deCycles Canada 2023
deCycles Canada 2023 Invitation June 15 - July 9
BLOOMINGTON TO QUEBEC CITY, QC 30th annual summer bicycle trip sponsored by Bloomington-based deCycles
You are invited to a summer of FUN, ADVENTURE, THRILLS, FRIENDS, & FITNESS! Riding a bicycle from Bloomington, Indiana to Quebec City, Quebec will be the coolest thing you ever do. Wow, what an achievement! The deCycles did this similar route in 2005 and has been one of the top most popular routes. Forward this invitation to your friends & relatives. All they need is a bike, helmet, and a desire for a one-of-a-kind a adventure.
The deCycles will spend their first week cycling from Indiana through Ohio with rest day stops at Kings Island or Cedar Point, Columbus, Cleveland and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. From there the cyclists will hug the southern shoreline of Lake Erie and it’s sandy beaches all the way to Buffalo and a half day touring Niagara Falls before crossing the border into Canada. Beginning the second week, the deCycles will pedal through the heart of the Ontario capitol city of Toronto and tightly hug the northern coast of Lake Ontario all the way to the Canadian national capitol of Ottawa on Canada’s Independence Day. This will be a festive weekend much like celebrating the 4th of July in Washington, DC. The third and final week will follow the historic St. Lawrence River with overnight stops in Montreal and the most European-style city in North America, Quebec City. The group will then be ground transported for a 2-day road trip back to Bloomington for a victorious homecoming celebration. There is so much more. This trip is loaded with world class coastal & metropolitan scenery, great biking roads, and lots of off-bike fun. By doing this route, veterans of the deCycles 2022 will complete a south to north transcontinental trip of the North American continent on a bicycle! WOW, that is amazing! Also by doing this year’s trip, veterans of deCycles 2020 will have pedaled the boundaries of all five magnificent Great Lakes of America.
Dates: June 15 - July 9
Passport: All participants 16 and above will be required to have a passport to cross the Canadian border. If you don’t have one, apply for one as soon as possible.
Transportation: All participants will be transported back to Bloomington by 15-passenger van which is included in the trip fee.
Requirements: Student riders age 13-22. Beginners welcome. All levels of cycling ability are welcome. Don’t worry if you are 13-14. Hundreds of early teen riders have successfully completed deCycles trips in 29-years. Any young deCycles veteran knows you can do it.
Adult riders: Any age. The oldest rider in deCycles history has been 80.
Equipment: Late model multi-speed road bike, helmet, 2-waterbottles, cycling apparel. We can help you find a bike if you don’t have one. See other pages on this website for equipment requirements.
Training: Upon acceptance of your registration, you will be notified of training requirements. Minimum 500-miles training starting in April.
Cost: Less than $20/day including meals, overnight accommodations, luggage transfer, a riding jersey, ground travel back to Bloomington from Quebec City, light mechanical & repairs, and road support. The deCycles trip fee is almost a giveaway. There is no other summer camp or trip cheaper than this anywhere in the world. For example, Backroads Vacation bicycle trips are usually $700-800/day. deCycles is absolutely your best value in adventure travel and is an experience of a lifetime.
Optional Excursions: Kings Island or Cedar Point Park, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The cost of any optional excursions is the rider’s responsibility. The deCycles will hold fundraising events and car washes for riders to earn money to pay for these excursions.
Pandemic: The deCycles have successfully completed the past 3-trips during the COVID pandemic. There were no Covid cases on either trips as proper mitigation efforts were put in place. The deCycles will again be prepared to do what it takes to make the upcoming trip as safe and healthy as possible. We reserve the right to change the route in case of an unlikely change in pandemic or Canadian border restrictions.
Bike Trip Fee
$450: Full payment with registration before March 10, 2023.
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$550: Full payment with registration after March 10, 2023.
$300: Add to above fee if you are not a full time student or if your age is 23 and over.
-- No trip fee or ground transportation costs for adult support van drivers --