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Greenville Ride Camp 7 Day

The Pros Secret Training Grounds

One of the best kept secrets of the Pros is tucked away in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains surrounding Greenville, South Carolina.

Greenville may not spring to mind as cycling’s latest hotbed, but that’s about to change. Here you’ll be introduced to epic climbs, stunning views, and pristine country roads. The quiet, rolling roads of the Greenville countryside offer gorgeous terrain that’s a joy to pedal for cycling experts and novices alike. Ride the roads that the pros train on and call home. Climb mountains like Ceasar's head, and view the beauty that the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. And when you’re off the bike? There are over 100 delicious restaurant options, shops, and so much more in downtown Greenville. There’s a reason why former pro “Big” George Hincapie calls this place home. You’re about to discover it.
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Greenville, South Carolina

Dates

2015
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Daily Itinerary


Option

1

Today's Self-Guided Ride:

Choose from one of our many self-guided ride options to explore Greenville, such as Paris Mountain.
Approximately 18 miles with 1,450 feet of climbing

Description:

Today you’ll meet your bike for the week and discuss the daily schedule and route options with your guides. Ready to ride? Choose a short one to get your legs moving, or check-in to your hotel room and join the group for dinner to discuss the excitement ahead.

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Hotel:

Westin Poinsett
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Option

2

Today's Ride:

Gap Creek
Approximately 48-84 miles with 2,500-6,300 feet of climbing

Swim & Run Options Available

Description:

We’ll discover one of the most scenic areas that spans both North and South Carolina. Gap Creek in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, on the Blue Ridge Escarpment, and looms ahead with both challenging climbs and breathtaking views. This is Blue Ridge riding at its finest.

Hotel:

Westin Poinsett
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Option

3

Today's Ride:

Ceasar's Head
Approximately 50-96 miles with 2,200-7,100 feet of climbing

Swim & Run Options Available

Description:

Did you know that this area had a strong racing heritage? We’ll learn about it today with an undulating ride on peaceful country roads, up the 7-mile climb to Caesar’s Head State Park. Caesar’s Head is a well-known climb that was often decisive in the Tour DuPont, where more than a few athletes left their stamp on pro cycling.

Hotel:

Westin Poinsett
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Option

4

Today's Self-Guided Ride:

Choose from rides such as Traveler's Rest, Campbell Covered Bridge, or Little Texas
Approximately 18-55 miles with 1,400-3,500 feet of climbing

Swim & Run Options Available

Description:

Today is your day to discover the side roads of Greenville on your own or with your new riding friends. We’ll give you the cue sheets, directions and guidance. You find your own private slice of heaven.

Hotel:

Westin Poinsett
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Option

5

Today's Ride:

Saluda
Approximately 44-84 miles with 2,200-6,000 feet of climbing

Swim & Run Options Available

Description:

We head into the belly of the beast, nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Saluda is our prize at the end of challenging, sustained climbs that wind through deeply forested terrain. Today is the day you earn your ride camp stripes.

Hotel:

Westin Poinsett
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Option

6

Today's Ride:

Pendelton
Approximately 36-70 miles with 2,600-3,700 feet of climbing

Swim & Run Options Available

Description:

It’s time for a mellow ride on the outskirts of Greenville. You’ll enjoy peace and quiet as you indulge in the serene and overgrown greenery that the South is known for. And who knows? We may treat ourselves to the Village Baker in Pendleton.

Hotel:

Westin Poinsett
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Option

7

Today's Self-Guided Ride:

Final Spin
Approximately 34 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing

Swim & Run Options Available

Description:

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to Greenville. Hopefully your legs are well worn from the week, but if not, feel free to choose from one of our many self-guided ride options to punctuate your trip. We can recommend the perfect final spin for a beautiful loop with some rolling terrain to finish off the week.

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Swim & Run Options


Days

2-7

Pre & Post Ride:


Description:

The Greenville Ride Camp program provides you with the perfect way to train for any triathlon or endurance event. If you choose, we facilitate the options for you to swim, bike and run. Start your day with a swim in a 25 yard/50 meter competition pool. Then, you’re on the road with all of the Ride Camp guests to challenge yourself on one of Greenville’s endurance building rides through the countryside and mountains of North and South Carolina. If you still have more in your tank, you have the option to add a run along the beautifully wooded 14.5 mile Swamp Rabbit Trail. You may choose to do 1, 2 or all 3 options.

Triathlon training options are available on all dates in Greenville. Please inform the Trek Travel Sales Consultant upon booking if you would like to participate.

There are no additional costs due to Trek Travel to facilitate the swim and run options for your Ride Camp. For each day that you choose to swim, you will be responsible for paying the daily swim fee of $7 directly to the Westside Aquatic Center. Trek Travel offers one morning shuttle to the pool, if you choose to swim at a different time you must arrange and pay for your transportation. Suggested running routes and maps will be available from the Trek Travel guides. Additional routes available from MapMyRun or local running stores. www.GreenvilleRec.com

No additional triathlon training services or nutritional products are provided. Please review the Ride Camp FAQ for what is included. Aero bars are not allowed to be added to the Trek Travel bikes, however, you may choose to bring your own triathlon bike if you wish. If you choose to bring your own equipment, you are responsible for your own bike building, shipping and maintenance. Trek Travel is not responsible for personal equipment.




Dates & Pricing

2015


Mar
2nd - 8th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1399 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
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Mar
9th - 15th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1399 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Mar
16th - 22nd / 7 days / 6 nights
$1399 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Mar
23rd - 29th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1399 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Mar
30th -
Apr
5th
/ 7 days / 6 nights
$1399 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Apr
6th - 12th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1399 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Apr
13th - 19th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1399 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Apr
20th - 26th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1399 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Apr
27th -
May
3rd
/ 7 days / 6 nights
$1399 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
May
4th - 10th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1499 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
May
11th - 17th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1499 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
May
18th - 24th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1499 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
May
25th - 31st / 7 days / 6 nights
$1499 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Jun
1st - 7th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1499 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Oct
19th - 25th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1499 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Oct
26th -
Nov
1st
/ 7 days / 6 nights
$1499 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Nov
2nd - 8th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1399 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Nov
9th - 15th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1399 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Nov
16th - 22nd / 7 days / 6 nights
$1399 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *

Hotels

Westin Poinsett Greenville

Greenville, South Carolina

The Westin Poinsett is one of the city's only four-diamond hotels in downtown Greenville. Situated around a newly renovated downtown, just paces from more than 100 shops, restaurants and other Greenville attractions like The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Falls Park on the Reedy River, the Greenville Zoo and the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

What's Included

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Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. Learn more

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Greenville trip, you will stay in one of the city's only four-diamond hotels in downtown Greenville. Situated around a newly renovated downtown, and just paces from more than 100 shops, restaurants and other Greenville attractions.
  • Daily breakfast, sack lunches, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • A daily breakfast is provided at the hotel. Lunch is included daily except meeting day, and in most cases will be on the road as you choose. Dinner is provided 4 nights of your trip and will be with the group at local restaurants hand picked to offer the best meals, but some nights are on your own (with suggested options). We will always try to accommodate dietary restrictions, as well as food allergies at meals, but please be aware that in some cases you may need to pack supplemental food options. Please note dietary restrictions upon booking.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Energy bars and electrolyte mix (we recommend you bring your own preferred energy supplements as we may not have your preferred brand)
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection)
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek retailer

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • Comprehensive bike fit
  • Ride Camp t-shirts and jerseys for purchase on location
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 3-4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 60
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 4,400

On all of our Ride Camps, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to ride; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Ride Camps are best suited for our Type 3-4 Riders. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is consistently rolling, with generally quiet, and winding roads. Some longer climbs such as Ceasar's head, but mostly intermediate in length and steepness.

Greenville temperatures range from upper 50’s to mid 70’s for the highs and 40’s-50’s for the lows in the spring and early fall. On average, there are 221 days of sunshine in Greenville, and there is always a chance for precipitation, so be sure to be prepared for the occasional rainfall.

Ride Camps are a mix of guided and self - guided rides. The focus of a Ride Camp is to put in some miles whether to build your base for the season, or to quent your avid cycling fire. As a result our Ride Camps are physically focused and not the site seeing you may experience on a traditional tour. We also assume that guests are more self-sufficient than our 'all-inclusive' style regular trips. Each morning you'll begin your ride between 8-9am and return sometime between 2-5pm depending on the length of the ride and your ability level. Depending on your riding level you may or may not not have a guide with you at all times. A support vehicle will be on each day’s featured ride at scheduled stops, but you'll want to be sure you carry appropriate layers and food for your ride. Once you return to the hotel, the afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish. Trek Travel staff will ensure that your bike is in excellent condition for the next day's ride. You will dine with the group on most nights, but some evenings are on your own to explore. Any non-riding activities that you'd like to take advantage of can be organized through the hotel concierge and are at your own expense.

Ride Camps are a mix of guided and self guided trip. You will have a minimum of 1 Trek Travel staff member that will be at the trip start, assign you your bike for the camp, and provide support on the featured group rides. When there is more than one staff member one will lead the first group of riders and the other will drive the support vehicle. The support vehicle will leap frog the group and make scheduled stops along the ride. We recommend that you are comfortable riding independently without guide support if you are not riding with the group.

This trip is designed to build your base miles for your cycling season, so we anticipate that all guests will have a good level of physical ability and be sufficiently prepared to comfortably ride a variety of challenging terrain. (Featured rides are in the trip Itinerary.) Guests are welcome to ride as much or as little as they like and must be prepared to support themselves if they are not able to do the entire featured ride or chose to do a different ride. Please select the ride options that best suit your physical ability.

You don't need to be a professional athlete to enjoy a Trek Travel Ride Camp, however due to the level of riding we do encourage each guest to come with a good level of physical fitness. This vacation is most appropriate for Rider Types 3 & 4. Please consult our Rider Types to find out what type of weekly rides you should be able to complete in order to enjoy this vacation. We always recommend that guests consult their physician before coming on a Ride Camp.

You are more than welcome to bring a non-riding companion. Please refer to the trip page for specific pricing for a double-occupancy room. Your non-riding companion will have their days free to explore while you are riding your bike. You'll be able to reconnect in the afternoon and you can shape your day as you wish. Our Trek Travel staff members will spend their day supporting the riders, however they will have a list of suggested activities for non-riders to enjoy at their own expense.

In addition to being cycling Meccas, Ride Camp destinations are great for vacations. There are a number of non-riding activities to do in the area and you can often upgrade your experience at the hotel. Some of these activities have additional costs and can be arranged through the hotel's concierge. Here are some suggestions:

  • Boutique shopping
  • Hiking opportunities
  • Explore local historic monuments and museums
  • Horseback riding
  • Golf
  • Various outdoor activities including rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing and more
  • Spa Services
  • Specific guest choice activity lists are available for each location by contacting Trek Travel

We recommend booking your trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Trips do sell out or become otherwise unavailable, so booking early is the most reliable means of reserving spots. Based on availability, last-minute bookings can be accommodated up to one week prior to departure.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for Ride Camp and provide you with a packet containing daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

The meeting point at the beginning and end of Ride Camp is at the trip hotel. You are responsible for organizing and paying for your own transportation to and from the trip hotel and the airport. Recommended shuttle services are listed in the trip itinerary. In your trip one-week-out email, you'll receive information about the specific time and location of our trip start meeting.

All Ride Camps that have a minimum of 1 person booked two weeks prior to the trip start date are guaranteed to run. If we are within the two-week time period and no one has booked on that departure date, the trip will be canceled. Trips will not be cancelled due to low enrollment within 7 days of the trip start.

The average group size on a Trek Travel Ride Camp is 10, however we allow up to 30 guests per camp. If you wish to find out how many people are on your specific trip, please contact our Trip Consultant via email at sales@trektravel.com.

The price of your Trek Travel vacation includes the choice of the best bikes on the market. On your Ride Camp the use of a Trek Domane 5.9 is included in the price of your trip. You will only be given one bike for the duration of the trip. Q:Do you have upgrade options available?

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting for the ultimate riding experience. Upgrades to Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels and Trek Ride Plus electric assist bicycle are also available. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

You are more than welcome to bring your own bike, but please keep in mind Trek Travel cannot assume responsibility for the safety of or damage to your bike that may exceed what and how we maintain the safety and well-being of our own fleet of bikes. You are responsible for providing the maintenance to your bike and any spare parts that may be used during the trip. You are also responsible for assembling your bike upon arrival and disassembling it upon departure.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Travel Services

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into the Greenville International Airport (GSP), approximately thirteen miles from downtown Greenville.

Most major airlines offer service to this airport. There are multiple options to travel to the hotel from Greenville International Airport (GSP) such as a local taxi, car rental, or the Westin Shuttle. The Westin Poinsett Greenville has a complimentary shuttle available to and from the airport. Weekday departures from the airport are every hour on the hour from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM. Weekend departures from the airport are every 2 hours on the hour between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM. You must call ahead to the hotel to arrange this service at 864 421 9700.

The Westin Poinsett Hotel | Greenville, South Carolina

Your Trek Travel staff will meet you at the The Westin Poinsett Hotel between 12:00 PM-2:00 PM on the first day of the trip. Upon meeting your guides and getting checked into the hotel, we will ensure you have a great fit to your new bike for the week and give you a few pointers before you head off on a self-guided warm up ride.

If you will be late for the meeting time, or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Westin Poinsett Greenville (864-421-9700), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You can catch the Westin Airport Shuttle that transfers directly between the Airport and the hotel for free. You must call ahead to schedule this service at 864-421-9700.

Westin Poinsett Hotel | Greenville, South Carolina

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:30 AM at the The Westin Poinsett Hotel. Please be sure to book transportation to your departure airport prior to the end of your trip.

The use of your Trek Travel bike ends at 11:30 AM on day of departure, and in some cases, may be needed for another guest arriving that day. Extensions may be available upon request but cannot be guaranteed before your trip begins.

Before & After: Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville is a bustling cosmopolitan town with many activities to keep you busy. With over 100 great restaurants to choose from, foodies will find delight here. Also there are many shops and plentiful entertainment opportunities at places like the Peace Center. You can always opt to slow down and stroll the Falls Park on the Reedy River. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:

Westin Poinsett Greenville

One of the city's only four-diamond hotels in downtown Greenville. Situated around a newly renovated downtown, and just paces from more than 100 shops, restaurants and other Greenville attractions

120 South Main Street | (864) 421-9700 | www.WestinPoinsettGreenville.com | ~$200

Hampon Inn and Suites RiverPlace

The Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown RiverPlace is located in the heart of Greenville, South Carolina's vibrant Downtown RiverPlace business, entertainment and dining district, with plentiful amenities to ensure a nice relaxing stay.

171 RiverPlace | 855-271-3622 | http://www.hamptoninnandsuitesgreenville.com/ | ~$190

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Greenville

Contemporary décor along with modern architecture will blend seamlessly with Marriott Courtyard’s signature hospitality and dedication to excellence. An experience that is both specifically Courtyard and uniquely downtown Greenville.

50 West Broad Street | 855-297-1427 | http://www.marriottcourtyardgreenville.com/ | ~$200


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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