Colorado HeartCycle Bicycle Tours


Heartcycle offers a number of exciting tours.  Tours that are curently scheduled or planned are listed below.  To observe the procedure for announcing new and planned tours. please click here.  Note that Tour Confirmation Policy has changed starting with 2015 Tours.  Click here to see the HeartCycle Priority of Confirmation to a Tour  Following the below listing, please find complete information describing tours and tour policies.
Tour - Click for details Start Date End Date Location Price Tour Length Tour Profile Leaders Status
South Utah National Parks 9/23/2015 10/4/2015 Cedar City, UT $1,590.00 11 days   Intermediate/Advanced  Ralph Nussbaum & John Penick   Not yet open
South Oregon and Crater Lake 9/11/2015 9/19/2015 Eugene, OR $1,470.00 8 days   Advanced  Ralph Nussbaum & Carol Nussbaum   Not yet open
Black Hills of South Dakota 9/7/2015 9/11/2015 Custer S.D. $665.00 4 days   Intermediate/Advanced  Judy Siel & Barry Siel   Not yet open
Danube River Passau to Vienna 9/5/2015 9/13/2015 Passau, Germany $1,465.00 8 days   Easy  Deb Wuchner & Jay Wuchner   OPEN, 7 members on waitlist
The Idaho Panhandle 8/15/2015 8/22/2015 Spokane, WA $1,420.00 7 days   Intermediate/Advanced  Chris Matthews & Rich Loeffler   Not yet open
Mothers, Daughters, Sisters with LSG 8/6/2015 8/8/2015 Salida, CO $390.00 2 days   Easy - learn about biking  Julie Lyons & Ann Lantz   Not yet open
San Juan Islands 8/1/2015 8/9/2015 Mukilteo, WA $1,425.00 8 days   Intermediate   Ken Condray & Becky Bottino   OPEN
Upper Hudson River Ramble 7/18/2015 7/26/2015 Albany, NY $1,420.00 8 days   Intermediate  Jim Bethell & Janet Reilly   OPEN
Washington British Columbia Loop 7/17/2015 7/26/2015 Colville, WA $1,325.00 9 days   Intermediate Advanced  Ralph Nussbaum & Mike Parent   OPEN
British Columbia Coast 7/4/2015 7/12/2015 Vancouver, BC $1,600.00 8 days   Advanced/Expert  Dean Karlen & Robert Rowe   OPEN
Central Oregon High Desert 6/21/2015 6/28/2015 Bend/Sisters, OR $1,495.00 7 days   Intermediate/Advanced  Ann Werner & Rich Crocker   OPEN
San Juan Mountains 6/19/2015 6/28/2015 Gunnison, CO $1,345.00 9 days   Advanced / Expert  Tom Groves & Peter Podore   OPEN, 3 members on waitlist
Eastern Washington 4 day tour 5/28/2015 6/1/2015 Chelan, WA $460.00 4 days   Intermediate/Advanced  Ralph Nussbaum & Pam Austin   One male shared space available, one female shared space available
Springtime in California Sonoma and Napa 5/15/2015 5/23/2015 Santa Rosa, CA $1,675.00 8 days   Advanced/Expert  Alan Scott & Robert Rowe   OPEN, 5 members on waitlist
Fabulous FootHILLS of Colorado 5/9/2015 5/16/2015 Morrison, CO $950.00 7 days   Intermediate +.   Diane Short & TBD   OPEN
Omak 4 Day Fixed Base 5/7/2015 5/11/2015 Omak, Wa $460.00 4 days   Intermediate / Advanced  Ralph Nussbaum & Carol Nussbaum   OPEN, 5 members on waitlist
Great Rivers II: Springtime on the Rivers 4/25/2015 5/9/2015 Nashville, TN $2,060.00 14 days   Intermediate/Advanced  Steve Parker & Chris Matthews   OPEN
Colonial Virginia 4/3/2015 4/12/2015 Washington, D.C. $1,695.00 9 days   Intermediate/Advanced  Ralph Nussbaum & Carol Nussbaum   OPEN
Discover San Diego 3/21/2015 3/28/2015 San Diego $980.00 7 days   Intermediate - see description  Becky Bottino & Ken Condray   OPEN
Southern Arizona Spring Training 3/15/2015 3/22/2015 Tucson $1,060.00 7 days   Intermediate with advanced options  Rich Crocker & David Durst   OPEN, one male shared space available, 1 member on waitlist

How To Register For A Tour

  1. You must be a Colorado HeartCycle member to participate in a tour.
    • Current Members: Go to the "Members" menu item to login and register
    • Past members: Go to the "Member" menu item and look for instructions to login
    • NonMembers: Go to "New Members" and complete the information to become a HeartCycle Member
  2. When you register, indicate your roommate preference (if you have one), or whether you would like a private room, if available, for a 50% surcharge (contact the tour leader for availability of a private room). Further, select your preference concerning what we should do if the tour is full (choose either “Place me on a wait list” or “Return my Fee”). Include the required tour deposit in your payment (or full payment if past the due date for the tour).
  3. Payment is required to be made via secure payment processing through PayPal.
  4. You must pay the tour deposit thru PayPal to be considered for registration. Your notification of payment from PayPal is your verification, and receipt, that you have completed the registration process for consideration in any lottery, and subsequent confirmation or wait listing.
  5. Please do not call to inquire if space is available on a tour. The status of the tour is shown on line on the registration page and is also shown in the table above. Spaces in unfilled tours cannot be reserved by phone or email, and we cannot guarantee that available spaces will be open by the time your registration is received.
  6. The Registrar will confirm your tour status by email shortly after your payment is received.Please note that the confirmation policy has changrd as of 2015 Tours Click here to see the HeartCycle Priority of Confirmation to a Tour
  7. Your final payment to Colorado HeartCycle by the due date for payment of the balance must be paid on line via the web site and PayPal. Your balance due will be calculated for you when you login to your personal record.  (See each tour description for the balance due date.) Failure to pay the balance by the due date may result in losing your spce on the trip.
  8. Read the Ride Policies and Refunds and Cancellations Policy and consider the purchase of trip cancellation insurance.
  9. Contact the tour leader listed for your tour with any questions you might have as the tour date nears. The Tour Leader will also contact you approximately 2 months before the start of the tour.

What You Can Expect on a HeartCycle Tour

Each bicycle tour will be led by a knowledgeable and experienced leader, and usually is limited to 30 people, including support personnel. One or more support (SAG) vehicles will accompany each tour to carry luggage, water, snacks, first aid supplies, repair equipment, and to transport riders in emergency situations. The SAG will stop at designated locations to provide riders with water, snacks and lunch. Breakfast and supper are usually at the rider's expense. You must provide your own bicycle. For most tours any bicycle that is lightweight, with a wide gear ratio and clip-less pedals is acceptable.

Each cyclist must wear a helmet and carry water. Panniers are not necessary. However, we strongly recommend carrying spare clothing, rain jacket and pants, sun screen, pump, spare tube, tire irons, basic tools, snacks and other personal items. Keep in mind that temperatures can range from below freezing at higher elevations to above 100 degrees in desert regions. All tour participants are expected to train adequately to ensure their ability to complete the tour. Please come prepared to be a safe and self-reliant rider.

Motel rooms will be comfortable, with two persons per room. No smoking is permitted in any motel rooms. If you do not specify a desired roommate, you will be matched with a rider of the same sex. It may be possible to provide you with a private room at an additional cost of 50% of the tour price. If you request a private room, your leader will contact you about whether your request can be fulfilled. Unless otherwise stated in the tour description, tour costs include lodging the night before the first day of cycling, but do not include lodging the evening of the last day of riding. Dates listed for all tours begin with the day before the first day of riding. Typically, there will be an organizational meeting of all tour participants on the evening of this date.

Riders are expected to have a positive attitude, be congenial with other tour participants, be flexible when things don't turn out as expected and cooperate with the ride leader, sag drivers and other riders in the course of the ride. Riders who fail to conform to these expectations will be asked by the tour leader to leave the tour at their own expense. Such riders may not be able to register for future tours at the discretion of the HC board.

It is customary for HeartCycle members to have a collection near the end of the tour to show their appreciation to the leaders and SAGs for their efforts in planning and running a trip that allows HeartCycle to offer a wide variety of trips each year. This recognizes the simple fact without them, HeartCycle would cease to exist.

Selecting A Tour

The enjoyment you derive from your tour is largely dependent on choosing a tour that suits your ambitions and experience. Some factors to consider as you select a tour include your previous cycling experience, physical condition, the amount of time you will be able to devote to training, and what you want from the tour. We suggest that persons who have not previously ridden on a multi-day tour choose a shorter tour. HeartCycle encourages participation in the sport of bicycling at all levels. For the safety and enjoyment of all tour participants each cyclist must carefully consider the difficulty of the tour they select. Generally the distance per day, type of terrain (mountainous or flat), pavement (smooth, chip and seal, or crushed gravel) and climate govern the classification of HeartCycle tours. For each tour, we provide the name and contact information for the leader. Check with the appropriate tour leader if you have specific questions about a tour you are considering or your ability to participate.

Colorado Heartcycle Tour Ratings

Please see the tour description to determine the Tour Ratings

How Much Should You Train?

Adequate training is essential for enjoyment of your HeartCycle tour. Try to begin your training three to four months prior to the tour. Incorporate as much hill climbing into your schedule as possible to prepare for mountain climbs. Your training should also depend on the rating of your selected tour as well as its scheduled departure. For example, for an Intermediate to Advanced tour scheduled for July, you might begin in March with rides of 10-20 miles per day, two to three days per week. In April, increase mileage to over 50 miles per week while riding three to four days a week. In May and June, gradually increase your mileage to over 150 miles per week in four to five rides; including two rides of 50-70 miles each, with one involving extensive climbing. For tours earlier in the year, you need to stay in condition, possibly with spinning classes or XC skiing.

You need to train your body to meet the demands of bicycle touring in the mountains. We strongly urge residents of the Colorado Front Range to take advantage of the Colorado HeartCycle training program outlined in this brochure. If you cannot train with us, you can use this schedule as an indication of the amount of training to pursue.

If necessary, discuss your training schedule with the tour leader to see if your training will be adequate for the tour.

Cycling Safety

  • Use a rear-view mirror
  • Wear bright clothing.
  • Bring enough clothing. The weather can change rapidly, and descents at high altitude can be unbelievably cold.
  • Drink enough water; consider a back-pack hydration system
  • Eat enough snacks.
  • Never pass another cyclist on the right. When passing, call out "On your left!"
  • Cross railroad tracks or cattle guards at right angles.
  • If you are the first to spot traffic approaching from the rear, call out "Car back!"
    (Do not say this when passing another rider!)
  • Point out obstacles and hazards to following cyclists.
  • Ride double file only when no cars are present (never ride triple file).
  • Draft only if you are experienced and everyone in the pace line is, also.
  • Consider a handlebar-mounted map holder.

YOU MUST WEAR AN ANSI-APPROVED HELMET WHILE CYCLING ON ANY HEARTCYCLE TOUR AND/OR TRAINING RIDE.

Online Registration

Heart Cycle Tour and Event Registration is available online

Now you can:

  • Renew and update your membership
  • You can log in and update your membership record including email address and phone number
  • Register for tours and events
  • Pay a balance for tours
  • Request cancellations

You can

  • Pay online using a secure PayPal transaction, either by credit card or via a PayPal account

New members can enter their information and sign up for tours/events

Current or past members will need a UserID and Password to access their secure personal information. If you have not received this information via email, send a request to registrar@heartcycle.org Include your name and your address for verification purposes and the registrar will return your UserID and Password.