Educational Tours

Introduction to Road Touring

Many cyclists dream of traveling on a self-supported bicycle tour but lack the experience and know-how to strike out on a bicycle adventure. If that sounds like you, then this is your course.

Instruction is structured to teach the beginning cycle tourist the basics of traveling by bicycle with two days of outdoor instruction, after which we’ll hit the road on a four-day, self-contained camping tour. You’ll learn the basics of bicycle travel including what to bring, how to pack a loaded bike, cooking techniques, and emergency communication. Then you get a chance to apply your newly acquired knowledge on a mini-tour through the countryside of a location you choose: Oregon, Virginia, Florida, Texas. You’ll complete the course with an increased confidence in your traveling abilities and an enhanced knowledge of the benefits of traveling by bicycle.

“The experience provided personal insight and growth on and off the bike. I can use the skills learned in all aspects of my life. I met wonderful people from all over the U.S. and feel enriched by my interactions with them.” — 2015 Tour Participant

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Introduction to Dirt Touring

Thought about getting back into the mountains or woods on two wheels? These tours will teach you how to mountain-bike tour self-supported. We’ll spend the first two days with hands-on instruction, dealing with equipment, packing, navigation, safety, and cooking in the wild. Then you’ll put these skills to the test on a four-day adventure on backcountry dirt roads in Maine or Montana.

On this mini-expedition, you learn and practice how to negotiate loose dirt, gravel, sticks, rocks, and dirt road passes. You’ll also learn how to travel lightly and responsibly through remote areas and apply all that you have learned to the practice of traveling on a loaded mountain bike. Come join the ranks of bikepackers. It will open up a whole new world of cycling adventures in some of North America’s most spectacular areas.

“Everything was phenomenal! The tour leaders were very knowledgeable and helped create awesome camaraderie among our group. They helped with not just biking but camping and cooking! Everything! They always made me feel taken care of BUT also gave me the freedom to create my own adventure. It was the best trip of my life. I feel so empowered because of this trip.” — 2015 Tour Participant

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Leadership Training Course

Our tour leaders begin their Adventure Cycling experience with these four-day courses, although many people attend the course for their own reasons — to start leading tours on their own, to hone their leadership skills, or to get more background for helping out with local cycling events. Whatever the reason, the Leadership Training courses are open to all cyclists.


These four-day courses cover a lot of ground. There are demonstrations of group equipment, role-playing based upon actual tour situations, and technique rides. The most important elements of the course, however, are the lectures and discussions about the philosophies of leading self-supported bicycle tours. Topics include: managing group dynamics, facilitating conflict resolution, the many aspects of motivating participants, and demonstrating good public relations while on the road. Instructors and advisors for the courses are Adventure Cycling’s most accomplished leaders. They have learned the ins and outs of tour leadership firsthand and are ready to address any questions you might have. 

“It was an awesome course with four wonderful and gifted instructors. The training was exactly what I needed in understanding the Adventure Cycling culture, and I can't wait to be part of another event or tour as a participant.” — 2015 Tour Participant

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Great Divide Colorado Alpine I
Great Divide Colorado Alpine I
Aug 05, 2017 - Aug 14, 2017

Self Contained. The Alpine section of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route winds through Colorado past some of the Rocky Mountains' biggest peaks, with most of the riding at elevations above 9,000 feet. Bring along your lung capacity, and come pedal among many of the most spectacular "fourteeners" in Colorado.

Great Smoky Mountains Adventure - Van
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WA San Juan Islands - Inn to Inn
WA San Juan Islands
Sep 09, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

Inn to Inn. This week-long inn-to-inn tour weaves along the glorious northwestern coastline of Washington’s Puget Sound and through its famous San Juan Islands, offering an irresistible combination of manageable daily mileages and world-class scenery.