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Wymodak Bike tour

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Looking for an epic adventure? “ WYMODAK” stands for Wyoming- Montana-South Dakota! Start this tour in Cody and bike the chief Joseph Scenic Byway to Montana, then enjoy the challenging and magnificent Absaroka Beartooth Highway. Head east and visit Devils Tower before entering the Black Hills of South Dakota. Finish the tour with a day of riding in Badlands National Park before returning to Rapid City for flights home.

Road bike
10 days
1084 km / 674 mi
$ 4,288.-
  • Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
  • Beartooth Highway
  • Shoshone National Forest
  • Bighorn Mountains
  • Devild Tower National monument
  • Spearfish Canyon Scenic Highway
  • Custer State Park
  • Deposit 25%

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
10 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Challenging
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
140-160 km / 87-99 mi
Total distance
1084 km / 674 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
01 Jun 2023 - 30 Jun 2023
NOTE: Only available as a private tour with a minimum of 6 participants in one booking.

With eight participants in one booking you get a $200.00 per person discount.
Deposit amount of $500.- pp are non-refundable for Private tours.
Start
Cody
Finish
Rapid City
Airport at start
Yellowstone Regional Airport
Airport at finish
Rapid City Regional 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
$ 4,288.-
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.
$ 1,158.-

Itinerary

Inclusive / Not Inclusive – lodging

Day 1: Cody to Cooke City on the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway

No van shuttle to start this tour! We are on our bikes right from our meeting hotel in Cody, Wyoming. Today we ride the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway from Cody to Cooke City, Montana. Get ready for 80 miles with 8300’ feet of climbing as we climb to the overlook at Dead Indian Hill. Enjoy the fabulous mountain views before descending almost a mile of vertical to our hotel for the night situated just outside Yellowstone National Park.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Lodging: Alpine Motel
Level: advanced, distance: 80 miles, elevation: +8305 ft / -5789 ft

Day 2: Cooke City to Red Lodge on the Absaroka-Beartooth Highway

Charles Kuralt called the Beartooth Scenic Byway “…the most beautiful drive in America.” Breathe deeply; our high point on this stunning ride is just shy of 11,000 feet! The Shoshone National Forest has virtually all the original animal and plant species that were there when white explorers such as John Colter and Jim Bridger first visited the region. The forest is home to grizzly and black bear, cougar, moose, tens of thousands of elk as well as the largest herd of bighorn sheep in the U.S. The streams in the forest are considered to have some of the best game species fishing opportunities in the U.S. including Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Spend tonight in Red Lodge, Montana – once a raucous 1890s coal town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lodging: The Pollard
Level: advanced, distance: 64 miles, elevation: +5331 ft / -7352 ft

Day 3: Red Lodge to Lovell

Exit the big mountains today and head back to Wyoming as we journey on toward the Bighorn Mountains to the east. Fields of corn, sugar beets and alfalfa are interspersed with tiny towns as we trace the curves of Silver Tip Creek. Our destination, Lovell, is heralded as ‘Wyoming’s Rose City.’
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lodging: Travelodge by Wyndham Lovell
Level: advanced, distance: 79 miles, elevation: +2075 ft / -3794 ft

Day 4: Lovell to Sheridan via Bighorn National Forest

Point your steeds east, cowboys and cowgirls – today we cross the northern portion of Bighorn National Forest. It’s a “mountain stage” so get an early start. One hundred miles and 8000 feet of climbing lie between us and our lodging tonight in Sheridan, Wyoming.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lodging: Best Western Sheridan Center
Level: advanced, distance: 106 miles, elevation: +8142 ft / - 8258 ft

Day 5: Sheridan to Gillette

Continue generally eastward through foothills today, leaving the Bighorn Mountains, as well as most signs of civilization, behind. Cycle through deserted “towns” with names that like Spotted Horse (pop. 2) and Wildcat (pop. 0). Leiter is one of the few burgeoning communities, having grown from 28 residents in 2000 to 34 in 2016. Stay tonight in Gillette, WY. Early arrivals may want to explore the Rockpile Museum in order to learn more about the history of the Powder River Basin ranches, coal mines and oil development.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lodging: Hampton Inn, Gillette
Level: advanced, distance: 108 miles, elevation: +4768 ft / - 3900 ft

Day 6: Gillette to Hulett via Devils Tower

From Gillette, we head toward Hullett, Wyoming. First we cycle past Keyhole Reservoir, famous for record-sized fish and a haven for both resident and migrating birds, but the big attraction today is Devils Tower National Monument, made famous by the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lodging: Best Western Devil’s Tower
Level: advanced, distance: 76 miles, elevation: +3264 ft / - 4099 ft

Day 7: Hulett to Deadwood via Spearfish Canyon

Save some energy for the afternoon today. The highlight of today’s route Hulett to Deadwood, South Dakota is through Spearfish Canyon. Thousand-foot-high limestone palisades in shades of brown, pink and gray tower over Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Enjoy bicycling its wide shoulders and uniform 3% grade (Bicycling Magazine named Spearfish Canyon one of the top 50 scenic bike paths in the country!). Deadwood is a National Historic Landmark District, a former wild-and-wooly goldrush town that hosted the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Stay in the heart of Wild West tonight. Dinner is on your own.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Lodging: Deadwood Mt. Grand
Level: advanced, distance: 83 miles, elevation: +5700 ft / - 4927 ft

Day 8: Deadwood to Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park

Today’s amazing roads curve through meadows surrounded by birch, aspen and rugged granite mountains and needle-like granite formations, pine and spruce forests. Pass through picturesque Hill City, a former mining town that is the oldest in Pennington County on your way to the even-more-photogenic Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lodging: Sylvan Lake Lodge
Level: advanced, distance: 54 miles, elevation: +4887 ft / - 3247 ft

Day 9: Sylvan Lake to Hot Springs via Mt Rushmore and Wind Cave NP

Pedal more of Custer State Park today on your way to Rapid City, South Dakota. Unique and scenic loop roads wind through its 71,000 acres where the prairies and ponderosa pine-studded hills host some 1,300 bison, as well as pronghorn antelope, mountain goat, deer, elk, wild turkey, and a band of friendly burros. Visit Mount Rushmore National Monument and Wind Cave National Park along the way!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lodging: Holiday Inn, Rapid City
Level: advanced, distance: 50 or 90 miles, elevation: +4346 ft / - 6709 ft or +7045 ft / - 9874 ft

Day 10: Bicycle Badlands National Park

The Badlands are a stunningly beautiful 244,000-acre preserve of mixed-grass prairie surrounding needled buttes, pinnacles and spires. Once blanketed by a warm, shallow sea, it contains one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here; today it’s home to bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferret. Bicycle through this hauntingly beautiful National Park before returning to Rapid City in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Level: intermediate, distance: 42 miles, elevation: +1707 ft / - 2010 ft

* 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, one dinner on your own.
Road / hybrid bike, E-bike rent possible
Hiking & Wild West History
Luggage transfer

Not included:

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

Lodging:

Alpine Motel
The Pollard
Travelodge by Wyndham Lovell
Best Western Sheridan Center
Hampton Inn, Gillette
Best Western Devil’s Tower
Deadwood Mt. Grand
Sylvan Lake Lodge
Holiday Inn, Rapid City

Vaccine or test: 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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