Your group will be comprised of riders covering a broad spectrum of age and experience. We generally have a mix of men and women, most of whom come solo. We also welcome foreign riders, and every imaginable occupation is represented. Many participants are seasoned cyclotourists, while some are first-timers. To facilitate the exchange of pre-trip information, you and your fellow participants will be added to a Google Group approximately 60 days before the start of your tour. More information about how to use the group will be included in the information packet.
While Adventure Cycling tours are designed to allow as much personal freedom as possible, each group member will have certain responsibilities to the group. As in any group travel situation, flexibility and the ability to compromise are essential. New friends and great camaraderie are the end results.
On a Self Supported tour, you’ll travel with the same small group of people (typically 12 to 14). During the day, participants usually travel with others in the group with similar riding and traveling styles. At night you’ll all get back together for dinner, conversation, and camping. There are a few requirements for successful group touring; paramount among those requirements are a cooperative spirit and a desire to seek adventure with other bicyclists. Group members may face uncertain conditions and hardships together, and must cooperate as a team to make the best of a situation. You will need to be flexible to get along with others and to help create a rewarding and memorable bicycle travel experience.
Adventure Cycling leaders are experienced bicycle travelers who have completed Adventure Cycling’s training programs. They attend to the logistics of your tour and help the group reach a consensus when decisions need to be made. They’re certified in first aid and CPR and many are trained bicycle mechanics who can assist with simple, on-the-road repairs and maintenance. The leaders can’t do everything for you, however. Their purpose is to facilitate your touring experience. They will provide leadership and support, but in many ways you must rely on yourself. Please know how to read a map, and repair a flat tire prior to your arrival at the tour start.