What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
After I got the electric bike I reached the top of one of the really steep challenging hills first with only half the power to help, after struggling the previous day on my normal bike and getting in the van this felt great. Being able to swim in clear sea and float around relaxing tired muscles was also a highlight for me.
What did you think of your group leader?
Both group leaders were enthusiastic and informative both about the cycling and Sardinia - it's history and it's culture. How they dealt with the challenge of differing cycling capabilities within the group varied, I much preferred it when our leader cycled in the middle of the group and gave those at the back chance to catch their breath before setting off again. Some days it seemed our leader spent all his time at the front and did not appreciate how tough some of us were finding the pace. We all chipped in a small amount to fund snacks and this meant our leaders organised fruit, nuts and snacks every day along our route which went down really well.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
I would definitely recommend training with some longer trips out on your bike before you take on this trip. I took my own pedals and cycling shoes but would not recommend this as it was actually more of a problem on the tracks and little benefit overall. A gel saddle cover is definitely worth taking. There was an option for an electric assisted bike - I used this for a few days and loved it. I hardly used the power as you could turn it off but I did feel more confident stopping to take photos knowing I could always catch up by adding power if I needed to. I would definitely recommend getting this for anyone who is fit but maybe not too experienced with cycling. It's a heavier bike so takes more leg power to keep it moving when the power is off but with a bit of power it massively improves the speed and your ability to get all the way up the steeper hills.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I had a fantastic week and loved the activity, scenery and learning about Sardinia. Sharing this with a great group of people made it truly memorable.