A great bike tour has to have a baseline component: a great route. Organization, amenities, education and inspiration – all are important, not enough if the route doesnt make you salivate. For 2014 we have a route that will cement CGYs claim that this event is perhaps the most scenic week-long tour in America. Do you like roads that snake through whitewater river canyons? Downhills carved through red-rock buttes? Smooth roads with wide shoulders backdropped by craggy peaks? Breathtaking views from the top of mountain passes? This is the menu were working from as we create a pedaling feast for you.
Not only is the course gorgeous, it appeals to all types of riders. There will be enough climbing to challenge everyone, but this event is not just for mountain goats. You can cut a ride short or take a day off the bike if you need it – but you can also rack 450+ miles over the week. And of course, you can ride fast or you can toodle; you've got all day.
We have our route for 2014 mapped out – we love it, and know you will too. It could change – including overnight spots – but unless something out of our control happens, this is where well be.
Were starting at Teton Village in Jackson Hole, heading over Teton Pass on Day 1 to Victor, Idaho, then enjoying an out-and-back to Grand Targhee Ski Resort (photo below left) before landing back in Victor or Driggs for the night. From there its over Pine Creek Pass and into Swan Valley to Alpine, Wyoming, and then up the Snake River (photo below) to the Hoback Junction area on Day 2. Day 3 follows the wild and scenic Hoback River toward Pinedale. From Pinedale we plan a short bus ride for everyone down to Farson – well transport bikes for you – where well start our riding for Day 4, heading over South Pass to Lander. That will allow us to have a layover on Day 5 in Lander, with a spectacular optional ride up through Sinks Canyon State Park. On Day 6 well ride through Wind River Indian Reservation to Dubois, and on Day 7 well climb Togwotee Pass, revealing the dramatic Teton Range, before we spin down to Grand Teton National Park. From there we’ll transport everyone back to Teton Village.