In 2013, I (Michael Wacker) did my first bike tour across the US. I spent three month travelling and cycling 12000 kilometers.
The place I enjojed the most was the area around California,Nevada and Arizona.
I was riding my bike to places where people weren`t expecting to see a cyclist. While interacting with them, I received comments such as "its amazing but I could never do that" or "it´s so inspiring but I wouldn´t even know where nor how to start".
With our soft supported road trip camps, we want to help these dreamers to become doers. We want to help you realize your desire for Adventures, which is why we are introducing this once-in-a-lifetime tour for you.
The Desert and Ocean Camp is planned as a road trip to allow you to experience a new adventure at the dawn every day.
What fascinated me the most during my trip and made it even more special was the sweeping differences of landscape and scenery that I came across.
From the starting point in colourful Venice Beach to Death Valley, one of the most monotonous regions of the world just a few days later, only to then go from the remoteness to bustling Las Vegas, a crazy place like no other that everyone has to visit at least once. If the views don´t take your breath away, the experience is bound to engulf you.
Maybe you´ll like it. Maybe you won´t.
But one thing´s for sure: After we left Las Vegas you will enjoy the remoteness of the second half of the tour even more.
Start and end: Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Duration: 15 days
Rest days: 3 (Death Valley campground, Las Vegas hotel, Joshua Tree National Park campground)
Distance: 1600 kilometers (1000 miles)
Elevation: 15000m (49200ft.)
Average/day: 145 kilometers (91miles) in distance and 1360m (4460ft.) of elevation
Longest day: 215 kilometers (134miles) in distance and 2200m (7220ft.) of elevation
Lowest point: -86m (-282ft.) below sea level in Death Valley
Highest point: 1665m (5460ft.) above sea level from the climb out of Death Valley to Las Vegas
What we provide for you:
Ultra Cyclist Veteran
Trans Am Bike Race finisher
2x The Transcontinental finisher
Race Across AMerica qualifier
3x Ironman finisher
Speaks English and German
Another Ultra Cyclist Veteran
Small group (maximum 12 riders)
Support car for organisation and safety reasons
Breakfast and dinner at each camp site
Daily ride packs
One night hotel stay before we start in Venice Beach (double room)
One night hotel stay in Las Vegas (double room)
One night hotel stay upon tour completion in Venice Beach (double room)
Pictures taken during the trip
What we expect from you:
You have to make your own way to the starting point in Venice Beach
Your own bike
Your own camping gear
You need to be able to repair the basic mechanics of your bike
You need to have a certain level of experience and fitness in bike riding
Insurance for the duration of the camp
Work as a group at campsites. This includes meals, cleaning, and preparing daily ride packs together
We will go into further details about these points before the tour begins
How we ride:
One guide will ride with the group and lead the way.
You are free to ride ahead individually if you wish to as long as you stay on the planned route for the day.
For safety purposes you are not allowed to ride behind the guide in the bank.
The second guide will drive the support car. He will organize the things we need at our destination of the day.
Even though we will have a support car, it will only be used for backups and emergencies. It´s extremely important that you know how to fix and solve basic problems on your own.
When we ride:
September 28th, 2018 to October 12th, 2018
October 18th, 2018 to November 1st, 2018
What are the costs:
Cost of the camp:
30% required at booking.
Due in 3 Month prior to start of the camp.
90 day before departure 100% refund except a 100,-Euro admin fee.
89 to 30 days before departure 75% refund of the tour prize.
Less than 30 days before departure 50% refund of the tour prize.
Requests for refunds must be submitted by email or letter.
Start and end:
Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Joshua Tree National Park
Active recovery is key, so you will not be doing any riding on our three rest days.
We will explore Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Park with a short hike - either individually or as a group.
In Las Vegas, you could go sight-seeing or simply watch a show. That´s completely up to you!
View from the observatory over Los Angeles
Santa Monica Pier
Hwy 74 - Palms to Pines
Pacific Coast Highway
Photos of the Route (you may swipe)
Please get in touch if you are interested in this Adventure Camp!