WE WORK–AND RIDE–WITH THE BEST.
You don’t stay in business for 30+ years on your own. We’re very proud of the partnerships that we’ve built with other companies over many many years. What they all have in common is that they are led by great people who bring out the best in their teams and who believe in our mission: putting female cyclists first. Santana Tours is one such partnership. Like us, they’ve been in business for three decades. Bill McCready is a legend in the bike industry who not only owned his own bike shop but started Santana Cycles, manufacturing over 50,000 premium tandem bikes. So he knows bikes. He and wife Jan owned a tandem and cycled the world together before launching their world-famous bicycle touring company, Santana Cycles. That’s probably the secret to their success–they lived it, they loved it, they perfected it for others. So they know touring. They’ve also been customers of our Terry saddles for years, introducing us to a whole new world of couples (bike) therapy. So they know the key to comfort.
When Bill approached us about advertising an exotic, dream-worthy bike trip to our customers, we said yes (and we say no to a lot of things like this). We knew that Santana Adventures would be a great fit for female cyclists, given their expertise with tandem tours, bikes and yacht charters. Santana pioneered the full-ship cycling charter in 2005, so they know what they’re doing. Instead of booking a few rooms on a pre-existing cruise, they charter a full ship which allows the bike to be the focus when it comes to determining where to port. Everything’s thought out: on-board bike parking, bike service area and even a bicycle gangway. No formal evenings or seating assignments, just great regional food with a wide range of choices.
Chartering an entire cruise ship for a bike tour means your 5-star hotel travels to meet you at the end of each ride. By moving up to 100 miles overnight, you skip past rides that would be too trafficky, industrial or boring. Other cycling tours can’t cover as much ground, or sample as diverse a range of sights and cultures. Because a bike charter blends gourmet dining with daily cycling, the meals on this cruise are uniquely guilt free. On any day you don’t feel like cycling, stay onboard to enjoy the cruise. Since daily repacking is avoided, a bicycle cruise provides an extra hour of leisure per day—more time for cycling, sightseeing and sleeping.
Imagine a boat full of cyclists – most of whom will be female, but with tour leaders named Marcello, Antonio, Luigi…exploring roads that cyclists never get to, in countries that are beautiful and accommodating. You have plenty of time to plan and save up…