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Other Tours

Summer 2017

Try one of our shorter private small group tours or try a tour from our friends at Bike Tour Vacations.                                more

Flavors of Wisconsin

July 16 -22, 2017 

Tour is full. Please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.

 Cycle for six days on a moderate to challenging road route through the scenic vistas of south central Wisconsin. Visit cheese factories and microbreweries. Watch cheese being made and pair one of its many varieties with just the right craft beer.

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Northern Woods & Waters

August 6 – 12, 2017      

Tour is full. Please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.

 Cycle for six days on lightly traveled back roads through the woods of northern Wisconsin, past quiet lakes too numerous to count. Paddle a kayak on a quiet lake and tour the Eagle River Chain on a pirate ship!

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Registration

2017 REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!
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“Your staff was a joy, positive and helpful.”

 

Bob, Papillion NE

“We’ve taken lots of tours and this one rates with the best.”

Ed, Sun Lakes AZ

“Great route with combination of roads and paved trails and plenty of scenery.”

John, Omaha NE

“Food was good, beer was great, and the company, fun!”

Judy, Aspen CO

“I hope many more people get the chance to discover Wisconsin and all your tour has to offer!”

2014 Flavors Participant, CO

FAQ

How can I sign up for a tour?

 Visit our registration page for complete registration and payment information

 Can I ride at my own pace or do I have to stay with the group?

You can ride as slowly or as fast as you want, stopping where and when you want to take a break or look at something interesting. But keep in mind that it’s more fun and safer to ride with at least one other person. On most group tours, people usually end up riding in pairs and small groups with riders of similar speed and style.

 Is there a specific daily time schedule that I have to follow?

Yes and no. There will be a time each morning by which you need to have your luggage ready for pick up. Also, the included group meals and tours will take place at a specific time. Other than that, you can schedule your time as you like, but you need to consider when you pace your cycling day how much time you want after biking to explore the small towns and take part in the after bike activities.

What happens if I get a flat tire or have another problem with my bike?

If your bicycle needs a repair that cannot be performed by you, our SAG driver, or someone else on the route, the SAG driver will drive you to a local bike shop where repairs can be performed. It would be a good idea to have your bike completely checked over by your local shop to be sure that it is in good riding condition before you go. A trip to the bike shop during your ride will take away from the time you can cycle and enjoy your trip.

What kind of a bicycle should I bring?

For tours of this type, most cyclist choose a lightweight road bike that can handle hills (usually with a triple rather than double crank) but is durable enough to ride for a week on back roads that might not have perfectly smooth asphalt. But any bicycle that is comfortable enough for you to ride for several hours on consecutive days will work. Due to the narrow trails on the Woods tour we do not recommend trikes for that tour.

How physically difficult is the tour?

Flavors of Wisconsin Tour: The terrain in south central Wisconsin tends to be hilly, with shorter, steeper hills plus some long, somewhat more gradual climbs. The daily average per cent grade for the hills is 3 to 4 %, but there are a few hills on most days in the 7% to 9% range. The Ride with GPS website lists the daily feet of climb between 1200 and 2800 feet, with most days toward the upper limit. The hills on the route are interspersed with flatter sections and we keep the daily mileage reasonable so that even intermediately fit cyclists will be able to do the tour. The tour is not recommended for beginning cyclists. Feel free to email or call with questions about elevation. It would be a good idea to prepare for the tour by doing as much hilly riding of similar daily distances as you can.

Northern Woods and Waters Tour. This tour is less hilly than the Flavors of Wisconsin, but there will be smaller hills interspersed with flatter sections. The ride with GPS website lists the daily feet of climb between 1100 and 1600 feet with few hills exceeding a 3% grade. If you are comfortable riding 50 miles a day on consecutive days, you should be able to complete this tour. If you ride only in areas that are totally flat, you may find some days hillier than you are used to, but cyclists who ride in various types of terrain will not label this a hilly ride. About one-sixth of the week-long route is on asphalt bike trails that are narrower than a road and twist and wind quite a bit. The trails do have some very steep, short climbs and descents, which required cyclists to be alert, ride single file, and watch for oncoming riders. The incredible beauty of the surroundings make the extra caution needed to ride these trails well worth the effort.The more training you do beforehand, the more likely it will be that you will enjoy the biking and have energy left at the end of the day for some water activities and sightseeing.

The more fit you are, the more fun you will have on the tours.  We expect that you will have trained adequately for the tour and that you will ride the full distance each of the six days, but our SAG drivers will, of course, pick you up if you are physically unable to ride.

How much luggage can I bring?

You will need to limit your luggage to one medium to large duffle bag or two smaller bags. Remember this is not a camping tour, so all you’ll need are cycling clothes, off-bike clothes, and your toilet articles. Please pack in soft-sided luggage. If you do not own a duffle bag, use a lightweight soft-sided suitcase. We cannot accommodate coolers or Rubbermaid type boxes. If you buy souvenir food or drink, there will be a large communal cooler or two that you can store it in during the trip. Also, many of the overnight facilities have refrigerators available. You need to pack delicate items in a well-padded area in the center of your luggage as bags will be stack one on top of the other in the luggage vehicle.

What will the weather be like?

Good question! This is Wisconsin in the summer, which means the weather can vary quite a bit. Average highs in June, July, and August are a sunny 75 to 80 degrees with lows around 60, but on occasion the highs can dip to 60 or rise to 90. Rain can occur at any time, but summer is not our rainiest season. The best packing tip is to plan for sunny 70 degree riding days, but include a set of colder riding clothes, a light jacket for off the bike in the evenings, and don’t forget the rain gear.

Are we expected to tip? How much?

We accept tips but we do not expect them or ask you for them daily as some tour companies do. We also do not put out tip jars or envelopes. We believe those practices are in poor taste and not in the spirit of willing customer service. If you would like to tip, a reasonable amount for a tour of this type is $0 to $10 per tour day per tour participant based on your ability to pay and your level of satisfaction with the service. If you choose to, just give the tip to any staff member near the end of the tour. Tips are pooled and divided equally among the staff.