What kind of cyclists sign up for Imagine Tours?
Do I have to keep up with the group?
What kind of support does Imagine Tours provide cyclists?
What food is provided?
WHAT KIND OF RIDERS SIGN UP FOR IMAGINE TOURS?
The majority of the people who go on our tours are in their 40s, 50s and 60s, but some are younger and a surprising number are older. There’s a fairly wide range of abilities, but most people are regular cyclists who are able to ride 40-50 miles comfortably, usually with some hills.
DO I HAVE TO KEEP UP WITH THE GROUP?
Cyclists ride at their own pace, alone or in small groups, and generally meet up when there’s a sag stop or café … and rarely do we pass up a bakery! Folks usually average about 10 MPH for the day, including short breaks. Factor in a little more for a lunch break. Most people’s “cruising speed” on flat terrain with no wind is about 14-16 MPH. Everyone is given daily route maps and written instructions (except overseas, where the vans and guides stay with us).
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT DOES IMAGINE TOURS PROVIDE CYCLISTS?
Unless specified otherwise, at least two vehicles will provide road support, one to take care of the first riders and the other to sweep the tail end. One of these or an additional truck will carry your baggage, depending upon the size of the group. The vehicles carry water and snacks like bananas, cookies and trail mix. On our international tours cyclists can choose to ride all or part of any day, and non-cyclists are welcome to come along.
WHAT FOOD IS PROVIDED?
On domestic tours, if the hotel doesn't serve breakfast we will provide one (except layover days). Our breakfasts consist of coffee, juice, fruit, oatmeal, cereal, pastries, etc. You can also make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to take with you. In Asia and Africa the hotels provide buffet breakfasts, sometimes with cook-to-order items, too. On the road we don't have predetermined rest stops, but the vans stop along the route to hand out water and snacks, especially at the top of major hills. We also stop on demand, so if you need anything (water, food or a ride) we can help. For dinners we go to a nearby restaurant. Dinner will often be on your own on layover days and/or when we stay at popular tourist destinations with a variety of cuisines. Please let us know if you have diet restrictions. Although we provide snacks on domestic tours, if you have favorite energy bars or drinks, it's best to bring your own. For international tours we'll cover this subject in the tour information provided.
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