The first stage, from UDC Cycling Center to Half Moon Bay, is 40 miles. The second stage is 41 miles. The third stage from Half Moon Bay to the UDC Cycling Center, is 62 miles. This final stage can be shortened to 48 miles, if desired.
The pace is whatever each cyclist wants to ride. We encourage all of our cyclists to ride at whatever speed they wish. We will be there to support each rider throughout the day, no matter how slowly or quickly they travel.
Weather in the San Francisco Bay Area is generally mild, and the days are mostly sunny. Mornings can be cool and afternoons inland can be quite warm. There always is a chance of rain any day of the year. Our best advice is to be prepared for changing weather conditions.
Biking on quiet roads is much more pleasant than the alternative, which is why we always pick routes that minimize vehicle traffic. The roads on this trip in particular are some of the quietest back roads on any of our trips. The only road with any appreciable traffic is Highway 1 on the coast, but there is a wide shoulder on the entire length.
When researching a trip, we seek out dining options with healthy, fresh choices typical of the California cuisine style of cooking. The restaurants we choose are among the highest rated in the area.
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, which is why we don't offer restricted menus. Feel free to order anything on the restaurant menu. The only thing that isn't included is alcohol.
Breakfasts are either continental, buffet style, or made to order.
We meet at 9:30 AM on the first day of the trip in Los Altos, at the Undiscovered Country Cycling Center.
The trip officially ends in the late afternoon on the final day of the tour, at the Undiscovered Country Cycling Center.
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.
Hat, bathing suit, sweater or jacket, comfortable shoes, business casual evening wear.
Sunscreen, lip balm, prescription medicines, chamois cream, toiletries, identification, medical insurance card, camera.
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.
Had a great time cycling on the Desert Escape Tour. Undiscovered Country Bike Tours really know what's needed to provide exceptional service on a fully supported bike adventure. From start to finish everything was taken care of - from great bikes that were accurately sized, to goodie bags, maps, repair kits, drinks and snacks - they had thought of everything. That combined with a great group of people of all ages and abilities made for a very enjoyable experience. The cycling was challenging but lots of fun - everyone could go at their own pace. Scott and Rick, our guides, were very friendly, fun to hang out with and they went out of their way to make sure everyone was looked after. The accommodations were very comfortable and there were plenty of opportunities to enjoy the facilities at the resorts. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend - I'm sure I'll be back for another adventure.
TripAdvisor January 2013