Do I bring my own bike?

It is highly recommended that you bring your own bike with its familiar position and handling to enjoy your riding experience. Although we understand that this is not always possible depending on your travel plans.  For this reason, quality carbon road bike hire, Shimano compact gears 50, 34 x 12,30 suitable for all abilities. is available as an optional extra on all our tour services.

How do I get to Annecy, France?

With a PRACTICEBICYCLE Premium Bike Tour, Airport pick-up and drop-off is included (midday tour arrival & departure days) from Geneva International Airport (Switzerland), which is a short 45 min transfer to Annecy (France).  Alternatively a Taxi service is available if you arrive at other times.
To assist you with your travel arrangements then Annecy is easily accessible by all forms of transport;

  • By Air the most convenient and direct airports are Geneva (Switzerland) or Lyon (France).
  • By Train the super fast (TGV) travels direct from Paris to Annecy in approximately 3hours (bike must be in a case, no bike compartment on the super fast train).
  • By Car utilizing the European Autoroute system and finally the A41.

For our Premium Bike Tour guests we suggest that you arrange your flight times around a midday airport pick-up and drop-off. Please let us know if you need to make alternative arrangements at the time of your booking.

Is there any chance of doing the Criterium du Dauphine and a Annecy Bike Tour?

Yes it’s possible to do multiple bike trips or additional days with any of our advertised tours, including our Private Tours subject to availability.  In fact we like to think anything is possible with Practicebicycle Bike Tours, so please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Do I need to take out travel Insurance?

Yes, it is a condition of booking a tour that you take out travel insurance and accident cover for the duration of your stay, including full medical insurance.

Why do you choose to watch 2-3 stages of the Bike Race Tours?

Our specialty bike race tour weeks include viewing the race on 2 or 3 stages. We believe that this is the perfect ratio of maximising your enjoyment of viewing the race action live, contrasting with your own variety of personally tailored rides and the opportunity of enough time to relax and experience your idyllic location for the week.

What happens if the weather is not good and raining?

We do understand that sometimes the weather can be unpredictable and change very quickly especially in the French Alps, unfortunately we cannot control this situation and for safety reasons don’t encourage the added stress of riding in the rain in the Alps!
For Cycling Day Tour’s wherever possible we try to accommodate any changes or alternatively offer a Cycling Day Tour Voucher.

Will somebody help me to assemble my bike?

With our Premium Bike Tours you have the full support of our experienced team including assistance with any of your bike requirements and in addition the services of a professional mechanic are available should it be necessary.

How do I get to the Hotel?

Depending on your method of travel and your chosen Bike Tour, we include airport pick-up & drop off, which includes our personal service of welcoming you and assisting you with check-in at your hotel as part of our Premium Bike Trips.

How do I book and pay for my tour?

For ease and convenience you can Book and Pay Online through our website.  Should you have any difficulties, please contact us and our booking team will be more than happy to assist you.  For complete details on making your reservation and payment, please see the Booking Conditions.

Practicebicycle Bike Tours cycling locations have been selected from many years involved in cycling around the globe, living, riding and experiencing the best of the world of cycling.  We offer Bike Trips and Training Camps, with the option to book multiple tours and additional days.  With over 20 years of exploring these perfect roads we can offer you a remarkable choice of different ride options for all cycling ability levels over a variety of terrain and distances. In addition, each year we take the time to explore new routes and our list of ride routes continues to grow!

How do I Book and Pay for a Cycling Day Tour?

Using our on-line booking/payment system select the number of cyclists and your required date/s for your Cycling Day Tour including your choice of ride option, on receipt of full payment your Cycling Day Tour will be confirmed.

What cycling equipment/clothing will I need?

We suggest that you bring with you on your cycling holiday, exactly what you would use for your regular rides at home.  Not forgetting your helmet and shoes. We will send you a comprehensive checklist at the time of your booking and closer to your arrival date with us.

What is not included in the costs?

We do not include your Travel costs or daily incidentals, you should also allow for the purchase of daily food and drinks.  Each bike trip details what is included along with accommodation, breakfast each morning and the range of local dining experiences. Also don’t forget to budget for other daily expenses not outlined in the tour such as sightseeing, shopping etc

How do I get to Algarve, Portugal?

With a Practice Bicycle Premium Bike Tour, airport pick-up and drop-off is included (midday tour arrival & departure days) from Faro International Airport (Portugal), which is a 60 min transfer to Praia da Rocha. Alternatively a taxi service is available if you arrive at other times.
To assist you with your travel arrangements Praia da Rocha is easily accessible by all forms of transport:

By Air the most convenient and direct airport is Faro (Portugal) also Lisbon Airport offers connecting flights to Faro.
By Train this good value network travels from Lisbon via Tunes to Portimao in approximately 3.30hrs. With a short 5min taxi to Praia da Rocha.
By Bus this good value network travels from Lisbon to Portimao in approximately 3.30hrs. With a short 5min taxi to Praia da Rocha
By Car utilizing the European auto route system A12 & A2 and finally the A22 in approximately 2.30hrs.

Where do I keep my bike?

We appreciate the value and importance of your bike and the safety and security of your bike storage is very important to us. We liaise very closely with our choice accommodation to ensure there is a secure lock-up facility at your Hotel.

Will I be able to ride the terrain and what gears will I need?

Practicebicycle Bike Tours has enormous cycling experience and knowledge of all the tour locations offered and we always tailor cycling routes to suit your cycling requirements. Your guides have many years experience coaching and assisting cyclists of all abilities and levels and so rest assured you will always be in the very best capable hands (& legs).  Where included a fully equipped support vehicle also joins the rides each day. All tour locations are chosen for their excellent variety of ideal areas to ride, surrounded by perfect terrain for all abilities and levels of experience. We recommend a gear selection of a 50,34 x 12-29 cassette will suffice for most rides.

Will coaching advice be available to help me with my skills?

Yes, your head guide Paul Hughes is a very experienced bike rider and qualified Cycling Australia Coach (Level 2) and his knowledge and experience are available to you throughout your tour to assist you with any aspect of your cycling.

Can I hire a bike for my trip?

Yes, should you not wish to bring your own bike on your cycling holiday then Bike Hire is available with all our bike trips as an optional extra. Practicebicycle Bike Tours offer quality carbon road bike hire, Shimano compact gears 50, 34 x 12,30 suitable for all abilities.

What activities are there for my non-cyclist partner?

Our locations in Australia, France, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy have been carefully chosen as the best cycling and sightseeing locations from various countries all over the world. Practicebicycle Tours believe in the balance of riding and relaxing as much or as little as you require, with enough spare time to truly enjoy and experience the atmosphere of the area.  Depending on your chosen location a superb range of interesting activities and sights are available to both the cyclist and accompanying non-cyclist. Many local attractions, cafes and shops are also all within walking distance of your accommodation. Including the magnificent Lake Annecy for all of our French cycling holidays.