A summer holiday is a brief period of calm in our otherwise hectic lives: we all love to get away for some relaxation, recuperation and (hopefully) sunshine. But there is one downside to all this – time off the bike. That is, unless you’re willing to get creative about sneaking a ride in. Here are our top tips:
Early morning rides
There’s nothing more satisfying on a holiday than enjoying an indulgent lie in. Well, maybe you can indulge yourself in a different way. If you sneak out while everyone’s asleep, you can pound the pedals for a couple of hours and still be on hand to make your partner breakfast in bed on your return, earning some all-important brownie points.
Make it a family activity
It may not always feel like it, but cycling can be an activity that your whole family can enjoy… if you plan the right route. For a stress-free ride, plan a trip that takes you away from roads with as little gradient as possible – something like the Tarka Trail in Devon. You could also try mountain biking for an extra challenge to keep the kids interested.
Demonstrate the economic advantages of bikes
You’re probably going to be spending a packet on a summer holiday, so make it a more efficient trip by maximising the use of a bicycle. Sure, you could take public transport to those local Roman ruins – but it’ll cost you a fortune and everyone will end up hot and bothered. Taking the bikes will be cheaper and far easier.
Go somewhere cycling friendly
If you book smartly, you can pick a resort where bikes are imperative for getting around. A lot of Center Parcs and similar resorts are full of woodland paths that are essential to use for your enjoyment during the holiday. If you go to one of them your family will have no choice other than to saddle up.
Hire a pedalo
Well, it’s better than nothing, isn’t it?