My first PAC Tour experience was Wisconsin Training Camp in May, 2005. We hubbed in Beloit, WI and did a diferent century (100 miles) each day. That was a trial run for me to see if there was a goodness of fit between my style and ability of riding with that of PAC. There was a fit. It was after WI Camp I knew I wanted to do my first transcontinental ride with them.
PAC Tour runs seven weeks of Desert Camp in Arizona each February/March, so I did a Tour week with them in March 2006. We rode about 80 miles a day from Tucson to Wickenburg and back. That was another trial run for me to see if there was a goodness of fit riding from point-to-point; hoteling it; and doing it again all over again the next day. There was more than a fit. I loved it.
So what does a ususal and typical day look like on PAC Tour?
For starters our schedule is precise.
5:00 a.m. Breakfast in the parking lot prepared by PAC Tour. (hard to find a restaurant open that early).
5:30 a.m. Trailers open so we can pump up our tires, get our gear bag in the trailer, and make final clothing decisions based on the forecasted weather.
6:00 a.m. Riding begins.
Pit stops are genearlly every 20-30 miles. Lunch prepared by PAC Tour and served at a road-side pit stop mid day.
2:00 p.m. earliest time we can check into the hotel. Before checking into our rooms we will do bike clean-up and maintenance. Most maintenace we can do ourselves, but Lon Haldeman and at least one other crew member are excellent mechanics. PAC carries plenty of supplies so if we need anew wheel, tires, tubes, cables, etc. it just goes on our tab.
Pre-dinner socializing in the parking lot of the hotel.
Dinner is on our own in whatever little town we're in. No haute cuisine for sure.
Early to bed. After riding >100 miles we're ready to turn in early. Plus we'll be up before sunrise getting ready to ride anothe 100+ miles and climb another 3,400+ feet.
I'm lovin' it.