BEERCYCLING \ BIR-SI-K(Ə-)LIŊ \ VERB 1: A LEISURELY, HEALTHY ACTIVITY WHICH INVOLVES TRAVELLING ON BICYCLES TO ESTABLISHMENTS THAT SERVE AND/OR BREW BEER FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION. THIS IS DONE FOR THE PLEASURE OF THE JOURNEY AND THE ENJOYMENT OF TASTING EXCEPTIONAL BEVERAGES RATHER THAN THROUGH THE NEED TO RACE OR BECOME INEBRIATED. 2: AN ANTI-BEER BELLY CAMPAIGN. 3: THE MOST FUN YOU’LL EVER HAVE EXERCISING.
Duration: 4/10 Days Location: Belgium & The Netherlands Price: From £850
Cycle Tour and Beer Tasting in Belgium & The Netherlands
Combine two of the greatest things in the world, i.e. cycling and beer, and you have this most unique travel experience – a cycle tour with beer tasting across Belgium and the Netherlands!
Cycling is fun, challenging and it’s a scientific FACT that beer tastes good after a ride*. Anyone can sit in a chair and drink, but on this unique travel experience you truly ‘earn’ it.
Perfect for those that like the idea of travelling by bike, whether you are experienced or not, and if you are interested in exporing the culture, history, tradition, and scenery of a new country with other like-minded people
Cycling a country gives you a true immersive experience and you see much more than if you sped through on a train or bus. Days are planned around breweries and off the beaten tracks you can only reach on two wheels.
We DO NOT promote drinking and driving, and the bike is still a vehicle. Beercyclists know the meaning of the “quality over quantity” principle and brewery visits are arranged towards the end of each day when possible. Water is provided each day for you to keep hydrated and is essential to complete the experience.
*backed-up by no science anywhere :)
Difficulty & Distance
The Southern Holland and Northern Belgium landscape is extremely flat which allows for easy pedaling. The hills you will come across are brief and small. On these tours your daily riding mileage averages out to be 30 miles (48 km) per day. Expect about 4-5 hours a day on the bikes. (not including stops). The pace along the rides greatly depends on the condition of your group. In general you will be traveling at a leisurely pace, but can always split into two groups if necessary during the tour. Expect some stops for taking photos and breaks every 45 minutes.
Belgium has an extensive bicycle route system. A good majority of it is traffic-free and will take us through farms, small villages, and alongside streams. The road conditions will be mostly pavement but also include light (about 5-10%) dirt paths. On a few occasions (most notably in Gent, Brugge and Antwerp) you will need to navigate through busy traffic, but our guides have all the routes planned out ahead of time in order to ensure everyone’s safety and make the ride pleasurable.
Drinking and Riding
Yes, it is illegal to ride a bike intoxicated. And because Belgian beer can include a lot more alcohol then an average beer, the follow items are put in place for this experience:
- When possible, the beer / brewery / biercafe visits will be at the end of the day, and within walking distance to the hotels.
- There are several days where the brewery visit is mid-day. Riders will be expected to use moderation when drinking beers during the daily rides. There will be several occasions where you will stop for lunch and have a beer, however, this does not mean the experience will accept or tolerate over-drinking when additional riding is necessary.
- On most occasions riders tend to share beers with each other. This helps everyone a sample a larger variety of beers, limit their intake, and also save money. We encourage this method when possible.
- All riders are required to sign a waiver at the beginning of the tour removing us from liability if over drinking cases any damage of any kind. This is non-negotiable.
- The good news is that Belgian beer, while higher in alcohol, also uses exceptional quality ingredients. Riders do not typically have problems with dehydration / hangovers / fatigue, assuming they follow the moderation principle.
- Due to each rider’s size / weight / body type, we cannot easily put a hard limit on the amount of drinks one consumes before becoming intoxicated. Since we’re all adults, everyone will need to make these decisions on their own. (Although the guides won’t hesitate to let you know if we think you’ve had too much)
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