The New Normal

Like everyone else, we’re adjusting to the “new normal” this year has brought, which includes changes to how we travel. As we navigate these unprecedented times, the safety and well-being of our guests and of our staff remains our top priority.

If during your next bike tour there is still a concern about the corona virus, GBT will take every possible precaution to ensure that our guests and staff remain healthy. We will follow the health & safety guidelines from the CDC, WHO, along with the state/country in which we are located.

In some ways it will be easy for us to accomplish a thorough COVID-19 safety protocol, because we’ve been doing it for years, including:

  • Keeping our groups small (average of 10-14 people, with a maximum of 18)
  • Biking in wide open spaces, far from the crowds
  • Encouraging cyclists to leave plenty of space between each bicycle, which makes it safer for the cyclists, and allows any cars to pass them more easily. So without even knowing it, we were already preaching “physical distancing” (also known as “social distancing”)
  • Providing the vast majority of our bike trips with two support vans, allowing you plenty of space to spread out when taking a lift in the van, which by definition is good for physical distancing
  • Cleaning and sanitizing our helmets and rental bikes after each tour

Here Are The Extra Precautions We're Taking

Pre-Trip Communication

  • Well in advance of your trip we will let you know all the steps that GBT is taking to ensure that everyone remains healthy.
  • For everyone’s health and peace-of-mind, we will request that all participants take a COVID-19 test prior to joining the trip. If testing is not widely available where you live, then a GBT guide will take your temperature upon arrival, and if it is above 100 degrees F (37.8 degrees Celsius), you will not be allowed to join our trip.

Upon Arrival (at your bike tour)

  • Face coverings – If still recommended by the CDC and/or local authorities, we ask that all guests bring their own face mask or other face covering. This is important for the health of all concerned, as well as for general peace-of-mind.
  • The guides will remind everyone, on a daily basis, to wash their hands regularly, and/or use hand sanitizers.
  • If still recommended by the authorities, GBT will encourage social distancing of at least six feet (where possible).
  • If during the week you (or a member of the GBT staff) exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), they must get tested immediately, or self-isolate for the remainder of the trip.

Guest supplies

  • GBT guides will provide each guest with an handy supply of travel-size containers of disinfectant wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizers (at least 60 percent alcohol).

Vans

To ensure that guests feel safe traveling in our support vehicles:

  • Where possible, GBT will provide two vans for the transfers (so you can spread out as much as possible, which is better for social distancing).
  • The guides will ensure that all interior surfaces, door handles, safety belts, etc. are wiped down with disinfectant on a daily basis.
  • All vans will be equipped with disinfectant wipes & hand sanitizer for anyone to use
  • When guides deliver luggage to rooms, they will wash their hands before/after handling luggage (or wear protective gloves).

Bicycles

  • Guides will disinfect every bike daily, if required.
  • We’ll request that guests not touch other people’s bikes and/or belongings.
  • We will continue to request that guests not cycle too close to each other to enable adequate physical distancing.

Provision of snacks or picnic lunches during the day

  • GBT will provide plenty of options for single-serving snacks, individually wrapped (thus preventing cross-contamination between guests).
  • Guides will wear protective gloves and face coverings (if required by CDC and WHO) during food preparation.

Restaurants

Since we eat at restaurants several times a day (and most are covered by GBT), we will ensure ahead of time that:

  • Make sure that each restaurant is following a safety protocol (if required by the CDC or state authorities), which may require that employees are properly outfitted with masks and/or gloves, and that tables are situated far enough apart.
  • We will also allow you to enjoy dinner with the group, or at your own private table if you prefer.
  • We’ll encourage guests to wash their hands when they arrive at the restaurant.

Accommodations

  • GBT will ensure that the properties that we use adhere to an enhanced safety protocol and “social distancing.”

Group size

  • GBT will adhere to all guidelines regarding maximum group size. For example if the limit is 10 people, then we will allow 8 guests + 2 guides.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at Tel. (802) 777-2009. Thank you.