• Guide Profile – Laurel

    Laurel Darren-Simmons Learn about the lady with the legs of steel, then get out and ride with her! In her words and ours… Hometown: Davenport, IA Age: 38 Nickname(s): Rockstar (by my hubby) Iron Rub’r (my roller derby name) Guiding qualifications: First Aid/CPR. Tons and tons and tons of mountain and road bike miles. (Note: We are fairly certain […]

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  • Best Apps for Biking

    Cycling has many different disciplines and “cyclist” can define a wide array of enthusiasts from bike commuter, fixie enthusiast, or grizzled mountain biker to the dedicated espresso-driven roadie. Whatever your place in the two-wheeled tribe, there’s surely a smart-phone app designed to improve your ride. Here at AOA, we’ve been devising new ways to enhance […]

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  • The Mountain Miracle – Ride for Life

    #SCADRideForLife July 26 – August 9, 2014:  AOA will be supporting The Mountain Miracle: Ride for Life, a long distance cycling event to raise awareness of SCAD - Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection as they bike from Chicago, IL to Beaver Creek, CO. The Ride for Life was founded by Wally Posner, an avid cyclist whose daughter Danielle went into […]

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  • Best Ways to Combat the Sun

    Summer brings long days, freckles and a longing to escape the office; it is the perfect time to pack a bag and leave the to-do lists and worries behind. Warm days spent hiking, biking, kayaking, or lying still on the shore of  a relaxing lake or river, these are the days of nonsense and fresh […]

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  • Don’t get lost on your bike ride, rent a Garmin GPS

    Every cyclist takes a wrong turn at some point, often adding unplanned miles to the ride. Sometimes this is no big deal. You might explore a road you’ve never been down, push yourself a little bit harder than usual and be pleased with the result, find a new cafe with a great patio for a […]

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  • Fun Ways to Explore the Desert

    So you’re visiting Arizona for a week or a couple and you’ve booked your guided mountain biking tour in the desert, your Grand Canyon hiking trip is scouted and ready to go, hotels are booked, bikes are rented from AOA, now you’re wondering what else you should do. There are a lot of really great […]

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  • Exploring the Colorado River – Part 4

    The Colorado River, Headwaters to Delta: Hike the Continental Divide The Colorado River is best known for the path it cuts through the canyonlands of Utah and northern Arizona, for the towering exposed rock walls of Grand Canyon National Park, and the recreational opportunities created by the dams in its lower river basins. Second thoughts […]

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  • Fitness Training for your Guided Trip

    How do I train for… Planning a once in a lifetime adventure like hiking Grand Canyon Rim to Rim typically requires a lot of forethought. A guided trip such as those offered by AOA will take away the pressure of acquiring permits and reading heaps of guidebooks. When traveling on a guided trip, there is […]

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