“Bicycles may change, but cycling is timeless.” ~ Zapata Espinoza
In the past several years there has been a dramatic increase in people interested in taking biking tours when they travel. One area that has seen the greatest rise in demand is point-to-point tours, like our Laos cycling tours that travel from Luang Prabang (Laos) to Chiang Mai (Thailand).
While many people who take these epic biking trips are avid cyclists and need only a little adjustment in their training (if any), not everyone falls into this category. Luckily, with some (or a lot of) training, just about anyone who can ride a bicycle can take a bike tour.
A couple of tips before you start:
- There is no substitution for spending time in the saddle
- Make sure your bike is properly fitted to you and that you have the proper gear
- Stretch before your rides and do a recovery ride (an easy day ride) after particularly big rides
- Complement your cycling training with some strength training at home or at the gym
- Always consult a doctor before starting any new training program and pay attention to what your body is telling you (don’t over train)
The following is an infographic about how to train for a bike tour (for beginners).
We realize that everyone is different, just like every tour is different, so the following is only a general training outline. For example, if you are already a regular cyclist, feel free to jump in wherever is appropriate to your current ability.