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Details/Discounts


Discounts

DISCOUNTS FOR 2019

Early Registration Discount: 5% discount for the first 4 people signing up for a tour 120 days or more before tour departure. Not applicable for Cross Country, Epic Tours or International Tours

Returning Guest Discount: 5% for any returning guest and any new friend they bring along. New guest must identify themselves at time of registration

Group of 4 or more signing up together: 5% for a group members if they sign up within 2 days and identify themselves at time of registration. As your group grows, so does your discount.

  • 4–8 guests receive a 5% discount*
  • 9-12 guests receive a 7.5% discount*
  • 12-16 guests receive a 10% discount*

*Certain restrictions apply. Please talk with a tour consultant for more details.
  Sailing Adventures, Cross Country, Epic, Custom and Private trips do not receive discounts.

Pay by check Discount: 2% if paying by check rather than credit card. Payment must be received by balance due deadline.

Discount notes: Combination of discounts can not exceed 15% for any one tour and are not valid with promotional or club discounts. Discounts can not be applied to single room supplement or bicycle rental

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Testimonials / Why Us

Why choose Cycle of Life Adventures ?

We describe Cycle of Life Adventures as a boutique style bicycle touring company.

• We are a very personal business- we are not the giants of the industry. Most of our tours will be priced at least $100 per day lower than the large tour operators. At Cycle of Life Adventures we have a singular goal of creating exceptional trips for all of our guests at an uncomparable value.

• We  focus on excellent service to small intimate groups.

• It's us on the other end of the phone that you are talking to in the off season. It's us laughing with you at dinner. It's us on the roads in the off season in search of the best road conditions, bonding with local inn keepers, and sampling the local food and attractions. We do not sub contract to other tour companies.

• Our lodging and dining options are among the finest that an area has to offer.

• One of our owners will always be on a tour with you. Additional guides are mature, experienced guides and mechanics. We have participated in hundreds of cycling adventures, both as guests and as guides.  We have led trips across the breadth and depth of North America. Our passion for sharing these fabulous trips with others of similar interests is what led us to develop our own company.

•  We are committed to providing challenging, memorable and original trips in extraordinary, beautiful parts of the country for all levels of riders.

To see for yourself, the VALUE of our trips, view our page about "Details/Discounts"

 

Guest Testimonials:

"Cycle of Life Adventures is an excellent bike tour company! I just completed my first ever seven day bike tour in Western Colorado (Colorado National Monument tour) and it exceeded all my expectations. Elli and Dennis did an incredible job organizing all the logistics of the trip and it ran flawlessly. They were perfect guides attending to our every need. I felt safe and well cared for. The routes were spectacular, the food was amazing, and the company and conversation delightful. I can't wait to go on the next adventure with them!" Kristina- Grand Junction, CO

 

"The Outer Banks tour offers much variety.  There are historical sights, scenic waterfront spots, quaint villages, good restaurants for recharging in the evenings and great bike riding.  Dennis and Elli do everything possible to manage the logistics and minimize the amount of time riding in the van.  I have done tours with several different companies.  I believe Cycle of Life Adventures did the best job I have experienced in planning and executing a tour.  I highly recommend them to other cyclists."  Len - Phoenix, AZ

 

I have been on several trips with Dennis and Elli and my experience has been nothing but outstanding. Our accommodation have always been clean and pleasant. Depending on the location some have been outstanding. The food has been off the charts on most evenings (I eat way to much) and the breakfasts and lunch's are exactly what the doctor ordered. There is no shortage of good to great food on these trips. As far as our host are concerned,(Dennis and Elli) you couldn't ask for more attentive, dependable, kind, Knowledgeable and just great people to spend your trip with. I would highly recommend Cycle of Life Adventures if you want an over all great cycling experience. I will continue to cycle my way across the country with them as long as they will have me.  Rich- Ft. Collins, CO

 

“COLA offers truly personalized attention and has made all aspects of our cycling vacations with them very enjoyable."  The Gators  - Gainesville, FL

 

 OH, What a great time we had with Cycle of Life during our custom trip to Montana, Jackson Hole and Yellowstone. Our guides, Eli and Dennis, took care of our every need and made the trip even more fun then it already was. I will look forward to my next trip w/ Cycle of Life.  Steve- Golden, CO

 

"Dennis and Elli run a terrific tour, endeavoring to be sure their guests are challenged each day. The trips are in lovely, picturesque locales, and they spare no expense in making their guests comfortable and well fed.  They even inject humor--which can't be easy, given the range of guests' personalities and altitudes on some of the climbs!"  Merry - NY,NY

 

"Basically I was the new guy, so I felt privileged to ride with this group.  Occasionally, with some gentle prodding that might include some libations at dinner, one or two of the riders would share some of their experiences riding in New Zealand, Europe and the U.S.  Because Dennis and Elli have a rare knack for making a new-comer feel like an old-timer, I felt comfortable, and look forward to doing it again."  Larry - Chicago, IL

 

 "Guides Dennis and Elli are very friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Whether you wanted to ride 10 or 100 miles that day, they would make it work for you. I highly recommend cycle of life adventures"   Chris K. - Cincinnati,

 

"I had a nice tour of the Colorado Rockies with Cycleoflifeadventures last summer. I plan on touring with them again some time.  I was able to focus on the challenge on the bike and enjoy the scenery as the support was always there and the tour guides made sure I didn't have to worry about staying on the route.  The mid-day picnics in the mountains were great.  I was impressed that we were booked into very nice accommodations and restaurants in small little mountain towns where I wondered what would be available."   Thom-  Greeley, CO

 

"Dennis,Thank you for making a tough ride very enjoyable.  Your attention to any needs we had was very appreciated."  Cord - San Clemente, CA

 

"Cycle of Life Adventures did an amazing job on my epic Colorado cycling trek. It was very well organized, enthusiastic tour filled with adventure and loads of fun. The guides Elli and Dennis were attentive and efficient while making the rides memorable. Thank you for giving me an amazing view of Colorado, it was truly a Cycle of Life Adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed on our rides. Great tour company and I look forward to joining you all again on another tour. "  Sandy - Newnan, GA

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What's Included

What's included in the price? Practically everything you need and other things you didn't think of.

  • Two or more mature, qualified and experienced guides. If your group is larger than 12, the adventure gets logistically challenging, we will add additional guides. You will be assured of personalized superior service and attention throughout your adventure.
  • Lodging. Each and every night we will stay at 3 star or better accommodations or the best available in rural areas when crossing the country. The lodging varies from national park lodges to chain hotels to local B&Bs. Your lodging will begin on the evening before we start riding and will conclude on the evening before our final ride.
  • Meals. All breakfasts, some lunches and all dinners are included with your adventure. If a lunch stop is not available, a picnic lunch is available..
  • Social Hour. On the evening before we start our adventure, we gather to get everyone acquainted.
  • Snacks and Drinks. We keep a familiar, stocked buffet of energy foods and drinks for hydration. Not just sweets, "junk food" and recovery drinks What's Included
  • Support: We support you both on and off the bike. One guide will always be in a support van, while the other is on a bike with you. There is always a guide qualified and experienced to handle most common bicycle repairs. Throughout the country, we have partnered with local bicycle shops for emergency repairs and parts. Our support van always has an extra bike on board as well as a variety of the most commonly used parts. We fix your flats, repair breakdowns, fill your water bottles, make massage appointments or any service you may need.
  • Maps:  Each day of your adventure, we provide you with detailed cue sheets of the ride and specific directions and phone numbers for our night's lodging. Many of our daily rides will also be available on ride with gps
  • Entry Fees. Fees to enter all the national parks, state parks and highlighted tours that are listed as part of our  adventure are included.
  • Transportation and Luggage Transfer. We greet you at the airport, move your luggage from inn to inn throughout the trip, and get you back to the airport or our starting hotel at the conclusion of your adventure.
  • Souvenir and Extras All riders will receive our water bottles and a cycling jersey. We share photos at the conclusion of the trip. Use of a Go-pro helment cam on select day

NOT INCLUDED: Your airfare. Gratuities for your guide. Rental bikes. Single room supplement, unless a roommate is not available. Personal purchases. Trip Insurance

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Meals

 MealsQ: Are meals included in price?

A: Yes! Tour meals included are breakfast, lunch (picnic, if no restaurant options are available), and dinner each riding day of the tour unless otherwise specified. Guests are open to order as much or as little as they think is necessary. Wonderful appetizers and delectable desserts are always acceptable. Alcoholic beverages will be the financial responsibility of the guest. 

 MealsQ: What type of meals will be served?

A: All cyclists know the importance of well rounded, healthy meals. With our years of cycling experience, we will provide dining choices you will enjoy, yet still provide the power and nutrition needed for the enormous calorie output from a day of cycling. We will always attempt to find at least one restaurant for fine memorable dining. Coat and tie will never be necessary. Dining will generally be upscale, casual and comfortable.  

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Lodging

Q: Is lodging included?

A:  Yes! Our choice of accommodations range from modest family owned inns or Bed & Breakfasts, in the more rural areas; to nice hotel chains in the populated areas.  Luxurious hotels with nice amenities, as well as inns in the national park system, are booked when available and convenient to our tour locations. Your final tour cost reflects our various lodging decisions. Lodging costs are not included in our "FUNDO" tour series.

Q: What if I am a solo traveler?

A: Lodging and tour rates are based on 2 persons per room. If you don't mind sharing a room with someone of the same gender, then signup and say" asign me a room mate". If we do not have someone of the same gender, you may score and get a private room at no extra cost. If you would like to be guaranteed a room to yourself, then register for the single supplement. You will pay extra for that room based on the tour location and local pricing.

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Van Support

Q:  What does van support offer?

A: Our premier Cycle of life Adventures van with a commercially licensed driver will be available on each tour to carry up to 15 passengers, up to 16 bicycles, and a trailer for luggage and other equipment. The driver will deliver your luggage to your accommodations prior to your arrival and will accompany your group on the road to provide assistance and support, snacks, refreshments, bicycle repair necessities, first aid or a ride for someone who would like to take a break.Van Support

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Bikes

BikesGuests are welcome to bring their own bikes or rent one through Cycle of Life Adventures.

Q: If I bring my own bike, how do I get it to my destination?

A: There are many ways of shipping a bicycle. Some Amtrac stations accept them as boxed-checked baggage. Fed Ex will ship bikes. We work with ShipBikes.com  There are many helpful hints on how to pack your bike. Just give us a call or ask your reputable local bike shop.

Q:  If I rent a bike, what quality bikes are your rentals? 

A: Our rental fleet consists of Trek Domane 2.3 series aluminum endurance bikes. They feature Trek ISO Speed control technology and sleek geometry for a smooth and stable ride in all conditions.

The 2.3 series features a Shimano compact crank, a Shimano 105 drive train, brake system and Shimano Tiagra cassette.

We  provide a rear rack system on your Trek if desired and water bottles and a computer. Please consider bringing your own saddle and pedals that fit your shoes. We keep a fleet of bicycles that range in size from 48cm to 60cm. Our inventory also includes several women specific designs (The Trek" Lexa" SLX) stocked in smaller sizes for petite riders. The cost of a rental bike is $175 for a week long tour. With advanced notice, special request can be arranged for ebikes or specific sizes.

 E-Bikes NEW to our fleet in 2018. We are slowly introducing hybrid style electric pedal assist bikes. The Giant " Explore E plus 3". Gearing is a Shimano 1x9 speed, dics brakes, front shock. Price for rental is $375 per week or $125 per desired day if available. Reservarions for e-bikes must be made no less than 3 months in advance to guarantee availability on your tour.

Send us your measurements and necessary information for a rental bike in advance and our experienced staff will have a comfortable, well equipped bike ready for your tour.

 

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Rider Level

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Getting the most enjoyment out of our adventure tours starts with finding your comfort level. Whether you cruise  the beach or climb the Continental Divide, we have a ride that will fit you. Our color-coded icons will help you find the cycling adventure that fits your ability level and challenges you. Remember, we have a comfortable support vehicle that follows all of our tour groups. We have 3 ability levels to consider plus  "All Rider Levels" on specific tours where you may choose a specific level at which to ride, and then guides will lead selected level groups

RECREATIONAL  

My Rider Ability and Style is: Riding on a regular basis for fun, fitness or commuting to work. I enjoy: Cruising flat routes at a brisk pace, rolling terrain or the challenge of reaching the top of a short mountain. I have ridden with a local bike group or I feel comfortable riding in light to moderate traffic. I enjoy stopping for sightseeing, snacks or extra activities. I can ride:15-40 miles, and believe I could ride further with group support

ACTIVE    

My Rider Ability and Style is : Riding for activity and fitness is an integral part of my life. I ride on a regular basis, 3 or more times per week. I enjoy riding for 2 or more hrs and enjoy the workout.  I enjoy: All terrain, small mountain passes of about 3000 ft of climbing. I handle my bike safely on descents with speed.  I can ride: 40 miles on average and up to 60 or 70 on longer days. I can ride safely in moderate traffic and I'm comfortable at elevations of 8,000 feet above sea level.

ADVANCED 

My Rider Ability and Style is: Riding an average of 100 or more miles per week. I like a faster pace and the physical training of the ride.  I enjoy:  mountain passes, big hills, or steep descents. I'm comfortable climbing 5,000 ft in a day and perhaps up to 10,000 on a difficult day.  I can ride: 60 miles on average, up to 100 on a long day and do this for 5-7 days straight on a tour. I'm comfortable in heavier traffi, in a more populated area. I'm comfortable making bicycle repairs if I get separated from the group.     View All-Inclusive Advanced Rider Tours

ALL LEVEL RIDERS  

My Lifestyle: I am fit and active and enjoy the company of a group of active people.  I enjoy:  A challenge, riding in a small group or by myself and at my pace whether it is faster or slower than other riders. I enjoy additional activities or side trips along with the daily ride.  I can ride: 40 miles or more, and I would be comfortable asking for van support on a difficult day. I'm comfortable in heavy traffic when traveling a more populated area.

Most of our adventures can be customized or provide options for all levels. Please call our office to discuss your comfort level.

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Group Size and Age

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Q: What is the typical group size for each tour?

A: Our scheduled cycling tours will usually range in size from 4 - 12 participants.  Cyclists will need to be 21 years of age or older.  Younger participants who are 15 yrs. or older are accepted, if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Our groups generally consist of males, females, couples and single travelers ranging in all ages up to 80.

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Trip Preparation

Q:  What type of clothing and other items should I pack for my tour?

A: Your clothing choices will be determined by (1) Our tour destination, (2) Your needs for personal comfort, (3) Our space limitations. Don’t ove pack. Most everything can be carried in a medium size duffle. Our trips are your casual vacation. Our support van is available to transport your clothing and personal belongings. On certain days, we may be without access to the van, therefore be ready to carry your daypack with clothing and other personal articles.

Water is vital, and your daypack or backpack should be large enough to accommodate 2 water bottles.  Other options are a fanny pack water bottle carrier or a camelback style pack.

CLOTHING RECOMMENDATIONSTrip Preparation

*Your BIKE or our rental bike

*Your PEDALS

*Your SADDLE

* Your HELMET

Bike shorts (2-3)

Jerseys (2-3)

Cycling shoes

Rain gear

Leisure clothing, including comfortable shoes for evenings (informal, casual and comfortable is the rule - evenings can be cool to cold)

Swimsuit

Multi purpose shoes and socks

Shorts

Short sleeve T-shirts

Long sleeve T-shirts (evenings and cool mornings, even for Southwest programs)

Gloves, long and short

Fleece or sweater

Jacket (e.g., fleece), sweater or sweatshirt (for warmth)

Leg tights, warm-up pants

Hat or other head covering (for sun protection)

Bandanas

(2) Water bottles

Tevas, aqua socks or old sneakers (for those programs where we will be wading through water, rafting, canoeing, etc.)

 

PERSONAL ARTICLES, OTHER GEAR

Cell phone and charger

Daypack

Water container carrier (your bike bottles will work fine)

Sun glasses

Sunscreen (spf 15 or greater) and lip protection

Camera and binoculars

 

  • Q: How should I condition for my tour?

    A:  At Cycle of Life Adventures (COLA), we are not going to prescribe some rigorous regimen of physical conditioning in preparation for your upcoming bicycle tour. We want to offer a few suggestions to further increase your anticipation of your tour.

     

    • Not every person may be “hooked” by the thrill of cycle touring. With the decision to ride with COLA, be aware you are accepting the fact you and your bicycle are going to do some climbing. It is best to prepare yourself for the type of cycling you will be doing on your tour.

    • For those of you who have cycled in the Northeast, Vermont, for example, or in upstate New York, in the Middle Atlantic regions of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland or in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina -  you’ve experienced terrain more difficult than which you will encounter in the West.

    • Western climbs are longer than those generally found elsewhere in the country and you will reach altitudes higher than those with which you may be familiar.  The grades along most of our mountain passes rarely exceed 6% but, occasionally could reach 8% in short stretches. Every tour has its share of hills to climb - climbs that will maintain your attention for extended periods of time on occasion.

    • COLA believes the best means of preparing for any bicycle tour is to ride your bicycle. Then, ride some more.  Running, swimming and any other form of aerobic exercise is helpful, but is not a substitute for spending time in the saddle.

    • COLA’s daily mileages vary for each tour. Our average is between 40-70 miles/day on our moderate tours to 50-80 miles/day on our more difficult adventures.

    • COLA suggests you progressively spend more time in the saddle, gradually increase the distance of your rides each week  .Gear down as the terrain and wind dictate, to maintain a pace without tiring yourself. You’ll be amazed at the distance you can pleasurably cover and enjoy.

    • Practice on hills, which are different than flatland cruising. If you have some hills that are reasonably accessible, go for them as often as possible. If not, ride what you have and we’ll give you some “on-the-ride” training when you arrive.

    • We believe the most important preparation one can do for mountain cycling is psychological, rather than physical.  We are not suggesting the ride does not involve physical effort. However, preparing yourself mentally for the experience is equally as important as the physical training.

    • You are not in a race to the summit - you’re striving to achieve pride, not a prize. Your comfortable pace and enjoyment of your surroundings and the ride itself is paramount. Therefore, we suggest you gear down as far as is necessary to ensure your comfort. Whether it’s a 100-foot, 700-foot or a 5200-foot climb, the mindset is the same.  We have nothing but time. Remember… this is your vacation!

    • Eventually, you’ll develop your own technique for climbing. The more you do it, the less intimidating the climbs will appear. You’ll soon realize how readily you accept and even eagerly anticipate a climb to a mountain summit as the highlight of the day’s ride.

    • You’ll find you may be affected to some degree by the altitude. You may feel winded earlier than you’re used to in your daily rides. Please, don’t worry excessively about it. You’ll find that although you may not adjust fully to the increased elevation, you will be pleasantly surprised at how rapidly you will feel comfortable in spite of the changes you experience. Drinking plenty of fluids (more than you’re accustomed to) is essential for overcoming any discomfort the altitude may cause you.

     

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