Bikestyle Tours – Information for non cyclists.
We are often asked if non cyclists, particularly partners of cyclists, can travel with us on our cycling tours. The simple answer is yes, we accept non cyclists on most of our cycling trips. We may on occasions designate certain tours for “cyclists only” if we feel that it is unsuitable for non cyclists – please check trip details to see whether it has been marked as suitable for non cyclists before you proceed.
If you are considering joining one of our cycling tours as a non cyclist, it is important that you understand how our cycling trips work before booking with us. Please read the information below and if, after reading, you are still unsure – we encourage you to contact us by email or phone to discuss further prior to you committing to a trip.
Joining one of our cycling trips as a non cyclist can be a great way to enjoy a holiday with your cycling partner. If you are a non cyclist who does not have a cycling partner and still wants to join our trip – that’s okay too. Just take the time now to read below and see if a Bikestyle Tours cycling trip is right for you.
Our tours are essentially cycling holidays for cycling enthusiasts. They’re designed for cyclists to ride through beautiful roads, landmark climbs and experience the thrill of the Grand Tours; le Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, as well as other popular UCI races including the Tour of Flanders, Paris Roubaix, Amstel Gold, Tour Down Under and Tour of California. We also take time to experience some of the culture, history and scenic beauty of the areas we visit.
As these are cycling holidays the needs of cyclists take priority in the way we plan our tours. Our staff are mostly dedicated to looking after the cyclist’s needs. This does not mean that non cyclists are forgotten – but simply that on occasions, patience is required in situations where we may need to alter our plans to suit the needs and wellbeing of the cyclists.
Our tours will often stay in interesting and historic towns and villages, so there is always something for non cyclists to experience and explore off the bike in the locations we visit. We provide non cycling suggestions in your daily itinerary and, where possible, we will assist with sightseeing options. Unless you’re on a Bikestyle Tours “Spectator Trip” (exclusively for non-cyclists), there is no dedicated guide to look after non cyclists on our cycling tours.
Your tour leader will be there to assist you in any way they can during the tour, but remember they will be out riding with the group on most days. We may include some sightseeing options that both cyclists and non cyclists can enjoy, perhaps a winery or chateau visit, so depending on the tour you choose this can give you the chance to spend more time with your cycling partner and friends you’ve made on the trip.
As our tours generally follow a bike race as it travels around the country, it is inevitable that we spend time in a van, on a coach (or in some cases – a train, aeroplane or ferry!) travelling from one region to another. On these days of course, the non-cyclists and cyclists are together.
During the day it is often possible for non cyclists to travel in our coach or support van and meet up with the cyclists at a point during their ride. Our cycling routes often take the most scenic route between locations, so our non-cyclists gain a similar experience and share in the camaraderie found on our trips. This meeting place is often on the race route or in an interesting town, so there are normally things to see and do for a non cyclist, especially if you have an interest in watching a bike race!
We include dinners on a number of nights on each tour, including welcome and farewell dinners. These are a great chance for the whole group to get to know each other off the bike and enjoy each others company.