FROM THE BLOG
You know it. We know it. 2020 gets a big thumb down. Now, let’s move on to 2021. We’re so excited to turn the page on 2020 and start 2021 with a bang. We know so many of our friends and family have had to push off their vacation plans for next year. In fact, we’ve seen some information that 2021 will be an incredibly busy, record-breaking year for tour operators and the travel industry as a whole. Thankfully, our business model doesn’t depend on filling scheduled tour numbers - you can schedule and go on your tour whenever you’d like. We do however, depend on hotel availability so we do recommend that you book your 2021 cycling vacation sooner rather than later just to be sure you get the vacation you want.
Traveling while the world is still learning to deal with COVID-19 man be a question for some. That question will likely lead to many others. We hope you find this roundup useful. It's all of our COVID-19 posts from reading lists to indoor cycling equipment and from safe cycling to safe accommodations. Let us know if you have any questions of if you still have questions after reviewing this compilation.
As our tours get going again we know there will be lots of questions. One of the most common questions we’ve gotten and we expect to get is what about hotels? Are they safe? Are they even open? The first thing to know is that we are doing everything we possibly can to work with partners who take your safety as seriously as we do. The good news is that we already worked with vendors who value our guests' experience and want everyone to have a safe and happy experience. That said, we are keeping up with who is open and their precautions in light of COVID-19.
WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY
“The support was incredible – so nice to have a car on the route for water, and so we did not have to lug gear for weather changes. With all the elevation, this was comforting. Exceptional mechanical support. We did not expect this kind of on-road support!”
“I was able to watch Tour de France action when I wanted and ride the beautiful roads and passes of France when I wanted, and the flexibility to do either was what I most appreciated. Conquering Mont Ventoux, Col d Galibier, Col d Semnoz, Col d Serene, Alpe de Huez, riding alongside Andy Schleck and Jens Voigt on their rest day, and 40+ mph descents that went on for miles are just some of the hi… Read more
“The team at the Outfitter Bicycle Tours put together an amazing holiday that I’ll never forget. We had great places to stay/eat and we were always in the thick of the action. The tour rides catered for riders of all levels and we somehow managed to visit my favourite team on a tour ride! I’ll be back to do it all again soon.”
“We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this tour – well thought out bike routes, very good hotel accommodations (nice, clean rooms and substantial breakfasts), and excellent choice of breweries and brewery restaurants (including brewery tours when available). It was obvious that a great deal of attention to detail had been given to this tour and customer service and client satisfaction was of ut… Read more
I always had an idea that I wanted to go see the Tour de France once in my life. Well, I have now gone on three TdF trips with Outfitter Bicycle Tours as the experience was that good. Jamie and Joy’s low key, friendly and flexible approach made riding in the Alps an amazing experience. They did a great job of helping me determine what would maximize my experience. If I wanted an easier day, they h… Read more
“WOW! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE!!! Jamie and Joy Gilpin – along with their staff members – created one of the most memorable bike adventures we’ve ever experienced. My husband and I have had the very good fortune of biking all over the world, which should underscore how well planned and organized Outfitter Bicycle Tours is! Every detail was considered, from the exceptional accommodations at eve… Read more