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Company Rolls Out Brand New Custom Titanium Bikes in 2018

Berkeley, CA (May 16, 2018) Backroads, the World’s #1 Active Travel company, in celebration of National Bike Month recently announced new 2018 bike tours to the popular destinations of Chile, Cuba, Portugal and Croatia & Slovenia. Additionally, Backroads is celebrating by rolling out entirely new high-performance custom-built titanium road bikes to go with their best-in-class bike fleet offerings. Backroads offers bike tours for every kind of cyclist – from easygoing to epic as well as trips for families – with route options and extra route support to ensure everyone is well cared for and happy.

In 1979 Backroads was founded as a bike tour adventure travel company with the first departure in Death Valley. The company expanded with trips in the California Wine Country, the California Coast, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, the Canadian Rockies and San Juan Islands. Backroads now offers more than 125 biking itineraries throughout the United States and across more than 30 countries, including many of the original destinations. This year Backroads has scheduled over 1,200 dedicated bike tour departures, and biking is also a featured activity on hundreds of Backroads multi-adventure trips.

The company’s biking trips immerse guests in the culture and natural beauty of a destination. Backroads Trip Leaders know the least trafficked cycling routes, the most picturesque picnic spots—from a trattoria for lunch al fresco, to an olive orchard or a wine cave—and even the best place to pick wild blueberries. Traveling with Backroads is a chance to connect with locals, go off the beaten path and experience a region’s history and authenticity. With at least two vans and three leaders at their service, Backroads guests are encouraged to explore at their own pace, fully supported with the option to hop into a shuttle at any time. Multiple bike routes and an ethic of maximum flexibility create the opportunity to ride as much (or as little) as one wants, whether that means heading into town after a short leisurely spin, spending all day tackling the hills, or diverting from the route to savor coffee and local treats in a small-town café.

“Backroads began with biking itineraries and the bike continues to be a major vehicle for us to get out and connect with the world. We are constantly looking for new areas to explore, mountains to climb and leisurely country roads to check out,” said Backroads Founder and President, Tom Hale. “I’m very excited about our new performance bike fleet. These custom-made titanium bikes are super light, feature electronic shifting and take biking to a whole new level.”

Outlined below are new Backroads bike tours launching in 2018, along with the company’s most challenging biking departures, most popular, leisurely, food- and wine-focused, unique and family favorites.

Backroads New Bike Tours in 2018 include: Most Challenging Bike Tours Most Leisurely Food & Wine-Focused Tours Most Unique Trips for Every Type of Biker Most Popular Family Favorites

Best-in-Class Bike Fleet
The company offers custom-designed titanium performance road bikes, custom titanium touring bikes, electric-assist bikes, Co-Motion Torpedo tandem and kids’ bike options.

Free GPS on Biking Trips
Backroads offers free GPS devices on all bike tours. In 2018, the Garmin Edge Explore 1000 GPS device will be used on European biking trips and Wahoo devices will be used on North American bike tours. They're easy to use, offer easy-to-follow directions and come pre-loaded with all routes and route options specific to each trip. Paper turn-by-turn directions are also provided on all tours.

About Backroads
Backroads was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale and has been in business for more than 39 years. The company hosts thousands of guests each year, 75% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests, in hundreds of locations across the globe. Backroads is a founding member of the Adventure Collection. For more information, please visit www.backroads.com or call 800-462-2848 daily, 6 am - 6 pm, Pacific time.

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