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Arizona Cycling Camp

Sunny winter road riding in the Tucson desert
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  • From $2295
  • 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 base is a comfortable house with a huge patio, infinity pool and hot tub for soaking 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 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. 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, 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, core work and triathlon-specific clinics
  • Skills discussions to learn – or reinforce – group riding, nutrition, bike handling, cornering and descending
  • Optional massages with an experienced sports massage therapist
  • Want more Tucson trip dates? Check out our Arizona Gravel Camps!
Cycling House Tucson Food

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:

We’ll shake out the travel legs with a 25-mile ride with ~1,000 feet of climbing from The Cycling House home base.

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.

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:

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 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! 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, we’ll shuttle home in the vans.

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

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 TCH and prepared by our team.

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.

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.

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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
  • Massage therapy
  • Mid-ride café stops
  • Personal shopping
  • Single room w/ shared bathroom (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

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.

Available this trip:
cervelo c3 cycling house bike rental
C3 Ultegra
Manufacturer: Cervelo
Type: Road
Cost: $250 / 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.