Tour of California with Lizard Head Cycling Guides
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Ride Along with the AMGEN Tour of California

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Bike Tour of California: Highlights

A 7-day Cycling Festival Across California!

Tour of California

Come to California to ride the same race route as the AMGEN Tour of California Stage Race. Our formula for this California bike tour is to leave two to three hours  in front of the race on the closed public roads.  So in essence we surf a wave of anticipation into the next town as we are literally chased by the pro peloton. The spectators cheer & ring bells while we are climbing the passes and across the flat sections we work together to conserve energy. This unique experience delivers excitement not normally experienced on your regular home bike ride!

Our bike tour that runs along with the AMGEN Tour of California bike race is based on our successful formula from the now defunct USA Pro Challenge Tour. This tour will offer new venues and cities to explore as we are “chased by the peloton”. NOTE: Our California bike tour is not affiliated with the AMGEN Tour of California

Join Lizard Head Cycling Guides for a celebration of cycling across the state of California out in front of the AMGEN Tour of California Stage Race.

I have been on a half-dozen guided tours of the last ten years. Lizard Head Cycling Guides are the best. John Humphries is a logistical wizard and a gracious, gregarious guide leader. Thanks to the whole crew for making it an exceptional experience. – Michael Troy

Bike Tour of California: Dates

We are currently taking reservations for tour that rides along with the 2019 AMGEN Tour of California. Please reserve now as this tour typically sells out early!

2019 AMGEN Tour of California:  Dates to be announced

  • May 2019

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Bike Tour of California: Overview

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Arrival Town/Airport: TBA

Departure Town/Airport: TBA

Tour Length: 7-Days Riding/6-Nights Lodging

Total Mileage: 450-600 miles over 7-days of cycling. Expect to average 85 miles per day with plenty of climbing. Lower daily mileage options will be available.

Ability Level: 3/4 (Upper-Intermediate to Advanced)

Tour Cost: $3,450 per person.

Non-Riding Spouses & Partners on Tour: If a non-riding spouse or partner would like to join you on tour and they have their own transportation, they can stay in your room for the cost of the tour's single room supplement. Non-Riding spouses and partners can join a tour's meal plan of three meals a day for $85 per day.

October Early Bird Pricing: Take $200 off 6-Day 2020 Road tours plus a $75 bike rental discount, or $150 off 2020 MTB tours for reservations made thru October 31, 2019. (NOTE: Western US tours only; this discount is not stackable with other discounts)

Single Room Supplement: Add a total of $590 to the Tour Cost for private rooms on each night of this tour (6 nights).

Tour Includes: 6-nights of lodging (to be announced), 7-days of meals, high performance rental bike, guide service, entrance fees, daily lunch en route, energy food, liquid refreshments, a special cycling gift, and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages and massage therapy are additional.

Lodging Includes 6 Nights: (subject to change)

Please Note: We are currently working on accommodations and we will update this list with more information soon.

Bike Rental

Road Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. In addition we also have electric bikes available for rental at $375/week. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.

Electric Bike Rental: We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value. Ebikes excluded, pedal bikes only).

Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.

Read more on our Road Bike Rental FAQs page.

Meals On Tour

Lunches: Lizard Head Cycling Guides prepares healthy lunches to keep you going. We will serve you fresh organic fruits and veggies, salads, hummus, sandwich fixings, nuts, gourmet cheeses and of course plenty of salty/sweet snacks such as chips and cookies. We pride ourselves on being able to cater to specific dietary requests, so rest assured that you will be able to get the nutrition that works for you during the week. Gluten Free, Dairy Free or a someone who loves it all – we will keep you well fed during the tour!

Dinners: Lizard Head Cycling sources our favorite restaurants in each town that we visit. Our guides focus on establishments that offer fresh and local ingredients. Guests choose whatever they desire to eat off the menu: including appetizer, salad, entree and of course dessert... yum! :) Also, while on tour if a guest wants to dine early before the group and go to bed, this is fine. We understand that on some days sleep is the most important post-ride element.

Bike Tour of California: Itinerary

When the routes for the 2019 AMGEN Tour of California are announced, more information on the itinerary will be posted here.

Bike Tour of California: Logistics & FAQs

Bike Shipping

Lizard Head Cycling recommends shipping with Bikes can be shipped either to our partner bike shop in each meeting town for professional assembly or directly to the meeting hotel for self-assembly. Bike boxes can generally be left at the meeting hotel during the tour. Bikes shipped across the continental US should be shipped 8 days prior to your tour.

Tour Support: A 15-passenger van and trailer that carries luggage, food and equipment will support this tour.

General Tour & Cancellation Policies

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all of our tour and cancellation policies, which can be found by clicking here.

Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides highly recommends clients purchase Travel Insurance through MH Ross Travel Insurance. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below or Lizard Head Cycling Guides can also set-up a policy for its clients.

The estimated cost for a 50-year old buying insurance for a $2,500 tour ranges from $100 (standard plan) to about $200 (cancel for any reason plan).

Lizard Head Cycling Guides Custom Sales Portal Link is:

  • The best options for our clients are either the Asset or Bridge plans.
  • The Asset-Plus & Complete plans both include a Cancel-For-Any-Reason option.
    • As a result these plans cost more.
    • The Cancel-for-Any-Reason option is only available when insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial deposit.

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