Ride in the style you're accustomed to

People of all ages and abilities can take a trip with Ventouro. Rest assured our tours almost always comprise of riders with a wide variety of fitness levels and experience. To provide piece of mind when choosing a package for you, we've created a simple grading system which explains the intensity of riding, level of fitness and type of bike required. Any questions please contact us.

Trail Tour Grades

Road Tour Grades

Grade 1 - Easiest 

Trail Type: Off-road trail surface is either firm gravel or sealed (e.g. concrete or asphalt) and is wide enough for 2 people to cycle side by side for most of the way. On-road trails generally follow quiet roads with little traffic.

Suitable For: Novice cyclists, families and others seeking a very easy cycling experience. 

Grade 2 - Easy 

Trail Type: Off-road trails are predictable, i.e. no suprises and mostly flat with some gentle climbs. The surface is either firm gravel or sealed (e.g. concrete or asphalt). The trail is wide enough for 2 people to cycle side by side at times and may include sections where cyclists will have to ride single file. On-road trails generally follow quiet roads with little traffic.

Suitable For: Beginners, occasional cyclists and families who have limited cycling experience. 

Grade 3 - Intermediate 

Trail Type: Off-road trails can be narrow and may include hill climbs, steep drop-offs and small river crossings. The trail surface is mostly firm, but may include muddy or loose sections. There may also be obstacles such as rocks or tree roots to avoid. On-road trails have moderate traffic levels, include hill climbs and possible gravel sections.

Suitable For: Regular, experienced cyclists with a good level of fitness and over 12 years of age. Using a mountain bike is recommended.

Grade 4 - Advanced

Trail Type: Off-road trails are narrow with steep climbs and unavoidable obstacles. The trail surface includes firm and loose sections, with lots of rocks and tree roots. There will be poor traction in places and some walking may be required. On-road trails have moderate vehicular traffic, include hill climbs and possible gravel sections.

Suitable For: Fit and experienced cyclists with good on-road and/or off-road skills, a high level of fitness and over 12 years of age. A quality mountain bike is recommended for off-road trails.

 

Level 1 - Easy

  • Nice and easy
  • Flat/slight incline
  • 25km – 60km per day
  • Riding up to 2hrs at a time
  • Average fitness
  • Hybrid to road bike

Level 2 - Moderate

  • Mild to moderate incline
  • 40-80km per day
  • Riding up to 3hrs at a time
  • Above average fitness
  • Road bike

Level 3 - Hard

  • Moderate to hard incline
  • 60km - 100km per day
  • Riding up to 4hrs at a time
  • Above average fitness
  • Road bike
  • Completing Taupo in  less than 7hrs

Level 4 - Difficult

  • Difficult incline
  • 50 – 150km per day
  • Riding up to 5hrs at a time
  • Cycling fit
  • Road bike
  • Completing Taupo Race in less than 5hrs