It’s not just cycling retailers who are seeing a rise in sales as people change to pedal power. The holiday and travel industry is also benefitting. Exodus, the UK's leading operator of worldwide cycling holidays has just launched their new brochure for 2010 with nine new cycling trips and three long weekend two-wheeled adventures.
More and more people are choosing a cycling holiday, with Exodus reporting a six per cent increase in the number of people cycling in 2009. Andy Ross, Exodus Cycling Manager said: “Cycling has been prevalent in the media with the Tour de France 2009 and the rise of local rides and bike schemes in the UK and Exodus have reaped the benefits.
“It’s nice to see people are realising the rewards of biking. An Exodus Cycling holiday lets you travel at your own pace, guarantees plenty of interaction with local people, has minimal environmental impact and best of all, helps you finish your trip fitter than when you started! So what are you waiting for, come and join us on a ride this year.”
With the winter weather now upon us it doesn’t mean you have to put your bike away for another year. You can escape the daily grind and enjoy a two-wheeled adventure somewhere else.
A couple of the best new trips include: Biking in Bosnia in August - Eight days ‘Off Road’ from £999 including flights. The ultimate off-road adventure exploring the remote mountain regions of Bosnia & Herzegovina on an extensive network of mountain trails – all by bike. This trip is rated challenging and you’ll find yourself hurtling down gravel tracks and along stretches of natural single track.
If variety is what you’re after then try Mountain Biking in Costa Rica – Ten days ‘Off Road’ from £1,749 including flights with departures in April, August and October. This bike ride will cross rugged mountain and jungle trails, pass the active Arenal Volcano and involve riding along unspoilt beaches.
Exploring the back roads of Sri Lanka for 15 days is a cycling holiday that all wildlife lovers will enjoy. From your seat, you can see the tropical beauty of cool highlands, jungle parks and ancient Buddhist cities as you travel across this compact island by bike, from £1,349 including flights in February and April.
If you can’t make it that far and only have a small amount of time on your hands then there are three cycling long weekend adventures in France, including a self-guided tour of the Loire, and a shorter version of the popular eight-day trips in Burgundy or Provence.
For more information and to book visit www.exodus.co.uk/cycling or telephone 0845 863 9601.