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

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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 6-12, 2017.

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 29, 2017.


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 6, 2017.


Grand Canyon 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. 9-15, 2017; Grand Canyon II, Sept. 17-23, 2017.

Route 66, Santa Fe to Flagstaff — Staring in New Mexico, this van supported tour begins and ends in cities above 7,000 feet elevation. The ride is nine days long with an average of 66 miles a day. Dates: Sept. 23 – Oct. 1, 2017.

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


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 9 – 14, 2017.

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.  Also, see Ride the Fault Line at Facebook. Dates: June 10-17, 2017.


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. 11-16, 2017.

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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