Tour Grades

We use a simple grading system that gives an idea of the level of fitness and riding experience required for each tour. Tours that include an element of technical difficulty will have this clearly explained in the Itinerary and Features. Remember that grades are only ever an indicator, and often the trip can be customised to your ability, especially if you’re booking as a group or family. If you want to talk about your suitability for a certain trip please let us know.

Grades:

Grade 1: Our easiest tours require some basic fitness and the ability to cycle for up to 4 hours per day on flat or easy, rolling terrain. Off road sections will be smooth and easy to negotiate and demand little or no previous MTB experience.

Grade 2: These tours demand a better standard of fitness and cycling ability, usually gained through regular exercise and cycling. There will be some hills, with a maximum daily height gain of 600m, and these tours may need you to be in the saddle for up to 6 hours per day. On MTB tours some off road experience is preferred (but not essential).

Grade 3: These tours are similar to Grade 2 but involve longer distances and/or more hills- up to a maximum daily height climb of 1000m. Road or MTB surfaces can require some competent bike handling, though for the most part these tours are still suitable for all.

Grade 4: These itineraries are designed for keen cyclists with a good level of fitness who can cope with full days in the saddle and over 1000m of climbing. MTB tours require good bike handling and some off road experience, although difficult obstacles can always be avoided. Suitable for most cyclists with a keen attitude and adventurous nature!

Grade 5: These tours really do require a substantial amount of fitness and plenty of physical fitness too! We’d expect you to have been riding (and preferably training) regularly, to have good quality equipment and the skills to use it safely and effectively.

If you are unsure, please contact us before booking!

9 thoughts on “Tour Grades

  1. Hi,
    I´m planning a mountain bike trip for my adventure club. We are 10 female looking to bike in the Turkish mountain, something like Cappadocia single track tour. Could you send me a proposal and a plan and recommend accommodation. We will be needing a guide. I think our level is between 4 and 5.
    We are thinking about 7 days trip, flight days from and to Iceland included.

    Looking forward to hear from you.
    Regards,
    Brynja

    • Hi Brynja. We can certainly organise a perfect singletrack tour for you! I´ll send you an email with some options and prices! All the best, Jon

  2. I am interested in a self-guided bike trip in Turkey for 4 people. From your description, a level 2 trip would be the best. Are either of the two SG trips you describe manageable (i.e.: level 2)? What is the per person cost, what does it include, how much does it cost to rent a bike and what is the quality of the bikes. Are road bikes adequate for either of these trips? We need to travel in the later half of June. I look forward to hearing from you. Mary

    • Hi Mary, Thanks for your enquiry. I’ve messaged you directly, but yes, the Cappadocia Self Guided itinerary is suitable for level 2 ability. The tour is partly on dirt roads however so a road bike isn’t really suitable. We have good quality Specialized Rockhopper Comp MTB’s for hire. All the best, Jon

  3. I am interested in a self-guided bike trip in Turkey for 4 people. From your description, a level 2 trip would be the best. Are either of the two SG trips you describe manageable (i.e.: level 2)? What is the per person cost, what does it include, how much does it cost to rent a bike and what is the quality of the bikes. Are road bikes adequate for either of these trips? We need to travel in the later half of June. I look forward to hearing from you. Mary

  4. Hello. My husband (Dylan) and I are planning to spend 5-6 weeks in Turkey in Sept-Oct 2013. We are avid cyclists (both road and mtn) and want to spend some time on bikes during our visit. (We may have 4 other friends w/ us during part of the trip.) We have explored your website and are interested in both the Aegean and Cappadoccia trips. We have done bike trips and prefer self-guided but want to begin a dialogue w/ you about all options. Looking forward to hearing from you and creating some great travel plans. First questions: Cost of self guided? Can we seek out our own evening meals rather than have restaurants chosen for us? Do we have access to shuttle vehicles as described in the guided tours IF we do self guided? Type of bikes for rent or should we bring our own?

    • Hi Kelly. Yes, of course self guided is possible! I’ll send you an email direct with some suggestions, prices etc. Thanks again! Jon

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