Our Bicycle Tours Are Designed For Experienced Cyclists
Our Bicycle Tours are geared for experienced cyclists who want a challenging road tour with higher mileage, but still want to ride in beautiful scenery, enjoy the comfort of nice hotels, eat at fine restaurants, and have superior support.
Our days average around 70 miles, and we usually include a century day on each tour. Most tours are 350-450 miles in distance. Everything is included in the tour price, including airport transfers, lodging, all your meals and even spare tubes and parts. That way you spend all your time riding and no time worrying about logistics.
We Are Very Experienced Supporting Bicycle Rides In Remote Locations
Providing support for a Tour that averages 70 miles a day and climbs over 25,000 feet in a week is a logistical challenge. We ride in very isolated areas and need to be fully self-contained. If you are looking for the best support possible, this is it.
The SAG is always there, even if itís just to get you over the top of a hill. SAG stops are set up at distances of around 20 miles, or at the tops of summits, and are indicated on our detailed route slips. This gives riders who may not have attempted something this big the chance to push a little farther than normal, knowing support is always available. Halfway through the ride is a lunch stop allowing everyone to fully refuel and regroup.
Support + Longer Routes
Supporting a 100 mile ride is more challenging than supporting a 30 mile ride. We know what kind of support we want, and we give you the same. We stock a full line of Power and Cliff bars, GUís, and energy drinks, such as Accelerade, Cytomax, Hammer and Endurox R4. The support trailer carries literally thousands of GU and Energy Bar choices, plus all the snacks you like. We stock all your favorite snacks and drinks in our trailer, because we ask you want you want when you register.
The trailer also carries tubes, tires, CO2 cartridges, spare parts, wheel sets and even spare bikes should you suffer any kind of mechanical breakdown. We donít charge for spare tubes or other minor spare parts. Tires can be purchased at cost.
The trailer is completely stocked with food, snacks, and drinks, including anything you indicated on your personal snack list, a Cycling Escapes exclusive. You can count on the best support possible. We know what you need because we are experienced long distance riders ourselves. We know what you want because we ask you.
Our routes are designed around Scenic Byways and National Parks. We like to get off the main roads and blaze new and interesting rides. We never ride on highways, so we seek out quiet, traffic-free roads. If there is too much traffic on a road, we will not ride it.
We love history, so if there is a historical monument in the area, we will include it
in the ride. And of course we love to climb, so we always include challenging mountain routes.
Great Hotels and National Park Lodges
Our routes include 5-7 night's lodging and are designed so that we start and stop at that night’s
We stay at very comfortable hotels and resorts and National Park Lodges, with a typical AAA 3-star rating. We seek out hotels with ambiance, attractive rooms and grounds, and a pool and Jacuzzi for relaxing in after the ride. If there is a special resort in the area, we will stay there.
When riding in the parks we stay at National Park lodges, which puts us in the heart of the parks we ride through. That way riders enjoy historical lodges that typically require booking a year in advance, something they might not do on their own. In very remote locations, we go out of our way to stay at the best accommodations possible. Sometimes they will not have a pool or Jacuzzi, but they will have character!
Dine Where, When & With Who You Want
In 2015 we have reduced our prices and Breakfast & Dinner are on your own. Dine Where, When & With who you want.
Riders can choose between something simple for dinner or dine at the finest restaurant in the area, which we will be happy to suggest. You may also choose when you want to eat, early or late.
Each evening we will suggest a preferred restaurant and dinner time, usually 6:00pm, for those who wish to eat as a group.
Occasionally we have to set up a catered dinner because there are no restaurants where we stay. In this case we will mention it in the Tour description and it is built into the Tour price.
Experienced Ride Leaders
Our Tour Leaders are racers and long distance cyclists. This makes them very strong sweepers. They are typically former doctors, businessmen or engineers. They also carry a coaching license from USA Cycling, the governing race organization in the U.S. Few ride leaders boast this level of expertise.
But donít let us give you the impression you will be riding with a group of racers! Everyone rides at their own pace, and there is no rush to get to the next SAG stop. Just enjoy the ride, with the assurance that the sweep is able to ride the route without too much effort, so he'll have plenty of energy left over to make sure you have everything you need!
Who Rides With Us?
The average rider on our tour is experienced and has the ability to ride 400 miles in a week. But many of our riders are there to challenge themselves, knowing they can count on our support.
Our tours typically average 10-12 riders, with a maximum of fifteen, so we can offer the support everyone deserves. Women account for around 40% of our riders, and on many tours the women outnumber the men. Most of our riders are between the ages of 35-60, with the average age being 50. The strongest riders tend to be the retired folks with lots of time to train!
10% Discount For Returning Riders
To show our appreciation, all previous Tour riders enjoy a 10% discount off the normal Tour price.
Generous Refund Policy
We want you to ride with us, not make money off cancellation fees, so we make it easy. If you cancel 60 days or more before the tour, there is a one time charge of $100.
If you cancel less than 60 days before the start of the Tour there is no refund. But, your remaining balance, minus a $400 cancellation fee, may be transferred to any Tour in the future with no time limit. No other company offers such a generous transfer policy.
No Transfer Fees
You may transfer to another tour at any time at no charge.
The tour price includes all lodging, double occupancy. If you are traveling alone and would like your own private room, our Single Supplement is very inexpensive. Otherwise, if you like we can try to pair you with a roommate.