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Sustainability

Not Just About The Bike

We support and run our company following responsible and sustainable tourism guidelines. We aim to fulfil the following mission statements in making our company as sustainable and supporting of local ventures and people as possible.

In the Office

Local builders reused and preserved windows/original features of our Headquarters where possible.

We recycle all glass, plastic, paper & printer / fax ink cartridges that pass through the office.

Our staff are local people who live in the area where we run our tours and are familiar with the landscape, culture and language. Our staff receive a fair wage and are protected by the social security standards of the country.

We encourage local student work experience ventures where possible in order to give experience and opportunity to local Tourism students in the course of their study.

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Reuse, Recycle, Restore:

    We use:
  • Natural daylight as our main light source for most of the working day.
  • Do not have air-conditioning in our office. Due to the way the office is built with deep exterior walls, the summer heat is kept out.
  • Computers and appliances are turned off at night and not left on standby.
  • Aim to keep our group sizes small to minimize the impact on the landscape and village resources.
  • Encourage travellers to be economical about water use
  • Take efforts to educate our guests about the serious problems plaguing Southern Iberia, concerning its drought and water usage
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  • Carry flora & fauna identification guide books and binoculars to appreciate the wildlife here.
  • Publish our own guide book specifically for each tour citing the historical importance of the towns and pueblos passed as well as highlighting issues affecting these places, cultural fiestas and particular or notable wildlife / geographical features.
  • Send a pre-tour info email sheet informing our guests of some of the cultural, social and climatic issues they may face whilst travelling.
  • Offer, where possible, tours or meetings with local entrepreneurs involved in sustainable projects or businesses benefiting the environment.
  • Sort and recycle all plastics, paper, glass and tins used on tour.
  • Strongly advise people who fly to Spain, Portugal or England to neutralise their carbon emissions.
  • Print Pamphlets on recycled paper and brochures are all digitially published to reduce paper use. Any maps which are used on each tour are re-used for other tours.
  • Daily Briefing Tour in Portugal

  • Andalucia is an area of high unemployment and we encourage and provide information on utilising local shops, restaurants, hotels and other artisanal providers as well as promoting travelling with sensitivity concerning the economics of others.
  • City tours use small, local guiding business run by young entrepreneurs who we feel have a similar philosophy to ours and who are native to the country or town.
  • In each destination, we will endeavor to answer any questions clients may have about the culture, projects, etc and encourage interaction between them and the local communities we travel through.

Above all, we believe it is all about the bike and run our tours with an enthusiasm we hope will be passed on and which will encourage more people to take up cycling as a viable and tremendously good way to travel every day.

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Advocacy

Give Back And Gain

We support local ventures and those abroad

This year we supported the following programs with donations on a monthly basis

  • Doctors Without Borders - España /Medicos Sin Fronteras
  • Oxfam - UK
  • The Red Cross - Phillipines Emergency Drive y Cruz Roja España
  • The Freedom Ride Bicycle Program for Girls:
    This Program provides 400 bicycles to girls in remote locations in Maharashtra, India so that they can travel to school, and therefore complete their education.
  • SOS Children´s Village
    The project, situated in North Morocco, provides training workshops to 40 single mothers. Non formal education classes and literacy tuition & practical trainings is given. This program aims at avoiding children abandonment and exploitation.

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Cycling Country S.L. is registered as a limited liability company (No. B18907741) and licenced as a fully bonded travel agency in Andalucia, Spain (No. 184031-2) in compliance with Spanish and European Law. Cycling Country and the Cyclist Logo are a Registered Trade Mark.

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