Steve Jobs, Mother Theresa and Michael Jordan, while wildly different, all extolled the virtues of teamwork.
They believed in the benefits and necessity of working together to achieve success. We have learned that it is impossible to operate efficient, well-coordinated and supremely comfortable excursions without our tour partners. From frequented restaurants and hotels to cycling brands committed to the same level of excellence as Outfitter Bicycle Tours. Team work really does make the dream work.
We’d like to highlight a few loyal bike-centric companies that allow us to provide you with quality bike tours throughout Europe and the United States.
Top Tour Partners
Since Joy and I have owned Outfitter Bicycle Tours we have been close to ClifBar and Clif Family Winery & Farm. In 2011 we went on a “baby-moon” to California Wine Country before the birth of our daughter, Celeste. We paid a visit to Clif Winery’s tasting room, Velo Vino in St. Helena, and met the crew. Since then our relationship has grown significantly, with Farm Fests every October, as well as nutritional support on many of our tours. Our bellies are often full with Clif nutrition and wine!
Since 2013 we’ve been using RideWithGPS for navigation on our tours, but in the past year or two we’ve truly integrated their tools. With the improvements they have made to their mobile app, we don’t know of a better way to navigate on our tours. The app is truly remarkable, and ensures that you are on course with minimal stress. As OBT moves forward we will continue to keep easy to use new technologies integrated into our tours, and RideWithGPS will be a big part of that.
In Sault France, in the southeast shadow of Mt. Ventoux rests one of the best bike shops we work with, Albion Cycles. Owned by Nicolas Imbalzano, the shop supplies many of our bikes on not only our Provence tours, but also our big guided tours such as our TdF tour. Joy and I base ourselves nearby, and spend probably too many hours visiting and working with Nicolas and his crew. Their bikes are always at 100%, and ready for the tours we provide.
US Forest Service
My father is a retired engineer from the USFS, so our relationship with the federal agency has been longer and much more broad than what you could see on the surface. When we moved back to North Carolina in 2015, one of the first calls to establish our tours in the Asheville area was to the USFS to make sure that we were properly licensed to conduct tours on federal lands. We’re currently a license holder, and look forward to continuing offering tours that run through USFS managed lands.
National Park Service/Blue Ridge Parkway
The next call I made to establish our Asheville tours was to the National Park Service’s Blue Ridge Parkway headquarters to establish a permit for operating tours on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This ribbon of parklands is a highlight on many of our bike tours in Western North Carolina. The beautiful vistas and smooth road are without equal in the eastern United States.
All of our guides
We could go ON AND ON about our guides and what they do for us, and we think that would be best saved for another post.
We cherish the relationships with all of our tour partners. Without them our tours would not reach the high level of quality we expect for our guests.
In particular, I cannot thank enough the hard work the federal government agencies do to help preserve and maintain our precious lands. The people of the USFS and NPS provide an incredibly valuable service to the citizens of the United States and the world. The permits we hold with these agencies are points of pride for us.
WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY
“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
“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.”
“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 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 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