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Great Wall, Dynasties, and Rivers
Get to know China just how you prefer getting to know any part of the world: by bike, trail, and boat. This 12-day trip’s itinerary has guests not only cycling but also hiking and kayaking to experience some of the country’s main highlights. Over the course of less than two weeks, travelers get to bike through Beijing hutongs, Xi’an’s ancient city wall and along the picturesque Li River; hike the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall and also through rural villages in the rice terraces of Longshen; and bike and kayak the Yulong River. Along the way, the tour stops to see the Forbidden City and Summer Palace in Beijing and the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an. This Adventure-Life trip is a great way to explore China’s diversity, challenge yourself, and encounter the people and lifestyle of various ethnic groups found in China. More info.
Park City Mountain Bike Camp
Renowned athlete training trip company The Cycling House hosts cyclists and triathletes for seasonal camps at various locations worldwide. This one is closer to home than most and is designed around Park City, Utah’s 400 plus miles of singletrack trails. This six-day camp falls in the third week of June, which is—based on my own experiences—one of the best months to experience these IMBA-designated gold level trails. Cyclists will stay in the village of Park City, close to these flowy, Aspen tree-lined playgrounds and only a shuttle ride away from some fine dining and western bars serving up excellent local whiskey. More info.
Pedal Provence, France
In its tenth season, The Cycling house is debuting a trip in Provence. I’d go just for the local wine, olives, and butter. But the idea of riding among southeast France’s lavender fields, through medieval villages, and over stellar mountains makes the trip even more enticing. Riders in Le Tour de France have suffered on the roads this tour will travel, so you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the region’s cycling culture and history while conquering the so-called Giant of Provence: Mont Ventoux. Oh, and did we mention that cyclsits on this trip will stay just at the base of Mont Ventoux in a renovated 12th century priory? More info.