2020 marks a whopping 25 years of Saddle Skedaddle bringing the world two-wheeled adventures, so we like to think we know a thing or two about cycling and travel. And to share our excitement for the year ahead, we wanted to look at the top four cycling trends for 2020 that we believe will go the extra mile…
Going electric: The great ‘e-qualiser’
The rise of electric bikes has taken the world by storm in recent years and according to a report by Deloitte, e-bike sales between 2020 and 2023 will be six times that of electric cars sold over the next decade. The possibilities these bikes allow really are endless and thanks to electric bikes, more people can choose holiday itineraries and trails that might have otherwise been out of reach before. But that’s only the beginning, read more about the benefits of them here. We have a whopping 88 electric bike holidays in our range available with power assistance, including some of our most popular long-haul tours in Chile, China and Vietnam. And there’s more! Pedal assisted electric mountain bikes are the latest wave of advancements, and that’s why we have introduced 4 additional itineraries that have been specifically selected and honed to suit the capabilities of these bikes.
Wheeling into unexpected destinations
It’s out with the old and in with the extraordinary, as adventurers are craving more remote destinations that are off the beaten track. Over the years we’ve seen an increase in cyclists joining us on long-haul tours across the globe and 2020 is shaping up to see more than ever before join us in the world’s emerging destinations, or searching for new ways to experience the familiar ones – and there’s no better way to discover these places than by bike! In 2020, we’ll be offering brand new experiences including camping under the spellbinding stars in the Simien mountains on an epic cycling adventure in Ethiopia; being among the first to explore more than eight miles of verdant jungle and bike trails in Jordan’s Ajloun Forest Reserve; and a new itinerary through the wild landscapes of Borneo, tailored specifically for road cyclists and families.
Wellness on wheels
We all know traveling will take you out of our daily routine and is good for your body and mind. But more and more people are looking to take it one step further and are searching for transformative experiences, offering achievable challenges. So, we invite you to go beyond the classic yoga or wellness retreat, and instead consider a cycling tour. We guarantee it will give you an amazing sense of achievement and leave you feeling energised after. From short UK weekends to lengthier options across the UK, Europe and further afield, our cycling holidays have been carefully crafted to suit a variety of levels and abilities. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll explore the very best a destination has to offer, giving you an unrivalled opportunity to discover more about a country and their culture – to really meet a place you’ll never want to forget!
Exploring a destination on two wheels makes for one of the most memorable and rewarding holidays you can experience with your nearest and dearest. We have been offering family tours since 2014 because we truly believe that cycling provides a more interactive, memorable and exciting way to bond as a family on holiday. And we’re sure you agree as more and more people choose to create memories together on two wheels every year. Why not learn about Viking history in Norway, or zip-line and camp in the Moroccan desert in 2020? Discover our full range of holidays to find a family adventure that everyone will enjoy!