According to recent studies, Bicycle Tourism is becoming the vacation of choice among older Americans because touring by bicycle is easier on aging joints than jogging, lets riders cover greater distances than walking and allows for a more intimate, up-close experience than riding in cars, buses or trains. To support the growing popularity of bicycling among older Americans, The number of new regional recreational trails has increased across the country with some trails stretching for hundreds of miles – perfect for a cycling vacation. “We’
The 5-day all inclusive bike tour Menard is planning for the Grand Canyon this September is the type of “Bicycle Vacation” taking off in popularity this year among older Americans. The term “bicycle tourism” refers to noncompetitive cycling trips, ranging from daylong city tours to multiday explorations along a route. Experienced cyclists may travel independently on self-guided tours, but most boomers opt for organized ones designed to meet their interests and skill levels.
In the Sedona/Grand Canyon Tour, vacationers will experience some of Arizona’s most iconic landscapes such as the red rocks of Sedona, the towering pines of Flagstaff and the always inspiring vistas of Grand Canyon National Park. Enjoying these one-of-a-kind picturesque areas by bicycle, riders will immerse themselves in the beauty of their surroundings and relax while relishing the scenic views too numerous to count.
The Sedona/Grand Canyon tour was developed with the entry-level cyclist in mind, providing more people the opportunity to enjoy bicycle touring. “Many people we spoke to were intimidated by the majority of the tours offered by most tour companies, including ours, with most exceeding 40-50 miles per day.” Said Menard. “The incredible experience of riding through some of the most remarkable scenery on earth was something I thought should be available to all cyclists.” The average riding distance, on the 4 cycling days during the tour, is 20 miles. All equipment will be provided (road or hybrid bicycle, helmet and gloves) to make travel as hassle-free as possible. Also, the Sedona/Grand Canyon Tours begin in Scottsdale, Az., allowing for convenient travel through the Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.
Gary & Jessie Menard are hands-on owners, personally creating, organizing and running all tours. They can be reached at 520-245-5797.