks etc. All your accommodation is booked and organised for you. All you need to do is ride your bike !!
We at ACT believe that you will enjoy your tour far more on your own bike. So we have a customised van that can securely transport your bike from your home to the start of the tour, and then back again. The front wheel is taken off, and then the forks fastened down with a quick release mechanism, holding it tight and secure as the van moves. The back few bikes are always padlocked in, while a mobile alarm is placed in the back over night when the van is full of bikes. For transporting your bike and delivering it to the start of the tour, we charge just £30, and a further £30 to bring it back. Far easier and safer than dismantling it, and taking it on the plane or train. The only adjustments we may make are to loosen the handlebars. If you are exceptionally tall we may need to lower the seat, but this is unusual, and not normally necessary. Enjoy your tour on your own bike, no fuss, no hassle, no problem. We recommend a touring bike or a road bike with 25 to 28 mm tyres. Mountain bikes are NOT suitable. The most important thing is that the bike functions properly and that you are comfortable riding it. You should make sure that your bike has suitable gears as there are some steep hills on parts of the route. You should also make sure that you are able to carry some spare food and extra clothing with you on the bike.
We advise clients to take their passports on ALL of our tours, except LEJOG. Even Ireland is easiest when carrying your passport. You are also required to have travel insurance for the duration of the holiday, although British passport holders do not require insurance to visit Northern Ireland. This insurance should cover cancellation of your tour due to injury or ill health, and help getting back to the UK if incapacitated.
ACT Cycling Tours runs supported cycle tours, featuring the iconic Lejog - Lands End to John O'Groats, plus cycle tours in Italy, Portugal, Ireland, France and Italy.