Italian Cycling Tours Ride Difficulty
A’QTO trips are designed for cyclists. All of our trips are physically challenging, but some more so than others. Our Italian Trips, Weekend Escapes and Adventures in Australia are all designed to take you “past your usual level” on the bike, and then provide great rewards off the bike.
You will need to be comfortable riding in a small group with other riders and using clipless pedals. If you are out on your bike 2-3 times per week, then you will do fine and have a great time.
We will support you every step of the way, with guides with local knowledge, mechanical and first aid experience, and a support car always follows the group. We will often break into two groups if required, but you will always have a guide and/or follow car with you.
A’QTO Travel trips may include terrain that you may not be used to cycling on day to day. On our weekend escapes and on some of our Italian adventures, there is a small component of gravel, which helps us stay on the quiet country roads and explore the road less travelled. Of course, some trips including L’Eroica and our Steel and Gravel Adventures are all about the gravel.
Each trip is rated from 1 to 5 for difficulty, and our difficulty legend below gives you a good idea of the intensity, who the trip is for and if it is right for you. Please also feel free to talk to us anytime.
To get the most out of your trip, coaching in the months leading up can be really helpful. Tailored coaching packages through our recommended partners will be offered during the booking process.
These trips are not about your times and who beat who up the hill. These trips are about the joy of being on a bike in new and beautiful landscapes. Rolling through vineyards in the morning and having the time to have a leisurely lunch or drink by the pool in the afternoon.
The Rider: “I ride once per week.”
The Terrain: 40-50 km and approximately 500m of elevation a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable.
These trips allow you to explore the best, quiet country roads in the surrounding area.
The Rider: “I ride my bike a couple of times during the week at a decent intensity”.
The Terrain: 60-80 km and approximately 600m to 1000m of elevation a day over undulating terrain.
This is where the real adventure starts. Take on some climbs and explore roads you never knew existed, surrounded by spectacular scenery and dramatic views. You can expect longer days in the saddle, safe in the knowledge that you will be supported at all times.
The Rider: “I ride a couple of times during the week and have a longer, harder ride on the weekend”.
The Terrain: 80-90 km and approximately 1000m to 1500m of elevation a day over consistently undulating countryside, with occasional longer climbs that are well worth the effort
This is where the going gets tough, with longer, harder riding through more challenging and varied terrain. Expect tough climbs as well as some tricky descents.
The Rider: “I ride over 4 times per week and always try to put as many hills into the ride as possible.”
The Terrain: 90-120 km and approximately 1600-2000m of elevation a day in more mountainous country, with longer climbs over repeated days.
These are the toughest trips we offer. Serious training is required for these adventures, which have been put together to challenge even the most capable riders.
The Rider: “I ride at least 300km per week and will be training for this trip for months.”
The Terrain: 120-150 km and over 2400m of elevation per day over mountainous terrain, and a couple of long, steep climbs and technical descents. These routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.