How Fit Do I Need To Be?
You don't need to be super fit as our Pedal Britain tours are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness.
LEJOG is a challenging ride. Therefore the more training you do beforehand will increase your overall enjoyment. Our section on training offers some great tips and a template structured plan to adjust to your own needs.
However, please do not hesitate to call if you have any specific concerns or want further advice on training.
What Sort of Cyclist Comes On Your Tours?
We have a mixture, from keen club cyclist through to newcomers looking for a challenge.
How Fast Do We Ride?
That is completely up to you. No one on a Pedal Britain tour gets left behind as our guides ride at the back sweeping people along.
The average touring cyclist will normally travel at 10-12mph. What we find is naturally 2-3 groups form and you'll always find one that suits your pace.
What Are The Groups Like?
There is no standard group. But generally people that undertake such challenges are a fun, friendly and adventurous lot.
Ages can range from 18-65 (but skewed normally to those 35 ) Groups also tend to be split 50:50 between those traveling alone or part of a group be it pairs of friends or occasionally larger ones from a cycling club.
Women only tours are something that we are looking to launch in 2017.
What Kind of Bike Should I Use?
For LEJOG we do recommend road, touring or hybrid cycles, although Mountain bikes with slick tyres is also an option.
But it's entirely up to you what type of bike you use, so long as it's in good working order. It's worth putting bike in for a full service before the trip.
Key thing is your comfortable, have trained with it or something similar and you're confident that on it you will get to the end.
As the road surfaces are variable we suggest 25mm width wheels, with good quality tyres that have plenty of tread.
Do I Need To Be a Good Bike Mechanic?
We don't expect you to be CYTEC certified!! You're cycling up to 1,000 miles therefore a few skills would be of benefit to you.
You are most likely to encounter a puncture or two on route, so knowing how to fix one is essential. Best to carry 3-4 spare inner tubes, pump, or CO2 gas cylinders with you, good set of tyre levers and a Multi-tool.
It would be useful if you knew how to change brake pads, adjust brake cabling and gears, but really not essential. Our qualified guides will help with adjustments and repairs along the way.
If you suffer a major mechanical breakdown we will loan you a spare bike and get your bike to a nearby cycle shop for repair (at your own expense)
The support vehicle does carry a limited range of spare parts. However within your day bag it's useful to have spare set of plastic cleats & appropriate sized speed link for chain (9,10 or 11)
How Much Luggage Can I Bring?
Please bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. We do request that you limit this to one item of luggage per person and that this is clearly labeled.
We also recommend you bring a ruck sack that can be left in the support vehicle as a 'day bag' to hold sun cream, waterproofs, extra gels etc. This helps limit what you carry and will be accessible at every break.
What Happens to My Luggage Each Day?
We want your holiday to be as hassle free as possible. So for you comfort we transfer your luggage each day to the next accommodation.
All we ask is that on setting out each morning you leave your fully labeled luggage and day bags in the reception. Don't worry we'll provide you with labels.
What Are The Group Sizes?
At Pedal Britain we want to ensure you receive the highest level of support possible. To this end we have a minimum of 10 people, but unlike other operators we also cap the group size at a maximum of 16 people.
We feel this ensures there is always enough in the group for good company, but not too many for it to feel overcrowded and your just part of a herd.
Do We Have Back Up Support?
Our back up van will pass the group at various times during the day and so help is never far away. We have spare bikes for serious mechanicals and carry a wide range of spares for any en-route repairs.
What are The Lunches Like?
They generally rolling buffets from between that are hosted in either local cafes or pubs. On some days Pedal Britain's pop up cafe will provide a substantial picnic lunch. Don’t worry if your cycling slowly we always make sure there is enough food for everyone.
If you want to have lunch at your own leisure we can provide you with a packed lunch. But please give advance notice of this so arrangements can be made.
Where Are the Evening Meals?
Whilst Evning Meals are not included in the cost of the holiday, Pedal Britain will make reservations each day for a group evening meal, so you don’t have to worry. These meals provide a great opportunity for socializing together and swap tales of the days events.
However attendance is purely optional and for each day a list of trip advisor rated alternatives will be provided so you can make your own choice.
Where Can We Do Our Laundry?
To remain social over the 14 days it’s advisable that you wash your kit at regular stages of the tour.
Pedal Britain will provide a FREE laundry service at a couple of points that will mean your kit is ready for collection the following morning. Some proprietors (we’ll let you know who) also kindly offer to wash a days kit for you, normally for free or occasionally a small fee.
Do I Need Insurance?
It’s highly recommended that everyone take out adequate insurance to cover against personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover.
What Kind of Clothing & Equipment is Needed?
Once your signed up Pedal Britain will send you a detailed ‘Kit List’ of what you should bring along, however do feel free to ask if you need further clarity.
"Absolutely superb, could not be faulted. The organization was brilliant!! Darren and Paul were amazing, so encouraging, helpful and always their when you needed them. An awesome team, THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Could not have done it without them"
R. Molloy (Aug 2016)
"The route took me to places I'd never been too, taking in the country lanes and using cycle routes to avoid main roads. I thought it was excellent, thank you Darren. This tour far exceeded my expectations. The whole group gelled together and the support team couldn't have been more supportive and encouraging"
David Large (Aug 2016)
"Simply brilliant, amazing 2 weeks. Would definitely recommend!"
G. Barber (Aug 2016)
"Pedal Britain is just fantastic. Darren, from the first emails to the support on the tour, you were always going beyond call of duty to ensure trip ran smoothly. I would highly recommend and will look out for your new routes in Europe."
Sheila Hale (Sept 2016)
"My first supported tour and it was the experience of a lifetime. Thanks Darren for making my cycling dream come true."
John Searle (Sept 2016)
"Simply loved everything about it. From the lovely picnic lunches, fun evening meals and the always happy smiling faces of Darren & Paul. Will be recommending to all my friends in the States"
A Sparkes (Sept 2016)
"Wow!! An experience I'll never forget. From the great guides, amazing route and excellent organization. I will definitely be recommending you to friends. Thank You"
Mary J Harris (Sept 2016)
"Group size was spot on. Met loads of new cycling buddies. Whole thing was organized brilliantly with guides doing a fantastic job."
Jason Barker (Sept 2016)
" I have just completed the 14 day LEJOG experience with Pedal Britain. Wow!! This has to be one for the 'bucket list' of cycling experiences. So much beauty in the 1000 miles.
Alan Muller (June 2017)
"If you fancy a challenge, enjoy beautiful scenery and good company then this is the trip for you. The 14 Days are extremely well organised, nice hotels and excellent support crew. Darren and Paul couldn't have been more helpful getting my bike fixed and generally being charming company. I would definitely recommend this trip"
Anne Chambers (June 2017)
"This is one of those trips of a lifetime. Its not easy but the scenery and riding experience are worth the effort. Darren and his Team's professionalism and knowledge are second to none."
Jamie (June 2017)
"Just returned from the LEJOG ride, perfectly organised, the PB team couldn't do enough for us. A wide range of abilities are catered for - so don't be scared - I'm a big slow rider - the team (I include in that the other riders) helped get me through. I'm left with a terrific sense of achievement - Go for it!"
Jules Kelly (June 2017)
"A wonderful 14 days cycling. Pedal Brtiain have struck an excellent balance between informality and structure in a supported ride. The scenery is stunning and the cycling challenging without detracting from enjoying the trip. Darren and his team are friendly, organised and helpful."
Hayley Toal (June 2017)
"My wife and I have just completed this fantastic trip. Great company , great scenery, great value and truly well organised throughout. We have no hesitation in recommending the crew for making this trip memorable."
Doug and Pat (July 2017)
"Really well organised tour through fantastic scenery by Darren and Paul, two cyclist who understand the challenge, what it takes and what makes a difference to those taking part. Leaves you to focus on achieving the challenge...no small feat in itself! Highly reccomended"
Pete P (July 2017)
"What an amazing 14 days cycling this is!! I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone looking to do a cycling challenge. Wild Atlantic organised everything fantastically from the transfers, great lunch stops, through to top class accommodation.
Darren and Paul cannot do enough for you to make it an enjoyable experience, with great banter thrown in for free. Thanks for a memorable time guys."
Dave B (Aug 2017)
Sarah and I completed LEJOG 14 day tour in Aug 2017. Best adventure we have ever had, the fantastic memories will stay with us for a long time. Thank you for the level of organisation that made the whole trip rum so smoothly can't wait for our next trip!
Sarah and Chris (Aug 2017)
Finished LEJOG with PB. Recommend these guys as organisers.Felt safe, secure & in experienced hands over the 14 days. Great guides, great accommodation, great group & some fab memories of a great ride
Jon Lamont (Aug 2017)
Generally the standard of accommodation was excellent. Beautiful, well planned scenic route. Excellent, very well organised. The tour guides were excellent. Very knowledgeable and considerate. Great fun too! Have already recommended Pedal Britain to my friends. Keep up the good work!
Pete D (Aug 2017)
Amazing an outstanding and rewarding challenge, thanks Pedal Britain for helping me make it all the way.
Peter Wheeler (June 2018)
Just returned from Land’s End to John O’Groats with Pedal Britain. It was an amazing 2 weeks made even better by Darren’s care and attention to detail and our guide Paul’s help and sense of humour. The routes were well put together with the brew stops always popping up at the right time and place. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Suzanne Perkins (June 2018)
I have recently returned from the July LEJOG. This trip has surpassed itself. Darren's organisation made all the tedious logistics disappear and all we had to do is pedal and enjoy the ride. The routes worked well and we were treated to 'brew' stops approximately every 20miles with the offer of delicious treats to keep energy levels up. Accommodation worked well and the luggage was waiting for you at the end of the ride making showering and kit washing available immediately. I big thanks to the Ride leader Paul too for keeping us on the right route.
Julia Kay (July 2018)
Having just returned from the July LEJOG would like thank Darren for an impeccably organised event - nothing was too much trouble and he always greeted us with a smile at every tea stop regardless of conditions. If your thinking of doing LEJOG I cannot recomend Pedal Britain highly enough.
Clive Ely (July 2018)
We have just completed the July LEJOG with pedal britain and I have to say it has been an amazing experience. We were both concerned that as relatively new cyclists (we bought our bikes in June 2017) we may struggle to complete the tour.
Darren and Paul put us at our ease and supported us all the way. Darren's organisation was faultless. We had an absolutely brilliant two weeks. We felt valued and cared for and both Paul and Darren went out of their way to ensure we had a positive experience. I would definitely recommend pedal britain to anyone considering this adventure. Thank You to you both!!
David & Sharon Heron (July 2018)