Because our groups are so small (typically no more than eight guests), we have no trouble personally guiding the rides and therefore have no need for cue sheets. All of our rides are "no-drop" and have full SAG support with the Velo View van during the ride.
Some of our rides will take us from hotel to hotel with no need for van shuttling, but we often do provide shuttle service on one or both ends of a ride to avoid heavily trafficked roads (or just roads that are boring and no fun to ride). We try to limit the amount of time we have to spend in the van, but our goal is to provide a full bike vacation experience in a compact time frame so we tend to "trim the fat" from our routes to maximize your time on the bike with only the best roads and cycling experience.
That depends on the tour. The Itinerary section of each tour provides links to detailed maps of each of the rides, including elevation profiles. We suggest looking closely at these maps as they will provide you the best indication of how challenging the tour will be.
That being said, we do have full SAG support on each ride, which allows for a number of different starting and stopping points for each ride. It also allows for the occasional lift up a steep climb. Our bike tours are designed to be vacations, not boot camps, so if the ride starts to wear you down, take advantage of the van to customize your ride to what feels best to you. It's your vacation, and we want our rides to be fun, not work. (You also have the option of renting an ELECTRIC-ASSIST BIKE from our friends at Electric Bike Specialists if you would prefer a little help on the climbs!)
Conversely, if you need more challenge than what we have scheduled on a ride, we are more than happy to add more miles to the ride, or even more days to the tour if that's what you'd like.
Please note that even our easiest tours require some level of fitness. We have designed our tours for road bikes, not cruisers, so putting in some training miles before a tour is highly recommended.
Most of the first-night hotels on our bike vacations are near major airports which makes it easy to take a shuttle or taxi ride. However, if you'll let us know your arrival time well in advance of the tour, we may be able to pick you up with our support vehicle.
For our day tours and bike retreats, we'll direct you to a suitable parking lot (often at a friendly bike shop) where you can leave your vehicle.
On our bike vacations, the first hotel we stay in is also the last hotel we stay in, so you can leave your vehicle in that hotel's parking lot for the duration of the tour.
We do not personally offer it, but we highly recommend it, as it will reimburse you if you need to cancel your trip. It will also provide protection against lost luggage. A simple online search for "travel insurance" will produce a number of affordable options for you to choose from.