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Gerald Rape Dec 25, 2014 at 02:53 AM

Hello, Pamela,

It might be a good idea to get some training rides prior to the trip. Yes, there are frequent stops, but being in the saddle for 4-5 hours can make for some sore bones for a few days until the body gets used to it. Try 5 mile rides then 10 mile rides, then 15 mile rides and see how your recovery day feels after each outing.
Moira's comment about the terrain is correct and it is a relatively easy ride...but one wants to be ready for the long-ish days at the handlebar.

It's a great trip, so don't miss it. The guides are very careful about safety and the riders look out for each other and you'll make new friends very quickly as the duties rotate through the group on a daily basis.

The scenery is incredible and the day stops are very exciting outings. I'd did the trip for my 70th birthday. It was the trip of a lifetime. Go for it!


Pamela Brown Dec 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Thanks, Moria, I had read all of your and other posts. My questions are a bit more specific. I'm a biker rider all my life, but I bike slowly, sort of an enjoyable pace. I've never cycled 20 miles in a day, let alone 40. But then I've not ridden all day either. I've done cycle/spinning classes for 10+ years & rode to work for many years. Would you be able to give me info on the 2 questions? If so, I'd be grateful. AND Happy Holidays! Sorry about the 3 posts, the electricity went out here twice when I was trying to post.


Moria B Dec 24, 2014 at 03:17 PM

Pamela, Please read my thorough comment below... might answer your questions/concerns. m


Pamela Brown Dec 24, 2014 at 02:10 PM

I've been considering this trip for a couple years and am looking at 2015. It's difficult to know if I am in shape for 40 miles/day and wondered if those who have done this trip could let me know that daily (1) how many miles at one time and (2) how often are the breaks, i.e. not biking? Thank you!


Pamela Brown Dec 24, 2014 at 02:10 PM

I've been considering this trip for a couple years and am looking at 2015. It's difficult to know if I am in shape for 40 miles/day and wondered if those who have done this trip could let me know that daily (1) how many miles at one time and (2) how often are the breaks, i.e. not biking? Thank you!


Pamela Brown Dec 24, 2014 at 02:10 PM

I've been considering this trip for a couple years and am looking at 2015. It's difficult to know if I am in shape for 40 miles/day and wondered if those who have done this trip could let me know that daily (1) how many miles at one time and (2) how often are the breaks, i.e. not biking? Thank you!


Moria B Dec 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM

The Danube is essentially down hill the whole way... something like 180 meters from Deggendorf to Vienna. With the exception of bridge overpasses and a bit through wine country, it is a barely noticeable slope downward. If you can comfortably ride 40 miles at one time, this will be easy because of the coffee breaks and lunch, etc. They do not rush you so it gives the sag wagon driver time to get all suitcases to the rooms.
Wally Hubbard Dec 15, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Thanks for the encouragement


Rob Stanchik Dec 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Direct your inquiry to Roads Scholar or IBT (International Bicycle Tours) I doubt that is an option.
Wally Hubbard Dec 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Thanks,IBT agreed i.e. not an option.


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