I only did the pauper rides... we carried our own gear on the bikes and camped out until I was in my early 50s. Then when sleeping on the ground with minimal gear started bothering our joints and leaving us sore and achy, we started doing organized tours. It is nice to have a shower, a real bed, and someone else to do the cooking.
We have never used the really expensive tour groups like Trek Tours or Backroads tours, so I don't know what they are like... probably really nice. We toured with Bicycle Adventures and Vermont Bicycle Tours and really love VBT. They really give you a lot for your money and keep their profit margin very low, so you get a great deal. www.vbt.com
Also, about "matching" the group members fitness levels... the group doesn't all stay together during the ride.People tend to find new friends or partners who match their levels.
Edited by: CAROLYN1ALASKA at: 2/12/2012 (21:05)
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