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Details/ Discounts


Discounts

NEW DISCOUNTS FOR 2018

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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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.

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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.

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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Pay as you go

" Pay as you go"  is a new experimental program starting in 2017. Here is how it works. First, it is available only on tours where we stay in one location for the duration of the tour or where camping accommodations or staying with friends or family could be available. Example: Asheville or Tucson, Death Valley and parts of the Natchez Trace. There are areas of the Natchez Trace where camping is available. There is a campgroung in Death Valley where you can usually get space easily.

You pay a basic daily maintenance fee that covers your breakfast, picnic lunch, all van snacks, maps, cue sheets, ride with GPS, sag support, luggage and gear transportation and an orientation dinner. We can provide transportation to and from a designated airport with other guests. You are responsible to arrive to our starting location each morning by our designated breakfast start time. Your daily fee is $150. We do require a minimun stay of 4 days. You are responsible for your dinner and nightly accommodations. If you are on a budget, but still have the need for group support and friendship, this could be perfect. Compare this to fees of competing self supported tours or major group rides and you will see that this package is very reasonable. For more information, call 303.945.9886.

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Self- Supported Designs

"Self Support Tours"  We are happy to take all or parts of our existing scouted tours and design a tour that fits your budget and your schedule. Because we are used to "all inclusive" tours, we have the connections for hotels at variety of price points, restaurants as well as pre-scouted routes. 

When we plan a self-guided tour for you, we consider a number of factors to make the trip fit your needs. Riding ability and experience, group size and route safety are our first considerations. We choose routes with the best landscapes and attractions in the area as well as  the best accommodations and restaurants that meet your budget. We develop supply lists, needed gear, first aid, food and snack lists as well as sag and road safety tips.  A self guided cycling tour can be exciting and a life time experience, but the logistical planning is not easy. We use a popular, easy to use ride with gps mapping system. Call us with your ideas. Prices vary and a deposit will be required to initiate your design.

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Preferred Partners

Cycle Of Life Adventures personally selects our preferred partners from our own experience and use of Partner products or services. We’ve cultivated long lasting relationships and trust with our guests. That is why our selection to promote and recommend Partner products or services requires meeting the highest standard of quality, reliability, premier service, and customer satisfaction in its delivery.

The following companies are members of our "Preferred Partners" for these reasons:

International Bike Tour operators that:

        • Provide to small groups with personal service
        • Provide all-inclusive packages to international locations
        • Provide services that fit our company philosophy

Bike shops and service providers that:

  • Provide exemplary customer service
  • Have quality cycling products
  • Most are located along our adventure tour routes
  • Promote Cycle of Life Adventures

Third party vendors/product manufactures and service providers:

  • Provide Cycle of Life Adventures with quality products and services used for tours and promoted to its customers.                          

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