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



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 Monte Sano State Park at the southern tip of the Appalachians. Destinations include Mooresville Space Center,  Guntersville Dam, and Hurricane Valley. Mountain bike options also available. Dates: May 19-25, 2018.

Other rides

Bo Bikes Bama ( Alabama) Bo Jackson leads this charity bike ride of 22 or 62 miles to raise funds for the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund. The Heisman Trophy winner created the ride in response to the deadly tornado outbreak of April 2011. Starts on campus of Auburn University. Date: April 


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 12, 2018


Grand Canyon — This week long van 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. DATES: Sept. 16-22, 2018

Desert Classic Century — Presented by Arizona Bicycle Club. Registration and start at 6681 W. Beardsley Road
Glendale, AZ  85308 Date: April 28, 2018.


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


Bicycle Ride Around Arkansas (BRAA) — A 250-mile self-contained bicycle loop around Arkansas. Carry your own gear and cook in camp. Other meals in diners along the way. Must be an Arkansas Bicycle Club member. Dates: April 15-21, 2018 

Other bike rides

Check the calendar at the Arkansas Bicycle Club.

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. Registration opens Jan. 1. Dates: Sept. 10-15, 2018

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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    • Paulette Campbell on July 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm
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    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?

  1. 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

  2. I’ll add one to the list.

    The Empire State Ride

    I rode all 7 days in 2017 and it’s an incredible ride. You start off on a ferry crossing right in front of the Statue of Liberty and finish at Niagara Falls.

    It’s a growing ride (100 riders in 2017) and 140 in 2018).

    It’s fully supported from food, to lodging, mechanics, showers, everything. Great experience for a better cause where all funds go towards cancer research at Roswell Park.

    If you’ve never ridden in NYS it’s gorgeous.

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