I always perk up when tour operators design active trips for travelers over-50 — so I was delighted to learn about ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours. The 40-year-old company is co-owned by two sisters, Monica and Maria Elena Price.
“Some 80 percent of our travelers are baby boomers and beyond, between the ages of 50 and 75,” says Maria Elena.
To prepare cyclists for the trips, which range in length from a week to 45 days, the company works with cycling coach, Joe Friel, author of Cycling Past 50. Friel has designed 12-week, step-by-step, pre-trip training programs for the tours.
The programs and training calendars (available online for free) are segmented for ages over- and under-50. In addition, the training is customized for tour ratings based on miles per day and terrain difficulty.
Although the sisters aren’t the only ones leading tours for their company, National Geographic Traveler named Monica and Maria Elena Price as one of their ten great tour guides.
Tours in 2013 go to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, India, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam, among others.
For more information about ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours and the pre-trip training programs, see http://www.experienceplus.com/blog/?tag=bicycle-training-packet
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