Cool-weather gravel bike adventures return for Summer 2019
Nonesuch Cycle Tours is pleased to announce its third season of gravel-and-road tours for 2019. In 2019, Nonesuch will be offering three one-week trips in Nova Scotia, travelling from the Bay of Fundy to the Northumberland Strait. Riders will enjoy on-road van support and wraparound logistical support as they get in big miles on gravel and asphalt.
Nonesuch Cycle Tours was founded by longtime European bike touring guide and gravel fan Peter Henry. Brought “home” to meet his Nova Scotian in-laws in 2015, Henry found an ideal locale for midsummer tours. “There’s a huge network of paved and unpaved roads, the friendliest natives imaginable, and an amazing food and drink culture. What else do you need?”
Another major factor in choosing Nova Scotia was its climate. “Daily highs in Nova Scotia tend to be in the 70’ss Fahrenheit during July, so it’s a good way to escape the heat and humidity of summer and get in some good long days on the bike. As a native Virginian, I’m happy to be any place in summer that’s not Virginia.”
Henry’s motivation for the the business came from his years spent juggling European bike touring work, his teaching job, and his love of gravel. “I was lucky to spend a decade working tours in Europe. I could do it because, in “real life,” I was working a teaching job and had summers off.”
“What I’ve seen working in bike tourism is that most folks who can do a bike vacation in Europe have both time and money on their side; most of my close friends at home are lucky to have either time or money–but definitely not both. At this point in my life, I’m trying to take what I’ve learned from working in Europe and offer tours for folks who can’t get away from their jobs and families for more than a week.”
“Halifax is a half day’s journey from most places along the American East Coast, Southeast and Midwest. Since the tours run seven nights, it’s now possible to do an “international” bike tour without burning too many vacation days or too much goodwill at on the homefront.”
For more information, see www.nonesuchtours.com