Ride the Fault — The 7-day bicycle tour loop visits areas of four states hit by the 1812 New Madrid earthquake. Starts and ends in Sikeston, Mo. The route is changing for 2018, dropping Arkansas and adding southern Illinois. Routes in Missouri, Tennessee, and Kentucky remain. Mostly flat route with occasional hills on a couple of days to provide scenic variety. Dates: June 2-9, 2018. (Registration opens Dec. 1, 2017)
The Katy Trail Ride (also known as “Catch the Katy”) is a 241-mile ride from Clinton to St. Charles (west to east). Overnights in Sedalia, Boonville, Jefferson City, and Marthasville. Mountain bicycles and hybrids are recommended as the surface is crushed limestone. The ride is limited to 300 cyclists. Dates (Usually week after Father’s Day. Check MO Parks website in March):
June 19-23, 2017. (Registration opens March 1, 2018.)
BigBAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) — Joplin to Eureka on Route 66. See the website for details.. Presented by Missouri Life Magazine and Pedaler’s Jamboree (see below). Dates: June 17-22, 2018
BigBAM on the Katy Trail (Bicycle Across Missouri) — The new bike tour keeps to the off-road Katy Trail for 236 miles. Overnights in Clinton, Sedalia, Boonville, Jefferson City, Hermann, St. Charles. Dates: Oct. 7-12, 2018
Katy Trail Epicurean Tour — A six-day bicycle tour on the 225-mile cross-state rail-trail. Starts in St. Charles with a shuttle ride to Clinton, then returns to St. Charles with daily mileages of 27 to 51 miles. Lodging in motels, inns and bed & breakfast inns. Dates: Email email@example.com for dates.
Other Missouri bike rides:
Pedaler’s Jamboree — A live music meet-up on the Katy Trail. Gathering is at Kemper Park in Boonville, MO. Dates : May 26-27, 2018
Route 66 Mother Road Bicycle Tour — Four mileage options of 30, 45, 66 and 100 miles that include bike-friendly sections of old Route 66 Date: June 2, 2018.
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