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New guide training…with some speed ironing thrown in.

We asked one of our new guides, Sam Clark, to give us a run down of his experience during new guide training this past April. Here’s his story below…

As a class of candidates, our applications were whittled from the hundreds to less than fifty. Via Skype interviews we were pared to twenty-two. After a day-long gauntlet of tests and mind-bending in Madison, the final twelve received break-of-dawn notes under our doors telling us to meet in Room 1: We were selected for training.

To last the process meant reaching deeply into one’s bag of tricks. What’s your best animal call? Can you open a guest’s beer without a bottle opener? How about toasting two strangers on their 20th wedding anniversary? Know what local pickled vegetable pairs best with cheese curds? We had to prove ourselves as equally adept with sprigs of garnish as we were with a fully loaded trailer; as comfortable with cable cutters as we were with salad forks. To become the best in the business, we were painstakingly vetted, tested, tried, and trained.

There were also the challenges you’d expect. We spent the wee hours of too many nights rooting through dark trailers together, troubleshooting troublesome derailleurs, and glaring at uncooperative GPS software. During training I saw the wrong side of 5:30 a.m. more times than I have in the last year. I re-learned the art of the two-minute shower, and how to speed-iron khakis before social hour.

Most memorable were moments with my head thrown back in laughter. If you’re lucky enough to have a new guide on your trip, maybe you’ll find out who does a great impression of Jerry Seinfeld, or you’ll learn whose grandfather changed his full name to Dickie Ray Ray. As a group, we’re a collection of raconteurs, poets, quick wits, and comics; of athletes and polymaths. Each new guide possesses the requisite determination that brought us through collective adventures across Nevadan deserts and over interminable Yukon climbs. Most importantly, each new guide has an ease and joy for good company, and a predilection for great conversation.

This spring eight of us begin our careers riding sweet bikes in the world’s loveliest locales. We get to spend our summer with guests from all over the world, from a spectrum of generations, with shared passion for bicycles and new places. We’re the luckiest people you know.


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Ultimate Luxury:

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.


Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.


These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.


On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of hotel levels, from Explorer to Luxury to Ultimate Luxury. Rest assured, no matter which level of hotel 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 - Discovor:

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