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VeloRoo Tips & Packing Suggestions

Packing Suggestions

What VeloRoo will provide for you
  • performance Road Bike
  • Helmet
  • Saddle – whilst our bikes come with their factory fit saddle we highly recommend that you bring your saddle that you know and love
  • Pedals – VéloRoo has Look / SPD SL / SPD MTB model pedals, however if you use a different model please bring those.
  • Spare parts – basic repair items will be on board the vehicle
  • Snacks and nutrition throughout each ride
  • VeloRoo souvenir water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • VéloRoo Jersey / Cycling Shorts / Gloves
What you will need “on the bike”:
  • One spare cycling jersey (generally your kit will be washed daily and ready for your next ride – but it’s safe to have one back up)
  • One spare pair of cycling shorts / bib knicks (once again your kit will generally be washed daily and able to dry overnight but just in case of cloudy weather)
  • undershirt / arm warmers / leg warmers depending on the season
  • light cycling vest and / or rain jacket (especially on the Pyrénées tours)
What you will need for “off the bike”:
  • Hat / Sunglasses / extra sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Walking Shoes
  • Neat casual attire
  • Jacket / light jumper for cooler evenings
  • An appetite for good food and wine!
Other items to remember:
  • Luggage – one suitcase and one carry bag – make sure your suitcase is manageable as at many places on the remainder of your European holiday you may need to carry your suitcase up old French stairs!
  • Photocopy of travel documents and passport
  • Chargers for your phone / camera / laptop etc
  • Travel adaptor for your chargers

Tips

Care of your Cycling Kit

To keep your lycra in tip top shape

  • never wash your kit in water hotter than 30 degrees Celsius
  • never use fabric softener

Live, Laugh, Ride …

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A word from our clients

Don’t take our word for it - here's some comments from happy VeloRoovians

Pyrenees Autumn Challenge
Just came back from the dream vacation with VeloRoo doing the October Pyreness Challenge 2019, and it still feels like a dream! A great friend of mine did the July Pyreness/South of France, and spoke highly of the experience and had no doubt that I would love the route and the VeloRoo experience knowing me and my riding attitude.

It turned out to be better than what I could have asked for. Pre-trip, Julia was super responsive and helpful in providing all the trip information. She also went above and beyond to help find travel logistics on transporting from different parts of Europe to the meeting point of the Pyreness ride. It’s like a Genie helping you find alternatives and solutions on making a trip work! It is really good to be assisted and informed.

We had an intimate group like CyclingStealth11 pointed out, riders from quite a few countries and two non riders. Everyone was a bit anxious about the toughness and possibly other riders being super competitive. It was a relief that with Captain Steve and Neil’s lead, we really focused on “enjoying the climb and view”. The views around Pyreness was just amazing! Every climb is scenic, but scenic in a different way! Steve would pointed out the spots not to miss, I was so thankful when other riders would just stop, and take pictures of the spectacular view! We sing, we laughed, we made jokes, and we climbed (oh and we coffee break, too). We followed Neil like little fans asking of stories. Great hearing everyone’s stories along the way as well! These are special friendships made, that I would like to keep! : ) I already want to go back already while typing these out.

The food and accomodation was great, too! It was nice getting to taste the local specialty. I love being able to try and learn of the local, and embrace the friendliness of the local people from Pyreness area. It is a very unique experience. My mom joined us from Taiwan as a non-rider. She got to see the sights we rode, stopped at great viewing point, and also had a special hike with aforager. This was a special experience to mom at Pyreness even off the bike! Thank you, Julia and Steve for making this work for mom!

Who should consider VeloRoo?
- If you are looking for a great cycling vacation experience that is a little bit more budget friendly
- If you are cool with fully enjoying the view, letting go the baggage, speed, and stats
- If you like an awesome guide, who is more like your family (brother) rather than a scripted tour guide
- If you are not a good planner like me, and can get some help from the amazing Julia
- If you want to have the down to earth local experience, not fancy masseuse/racing crews or personal chef following you

There are also options of routes to consider! So find a route that suits you, and don’t be shy to send the email for more information. It will be an amazing experience whichever VeloRoo tours you decided! Speaking from my earnest experience. : )Took Pyrénées Iconic Climbs Challenge in Oct 2019
Riding with Steve as a tour guide made the difference. As a group of three MAMIL's, we booked two days of riding with Steve ... Having Steve as a tour guide significantly improved the whole experience from the distance covered, the speed, the hills, the countryside, the views and, of course, the cafes and restaurants!
Steve is a top bloke for both having a laugh and learning from so in conclusion; lots of exercise, lots of fun and a quality bike ..... hassle free and worth every penny.Took Guided Day Rides in France in May 2017