The Cycling Co. now offers cycling groups the opportunity to experience the thrill of riding the road and the trail.
Whether as a fun activity during your business meetings at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort, or as the sole purpose of your visit, riding together can be a fantastic opportunity to build your team’s morale and enjoy the outdoors together.
The Cycling Co. Difference
What truly sets The Cycling Co. apart from all other destination cycling tour companies?
Our founder, Adam.
Former National Cycling Champion, Adam Walker, is not only a certified cycling coach and guide, but he has also trained to become a sommelier and has spent years in the hospitality industry. Adam’s knowledge of cycling, food and wine will illuminate your unique experience like no other.
Unlike other destination tours, we also offer coaching as a part of your experience (optional).
Have you ever wondered how the pro’s descend so well? Wished you knew how to train a bit better? Pondered the best way to prepare for that Granfondo? We can help you with all of that while you are here. If you just want to ride, that’s ok too!
Here’s another exciting feature/option that sets us apart. Because we are small, we can do things that the big companies can’t do. With confirmation of your group booking a minimum of six weeks ahead of your start date, we can have custom Jakroo cycling jerseys and shorts created for your group with your corporate logo and/or club name.*
While other companies may offer friendly guides, or the chance to ride with former pro riders, or great food, or deluxe accommodations, The Cycling Co. offers it all, and does it with small group sizes to ensure the highest level of personal attention.
Adam and his team will do so much more than simply lead your group around the best roads and trails of the south island. You’ll truly have an incredible experience and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Choose from the following signature itineraries or work with us to create a custom experience specifically for your group.
Single Day Itineraries
Mountain Bike Tours
Trails and Ales
Whether its single track and stout, pump tracks and Pilsner, or bombing down hills and a Belgian blonde, nothing goes better together than a great mountain bike ride followed by a local craft beer.
On Vancouver Island, we are blessed with the best of both!
Join The Cycling Co.’s Trails and Ales Mountain Bike and Brewery Tour and find out first hand why this island is so special. Mountain bike paradise meets beer nerd’s dream.
Your guide, our founder, is Adam Walker. He has studied wine to become a sommelier, has studied beer through the Prud’Homme beer certification program, and is a veteran of the hospitality industry, having tended bar at noteworthy restaurants and fine brew pubs in both Victoria and Whistler, B.C.
Adam also happens to be a former Canada Cup XC Mountain Bike Champion and is certified mountain bike coach and guide. He also coaches the BC Provincial Team!
There is simply no one who is more suited to host you on your adventure. Period.
Cowichan Valley Trails and Ales – a Cycling Co. Signature Tour
Mt. Tzouhalem – Intermediate-Advanced 3hrs riding (plus 45 min drive each way to Cowichan)
Maple Mountain – High level intermediate/Advanced 3hrs (plus 45 min drive time each way)
Sweet rides with world class singletrack and a stop at one of:
- Red Arrow Brewing
- Small Block Brewery
- Craig Street Brew Pub
Cost $199 per person+GST (plus cost of tasting). Minimum of two riders, single riders add $99
… For the truly advanced, very fit rider, you can also do BOTH mountains in one day,
Let us create your own custom Cowichan experience!
Discover Mountain Biking at Bear Mountain
- 2 hours
- $99 per rider (including bike and helmet rental)
Learn first hand why the sport of mountain biking is so incredibly popular!
After an introductory lesson, cruise through cedar forests, over roots, and through fern covered valleys. For first-time or novice riders, this will leave you begging for more time playing in the dirt.
Galloping Goose Gravel Grind Excursion
- 2 hours up to full day
- Starting at $99 per rider, including bike and helmet rental
Only your legs and your sense of adventure determine how long this tour can go!
Ride the Galloping Goose trail, a repurposed railway route, from the Westshore all the way past the town of Sooke and beyond. Enjoy ocean, farmland and forest views, on this high grade gravel, (mostly) flat route.
A bagged lunch picnic or a stop at My Chosen Cafe can be arranged.
Mountain Bike Skills and Thrills – Bear Mountain
- This tour is designed for experienced riders
- Half day (3 hours) – $225 (includes first rider) + $99 per additional rider
- Full day (6 hours) – $375 (includes first rider) + $125 per additional rider
Riders will take their skills to the next level! Learn to pump and flow with your bike, ride skinny bridges, learn to perform a front wheel lift, and ride the Bear Mountain Canada Cup race course (full day only). Small groups with a 6:1 rider:instructor ratio to ensure lots of one-on-one instruction.
Brews and Views Cruise – Victoria
- 3-8 hours
- $225 + $99 per additional rider + cost of food/beverages ~$20/flight
Cruise into town following the Galloping Goose and E&N Rail Trail and visit Brew Pubs and Craft Breweries along the way.
Stops may include:
- the 4 Mile Pub,
- Phillips Brewery,
- Spinnakers Brew Pub (BC’s Oldest Brew Pub!),
- Driftwood Brewery,
- Hoyne Brewery,
- Canoe Brew Pub,
- Vancouver Island Brewing.
Riders will be shuttled back to Bear Mountain.
**Combine with Discover Mountain Biking or MTB Skills and Thrills in the morning for an all day two wheeled adventure!
Road Cycling Tours
Cowichan Valley Wine & Wheels
- 50-100km wine route.
- $425 (includes first rider) + $199 per additional rider
Ride with a trained sommelier and former national cycling champion as your guide, you could not be in better hands for the Wine and Wheels tour!
Cruise the Cowichan Valley’s quiet back roads through rolling hills and peaceful farmlands to arrive at a selection of the following winery destinations. (Riders will be shuttled back to Bear Mountain Resort.)
- Blue Grouse
- Averill Creek
- Unsworth Vineyards
- Merridale Cider
This Tour Includes:
- Vehicle support
- 3 wine tastings
- Ferry transportation
- Transportation back to Bear Mountain
Saanich Farmlands Tour
- Half Day $225 (includes first rider) + $99 per additional rider (minimum of 4 riders)
- Full Day $375 (includes first rider) + $149 per additional rider (minimum of 4 riders)
You’ll ride many of the roads that make this area so loved by cyclists! The Saanich Peninsula and it’s rolling hills, farmlands, and ocean vistas, is the area’s most well known riding destination. This tour is easy to customise for your group, with many route options and add-ons!
*Optional Add-on: “Sips and Spirits” Category 12, Victoria distillery, Sea Cider.
Tour de Victoria Route
- 5-9 hours
Ride the route of Victoria’s most famous annual cycling event. In this tour, however, we start and finish at different locations than the actual event. During our ride, you’ll finish the day riding up Bear Mountain to “Ring the Bell” upon your return to the Westin Bear Mountain Resort.
This is a big day in the saddle recommended for fit riders.
Multi Day Road Cycling Tour-Sample Itinerary
Thursday: Arrival, Meet and Greet
Arrive at your leisure to the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa. When everyone has arrived, we will meet in the Masters Lounge for a drink. (Additional cost)
Friday: “My Chosen Favourite Ride” (Metchosin, 50-90 km)
(AKA Tour de Victoria Section 1)
Morning skills session (optional)
- Body position
- Riding close in a group
Our weekend of riding truly begins after lunch with a beautiful ride through the rolling scenic rural area of Metchosin. We plan on riding to My Chosen Cafe and optionally further to Sooke. The “sag wagon” vehicle will be there, particularly if you overindulge on the pastries at My Chosen Cafe.
Enjoy Friday Night Flights wine tasting in the Bear Mountain Resort Cellar at 6pm (optional, at additional cost).
You may choose to dine on your own or as a group.
Saturday: “Views and Brews of the Saanich Peninsula” (70-115 km)
(AKA Tour de Victoria Section 2)
Morning skills session.
- Front wheel lift
- Climbing and descending
After lunch, we will ride through the farmlands of the Saanich Peninsula, north and east from the hotel. Fit riders may choose to ride right from the location of the morning skills session, through the stunning backroads used in Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria. Others will opt to join the group at the Red Barn Market on West Saanich Road.
Optional stops and sips at Victoria Distillery, Sea Cider, and at Category 12 Brewery could add fuel to your engine today. This route zigs and zags across this beautiful peninsula, with countless ocean views and rolling hills. Our last (optional) stop will be at Caledonia Brewery and Distillery in Saanich to fuel up for the last 20km back to the resort.
Sunday: “Tour de Victoria” (70-140km)
After two days of skill development and course recon on the first two sections of the spectacular Tour de Victoria route, the final day gives us the opportunity to string it all together to complete the entire course. Shorter course options are available. This spectacular hilly route showcases the best of the best roads on the South Island!
- Cowichan Valley
- Victoria Brewery Tour or Scenic Victoria tour by Bike with The Pedaler
- Additional coaching sessions such as – paceline riding and drafting, corner like a boss, descend like a demon, maximize your climbing efficiency
A Typical Day
8:00 – 9:00am: Breakfast (on your own) at the hotel or Mountain Market Cafe
9:00 – 9:30am: Ride briefing in hotel lobby, collect riding snacks, bike check
9:30am: Depart on ride to skills session location
Noon-ish: Picnic lunch (locations dependent on the day’s ride)
12:30-3:00pm: Riding, riding, riding
3:00 – 4:00pm: Return to the hotel
4:00 – 7:00pm: Relax, refuel, rest and recharge by the pool or patio – you choose
7:00 – 9:00pm: Dinner on your own or with the group