On your Velo Girl Rides Tour you will be fully-supported at all times by the VGR Van carrying supplies, food, fluids, ice, first aid equipment, and of course, encouragement. (This service is not offered for our Inn-to-Inn Tours, where by design you are on your own).
We’ve equipped a luxury Sprinter van with extra air-conditioning, great seats that truly fit full-sized adults (we’ve got 6’4″ of headroom!), cold drinks, great tunes, and Wi Fi Internet connectivity. And each seat has a charging outlet for guest cell phones.
Our custom trailer cradles your bike, safe from weather and thieves. We don’t carry your steed on the roof.
At night, your bike stays snug, and in the morning it will be ready for you, tires inflated to the pressure you prefer. We carry spares, tools, and work stands for last-minute adjustments (and cleaning your bike).
The trailer also carries chairs, tables, and tents to provide a shady spot to re-fuel, hydrate, or simply take in the beautiful scenery.
Generally the Sprinter van and trailer will leap-frog the group as it rides, waiting for you at each break. Of course you may choose to ride in the van at any time, for any reason. Most of us have.
While most riders will carry a snack or two in their pockets, the van and trailer make it possible to carry a wide variety of snacks that just wouldn’t be practical on a bike otherwise… such as chilled fresh watermelon on a hot day.
Given that mixing bicycles and motor vehicles is always dangerous, we take safety seriously at Velo Girl Rides.
We’ll be talking with you in detail about Safety before each tour. Both what we can do to help you stay safe, and the choices you can make to ensure your own safety.
Before your tour, we’ll send you detailed recommendations on how to prepare for road conditions, weather, and making yourself as visible as possible to drivers in vehicles.
Your guides will be using bright lights (as bright as a car’s headlight and tailight… in daytime) made by Dinotte, to improve the visibility of the group. We often receive positive comments by drivers, thanking us for being as visible as possible.
If the worst happens, each guide is certified for first aid and CPR. We often have an EMT / Firefighter along as well. We carry an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) and a complete EMT trauma kit with oxygen. For the situations where we are beyond cell phone range, we also are equipped with two-way radios as a backup for emergency assistance.
Ultimately, safety is the responsibility of each rider. And we want to help. If you have questions about safety — please ask.