About Senior Cycling Bike Tours
We are a small owner operated touring company that has been in business for 16 years. Our tours are limited to 12 riders to insure superior personal service. We have personally scouted and biked each and every tour. Mark and Colleen Troy are the new owners and will be our van drivers and chefs. The sag wagon is available at all times if you ever feel the need for a lift. We maintain cell phone contact with the sag wagon for added security. We have developed a reputation for our healthy, delicious lunches. We make a promise to do what ever it takes to insure that you have an enjoyable tour with us. The new management wants you to rest assured that you will enjoy the same special treatment with them that you’ve received over the years with Pat and Vera.
Mark has been a cyclist for his entire adult life. His love for bike travel led him into some wonderful adventures, including crossing the USA in 2013 with Adventure Cycling on the TransAmerica route. His 13-person team was “self-contained”, meaning they had no support vehicle. They camped most of the time and had to purchase and cook food daily. This was a life-changing event for Mark. Fly fishing and photography are some of Mark’s other interests. He spent many years as a professional printer, having owned a printing company for 13 years with his wife, Colleen. While on the TransAm tour, Mark decided it was about time to change careers and get into something he’s truly passionate about – bicycle touring. Owning this company is a dream-come-true for him!
About Colleen Troy
Colleen Troy has an adventurous spirit in spite of being a scaredy cat at times. She has hiked ONE part of the Appalachian Trail (White Mtns, New Hampshire); completed three sprint triathlons and more recently earned an open water scuba diving certification that was A LOT more work than fun. But she did it. She’s participated in many outdoor activities with women and is a certified life coach and hospice volunteer. She is lover of courtyard gardens, perfecting the pie and the hula hoop. After 50 years, she has learned to loved her dimples.
About Pat Blackmon
Pat has spent a lifetime teaching and encouraging others to love sports and the great outdoors. In her teens she taught tennis and in college she taught swimming to infants and seniors. In her thirties she was instrumental in getting her county to establish leagues for women in softball and basketball. During that time, she led her 12 year old son, friends, and a group of Girl Scouts to love backpacking. Over the course of three summers, Pat and her son hiked the entire Appalachian Trail! In her forties she continued to play softball with the twenty year olds.
In her fifties Pat discovered the world of “seniors”. In three short months she coached a group of inexperienced women players over fifty to become a formidable softball team. That team went on to win a Gold Medal in the Senior Olympics. That and numerous other softball coaching accomplishments got her elected to the Washington Metropolitan Area Softball Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2000, Pat was the first woman player inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame.
At 59, Pat completed a cross country bike ride from San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, FL . Now 75 years of age she is into her fifteenth year of running her own bike touring company. Pat’s knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm have created a company uniquely qualified to bring seniors the joy of touring on bikes.