Playing outside and exploring new places by bike is what we do, and we want to take you. We build and curate bespoke cycling experiences for you and your friends. We call that Small Batch Cycling™. We deploy our decades of knowledge building ride experiences for journalists and cycling brands to your adventure.
We Aren’t a Bicycle Tour Company
We build custom-curated, hand-crafted adventures for you and your small group for an experience of a lifetime. No two trips are the same. You can follow our lead or go your own way.
While we love riding almost everything, we've focused on bringing you miles of the best country roads, paved and unpaved. We can dig into some super gnarly Class IV and Class VI roads if you wish, or design a route of gentle wonder. Whatever your terrain preference, plan on fun.
Our Plan or Yours
We offer a handful of FieldTrips of our design (see below), as well as building "bespoke adventures," delivering ride experiences from your imagination. With custom trips, you name it, we build it. Deploying a legion of renowned chefs, soigneurs, professional riders, coaches, and ride guides, we are ready to deliver.
Each season we will post a short list of one-off adventures designed for small groups of hearty souls to explore. Choose one of those or let us build yours.
We ride the routes that bring exploration, wonder, peace, and excitement. We work with rental homes, funky and boutique hotels, small lodges, and camps to host your adventure with our own brand of hospitality.
Who Should Join a FieldTrip?
You! Or anyone looking for a unique adventure. An Alternate Route FieldTrip is ideal for your bike vacation, a friends getaway, team training camps, media camps, and product launches.
Autumn colors and desolate roads, Moose Alley ME
The Riding: With the gravel season in full swing, this FieldTrip is two great trips in one. We will start with explorations around historic Royalton, Bethel, and postcard perfect Woodstock, where the amazing country roads of the region provide for amazing rides. We will cap it off with an Event Day at The Ranger event in the hamlet of Tunbridge, VT. You’ll have full support like a pro right through event day. This FieldTrip is limited to 8 guests.
Lodging: We are delighted to host you in a creekside post and beam, in Bethel. While we do run a “shared quarters” outing, we have a handful of rooming combinations and options to keep friends and couples together to maximize personal comfort.
Ride Type: Mixed surface/ Intermediate Ideal Bike: All-road/gravel with 32c (40c recommended)minimum tire width. 1:1 min lowest gear
Daily Mileage & Elevation: 30-62 miles daily, with 3-7k feet of daily vertical, approx. 1k per 10mi.
Day 1: Meet and greet. Bike build & adjust. Shake out ride. Settle in supper. Fire pit. Relax.
Day 2: Brkfst and ride plan. Wheels up at 10a, ride time; 5-6 hrs. 50ish miles, 5k feet of vertical. 65% dirt. Return, refuel, relax. Massage on request.
Day 3: Brkfst and ride plan. Roll out at 10a. Easy day. Showers & lunch, Ranger VT festivities. .
Day 4: The Ranger VT ride day! We’ll shuttle the 15 minutes to the Tunbridge Worlds Fairgrounds and enjoy a full day at The Ranger. We’ll pack up and go home at day’s end.
With mud season over, and White Mountain Summer in full bloom, Central New Hampshire's secret back roads offer plenty of opportunity for quiet road bliss. Join us for this fun exploration of the Granite state's hidden gems in the shadows of our White Mountain peaks. The region's forestry access and recreational trails provide for amazing rides.This FieldTrip is limited to 10 guests.
Cost: $1599 per person, shared quarters
Ride Type: mixed gravel and paved surface/ Intermediate
Ideal Bike: All-road/ gravel 32c min tire width, 38c optimal. 1:1 min lowest gear
Daily Mileage & Elevation: 40-75 miles daily, with 4-7k feet of daily vertical.
Itinerary: 7/7 arrival day; welcome, set up, short ride and dinner. Days two and three, big explorations on the bike, great food, and plenty of time to relax, Day 4 is a short day on the bike, pack up and farewell.
Hospitality: We'll stay in a private mountain lodge surrounded by peaceful meadows.
This one is special. We are thrilled to partner with Rooted VT and offer you a four day gravel camp culminating with participation in this neo-classic. We've got just eight slots; four men and four women. Your trip includes entry into the event, as well as lodging, dining, riding pro level event prep and support. We will stay at an historic family farm in the foothills of the Champlain Valley.
Cost: $1999 per person, Dbl occupancy INCLUDES EVENT ENTRY
Ride Type/ Difficulty: Mixed surface/ intermediate
Ideal Bike: All-road/gravel with 35c minimum tire width. 1:1 min lowest gear
Daily Mileage & Elevation: 35-90mi/3-8k ft
Itinerary: 7/28 arrival day; welcome, set up, short ride and dinner. 7/29 bigger mileage but not too hard, 7/30 short day on the bike, packet pick up, pre race meal. 7/31 Rooted Event Day! Early start with a light meal, your event and post event activities. Then pack up and farewell.
Hospitality: We'll stay at a 200 year old, updated farm house on 370 acres of rolling Vermont Countryside.
This is where you fulfill your adventure resolution for 2022. We're ready to build your custom FieldTrip.
Let's start planning today! B&B, hostel, or camping? All dirt or all pavement? You decide. Connect and we will see what we can create for you.
This ambitious trek takes us from the Canadian Frontier down the spine of New Hampshire, sticking to as many dirt roads as the map will allow. This ride is for experienced riders only. With large climbs, difficult terrain and the off-grid nature of this ride, it is for those seeking true adventure. We will roll "bike packing light" with enough stuff if we get in trouble, but with The Alt Route rig meeting us each evening at camp.
Final Dates and Itinerary coming soon.
Ride Type: Gravel bike packing with support
Ideal bike: All-road/gravel with 35c minimum tire width, (40c recommended). 1:1 or lower, lowest gear
Daily Mileage & Elevation: 75-100mi, 5-8k daily vertical
Hospitality: A mix of cabins, tents and lodges - point to point
This magical outing explores the Borderlands with Quebec on some of the most remote roads in the Northeast. This FieldTrip will reward every pedal stroke with amazing fall colors and perfect days of solitude. We will cap this adventure at just eight riders with intermediate to advanced riding skills and endurance. We'll stay in hunting lodges and roll with light bikepacking gear as we will be off grid for quite some time.
Details Coming Soon!
Signing up is easy. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate what AltRoute trip you're interested in, or what your custom trip idea is. We will send you a trip overview PDF with many key questions answered. We'll gladly answer any and all questions we didn't cover. Your reservation is secured with full payment. Pricing is listed with each of our FieldTrips. For custom trips, we will build you a quote.
What if I need to Cancel?
Should you need to cancel for any reason, the following cancellation policy applies for Alternate Route Trips: Cancellations prior to 60 days before departure, a $100 handling fee per person is retained and the remainder of your deposit is refunded. For cancellations 59-30 days before departure, 50% of your trip fees are refunded. For cancellations less than 30 days before departure, full forfeiture of fees or a 50% future trip credit.
We must adhere to our cancellation policy in order to maintain the price structure of our trips. Please do not ask us to make exceptions. We strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance to protect your investment. The Alternate Route reserves the right to cancel any trip. Full refunds will be made in these instances.
While this pandemic situation is pretty fluid and we may see restrictions imposed in different locations, the Alternate Route Covid policy requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated, including a booster shot, and show proof of vaccination upon arrival. We will require a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival and may test attendees with a rapid test upon arrival. Travelers arriving without the required documentation will be turned away for the benefit and safety of the group.
The entire Alternate Route staff is vaccinated and Boosted and will complete a PCR test within 72 hours of the start of a trip. Each of our procedures has been reviewed for Covid safety and vigorous measures are taken for cleaning and meal prep.