Arizona

Arizona Gravel

Get off the beaten path
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  • From $2995
  • Location Tucson, AZ
  • Duration 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Rider Level 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Combine can't-miss paved road rides in Tucson with the gravel roads less traveled on this adventure.

Since 2005, Tucson camps have been the heart and soul of The Cycling House. The original concept remains intact: an all-inclusive cycling vacation with guided rides, great food in a relaxing setting. What’s new about this trip is that it combines the best-paved road rides – including Mount Lemmon – with some memorable off-road adventuring. This is a perfect opportunity to get off the beaten path, whether it’s your first time riding gravel or you want an entirely new perspective of Tucson. Refuel with healthy meals and take advantage of the skills clinics, yoga, massages and multi-sport activities – if you feel like it. Just like summer camp, riders love returning to Tucson year after year. Want to view more Tucson trip dates? Check out our Tucson Road Camps Here

Highlights

  • Four to five days of supported, guided rides to sunny Tucson’s best cycling routes. 
  • The all-inclusive trip covers accommodations, ride support, and bike mechanics.
  • Healthy, delicious, home-cooked meals.
  • A relaxed environment in laid-back, comfortable accommodations.
  • Multi-sport elements (optional): trail runs, outdoor lap swimming, yoga, core work, and nature walks.
  • Skills discussions to learn – or reinforce – group riding, nutrition, bike handling, cornering, and descending.
  • Optional massages (+$) with an experienced sports massage therapist.

Food

Using locally sourced ingredients, we create clean and delicious meals to fuel your week of riding. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included. Each meal is inventive and diverse – often inspired by our chefs’ global travels – and focuses on lean proteins, leafy greens and root vegetables. We focus on food specifically for endurance athletes and accommodate all dietary preferences and restrictions. 

Accommodations

The Cycling House is our original cycling vacation concept. Our home in Tucson offers the opportunity to relax and recover in a spacious setting with friends. Enjoy yoga on the patio, share stories during a hot tub soak or finish a ride by jumping in the pool. This comfortable environment lends itself perfectly to nightly skills discussions over appetizers. Need a quick bike fix? Our garage’s workbench and collection of tools rival most bike shops. Our home has eight bedrooms, seven and a half bathrooms and two yurts in the fenced backyard. Here is a short video house tour.

ITINERARIES

Day 1

Welcome to Tucson - Arrival Day

Guests will arrive in Tucson, and our staff will do Tucson Airport (TUS) and hotel pickups. After you register, we will email a list of suggested hotels for guests planning to arrive early. Please email us your arrival/departure plans, including flight numbers.

Flying into Phoenix (PHX) is also an option. If you decide to fly into Phoenix, renting a car or booking a shuttle with Groome Transportation to the Speedway location in Tucson is best. We will email you more travel details after receiving your reservation.

Everyone will have time to settle into the house and enjoy our first chef-prepared meal.

After lunch, our mechanics will work on building guest bikes or fitting people to their rentals. We will depart for an afternoon shakeout spin once all the bikes are ready, and all the guests have arrived.

Today’s Ride: Arrival Spin

20-25 miles & 1,000′ – 1,500′

Surfaces: Gravel & Pavement

Day 2

Saguaro East National Park

The ride includes gravel roads, gravel single-track, and pavement. We point it South from The Cycling House and get our tires dirty on the way to Saguaro East National Park, where we can stop for a quick bathroom break. After a few more miles of pavement, we get up close and personal with the mighty Saguaro Cactus on the Arizona Trail. The views are spectacular, and the single-track riding might be new for some guests, but it’s all part of the adventure! Sections of the single track are smoother than road sections, and it is an excellent opportunity to work on your handling skills. After the Arizona Trail, we head back towards Saguaro East National Park. Riders can choose to do the 8-mile paved route or 3 miles of pavement and 3 miles of singletrack. After the park, it’s all downhill back to our house.

Today’s Ride: Saguaro East National Park

30-60 miles & 2,500′ – 3,500′

Surfaces: Gravel, Singletrack & Pavement

Day 3

Patagonia

The Almost to Mexico ride requires a one-plus hour shuttle to Patagonia, Arizona. The ride is fantastic, delivering extensive views of the San Rafael Valley and dramatic views of the Sky Islands down to Mexico. All ride options start/finish in Patagonia, Arizona, and the staff will serve a picnic lunch before we shuttle back to Tucson. 

Today’s Ride: Patagonia

 30-50 miles & 2,000′ – 3,500′

Surfaces: Gravel & Pavement

Day 4

Gates Pass

Tucson has over 100 miles of dedicated multi-use paved trails called The Loop. We usually ride The Loop after two big rides or the day before Mount Lemmon. The Loop has little climbing, making it an ideal recovery day if the legs feel toasty. Looking for more miles? Today is all about options—more miles, more climbing—no problem! The group will finish at La Chaiteria and have lunch before shuttling home.  

Today’s ride: Gates Pass

32-42+ miles & 500′-1,500′

Surfaces: Gravel & Pavement

Day 5

Mount Lemmon

Get ready to experience Mount Lemmon, the crown jewel of Tucson riding and one of the best climbs in North America. Many professional cyclists have made Tucson their winter home for the access to this iconic climb, which switchbacks its way up the Catalina mountain range, topping out at 8,000+ feet.

The ride starts with a 4-10-mile warm-up from The Cycling House en route to mile 0 of the 21-mile climb. Mile markers and elevation signs mark your progress, while the fantastic views help take your mind off the uphill challenge. You’ll ascend nearly 5,500 feet, climbing at a 5-8% grade over the 21 miles, finishing in the small ski town of Summerhaven.

The reward for your efforts is a fun descent on the impeccable pavement with sweeping turns. Mount Lemmon is a challenge for everyone, but it’s a very achievable goal with proper pacing, good fueling, and determination. We will finish by riding back to TCH.

Today’s ride: Mount Lemmon

35-57 miles with 4,000′ – 7,100′ 

Surfaces: Pavement

Day 6

Adiós - Departure Day

Shuttles will run to the Tucson airport all morning, with the last shuttle leaving at 11 a.m. Please email us your departure times.

For those who don’t depart Tucson early, you are welcome to go on an optional self-guided ride on a nearby route.

Today’s Plan: Departure Day

Checkout by 11 a.m.

Day 1

Welcome to Tucson - Arrival Day

Guests will arrive in Tucson, and our staff will do Tucson Airport (TUS) and hotel pickups. After you register, we will email a list of suggested hotels for guests planning to arrive early. Please email us your arrival/departure plans, including flight numbers.

Flying into Phoenix (PHX) is also an option. If you decide to fly into Phoenix, renting a car or booking a shuttle with Groome Transportation to the Speedway location in Tucson is best. We will email you more travel details after receiving your reservation.

Everyone will have time to settle into the house and enjoy our first chef-prepared meal.

After lunch, our mechanics will work on building guest bikes or fitting people to their rentals. We will depart for an afternoon shakeout spin once all the bikes are ready, and all the guests have arrived.

Today’s Ride: Arrival Spin

20-25 miles & 1,000′ – 1,500′

Surfaces: Gravel & Pavement

Day 2

Saguaro East National Park

The ride includes gravel roads, gravel single-track, and pavement. We point it South from The Cycling House and get our tires dirty on the way to Saguaro East National Park, where we can stop for a quick bathroom break. After a few more miles of pavement, we get up close and personal with the mighty Saguaro Cactus on the Arizona Trail. The views are spectacular, and the single-track riding might be new for some guests, but it’s all part of the adventure! Sections of the single track are smoother than road sections, and it is an excellent opportunity to work on your handling skills. After the Arizona Trail, we head back towards Saguaro East National Park. Riders can choose to do the 8-mile paved route or 3 miles of pavement and 3 miles of singletrack. After the park, it’s all downhill back to our house.

Today’s Ride: Saguaro East National Park

30-60 miles & 2,500′ – 3,500′

Surfaces: Gravel, Singletrack & Pavement

Day 3

Patagonia

The Almost to Mexico ride requires a one-plus hour shuttle to Patagonia, Arizona. The ride is fantastic, delivering extensive views of the San Rafael Valley and dramatic views of the Sky Islands down to Mexico. All ride options start/finish in Patagonia, Arizona, and the staff will serve a picnic lunch before we shuttle back to Tucson. 

Today’s Ride: Patagonia

 30-50 miles & 2,000′ – 3,500′

Surfaces: Gravel & Pavement

Day 4

Mount Lemmon

Get ready to experience Mount Lemmon, the crown jewel of Tucson riding and one of the best climbs in North America. Many professional cyclists have made Tucson their winter home for the access to this iconic climb, which switchbacks its way up the Catalina mountain range, topping out at 8,000+ feet.

The ride starts with a 4-10-mile warm-up from The Cycling House en route to mile 0 of the 21-mile climb. Mile markers and elevation signs mark your progress, while the fantastic views help take your mind off the uphill challenge. You’ll ascend nearly 5,500 feet, climbing at a 5-8% grade over the 21 miles, finishing in the small ski town of Summerhaven.

The reward for your efforts is a fun descent on the impeccable pavement with sweeping turns. Mount Lemmon is a challenge for everyone, but it’s a very achievable goal with proper pacing, good fueling, and determination. We will finish by riding back to TCH.

Today’s ride: Mount Lemmon

35-57 miles with 4,000′ – 7,100′ 

Surfaces: Pavement

Day 5

Adiós - Departure Day

Shuttles will run to the Tucson airport all morning, with the last shuttle leaving at 11 a.m. Please email us your departure times.

For those who don’t depart Tucson early, you are welcome to go on an optional self-guided ride on a nearby route.

Today’s Plan: Departure Day

Checkout by 11 a.m.

DATES & PRICES

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DETAILS

What's Included

  • 4-5 nights/5-6 days accommodations
  • Airport transfers to/from Tucson International Airport (TUS)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Bike build and breakdown
  • Professional cycling guides
  • Vehicle sag support
  • Ride nutrition products
  • Tools available to use in the garage
  • High-quality ride photos

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Bike rentals
  • Gratuity for guides
  • Mid-ride café stops
  • Personal shopping
  • +$ for single room supplement
  • Looking for more Tucson trip dates? Check out our Tucson Road Camps Here.

Optional Activities

  • Trail runs or hikes
  • Lap swim
  • Core/stretching sessions
  • Basic bike maintenance clinic
  • Nature walks

Questions?

Have more questions? View our FAQ page or call us at 406-312-5770.
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BIKE OPTIONS

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Rent A Bike

Traveling through the airport with a bike—and paying for it to fly—is not everyone’s idea of a fun way to start a vacation. Fortunately, we offer high-quality, full carbon bikes on all of our trips across the United States and Europe. Want to just show up and ride? Just bring your shoes, pedals, helmet, and saddle (if you want), and rent one of ours.

Available this trip:
Cervelo Aspero 2021-Tucson Rental Bike
Cervelo Aspero Road/Gravel Bike
Manufacturer: Cervelo
Type: Gravel Bike
Cost: $350 / trip
Specialized Vado SL 4.0 E-Bike
Manufacturer: Specialized
Type: Gravel Bike
Cost: $300 / trip
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Bring Your Own

Your bike is yours—we get it. Bringing your own bike has obvious advantages in terms of individual comfort. Before your trip, we suggest getting a tune-up at your local bike shop so it’s ready to roll for your week of riding. Once you arrive, we’ll be sure to have our mechanics build it and help with any necessary tweaks. Check out some helpful resources here:

Shipping your bike

Flying with your bike.

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Skip The Bike

If you or your travel partner want to enjoy the trip and explore a new destination without a bike, drop us a line and we’ll discuss options. Some trips are better suited for non-rider participants than others.

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Amy C., Steamboat Springs, CO
February 6, 2020
I've been to many cycling camps and this trip exceeded my expectations. The staff was engaged, fun, personable, helpful, competent and worked well as a team. The food had great variety, creative menus and plenty of it.
Jeffrey S., Eugene, CO
November 14, 2023
My wife and I have been participating in supported bicycle tours for over 20 years and have done every possible format. Cycling house is great because we got to stay in the same place with most rides directly from the "house". All of the staff were wonderful and we rented their bikes, which were excellent (they put my wife on a Moots!). We did Arizona mixed surface and the routes were superb. We loved the food and the house setup. We will be back for more trips with Cycling House.
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Amy C., Steamboat Springs, CO
February 6, 2020
I've been to many cycling camps and this trip exceeded my expectations. The staff was engaged, fun, personable, helpful, competent and worked well as a team. The food had great variety, creative menus and plenty of it.
Jeffrey S., Eugene, CO
November 14, 2023
My wife and I have been participating in supported bicycle tours for over 20 years and have done every possible format. Cycling house is great because we got to stay in the same place with most rides directly from the "house". All of the staff were wonderful and we rented their bikes, which were excellent (they put my wife on a Moots!). We did Arizona mixed surface and the routes were superb. We loved the food and the house setup. We will be back for more trips with Cycling House.
Erik D., Oakville, Canada
January 21, 2024
Tucson gravel was 5star!!! Patagonia was incredible, meals were so delicious and so well thought out and the support staff where engaged and supportive and the accommodation was awesome! see you in Tuscany!
Diane D., El Dorado Hills, CA
February 14, 2022
I had an absolutely fantastic time at the Tucson Gravel Camp in February! This was my first time attending a cycling camp, and I couldn’t have been more impressed. Owen, Chloe, James and Corey were so welcoming and they were clearly focused on creating a wonderful experience for all of us. There were challenging rides in beautiful locations everyday, followed by happy hour treats and time to relax around the pool or in the spa in the afternoon. All the meals were awesome, too - so delicious, and healthy with lots of ethnic variety everyday. The home is absolutely beautiful as well as architecturally interesting, and my bedroom was very cozy and well-stocked with lots of special touches. I loved every minute of my time with Cycling House and look forward to attending one of Montana Camps next year.
Doug W., Omaha, NE
February 16, 2022
The Cycling House team in Tucson was fantastic. Owen, Corey, James, and Chloe made everyone feel at home in 'The House'. The accommodations, the setting, the food, are all over the top. The riding was perfect. A great combination of very challenging, long rides, and the appropriate recovery day in between all with perfect on-course support. I'll be back and I'm bringing more friends.
Will S., Denver, CO
February 24, 2022
The Cycling House is incredible at what they do — incredible staff, gorgeous trip locations and perfectly planned and executed logistics. They go above and beyond to ensure guests have to focus only on the cycling, and they anticipate and fulfill every other need imaginable. Could not recommend them more enthusiastically!
Brett W., San Francisco, CA
November 15, 2021
Had a fantastic week with The Cycling House in Tucson! The guides were all very friendly and really focused on us having a great experience. The facilities were great, and the food was fantastic! It was all around a great experience, and I will definitely be going on additional trips with The Cycling House in the future!
Dave V., Hartland, WI
November 13, 2023
Love the Cycling House trips! I did the Tucson Gravel in the Spring and the Tucson Road in the fall, both were amazing. I'm really looking forward to Mallorca in the Spring. The routes are amazing and provide options for additional miles if you are feeling strong or short cuts if you need a bit of rest. The accommodations were first class. The guides, chefs and mechanics made the trip. It was really fun spending time getting to know all of the other riders. If you enjoy biking, I would highly recommend you try a cycling house trip.
Mo E., Pittsburgh, PA
January 31, 2020
I had one of the best trips I have ever had. I signed up last minute since the hiking trip I was going to do sold out. Not an avid biker but really loved this trip that was actually challenging. Really good group of folks made it very comfortable. Super friendly and very knowledgeable about bikes and riding. Bike I rented was SUPERB! And much better than my own bike... The house is to die for; beautiful scenery and very comfortable. Food and stuff to eat were also great; I ate more good healthy food than I recall. Overall the attention to every detail was incredible.
Rob K., Portland, OR
February 1, 2020
Phenomenal experience. Extremely well run and accommodating of individual rider’s needs. No detail was left unaddressed. The rides were great and the staff was upbeat, engaging and helpful.
Susan K., Bend, OR
February 3, 2020
I had a fantastic time. I liked the routes, the guides, the chef, the food, the accommodations, The team does a great job all around. They are pros not just at cycling but also creating a sense of community among guests and the team. I'll be back!
Tracie W., Etobicoke, Ontario
March 12, 2020
"What a terrific week! I commend the guides and all those involved with making it such a high quality tour. Not to mention the wonderful guests, food and accommodation. This was my first experience in a yurt and I loved it! I thought the rides were well thought out in terms of distance and intensity leading up to the end of the week."
Steve J., Toronto, PA
February 7, 2020
Fantastic! Since 2001 I’ve been in the care of various cycle tour operators in many locations for over 40 weeks. I can’t remember having more fun.
Barbara B., Durango, CO
February 13, 2020
Awesome wonderful trip!! Loved it!! I enjoyed the whole trip!! From the courtesy pick-up, to bike set- up, each and every ride, skilled and capable guides, the healing energy of the sun and desert, magnificent beautiful house, hot tub, free time for solitude or socializing, tech talk by the mechanic, over the top abundant, delicious, and healthy food, morning yoga, friendly, fun top-notch staff, fun guests, lots of laughs, ping pong! I love desert riding! Beautiful all-around! So much gratitude! I highly recommend The Cycling House!
Andrew S., Seattle, WA
February 19, 2020
Great trip. Super well organized. The food was incredible. The staff do a great job and are really fun to spend time with.
Keith C., Parkville, MO
February 19, 2020
I really enjoyed the cheerfulness and helpfulness of the staff. I felt supported at all times, especially through a rough day. I appreciated all the tips they gave along the way. All of them were great, but I really enjoyed riding and interacting with Brendan!
Geoffrey H., Morristown, NJ
February 19, 2020
Great trip. Great guides, great routes, great food, great bikes... overall, a great experience. Great rides, gravel and road. The routes were well thought out, varied and I felt safe. Nice mix of flat and hills.
Mark C., San Jose, CA
February 19, 2020
Such an amazing trip! Memories to last a lifetime. Everyone was really nice. Wish I could of stayed longer. Food was awesome! Pizza night was my favorite. Everything was super fresh and healthy. Better food than what I eat at home!
James H., Birmingham, MI
February 24, 2020
It was outstanding. The organization was great, the people that ran the trip and participated in the rides were great - extremely nice and enjoyable people to be around. The house was amazing!
James B., Lincoln, NE
February 25, 2020
Well organized, executed, no issues.
Andy G., Franklin, TN
March 12, 2020
Fantastic! The Cycling House itself is a luxury. I've done over 5 trips with TCH and can't get enough.