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Jace Gifford

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A Passion For Cycling and an Authentic Experience.

A Message From In Situ Travel's Founder: Jace Gifford

In Situ Travel was born out of a passion for two things: Cycling and European Culture. After having worked for years with one of the largest active travel companies in the world, I realized that there was a need in the cycling tour business for the avid cyclist. Too often I would hear clients ask to ride longer or harder miles than what was on the standard itinerary. I also knew that if I was in their position, I'd prefer to get in a good ride early in the day, then have the rest of the day to explore at my leisure.

What people might not realize about many of the other cycling tour companies, is that they are more about sightseeing by bike than actually riding. One may ride a total of 50 miles during the day, but that ride will include sightseeing stops along the way (e.g. wine tastings, museum visits, shopping, etc.). To be sure, sightseeing from the bike saddle is preferable to traveling by car or motor-coach, but for the cyclist who enjoys the physical challenge of the ride, stopping for extended periods every 10 to 15 miles isn't ideal.

Riding your bike and traveling in Europe are unique and rewarding experiences. Time should be taken to soak up the rich, cultural aspects each region has to offer. That is why we ensure that there will be plenty of time, off the bike, for you to explore. From my experience, that leisurely espresso at a local café is so much more enjoyable when I know that I don't have to get back on the bike immediately to complete my ride for the day.

I encourage you to take a look at our bike tours and we hope that you can join us on a future trip.

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