Frequently Asked Questions
Gravelocity Getaways are generally geared toward avid cyclists who can comfortably handle road rides of 60-100 km at a pace of 24 km/h or more. Gravel rides typically call for about 30 percent more effort than road rides, so we have adjusted our distances and paces accordingly.
Each of our tours is labelled for a different level of skill and fitness.
Skills & Sights getaways roll at an average pace of 18-22 km/h, covering 55-75 km per day, with an emphasis on learning better bike handling, growing confidence and enjoying the surrounding scenery.
Scenic & Social getaways roll at an average pace of 20-24 km/h, riding 65-85 km per day with an easygoing willingness to pause and take in the sights.
Gravel Grinder getaways are definitely more spirited - rolling at average speed of 25-29 km/h, with longer distances of 65-100 km per day. You should also expect some tougher climbs. That said, we'll still stop to enjoy the view - and indulge in whatever pastries or berries beckon en route.
Road Ride getaways roll at 25-28 km/h over distances of 80-100 km per day. These rides are intended to enable cyclists to discover Huron and Oxford counties at a friendly pace without having to tackle the gravel and trails offered by our other getaways.
Don’t fret. The pace and speed will be quite clear when you book.
No! The spirit of all our rides is social. We’re out to enjoy the scenery and a bit of the local flavour. Pit stops and bakery breaks are part of the plan, as are Instagram opportunities.
Of course! Here you go:
Most tours will host groups of 6-8 cyclists, with one guide, but we will accept groups as large as 14 riders (on the rare occasion that occurs).
For all but our Road Bike Getaway, the best choice is a gravel or cyclo-cross bike, equipped with 33mm tires or larger. A more compliant road bike (such as a Specialized Roubaix, Giant Defy or Cannondale Synapse) - also called an “endurance bicycle” - can also work, provided that you run 28-32mm tires. Gravel e-bikes are welcome. Mountain bikes are an option too, as long as you're comfortable riding 60 km or more on yours. We'd recommend a slicker MTB tire too. (As for the Road Bike Getaway, well, isn't that obvious?)
We do not rent bicycles, but if you need one, contact us. We might be able to point you to someone who does.
We require all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and strongly prefer that you have had your booster shot. We also ask that you self-monitor for any symptoms using the standard questionnaire. Any COVID-related cancellations will be refunded 100%. Please check our COVID Protocols for more information.
Yes, but only if they are an adult. All cyclists must be 18 years of age on the first day of the getaway.
Of course! You’ll pay the double occupancy rate for your tour, with a non-cycling spouse rate added on. Your companion will join us for the first night “team dinner” and will receive accommodation and breakfast. We're also happy to recommend some local attractions and diversions for them.
Gravelocity’s rides run rain or shine. That said, we reserve the right to alter routes, distances or start times to avoid the worst of what Mother Nature may throw at us. If a day’s ride is cancelled altogether, we’ll welcome you back on any other day - at any location - to make up for it.