How To Plan A Cycling Holiday

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Now is the time to start looking and booking – whether you’re going to France, Italy, the Canaries…anywhere in the world, you will have to plan your cycling holiday in advance to get the best out of your trip. Cycling holidays are great fun. Not only are they used for training, but it’s also a pretty good excuse to socialise with your mates get a bit of sun, relaxation and top up your tan lines!

Where to go on a Cycling Holiday

Choosing your destination is the very first part of planning your trip. We’ve written another blog post dedicated to cycling training camps covering temperature, popularity, where to stay, price, and equipment:

Cycling Training Camps


Cycling Training Camps

The chance to get away from the everyday routine of work, cooking, cleaning, training early in the morning or late at night for a couple of weeks to get some quality training in really helps set up your base fitness in preparation for the summer. We take you through all you need to know about planning your trip away to a cycling training camp.

2016-03-23 14:33:26By Elizabeth Demetriou

Before we get started with the essentials of planning, if you’re part of an organised cycling holiday that is being hosted by a company, then give them a call or an email to double check what equipment they will provide, and what equipment you need to take with you.

Transporting your Bike

Before departing on your cycling holiday, first things first – are you bringing your own bike? If not, then you have no worry about the main piece of gear. However if you’re taking your own bike with you on your trip then you’ll need to think about bike transportation. The last thing you want is to be worrying about your bike whilst your are trying to enjoy your flight.  A good quality bike box from Scicon will relieve you of your worries. All the major pro teams from around the world are choosing Scicon to pack their bikes as they are safe, sturdy and easy to use.

What to Bring on a Cycling Holiday

  1. Cycling Clothing

    Then you have to consider what cycling clothing to bring with you. You have to dress for the weather, essentially. We have a very handy guide on what to wear cycling in a variety of temperatures. Our quick top tips would be to pack away a gilet, arm and leg warmers and a race cap for your essential accessories.

  2. Food & Nutrition

    Because you’re on a cycling holiday, not only will you be cycling many miles on a daily basis, but you will also be cycling in higher temperatures than you are used to in the UK. Therefore, thinking of food and nutrition is key. You’ll need a mixture of both energy drink and gels, recovery gels and bars, as well as solid foods such as a banana or flapjacks. This is to ensure that you have enough energy on your ride and also as you’re burning off more calories than normal, you can fill up your stomach with the solid foods when you get hungry!

    You can stock up on Myprotein Endurance nutrition for the holiday, so that you have plenty to hand.

    Here’s a checklist for you to tick off each when packing for your holiday:

    • Energy gels
    • Energy bars
    • Electrolytes
    • Water
    • Two bottle cages – one with a bottle of water and the other with an energy drink
    • Recovery gels
    • Recovery bars
  3. Tools & Maintenance

    You have to be careful when planning your tools as they can be bulky and heavy leaving little room in your cases. It would be great to take absolutely everything you can think of but chances are you wont have the space. If you cant take everything you want, the best thing is to prioritise. Anything else you think you may need, you would have to buy out there. You simply can’t plan for every eventuality. So from our experience you will need to take:

    • Mulitool with a chaintool on it
    • A hand pump
    • A spare tyre
    • Couple of inner tubes
    • Puncture repair kit
    • A cut of piece of tyre in case of blow out when out on the road
  4. Tech

    Don’t forget your tech! Okay, so you’re heading out to your favourite destination and you can’t wait to get out there and explore the roads. The world is your oyster.

    • Cycle Computer

    So there is nothing better than seeing everything you want to and with a Garmin edge 1000 GPS unit, this will help you navigate around your rides without the worry of getting lost. Even if you have chosen to meet up with group rides, it’s reassuring to know you can find your way back if you got left behind for whatever reason.

    With the Garmin you can also have instant uploads to Strava without having to plug the device into a computer. See instantly what you have been doing and log every mile – so don’t forget it plus a charger!

    • Sports Camera

    3…2….1 Action! Capture the best moments on camera without having to stop – carry a camera or take your hands off the bars. In fact, if you want to try something really tech-y Sunnycam sunglasses have a built in camera! So if you want a memory of the best bits of your holiday then this is the best camera on the market for the job. (Plus it saves space in by being a two in one!)

    • Electronics

    If you have a bike with di2 on it then don’t forget your charger! You don’t want to be caught out with no gears half way though your holiday!

If you have any Questions please feel free to ask us using the hashtag #PBKtips – We hope you have a Happy holiday and let us know what your getting up to in pictures using the #YourRide

Elizabeth Demetriou

Elizabeth Demetriou


I'm a runner at heart but since shin splints became a big part of my life, I turned to cycling as a form of cross training. I love riding track and am a regular on the Manchester velodrome; on the road I ride a Trek Lexa and I call it Toby.

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