Tak­ing Ôthe easy way downõ


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‘Tak­ing the long way round’ proved a real ad­ven­ture for Charley Boor­man and Ewan Mcgre­gor but not ev­ery­one has that level of time for their an­nual tour­ing hol­i­days. Some­times you just want to get to your des­ti­na­tion as quickly as pos­si­ble and start hav­ing fun rid­ing some of the best roads in Europe. And this is where Bikeshut­tle can re­ally help.

It can whisk your bike overnight through France to Geneva while you fly out to meet it. You wake up, feel­ing re­freshed and your bike is ready af­ter break­fast for you to be­gin your jour­ney.

The ser­vice runs ev­ery week from mid May to Septem­ber. You take your bike to the Northants-based de­pot on a Tues­day morn­ing (it can be col­lected for a fee). It’s safely and se­curely loaded onto a pur­pose-built trailer and driven down through France, ar­riv­ing at Geneva early on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Mean­while, for a nom­i­nal price, you get a leisurely trans­fer, via a lo­cal pub for brunch, to Luton air­port to catch your flight to Geneva. You can make your own travel ar­range­ments but a lot of cus­tomers use the ser­vice rec­om­mended as it proves re­ally straight­for­ward, and eas­ily com­pa­ra­ble cost-wise.

Bikeshut­tle was launched in 2015 and in only its sec­ond year of trad­ing, was de­lighted to end the 2016 sea­son hav­ing re­lo­cated to larger premises and trans­ported some 211 mo­tor­bikes; 160% up on its in­au­gu­ral year.

Guy Buswell, co-founder of Bike- shut­tle, said: “Rid­ers love that we save them not only the te­dium of rid­ing 1500 miles of mo­tor­ways through France, but that they also get to en­joy more qual­ity time on de­cent roads.”

One cus­tomer, John Hutchin­son de­scribed Bikeshut­tle as tak­ing you straight to bik­ing heaven. And cer­tainly most peo­ple agreed that it is the easy way to get to cen­tral Europe. One rider, Will Slater, posted: “What a bril­liant ser­vice. Cheaper than driv­ing (don’t for­get rear tyre costs as well!) and saves two days or bor­ing North­ern France. Bril­liantly run, very smooth, very pro­fes­sional. We’ll be back next year.”

Dates for 2017 depar­tures/re­turns are now live on bikeshut­tle.co.uk where prices start at £435 for re­turns. The ser­vice of­fers the easi­est, most cost­ef­fec­tive way to tour cen­tral Europe or visit race meet­ings like Motogp.

Overnight stays in Geneva can all be or­gan­ised through Bikeshut­tle as can bike stor­age at both ends of the jour­ney, mak­ing week­end breaks to the Alps a real pos­si­bil­ity. Kit and lug­gage are all trans­ported in spe­cial cases on the lorry, leav­ing rid­ers with just hand bag­gage for the flight. ■ En­quiries about the Bikeshut­tle ser­vice can be made at sales@bikeshut­tle.co.uk, or by call­ing 01327 831552.

Ar­rive to a warm wel­come and the knowl­edge your bike will be whisked across Europe

Why spend half your tour­ing time on mo­tor­ways when Bikeshut­tle can do the hard bit for you?

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