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What has been your best cycling vacation?(14 posts)

What has been your best cycling vacation?Slipstream
Apr 1, 2002 7:33 AM
I think our best was in British Columbia several years ago in late August. Rode all over Vancouver then up to Whistler for a few days of MTB. Bear watch posted but didn't see any. Took a couple of days off from riding, chartered a Beaver, flew into the San Juans. Stepped off the Beaver onto a sailboat and sailed for the day.

Went to Victoria, had high tea at the Empress, rode to the north part of the island, dodged a few logger trucks on the way, and watched the Orcas playing in the bay.

Took a ferry over to Olympic peninsula & hurricane ridge. Cold, windy and very wet. Finally, toured the rain forest; talk about supersaturation, but warmer than the ridge.

Beautiful country; wonderful experience; great weather except for the Olympics; really friendly people.
Apr 1, 2002 9:14 AM
'nuf said
I thought it said 'cycling' not 'partying'! NMIAmtnbikr
Apr 1, 2002 5:08 PM
Carpenter/Phinney bike campPaulCL
Apr 1, 2002 10:16 AM
No doubt.

Got to ride with pro's (Davis Phinney, Ron Kiefel) and an Olympian (Connie Carpenter). We were based at 9400 ft at the foot of numerous Colorado mountains. Great food, great company, beautiful surroundings, awesome riding, relaxed atmosphere, useful instruction, great bed & breakfast, and lots of freebies. Nothing like spending a week with 25 strangers who are as passionate about cycling as you are. Amazing how quickly those 25 strangers become 25 friends.

Don't tell my wife, but it was the best one week vacation of my life....OK, maybe it was #2 after my honeymoon...but since then, definitely #1. BikeCamp even beat my week in Paris last spring. The Paris trip was for my wife, Bikecamp was all mine.

I would go every year except the divorce would get real expensive. A telling fact about BikeCamp: I would guess that at least 60% of the "campers" where return campers. One guy had been to camp eight years in a row.
re: Olympic trials in Altoona, PA in 1992.dzrider
Apr 1, 2002 11:09 AM
Not only was the environment great with cyclists from all over the country, but my older son, then four, learned to ride his two wheeler. Riders all over the campground cheered him on.
Cycle North Carolina 2000Lone Gunman
Apr 1, 2002 11:19 AM
Total unwind from life's drudgery for a week. Good fall scenery, comfortable camping, all to worry about was riding my bike for a week.
Cycle North Carolina 2000gusriley
Apr 1, 2002 8:27 PM
I can attest to LoneGunman's comfortable camping technique, I rode with him the whole week, we called him "King Comfort!" A huge tent, Queen size air mattress, you name it, he had it! :)

I agree CNC 2000 was a great ride!
re: What has been your best cycling vacation?RayBan
Apr 1, 2002 1:08 PM
I'd have to say doing the Iron Horse Road Race in Durango CO last year. I always wanted to ride over mountain passes and what better way to do it than a stage race agains't a steam engine train?! The views and riding were epic. What a beautiful part of the country Colorado is...
san juansharlett
Apr 1, 2002 9:44 PM
the san juan islands roads with my partner--

.i do not ride the great roads
the roman roads, the straight roads
the can't-stop-cuz-i'm-late roads
but the little roads, the by-roads
the just the-you-and-i roads
the find-us-for-we're-shy roads
the never-mind-you-are-here roads--
san juans--easy to sip like morning coffee on a misty morn'Slipstream
Apr 2, 2002 4:57 AM
thats so pretty nmSpirito di Finocchio
Apr 2, 2002 11:48 AM
Alaska AIDS Vaccine ride 2001.Len J
Apr 2, 2002 5:07 AM
Fairbanks to Anchorage (450 miles) in 6 days.

Beautiful, incredible scenery.
Passionate, engaged, kind people.
Great, life affirming cause.
4,000 to 5,000 ft of climbing a day.
Accompanied by my oldest daughter.

It's hard to imagine that it can get better than this.

What time of year?Slipstream
Apr 2, 2002 6:30 AM
Based on the posts today by SlowRon & the other about urban/rural assault vehicles, methinks Alaska may be the last vestige for cycling.

What I find incredible about Alaska, compared say to the Rockies is that the 17k mountains rise from sea level vs 14k mountains rising from 5k in Colorado. Both are beautiful, but Alaska is incredible.

That must have been some ride. What kind of critters did you encounter?
Late August.Len J
Apr 2, 2002 6:44 AM
Timed for the end of the rainy season & before the first major frost.

Saw Eagles, Moose & some fresh bear tracks. With 1300+riders & 500 crew it was hard to sneak up on any wildlife :-).

It is an incredible place to ride, be prepared for some rough roads. We rode on everything from the shoulder of an interstate to gravel. The locals say that there are 4 seasons in Alaska, Almost winter, Winter, Still Winter & road repair. They get an awful lot of road heave from the frost.

Each climb was more spectacular than the last. You would fight to the top only to be rewarded with a spectacular view of either surrounding mountains, a glacier, a meandering river valley or all of the above.