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European bike trend revolutionises active travel

September 27, 2017 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

UTracks, Australia’s leading European active holiday specialist is predicting that electric bikes will revolutionise the active travel industry in the next decade.

UTracks General Manager, Kate Baker said the electric bike trend has exploded in Europe in recent years, with e-bike sales on the continent more than doubling from 600,000 in 2010 to 1.35 million in 2016.

A 2016 report from Navigant Research, a leading technology market research company, has predicted that eventually e-bike sales will account for one in three bikes sold in Europe (a figure already achieved in The Netherlands). The report has forecasted that globally e-bike sales will increase by 54.7% over the next nine years. In Germany alone, more than 500,000 e-bikes were sold last year.

In response to this surge in popularity, Ms Baker said UTracks will offer electric bikes on 80 percent of its 187 cycling itineraries across the European continent in 2018 – a huge jump from 2015, when UTracks offered ebikes on just a handful of its active bike holidays.

“Essentially, e-bikes are fitted with an electric motor that adds a speed boost when pedalling, giving the cyclist a helping hand or push to get up and over hills and achieve longer distances,” Ms Baker said.

“As long as you recharge the battery, which can be easily done in a few hours or overnight, you can count on the e-bike to help you when you are going uphill, cycling in headwinds, covering longer distances or simply want to take a break from hard pedalling.

“An e-bike can be ridden by almost anyone and makes the journey physically easier without taking away from the adventurous spirit of a cycling trip.

“With an e-bike anyone can join in: from couples or families with differing degrees of ability to people who do not feel confident enough to do a longer tour on a traditional bicycle or perhaps love the idea of a more demanding cycling route but are not sure whether they can physically complete it.

“We are also seeing older travellers who have been avid cyclists for many years swapping their regular bikes for e-bikes because they don’t want to give up their European biking holidays.

“120 years after they were first invented, e-bikes are becoming the new norm in active cycling holidays.”
See how an electric bike opened up a whole new world of cycling holidays for one traveller.

As part of its Early Bird Deals, UTracks is offering 10% off a huge range of its 2018 European cycling itineraries. The offer applies to itineraries priced under $2000 per person for new bookings made between 25 September and 20 October 2017 (conditions apply).

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