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The Women who make Trek Travel

International Women’s Day is an important time to recognize the incredible achievements of women across the globe. We are proud to be a company that empowers and celebrates women in the cycling industry and we want to highlight some of the women who make Trek Travel special.

We are proud to have 40 of our 103 guides as amazing women. These women lead trips across North America and Europe and provide support, expertise, and incredible hospitality to our guests. Part of our guide training program is making sure every guide is a Trek certified bike mechanic, meaning we have over 40 female certified bike mechanics on the team. This is just one of the great ways that we are contributing to making this male-dominated industry more inclusive. Our guides also include 3 former women cycling pros on our Trek Travel team, who add a wealth of knowledge and experience to our bike tours.

Teaching and supporting the next generation of women is also an important aspect of many of our employees. One of our guides, Sarah Edwards, teaches young girls how to mountain bike in her free time. We have also had guides start organizations, such as Little Bellas, that focuses on building confidence and team work, and gets young girls into cycling. One of our Trip Designers, Rebecca Falls, volunteers for Little Bellas in her free time as is helping to create an inclusive environment in the outdoor industry.

In addition to our guides, we are proud to be a woman-owned company, led by our President Tania Burke. Tania has led Trek Travel for over 20 years and has created a culture of empowerment and equality in the industry. Tania was recently featured in WisBusiness, where she talks about mentoring her employees. “focusing on leadership skills developed by Jim Collins, author of numerous management books, including “Good to Great”.”, read the full article here. In our office, 38 of our 64 staff members are women that make up a variety of different departments.

We are proud to have so many amazing women on our Trek Travel team, from our guides to our office staff. Happy International Women’s Day!

2020 Guide of the Year: Zack Jones

Meet Trek Travel's legendary Cycling Guide, Zack Jones

Each year, Trek Travel celebrates one of our guides for his or her tremendous season, exceptional hospitality, and downright awesome attitude. We are proud to announce our 2020 Guide of the Year, Zack Jones!

Winning Guide of the Year is a huge honor. To be nominated for this prestigious award, guides have to earn top-notch evaluations from guests, co-guides, and the office team. The top five guides are then voted on by the Trek Travel management team to determine which guide provided best-in-class hospitality and reflected our company values. The winning guide receives a custom merino jersey with “Guide of the Year” embroidered on it as well as a $1,000 travel credit to anywhere in the world.

This year’s winner, Zack, has been guiding with Trek Travel almost as long as the company has been in existence. He is a fantastic photographer, and you’ll see photos from his adventures across our website and social media channels. We talked to him to learn a little bit more about his experience guiding, how he feels about winning Guide of the Year, and where he is headed in 2021.

Why do you guide?

“Guiding allows me to lead, share knowledge, and expose culture in stunning places with amazing people, incredible food, and luxurious accommodations, all from the seat of a bike. Those are the obvious reasons, and who wouldn’t want a job profile like that? The reality is, there are a lot of aspects to guiding that are not for everyone, and many of those I find incredibly fulfilling. Guiding is a lot of challenging work and long hours. It is not uncommon to be busy with diverse tasks from five am to ten or eleven at night, and most days, I love it! I get to be the co-captain of life-changing experiences for guests, and the spontaneous moments and reactions are always the most epic and rewarding. Guiding is very analog and occurs in the real world. Digital tools assist in being a better guide, but most of what I do as a guide feels like what my mind, body, and hands were created to do. In a world that often feels increasingly disconnected, guiding is uniquely connecting, bringing guests to new cultures, physical accomplishments, sensory experiences, and relating to each other and the world. Perhaps the biggest reason I come back year after year is the connection I get with my colleagues. There is no other way to describe the uniqueness and depth of the relationships that develop over weeks, months, and years than to call them family.”

What are some epic moments or favorite memories from your travels?

“There is not enough space to list them all, but some standouts include: Riding up to Crater Lake Rim in Oregon and hearing a loud gasp of genuine awe from my guests every single time. The pleasant surprise of beer being served to our group at a dinner in a Buddhist monastery in Japan. My WNBA-level co-guide and I getting schooled in basketball by two locals half our height in Guatemala. “Kidnapping” our guests after dinner with a Mapuché family in Chile to take them on an unexpected viewing of an erupting volcano at night. Breaking from the day’s plan to get guests and co-guides to jump into the fjord in Norway on a hot day. And persuading 16 guests from Japan to wear goatees, mustaches, and cowboy hats and sing Happy Birthday at a surprise dinner for Gary Fisher in Moab. Just to name a few.”

Where are you hoping to guide in 2021?

“Anywhere! Travel has been closed for so long that it would be a gift to guide in any destination. Having said that, my wife and I just welcomed a new tiny human into our lives in March, Astoria Lucille Jones. Now that I have achieved “Guide of the Year,” the bar is high, and the only way to top it is to work to be “Dad of the Year.” So it looks like my schedule and my skills will focus on guiding our little girl through the journey of learning to be a human. And who knows, perhaps there will be a trip or two in the fall in Europe that I can join.”

How did you feel about winning guide of the year?

“Wait… WHO??? Another “Zack” is guiding for Trek Travel? WAIT… that’s ME!” I was utterly blown away by the honor as it was so unexpected. The year 2020 has been incredibly challenging for me beyond just the pandemic. There were many moments that I felt I was working hard to be my best self and yet falling short. So when it came time to announce the winner of the Guide of the Year, I found myself mentally scanning the faces and personalities of all of my deserving colleagues/friends and picturing who it would be without ever considering it would be me. I am immensely grateful and proud to carry the torch for 2020. ”

What else are you looking forward to in 2021?

“I am really looking forward to how we rediscover connecting to each other and the world. I hope this unique time has helped us reflect on what is most important in life and filter out the noise that holds us back from a life of meaning and connection. I am looking forward to in-person conversations, noisy restaurants, group rides, hugs, high-fives, travel with my wife, going home, and introducing my little girl to family and friends.”

Zack was also featured in the 2021 Trek Summer Quarterly

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Get to Know our Guide Team

While our guides come from different countries around the world and represent many different walks of life, each and every one of them shares a passion for showing you the world by bike.

This passion to show you an unforgettable experience drives our guides, who are consistently rated an average of 4.8 stars out of 5 by our guests. From their many home countries to their different professional backgrounds, get to know our guide team a little more before you travel with us next.

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Do you think you would make the perfect addition to our team? Learn more about the qualities we look for in our guide.

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Life of a Guide: Home on the Road

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Hear from our guide, Max Ackermann, as he reflects on his experiences guiding and how he found home while on the road.

It’s the first night of our 42-day trip. We’ve finished our first ride, a few guests have knocked out an afternoon nap, and the first sips of Santa Ynez chardonnay go down smooth. It’s time to enjoy dinner and get to know our group as we settle in for the trip ahead.

The question “where’s home for you?” is tossed around the table. It’s a starter for small talk, quickly left behind as the conversation deepens. When it’s my turn to answer, I catch myself in a double take.

For a long time, the answer had been simple, even automatic. Now, after moving out, packing my life into two duffel bags, and saying a series of goodbyes, the question seems complex. Do they mean where I grew up? Or where I go when I’m not guiding? Where do I consider home?

Is home where we live or work? Where we find our sense of community? Is it where we go grocery shopping, enjoy a night out with friends, or wake up with our morning routine?

I glance across the table to my co-guides. One I met three months ago. Another I met three weeks ago, just before the three of us crossed the country in a minivan finalizing the trip. The last one I met three days ago. I think back to the evening when the four of us toasted to the start of what would surely be an unforgettable adventure, biking across America.

Just imagining my days guiding that lay ahead excited me. Wake up before the sun and immediately put on a kit. Pack everything neat and tight. Don’t forget to check under the bed. Greet the guests, then fill up all the coolers with ice. Squeeze in some breakfast and coffee. Pack the luggage and double check the lobby. Ride all day. Arrive at the rest stop to set up snacks. Collect mail and packages at the next hotel. Shower, make a grocery run, and eat dinner. Moonlight bike wrenching and laughs with co-guides. Sleep.

For the next six weeks, life would be simple. Thirty-five people, all from different and distant walks of life, would embark on the same crazy adventure together.

My mind returns to the table. I look at the people seated with me who were strangers not long ago but will be coworkers, best friends, and family by the time we cross from California to South Carolina. And after far too long a pause to maintain the coolness with which the question was initially asked, I can’t hide an emerging grin. “Here,” I answer, as if I hadn’t just figured it out right then and there.

Life of a Guide: In the Off Season

Our guides inspire us all the time. They are multi-talented, creative, and adventurous. They are busy, go-getters who follow their passions and pursue a wide range of activities. Learn a little bit about what three of our guides do in the off-season when they aren’t riding with Trek Travel!

Interior Design with Marquette Edwards

I’ve been guiding for Trek Travel since 2010, and I also worked as the East Coast dealer sales representative for four years during that time. I’ve been doing interior design informally for over 15 years but decided to get my certification in design and property staging in 2015. I have always been creative visually and have a passion for reinventing a space, seeing it from a different perspective and bringing it to life. I opened my own business, Design Remedy, in 2016 in Greenville, South Carolina. Since then, I have worked on both residential and commercial projects as well as provided property staging services for realtors. I love working as a designer along with guiding because it allows me to combine the things that make me happy and fulfilled. The cool thing about my design business is that I not only work with clients in person, but I can also work with people online from anywhere, providing a full range of design services including color consultations, room styling, sourcing furniture, decor suggestions, and property staging assessments to get your home ready for market.

Learn more about Design Remedy.

Cycling Races with Ioanna Yiasemi

I’ve always been active in the off season. In the off-season during my first few years of guiding, I would just pack up a backpack or my Trek 920 and get off the grid. But when I started to feel like settling down some, I had to funnel my energy elsewhere. I became a yoga instructor, learned Spanish, and got diving certifications. But the best endeavor out of all was getting involved in local cycling races in my home country, Cyprus. In the last two years, I have become part of a small team of individuals who are responsible for the biggest international races that happen on the island of Cyprus, including the Cyprus Sunshine Epic, a mountain bike stage race for professional and amateurs every February, and the UCI Cyprus Gran Fondo, which is one of the few qualifying events for the world championships of Gran Fondo. There’s additional smaller races including Ocean Lava Triathlons, the “Olympus Man,” and many more. Aside from that, we also organize community rides, mountain bike skills clinics, and events focused especially on women. I believe that putting more people on bikes is a great cause and Cyprus is a cycling paradise, especially in the winter!

Painting & Drawing with Jessie Walker

In my own time, I like to be creative, and I love trying out new arts and crafts. I always seem to question “can I make this?” when it comes to items I see on social media or things I need around the house. I just recently bought my first house, so I currently have a big canvas to play with, which is very exciting for me.

At school I studied art and design, but never at university. My first career was in professional road cycling, so that took up all my time. It wasn’t until I was sick and off the bike for a week that I started drawing. My first drawing was the tiger in the image below. After that, I realized how much I loved it and began drawing more often. I’ve now set up a social media account on Instagram called @yorki_rose for anyone to view my work or request commissions. I’ve even shown a few Trek Travel guests my work when they’ve asked about my hobbies, and I’ve had a few commissions now. The landscape below is of Tuscany and was requested by a guest that I guided on the luxury bike tour in Tuscany. It’s a great way to make amazing memories last forever!

Once I really got into the creative swing of things, I decided to mix it up a little and start custom painting cycling shoes. My practice run was painting my brother’s shoes to match the colors of his team, Team Wiggins. I’ve now done quite a lot of different shoes, and I even have the man himself, Sir Bradley Wiggins, on my current client to-do list.

Art and design for me is the perfect balance in my life. With my job as a Trek Travel guide being so active, it’s nice to have my weeks off in a tranquil environment doing something I love!

2019 Guide of the Year: Lisa Lieb

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Each year, Trek Travel honors one of our guides for his or her tremendous season, exceptional hospitality, and a downright awesome attitude. We are proud to announce our 2019 Guide of the Year, Lisa Lieb!

Guide of the Year is a huge honor. To be nominated for this prestigious award, guides have to earn top-notch evaluations from guests, co-guides and the office team. The top five guides are then voted on by the Trek Travel management team to determine which guide provided best-in-class hospitality and reflected our company values. The winning guide receives a custom merino jersey with “GUIDE OF THE YEAR” embroidered on it as well as a $1,000 travel credit to anywhere in the world. The winner can use it for themselves, a family member, or a friend.

We talked to Lisa to learn a little bit more about how she feels about winning Guide of the Year, about her experiences guiding, and about where she is headed in 2020.

Why do you guide?

“Passion and happiness. It seems that I have found a job that fills my passions, and therefore my job has become my passion. The passion to be able to experience the joy of life by bike and the ability to share that with others. The passion to see different cultures, to meet tremendous people from around the world, and to be a part of bringing smiles to people’s faces. That is very rewarding. So, when I am getting to live my passion, the result then brings me to the goal of my life: to be happy. So, happiness is a pretty good reason to guide! And of course, all the donkeys I get to meet along the way!”

What are some epic moments or favorite memories from your travels?

“Having guided over 180 Trek Travel trips, it is very difficult to pick just a few of my most epic moments, favorite memories, or most unforgettable guests. There have been times over the past nine years that I truly cannot believe that this is my real life. Epic moments like meeting pro riders that I have only seen on TV riding in the Tour de France, climbing Alpe d’huez the day of the 100th anniversary of the Tour, running along side Cadel Evans on Mont Ventoux after sleeping in a vineyard on Bastille Day, and stopping to dance in the middle of climb because why not? All these and so many more epic moments come to my mind. Many guests over the years are truly unforgettable, like being a part of a guest’s confidence building moments after riding something they never thought possible, the “yes I can do this” revelations, the moment when a you see a woman be empowered just by riding a bike, those hugs and tears of joy at the top of an epic climb, the champagne toasts and jumping in the sea after crossing the Pyrenees mountains, times I am told “it just would not have been the trip of a lifetime without you,” the many notes written to me at the end of every trip, and the number of smiles I see on a daily basis are truly unforgettable. And of course some of my favorite memories are the ones I have made with my co-guides, like camping in the middle of nowhere, late night dance parties in the middle of a tiny village, and just the times of ridiculousness that makes those friendships even stronger.”

Where will you be guiding in 2020?

“In 2020 I will be guiding Mallorca Ride Camps, the Italian Dolomites bike tour, and the Mallorca Luxury bike trips. This will be my eighth season guiding in Mallorca, and it just gets better every year. Riding a bike in Mallorca is a way of life and for me. It is the place where I fell in love with road cycling. (Those of you that know, I am a mountain biker through and through, so I think that says a lot about the riding in Mallorca to turn a mountain biker into a roadie). In 2014 I guided the Giro d’Italia trip through the Dolomites, and every year I race the Granfondo Maratona dles Dolomiti. However, this is my first year guiding our Classic Climbs of the Dolomites trip, and I cannot be more thrilled. The Dolomites are a very special place on the planet, and your life will only be enhanced if you get the opportunity to experience those mountains by bike. The people, the food, those mountains – all your senses will be overtaken by the Italian and South Tirol culture. It is quite spectacular, and I am very much looking forward to guiding in the region.”

How did you feel about winning guide of the year?

“To be named Guide of the Year I feel very honored, humbled, and proud. My belief is one cannot do great alone. One must be surrounded and supported by great to accomplish great. Being named Guide of the Year is a reflection of the people around me. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work with many amazing guides and am always learning so much from each and every one of them. The level of passion, professionalism, dedication, and fun in the people that guide Trek Travel trips is so high, I am blown away that I was chosen out of such a deserving group.Thank you to everyone at Trek Travel for honoring me with such an award.”

What else are you looking forward to in 2020?

“On March 15 I get the privilege to participate in one of the worlds toughest mountain bike stage races, the Absa Cape Epic in South Africa. The coolest part is, I was asked by a Trek Travel guest that I guided in Mallorca back in 2013. We have not stayed in touch nor followed each other on social media, but when this guest had received one of the coveted entries to the event, he remembered his guide in Mallorca and thought, “She would be a fun partner to race this event with, and I’m pretty sure she likes to mountain bike.” The many doors that this job opens are pretty rad.”

Meet Our Team: Ilona Kohlerova

Meet Trip designer Ilona. Originally from the Czech Republic, but now a citizen of the world and the brains behind many of our Pro Race trips. What’s her inspiration you may ask? Our guests.

Tell us a little about your previous life before Trek Travel?

I come from the Czech Republic. I studied in Prague but kept on moving to different places and traveling. I lived a couple of years in the U.S., then I moved to the south of Spain and ended up in Barcelona, which I loved. I worked at all kinds of jobs—waiting tables in Wisconsin, bartending in Spain, guiding in Prague and working in a social service specialty with the homeless.

What inspired you to become a Guide and Trip Designer?
Honestly I had no idea that such a job existed. I was working in the office in Barcelona and my colleague and friend, Ingrid, was telling me about the best job she ever had. I checked the Trek Travel website and applied for a job right away. Five years later I still love it. It’s much more than just riding a bike; it’s a lifestyle, which connects traveling, working with people, outdoors and new cultures. Trip design was just another step. I enjoy having the possibility to plan a trip based on my guiding experience and knowledge of the region. And I like working together with the guides to make improvements. What inspires me is showing our guests the best of the places they always wanted to go, to meet with their favorite pro racer or be part of the race they always watched on TV. For a few days allow them to not worry about anything and just fully enjoy their time.

Can we get a quick run-down–what it means to be a Trip Designer? What’s your design process?
I mainly design race trips, except Tour de France. Long before the official route is announced, I keep my eyes and ears open for all rumors to get information ahead of time and start planning routes and booking hotels. After the official announcement it’s two weeks of speedy work—confirming hotels, arranging all the viewings, VIP passes etc. We try to get the trip online as soon as we can because people often ask right after the race is announced. The key is to have a good hotel in a strategic place, close to famous climbs where you can watch the race. Once the guides are on the ground before the trip, they make sure all details are dialed and it’s them who take the itinerary and make it the experience of the lifetime.

Meet our team: Ilona

Tell us about your favorite trip you’ve ever designed and why.
That’s a hard question. Every newly designed trip becomes my favorite! Vuelta 2017 was an unforgettable experience. We work closely with the Trek-Segafredo Team, which makes our trips even more special and unique. Last year we met and talked to Alberto Contador the evening before the last mountain stage. The next day we climbed l’Angliru ourselves and then we watched him winning on this brutal climb in the last stage of his career. After such a hard race, he was willing to meet with Trek Travel guests and take a group selfie right below the podium. Thanks to our relationship with Trek-Segafredo we get to be a part of the race and see behind the scenes.

What’s your dream travel destination?
That’s a long list. Rwanda and Uganda would be at the top. I’m also planning a bike trip through my family roots, which will take me from Czech through Slovakia to Ukraine–Zakarpattia. Then it’s only a step from Romania and Moldova. I just want to see the whole world!

Best travel adventure of all time?
I will never forget 16 days of hiking in Himalayas. It was only my friend and I, sometimes we did not see people for days, sometimes we hung out with locals and slept in their homes. The landscape was breathtaking. It was a challenging hike and I can still remember the feeling on the top of the climb, looking at all that natural beauty around and being simply happy.

What are you looking forward to most in 2018?
So many things! Besides doing my personal travels, tandem skydiving above Czech lands (Xmas present from my brother), I can’t wait for Giro–we will climb Mt. Zoncolan and watch the race there, and ride other beautiful parts of Dolomites.

I’ve already mentioned Vuelta. North of Spain—Asturias, Cantabria and Basque country—has some of the best riding, varied landscape, delicious cuisine and cider! Vuelta is at the end of the season so it’s more relaxed and riders are super friendly and want to meet with fans.
We also have some new trips coming up so this year I will be working on new destinations and designing other trips beside race trips, which I’m very excited about!

Meet our team: Ilona


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3 Things the L’Etape du Tour Taught Me About Life

This spring, on an otherwise ordinary Wednesday lunch ride from the Trek Travel office, I was offered the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Etape du Tour. What came next was something I never expected.

The invitation came so casually that it took a moment before the onset of nerves, excitement, and admittedly a bit of panic set in. The Etape du Tour is a citizen’s ride that covers one stage of the Tour de France, and it’s often the year’s most difficult queen stage in the mountains. With a simple verbal commitment during a 12-mile lunch ride around the lake, I had just signed myself up for a 110-mile challenge with almost 11,000 feet of climbing and a summit finish on the harrowing Col d’Izoard.

The Alps seemed unreachable for a recreational cyclist like me. My personal life was taking unexpected turns and I was coming off a frigid Wisconsin winter with too-few miles on the trainer. But so began the journey. Over the next four months, training for and ultimately completing the Etape du Tour taught me three valuable lessons that helped me not only conquer the Alps, but also helped me navigate the ride that is life.

Trek Travel L'Etape du Tour

1. Eat Real Food

When training for and participating in endurance sports, nutrition becomes essential to your success. Trust me when I say that you do not want to bonk in the middle of a 100-mile ride. As someone who typically forgets to eat and drink until we crack a post-ride beer, I had to focus on fueling up at every stop and hydrating consistently. Not just gu’s and gel’s, either. The key to my success at the Etape was eating real food all day long. It is vital to recognize what your body needs and nourish yourself with fuel to sustain you.

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2. Don’t Burn Too Many Matches

For any long-distance event, it’s important to go in with a plan. Use the countless hours of training to learn your limits, so when it comes time for the main event you know just how hard you can go. Unfortunately, race-day jitters and excitement often cause us to make the fatal mistake of going out too fast. Don’t. Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” When hundreds of eager athletes fly pass you at the start, stick to your plan. If you ride at your pace, you will get to where you want to go.

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3. Stay in the Envelope

The best part about riding the Etape with Trek Travel is the overwhelming support. I had a team of 15 people to train with, learn from and lean on leading up to and during the event. I knew when accepting the invitation that I had a lot to learn about cycling – about climbing and descending with 15,000 other riders around me. But the most important lesson I learned is to trust your team. If you want to succeed, surround yourself with people far more experienced than you. They have knowledge, wisdom, protection and strength to offer.

So the moral of the story? Life has a way of surprising us. Enjoy the ride.


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Our Winter Picks

Part one of our winter gear series where the team at Trek Travel home base in Madison, Wisconsin give their gear recs and best tips for making it through the months where Old Man Winter reigns.

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Jenny: Dealer Program Manager

Go-to winter riding gear?
Bontrager Old Man Winter Boots. Trek Travel Neck Gaiter. Ski Helmet and Goggles (much warmer than bike helmet and sunglasses). Bontrager Gnarwhal Studded Fat Bike Tires.

Is there such a thing as “too cold”? and why?
No such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.

Favorite beverage or meal to warm you up?
Maple Hot Toddy

Best part about winter in Madison?
Riding across a frozen Lake Monona to work with my awesome colleagues.

#1 tip to survive a Wisconsin winter?
The reason I love Wisconsin is because people don’t let the cold, gray weather stop them. Options abound, from cross country skiing, fat biking, ice hockey or a walk in the woods. The key is to embrace the weather and get outside anyways! Well that, and always plan a warm, sunny vacation for February!

If you could be a character in a holiday movie, who would you be and why?
Buddy the Elf, because he always has a smile on his face and adds energy to every room.

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Brie: Guide Manager

Go-to winter riding gear?
Bontrager S1 shoe covers, Velocis S2 split finger gloves aka lobster gloves and a neck gator. Plus a neon fanny pack for added fun and snack storage..

Is there such a thing as “too cold”? and why?
I draw the line for biking when we fall below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Favorite beverage or meal to warm you up?
Espresso in the morning, hot toddies in the afternoon.

Best part about winter in Madison?
It’s awesome how outdoor activities shift gears and continue on when temperatures drop in Madison! Frozen lake fat bike adventures are definitely a highlight for me…and a thrill.

#1 tip to survive a Wisconsin winter?
We schedule a few ‘Friday Soup Nights’ throughout the winter months…a fun gathering of friends to enjoy a warm fire, homemade soup and good company.

If you could be a character in a holiday movie, who would you be and why?
Buddy in Elf because of his fun-loving demeanor and positive outlook on life; not to mention his advanced snowball throwing skills.

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Katherine: Sales and Guest Services Manager

Go-to winter riding gear?
Bontrager lobster gloves and lights for dark mornings.

Is there such a thing as “too cold”? and why?
No such thing as “too cold” just the wrong gear.

Favorite beverage or meal to warm you up?
Hot Toddy

Best part about winter in Madison?
Riding fat bikes across the frozen lakes

#1 tip to survive a Wisconsin winter?
Buy a fat bike

If you could be a character in a holiday movie, who would you be and why?
I would be Jovie from Elf because how entertaining would that be?!

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Ashley: Guest Services Coordinator

Go-to winter riding gear?
A Buff! You can use it for your head, your neck, your entire face, etc.

Is there such a thing as “too cold”? and why?
I am a firm believer that you dress appropriately for the weather. If it’s cold, bundle up!

Favorite beverage or meal to warm you up?
Throat coat tea, even if I don’t have a sore throat.

Best part about winter in Madison?
The first snow in the Arboretum.

#1 tip to survive a Wisconsin winter?
Having good friends to pass the months with.

If you could be a character in a holiday movie, who would you be and why?
Tim Allen in The Santa Clause. I’m in it for the silky red pajamas!

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On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of Explorer and Luxury hotels. Rest assured, no matter which hotel level you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Activity Level

Level 1:

Road: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Level 2:

Road: 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Level 3:

Road: 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Level 4:

Road: 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel: 4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discover:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Ride Camp:

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.


Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Single Occupancy

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself