IS CYCLING THE NEW GOLF?
Whether amateur cyclist or ambitious biker: reaching a synchronised cadence is good for us and the group spurs us on to reach new heights. What are the preconditions of participating in a Haller Pro+ Cycling Tour?
The answer is really quite simple: general physical fitness is naturally a necessary prerequisite. But cycling is a rather more gentle sport: Running on hard asphalt puts a strain on joints and cartilage, but sitting in the saddle keeps us safe and sound. Much in keeping with the American trend: “Cycling is the new golf.” 1
One does what one can
It is important to clarify a participant’s performance level before choosing a tour. As a participant, I need to know the required performance level for the tour: difference in altitude, route profile, average speed and breaks are all decisive parameters. This calls for professional advice in addition to a self-assessment prior to booking: a personal interview serves to specify and clarify the difficulty of a given tour. We also offer tours with different difficulty levels so that everyone gets what they need and want. Participants have the option to adapt each stage of the trip to suit their daily form: we plan a long and a short option of the stage for each day.
Solo cyclist? We bank on team spirit. Having spent years on two wheels, we have come to the conclusion that overcoming a lack of willpower is much easier in a group and the motivation to break through limits is much greater. Pushed by the strength of the team, we can stick at it twice as long than alone. I can also use the benefits of cycling in a group to save energy, for instance by cycling in the slipstream of another cyclist. A shared enthusiasm for bicycle racing does more than just push us forward: it also enables a lively exchange with other cyclists and offers an opportunity to make new friends.
Amateur cyclists in a professional team
We are the first professional team for amateurs. To us, the word “team“ is not just a word, but rather a philosophy: Joining forces, coordinated clothing, plans for the day devised together and briefings make our tour a place where personalities can get together. Our experienced guides make sure the group is homogeneous and able to master every stage together. We create an environment in which participants can test their limits in a controlled fashion – our assistants provide the necessary motivation to overcome phases of weakness. As an all-round organiser, we bring like-minded people together and ensure that you can switch off and unwind on your tour.
1 “Millionaire entrepreneur explains why cycling — and not golf — is the new sport of choice for young professionals” – Daniel McMahon, Business Insider 20.02.2015; “Cycling is the new golf” – The Economist 26.04.2013; “Cycling beats golf in the new world of networking” – Harry Wallop 20.09.2016
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