We’ve met some pretty interesting characters while riding our bikes, and our guides happen to be some of them. We choose our guides for their engaging personalities, enthusiasm for all things cycling and their dedication to the Ride Cycling Tours’ vision of making your cycling vacation truly unforgettable. We also provide expert mechanics who assemble your bike upon arrival, take care of it daily during the tour and carefully pack it for you when it’s time to go home. We exceed industry standards with our ratio of one guide for every five guests. It’s all part of our grand scheme to provide the best possible customer service, and we do everything we can to ensure that you enjoy the best cycling vacation you’ve ever had, hands down.
Let’s be real. We’ve all dreamed of having a personal butler. But what if that butler was super cool, loved to ride, loved to talk about riding and even knew how to get rid of that annoying squeak on your bike? Meet your Ride Cycling Tours guide.
We love to ride, sure, but more importantly, we love to share the ride with other cyclists who want to challenge themselves and have a blast doing it.
Ride Cycling Tours Owner-Operator Whit Bazemore is a fanatic about cycling. In addition to logging his own miles, the retired racecar driver loves helping people discover new routes, new scenery and new capacities for their own cycling. After a recreational motorcycle accident that left him with severe leg injuries, Whit began riding a road bike to recuperate, and he discovered more than physical recovery.
“Motorsports is a very high stress occupation, and cycling provided me with a way to unwind and find a kind of zen,” explains Whit. “I only wished I’d rediscovered it earlier as an adult. Like most people, I have great memories of riding as a kid, and I distinctly remember how fun it was to ride all over town, going places, having a sense of freedom. But then, like most guys of my generation, my life quickly became about cars and girls.”
Speaking of girls, Whit met his wife Michelle on a group ride in Indianapolis.
“When I was first riding again, Michelle was a local racer in Indianapolis, and on one of the group rides I asked my friend (who sold me my first custom bicycle), who she was,” says Whit. “He told me she was too fast for me, which proved to be true, as it took me nearly two months to ride alongside her on the local training ride and introduce myself.”
Whit and Michelle were married in 2001, and took many opportunities to ride all over the country in between Whit’s drag races. Whit retired from professional driving in 2007, and relocated with his family from Indianapolis to Bend, Oregon. Whit and Michelle now have two kids who love to ride.