About Us

            

 

About Us

Holidays by Cycle is a non profit Social Enterprise, initially set up in 2013 to provide a European wide accommodation and cycle hire linking service and establish a business that promoted sustainable travel and less reliance on cars as a means of transport. With the growing popularity of cycling on holiday, the expanding network of routes, the increase in cycle hire outlets, improved integration of rail networks and the growing awareness of "green" issues the formula seemed ideal.  As the concept developed, it became clear that cycle tourism in Europe lacked any single point of reference that brought the resources, business and services together to enable people to arrange any level or type of cycle related holiday. Holidays by Cycle is now the only online resource that combines cycle hire, cycle routes, cycle holidays, rail networks and the only European directory of cycling friendly accommodation.


Social Enterprise

Holidays by Cycle has a clear agenda - to list and network cycle-tourism related services across Europe and promote cycling as a viable, sustainable and mainstream tourism activity. As a consequence we hope to assist the growth of this recognised area of sustainable tourism and support other European and global objectives to reduce carbon omissions within the tourism sector. On a more local level, we hope to assist private businesses (accommodation, cycle hire, tours etc) in linking their services in a way that further progress these aims as well as enhancing local economies. In this respect we trade for both social and environmental purposes. Using this service is free, however, we still function as a business and are reliant on trade to progress and enhance our objectives and therefore monetise the business through commission and subscription in respect of the companies and services listed. Profits will be predominantly reinvested to promote the businesses that list on the site and improve our appeal. Anyone directly employed to develop and administrate the business will be paid a fair wage, as directed by Social Enterprise UK Guidelines, and profits will not be used primarily to enhance the wealth of individuals or shareholders, although there may be benefactors. For more information about social enterprises, please visit Social Enterprise UK.

 

How it Works

Holidays by Cycle is for everyone, not just experienced touring cyclists or bike owners. You may want to have bikes delivered to your holiday accommodation for some relaxing local rides, arrive in Paris by train and spend a weekend experiencing the sights of the city on two wheels, or use the expertise of an organised tour provider to plan your trip - whatever your preference, this site will provide you with all the contacts you need to arrange and plan your holiday. All listing enquiries are made direct to the respective businesses and we take no commission, meaning your costs are minimised and you can cut out the car all together by booking a train journey via Rail Europe and The Train Line booking gateways. The site also provides a great resource of cycling holiday related information and informative guides, provided by those in the know, and a comprehensive books section for further reading. Key points to the site are:
 

  • suitable for all level of cyclist, even those with no bikes!
  • accommodation is linked to local cycle hire when possible via maps
  • long distance route suggestions available
  • European coverage
  • Rail Europe and The Train Line ticket link
  • organised holiday listings
  • guides and information provided by "experts"
  • booking direct with owners

 

Accommodation Policy

Our accommodation listings are described as “cycle friendly”. We try to list accommodation that is part of a national recognised accredited scheme (Cyclists Welcome, Bett + Bike, Fietsers Welcom, Bed&Bike etc.) However, we do not exclude those that are not. We do stipulate though that, as an absolute minimum, accommodation must have the facility to store bikes and be welcoming to cyclists. If you wish to search just accredited accommodation, use the filter option Cycle Friendly Accreditation. We do not inspect individual accommodation providers, and would welcome feedback to ensure standards are maintained.

 

                                                              

 


Meet The Contributors

Holidays by Cycle have teamed up with some of the most important and inspiring cycling bloggers, writers, organisations and businesses to provide you with articles, news, advice and resources. Please take a read of their articles in the Cycle Travel Guides  and News sections and visit their respective websites to access a wealth of cycle related information to help inspire you to plan your cycling holiday.

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Love thy Bike (Guest writer)

Love thy Bike (www.lovethybike.wordpress.com) is a great cycling blog that mixes unique cycling experiances with some amazing photography. The diary style accounts are from journeys taken all over the world, and Love thy Bike has been kind enough to share some of them with Holidays by Cycle and provide some original content for our site - visit the website for an archive of inspiring stories and sensational photography.

 

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Cycle Sprog

Set up by husband and wife team Chris Jones and Karen Gee, Cycle Sprog (www.cyclesprog.co.uk) offers a wealth of advice and information for families who cycle. Cycle Sprog have kindly agreed to share some articles relating to family cycling holidays.

 

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Maggie LaCoste (Experience France By Bike)

Maggie LaCoste is the founder of Experience France by Bike, the Insider's Guide to Bicycling in France. When she's not exploring new bike routes in France, she's busy writing about the best and the newest itineraries. Maggie is also planning to publish a series of e-guides for weekend and longer bike trips to France, the first of which will be available in May. To stay up to date on her latest project and to follow her blog, visit www.experiencefrancebybike.com

 

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Andrew P. Sykes

Andrew has a fantastic blog (www.cyclingeurope.org) that gives you loads of information on the Eurovelo network and long distance cycling. Andrew is also the author of Good Vibrations: Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie, and has kindly provided us with a chapter of his book. Look out for more contributions as he plans further trips!

 

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CycleHireInfo

Cyclehireinfo (www.cyclehireinfo.com) are the UK's largest directory of cycle hire companies and they have kindly agreed to provide us with all their listings to link to accommodation providers, as well as offering advice in the field of cycle hire. Take a look at their site for more cycle hire info!

 

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European Cycling Federation (ECF)

The ECF have kindly allowed us to use their news article for use in our news section. Since their foundation in 1983, ECF has had one goal: To promote cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transportation and recreation. They state that: "Our roots are in Europe, but the challenges we face are global. We believe the bicycle is a solution to many of the world’s woes. We therefore have an ambition to export both ours and our members’ expertise worldwide". Visit their website for more information and to support them www.ecf.com

 

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Eric and Alice Murphy: Parcou

Eric and Alice Murphy have lived in Western Brittany for 20 years running their Gite (www.parcou.fr), so who better to ask about the local cycling opportunities of this fascinating and cycle friendly region of France.

 

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Timo and Isabella (Relax Bike Rentals and Tours)

Timo and Isabella are the owners of Relax Bike Rentals & Tours based out of Béziers, France.  Their shop is located a few hundred meters from the train station and the Canal Du Midi.  They offer complete tour packages including hotel reservations and luggage transfers.  They also rent out fully equipped bicycles by Giant, including schwalbe puncture resistant tires, klickfix waterproof panniers, and highly detailed maps (if you want to book your own hotels).  Luggage storage is also offered free of charge for their clients.
 
Cycle Hire Search bike hire providers throughout Europe, with many offering delivery to your holiday accommodation.