Club Tours FAQs
What is a fully supported tour like?
We start with a small group of riders, up to 30, we add interesting scenery, spice it up with some cheerful camaraderie and we take off! We will have a sag wagon to carry luggage, snacks to replenish our energy, water and juice for hydration, and ride support along the way. The rides are not a race, but a trip through the country. Depending on the tour, the length of each day’s ride can vary from 30 to 100 miles, from relatively flat to hilly, and the difficulty might vary from easy to strenuous. The sag wagons will meet us at the end of the day’s ride with more snacks, liquid refreshment, and your luggage. All you have to do is take it easy and review the day’s exploits with your fellow riders.
Each night we’ll stay in a nice comfortable motel, depending on what’s available in the area. Dinner and breakfast are the responsibility of the tour participant, although some breakfasts may be provided by your hotels.
Tours provide two levels of support:
Standard Support tours provide all of the support mentioned above and will also provide lunch on route.
Basic Support tours provide all of the support mentioned above, but do not provide lunch and may only provide one support vehicle (a passenger van). This allows the club to pass on the savings to participants while still providing support necessary for safety and contingencies.
Who is leading these tours for Cascade in 2014?
Sue Matthews, Loretta Goetsch, Jan Van Fredenberg and Albert Meerscheidt. Individual tour leaders are all experienced Cascade Certified Ride Leaders, and between them have many years of experience leading tours. Our goal is to bring everyone home satisfied and happy and we’ll do our best to see that it happens that way.
Tours are fun and challenging. They take cycling to a new level. Those of you who have done RAW or other tours know that you soon forget about the daily worries of life and, at the slower pace of a bike, see the passing countryside in a new and more intimate light. You can make new friends or solidify old friendships, and you can challenge yourself to ride a little farther or higher than you usually do. You come home satisfied and energized. If you love to cycle, treat yourself to a cycling vacation this year.
Are you ready to join one of these tours?
Try answering the following questions:
- Have you ridden at least 40 miles averaging 12-16 MPH on the flats for at least two to three days in a row?
- Have you ridden distances as long and climbed as much as the ones listed for the tour?
- Have you been riding regularly over the last year?
- Have you ridden in bad weather (rain, cold, heat)?
- Will you have an opportunity to take some training rides before the tour?
- Do you like a challenge?
If you answered YES to all of these questions, then you are ready for one of our tours. Sign up now for a fun excursion! Give one of our tours a try and see how much fun it can be! If you answered NO to any, then why not take the opportunity this year to “train-up” for one of these tours next year.
Look at the Free Group Rides calendar to find rides to prepare you for touring. Ride both Saturday and Sunday to "get the feel" of consecutive riding days. Look for rides of 40+miles. All of these strategies will get you ready to "tour".