Updating to 2014
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.
The Katy Trail Ride (also known as “Catch the Katy”) is a 225-mile ride from Clinton to St. Charles on the nation’s longest rail-to-trail route. Mountain bicycles and hybrids are recommended as the surface is crushed limestone. The ride is limited to 300 cyclists. Dates: (Usually 3th week in June) Registration opens March 1, 2013.
Other Missouri bike rides:
Route 66 Mother Road Bicycle Tour — A century bike on old Route 66 in three states — Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Starts in Joplin, Missouri. Date: Mid October
Moonlight Ramble — A nighttime ride through St. Louis, starting at the Soldiers Memorial Plaza. About 18 miles. States at 8 p.m. Date: Aug. 17, 2013.
Cycle Montana bike tour meets up in Missoula and tours the mountain passes of western and southwestern Missouri. 410 miles. Fully supported, presented by nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: June 22 – 29, 2013
Glacier-Watertown Loop is a 350-mile self-contained bicycle tour that starts in Whitefish, Montana, and visits British Columbia as well as Glacier National Park and the Ride to the Sun Highway. Presented by nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: July 7-16, 2013.
Cycle Divide – Montana -- This fully supported bicycle tour visits the mountain passes of southern and southeastern Montana on old logging roads and singletrack. Leaves from Whitefish. starts with a van ride to Banff, Alberta, and ends in Whitefish, Montana. Bicyclists will ride paved and dirt roads of the Great Divide for 343 miles. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: July 13-19, 2013.
Great Divide – Canada – A self-contained mountain bicycle tour tour covers 343 miles, including 112 miles along the Great Divide Bicycle Route. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: July 14-23, 2013.
Montana Bicycle Ride – The second year for a Montana bike tour offered by the same outfit — Bicycle Rides Northwest — that offers the Oregon Bicycle Ride. Starts in Missoula with overnights in Darby, Jackson, Wise River, Philipsburg (layover), and Ovando. Dates: July 20-27, 2013.
Park-2-Park Montana – This fully supported ride takes bicyclists on a route that covers 418 miles from the edge of Glacier National Park’s towering peaks to historic Yellowstone National Park. It’s a fund-raiser for programs of Court Appointed Special Advocates, who support neglected and abused children in Montana’s courts. Dates: Sept. 9-13, 2013.
Other Montana bike rides
Scenic Tour of the Kootenai River (STOKR) is a one- or two-day charity bike ride out of Libby, Montana. Day 1 offers a 98- and 45-mile option. Day 2 is a 37-mile ride to Lake Koocanusa. Limited to 400 cyclists; registration is Feb. 14-19, 2012. Dates: May 11-12, 2013.
Tour of the Swan River Valley West (TOSRV-West) is a 2-day, 226-mile loop bike tour through western Montana. The ride starts in Missoula, overnights in Bigfork, then returns to Missoula. Patterned after the Tour of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV) in Ohio. Dates: May 18-19, 2013
Ride Around the Pioneers in One Day (RATPOD) is a 130-mile fund-raiser (Camp Make a Dream) loop bike ride that encircles the Pioneer Mountains, starting in Dillon. Registration for the popular ride opens on March 1; 650 cyclists maximum. Date: June 29, 2013.
West Yellowstone-Old Faithful Bicycle Tour is a fundraiser for several local charities in West Yellowstone, Montana. The National Park Service caps the ride at 350 participants for the 60-mile up and back ride to Old Faithful. The ride coincides National Public Lands Day, when no admission is required. Date: Sept. 21, 2013.