"How fit must I be" is a common question. Our trips are designed to suit fitness levels of typical recreational cyclists. We assume that participants are weekend riders who enjoy regular exercise. Extra training is needed for longer rides and we provide participants with a suggested training schedule. Our rides are designed for good cycling on public roads, although Tour du Canada goes through sections of the country where choice of routes is limited and Tour Arctic includes the unpaved Dempster Highway. Route selection is based on the uniqueness of the scenery or the local culture or both. Generally, our trips are aimed at cyclists who are comfortable with rides of 80 kilometres (50 miles) or more.
Much of the toughness that is needed for any physical endeavor is mental, not physical.
Cyclists need the determination to do the distance and the perseverance to ride on when weather conditions are less than ideal.
Cyclists encounter the full range of cycling conditions. Terrain includes tough hilly sections. There are several days of 160 kms (100 mi.) or more and those days may include steep hilly sections.
Terrain is challenging. Daily distances will be shorter in very hilly sections but there are some long riding days. Sections of the route are remote, especially on Tour Arctic but much less so on Tour Atlantic.
Tours of one week duration is on terrain that is mainly quite gentle. Distances are designed to be easily achievable and you will find many local amenities in towns and villages along the routes.
|Event||Daily Average||Total Distance||Riding Days/Rest Days|
|Tour du Canada||130 km | 80 mi||7,665 km | 4,730 mi||59 Ride | 11 Rest|
|Tour TransCanada||125 km | 77 mi||7,277 km | 4,492 mi||59 Ride | 11 Rest|
|Tour Pacific||107 km | 66 mi||1,392 km | 859 mi||13 Ride | 2 Rest|
|Tour Arctic||102 km | 62 mi||1935 km |1195 mi
||19 Ride | 2 Rest 3 Ferry|
|Tour Atlantic||110 km | 68 mi||1320 km | 815 mi||12 Ride | 2 Rest|
|CycleCanada Century Ride||100 km | 100 mi||100 km | or 60 mi||2 Ride | 0 Rest|
|The BiQue Ride||110 km |
||660 km | 410 mi||6 Ride | 1 Rest|
|The By-Cycle Ride||100 km | 62 mi||501 km | 309 mi||5 Ride| 0 Rest|
|The Cabot Trail||113 km | 70 mi||790 km | 490 mi||7 Ride | 1 Rest|
|Icefields Parkway||108 km | 67 mi||435 km | 270 mi||4 Ride | 0 Rest|
|Tour Vert||94 km | 58 mi||470 km | 290 mi||5 Ride | 0 Rest|
|Voyageur Route||109 km| 67 mi||545 km| 335mi||5 Ride | 0 Rest|
|Niagara Vineyards||50 km | 31 mi||248 km| 153 mi||5 Ride | 0 Rest|
|Fall Colours||83 km | 51 mi||420 km | 260 mi||5 Ride | 0 Rest|
|Tour du Canada Time Trial||15 km||15 km||N/A|
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