We are very proud of our fleet of Garmin Edge Touring GPS units and how they help our self-guided tours. We have been using them over the past years in several destinations, and have perfected their use on our tours!
Currently, the use of one of our Garmins is included in your tour fee for self-guided tours in Tuscany, Provence, and Asheville. For other self-guided destinations we can rent you a unit for $125. Please reach out to us for rental details.
For the past several years we have been including links to GPS route files in our self-guided tour Tour Packets, but with our new GPS units we will have the GPS route files pre-loaded when you arrive for your tour. That means when you start your day on the bike, all you have to do it select your day’s route on the unit and follow the purple line along the map!
The Edge Touring GPS units are perfect for our self-guided tours, specifically geared to help a touring cyclist find their way. With its big color screen, it features many of the great navigation tools that you would expect in a car nav system. This includes “point of interest” searching. Read: “a great way to find lunch spots which on the road!”
The unit will even give you turn by turn beeps and descriptions as you approach each turn. If you are familiar with car and mobile phone GPS guidance the screen will look very familiar. If you go off course the unit will give you a “special” audible alarm, and show you how to get back on course.
Here are some of the features that Garmin highlights of the Edge Touring as they are on our tours:
- Preloaded routes to follow on each day of your tour. When you arrive on your tour, all your routes will be loaded on the unit and ready for you to use! We will teach out how to use the unit at the beginning of the tour.
- Relive and share your rides by uploading your rides to sites such as Garmin Connect™, Strava, RideWithGPS, and MapMyRide.
- Points of Interest (POIs) can be entered along the route.
- We provide instructions on how to use the unit. For Provence, Tuscany, and Asheville our local guides/concierges will give you a hands-on lesson on how to use the units.
We are excited to be able to offer this technology on our self-guided tours. To ensure faultless routing we will continue to provide our proven existing daily route methods as backup to the use of the Garmins!
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