Arizona

Arizona Gravel Camp

Get off the beaten path
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  • From $2495
  • Location Tucson, AZ
  • Duration 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Rider Level 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

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

Arizona gravel itinerary is coming in the fall of 2020. 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 and freshly prepared meals in a relaxing house setting. What’s new about this trip is that we combine the best road rides – including Mount Lemmon and Gates Pass – 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 just want an entirely new perspective of Tucson. Refuel with healthy meals from our chef and take advantage of the skills clinics, yoga, massages and multi-sport activities – if you feel like it. Just like summer camp, riders love coming back to Tucson year after year. Want to view more Tucson trip dates? Check out our Tucson Road Camps here

Highlights

  • Five days of supported, guided rides to sunny Tucson’s best road and gravel cycling routes 
  • The all-inclusive trip covers accommodations, ride support and bike mechanics
  • Healthy, delicious, home-cooked meals by The Cycling House chefs
  • Familial environment in a laid-back, comfortable house
  • Multi-sport elements (optional): trail runs, outdoor lap swimming, yoga and core work 
  • Skills discussions to learn – or reinforce – group riding, nutrition, bike handling, cornering and descending
  • Optional massages with an experienced sports massage therapist
Arizona Gravel Camp - Tucson cycling trip
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Food

Using locally sourced ingredients, The Cycling House chefs create clean and delicious meals to fuel your week of riding. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included and served family-style at one big table to foster camaraderie with fellow riders. Each meal is inventive and diverse – often inspired by our chefs’ global travels – and focuses on lean proteins, leafy greens and root vegetables. We prepare food specifically for endurance athletes and accommodate all dietary preferences and restrictions. 

Accommodations

Instead of separate hotel rooms, The Cycling House in Tucson offers the opportunity to relax and recover in a spacious house with new friends. Enjoy yoga on the patio, share stories during a hot tub soak or finish a ride by jumping in the infinity pool. The communal environment lends itself perfectly to nightly skills discussions over appetizers and cooking classes with our chef. Need a quick bike fix? Our garage’s workbench and collection of tools rivals most bike shops.

ITINERARY

Riders arrive in Tucson, and we’ll shuttle to The Cycling House home base. Our pro mechanics will get to work on fitting riders to rental bikes or building riders’ personal bikes. Enjoy a leisurely rolling lunch by our chefs, ready for you when you arrive.

We’ll get settled into the house, set up everyone’s bikes and go for an afternoon shakeout spin on mixed terrain.

In the evening, we’ll enjoy homemade appetizers and a beverage while our TCH guides host the welcome briefing. After this group discussion, we’ll enjoy a chef-prepared dinner!

Today’s Ride:

The arrival spin will be around 20-25 miles, with 1,382 feet of elevation gain, 1.5-2.5 hours

Ride details coming soon.

Today’s Ride:

55-75 miles, with 3,500- 5,500 feet of elevation gain, 4-6+ hours

Options to make this ride shorter, and or include faster rolling pavement.

We’re going to get and ride some of Southern Arizona’s best gravel roads.

Today’s Ride:

Ride details coming soon.

After a couple big days of riding your legs might be ready for a recovery day.  You are in luck! Tucson has more than 130 miles of bike paths called The Loop. We start from The Cycling House and ride surface streets for the first 10 miles before connecting with The Loop. The next 22 miles parallel dry riverbeds on pristine blacktop with minimal climbing. The total ride distance for our true recovery ride is 32 miles, with 500 feet of climbing. At mile 25, we’ll have an option to add on Gates Pass, a classic Tucson ride. We have plenty of flexibility on options to make this ride even longer. The main route is 42 miles, with 1,500 feet of climbing. Regardless of which route you choose, we’ll all finish up at El Mercado and have lunch at Seis Kitchen before shuttling back to The Cycling House.

After enjoying lunch at one of our favorite spots in Tucson, we’ll shuttle home in the vans.

Dinner this evening will be enjoyed at TCH and prepared by our team.

Today’s Ride:

Gates Pass: 32-42+ miles, ~500-1,500 feet of elevation gain, 2-4 hours

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 20.5-mile climb. Mile markers and elevation signs mark your progress, while the amazing views up to the high alpine forest help take your mind off the uphill challenge. You’ll ascend nearly 5,500 feet, climbing at a 5-8% grade over the 20.8 miles, finishing in the small ski town of Summerhaven.

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

Lunch will be ready upon returning home at the end of the ride.

Dinner this evening will be enjoyed at TCH and prepared by our team.

Today’s ride:

Mount Lemmon: 47-55 miles, ~5,500-5,700 feet of elevation gain, 3-6 hours

Option to continue climbing to Summerhaven, Ski Valley or the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains

Shuttles will be running to the TUS airport all morning, and we’ll make sure you get to the airport with plenty of time to spare.

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:

Checkout by 11 a.m.

For those who don’t have an early flight, there is an optional self-guided departure spin before check out.

DATES & PRICES

DETAILS

What's Included

  • 5 nights/6 days accommodations (double occupancy)
  • Airport transfers to/from Tucson International Airport (TUS)
  • Chef-prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 6 days
  • Bike build and breakdown
  • Professional trip guides
  • Daily 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 (depending on availability)
  • 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
  • Nutrition clinic

Questions?

Have more questions? View our FAQ page or call us at 406-219-1318.
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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.

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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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