America by Bicycle provides organized, first-class, bicycle tours. We handle all of the details and let you focus on the cycling. Some of our daily features include:
- Beautiful cycling routes with daily cue sheets and maps
- Daily SAG stops with refreshments
- Mechanical Support
- Rolling Bike Shop
- Luggage Transportation
- Friendly, experienced Support Staff
All tours feature experienced, knowledgeable, friendly and supportive staff. We offer excellent client to staff ratio, typically one staff to every 5 to 8 cyclists. In the van, the staff transport your luggage, provide food & water along the route and at SAG stops, assist with directions, help with mechanicals and cheer you along the way. One the bike, the staff assist with directions, repairs, encouragement or as a ride companion. All our staff are cyclists and know what you need to achieve your goals.
All cyclists are housed in AAA rated hotels. All overnight locations are chosen for quality, comfort and cleanliness. Cyclists can choose from up to 3 accommodation levels:
- Economy or Triple* (3 cyclists per room with 2 double beds and a rollaway cot)
- Preferred or Double (2 cyclists per room)
- Privacy or Single (1 cyclist per room)
Whenever possible, we recommend that riders upgrade to a double or single room. A hotel room fills up quickly with three people, three bikes, luggage and equipment. A double/single room allows for an easier daily routine with less clutter and compromise. Less people sharing the bathroom each morning makes the morning and evening routines less stressful and, for the cost, it is a bargain.
*There is no Economy Level option for the 'Maine Foliage Tour' or the 'Fall Foliage Classic.' Single and double room occupancy is always available. Please refer to the individual tours for rates.
Breakfast and dinner are provided and lunch is the cyclist’s responsibility on riding days for all of our tours except the ‘Fast America’ series. Breakfast and lunch are provided and dinner is the cyclist’s responsibility on our 'Fast America' series. In an effort to create a flexible schedule on our rest days, no organized meals are planned and riders eat when and where they choose on all of our tours. Organized meals are served in good quality restaurants or catered in hotel function rooms. Many meals are buffet style fare. All meals are nutritionally balanced to provide the cyclist with sufficient fuel to conquer the miles. Vegetarians are accommodated and welcomed.
Scheduled SAG Stops
Scheduled stops are provided at reasonable intervals throughout the cycling day, approximately every 25-40 miles. These stops give the cyclist an opportunity to rest and refuel with snacks, fresh fruit, water and sport drinks.
America by Bicycle provides mechanical support throughout the tour. From bicycle assembly and safety inspection on opening day to basic adjustments and repair on the road to assistance packing your bicycle on the final day, we have the mechanical expertise to keep you rolling. No hidden repair labor charges, we only charge for parts. Our mechanic is available in the morning before you depart, throughout the day in our rolling bike shop and each afternoon to repair, adjust and troubleshoot mechanical problems.
All tours have a superior ratio of support vehicles to cyclists. From luggage and equipment trucks to mechanic and SAG vans, support vehicles are visible and on the route daily to provide assistance and transportation. SAG vehicles are 15 passenger vans that have the capacity to transport cyclists, their bicycles and gear. Support vans are equipped with a modern communication system.
A dedicated support team truck or trailer carries all your full-size baggage directly from hotel to hotel. This allows you the freedom to carry only what you need for the day on the bike.
Route briefings happen daily, usually right around dinner. Here, maps and cue sheets are distributed. Route issues, weather, terrain and local sights are discussed.
Bicycles and Helmets
A well-tuned road or touring bike is our advice to riders, however, you may ride a tandem or recumbent if you choose. All riders are required to wear a CPCS approved helmet at all times when cycling. No exceptions!
At the beginning of each tour, our Ride Staff reviews the event in great detail from start to conclusion. This will include an overview of the route, terrain, logistics, meals, safety, and much more. You will learn what to expect and how the support works. You will leave orientation knowing you are in good hands for your journey.
All Registered Riders Receive:
Pre-Ride Preparation. A Tour Kit is mailed upon receipt and confirmation of initial deposit and registration. Tour Kit includes: Invoice, Trip Itinerary & Map, Century Training Guide, Street Smarts Guide, Packing List, General Information about the Tour, Trip Insurance Brochure
Ride Preparation. A Rider Kit is mailed 60 days prior to the ride start and once payment in full is received for the Tour. Rider Kit includes: Ride Specific Information, Hotel List, Daily Schedule, etc.
Customized Training Program (available by request)
America by Bicycle Jersey (on opening day)
America by Bicycle do-rag (on opening day)
Riding with America by Bicycle you'll enjoy:
Great group camaraderie
Bragging rights- "I cycled Coast to Coast!"
Membership in the "E.F.I." Club (Every Fantastic Inch)
Confidence knowing you're not cycling alone
Great Support - If you have a problem, our Support Team is there for you