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 will be followed by a fun four-day tour in this course for those under the age of 30. This will give you the opportunity to test ride what you’ve learned in the classroom sessions.
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:||Mar 22, 2015||End Date:||Mar 27, 2015|
|Start Location:||Richards, TX||End Location:||Richards, TX|
|Total Days:||6||Riding Days:||4|
|Average Daily Mileage:||38.0||Surface:||Paved|
|Riders:||18||Airport:||George Bush International (IAH)|
|Tour Leader:||Joe Loviska, Julianne Panagacos||Meals:||Shared cooking|
|Physical Difficulty:||Beginner||Level of Support:||Education|
We’ll begin our class with an orientation. There will be a discussion of the course schedule and general housekeeping rules. Once we are all 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. Once we know 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 discussion about 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 will 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 will 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 really enjoyed the people in our group. They were all great and willing to do whatever it took to make this tour succeed. The scenery on this tour was amazing. We rode past waterfalls, pristine streams, mountain meadows, valleys, mountain lakes and dense forests. We stopped and ate wild Huckleberries and wild strawberries which were absolutely fantastic."
"The best part of this tour was the exceptional leadership and care exhibited by our tour leaders Sid Voss and John Weyhrich. Their experience level seemed limitless, and their willingness to go to any length to instruct/assist/guide our group made me feel safe and yet free to explore my own potential. It now seems hilarious, but there was a point in the tour when weather and terrain conspired to present some serious adversity. I loved that Sid and John were there for us every step of the way and gave us an opportunity to reach deep inside ourselves to get through it successfully and feel proud of our accomplishment."