Educational Courses

Upon signing up for a tour, you will receive confirmation and preparatory materials, including a Before You Go booklet (PDF), which contains a packing list and training tips. About 60 days prior to your trip, you will receive a Tour Information Packet with specific details about your starting location, official bike shop, travel tips, and much more.

Introduction to Road Touring

If you have wanted to learn how to pack your gear on your bicycle and head off on the open road, this tour is for you. During the Introduction to Road Touring (IRT) trip, our experienced Adventure Cycling tour leaders will introduce you to the basics of self-contained bike travel and will help you gain the skills and confidence to take yourself and your bicycle on any journey you like. A wealth of information is covered during these courses to teach you the basics of self-contained touring, beginning with two days of classroom instruction and ending with a four-day, three-night self-contained camping tour.

Introduction to Dirt Touring

Learn the basics of gravel and dirt road touring provided by some of our most seasoned trip leaders. Two days of classroom instruction will be followed by a four-day tour on backcountry dirt roads give you the opportunity to test ride and apply what you've learned. You'll need to come to this intro course with camping skills and experience riding on gravel and unpaved surfaces. After finishing the course, you'll be ready to hit the trail on a loaded off-road tour, whether it's a solo outing, a trip with friends, or an Adventure Cycling group tour.

Leadership Training Course

Our Leadership Training Course (LTC) is designed to teach the fundamentals of leading a self-contained bicycle tour. All Adventure Cycling tour leaders have taken this four-day course. Many people attend the course for their own reasons, including a desire to start leading tours on their own, to hone their small-group leadership skills, or to get more background for helping with local cycling events. While this course has no prerequisites, but those who take the LTC with the goal of becoming an Adventure Cycling tour leader should have some prior bike-touring experience. The Leadership Training Course is open to all interested cyclists.


Your group will share responsibilities for food purchase, preparation, and clean up on a rotating basis. Vegetarian and special dietary needs will be accommodated, though food selection may be limited in some locations.


Most of the overnights will be at private or public campgrounds with a range of amenities. Depending on the nature and location of the trip, these facilities could range from RV parks with hot tubs, to wilderness locations without running water. You will need a good freestanding tent with a ground cloth, a sleeping bag rated appropriately for the season and elevation of your tour, and a sleeping pad.

Mechanical Support

Tours require a degree of mechanical self-sufficiency. You should have the tools and skills necessary to change flats and perform minor mechanical adjustments.


The number of participants on a tour may be adjusted in response to demand and facility availability. Adventure Cycling reserves the right to make route and accommodation modifications without notification and to make alterations and substitutions to the itinerary as needed to improve the quality of the tour, or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of our guests.

Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity recreation provider that operates under special use permits with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and departments of transportation. Adventure Cycling Association is working cooperatively with these agencies to secure the appropriate permits.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call 202-720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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