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Book a DIY cycling holiday with Bikecation

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27 Mar 2019
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This article first appeared in Issue 56 of Cyclist magazine

For the truly adventurous cyclist, nothing beats creating your own DIY holiday. And while the internet has made this easier, you still run the risk of booking yourself onto a flight that’s stuffed with hidden charges, or into a hotel that barely resembles the picture in the advert.

Unless, of course, you book everything through Bikecation, whose website is a one-stop shop for anyone specifically looking to take a cycling holiday.

It allows you to pick flights that factor in bike-shipping costs, airport transfer options which are bike box compatible, car hire at your destination, as well as hotels that have been vetted for their suitability as a base for cycling.

All of which means that you can be confident that however you travel and wherever you end up staying, both you and your bike will be well looked after.

As a cyclist-focused service, Bikecation deliberately seeks out accommodation that not only has secure storage areas for bikes, but also offers access to tools, mechanics, washing facilities and laundry services.

You can even arrange for bike hire, too, if you decide to really make things easy on yourself.

If you know where you want to go, booking through the website couldn’t be easier, and is just a simple case of selecting your destination and checking out the options.

Where it really comes into its own, though, is if you don’t know where to head or are hunting for inspiration, because if you dig below the surface of it you’ll find stacks of expert advice, insights, maps and routes.

In fact, its user-friendly interface is a really fun way to generate ideas about where your next cycling adventure lies.

Just explore its drop-down menus and use them to search for a break based on anything from an iconic climb to trying out rides that take you well away from the roads.

Great-value packages are also offered to the best riding destinations in Europe, as well as guided tours and entry to Gran Fondos or major sportives.

And, if none of that appeals, it can, of course, help you to invent and plan your entire itinerary from scratch.

As you might imagine from a company that offers that level of service, you won’t be left hanging once you’ve booked either.

After you’ve picked and paid for your holiday, you’ll be sent downloadable routes and gpx files for the best rides to try once you reach your destination.

You’ll also get travel tips from Bikecation staff who know the local area well and can point out things like what to see and where to eat without getting ripped off.

There’s even 24-hour after-sales assistance and, as the company is both ATOL and TTA bonded, all your bookings are protected.

Plus, if you sign up to their newsletter you’ll not only get first dibs on some superb money-saving deals but a rather cool free cycling cap as well!

• See bikecation.co.uk for details.