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Tucson Ride Camp
7 Days

The Southwest’s perfect training grounds for cyclists

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The high desert and alpine tundra combine for the perfect elixir of cycling and relaxation in Tucson.

New for Fall 2017, this is the pros' favorite off-season destination for training and testing, with sun for days and climbing forever. We'll sample it all on two wheels, from the local group ride routes to the world-famous (and quad-pounding) climb of Mount Lemmon. In between we'll discover the local college-town culture, try the best bistros, sip specialty coffees and act like riding is our job for one all-too-brief week or long weekend. People For Bikes has selected this area one of the nation's best for cycling, and after this week, you'll know why.

On November 18th, 2017, guests will have the opportunity to participate in the El Tour de Tucson. Please ask your Trip Consultant for details upon booking your trip.
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Dates:


Start | End

Tucson, Arizona

Duration

7 days | 6 nights
4 day option»

Total Distance

330 mi

Total Elevation

17,200 ft


Bike trip

Daily Itinerary

View Day-To-Day

Day
1
Day
1

Today's Ride:

Foothills Loop
Approximately 20 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Description:

Welcome to sunny Tucson! You're about to experience Arizona's finest cycling culture with big climbs, smooth pavement and endless sun. We'll start easily today, with a guide meet-and-greet and education on the technology of your Trek Domane. Ready to ride? Warm up and test out your bike fit on a short loop within Tucson city limits. It will get your legs moving for the rest of the week, or choose to check-in to your hotel room and join the group for dinner to discuss the excitement ahead.

Hotel:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson Paloma Village
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Included Meals:

Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Gates Pass and McCain Loop
Approximately 47 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Gates Pass and Saguaro Loop
Approximately 60 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing

Description:

Today we'll ride like Tucson locals, on the Gates Pass McCain Loop route. This is a well-known, locally famous group ride route with the right mix of flats, rollers and short, punchy climbs just to keep things interesting. We'll stop for lunch on the way, and head back to relax at the hotel for the remainder of the afternoon. If you fall in love with this route, you can move to Tucson and ride it with the locals every Tuesday morning. Dinner is on our own in the city this evening, and guides will be on-hand to make recommendations to try Tucson's best.

Hotel:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson Paloma Village
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Mt Lemmon Return
Approximately 85 miles with 7,900 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Mt Lemmon to Middle Bear Return
Approximately 60 miles with 4,700 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mt Lemmon Ski Area Summit Return
Approximately 88 miles with 8,700 feet of climbing

Description:

Are you ready for the absolute best, nationally-known climb in southern Arizona? Today we tackle the beast known as Mt. Lemmon, and traverse several microclimates along the way. We start in the high desert, and climb a 29-mile course at an average grade of 4.3%, gaining over 7,000 feet in elevation. The grade holds at about 5 percent for nearly the entire climb as saguaro cacti and mesquite trees give way to cool pine forests, brisk air, and dramatic igneous rock formations. Snap some photos at the top, and turn around for a smooth, relaxing descent as we head back. You may want to stop for a mid-ride coffee at Le Buzz, a well-known coffee shop that's friendly to cyclists. Then we'll roll back to the hotel for some R&R before we gather for dinner to toast our accomplishment at a local bistro.

Hotel:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson Paloma Village
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Choose from rides such as Twin Peaks
Approximately 35-45 miles with 1,000-2,500 feet of climbing

Description:

Today is your choice and typically the rest day for Ride Camp guests. Choose to relax and stroll Tucson's restored mansions of its El Presidio Historic District and the adobe row houses of Barrio Historico. Or, visit the University of Arizona's sprawling campus scene. If you'd like to ride, we’ll give you the Garmin, route cards, and guidance for you to find your own private slice of heaven. Dinner will be in town with the group, to share today's experiences and get to know each other better.

Hotel:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson Paloma Village
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Saguaro East
Approximately 50 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Saguaro Foothills
Approximately 44 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Saguaro East with Colossal and Pistol Hill
Approximately 76 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing

Description:

We're riding typically Tucson today, with a gorgeous day in the saddle spinning through saguaro cactus and stunning views of the Santa Catalina mountains. For those who chose to climb Pistol Hill and Colossal Canyon, you'll remember that Bicycling Magazine rates this ride one of its top 13 best rides in a National Park, so take the time to savor every moment and snap a few photos for your friends back home. This is a day you're sure to remember. Celebrate on your own or with new friends this evening at an undiscovered bistro or pub in Tucson.

Hotel:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson Paloma Village
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Green Valley
Approximately 79 miles with 2,217 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Sahuarita
Approximately 66 miles with 1,900 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Madera Canyon via Green Valley
Approximately 100 miles with 4,700 feet of climbing

Description:

It's back to training today, and we attack it in a big way as we head into the Santa Rita mountains. For those who chose, tackle the climb through Madera Canyon, a true gem of Arizona. This ride takes us through Colorado National Forest with plenty of hulking vistas and high desert, topping out at 14.5%. Enjoy your final late afternoon in Tucson before gathering for one last dinner as a group to toast a week of discoveries, challenges and newfound fitness.

Hotel:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson Paloma Village
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
7
Day
7

Today's Ride:

Final Spin
Choose from any of our self-guided ride options

Description:

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to Tucson. Rise at your own pace today and enjoy a final breakfast at the the hotel. 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 provide a few final miles. We can recommend a perfect final spin for a beautiful loop with some rolling terrain to finish off the week. Please make sure to return to the hotel in time for final check-out. You will say farewell to your guides at the hotel at 11:30 AM and the use of your Trek bike also ends at this time. Please be sure to secure transportation to your departure airport prior to the last day of the trip.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Dates & Pricing

Early Booking Savings Ends January 10th.

Book today for the best savings of the year and the widest availability of dates. Not sure where or when you want to travel?
We don’t charge a fee for changing dates or destinations up to 90 days prior to your trip start.

2018


Oct
15th - 21st / 7 days / 6 nights
$1599 / Person, $600 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Oct
22nd - 28th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1599 / Person, $600 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Oct
29th -
Nov
4th
/ 7 days / 6 nights
$1599 / Person, $600 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Nov
5th - 11th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1599 / Person, $600 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Nov
12th - 18th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1599 / Person, $600 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Nov
19th - 25th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1599 / Person, $600 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Nov
26th -
Dec
2nd
/ 7 days / 6 nights
$1599 / Person, $600 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Dec
3rd - 9th / 7 days / 6 nights
$1599 / Person, $600 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *

What is 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.

Hotels

Stay at Embassy Suites Paloma in our Tucson Ride Camp bike tour

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson Paloma Village

Tucson, Arizona

The Tucson Paloma Village is our home away from home for the week, offering an idyllic escape and place to unwind after long days in the saddle. You'll love the breathtaking views of Tucson and the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Tuscany-inspired décor, and the luxurious suites with all the right touches. Our hotel will provide us with a complimentary breakfast every morning to fuel the day, and the hotel bar and restaurant are perfect for a social hour cocktail or group dinner.

What's Included

We Include More

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 accommodations for the Ride Camp trip style. On our Tucson trip, you will stay at the Tucson Paloma Village at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains, with its luxurious, Tuscan décor and sweeping views of the city, desert and sky.
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • Included dinners for the week are on Day 1 (Monday), Day 3 (Wednesday), Day 4 (Thursday), and Day 6 (Saturday)
  • A Daily breakfast will be provided, and snacks and drinks will be available regularly throughout the rides. Lunch is included daily except for our meeting and departure days, and in most cases will be on the road as you choose. Dinner is provided four nights of your trip and will be with the group at local restaurants handpicked to offer nutritious meals to fuel your long days on the bike, 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
  • A mix of self-guided and guided rides
  • 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 SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting
  • The use of GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. 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
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Parking costs during the trip for personal vehicles
  • 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 7.5-10% 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 | 4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 54
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 2,870 ft.

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. Tucson Ride Camp is best suited for our Type 4 Riders. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. Type 3 Riders will enjoy fewer miles the short options offer. Rides have been designed to showcase the classic routes and climbs of Arizona's Sonoran Desert. Be prepared for longer days in the saddle, riding through arid climates, that culminate in climbs that aren't as steep as European terrain, but gain the same elevation over longer routes. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

In Tucson, you can enjoy arid, desert climates with plenty of sun and drastic temperature swings from morning to afternoon. Tucson tends to be comfortable in the seasons of fall, winter and spring.

Ride Camps are a mix of guided and self-guided trips. The focus of our Ride Camps is to build your base miles for your cycling season. As a result our rides are focused on the physical dimension and not the site seeing. We also assume that guests are more self-sufficient than our 'all-inclusive' style regular trips. Each morning you'll begin your ride between 8-9 AM and return sometime between 2-5 PM 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. 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 are welcome to dine at your leisure and 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 Type 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.

Non-riders are welcome at Ride Camp if they are staying in the same room with a riding guest. The riding guest will be required to pay the single supplement fee for a private room and a meal package ($350 for 7 day trips and $200 for 4 day trips) for the non-rider to dine with the group. Please contact a trip consultant for details and to book a non-riding companion.

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:

  • Hiking through Saguaro National Park
  • The Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum
  • The Catalina Foothills District
  • University of Arizona
  • Golf
  • Sabino Canyon

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 Meeting and Departing information. 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 canceled 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 SL 7 is included in the price of your trip. Learn more about the Domane.

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.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

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.

We recommend booking your pre or post night stay directly with the hotel. You may choose to stay at the same hotel as the trip or a different hotel of your choice.

Please mention that you are with the Trek Travel group and request to stay in the same hotel room during Ride Camp if you would like to avoid changing rooms, although this cannot be guaranteed by the hotel. Please provide us with your confirmation number and we will do our best to keep your room throughout the trip. The hotel may also extend a Trek Travel rate upon request, depending on availability.

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.

Meeting & Departing

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 Tucson International Airport.

From the airport you can take the region's public transit system, Sun Tran, to the hotel. Two routes of Sun Tran make regular stops at Tucson International Airport. You can find its schedule and routes at suntran.com or (520) 792-9222. You can also catch a 30 minute taxi from the airport to the hotel for approximately $50.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson Paloma Village | Tucson, Arizona

Your Trek Travel staff will meet you at Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson Paloma Village (3110 East Skyline Drive, Tucson, Arizona, 85718) between 12:00 PM-1:00 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, Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson Paloma Village (520-352-4000), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You can catch a taxi from Tucson International Airport to the hotel for approximately $50.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson Paloma Village | Tucson, Arizona

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:30 AM at Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson Paloma Village. 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: Tucson, Arizona

Arizona's second-largest city has everything you'd expect from a major metropolitan desert destination and more: excellent restaurants and culture, a funky, college vibe, world-class golf resorts and of course, great weather. This is a city that embraces its proximity to saguaro cactus and desert settings with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum that showcases the flora and fauna that makes it famous. There's also a strong Western and Native American vibe that's carried over from its history as a small village discovered by the Spanish in 1775. This is truly both a liveable and lovable city for making memories. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson Paloma Village

The Tucson Paloma Village is our home away from home for the week, offering an idyllic escape and place to unwind after long days in the saddle. You'll love the breathtaking views of Tucson and the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Tuscany-inspired décor, and the luxurious suites with all the right touches.

3110 East Skyline Drive, Tucson, Arizona, 85718 | www.embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/embassy-suites-by-hilton-tucson-paloma-village-TUSESES | 520 352 4000 | ~$170


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

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