As the experts on self-contained bicycle travel, we’d like to share our knowledge by offering our Introduction to Road Touring (IRT) course. Two days of classroom instruction provided by our seasoned trip leaders precede a four-day tour through the countryside that gives you the opportunity to test ride what you’ve learned in the classroom.
Note that you’ll need to come to this intro course with some cycling skills and experience under your belt. But after graduating, you’ll be ready to hit the road on a loaded tour, whether it’s a solo outing, a trip with friends, or an Adventure Cycling group tour!
|Start Date:||Jun 13, 2015||End Date:||Jun 18, 2015|
|Start Location:||West Bend, WI||End Location:||West Bend, WI|
|Total Days:||6||Riding Days:||4|
|Average Daily Mileage:||34.3||Surface:||Paved|
|Riders:||18||Airport:||General Mitchell Intl. (Milwaukee, WI)|
|Tour Leader:||Lynn Hamilton, Jane Stoltz||Meals:||Shared cooking|
|Physical Difficulty:||Beginner||Level of Support:||Education|
Welcome. We’ll begin our class with an orientation. There will be a discussion of the course schedule and general housekeeping rules, and once we get acquainted and have a general idea of the framework of the course, we’ll prepare dinner and begin learning how to live on the road in comfort and style. After sharing our first meal, we’ll cover the week’s schedule, cooking rotations, group gear, and budgeting, among other topics essential for bicycle touring. Confident with the basics, it will be time to hit the hay.
7:00 a.m. sharp! It's up and at it! Your advisors will cook up breakfast before we delve into bike-touring equipment and what a savvy bike traveler should pack. Then, we'll address how one should best carry all this critical stuff (and we'll attempt to settle the classic trailer vs. pannier debate.) After we sort out the gear issues, it will be time for a hearty lunch. Following the lunch break, we'll discuss what it's like to live on the road: exploring topics of safety, attitude and etiquette, and general touring rules. Once we have all of this under our belts, we'll put some of this newly acquired knowledge to work on a shakedown ride for our multi-day adventure that begins tomorrow. We'll also stop at the market and buy food for the next day. Learning what food to purchase will be important; there's almost nothing worse than a hungry cyclist! Returning to camp, we'll enjoy an evening meal before settling in for discussions about map reading, trip preparation, as well as preparation for inclement weather and roadside repairs. After a full day, it's time to catch a few winks before we head out on our tour.
As we embark on four days and three nights of field work, we’ll not only have a chance to learn more about the theories and skills specific to bicycle travel, we’ll also apply all that we've learned in a practical way to give you a real bike touring experience. We'll travel and live as a typical Adventure Cycling tour group, sharing meals, campsites, and friendship. The route will ease us into the experience, with healthy doses of scenery and adventure. After this four-day loop, you will arrive back at the starting point of this trip ready to set out on your next adventure.
"I imagine I speak for everyone in our group, the experience was awesome! First, Ray and Heather were both patient with us and showed us what it takes to be good self-contained tour riders. It was never what they said, it was by the example they set. I believe they set the tone for us, how quickly we came together as a team. None of us had ever met before, however by day 2 we were working together, pitching in and helping each other with chores, even though it wasn’t our turn to work. I never heard an unkind or angry word spoken by anyone. The weather wasn’t the best, but perhaps that brought out more inner strength, more sharing, and more caring. I made new friends and I’d be proud to ride on any tour with my fellow participants. A big "thank you" to Adventure Cycling for putting on these camps. By the way the Wisconsin location if terrific; fine beginning accommodations, quiet roads, and a good variety of terrain to practice our riding/touring skills."
2014 Tour Participant
"The leaders were friendly, knowledgeable, and had different viewpoints on the way to do things. This was excellent training because of the different leader views!"
2012 Tour Participant