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Tour Details

Start

Denver, USA

Finish

Denver, USA

DEPARTURE DATES

September 2019

Prices

Days

10 days

Fitness grade

Grade: D
(Moderate to challenging. Average of 4-5 hours physical activity per day, up to 8 - 9 hours on longer days. Most days spent riding at altitude above 1700 metres)

*Total price includes 15% gratuities for the local guides

This is a fully supported trip with all vehicle shuttles between the different rides included. The vans are comfortable and we will be towing a bike trailer between our locations. Roof racks will used for some gear. The number of vehicles used will depend on final client numbers.  

Bike hire (if required), pre and post nights accommodation, meals not outlined in the detailed itinerary, international flights to USA. Gratuities to restaurants. (Note included in the trip cost is 15% gratuities to our local bike guides) 

 

Grade: D

Average 4-5 hours of riding per day, 8-9 hours on longer days.

If you are an active, healthy person who exercises on a regular basis and has a love for mountains and biking, then this is the trip for you.

All the nights on this trip are spent in a tent, so it also helps if you like camping!

Altitude

A lot the trip is above 1700 meters in altitude. The highest pass we cross is 3500 meters. The air is noticeably thinner higher up and depending on the individual, effects can make an appearance on from 2000m onwards. This may be as minor as a mild headache, feeling a bit lethargic and shortness of breath after physical exertion. However, it is very important to acclimatise slowly to give the body a chance to adapt to the change of conditions. We have designed the itinerary with this in mind. Feel free to discuss this with our team or consult with your doctor. Adequate hydration is also very important and the advice is that you need to be drinking at least 4 litres a day on the tour.

Health and Hygiene

It pays to be vigilant around food and with personal hygiene to avoid illness or upset stomachs - both on tour and leading up to the tour. Keep some hand sanitiser and wipes in your day pack. Consult with a travel health clinic at least a month before travelling to see if you require any vaccinations.

This is a camping trip staying in a variety of campsites near the best riding on offer in Colorado. Twin share with someone of the same gender. Your own tent can be requested at an extra single supplement charge of US$150. Contact us if you would like us to book your pre-night's accommodation in Denver. We recommend the Mile High House, 1445 High St, Denver.

Main Mountain Biking Personal Equipment:

  • Mountain Bike (if not hiring from us)
  • Helmet (if not hiring from us)
  • Bike Shoes
  • Water bottle and/or hydration pack (high altitude doubles intact)
  • Sunglasses
  • Biking style cap for sun protection
  • Bike gloves (2) pair
  • Bike socks (4) pair
  • Bike jerseys (2)
  • Bike shorts (2)
  • Lightweight sweater for riding
  • Knee pads recommended but not needed (a small first aid kit is a fair alternative!)
  • First aid kit eg bandages, gauze, adhesives, pain and fever relievers, cold meds/throat lozenges, diarrhoea/laxative meds, allergy meds, sunburn relief, motion sickness pills or bands, altitude sickness pills, multi-vitamins, hydrocortisone cream, antibacterial ointment, eye drops, blister protection, personal prescriptions, hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • Rain Jacket with liner for cool or wet days
  • Day pack or (hip pack) to carry personal riding equipment eg spare tyre, tubes, tools, personal riding equipment you prefer to ride with 

 

Personal Packing List for Camp and Travelling: 

  • Top and bottom poly pros (thermals)
  • Walking shoes
  • Swimsuit 
  • Underwear (multiple)
  • Casual clothing
  • Scarf or bandana
  • Warm hat
  • Hiking shoes and/or sports sandals (eg Keen style)
  • Short sleeved shirt
  • Tank Tops (2)
  • T-shirts (3)
  • Long sleeved shirts, one light, one warm (2)
  • Warm windproof jacket
  • Long pants, one light, one warm (2)
  • Silk or synthetic sleeping bag liner (recommended but not compulsory) 

 

Other Personal Items:

  • Mobile device and charger, headphones, electronic converter and/or adapters to 110 volts
  • Travel documents and copies eg passport, visa, cash, credit cards, travel insurance, health insurance cards/docs transportation tickets, emergency contacts and important addresses
  • Head torch and extra batteries
  • Travel pillow, eye mask and ear plugs
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Prescription glasses and sunglasses
  • Biodegradable soap and small towel  

 

Group gear provided by Active Earth Adventures:

  • Share tent (2 per tent)
  • Sleeping mat 
  • Limited group bike tools and extra tubes 
  • Sleeping bag: 3 season weight 

 

Optional Suggested Items: 

  • Camera, GoPro, memory card, chargers, waterproof case
  • Binoculars 
  • Reading material
  • Personal drinks at camp; we will not provide liquor / beer but will provide plenty of water, juice and Gatorade drinks. Although if you prefer a certain soda or soft drinks, please let us know in advance of your trip. 

Contact us to discuss hiring a bike if required

While on the trip all meals are provided from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10. A variety of delicious camping meals will be on offer as well as the occasional meal out. Alcohol is an additional cost. Bring your special power bars or other food you need to keep your human engine trucking along - we supply plenty of regular snacks. Please advise any special dietary requirements at the time of booking. 

Michelle McConnon - Active Earth Adventures Tour Leader

Michelle will be joining this trek as the Active Earth Adventures Tour Leader. As an avid mountain biker and outdoor enthusiast she will ensure everyone has an excellent time. Michelle and Graham Frith (see below) have designed this trip with the assistance of our local operators in Colorado. Becky Gardner, a pro rider for Kona Bikes and sponsored by FOX and Smith Optics, has personally worked very closely with us on this itinerary and invested incredible amounts of time to ensure this trip is a success. Expect an unforgettable trip!

Graham Frith - Guide

Graham has a lifetime of experience teaching, instructing and has guided for Active Earth for many years. Graham (a.k.a "Grum") has recently returned after spending two and a half years cycling around the whole planet raising awareness for prostate cancer. Grum also teaches wilderness first aid and risk management and is an avid mountain biker. A great person to have on our trip.

Local mountain bike guides

Our on the ground trip leaders provide support and will focus on the details so we don't have to. The trip will have two/three leaders for the group. Not only have they guided thousands of miles on bikes but are excellent at cooking healthy and hearty meals and are there to help during camp set up. Top priority is health and safety for all our guests as well as as showing you a good time. Past clients love our leaders and give them a 97% rating for all round quality service. 

  

What will the climate be like in Colorado in September?

We picked mid-September as the Autumn (Fall) colours are spectacular and the weather is settled. The nights can be cooler though and the temperature can fall as low as 1-5°C at the camps. During the day it can get up to 25°C but more often around 15-20°C. Clothing layers will be the key as the altitude differences experienced in a single day can expose you to a big temperature range.

Booking Conditions

You will be asked to fill out a disclaimer before you begin the tour. You must follow the instructions of your guide at all times.

Payment

For bookings four or more months in advance of the departure a 30% deposit can be paid with the remainder due 126 days prior to your trip (14 May 2017). For bookings within 126 days of the departure (after 14 May 2017), full payment is required.

Cancellations

More than 126 days prior to departure – 70% refund 

96 to 125 days prior to departure – 50% refund

66 to 95 days prior to departure – 25% refund

Less than 65 days prior to departure – NO REFUND

 

Travel Insurance


We suggest clients take out a comprehensive travel insurance.

World Nomads Travel Insurance provides online quotes.

Notes

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