What to expect – our groups
Our guarantee: on Epic Climbs cycling holidays you'll find the group that suits your riding style and your ability, so that you can cycle without pressure and with people like yourself. You can change group whenever you want. It's true that our routes are generally challenging, but you have the fitness, and you'll find companions who will ride the mountains at your pace - relaxed, steady or hard.
The relaxed group...
...prioritises pleasure. You will fit in well here if you prefer to take things a bit easier. There's no rush here - after all, we have all day long. So you can enjoy a week full of passes and marvellous mountain scenery if you are confident enough to take on the difficulty of the route.
Are you the sort who likes to have a cappuccino in the sun on a terrace, and take in the superb Alpine scenery? The relaxed group has plenty of stops. The lunch break is more drawn out, and there's always time for a coffee.
When there is a choice of distances to ride, you usually do the shorter one. On the flat you'll be doing an easy pace of between 25 and 28 km/h. In the mountains, you will climb between 500 and 650 m/h.
The steady group...
...rides longer distances at a moderate pace. Are you a decent cyclist hoping to see plenty of sights, and happy to sit in the saddle a bit longer? Or an experienced hobbyist? If so, you'll fit in well here. Of course, you'll need a bit of endurance and grit, but in this group you'll get the chance to stretch yourself...
In this group, you and your companions benefit more from drafting. There are fewer, shorter stops.
When there is a choice of distances to ride, you usually do the longer one. On the flat you'll be doing an efficient pace of between 28 and 30 km/h. In the mountains, you will climb between 650 and 850 m/h.
The hard group...
...drives a tough pace. Are you the sort who likes to push on and attack hills and short climbs? If so, here you'll find like-minded riders who will create a great group spirit and offer you a sprint to that mountaintop finish. Which is not to say that we ride through the country with blinkers on - you can, of course, enjoy the great scenery while riding quickly.
As you'll be taking turns at the front with your companions, you should have some experience of riding in a group. Stops are rare and kept short.
When there is a choice of distances to ride, you do the longer one. On the flat you'll be riding at 30+ km/h. You will climb between 850 and 1100 m/h.