California Desert Escape Road Bike Tour – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average daily mileage?

Daily mileage will vary, and there will be options to ride less or more each day. The range is estimated to be 22-75 miles.

What is included in the price of the trip?

  • Use of a quality lightweight carbon road bike or hybrid bike
  • Five nights lodging
  • Five breakfasts
  • One picnic lunch
  • Four dinners
  • Snacks and beverages during and after the rides
  • Daily route sheets and maps
  • One or two tour leaders (two leaders for 6 or more guests) who will bike or drive support as needed
  • SAG support (support vehicle on the bike route driven by one of the tour leaders)
  • Mechanical support for minor bike repairs

What isn't included?

  • Transportation to Palm Springs at the beginning of the trip
  • Transportation from Palm Springs at the end of the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • 4 Lunches (we recommend places to stop for lunch on the ride route, at your leisure)
  • One dinner
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Hotel charges for incidentals (phone calls, etc.)
  • Gratuities to guides at your discretion

What is the weather going to be like?

While it’s always difficult to predict the weather, the temperatures tend to be mild, and rain tends to be sparse. In the desert of Borrego Springs, it rains an average of 2 days per month in the Winter, the average high is 74F, and the average low is 47F. Evenings and early mornings in the desert can be quite cool, and there is one climb over a 4,000 ft. pass, so please bring warm clothing.

What type of dining will we be doing?

When researching a trip, we seek out dining options with healthy, fresh choices typical of California.

Nobody goes hungry on an Undiscovered Country trip! One of the joys of riding several hours per day is getting to enjoy the dinner afterwards. We generally give you the choice of ordering anything on a restaurant's menu: order appetizers, soup, salad, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages. Please note: to ensure prompt service we sometimes order from a more limited menu.

Alcoholic beverages may be purchased at your own expense.

Breakfasts are either continental style or made to order.

Where do we meet at the start of the trip?

We gather on the first morning of the trip in Palm Springs, at the Renaissance Palm Springs, conveniently located near the Palm Springs Airport.

Where does the trip end?

The trip officially ends in the mid-afternoon on the last day, also at the Renaissance Palm Springs.

What should I bring?

Cycling Clothing

Cycling shorts, cycling jerseys, cycling socks, cycling shoes, gloves, helmet (mandatory), wind jacket or vest, rain gear (jacket, pants, helmet cover, shoe covers), sunglasses. For colder weather: arm warmers, knee/leg warmers or tights, full fingered gloves, shoe covers, beanie.

Other Clothes

Hat, bathing suit, sweater or jacket, comfortable shoes, casual evening wear.

Other Items

Sunscreen, lip balm, prescription medicines, chamois cream, toiletries, identification, medical insurance card.

More Questions? More Answers!

If you still have questions, please take a look at our general Frequently Asked Questions page. It addresses questions that are common to all tours.

General FAQ


TripAdvisor Review 

Above and beyond all expectations!

We did the California Coast tour with UDC a week ago. Wow! We are still basking in the euphoria of one of the most enjoyable and memorable vacations we have ever taken. UDC went above and beyond, providing the absolute best possible guides, bikes, meals, accommodations, transfers and service. Their attention to detail and answer to our every whim was off the charts. We truly cannot wait for our next trip with UDC.

TripAdvisor November 2012



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