How fit do I need to be?
You need a good level of cycle fitness to enjoy Glaudax as it's long-distance and it's hilly, because hilly = scenic! You should be capable of comfortably riding 160 km (100 miles) on a moderately hilly route in 8 hours or less (excluding stops). Our daily distances are less than that but you will need to rest and recover five nights running so you can do the same again the following day. The Tour is a challenge for any cyclist, but will be no fun if you are not fit enough, so if you have any doubts, please contact us to discuss.
What type of bike do I need for Glaudax?
A lightweight road, touring or audax bike is going to be best, with a good range of gears for the climbing. Make sure it is thoroughly serviced: new tyres, brake blocks/pads and cables are strongly recommended.
Riders of less conventional machines, such as tandems, trikes and recumbents, are also welcome to join our Tours. If you select this option on the Booking Enquiry Form, we will contact you to check the cycle type and dimensions to ensure that we will be able to accommodate you in the Glaudax van in the event of you requiring the rescue service. If you want to join a tour using an electric bike, please contact us to discuss before booking.
Is there a rescue service?
Yes there is! This is a key part of the Glaudax service. We expect riders to carry (and be able to use) basic spares and tools – a multi-tool, a puncture repair kit, a pump and a couple of spare inner tubes. But if you are stuck due to a mechanical problem, or for any other reason, you can call Richard and Tony and we will come to your aid in the support van. We will be carrying some basic tools and spares such as 700c size tyres and tubes, as well as brake and gear cables. In agreement with you, we'll either...
help you get back on the road if possible
take you and your bike to a bike shop
take you and your bike to the evening destination
take you and your bike to a railway station
Can I do Glaudax if I am under 18?
Yes, as long as you are fit enough (see above) and you bring a responsible adult with you.
How will I navigate?
longer battery life
better visibility in bright daylight
no dependency on mobile phone signals
How will you find me if I break down in the middle of nowhere?
Where do Glaudax Tours start and finish?
If you need somewhere to stay near the start/end of the ride there are several places nearby but you will need to book yourself. The Greyhound in Aldbury village (0.2 mile from the start) has nice rooms, otherwise Premier Inn Tring (4 miles from the start) would be a more budget friendly option. Both offer secure overnight bike storage.
What if I have a question not listed here?
What does 'supported cycle tour' mean? Is there a guide?
Supported cycle tour means that, as well as transferring your luggage from hotel to hotel every day, we will be out on the road with you every day of your Tour offering you support and encouragement and an emergency rescue service. You should be capable of dealing with minor mechanical issues, such as punctures, but if you get stuck or are incapable of continuing your day's ride for any reason, we will be just a phone call away. We will also be staying at the same overnight stops as you, so we will see you every evening when you arrive to give you your luggage and oversee the storage of your bike, and again in the morning as you leave. Additionally, if you are not feeling well one day, or if the weather takes a particularly nasty turn, we are able to transfer riders and their bikes for a whole day's stage. This level of support should give you the peace of mind you need to successfully complete a Glaudax Tour.
There is no guide – this is a self-guided tour, meaning that you will follow the route we have prepared for you but we won't actually be cycling with you. In many ways this offers you the best of both worlds because you benefit from our expertise in devising superb routes for you, but you are free to cycle at your own pace, stopping whenever and wherever you feel like it. But don't stop for too long – you've still got plenty of miles left to go before you reach the day's destination!
How fast will I have to ride? Do I have to keep up with the group?
It's important that you ride at your own comfortable and moderate pace, saving your energy for the hills and the days ahead. Glaudax is a marathon, not a sprint. Each rider will have the route and should be sufficiently equipped and confident to ride independently. It is likely that groups of similar ability will form naturally, so you may have riding companions for some of the journey. You should be confident that you will be able to maintain a minimum average speed of 20 km/h (12 mph) on the road (excluding stops), so that you should complete the typical 130 km daily distance in 8-9 hours including stops.
What about locks and security?
- Overnight your bike will be stored under cover in a secure room or building at or close to the hotel/guest house. Please note that in some instances this facility may not be accessible by unconventional cycles such as tandems or trikes – in that case your cycle will be locked overnight in the Glaudax van.
- Please note that neither our accommodation partners nor Glaudax Cycle Tours can accept responsibility for any losses or damage which may occur.
- For additional security we recommend that you bring a good quality lock/cable combination (in your overnight bag) to secure your bike and quick release wheels.
- You should ensure that you have adequate cycle insurance to cover loss, theft of or damage to your cycle away from your home.
- On the bike along with your multi-tool and puncture kit we recommend that you bring a lightweight lock for quick use when popping into a bakery etc. This will only act as a minor deterrent so it is advisable to lock your bike to a fixed object and to try and ensure you can see your bike at all times.
What happens in the event of poor weather, or if I am not feeling well one day?
If you are not feeling well one day, or if the weather takes a particularly nasty turn, we are able to transfer riders and their bikes for a whole day's stage.
What are the accommodation arrangements?
You will stay in a range of hotel and guest house accommodation. Breakfast is included and we ask you on the booking form if you have any special dietary requirements.
How does the luggage transfer service work?
Every day after breakfast when you are ready to set off, you give us your overnight bag, we lock it in the support van and take it with us to the next hotel or guest house and give it to you when you arrive.
Do I need insurance?
We recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance cover at the time of booking to cover you for the duration of your Glaudax Cycle Tours trip. Please ensure cover includes loss of or damage to your luggage and personal items, and cancellation or curtailment of your trip.
What if I need to change my dates or can no longer do the Tour?
Please refer to our Terms & Conditions
Is the route all on-road?
Yes, there are no off-road sections. However, in designing our routes we try and use remote, quiet lanes as much as possible and road surfaces vary considerably – potholes and gravel are regular features! We therefore advise the use of appropriately sturdy wheels and tyres. Be prepared also for occasional sections on busier roads and in urban areas which cannot be avoided altogether.
Do I have to stay on the recommended Glaudax route?
No you don't, but we heartily recommend it! Our route may not always be the most direct route or the flattest but, after extensive research on the ground, we think it is the optimum route. Please also bear in mind that we cannot guarantee to provide our rescue service if you are not on the recommended route.
What happens if I am unable to participate in a Tour because I contract Covid or I have to self isolate?
Our normal cancellation terms will apply. In some instances it may be possible to transfer your booking to another date at a reduced rate but we cannot guarantee this and we will consider on a case by case basis.
Will my Glaudax Tour go ahead if any Covid-related restrictions (eg social distancing) still apply?
Yes, if we are allowed to run the Tours we will do everything we can to make them happen. We all need something to look forward to!