North America Bike Tours
Welcome to our new collection of tours right in our backyard “Ciclismo Close to Home”. While we love European cycling, we also love the abundant and stunning riding right here in the States and Canada. We ride here often and are excited to explore and share with you a series of breathtaking, domestic cycling trips. There are so many gorgeous places to ride right here that it was hard to choose where to start!
All of our Ciclismo Close to Home tours are based out of stunning remote locations in New Hampshire, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota and Canada. Like our European tours, these tours are a perfect blend of gorgeous scenery and cultural immersion.
Bicycling is emerging as one of the most healthy and popular social distancing activities. We see the Summer and Fall of 2020 as being the great “Renaissance of cycling” as people turn to safe, simple, and healthier ways to live and interact with the world around them. This might be the perfect opportunity to get outside as much as possible and fully embrace this delightful mode of recreation.
With 31 years as the pioneers and leaders of Bicycle Travel, we are proud and excited to lead the way and to continue to transform lives, one pedal stroke at time, whether we are in Europe or pedaling the quiet roads close to home.
Our Ciclismo Close to Home Collection
To deliver the most authentic and high-quality experience, in addition to operating tours directly we are partnering with the tour operators to give you unique at home itineraries:
- Southern New Hampshire operated exclusively by Ciclismo Classico Founder and Director, Lauren Hefferon
- The Finger Lakes operated exclusively by Ciclismo Classico Founder and Director, Lauren Hefferon
- North Carolina and Natchez Trace, Cycle of Life
- Cabot Trail and Lighthouse Route (Halifax and southern coast), Freewheeling Adventures
- Coastal Maine, Summer Feet Cycling
- and Oregon Crater Lake, South Dakota’s Black Hills, San Juan Islands, and Arizona Sonora, Bicycle Adventures
Coming in 2021! Gravel & B&B Vermont, The Berkshires, Cape Cod, Tour of New England, Colorado, Texas Hill Country and more!
Also, be sure to check out our One-Day STORY RIDES throughout Massachusetts and Washington DC!
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In light of COVID-19, our 2020/2021 tours will take all the necessary steps to keep our guests and guides safe and healthy. We will also strictly follow tourism guidelines.
For your peace of mind and safety, each tour will adhere to the following:
In addtion to being tested before each tour, Ciclismo Classico staff will abide by all state and federal guidelines related to health and safety requirements for businesses reopening (as pertains to COVID-19).
The guides will, on a daily basis, remind everyone to use good hygiene, wash their hands, use hand sanitizers, avoid touching people unnecessarily, sneeze into tissues, etc.
Ciclismo Classico will encourage social distancing of six feet.
If guests or Ciclismo staff exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), they must self-isolate for the remainder of the trip.
To enable guests to feel safe, Ciclismo Classico will provide everyone with an unlimited supply of travel-size containers of:
Hand sanitizers (at least 60 percent alcohol)
Face masks (if requested)
To ensure that guests feel safe traveling in our support vehicles:
Where possible, Ciclismo Classico will provide two vans for the transfers (to promote social distancing).
The guides will ensure that all interior surfaces, door handles, safety belts, etc. are wiped down with disinfectant on a daily basis.
All vans will be equipped with disinfectant wipes & hand sanitizer for anyone to use (this was actually the case before COVID-19).
When guides deliver luggage to rooms, they will wash their hands before handling luggage (or wear protective gloves).
Because the guides are constantly handling the bikes:
Guides will wear protective gloves when loading or unloading bikes from the van and/or trailer.
Guides will wear protective gloves when refilling water bottles for the guests.
Request that guests not touch other people’s bikes and/or belongings.
Request that guests not cycle too close to each other to enable social distancing.
Provision of snacks during the day
Guides to purchase only single-serving snacks, individually wrapped (thus preventing cross-contamination between guests).
Since we eat at restaurants several times a day, Ciclismo Classico will ensure ahead of time that:
Each restaurant is following a safety protocol (if required by the CDC or state authorities), which may require that employees are properly outfitted with masks and/or gloves and that tables are situated far enough apart.
Encourage guests to wash their hands when they arrive at the restaurant.