Our Commitment to the Environment
At Outfitter Bicycle Tours we are aware of, and concerned about, the carbon footprint created by guests who join us for tours. While cycling itself is a carbon-neutral activity, we are acutely aware of the environmental impact of traveling great distances on airplanes to join one of our tours, using fossil fuel-burning vans for land transport during tours, general electricity usage, and the replacement of large amounts of burnt calories by food that may not have been locally farmed.
How can a cycling tour company help the environment? We do this by calculating our carbon footprint and offering our clients the option to buy carbon credits to offset the carbon created during a tour. An average tour with us has been calculated to create approximately 4.5 tons of carbon emissions per person. Through our relationship with 3Degrees Group, a leader in renewable energy credits and carbon credits, we offer guests the opportunity to offset their own carbon footprint at $67.50 per tour. This offer is a part of the tour registration process.
So, where does the money go? To projects that result in real, quantifiable, permanent and additional greenhouse gas emission reductions that are third-party verified against objective, credible and transparent standards*. Verified reductions manifest through carbon mitigating projects that would not exist but for offset programs. Offset funds from Outfitter Bicycle Tours guests support the Corinth Coal Mine Methane project as well as others. Specifically, the Corinth project consists of a methane capture system in an abandoned coal mine in rural Illinois. This system collects methane, a potent greenhouse gas, that would have otherwise escaped into the atmosphere. The collected methane is injected into a nearby interstate gas pipeline, from which it is distributed to customers.
What else? We take it an additional step by offsetting our own corporate operations. Every year, we calculate our companywide output of carbon and purchase offsets accordingly. We realize that this does not eliminate all of the pollution that our tours create, but it is an important step in the right direction.
* – For more information please visit: http://www.3degreesinc.com/products/carbon-offsets
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
“Fantastic tour. The routes were all exceptionally well planned. The climb up the Ventoux was epic. The descent was white knuckles and we loved every minute of it. Each day we rode a 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon. Lunch was usually 2-3 hours. The restaurants were recommended by our guide, Arthur. The Provencal country food was absolutely unbelievably delicious. Independen… Read more
“We had an absolutely incredible time! Everything was perfect. The routes, the hotels, and the food was fantastic!…We absolutely had more fun and had a greater experience than we were expecting and our expectations were already very high! So thank you very much! We will definitely recommend you to our friends and will hopefully have the opportunity to work with you again on another tour!”
“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.”
My dad and I had a great trip to Asheville, NC on a self guided tour where Jamie and his staff were excellent. Not only were they super flexible with where we wanted to ride but also very helpful in recommending best spots to eat/drink around town. They took care of all the logistics and planning and we just had to show up and ride. Already thinking about another trip and would definitely recomme… 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!”
“Outfitters provided high-touch, personalized service when planning our guided tour to Chianti, Italy. Our guide, Bruno, was a world class rider and knew the region like his own back yard. Road support was always minutes away, whether we needed it or not. An e-bike was magically delivered to my 11-year-old daughter on day 3, when the climbs had become too difficult for her. We had wonderful servic… Read more
“We did a relaxed bike tour around Provence, France. It was fantastic! OBT and Jamie had everything organized for us. Our self-guided tour was well mapped out, and we were able to cycle at our leisure and take in the spectacular landscape. We stopped along the way and soaked in the beautiful French countryside. We were warmly welcomed at the hotels and inns that OBT organized for our tour. We had … 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
“Bruno speaks English very well. He is extremely knowledgeable about food like where to eat and regional dishes and wines, accommodations and the roads. He asks feedback on the places we stayed and the quality of the food. He was very responsive our cycling needs too. When we needed sag help he was there quickly and no complaints.”
“The countryside is every bit as lovely as we had expected, the routes offered really pleasant riding with excellent variety. We do love the self-guided style trips (this was our 3rd with your organization), with flexibility to ride at our own pace, to stop whenever and wherever we care to. The only pressure is to arrive at the evening’s destination by cocktail hour!”
“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
“The careful and excellent detailed preplanning, reservations, and auxiliary service were well done and made our trip easy and seamless!”
“We enjoyed so much that it is difficult to describe.”
Thank you for a great trip. It might have been my favorite in Europe ever. It was totally trip that I wanted. Lars went above and beyond!
“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
“We’ve returned home now and I wanted to say a big thank you for a wonderful trip. It came off without a hitch and we enjoyed many of the routes you mapped out for us. Happily, after our wives built their confidence, the only day we ended up truncating was the first day, when we rode directly from Le Thor to Fontaine de Vaucluse through Ile sur la Sorgue. We also added Oppede le Vieux on the s… Read more
“Excellent in all aspects. Bikes were well setup and maintained. Lodging was just wonderful. Routes were well laid out and avoided big roads and big towns. Enough hills to remind us where we were without killing us. Responsiveness of team in California and on the ground was just excellent. We will do more tours with Outfitter Bicycle Tours.”
It was amazing! It was well organized and Bruno did a very good job. He is a nice guy, we really enjoy our trip. The hotels were great, cities and routes were very very nice. Thank you, we have really enjoyed our vacation by bike!
We had one of the trips of a lifetime organized by Outfitter. We had originally planned to organize the trip ourselves, but we were SO glad we chose Outfitter. They planned great days of riding, put us up in charming hotels with great food, and took care of all the hassles of pickups and baggage transport, etc. We could not have been happier with our trip and will definitely use them for our next … Read more