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You are invited to join 40 other students on a 3+ week bicycle trip from Los Angeles, CA to Bloomington, IN. Impossible? Well ... it's up to YOU to decide! This can be an amazing achievement for any student-aged adventurer. You can do it ... it's been done before and it is FUN!
The trip begins in Los Angeles, the final destination of the 2016 trip. This year, the student-cyclists will enjoy a first day, all-day-long cycling tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, the "Hollywood" sign. A tour of Universal Studios is being planned. As the group continues east, they will pedal to Palm Springs, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, & Flagstaff in Arizona. Sedona and Grand Canyon National Park will be rest days. From there, the deCycles will pedal through sacred and mysterious Monument Valley and the Navajo Reservation. Cycling through southern Colorado will be absolutely thrilling with a visit to Mesa Verde National Park and crossing the continental divide of the Rocky Mountains. Then it's downhill and tailwinds all the way into Kansas and beautiful rolling hills in Missouri with a visit to the St. Louis Arch. The final 3-days will push us through southern Illinois and on to Bloomington, Indiana.
Previous trips have been 3-weeks but there are a few additional riding days and rest days this year to accommodate the increased mileage. Depending on conditions, the group may be shuttled by train or bus through the harshest sector of the Mojave Desert. The terrain on this route is very diverse and different ... like riding on a far away planet. For deCycles 2015 veterans, this 2017 trip will complete your coast-to-coast achievement, riding a bike from Los Angeles all the way to the northeastern tip of Nova Scotia. This will be an exceptional WOW factor on any application for college admission or scholarships ... and even future job applications. For deCycles 2016 veterans, this 2017 trip gets you closer to completing a criss-cross of America by bicycle. Unbelievable and uncommon for anyone, let alone a young student in their teens and early 20's.
Here's the biggie ... there is a $100 airfare discount for the first 30 student-cyclists who register early. WOW! This airfare scholarship is not a Southwest Airline promotion. It is a deCycles scholarship offered from various financial donors who will be announced when the roster is full. This airfare scholarship can offer a more affordable adventure for you ... but expires on March 1, 2017. The one-way, non-stop group flight is from Indianapolis to Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 21 at 1:30pm.
The riders will be rewarded with exciting world-class scenery, great biking roads, and loads of off-bike fun. Beginner and adult cyclists are welcome. Register early because the roster fills quickly. This is the best deal you'll ever find on any 3+ week summer adventure in a far-away land. You can send the completed registration form and trip & transportation fee by mail, or hand deliver to Norm & Cricket's Bloomington residence at 4165 Judee Drive or clinic at 2501 E. Third Street. Hope you can join us.
Route: Los Angeles, California to Bloomington, Indiana
Dates: June 22 - July 16
Experience: All levels of cyclists. Beginners are welcome.
Cost: See Bicycle Trip Fee & Transportation Options below.
Roster: 40 student-applications will be accepted. The roster fills quickly and others will be placed on the waitlist.
Adult Riders: Adult-rider applications are welcome and will be intitially placed on the waitlist.
Preference is given to student-rider applications.
Adult Volunteers: Please contact us if interested in being a support vehicle driver.
There is no trip fee for full-time support vehicle drivers.
Trip includes: Overnight accommodations, most meals, food breaks, transport of luggage and bike, laundry, sag support,
deCycles riding jersey, road tolls and minor repairs.
Trip excludes: Road bike & parts, riding attire, health & accident insurance, any medical expenses,
ferry tolls, sightseeing & personal expenses.
Registration Information & Form
Click on this LINK to open a printable PDF registration form
Bicycle Trip Fee
[ ] $475: One full payment with registration.
[ ] $600: Two-step payment plan. Minimum $300 deposit with registration. $300 balance due April 15, 2017.
[ ] $200: Add to above registration fee if you are not a full time student or adults & students if your age is 23 or over.
-- No trip fee or ground transportation costs for adult volunteer SAG drivers --
[ ] $180: deCycles One-way Group Airline Flight: IND - LAX (departing June 21 at 1:30pm)
[ ] I will arrange my own transportation to & from the west coast.
Student Airfare Promotion
First 30 student-applicants (1-30) received & accepted before March 1, 2017 receive $100 AIRFARE DISCOUNT.
Student applicants must be 13-22 and currently enrolled full time in MS, HS, or college to qualify for airfare scholarship.
Student & adult applicants not qualifying for airfare promotion can contact deCycles for group airfare tickets.
Trip fee must be paid in full on or before April 1, 2017 to qualify for airfare promotion.
When application and trip fee is received & accepted, you will be notified regarding your student airfare discount status.
Students awarded airfare scholarship will be charged the full airfare price if unused for any reason.
Airline transportation payments are due in full on or before April 1, 2017.