Tour Difficulty Ratings

For cyclists, there's no better feeling than riding the perfect stretch of road. The most sweeping descent. The gnarliest trail. The scenic path with the postcard views of the countryside. Rides that can't be put into words, and simply have to be experienced.

Because there are no compromises when it comes to finding the very best cycling route in some of the most exciting and remote destinations on the planet, it's important to make sure you're prepared for the physical and technical challenges involved on any cycling tour. Our tour difficulty ratings are designed for every style and level of cyclist. From roadies, to mountain bikers, to weekend riders, and even active travelers, all seeking the ride that fits their level of fitness or desired challenge.

Use our difficulty ratings to find the cycling trip that fits within your limits, or challenges them.

Excursions Difficulty Ratings


Easy Excursions tours are short sightseeing rides, and usually half a day in length. Total riding distance is no more than 20 kilometers on flat roads in good condition. Easy tours pack in plenty of stops to take photos, listen to the guide, or just take a break from riding. These short tours are suitable for most riders and most are family-friendly.

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For a slightly longer ride, go on a Leisure Excursions tour. Flat to undulating terrain keeps things interesting while still offering a fun and relaxed cycling experience of less than 30 total kilometers. Leisure Excursions rides are ideal for beginning cyclists or active travelers with decent fitness.

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Escape the tourist trail with our Moderate Excursions tours. Longer rides further into the countryside, mixed terrain, and more potential for climbing add an element of challenge and adventure. Moderate Excursions tours average no more than 50 kilometers a day, but keep a comfortable pace so you still have time to stop and take photos and enjoy the ride. Cycling experience and a reasonable level of physical fitness is recommended.

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For the adventurous cyclist with only a few days to spare, Active Excursions tours make the most of your time in a destination. These tours are both fun and challenging, and can average over 50 kilometers of riding in a day, or traverse terrain with multiple larger climbs. Most Active Excursions tours incorporate off-road riding on non-technical tracks, or combine cycling with another adventure activity such as kayaking, rafting, or ziplining. Cycling experience and good physical fitness is highly recommended.

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Our Hard Excursions tours offer true adventure and physical challenge in a shorter amount of time. These rides incorporate challenging cycling elements such as technical off-road sections, sustained climbs, or long distances. Regular cycling activity and good physical fitness is strongly recommended.

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Touring Difficulty Ratings


For a gentle introduction to cycling holidays, our Easy trips combine seeing the best of a destination with light bicycling activity. Short days of less than 30 total kilometers and on flat terrain mean riders can focus on taking in the sights and sounds of the environment without having to physically struggle. Daily rides include frequent stops to take photos or explore, and plenty of time off the bike. Easy trips are ideal for those new to cycling or for families with younger children.

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Leisure trips are for cyclists who prefer to take in the surroundings at a comfortable pace. Average daily distances of 45 kilometers make for longer days than our Easy trips, but terrain is still flat and on roads in good condition. With no climbs or technical sections, Leisure trips are for the recreational cyclist or traveler with reasonable fitness, or for families with older children.

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Moderate trips are for the recreational cyclist looking for a bit more of a challenge. Riders can expect distances of over 75 kilometers on flat terrain, or maximum daily climbing of up to 500 meters over a shorter distance. Moderate trips have more variety in day to day riding, and can include a longer or more challenging climbing day or two. Road conditions may be rough or hard-packed dirt, but with no off-road or technical sections. Cycling experience and good fitness are strongly recommended.

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Cyclists looking for more of a physical experience will find it on our Active trips. Longer distances of over 75 kilometers on undulating terrain, or up to 1,000 meters climbing over shorter distances provide more of a challenge for fit cyclists. Active trips require cycling experience, but not technical expertise, as most road conditions are tarmac. Riders should be comfortable making sustained climbs, being in the saddle for longer, consecutive cycling days and for tackling one or two especially difficult riding days.

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Off-the-beaten-track destinations don’t come easy, and our Hard trips explore mountainous, remote, and high altitude destinations by bike. Confident cyclists looking for a consistently challenging trip will find it, with many daily distances of over 75 kilometers and frequently steep, hilly terrain. Road surfaces are often rough with potential to go off-road entirely. Cycling experience, including off-road, and regular training are highly recommended for our Hard trips.

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Extreme trips push the boundaries of what’s possible on a guided cycling tour and are for cyclists with a high level of skill, fitness, and a taste for adventure. Locales are exotic and remote, with basic support and comforts. Terrain is challenging and often steep with high possibility for rough surfaces and off-road sections. Riders should have experience with physically and technically challenging trips, and be prepared for consecutive, long cycling days of more than 75 kilometers and 1,000 meters of climbing. Extreme trips are our most challenging for the experienced and physically fit cyclist looking for a truly unforgettable adventure.

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Road Difficulty Ratings


Short and sweet, like a ride down to the cafe. Our Cafe tours are pure and simple rides on flat terrain, averaging under 100 kilometers of total cycling distance. Ideal for the road cycling newbie, mixed ability group, or the cyclist wanting to take a look at their surroundings for a change.

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The sweet spot for the rookie cyclist, Intermediate tours are shorter stage rides on flat or light climbing terrain. Maximum daily distances of 120 kilometers with no steep hills let you set your cadence and enjoy the ride. Intermediate tours are suited for cyclists who prefer century rides and minimal climbing.

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The ideal ride for the puncheur, the all-rounder, the enthusiast. Endurance tours encompass rolling hills, long rides on flat terrain, and a challenging climb, or several. Day to day variation in difficulty keeps things interesting and won’t force you to choose between enjoying the ride and experiencing an exciting destination. Endurance tours are best suited for cyclists able to handle over 120 kilometers on smooth terrain, or a shorter distance with average daily climbing under 1,000 meters.

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Fondo tours are exciting rides for the amateur cyclist looking for more out of their experience. Consistently challenging distances of over 100 kilometers per day, jaunts into steepville with some leg-testing climbs, and a tough, ride-affirming day or two make for dynamic and satisfying riding. Fondo tours are ideal for cyclists with experience tackling demanding ascents and riding multi-day tours.

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For serious cyclists looking for challenging, multi-stage rides. Etape tours feature quintessential cycling terrain with multiple tough climbs over long distances, frequently venture into steep topography, and hold enough wildcard days to continually test power and grit. Expect daily climbing of over 1,000 meters (and then some), and over 100 kilometers of pavement. Etape tours require confident and ambitious cyclists with experience and stamina to meet the challenge.

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For the grimpeurs of the world, Pro tours present some of the most demanding terrain you’ve ever ridden, and won’t soon forget. Consecutive 120+ kilometer days, daily climbing in excess of 1,500 meters, high altitude cols, and extreme gradients make up the ultimate Road test. Pro tours are designed for experienced cyclists with strong stamina and fitness, but beckon those who relish the pain of intense physical challenge and seek rides that reaffirm their love of the sport.

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Trails Difficulty Ratings


Flat, off-road riding on hard-packed dirt roads and wide jeep tracks that aren’t technical. These rides are through open countryside and involve minimal climbing, while still incorporating a few fun, but manageable, descents. Suitable for riders with non-technical cycling experience.

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Let’s get technical! Sport rides cover mixed terrain from farmland to forest, steppe to stony riverbed, and beyond. Longer distances mean much of the day can be spent admiring the view from the saddle, or standing out of it on some sweeping descents! Expect some climbs, obstacles, and lots of fun. Experience off-road riding is recommended.

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Longer, off-road rides with technical elements and single track sections. Advanced rides traverse mountainous territory, with frequent daily climbing of over 750 meters, sometimes at high altitudes. These trips go remote, where vehicle access isn’t always possible, and technical skills and physical stamina are a must.

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For the rider experienced on technical terrain and long, challenging off-road trips, our Expert rides offer a new kind of challenge. Expect truly out-there adventure with intensely technical tracks, incredible descents, and sustained climbs over rough terrain to get you there. High altitude and remote locales with only the most basic amenities are par for the course. A high level of physical fitness and solid handling skills are strongly recommended.

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