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
“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
“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.”
“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
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
“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!”
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!
“The careful and excellent detailed preplanning, reservations, and auxiliary service were well done and made our trip easy and seamless!”
“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!”
“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.”
“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
“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
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!
“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
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
“We enjoyed so much that it is difficult to describe.”
“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
“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!”
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.”