The Results Are In: Our 2022 Annual Rider Survey
Here at TDA Global Cycling we are fortunate to have a growing and involved community of cyclists. Year after year they are kind enough to take a few minutes to share with us some really valuable feedback in our annual rider survey. We understand that people want to contribute their thoughts and have their concerns addressed so each year we closely review the surveys and use the information to keep improving our cycling adventures. We would like to thank everyone for their participation.
This year’s survey takers may have also been motivated by the opportunity to win the draw prize – a $200 gift card to their local bike shop. Congratulations to our 2022 prize winners – Richard from Florida and Renata from Vancouver!
We had almost 800 newsletter subscribers and past participants complete our annual survey and I thought I’d summarize some of the results that really caught my attention.
Where People Want to Travel
The top 5 countries where people want to travel are not surprising choices at all. Italy, France, Canada, New Zealand and Spain are some of the most popular cycling destinations in the world. Rounding out the top 10 were Argentina, Australia, Chile, Croatia & Iceland, with Ireland, Japan, the UK, the US, and Vietnam not far behind.
Almost all of these destinations are part of the tours that we operate in over 80 countries around the world. Check out our tour finder and search by continent to find your next cycling adventure.
For the tours that we run, our survey respondents chose the ones they are most interested in signing up for:
- Tour d’Afrique (22% of the vote)
- Silk Route (9% of the vote)
- Viva Italia (8% of the vote)
- Pub Ride (7% of the vote)
- Orient Express, Trans-Oceania and South American Epic (tied at 6% of the vote)
Cycle Touring Plans
The percentage of people who told us that, after doing one of our tours, they would be highly likely to recommend us to their friends, family and colleagues has steadily risen over the years and is now well above the industry standard. Over 80% of our past clients also told us that they not only recommend us, but they plan to do another cycling tour with TDA, most of them (nearly 90%) within the next 2 years.
Of the people who have never done a tour with us, but subscribe to our newsletter, fully 61% of respondents said they plan to do a tour with us someday and nearly 50% of those said they plan to do it within the next 2 years. Another 34% say they are still deciding and are going to keep watching our newsletter to see when they will join a tour.
When Do You Start Planning?
How many months before a trip do you start planning for your extended travel/adventure activity? This was a new question we asked this year and it appears we have an audience of people that plan well ahead of time for their big adventure.
- 26% start planning more than a year in advance
- 25% start planning 9-12 months in advance
- 23% start planing 6-9 months in advance
- 18% start planning 3-6 months in advance
For a lot of you, the listing of our future tours in 2023 & 2024 on our calendar web page might be something for you to check out so you can start planning your next grand cycling experience.
Our Online Info Sessions
Many people (66%) said that they found the new online info sessions useful but about a quarter of the respondents had never heard of them. If you were one of the latter, please check out this link to our last info session held on May 17 and stay tuned, we usually run 3-4 of these each year.