Solvang Ride Camp

The Solvang Ride Camp is designed for the serious cyclist perparing for longer rides or races. ( / April 14, 2010)

Undiscovered Country, (877) 322-1667, $2,196 a person.

Solvang Ride Camp

Trek Travel's Solvang Ride Camp is designed to prepare serious cyclists for their cycling or racing season. Like Undiscovered's Central Coast tour, the frills have been stripped away to focus on getting in early base miles.

But it doesn't hurt that you'll be riding the hills and dales of the Santa Ynez Valley. And you can always take a day off to visit a winery, shop or get a spa treatment.  

When you're in the saddle, you should plan on pedaling at least 60 miles a day and climbing a minimum of 2,400 feet. And be warned, some days include climbs of 5,000 feet up to (gulp) 7,500 feet.

Trek Travel, (866) 464-8735, Four- and seven-day ride camps are offered throughout the year, $899 and $1,299 a person, respectively. Includes the use of a Trek Carbon 5.2 Madone high-end road bike, lodging, meals, guides, a support vehicle and more.

Coast to desert

If you want to ride along the beach in La Jolla, pedal through the mountain town of Julian (be sure to get some apple pie), then ride to the Anza-Borrego Desert, this six-day Escapades ride in March may be the ticket. It's a relatively easy-to-moderate tour averaging 15 to 45 miles a day; it also cruises by the Salton Sea and Temecula vineyards.

Escapades, (877) 880-2453, $1,995 a person.

Arizona desert

The Sonoran Desert around Tucson is dotted with giant saguaro cactuses and flanked by red rock mountains. Participants in this seven-day tour offered by Sojourn Bicycle & Active Vacations will hike trails and ride their bikes in the Sabino Canyon oasis, stay at the Rancho de la Osa guest ranch, go horseback riding, two-step with wranglers and view stars at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Temperatures are typically in the 60s and 70s.

Sojourn Bicycle & Active Vacations, (800) 730-4771, $2,395 for dates in February and March, October and November.

Hawaii's Big Island

If lying on the beach isn't your thing, Backroads' six-day Hawaiian tour offers you the chance to circumnavigate the Big Island on two wheels while passing lava fields, rain forests, coffee plantations and scenic beaches where you can stop and take a dip.

You can also do 30 miles of the Ironman Triathlon's cycling course or an optional 100-mile spin from Kilauea Crater to the lush Hamakua Coast.

Backroads, (800) 462-2848, Dates throughout 2013; from $2,898 to $3,198 a person, double occupancy. Includes two nights at the Fairmont Orchid.

Vietnam and Cambodia

For something more laid-back and exotic, this 12-day Southeast Asia tour in Vietnam and Cambodia in February is done on mountain bikes. Daily mileage on this Trek Travel adventure averages just 30 miles while climbing a mere 700 feet, with a few steep hills.

That means travelers will have the opportunity to explore floating markets on the Mekong Delta, historical sites, temples, river deltas, coastal beaches and bustling cities. Best of all, the last few days are spent at the breathtaking Angkor temple complex in Cambodia.

Trek Travel, (866) 464-8735, From $8,499 a person.