Across State Bicycle Tours: New York – North Carolina – North Dakota

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2014

New York

Get Your Guts in Gear is a fund-raiser to raise awareness for Crohn’s Disease. One-day options of 10 to 100 miles are available along the Hudson River.. Dates: June 7, 2014.

Finger Lakes Loop – The self-contained bicycle tour presented by the nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association visits the Erie Canal and the Finger Lakes region. Mileages and terrain geared to intermediate level cyclists. Leaves from Syracuse for a 323-mile loop. Dates: June 30-July 9, 2014.

Five Hundred Miles Across New York (also known as the Great Big FANY Ride) benefits the Double H Ranch, a camp in the Adirondacks for critically ill children. Check website for route. Dates: July 20-26, 2014.

Bon Ton Roulet hosts a 500-mile bicycle tour of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The loop tour starts in Cortland with overnights in Auburn, Keuka, Geneva and Skaneateles.  Dates: July 20-26, 2014.

Cycling the Erie Canal takes bicycle riders from Buffalo to Albany along the historic and scenic Erie Canal. The 8-day tour covers about 400 miles, about half on bike trail and the rest on low-traffic roads. (Registration opens in January) Dates: July 13-20, 2014.

Great Hudson Valley Pedal follows the Hudson from Albany to New York City. The 6-day tour covers about 200 miles. Dates: July 29 – Aug. 3, 2014. (Read more at “Albany to Manhattan bicycle tour set for August.”)

North Carolina  

Blue Ridge Bliss– A supported bicycle tour through Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and North Carolina. Camping. Covers 287 miles; starts and ends in Roanoke, Virginia. Non-profit Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: June 7 – 13, 2014.

Cycle North Carolina, sponsored by non-profit North Carolina Amateur Sports, promotes its Mountains to the Coast ride again this year, although riders will attest it’s not all downhill.  Dates: Sept. 27 – Oct. 4, 2014. Check website for towns/routes (registration mid April ).

North Dakota  

Cycling Around North Dakota in Sakakawea Country (CANDISC) — The 2013 CANDISC bike tour theme is Bicycling the Enchanted Highway.  The 370-mile loop bike tour begins and ends in Garrison with overnights in Velva, Willow City, Lake Metigoshe, Towner, Butte and Turtle Lake. Check website for details. Dates: Aug. 3-10, 2013 .

Bike the Border A three-day loop bike ride, which in the past has visited northern part of state near the Canadian border. About 210 miles. Check website for details as they’re announced. Dates: June 20-22, 2014.

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