ACTC Academy offers a Bicycle Touring Course once a year during the summer months. he course consists of four classes which includes two overnight stays.
The goal of the course is to provide a comprehensive overview of bike touring and its variations, familiarize the student with the essential equipment and clothing needs unique to bike touring, provide practice and experience in packing and riding a fully loaded bike, and participate in the planning and riding of both a credit-card style tour and a fully self-supported ride.
This class is not only for those who are interested in touring or new to touring. It is also geared to keep the experienced rider up-to-date on equipment innovations and touring trends.
We hold two meetings:
We do two tours, an overnight at a hostel and a self-contained camping adventure. Sign up for one or both.
July 22 Touring Overview, Equipment Demonstrations and Clothing Review
July 30 Equipment check and Test Ride
August 12-13 Overnight Credit-Card Style Tour
August 26-27 Overnight Self-Supported Ride
Note that all classes start at 9am and are held at various locations.
Participants must be a current Active member of ACTC and at least 18 years of age. To check you ACTC membership or to join the club, just click here.
The Tuition fee for the Bicycle Touring Course is $25. The fee is applied to the overnight expenses and is non-refundable once you have attended the first class. Each student will be responsible for individual overnight expenses and meals.
Class Size is limited to 10 students.
To enroll, simply send an email requesting enrollment into the Touring Course with your contact information to the Academy Registrar at email@example.com
NOTE: If you do not own a touring bike, panniers, or any other touring specialty gear, we recommend that you plan your purchase after the first class and before the second class. The initial meeting is designed to give you information that will aid in the selection of appropriate equipment that will meet your touring needs.
All Academy staff and instructors are experienced and qualified volunteers. The 2023 course will be led by Tony Le.
Tony is an enthusiastic road biker and experienced in bike touring. From classic touring with panniers, to a folding Bike Friday with a trailing suitcase, and to the latest bikepacking gravel bike, Tony has been going on bicycle adventures for over three decades. Learn to pack for a weekend trip on a bicycle and it will open doors to the whole world. From local trips to Grant Ranch, Santa Cruz, Monterey, or Russian River, from the San Juan Islands, along our beautiful Pacific Coast, from the French Alps and Pyrenees to the Italian Dolomites, when you tour by bicycles, the world is on your side.
Tony Le is the current President of ACTC and a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) certified by the League of American Bicyclists.
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