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Arizona Cycling Camp

Sunny winter road riding in the Tucson desert
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  • From $2695
  • Location Tucson, AZ
  • Duration 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Rider Level 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Escape winter and come ride in the desert sunshine of Tucson, Arizona.

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 setting. Your Tucson home-base is a historic 650-acre guest ranch on Tucson’s Eastside. It’s a great place to relax and recharge after logging miles on the bike. Six days of supported rides take you to some of Tucson’s classic spots – Mount Lemmon, Saguaro National Park and Gates Pass – as well as some surprising destinations. Refuel with healthy meals by our team 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. Also, we’ve added some gravel camp dates to our upcoming Tucson trip lineup! You can check out our new Arizona Gravel Camp here.

Highlights

  • Five days of supported, guided rides to sunny Tucson’s best cycling destinations
  • All-inclusive camp covers accommodations, meals, ride support and bike mechanics
  • Healthy, delicious meals
  • Multi-sport elements (optional): trail runs, outdoor lap swimming, yoga, core work and triathlon-specific clinics
  • Skills discussions to learn – or reinforce – group riding, bike handling, cornering and descending
  • Optional massages with an experienced sports massage therapist
  • Want more Tucson trip dates? Check out our Arizona Gravel Camps!

Question about COVID-19 and what we’re doing to operate in a responsible way? Check out this document or contact us.

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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.

Tucson Cycling House

Accommodations

New for 2021! We’re staying at an amazing 650-acre guest ranch just outside of Tucson. Our riders will enjoy individual rooms and casitas with en-suite bathrooms that allow for a private, relaxed setting in the Sonoran desert.  Off the bike, activities can include horseback riding, nature walks, trail running or hanging out at the pool. This comfortable environment lends itself perfectly to nightly skills discussions over a glass of wine in the garden area. Need a quick bike fix? Our workbench and collection of tools rival most bike shops.

ITINERARY

Riders arrive in Tucson, and we’ll shuttle to the ranch. Our pro mechanics will get to work on fitting riders to rental bikes or building riders’ personal bikes.

Today’s ride:

We’ll shake out the travel legs with a 25-mile ride with ~1,000 feet of climbing from the ranch.

After a leisurely breakfast, coffee and optional core and stretching session, we’ll head out on one of the greatest road cycling routes in the United States in Saguaro East National Park. Saguaro East and Pistol Hill is a classic Tucson ride with spectacular views, fun twisty turns and a solid climb in the middle. The highlight is Saguaro East National Monument, which boasts one of the largest population of Saguaro cactus in the world. Pistol Hill is a short climb at the end of the out and back that offers a great view of the Tucson valley and the Santa Rita mountain range.

Today’s ride:

Saguaro East National Park & Pistol Hill with distances ranging from 48-65+ miles with approximately 2,500-3,500 feet of climbing.

*This is a great day for riders to shorten or lengthen the route

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 ranch.

Today’s ride:

Mount Lemmon! Approximately 50 miles with 5,500 feet of climbing. There are options to add mileage for those interested in getting in more riding and climbing.

After a big day of climbing Mount Lemmon, 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.

Today’s ride:

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

Depending on the desires of the group, we’ll explore one of our favorite Tucson routes.

We’ll do a picnic lunch at the end of the ride.

Fiesta night dinner will be enjoyed at the ranch.

Today’s ride:

Depends on route, ranging from 3-5 hours. We’ll make sure it’s another Tucson area highlight ride!

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.

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.

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DATES & PRICES

DETAILS

What's Included

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

Question about COVID-19 and what we’re doing to keep our guides and guests healthy and safe? Check out this document or contact us.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Bike rentals
  • Gratuity for guides
  • Massage therapy
  • Mid-ride café stops
  • Personal shopping
  • Single room (limited availability, +$)
  • Want to view more Tucson trip dates? Check out our Arizona Gravel Camps! 

Optional Activities

  • Trail runs or hikes
  • Lap swim
  • Core/stretching sessions
  • Basic bike maintenance clinic
  • Descending and bike handling clinic
  • horseback riding
  • Nature walks
  • Non-riders are welcome! The Ranch offers alternative activities for somebody who isn’t a rider including horseback riding, nature walks and a spa.

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: $ / trip
Giant Roam E-Bike
Manufacturer: Giant Roam E+GTS
Type: Road
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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Tony W., Seattle, WA
March 2, 2018
The camp far exceeded my expectations. Kitchen, dining and lounge area was very comfortable. Bike room facilities (racks, bench with boxes underneath, etc.) were impressive. The massage room was a nice bonus. Didn't get to the pool or hot tub, but they looked great too.
Carolyn O., Boise, ID
March 23, 2019
I 100% loved the experience. The hosts were great. The accommodations went above my expectations. We were very happy with the trip. Praise the food gods, I didn’t want to go home. I want a personal chef.
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Tony W., Seattle, WA
March 2, 2018
The camp far exceeded my expectations. Kitchen, dining and lounge area was very comfortable. Bike room facilities (racks, bench with boxes underneath, etc.) were impressive. The massage room was a nice bonus. Didn't get to the pool or hot tub, but they looked great too.
Carolyn O., Boise, ID
March 23, 2019
I 100% loved the experience. The hosts were great. The accommodations went above my expectations. We were very happy with the trip. Praise the food gods, I didn’t want to go home. I want a personal chef.
Celeste C., Sanbornton, NH
March 25, 2018
It was the most amazing week I have had in a long time. The staff were incredible and knowledgeable. The accommodations amazing. The food absolutely fantastic. And it was so much fun meeting and conversing with some interesting people. I already signed up for next February.
Tom L., Saint Louis, MO
April 2, 2019
The staff, the house & the food were all above my expectations.
John M., Missoula, MT
April 1, 2019
Amazing trip in every way! This was A+ service, from signup to drop off at the airport. The food was A+. I loved how healthy every meal was, yet beyond delicious. I think that you could change the name to The Eating House, with awesome rides included! Your guides were top notch. Nobody was left behind. The variety of the rides was nice too, exploring all different directions from the house. The accommodations were super. There is plenty of room to be by yourself if you desire, and great common spaces to mingle with the guests and hosts. Thanks again for putting this on - it's one of my favorite weeks of the year. I'm planning on Mallorca next year...
Josh A., Saint Louis, MO
April 4, 2019
Really a terrific week. Exceeded my expectations. The house, the food, the guides - all of it was top-notch. And a week with Mike Weiss. Really hard to beat.
Mike G., Irving, TX
April 18, 2019
Enjoyed everything about the trip. Great people, guides and food. Best food I have had in a long time!!!
Gary G., Seattle, WA
April 29, 2019
Great routes (Mt. Lemmon my favorite), fun companions, excellent food & ride support. Rental bike exceeded expectations! The food had superb choices & wonderful accommodation of vegetarian requests. I loved the thoughtful explanations of the food each evening. The Cycling House was very comfortable.
Natalie B., Cambridge, MA
June 3, 2019
I felt fully supported by the whole team of guides - I got what I wanted from my Spring Training Camp. Not only were they great ride leaders, the morning yoga and evening hikes were truly appreciated. The Chef really looked after me as a person who follows a vegan diet. He served up specially prepared amazing tasting food that he put a lot of thought and consideration into. I also love how connected TCH is to local food vendors. The routes were great again this year and it was a nice surprise to have a couple of changes on some familiar routes. The balance was also good - climbing Mt Lemmon then the flat lead-in to Gates Pass the next day felt good. I know this is weather dependent but I liked this balance this year.
Bill W., Sicklerville, NJ
May 7, 2019
Cycling House never disappoints. Owen and staff are second to none. The chef was extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to his craft. Food couldn't have been better.
Bill M., Eagle River, AK
March 22, 2020
Almost everything was better than I expected (except my legs). I really can't think of any recommendations for improvements.
Charlie B., Enola, PA
March 21, 2020
One of the best trips I have been on. The Cycling House staff were wonderful. Everything from the food to the cycling was taken care of, all I had to do is eat, ride and enjoy the company of the other riders and the guides. I can't wait until my next trip to The Cycling House. Being a "newer" cyclist I was a bit intimidated and challenged by some of the long climbs, the staff was great. The guides got me to the top of Kitt Peak and Mt. Lemmon. I shall remember my first time climbing these two iconic mountains when my climbing days are long over.
Kris K., Redwood City CA
March 20, 2020
Great as always....especially appreciate that the staff was super upbeat. The Chef was so great and it's also such fun that he shares the details of what he has cooked, ingredients, etc.
Dave D., Walnut Creek, CA
March 7, 2020
My first trip with The Cycling House. This was as fun and comfortable a winter cycling getaway as I could hope for. The house is absolutely awesome! Comfortable. Plenty of social space and private space. You do have to accept the fact that once you are at the house, you are at the house. Period. No place to walk to, explore. Time off the bike is down-time which I loved.
Aiden M., Helena, MT
March 6, 2020
Loved the Cycling House team, the experience and the rides! Very supportive group of riders! Everyone was great.
Brant G., Eagle River, AK
March 6, 2020
Awesome staff. The best out there! I've done over 15 trips with TCH and love the experience.
Katy R., Reno, NV
March 1, 2020
It was our perfect vacation!! Great riding, great food, great guides and we met great people! They were mindful of the different capabilites of each rider and accomodated each and every one of us!
Lisa B., Topsham, ME
February 29, 2020
The Cycling House team was amazing! They put their hear and souls into making sure their guests had everything they needed for an excellent experience.
Michael G., Auburn, ME
February 29, 2020
An absolutely terrific experience. Some of the best rides I have ever done. All were extremely professional and helpful.
Philip R., Bethesda, MD
February 28, 2020
"Awesome trip, with good weather too. This is my third time to Tucson so I know the ropes. It was a blast, nice weather a bonus."
Kelly S., Black Mountain, NC
February 26, 2020
Really fun environment, House was terrific, staff is super! The chef did an amazing job. Food was creative, healthy and delicious. Good support throughout all the rides. Nice to be able to shed or put on clothes and have plenty of water and nutrition out there without stuffing pockets.
Roger R., Black Mountain, NC
February 26, 2020
Loved the house and bedroom arrangements. Great location. Wonderful outdoor space. One of the main highlights is the meals prepared each day. The chef's meals were healthy and delicious each day. She was so friendly and engaging with all guests.
JJ H., Tucson, AZ
February 25, 2020
First time riding with the cycle house and there is nothing I would change. Great experience all around.
Jim S., Verona, WI
February 25, 2020
My wife and I had a very nice time! All of our expectations were met or exceeded, thank you for a very nice week of bicycling. Particularly how a meaningful riding experience was provided to all of the guests.