FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Do I need to bring my own bicycle?
Q: How do I get to Nelson?
Q: What happens if it's raining?
Q: How many people are in the group?
Q: How many guides are there? Do they ride with us?
A: We are proud to offer a highly personalized service with one guide. Each tour is led by the owner/operator, who drives the support vehicle and sets up rest stations along the way. This lets each participant cycle at their own pace while receiving consistent support along the way. The route is very easy to follow so you won’t have to worry about making a wrong turn!
Q: Are trips guaranteed to run?
Q: Should I purchase trip cancellation insurance?
Q: Do I have to carry anything on the bike?
Q: What are the accommodations like?
A: We’ve chosen to work with accommodation partners that provide the most distinctive experience available.
The West Koot Loop tour features a modern downtown hotel in Nelson, a deluxe lakeside hotel in Kaslo, and a charming rustic country inn in the Slocan Valley.
Star ratings may be a bit less than you’d expect in a city – that’s often just because it’s based on amenities like valet service, spas, banquet facilities and salons. Rest assured that the quality of these accommodations is superb regardless of their official “star” rating.
Q: How fit should I be to participate?
A: Participants should have a moderate fitness ability and able to cycle at least 50km per day. Being familiar with road biking is helpful but not necessary. Beginner to advanced cyclists are welcome – if this is your first cycling trip we’ll help you discover your inner Tour de France abilities!
We cycle 70km-87km per day, and offer rest stops along the way. If you find your energy fading you’re also welcome to ride in the sag wagon. We’re here to support you every pedal of the way!
Q: How busy are the roads?
A: By the nature of our geographical “inland island” setting, traffic is generally moderate to light where we ride, especially once we get a little further from Nelson. Guests should be comfortable cycling with some traffic. Your safety is our first priority. We have chosen routes that are very safe and ideal for cycling.
Q: Is the wildlife dangerous?
A: Part of the excitement of cycling here is the opportunity to see some wildlife. Grizzly bears are uncommon, but you might see black bears or deer. Incidents with wildlife are rare but it’s important to keep your eyes open and a safe distance if you spot a wild animal.
Q: Is there mountain biking involved?
A: No. We ride exclusively on paved roads, other than a very short (1km) hard packed side road to our lodging on the tour’s final night.
Q: What is the elevation gain and steepness of the hills?
A: Daily elevation gain ranges from 600m-1000m (2000 feet – 3300 feet), spread out over 50km or more. Hills are mostly gradual, although there are a couple of very short (less than 2km) climbs of over 7% grade. With our sag wagon you’ll be travelling light, but you can always hitch a ride if you like. Check out the elevation profile on the trip pages for more details.
Q: What should I bring with me?
A: We recommend the following items:
– Wind/rain jacket
– Cycling arms & legs
– Cycling socks
– Water bottles
– Wool shirt
– Padded cycling shorts (and chamois butter for extra comfort!)
– Cycling shoes and pedals (if you have them)
– Cycling gloves
– Sunscreen, lip balm, medications
– Comfortable clothes and footwear for off the bike
Q: What about safety?
A: Your safety is our number one priority. We have back up plans and alternatives in case we need to make any changes during the trip. Guides are First Aid certified. We carry an emergency communication device (for areas without cell coverage) and a mobile phone. Although the areas we cycle in feel remote at times, we are never more than an hour’s drive from a town.
Although we take every precaution to ensure you have the safest cycling experience possible, road cycling by its very nature has its risks. Cycling on winding roads with vehicle traffic, no matter how light, has certain unavoidable risks. All participants are required to wear a helmet and use rear lights (provided).
We ask you to take full responsibility for your safety. All participants will be required to sign a waiver before joining the tour.
Q: I'm driving to Nelson. Where can I leave my car?
A: Contact us for details, we’ll make sure your car has a safe home while you’re cycling.
Q: Do I have to cycle the entire time? What if I'm tired or don't want to ride the rest of the day?
A: No problem! You’re welcome to jump in our support vehicle at any point. We’ll always be nearby. If you need to take a day off, bypass a hilly section, or just shorten the route, we’ll look after you.