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Its official, cycling tours are now fashionable...

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by HJ, 22 Aug 2007.

  1. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    A report in Today's Herald say that cycle tours and holidays are now fashionable. Last summer brought a huge revival in cycling tours with some operators reporting bookings up 30%, it was revealed yesterday. And this year there have been even more people are taking to cycling holidays. So there you are, we are leaders in fashion :biggrin: xx(
     
  2. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    From the Herald:
    I think the market is even wider than that upper figure would suggest. There is an American company that puts on cycling tours to watch the TdF that charges USD10000 per week. They stay in private chateaux, have ex pros guide them, and I've seen them after the Alp d'Huez stage use their own helicopters to get back to their hotel without having to join the traffic mayhem with the rest of us.

    I think it shows that cycling holidays can fit in with anyones 'lifestyle', and are not just be for people 'who can't afford a car' as is so often assumed in this country.

    PS I know it's easy to knock these lifestyle cyclists, but I reckon they consider themselves to be the real thing. And it all must help: I'm sure as a result of their holiday, they insist their chauffears treat cyclists with more respect.
     
  3. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Location:
    Limoges or York
    It seems quite reasonable that an American company would have a 'wider' market.
     
  4. xilios

    xilios Über Member

    Location:
    Maastricht, NL
    $10000 a week? That would pay for several months of touring in Oz for us, we wish we had that much to spend on a tour.
     
  5. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    Yes I think most of us would be happy with that sort of tour budget!
     
  6. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I'm not sure I like being fashionable, let alone cutting edge. But I'm glad that more people are discovering cycle touring...it is fabulous!!
     
  7. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Has anybody heard how the Bigfella is getting on with his first tour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!