Updating to 2017
Biking Across Kansas — B.A.K. rolls out for its 42nd annual cross-state bike ride in 2016. The ride follows prevailing winds, heading from west to east. Registration opens Jan. 29, 2016.. Dates: June 4-11, 2016.
Cottonwood 200 — A 3-day bicycle supported bicycle tour through the Flint Hills. Dates: May 28-30, 2016.
See more Kansas road rides at Kansas Cyclist.
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 10-17, 2017.
GABRAKY (Governor’s Autumn Bicycle Ride Across Kentucky) was a north-south cross-state bike tour from General Butler State Park on the Ohio River to Dale Hollow Lake on the Tennessee state line. The fund-raiser to support the arts and reopen the Grand Theater in Frankfort was cancelled in 2015, although organizers are attempting a 2016 ride. Dates: Check website (GABRAKY website).
Other Kentucky rides/events
Old Kentucky Home Bicycle Tour — For nearly 40 years, the ride leaves Louisville to Bardstown on 3 route options, including a century. Day 2 return to Louisville is 55 miles. Features the Cookie Stop Sag. Check website for updates. Dates: Mid-September.
Cycle Zydeco — The ride features Creole cuisine and zydeco music. Presented in partnership between Transportation Recreational Alternatives in Louisiana and the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission. Check the website after Nov. 30 for registration and ride details. Dates: March 30 to April 3, 2016.
See also Tour du Rouge in Texas listing