Become a Tour Leader

We are always searching for energetic, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and experienced tour leaders and staff for all of our tour offerings — leaders who share our philosophy of the leader as a facilitator and see our tours as an opportunity for participant self-discovery. Prospective leaders should have relevant experience such as group recreation leadership, independent travel, group bicycle touring experience, and/or participation in an Adventure Cycling tour. Do you have what it takes to become one of our expert tour leaders?

All new tour leaders must take one of our Leadership Training Courses (LTC). Prospective Adventure Cycling tour leaders must complete this course with the understanding that completion is no guarantee of a leadership position. Those with the goal of becoming an Adventure Cycling tour leader need to have some prior bike touring experience and will likely be asked to join one of our tours as a participant before leading a group with Adventure Cycling.

Once the course is completed, you will be given an evaluation and reference from your course advisor. The Tours Director reviews each evaluation. Once a year, the tours department sends out a Leader Preference Survey asking leaders which tours they are available to lead. The Leader Preference Survey is used to place chosen leaders on tours for the coming year. Due to the timing of this survey and your attendance of a Leadership Training Course, it could be up to 1-1.5 years before a good LTC candidate will receive a contract.

All of our leaders are independent contractors.

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