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Tour of Corsica - Road Cycling
By: Glenn Rowley , Director of KE Adventure Travel
I cycled this route in 2013, just before the Tour de France landed in Corsica. I usually bike in the Alps and was blown away by the diversity of the riding. The wind caught me out going around the top of cap Corse but the ride down the coast to Porto was some of the best coastal riding I have done. Little detours inland through quiet Corsican villages was a treat and made me appreciate the chilled Corsican way of life.
On the third day, we headed inland and over the cols, specially prepared for the tour, and guess what, all the speed bumps had been removed through the villages and there was plenty of new tarmac. Heading back up the east coast was the first straight road of the trip but we were soon going back in time through the chestnut forests of Castagniccia before arriving back in Bastia.
Enjoyed the food, the beer and wine and the sheer diversity in just a week. Count me in for the first trip in 2014!
Tour de France Cols of Mont Blanc
By: Dan Moore, USA
Our leader, Glenn Rowley, was especially good at predicting how long it would take each cyclist to complete trip segments. This was quite helpful in adjusting the effort needed to complete them. He also had good advice regarding appropriate clothing to wear for different segments. We never got separated from Glenn so there was no confusion along the route.
Geneva to Nice Road Cycle Tour - Best of the Alps
By: Leslie Short, Perth, UK
Great scenery and superb views. Nice mix of people and good socially throughout the day and in the evening at hotels.Great chance to tackle some really big, well known climbs at a reasonable pace. Not too frenetic...a chance to have a coffee and chill at certain times and take in the views. Lived up to expectation and more. Was somewhat tentative before leaving about my ability and fitness levels for such big climbs and descents but pleasantly surprised. Known about KE for a long time through climbing mags and visits to the Lake District over many years. Knew they have a good reputation for organisation of good trips of all sorts.
Tour of Gran Canaria Road Bike
By: Richard Balmford, Hampshire, UK
I Most enjoyed; challenging but achievable riding, and the fact that it involved a round tour rather the rides from a fixed base. In this instance I picked a trip which matched a fixed week, the KE trip looked exciting, provided good information, and the staff were very helpful.
Turkish Mountain Bike Delight
By: Chetan Patel, UK, London
The guide Khadir was great and set a good pace to accomodate for the fittest and also the slowest. Both tour leader and support vehicle were always on hand and fixed any mechanical problems and punctures.
The two guides were amazing. Very well organised and the local tour guides bike equipment hire was top level. The bikes they have available are high standard so you can be confident of the equipment.
The support vehicle was always at hand with replenishments. The food and stops were always planned well and I can't actually complain about anything on this trip. As a mountain bike photographer i'm considering going back next year.
Ride the Kasbah - Mountain Bike Morocco
By: Helen Dace, Berkshire, UK
Mustapha really made the trip the fantastic experience that it was. The jeep support drivers were also excellent, and we had great fun. Fantastic holiday, my first (hopefully of many)cycling holiday experience.
I most enjoyed finding out about local culture(eg tea in a nomad cave with nomads), fantastic scenery, feeling healthy through so much exercise!
Road Cycle Tour of Toubkal
By: Louise Buttery, Cumbria, UK
Excellent work by Mustafa, during the first day in snow he had a good frame of mind and energy which improved our spirits and did this throughout the trip. He gave us information on the local area. Excellent leadership, I'd happily spend time on another trip with Mustafa leading.
We also had Jo on the trip, who has the amazing ability to switch between being completely hilarious to being utterly professional. Both these being brilliant characteristics in such a group situation. Her presence really improved the trip and was much appreciated by everyone.
Bhutan Thunder Dragon Ride
By: Paul Beven, England
The trip was initially advertised as "intermediate" - but was modified to "difficult" - which it was. It was advertised as slick or semi-slick - in fact large parts of the ride were over rubble/sand/mud/water/ice. There were multiple 30km+ climbs which are several hours long and somewhat tiring. It should be emphasised that temperatures at a campsite in the Himalayas 3300m above sea level are going to be minus 10.
Mountain Bike the Annapurna Circuit
By: Paul Taylor, Lancashire, UK
A good trip,not as hard as indicated in the brochure in my opinion. We had a laugh,on the trail and in the evenings , a small group but all had previous experience. I think as the new road develops the trip will certainly become shorter. We finished early afternoon on all days maybe a longer route into mustang would make even better trip with the same time period. I rode 98% of the trail,which was a lot more than advertised
Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Traverse
By: Martin Doonan, Den Haag, Philippines
Nothing like I expected; everything I hoped for. While I was surprised by Tibet and Nepal, the whole trip was excellent, smoothly organized and just what I was looking for.
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Cheeky Costa Blanca
With a choice of low cost flights into Alicante, and perfect all year round sunny weather, no wonder Costa Blanca is a hit with Pro Cycling Teams!