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

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Updating to 2014

Alabama


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: May 3-9, 2014.

Alaska

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 10, 2014.

Denali Adventure — A 430-mile self-contained bicycle tour on dirt and paved roads. Starts in Anchorage and ends in Denali; presented by nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: July 12-26, 2014.

Arizona

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. 7-14, 2014; Grand Canyon II, Sept. 15-21, 2014.

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.

Arkansas

Ride the Fault — The 7-day bicycle tour loop visits areas of four states hit by the 1812 New Madrid earthquake. Starts in Sikeston near the “boot” of Missouri, followed by overnights in Campbell, Mo., Paragould, Ark., Caruthersville, Mo., Reelfoot Lake State Park, Tenn., Hickman, Ky., and New Madrid, Mo.  Mostly flat route with occasional hills on a couple of days to provide scenic variety.  Dates: June 22-28, 2014.

 

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. 13, 2013.

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. 16-21, 2013.

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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2 comments

  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 BentRiderOnline.com.

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