2015 Under 30 Intro to Road Touring - Texas

Trip Dates:
Mar 22, 2015 -- Mar 27, 2015
Richards, TX
Booking Status:
Space still available
Additional Departures:
Mar 15, 2015 - Mar 20, 2015

As the experts on self-contained bicycle travel, we’d like to share our knowledge by way of our Introduction to Road Touring (IRT) course. Two days of classroom instruction provided by our seasoned trip leaders will be followed by a four-day tour through the countryside. 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
Rest Days: 2 Miles: 152
Average Daily Mileage: 38.0 Surface: Paved
Riders: 18 Airport: George Bush International (IAH)
Meals: Shared cooking Accommodations: Camping
Type: Education Physical Difficulty: Beginner
Level of Support: Education Cost: $629.00

Day 1

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.

Day 2

7 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 (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.

Days 3 - 6

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.

This is a new tour, or one we have not offered in awhile. Sign up and be one of the first cyclists to contribute to this testimonials page! For now read what past tour participants have said about some of our other trips.

"My overall experience was great!  Never having done this before, I'm delighted to have finished feeling well-excercised and renewed. The people were great, I always felt supported...everything flowed smoothly. I look forward to playing with you again!"

2007 Tour Participant

"The ride exceeded my expectations in every way. I will certainly participate in other Adventure Cycling rides in the future."

2008 Tour Participant

"It makes me sad I waited so long to do something like this. The bar has been set ridiculously high for future rides!"

2012 Tour Participant

"The camraderie that developed between the riders orve the course of the tour was great. It was good to ride with different people over the course of the tour!"

2012 Tour Participant

Photo by Dennis Coello