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Sun Valley road bike tour

Summary

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Explore majestic, beautiful Southern Idaho, all the way from cowboy country outside of Boise to the outdoor mecca of Sun Valley. Gorgeous Sun Valley: birthplace of the ski lift, beloved by clark Cable, Marilyn Monroe and Warren Miller, not to mention Ernest Hemingway. The Sawtooth Mountains: home over 50 peaks over 10.000 feet and over 300 mountain lakes. Ride a wide arc through this remote wilderness of expansive views and snow-dusted peaks following wild rivers and mountain grades. Golf, hike, river raft, shop – you can even go fly-fishing or wine tasting. Most of all, breath in the clear mountain air and savor the surroundings.

Road bike
6 days
325 km / 202 mi
$ 3,020.-
  • Sun Valley
  • Sawtooth Mountains
  • Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway
  • A boat ride across Redfish Lake
  • Deposit for this tour is 25%

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
80-100 km / 50-62 mi
Total distance
325 km / 202 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
18 Jun 2023 - 23 Jun 2023
25 Jun 2023 - 30 Jun 2023
Start
Boise
Finish
Boise
Airport at start
Boise Airport
Airport at finish
Boise Airport

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 3,020.-
E-bike rental
E-bike Fastroad E+ EX Pro or E-bike THRIVE E+ EX Pro
$ 200.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 816.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1: Pedal from Idaho city to Lowman on the Pinderosa Pine Scenic Byway


Meet us in Boise. Begin riding in Idaho City, a historic mining town where you can still pan for gold. Bicycle the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway – a gorgeous route with stunning views of the Sawtooth Range – beside Mores Creek, then Lamar Creek and finally Beaver Creek. Bicycle into Lowman, on the Payette River, to stay at the Sourdough lodge
Meals: L, D. Lodging: Sourdough Lodge
Distance: 45 miles, Elevation: +4175 ft / -3785 ft

Day 2: Ride through remote wilderness over Banner Summit to Stanley

Tackle another mountain pass today. Bicycle up and over Banner Summit, a long but gradual climb. To one side: the Sawtooth Wilderness, with 217,000 pristine acres of rugged forests and pristine lakes. To the other: the Salmon-Challis National Forest, gateway to the 2.3-million-acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, with more contiguous acres of road-free wild lands than anywhere in the lower 48. From the summit – one of Idaho’s highest at 7,056 feet – descend into the town of Stanley, nestled amid the Sawtooth Mountains. Stay at the Stanley High Country Inn
Meals: B, L, D. Lodging: Stanley High Country Inn
Distance: 46 miles, Elevation: +3475 ft / -1523 ft

Day 3: Enjoy a boat ride and hike to an alpine lake

Give your trusty steed a rest today and lace up your hiking boots instead. Pack up your rucksack in the morning and set off on a boat ride across Redfish Lake near Stanley. From the other side of the lake, hike into the heart of the Sawtooth Range’s magnificent high country. Pick from two trails to alpine lakes – one easier, one a bit harder – both with magnificent views. Spend another night at the High Country Inn. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Meals: B, L, Lodging: Stanley High Country Inn
Distance: Hike: 7.2, or 10.3 miles Elevation Hike: +1,215 ft / -1,213 ft, or +1,895 ft / -1,899 ft

Day 4: Cross over Galena sumit on the Sawtooth Scenic Byway – one of the highest paved roads in Idaho.

Warm up pedaling through bucolic agricultural lands this morning before the road ramps up toward the mountains. Cross over the Galena Summit on the Sawtooth Scenic Byway, a regional showcase as well as one of the highest paved roads in Idaho. Watch for pronghorn antelope, deer, and elk! Top out at 8700’ and enjoy the views from the summit before the big downhill cruise into Ketchum and Sun Valley. Spend the next two nights at theTyrolean Lodge, just outside Sun Valley proper.
Meals: B, L, D. Lodging: Tyrolean Lodge
Distance: 62 miles, Elevation: +2824 ft / -3281 ft

Day 5: Explore Sun Valley today!

Explore Sun Valley today! Options abound. Hang out in town and golf, play tennis, take a wine tour, or go shopping. Head to the hills for some horseback riding, mountain biking or more hiking. Find a river raft trip that suits your tastes. Or head out for another road ride. Lunch is on your own. Meals: B, D. Lodging: Tyrolean Lodge

Day 6: Ride to Hailey and celebrate a great week at the Powerhouse Pub and Bike shop

Ride 15-30 miles (depending on the route you choose) south to Hailey, Idaho for a stop at the famous Powerhouse Pub and Bike Shop. Enjoy a grass-fed beef burger and your choice of 130 beers while ogling the coolest new bikes and gear. If you manage to avoid over-indulging here – be it the burger, the bikes, or the beer – ride another 20 miles to meet the main highway before hopping into the van for the journey back to Boise (~2hrs).
Meals: B, L, D.
Distance: up to 49 miles, Elevation: up to +969 ft / –1896 ft

note

While this is indeed a spectacular route, most of the cycling on this tour is along state highways (there are few, if any, other paved roads) riders should be comfortable cycling highways with varying amounts of shoulder, guard rails and some traffic.

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Included

Lodging
All meals except one lunch and one dinner on your own.
Road / hybrid bike, E-bike rent possible
Boat ride and hiking
Luggage transfer

Not included:

Night before and after the tour.
Flights to and from the tour
Gratuities guides

Lodging:

Sourdough Lodge
Stanley High Country Inn
Tyrolean Lodge
The hotels, inns, and B&Bs we use are always among the finest the area has to offer. Our smaller group sizes allow us to stay at some award-winning places that can’t handle groups of 25 or more. We work closely with the innkeepers to make sure they understand your needs and ours.

A negative Covid test will be required within 72 hours of departure for all non-fully vaccinated guests. or Proof of a completed Covid vaccination course can be used in lieu of a Covid test. A "completed Covid vaccination course" means that the guest has had 1 or 2 shots (depending on vaccine brand) and has completed the 2-week waiting period post final shot.
All of our guides are fully vaccinated.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

A road or Hybrid bike is included in the price,
E-bikes
are available for an extra fee.
Prior to your bike tour, we request your height in order to choose the right frame size for you. (If you have a fit sheet or sizing information on your personal bicycle, you are welcome to send that to us, and we will do our best to match your geometry and specs.) On the first day of each bicycle tour, your guides tweak your bike fit to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. If they can’t get the fit just right, we typically carry a couple of extra sizes. We try to make sure we have the right size and type of bike you need to enjoy your cycling vacation.

Giant Defy ADV 3

Choose the longer route. Climb higher mountains. This all-new endurance road bike is purpose-built to help you tackle long-distance road rides in all types of conditions. It’s smooth, it’s efficient, and it’s fast.
Ride farther and faster with an all-new composite frameset that’s engineered with endurance geometry and built-in compliance. Handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite material, it’s engineered with tube shapes that are optimized to absorb road shocks and vibrations. And the frame is still stiff in all the ways that matter—for pedaling efficiency as well as steering and cornering precision. It’s made with a specific carbon layup to give it just the right feel. And for added control, it features integrated disc brakes with flat mounts and 12mm thru-axles. The D-Fuse Seatpost and handlebar system also help reduce road vibrations, adding to its smooth, compliant feel on the road.
Components: Giant Conduct disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra groupset, 50/34 cranks, 11 x 34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless wheelset 700x28c

Hybrid / flat Bar Road bike

The perfect balance of road bike speed and city bike versatility. Built on a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset, this new flat-bar road bike puts the rider in a comfortable position that’s smooth and efficient. The fast-rolling 700c wheels and vibration-absorbing composite D-Fuse seatpost help smooth out rough roads. The fast-rolling 700c wheels can accommodate large tires up to 32c, perfect for tackling rough roads with confidence and control, while integrated ergo bar ends keep your hands comfortable on longer adventures. Powerful disc brakes give you added control in all types of weather, and easy-to-use rack mounts make FastRoad SL a smart choice for commuting, fitness riding and weekend adventures.
E-Bike Thrive E+ EX PRO
With THRIVE E+ EX PRO, you get an all-access pass to speed no mater what your fitness level
Designed with Liv’s 3F Design Philosophy, Thrive E+ EX Pro is the first road E-bike built specifically for women. Get up to speed fast with the new SyncDrive Pro motor that provides a natural, yet powerful, E-bike experience. The new motor also features a Smart support mode that automatically adjusts the support level based on your ride. PedalPlus 6-Sensor Technology translates six measurements about your riding and adds the perfect amount of power at just the right time for a fast and fluid ride quality. The EnergyPak Smart 375 battery is so sleek, you’ll have your friends looking twice to know it’s an E-bike.
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