The conditions on tour can vary greatly according to our altitude and our luck. We are covering a lot of fabulous riding on this tour and climatic conditions are likely to be varied,, as we’ll be riding up to over 2000m in places, as well as spending time in lower, warmer climes.
As, ever the message is to dress in layers and have something wind/waterproof to put on if you need it.
Compulsory on tour. If buying a new ‘lid’ specifically for your tour, then consider one with a venting system. If an open-faced helmet is your preference then you’ll need a face-protecting visor for cruising at speed. Also good for these tours, with a good blend of face-protection and ventilation, is an adventure-style helmet. Any decent full-face helmet is also fine for these tours.
Vented summer gloves are the best bet to beat sweaty digits, but you may get chilly digits up high or if it rains. Summer-style, waterproof gloves are ideal insurance and if doing a Spring or Autumn tour you may even want to bring winter gloves for going over the top of passes.
Leather jackets are fine, but still require you to bring a waterproof over-jacket, or an over-suit. Armoured textile jackets are a good bet generally, especially those with venting and breathable waterproof linings.
Again, armoured textile trousers are a good way to go. Likewise protective jeans are good when backed-up with over-trousers. Leather trousers will also be fine.
Sturdy boots, covering the ankle, are a minimum requirement. We would recommend, though, that you wear ‘proper’ bike boots with shin protection. Touring-type, or enduro/adventure boots fit the bill well, as do race boots, especially those with ventilation.
Other Clothing & Kit
The list below isn’t everything you might need to bring on one of our tours (some pants might also be nice), but highlights things that are best not forgotten.
- A snood is great for added warmth when needed and can even be worn as a hat to keep the sun off, or warmth in
- Sunglasses with UV protection are important at altitude
- Bring cool, thin socks, plus warmer ones
- Sandals are great for off-bike footwear, but also bring trainers or light walking boots if you intend to trek
- A fleece is good for both cool evenings and for under-jacket warmth if needed
- A money belt, or waistpack in which to carry valuables and documents
- A sun hat. Yes you, Baldy!
- Basic first aid kit: a few plasters and antiseptic cream
- Any regular medication you need
- Insect Repellent
- Sun Block
- Alarm, whether on phone or not