Why Do We Offer Custom Bike Tours?

Tasha Walsh
Author: Tasha Walsh

When we started our bicycle tour company, we thought we’d mostly offer open enrollment bike tours – trips where we set the agenda and people sign up. But we quickly realized the value of custom tours and shifted our focus to specializing in working with cyclists to create their own version of the perfect bicycle vacation.

Cyclists of all types can go on a bicycle vacation. Creating custom bike tours with a small group of friends, or a larger club, can allow you to really create the type of vacation you want rather than go with a pre-set agenda. You’re in control of your experience, and it’s possible for cyclists of different abilities to vacation together.

For example, we once created a custom tour for a couple from England who wanted to include the Blue Ridge Parkway on their trip. One of them was concerned about being able to make climb up the mountain, yet the other one was a stronger cyclist and wanted the challenge of riding to the top.  We arranged to transport one while the other cycled up the mountain, they reconnected at the entrance to the Parkway and continued on their way; both having a great time. Continue reading “Why Do We Offer Custom Bike Tours?”

7 Pieces of Advice for Bike Touring Successfully

Dave Walsh
Author: Dave Walsh

I met Paul about 5 years ago. He was on his first bicycle tour – a regular rider, part of a club back home. He was enjoying riding on the weekends and some evenings. I was helping lead the tour and noticed him at registration and later that evening as we introduced ourselves to the group. It was diverse group, many had years of touring under their belts, but there are always a few new to bike touring, and sometimes the anxiety is palpable. Paul fit the bill. I could see him pacing around, checking and rechecking his bike and gear. I worked my way over and introduced myself – “I’m Dave, I’ll be riding some days and driving SAG others. Done this much?”

Paul, Best of VA Bike Tours - first time bike touring
Almost embarrassed, Paul said this was his first bike tour. He really liked riding, it’s changed how he felt about himself over the last few years, but he’d only done day rides.

This sort of thing is pretty common when we finally take the plunge and decide to go on a bicycling vacation. I certainly experienced it. If you are thinking of taking the plunge yourself, here are a few tips. Continue reading “7 Pieces of Advice for Bike Touring Successfully”

Cycling Selma to Montgomery

Dave Walsh
Author: Dave Walsh

Cycling 54 miles through history is a bit different than cycling 54 miles. It’s the same miles, the same sense of accomplishment, the same immersion in the landscape, the same opportunity to meet people along the way, but there’s an added element of connection through time that occurs while learning the stories behind the area you’re riding through.

We just came back from participating in an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march. As we gathered at the Edmund Pettis bridge at the beginning of the ride, we could imagine what it would have been like 50 years ago as the marchers gathered in anticipation – a mixture of excitement and trepidation, ready to stand together & support each other. Continue reading “Cycling Selma to Montgomery”