9 Days / 8 Nights
June 12 – 20, 2020
June 20 – 28, 2020
The Canadian Rockies, including the towns of Banff and Lake Louise, have been on our bucket list for ages.
Even though this trip has the word “Rockies” in the name, the climbs are surprisingly not that bad. There are some long climbs, but they tend to be in the 2% grade range. There are no sustained steep climbs in the required riding. However, if you are looking for some challenging climbs, we have them for you on the optional ride days.
Take in the mountain peaks, emerald green lakes, waterfalls and lush forests around the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Banff and Lake Louise. The trip starts in Calgary, a beautiful city with over 500 miles of dedicated cycleways. We ride on to the towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Canmore. In addition, the trip includes a guided ride through the city of Calgary and a visit to the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. You also have time to hike, boat and ride the Banff and/or Lake Louise gondolas to experience the breathtaking expanse of the Canadian Rockies.
The trip is being offered on June 12 – 20, 2020. If we get enough interest, we will open a second tour from June 20 – 28, 2020 and allow anyone that signed up for the other tour to switch, if they want.
On this tour you will have a bit more free time to explore than we typically provide. There are a lot of choices on what you can do each day. While there is plenty of nice riding, there are other things to do as well such as hiking, shopping, photographing nature, and more. We hope that you love this area as much as we do.
|Calgary City Tour||27 or 41||+/- 800 or +/- 1600|
|Grotto Lake to Banff||24||+1000 / -730|
|Banff to Lake Louise||36||+1900 / -1400|
|Lake Louise to Canmore||51||+1700 / -2500|
|Canmore to Yamnuska||40||+1000 / -1300|
Additional loop rides will be offered in Banff and Lake Louise.
The cost is $5,700 per couple ($2,850/person). A non-refundable, $500 deposit will secure your spot on the tour. We require 50% payment by December 15, 2019 and the remainder is due by March 15, 2020.
What is included?
- 8 nights lodging
- 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
- Canadian National Park Admission for four days
- Yamnuska Wolfdog Tour
- Transport from Calgary to the ride start, including bike
- Transport from Yamnuska to the airport hotel, including bike, on the last day
- Luggage transport
- SAG support
- Tandem bike case storage, if needed
Note that we do not provide any bicycles. We expect that you have a tandem that is in good working order and that you are able to assemble your bike. If you do not have your own tandem, you can rent a coupled tandem from Mel at Tandems East. If you have a tandem that is not coupled, we recommend that you ship your tandem to Calgary before the tour. BikeFlights is an option.
What is not included?
- Meals, other than those mentioned above
- Alcoholic beverages
- Admission to some points of interest that we are not entering as a group
What is the average mileage per day?
Mileage is in the 30-50 mile range each day, with two potential rest days in the middle of the week. Many of the days will have optional lengths. Across the week, expect to ride 170 to 250 miles.
So just how much climbing is there in the Canadian Rockies?
We were surprised that the grades weren’t really that bad. Northern New Jersey is much worse! There are no sustained steep climbs on the required riding days; although there will be some steeper climbs on a few optional rides. Also, there are days where there will be ten mile 1% to 2% grade hills. This cycle tour is for intermediate level cyclists.
Where will we be staying?
While this could change, here are some of the hotels that we plan to stay in.
How do we sign up?