Trip Suitability

Tour Grade Guide

We want all of our riders to feel thoroughly satisfied at the end of each day – without feeling too tired by the mileage, the climbing, or the weather, but feeling like they have really biked somewhere. Therefore, we have created a chili rating system to help you choose a bike tour well-suited to your abilities. Our ratings range from 1 Chilli to 5 Chillis and are based on a combination of distance, terrain, elevation gain, altitude, remoteness and weather that you will encounter on each bike tour. The main benefit of this grading guide is to provide you with an overall indicator to compare one cycling trip against another.

All our trips require basic fitness, preferably acquired through riding your bike. The fitter you are the more you’ll enjoy the riding. When deciding which cycling trip is for you consider both the level of physical fitness and the technical bike riding skill required. Please make sure that you have understood the activity you are undertaking and the requirements of the cycling holiday.

If you are in any doubt, please send us an email.

Biking Grade Guide
1 1 chilli = Easychilli =  Easy 

Suitable for anyone who can ride a bike and can manage a bit of exercise. There might be the odd climb and descent, but on the whole – easy! Distances of between 25-40 kms/15-25 miles per day.
2 2 chillis = Moderatechillis =  Moderate  

For the leisure cyclist who exercises regularly and perhaps goes for a weekend cycle trips on roads or trails at home. Fitness is more important than technical ability for tours of this level, as the road surfaces will be smooth and the hills gentle. Distances of between 40-60 kms/ 25-37 miles per day.
3 3 chillis = Activechillis =  Active  

Suitable for reasonably fit people who are confident riding distances. Longer cycling days mainly on tarmac, with potentially jeep trails, broken tarmac but no real off road. There may be some hills and descents but not too many. Distances of between 50-80 kms/ 30-50 miles per day.

4 4 chillis = Challengingchillis =  Challenging  

Long cycling days and tougher terrain requiring specific experience of more demanding and technical cycling. Vehicle support may sometimes be more limited; the routes can contain rough tracks, so some off-road riding skills are an advantage. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills. In some cases the distances may be low but due to heat or altitude, the riding is still a challenge.

5 5 chillis = Toughchillis = Tough

Serious expeditions designed for serious bikers, which are either unsupported or very long hard tours. Riders should be happy to undertake long tough rides up and down steep mountains or following very technical trails in testing conditions. A high level of fitness required, as well as proven mountain biking or road riding skills.
Still not sure what tour is for you?

Haven’t been on a bike since you were a child? Not sure how to change gears? Don’t exercise much? We suggest: 1 1 Chilli - Easy Chilli – Easy (Easy) 2 2 Chillis - ModerateChillis – Moderate(Moderate)

You are fit from walking, swimming or other exercise, have taken an active holiday before, but never a bicycle tour? You are a frequent cyclist, but have never pedaled more than 30 km at a stretch? Used to ride a lot, but getting older now and cutting back? 22 Chilli - Moderate Chilli – Moderate (Moderate) 3 3 Chillis - ActiveChillis – Active(Active)

For those that don’t bicycle often we’d suggest you get some ”saddle time”, to get used to spending time sitting on a bike seat.

More serious recreational cyclist or commuter? Marathon runner? Triathlete? You hate hills but you can do them? 33 Chillis - Active Chilli – Active (Active) 44 Chillis - Challenging Chillis – Challenging(Challenging)

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