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7 Great Hotels for Bicyclists

These hotels and lodges roll out the welcome mat for cyclists

The historic Armstrong Hotel, has an arsenal of 10 free cruiser bikes you can borrow for a ride to Fort Collins’ many breweries. (Courtesy The Armstrong Hotel)

These hotels and lodges roll out the welcome mat for cyclists

Some hotel staff frown when you show up with muddy bike tires and ask if you can borrow a hose to wash off your mountain bike after a ride. Others point you toward an outdoor shower and have your keys to the secure bike storage room at the ready. From on-call bike mechanics to free loaner cruiser bikes, these seven hotels and lodges go above and beyond to welcome cyclists of all breeds.

Armstrong Hotel

Fort Collins, Colorado

The historic Armstrong Hotel (pictured above) originally opened in 1923 and underwent a major overhaul in 2004. It has simple yet sleek rooms, plus an arsenal of ten free cruiser bikes you can borrow for a ride to Fort Collins’ many breweries. The town is known for its bike-friendly culture; you’ll find endless miles of road riding right from the lobby, but the rolling mountain bike trails around Horsetooth Reservoir and nearby Lory State Park are not to be missed. From $139.

Astro Motel

Santa Rosa, California

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This 34-room motor lodge, first built in 1963, is being gutted and renovated for an October reopening as the new Astro Motel. Cyclists are treated to several nice features, thanks in part to advice from Giro d’Italia champ Andrew Hampsten, an investor in the motel. Bike repair experts can be summoned to fix your flat, a local artist has designed illustrated maps to the area’s best rides, and you can rent a Shinola bike on-site to tour local vineyards. Ride the paved Santa Rosa Creek Trail right from the motel, or hop on singletrack in nearby Annadel State Park. From $155.

Hotel Domestique

Travelers Rest, South Carolina

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(Courtesy Hotel Domestique)

After retiring from professional cycling, Tour de France veteran George Hincapie opened the 13-room Hotel Domestique in South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains in 2013. The place will make you feel like you’re on a cycling tour of the Alps, with a European-style breakfast spread and an on-site bike mechanic. Rent a high-end Canyon road bike from the hotel, then the staff will hand you free energy bars for the ride and help you choose a route, loading directions into a Garmin GPS device mounted on your bike. Yoga, massage, and a saltwater pool come afterward, along with on-site laundry services to get your bike shorts and jersey washed before your next ride. From $295.

Whitefish Bike Retreat

Whitefish, Montana

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You can pitch a tent or sleep in communal or private rooms at the Whitefish Bike Retreat, a hostel-style lodge that opened in 2013 on the outskirts of town with front-door access to cross-country mountain biking on the Whitefish Trail. (The road biking is stellar, too.) You’ll get bike storage, a tuning area stocked with tools, and a place to soap and rinse your bike after rides. There are shared bathrooms and a communal kitchen, a new wood-fired sauna, and a hangout area with hookups to play your GoPro footage from the day. From $45.

Hotel Zed

Kelowna and Victoria, British Columbia

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Both locations of British Columbia’s Hotel Zed are within easy access to good biking. The Victoria location is blocks from the Galloping Goose rail-to-trail, and the Kelowna hotel is next to the area’s lakeside trail. Plus, these fun-loving hotels (you’ll get comic books and old-school rotary phones in your room) offer perks for you and your bike: You can store your bike in the ground-floor rooms, rent free bikes from the hotel’s fleet, and wash and tune your bikes in a designated workbench area. From $114.

Ace Hotel

Portland, Oregon

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(Courtesy Ace Hotel Portland)

Ace Hotels are famously biker-friendly—and Portland’s location is especially so. It has free cruiser bikes on loan, or you can rent one of its city bikes, handmade specially for the hotel by Portland designer and builder Jordan Hufnagel. Before you hit the city’s extensive bike lanes, sip Stumptown Coffee and eat homemade granola in the hotel’s breakfast room. Rooms with a shared bathroom down the hall let you save your money for post-ride grub at the many food trucks near the hotel. From $195.

Aava Whistler Hotel

Whistler, British Columbia

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If you’ve come to Whistler to ride the legendary downhill mountain bike park—or the area’s under-the-radar and exceptionally good cross-country trails—you’ll want to stay at the Aava Whistler Hotel, located on the fringes of Whistler Village. A bike valet will lock and store your bike overnight in a high-security vault, plus you’ll get a spot to wash and tune your ride. Didn’t bring a bike? Savvy concierges will rent you one on-site and throw in a free GoPro camera to film your antics. From $109.

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San Marcos, Texas

Billed as the world’s toughest canoe race, the Texas Water Safari, held each June, is a four-day, 260-mile jaunt from the headwaters of the San Marcos River northeast of San Antonio to the small shrimping town of Seadrift on the Gulf Coast. There’s no prize money—just bragging rights for the winner. Any boat without a motor is allowed, and you’ll have to carry your own equipment and overnight gear. Food and water are provided at aid stations along the way. Entry fees start at $175 and increase as race day approaches.

The Ring

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Strasburg, Virginia

The Ring is a 71-mile trail running race in early September along the entire length of Virginia’s rough and rocky Massanutten Trail loop. To qualify, you need to have run a 50- or 100-mile race before the event and win a spot through the lottery system. Entry is free. Complete the run and you’ll become part of the tight-knit Fellowship of the Ring and be eligible for the Reverse Ring, which entails running the trail backwards in the middle of winter.

Plaza2Peak

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Each spring, competitors gather in Santa Fe’s historic plaza with a simple goal: be the first to reach 12,308-foot Deception Peak, 17 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain away. Competitors run or bike the first 15 miles to the local ski area before transitioning to their waiting ski-touring setups for the final push to the top. Time stops only when they’ve skied back down to the tailgate in the resort’s parking lot, which is funded by the modest entry fee of around $25. To add to the sufferfest, some participants sign up for the Expedition category, in which they strap their skis, skins, boots, and poles to their bikes for the long ride up. Start dates vary depending on snow conditions, but look for the event page to be posted on Facebook in late March or early April.