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Tour Difficulty & Skill Levels

Note: The following grade description is only for reference and E - bikes are available in our company which will lower the difficulty. Your tour will be easier when a supporting van service is included (most of the time in our private tours), and will be harder while you are doing self-guided or lower budget cycling carrying heavy backpacks.

Easier / Harder. 

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  Level 1  --- for leisure beginners, family travelling with kids and all level.

Easy peasy for all kinds of healthy tourists! This level of bike trip especially fit for people who interests in bike/trek/outdoor fun and new experiences (even you haven’t tried it before). Only flat and well-paved roads will be arranged, we largely cycle on roads with good scenery and easy to get supplied with food and water. Total cycle distance per day is less than 30KM (19miles) with almost no climbs (even it has, it’s only less than 200M). If you are skilled in riding bikes and familiar with SPD shoes, doing a speedy cycling over 60KM without taking any photo nor resting too much, tours in this grade doesn’t fit you well.

China Cycle Holiday Level Easy, Leisure Cycle Routes in China

Easy and leisure for healthy people who can cycle and control the bikes well. You can also finish the tour if you practiced a lot in gym and in normal fitness even with less cycling experiences. The cycle is mainly on flat with very little/no climb, usually the middle front gear is enough. A mixture of paved and unpaved tracks is included, guests will experience the real mountain bike cycling but those sections are ok to be deleted if you are only interested in cycling on well-paved roads. Total cycle distance per day is less than 40KM (25miles) and kids (aged 8-13) with sports background is ok around this grade.

  Level 2  --- for active guests at all age who does regular sports.

Not very easy and pleasant for people who normally ride leisure single gear bikes and never experienced the riding gesture on road/mountain bike, but you are quite possible to finish it without too much difficulties if you accept bending your head and waist for hours or receive some shocks from the terrain. We are still mainly cycling on paved roads but more section of off-road/roads paved but broken/macadam/tracks will be included, but luckily, there are not too much climbs to be conquered. Total cycle distance per day is less than 50KM (31miles) and kids (aged 8-13) without sports background is not suggested for a trip under this grade.

Moderate Level China Cycle Tours

A moderate level of cycling per day with a distance around 50-70KM (31-44 miles) is required. This grade is suitable for people who can bike around 5-7 hours (including photo and rest) on bikes each day and lasts around 4-7 days totally. More physical strength and some basic cycling skills (like using lower gears for longer climbs and control your breath and power well, etc). To fully enjoy this tour, man should really like/very interest in tour on bikes and do not cares too much about some ‘costs’ that normal non-cycling visitors doesn’t want to sacrifice (like getting wet and a little dirty from the rains, getting brown from the sun heats, pains coming from sitting on the saddle while climbing hills with paved roads for a total ascent leas than 10KM per day, etc.).

  Level 3  --- for bike riders in good shape or anyone would like to try.

Harder than moderate and cycle over 55-80KM (34-50 miles) per day through more hilly areas, usually 8-13 days’ itinerary is included in the multi-day cycle tour like this. All terrain will be faced during our trip and a total climb less than 15KM (usually the total vertical ascent and descent under this grade is between 500-1100M per day). During the cycle, more percentage of paved (concrete/asphalt) roads will be arranged but some narrow tracks and dirt roads are also included. Riders can get off the bikes and push some distance if you feel unsafe on those parts. Generally speaking, if you can cycle around 80KM per day through big mountain areas on mainly paved roads, this grade will not a very challenging one for you.

China Bike Tour and Remote Routes. Long Distance Cycling in China.

Total vertical ascent and descent will be around 900-1700M per day; totally the distance rider need to spend on ‘climbing’ is over 20KM (12.5miles). A continuous bike ride up the mountain is a ‘must’ for most of the days, and the length for each climb will be over 10KM normally. You are quite possible to ride on elevation above 1000M but on average less than 3000M, guests will have very little chance to get altitude sickness. However, you are possible not feeling so comfortable after doing so much climbs for multi days. You must be ‘fit enough’ and overcome some difficulties before obtaining the joy of success under this grade.

  Level 4  --- for experienced cyclists only.

We will grade a cycle tour as level 4 when mainly bike through paved roads with lot of climbs in the same day, or when the route was designed in highland areas where the total vertical ascent and descent is over 1500-2500M per day. The altitude we cycle and stay overnight will be around 1000-3000M. The route must be very long in daily distance and in each climbs (over 15-35KM). We will need to spend endless time in a slow cycling uphill during the day and arrive the top of the mountain (the high pass) around noon before catching up our afternoon long downhill or undulating with lots of shorter climbs. Tours under this level are suggested only for very skilled cyclists with years of experiences and long-haul bike background.

South China Cycle Tour, Cycle Routes in China for Rider Very Fit.

Nice hotels are no more available as well as the easy and fast support from vans or doctors, you are required to be fully prepared physically and mentally. Bringing personal medicine for the possible illness is suggested, roads within this tour can be a cycling through the horse track, or a rocky off road with steep climb forced us to push or even to carry our heavy bikes for a while. A total ascent from 1000M to 4000M or even 5000M is possible with our bikes but not so nice to your butt. Please get ready that we may lose the chances to get phone signals and have to bear worse living conditions like no hot water or no places to take shower after a terrible day with off road cycling and climbs on high plateau.

  Level 5  --- not arranged to guests but cycled occasionally by ourselves.

A cycling in the hell, you can treat it more like a challenge rather than a holiday. GuilinCyclingTours temperately do not arrange tour under this grade because we have to send out motors bikes and some professional athletes to be with you. Usually a challenge like this requires you to finish some extremely hard cycling in limited time.

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