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We are dedicated to delivering fantastic cycling holidays through the most spectacular regions of the world, offering fascinating sceneries and immense cultural interest.

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 Dale Beames Cycling on the Colombia - Medellin to Bogota tour with redspokes

Dale Beames, Florida, USA
Colombia - Medellin to Bogota

 Dale Beames from Florida, USA rates our Colombia - Medellin to Bogota cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Before leaving for this trip I told my daughter that it would be either really bad or really good. I'm happy to report it was the latter. This trip in every way exceeded my expectations. Geovanny and Adrian had thought of every detail. They know the small towns we visited well and always offered something extra at each stop, be it a trip to a coffee farm or seeing scrambled eggs made with an espresso machine! Julian was an excellent bicycle guide and is an exceptionally talented cyclist. Adrian, Julian, and Javier were always available to answer questions, provide snacks while cycling, and help us get set in the hotels and with meals. I'm 59 years old and live in flat, flat South Florida in the US. I was worried that despite my preparation I would ride poorly up hills and at elevation. I wasn't fast, but I was able to complete all segments. Colombia is a beautiful place populated with wonderful people. My advice for those considering this trip: do it. Also: I rented a bike there and that turned out to be the best decision, other that signing up for the tour initially, I made. The bikes had hydraulic disc brakes for the descents and were geared appropriately for the ascents. The crew brought along knobby tired for the rougher roads. Every detail was thought out in advance. I'm already thinking about going back when they change the route!

Phillip Stapleton Cycling on the Albania - North to South tour with redspokes

Phillip Stapleton, Bognor Regis, England, UK
Albania - North to South

Phillip Stapleton from Bognor Regis, England, UK rates our Albania - North to South cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

I've been on a good number of cycle tours and this one was right up there with the best. Albania is a fascinating mix of the traditional and the modern with history a plenty and scenery to die for. The people were so friendly and the occasional drivers that passed, so courteous. Our guide, Aryan was excellent working tirelessly to show us the best that Albania has to offer. My advice is to go there soon before too many other people discover this gem.

Janet Rose Cycling on the Colombia - Medellin to Bogota tour with redspokes

Janet Rose, Colorado, USA
Colombia - Medellin to Bogota

Janet Rose from Colorado, USA rates our Colombia - Medellin to Bogota cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Colombia was everything I expected and more--great scenery and interesting culture. The roads were steep, long and challenging and the views outstanding. There is no such thing as "flat" in that area of the country. Adrian brought the culture alive. He was always finding places where he could give us a taste (literally) of the local culture including sugar cane juice and fresh cakes of sugar cane to put warm on crackers, bonuela (deep-fried cheese balls), arepa (corn tortilla at every meal) sometimes with salsa, cocoa beans, and a variety of juices from fruit we had never heard of. We also saw a family drying grass and making brooms and sombreros, a hat museum, a coffee plantation, and a farmer protecting rare and unique palm trees. Julian always made sure he knew where we were on the tough climbs and on busy city streets. Javier was always ready with fresh water and to take your jacket once the day warmed up.

Peter Dahlhus Cycling on the Laos - South to North tour with redspokes

Peter Dahlhus, Stenløse, Denmark
Laos - South to North

Peter Dahlhus from Stenløse, Denmark rates our Laos - South to North cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

I had a very good trip to Laos with Redspokes. It was a fantastic way to explore a country which I did not know much about before. If I should mention one thing that impressed me it will be the people - they are very welcoming no matter where we were. The scenery was also very beautiful and I enjoyed the bike cycling. All in all I am very happy for this tour!

Phillip Stapleton Cycling on the Albania - North to South tour with redspokes

Phillip Stapleton, Bognor Regis, England, UK
Albania - North to South

Phillip Stapleton from Bognor Regis, England, UK rates our Albania - North to South cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

I've been on a good number of cycle tours and this one was right up there with the best. Albania is a fascinating mix of the traditional and the modern with history a plenty and scenery to die for. The people were so friendly and the occasional drivers that passed, so courteous. Our guide, Aryan was excellent working tirelessly to show us the best that Albania has to offer. My advice is to go there soon before too many other people discover this gem.

Peter and Jannie Werkhove Cycling on the China - Yunnan tour with redspokes

Peter and Jannie Werkhove, Houten, Netherlands
China - Yunnan

Peter and Jannie Werkhove from Houten, Netherlands rates our China - Yunnan cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

The trip to Yunnan exceeded our expectations. Challenging rides in a beautiful mountain scenery, pittoresque villages, local ethnic minorities and markets. Our guide Tony and driver/cook Ken were doing great by arranging excellent food and hotels and by guiding us in local culture and language. The few showers that we had could not temper our enthusiasm. In all, this trip should be on your bucket list!!

Richard Bedal Cycling on the Colombia - Medellin to Bogota tour with redspokes

Richard Bedal, California, USA
Colombia - Medellin to Bogota

Richard Bedal from California, USA rates our Colombia - Medellin to Bogota cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Here is an article I wrote for our Cycling Club Newsletter:

BIKING COLOMBIA One of the first things I learned when preparing for our Colombia bike trip is that the country’s name is spelled and pronounced differently than the Ohio city with a similar name. After looking at the ride profiles provided by our bike touring company, I also quickly learned that the Andes are well represented in Colombia. Another clue that Janet and I were in for some challenging climbs was the 25 mile taxi ride from the airport to our Medellin hotel—the last 10 miles was all downhill, with a grade ranging from 8% to 15%. We were afraid we would be climbing this hill when we left this city surrounded by mountains. Watching the numerous cyclists zoom in and out of traffic and pass our already too fast taxi, on a windy road, did not allay my growing doubts of the wisdom in choosing this bike trip. Fortunately, the first meeting with our guides that evening was calming and made me believe I could do this. Although I was the oldest on this trip, our four cycling companions were not 20 or 30 year olds who I feared would only be seen at breakfast and dinner. Additionally, the guides assured us that the support van would always be available. Our first day of riding was on Sunday in Medellin (pronounced “med-a-gene” by the natives), with a population of 2.5 million. Not to worry. Every Sunday they have a Ciclovia, where they close some major roads to cars from 7am to 1 pm, to encourage physical activity, such as cycling, skateboarding, walking, running, etc. There are over 60 cities throughout Colombia that have a Ciclovia every Sunday. On the second day our guides had us leaving at 7am to avoid the commuter traffic. Apparently unbeknownst to the guides the Medellians are early risers. Although the natives are respectful of cyclists, they do not have a three-foot rule. Our cycling guide got us cleverly through town on some major roads, without any mishaps. Soon after we got out of town we were on rural roads, with little traffic, in the midst of beautiful green mountains and canyons. We stopped to take pictures, and then around the next corner there would be another beautiful view. The pictures I took really don’t do it justice. Besides the scenery, the people and their culture were a delight to embrace. Our guides, being from Colombia, are very proud of their country and enjoyed sharing it with us. We met many people, young and old, and had many enjoyable, memorable experiences. One that stands out occurred in a very small town. I was sitting on a curb with a 10 year-old boy who wanted to practice English. He took out his text book that had pictures of items. I helped with his English pronunciation and he helped me with the Spanish. Perhaps the most memorable is when Janet and I, while cycling, came across a young man who was using a machete to trim the vegetation on a bank next to the road. What first caught our attention was his ladder that was hand made out of bamboo. Janet asked, in Spanish, if we could take his picture. He thought a brief moment and said "Gringos." He wasn't being rude, judgmental or critical, but merely stating a fact. We chatted with him for a while in our meagre Spanish. He then posed and we took this photo. We liked him. He was much like all the Colombians we met—kind, friendly, self-assured, and confident, with a strong work ethic. Oh, lest I forget, bicycling up the hills was very challenging. Twice I had to use the support van. Once, when my blood sugar got too low, I got a ride up part of the way. On the other occasion, Janet and I were so slow bicycling up this long climb (27 miles and 5,800 feet of climbing), with lengthy stretches of gravel, we had to get a ride the last three miles because we were going to miss dinner. However, on another day I was able to complete a 50 mile day, with 7,500 feet of climbing and a 12,000 foot pass, the highest point of our bike trip. If anyone is interested in biking Colombia, I highly recommend Red Spokes Adventure Tours. We also used them when we cycled in Chile and Argentina.

Malcolm Thoms Cycling on the Albania - North to South tour with redspokes

Malcolm Thoms, Fife, Scotland
Albania - North to South

Malcolm Thoms from Fife, Scotland rates our Albania - North to South cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Albania: great holiday and people, excellent food and guide!

Malcolm Thoms Cycling on the Albania - North to South tour with redspokes

Malcolm Thoms, Fife, Scotland
Albania - North to South

Malcolm Thoms from Fife, Scotland rates our Albania - North to South cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

Albania: great holiday and people, excellent food and guide!

 Bernie Sheehan Cycling on the Sri Lanka - Classic  tour with redspokes

Bernie Sheehan, Killcare, Australia
Sri Lanka - Classic

 Bernie Sheehan from Killcare, Australia rates our Sri Lanka - Classic  cycling holiday at 5 out of 5

I highly recommend the Sri Lanka classic tour with wonderful guide Kasun Akalanka. It's a brilliant trip covering national parks, a tough uphill mountain day, meanders through rice field paths, undulating rides through tea plantations, a window into village life and immersion in tropical jungle. The food and varied accommodation are also highlights. 10/10.

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