Across State Bicycle Tours: Alabama – Alaska – Arizona – Arkansas – British Columbia

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 Updating to 2016


Alabama’s Magnificent Bicycling Adventure— The Alabama Bicycle Coalition continues this week-long bike tour that visits different destinations every day from one central location. The tour is based at the Beckwith Camp and Conference Center in Mobile. Check website for itinerary in 2014.  Dates: June 13-19, 2015.


Alaska Clean Air Challenge A one-day bike ride with classic views of Denali Range and Talkeetna Mountains. Options of 10, 26, 58, 84, and 100 miles. Raises funds for the American Lung Association. Date: May 7, 2016.


Southern Arizona Road Adventure — A 260-mile loop bike ride begins and ends in Tucson. Fully supported bike tour. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: March 12-18, 2016.

Tour of the Parks — A six-day bicycle tour that visits state and national parks in Arizona. Starts and ends in Scottsdale, with overnights in Usery, McDowell, Cave Creek, Lake Pleasant, and White Tank. Presented by Not Your Mom’s Tour, a chapter of the Arizona Bike Club. Dates: March 13-18, 2016

Grand Canyon -Van — These week long fully supported mountain bike tour explores the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Participants will ride the Rainbow Rim and Arizona Trails, as well as other trails above the canyon. Starts in Jacobs Lake. Offered by Adventure Cycling Association. Two tours. Dates: Grand Canyon I, Sept. 4-10, 2016; Grand Canyon II, Sept. 12-18, 2016.


Other rides:

Greater Arizona Bicycle Association — Non-profit bicycle club schedules overnight bicycle tours: Sonoita – Bisbee; Salt River Canyon; Luna Lake; Cave Creek. See website for dates and more information.

Bicycling maps:

Bicycle and Pedestrian Program maps


Ride the Fault — The 7-day bicycle tour loop visits areas of four states hit by the 1812 New Madrid earthquake. Starts and ends at the epicenter in New Madrid, Mo., with overnights in Kennett, Missouri; Paragould, Arkansas; Caruthersville, Missouri; Reelfoot Lake State Park, Tennessee; Hickman, Kentucky; and Sikeston, Missouri, Mostly flat route with occasional hills on a couple of days to provide scenic variety.  Dates: June 12-18, 2016.


Other bike rides

Arky 100 is a bike tour presented by the Arkansas Bicycle Club. All four options — 25, 50, 62, and 100 miles — starts in Sheridan. Date: Oct. 12, 2014.

British Columbia

WaCanId Ride — A 340-mile, fully supported bike tour on the International Selkirk Loop encompasses parts of Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. Riders can begin in three locations — Sandpoint, ID, Creston or Nelson, BC. Presented by Rotary Clubs of the Selkirk Loop. Dates: Sept. 14-19, 2015.

Other rides

Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria  Pro cyclist sponsoring a bike ride around Victoria; choice of 90km and 140km. Date: September

Vancouver Tour de Biennale — Two options — 110k urban bike ride or 125k ride from Vancouver to Steveston Harbour. Date: August

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  1. Paulette Campbell

    I’ve started riding a recumbent bike due to a back condition. My bucket list includes seeing the United States from my bike. I have two questions; Could I handle many of these trails with a recumbent bike? How do I join up with other people to do the tours?

  2. Gene Bisbee

    Hey Paulette… In my opinion, you could ride any of these routes with a recumbent. The only time I’d count out a recumbent is on mountain biking single track. With slightly wider tires, you could even ride on gravel and dirt roads. I’ve heard the only issue with recumbents is riding uphill…. it just goes a little slower. ‘Bents excel on downhills and flat terrain, though.

    As for finding other recumbent riders, I’d check out the recumbent section at Bike Forums as well as

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