TRIP DETAILS AND SCHEDULE
Friday Feb 14: Arrivals to Belize
*Depending on arrival times--most arrivals range from early afternoon to roughly 4:30 pm-- there is the option for an easy 1 hr. ride to shake the travel out of the legs. As staff will be busy dealing with all incoming campers, this will be an unsupported ride.
We’ll be staying the first night at the Radisson Fort George in Belize City. That evening, we’ll have the first of our group dinners outside on the patio of their wonderful Baymen’s Tavern and toast to the week ahead while enjoying the sweet sounds of the Caribbean.
Saturday Feb 15: Belize City – San Ignacio, 73 miles; 1948 ft. elevation
Our ride starts from the Radisson and we’ll head nearly straight west, past the capital city of Belmopan, and onwards to the town of San Ignacio. The first 50 miles features mainly flat roads, with just a few little rollers. Once through the outskirts of Belmopan, the final 23 miles will serves up the bulk of the elevation gain through its mostly gently rolling and picturesque terrain.
*For anyone feeling especially spry when we pull into San Ignacio, there’s an unsupported ride option for an additional 20 miles and added 1245 ft of elevation by way of round trip to Benque Viejo de Carmen, and the Guatemala border.
Sunday Feb 16: Tour Day
Our true Belizean adventure starts in San Ignacio. We’ll make our way up to Cahal Pech to view one of the oldest Mayan sites in western Belize, as well as tour the Green Iguana Conservation Project. There will also be plenty of time to stroll through town and take in much of the local sights and culture.
Monday Feb 17: San Ignacio – Hopkins, 87.5 miles; 3886 ft. elevation
Leaving San Ignacio, we’ll head back east towards Belmopan, then head south/south-east towards Hopkins. Exiting Belmopan, we’ll use the Hummingbird Highway, by far the most scenic road in Belize. Cutting a beautiful swath through the lower slopes of the Mayan Mountain range, the Hummingbird offers stunning views for the bulk of the ride as well as an enjoyable amount of climbing. Once we reach the Pomona Valley, it’s primarily a flat run down to our Hopkins destination, where we finally get to feel the sand in our toes as we reach the Caribbean shores.
Tuesday Feb 18: Hopkins - Punta Gorda, 85 miles; 1492 ft. elevation
Tuesday’s ride continues south to the Toledo District, towards Punta Gorda (or PG as it’s more commonly known to the locals). PG is literally the end of the road in southern Belize; the pavement ends here. Often referred to as the forgotten district, PG Town offers the most relaxed and non-commercial atmosphere in all of Belize. Anywhere you look, you’re treated to stunning views: the Mayan Mountains, the hills of Guatemala; the Caribbean Sea; the Bay of Honduras; and the Honduran coast.
Wednesday Feb 19: Adventure Day
Recovery day after some serious miles. Punta Gorda offers many amazing rest-day activities. After breakfast you’ll trade your cleats for kicks and begin your Belize eco-adventure with local guide Steve Choco. Chaab’il B’e Rain Forest Lodge, our accommodations, features 20 acres of private forest including gardens. Steve will take us birding on the property where we will be on the lookout for some of 232 tropical species of birds that reside there. Then it’s off to go cave exploring through the wondrous Blue Creek cave and enjoy the local cuisine for lunch.
Thursday Feb 20: Punta Gorda - Hopkins, 85 miles; 1386 ft. elevation
Today’s ride features a simple reversal of Tuesday as we make our way back north to Hopkins
Friday Feb 21: Hopkins - Belmopan: 65 miles; 2949 ft. elevation
After a leisurely breakfast by the beach, we’ll head back up the Hummingbird Highway to our destination, the nation’s capital, Belmopan.
*Once again, an unsupported ride option for anyone looking for more saddle time is a ride out and back to the Mennonite farming community of Spanish Lookout. That would net as much as an additional 39 miles and 1712 feet of elevation.
Saturday Feb 22: Belmopan - Belize City, 55 miles; 763 ft. elevation
The final ride of camp will be the easiest, with *just* 55 miles to cover on the George Price Highway as we point back towards Belize City. We’ll spend Saturday eve back at the Radisson Fort George Belize City where we’ll have our final camp dinner, this time toasting to a great week of riding and fun in the tropics.
Sunday Feb 23: Departures
As we’re just 20 minutes or so from the airport, we’ll have an easy morning grabbing a last coffee by the ocean as we load up and head off.
- Airport pick-up and drop off
- Bike build and break-down
- All accommodations
- (4) group dinners; Belize City, Punta Gorda
- (6) breakfasts; Belize City, Hopkins, Punta Gorda
- (1) Lunch; During Punta Gorda Excursion
- (2) Rest day activities:
- All in-ride hydration needs
- (6) fully supported rides
- Any necessary bike maintenance originating from camp
**Special Offer** – Early Booking Discount & Elliston Coaching Virtual Swag Bag
Be one of the first to reserve a spot for this unique cycling adventure vacation and receive $100 off the regular price and access to this exclusive virtual swag bag which includes:
- A one-hour private Q&A session in Belize. Tap in to my 35+ years of cycling experience and coaching expertise and discuss your goals for the season, training questions, or just talk bikes, Belize and Belkin’s! – A $60 value
- Access to Elliston Coaching partner discounts for 12 months. Typically reserved for coached athletes only, you will have access to the following manufacturer discounts. You can start using your discount as soon as your deposit is received.
- 10% off NBS
- 10% off Enzo’s
- 25% off Van Dessel
- 10% off Quarq
Price: $1,999 Per Person – Deposit must be received by 9/24/2019. Q&A will be scheduled for during the trip.
- *Non-Refundable Deposit* of $200 due at time of commitment
- Installment of $899.50 due Nov 15, 2019
- Final payment of $899.50 due Jan 15, 2020
**Standard Rate** - Booking after 9/24/2019
Price: $2,099 Per Person
*Non-Refundable Deposit* of $200 due at time of commitment
Installment of $949.50 due Nov 15, 2019
Final payment of $949.50 due Jan 15, 2020
*All the rates are based upon double occupancy, and in some instances triple occupancy.
*Deposit and Cancellation Policy*
- This camp is contingent on a minimum of 8 people attending. In the event 8 attendees is not attained, organizers reserve right to cancel. Cancellation will be made by Dec 14, 2019, and any registered attendees will be notified directly.
- In the event of a Dec 14, 2019 cancellation, all funds received, including deposits, will be refunded in full.
- Deposits are non-refundable in the event camp attendee should choose to cancel.
- If camp attendee cancels between Dec 14 –Jan 14, refund will be 50% of the total price minus the non-refundable deposit
- If camp attendee cancels after Jan 14 no refunds will be issued.
- Late payments are unacceptable. If there are extenuating circumstances and you feel that your payment may be late arrangements must be made a week in advance of the payment due date with Elliston Coaching.
- Attendees may transfer their trip to another person and must notify Elliston Coaching of the intention to transfer. All financial arrangements must between transferor and transferee. The transfer will not be deemed complete until all necessary paperwork is completed including waivers and received by Elliston Coaching.