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Big Sur Spectacular in the fall - superb!

My wife and I rode with another couple who we hadn't met previously and were accompanied by one guide; it was one of the best trips we have ever had.

Guide and support - It's hard to believe that UDC could have another guide as good as Susan, there was nothing more she could have done for us (guide rating = 6 stars). She has all the skills and more right down to being a paramedic (very handy for patching up some scrapes that I brought upon myself). Riding with Susan on the rest day was a highlight.

Food - quality of all meals, snacks, restaurant ambience, American regional experiences (e.g., peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ollaliberries, and so-called biscuits), right down to the electrolyte water was excellent. Lodgings - perfectly pitched and probably all rate high on TripAdvisor (we'd give them all 4-5 stars, especially the Burton Inn in Cambria but they were all of similarly high standard).

Bikes - I ride a TDF Cannondale EVO back home and was more than satisfied with our Scott Carbon Ultegras. Perfectly set up to our specifications, brought our own saddles just to be fussy, and rode well all week. The ladies had the uber-comfort frames with thinned rear stays and the boys got more standard racing styles - perfectly pitched! They even provided a USB stick with all the routes that could be downloaded to a Garmin.

Riding in company - UDC are very skilled at managing different clients with different preferences, speeds and so on. We were fortunate to be paired with a lovely couple of cycle enthusiasts and enjoyed their company as much as the ride, learning a lot about life in America, the various nuances of language and etiquette (and snow globes!) We breathed a sigh of relief every time we rode past a different tour company with dozens of people, phew!

Countryside and routes - Lovely little maps were provided every day at nightly briefings that clipped on to the handlebars. These were apparently the work of "Terry", who's a bit like Charlie of Charlie's Angels fame - omnipresent but never seen. The daily rides were very well chosen and reflect a lot of thought and planning. The option to do top ups and extras like the Nascimento hill and loops on the rest day ensured that everyone got their fill of good riding.

Value for money - worth every penny and apparently considerably cheaper than some other companies. I would be surprised if anyone else could deliver a better experience.

Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them and wouldn't hesitate to do another ride with them, including trying to match our schedule with Susan's.

TripAdvisor September 2012

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Bike Tour Companies in California

Undiscovered Country Tours offers more California cycling vacation options than any other company. But we know that you have a choice when deciding which company to trust with your vacation time and money.

To help make your decision easier, we have compiled a list of all companies we know of that operate scheduled multi-day, inn-to-inn road bike tours in California. We invite you to compare the tour offerings of these companies.

Road Bike Tour Companies in California
Company Trips Regions Daily
Rate
Company
Description
Undiscovered Country Tours-Black Sheep Adventures
866-647-4337
11 Napa
Sonoma
High Sierra
Monterey
Big Sur
Central Coast
S. California Desert
$399-$455 “the leading California bike tour company”
Backroads
800-462-2848
4 Napa
Sonoma
Big Sur
Death Valley
$533-$760 “the world's #1 active travel company”
VBT
800-245-3868
1 Sonoma $333-$408 “best value in deluxe bicycle vacations”
Bicycle Adventures
800-443-6060
5 Napa
Sonoma
North Coast
Central Coast
Death Valley
$560-$649 “regional expert in bicycle tours...in the Western United States”
Sojourn
800-730-4771
1 Sonoma
Palm Springs
$433-$499 “enjoy a carefree vacation that has been choreographed by seasoned professionals”
Duvine Adventures
888-396-5383
2 Sonoma
Napa
Santa Barbara
$674-$799 “our trips will provide a distinctive and unique experience that will last a life time”
Trek Travel
866-464-8735
5 Napa
Sonoma
Santa Barbara
$417-$675 “a once-in-a-lifetime immersive travel experience”
Timberline Adventures
800-417-2453
2 Santa Barbara
Death Valley
$398 “our audience is one that loves to cycle and hike as much as we do”
Cycling Escapes
800-596-2953
9 Death Valley
Solvang
Central Coast
Lake Tahoe
$376-$408 “for cyclists who want to challenge themselves on the best of America‚Äôs National Parks and Scenic Byways”
Escape Adventures
800-596-2953
2 Napa
Sonoma
$648 “where professional support and local expertise mean pure, carefree adventure vacation”
Discovery Bicycle Tours
800-257-2226
1 Sonoma $416 “focus is on the individual guest's experience”
Escapades
877-880-2453
1 San Diego $333 “small company providing high quality trips”
Breaking Away
310-377-9806
1 Napa/Sonoma $433 “offering 'beyond category' cycling vacations since 1985”
Woman Tours
800-247-1444
1 Death Valley/td> $398 “Extraordinary tours for every woman”
Andiamo Adventours
800-549-2363
2 Sonoma
Big Sur
$373-$470 “affordable walking, hiking, bicycling or mountain biking adventures”
Velo Echappe
402-345-7445
1 Sonoma $850 “a pioneer and leader in cycling vacations”
More California Bike Tour Information
Name Description
Bike Tour Directory “bicycle tours and events for both road cycling and moutain biking”
Bicycle Tour Network “find the best bicycle tours in the U.S. and beyond”
Bike Tour Operators USA - Open Directory “a list of USA bike tour companies”
Tour of California Cycling Blog “California cycling century events, plus a blog about California bike touring”
Bicycling World “world's largest selection of bicycle tours”
Real Adventures Bicycle Tours North America “Incredible Vacations — North America bike tours”