Across State Bicycle Tours: Rhode Island – South Carolina – South Dakota – Tennessee – Texas

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2014

Rhode Island

Ride the Rhode is a MS 150 bike ride through Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. Starts in Newport, RI, and overnights at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. Returns to Newport the second day.  Dates: June 21-22, 2014.

South Carolina

FestiVelo 2014– Four days of rural recreational bicycling based in Santee. Bike rides  range from 24 to 100 miles. Benefits the Palmetto Cycling Coalition. Dates: Nov. 5 – 10, 2014.

South Dakota

Ride Across South Dakota (RASDAK) The ride takes bicyclists past Mount Rushmore and the Badlands in a 526-mile tour that benefits Farmer Relief. The ride starts in Pennington with overnights in Rapid City, Cedar Pass Campground, Philip, White River, Charles Mix, and Parkston before ending in Sioux Falls. Dates: June 8 – 14, 2014.

Black Hills– A 234-mile self-supported bike tour visits attractions in the Black Hills, such as Mount Rushmore. Camping. Loop starts in Rapid City, South Dakota. Although cyclists carry their own gear, packing is light because all lodging and most meals are taken at inns along the route. Offered by non-profit Adventure Cycling Association.  Dates: Aug. 30 – Sept. 5, 2014.

Mickelson Trail Trek Bicycle Ride — A three-day, 108-mile supported bike ride through the Black Hills on the Mickelson rail-trail. Elevations from 3,400 to 6,350 feet. Dates: Sept. 19-21, 2014.

See also:

Tour Sioux Falls — A weekend of bicycling events around town sponsored by the Argus Leader and the Sioux Falls Sports Authority. Dates: June 27-28, 2014.


Tennessee

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 Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT) host parks are still being finalized, but daily rides are 50 to 75 miles. 7-day, 3-day and 1-day options. Dates: Sept. 14-20,  2014. Sponsored by Tennessee State Parks.

Other bike rides:

Bicycle tours at Civil War battlefieldApril – October 2013  Rangers lead bike tours at the Stones River National Battlefield near Murfreesboro every Saturday. Limited to 15. More information

Texas

Texas Hill Country is a 7-day, fully supported bike ride around central Texas. It covers 300 miles in a loop around Austin. The trip includes stops along the Guadalupe River and Fredericksburg, home of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson. Presented by the non-profit Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: April 5-11, 2014.

 Tour du Rouge -- A multi-day bike tour from Houston to New Orleans. The fund-raiser for the American Red Cross covers 526 miles of back roads. Entry fee is $100; must raise $2,500.  Dates: May 5-10, 2013.

More bike tours:

See Velocity Cycling Tours for multi-day bicycle tours of the Texas Hill Country.

One day rides:

LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour  This Hill Country bike ride leaves from the LBJ Ranch, a national historic park between Fredericksburg and Johnson City. Distance options of 10, 30, 42, 62-mile loops, plus an 85-mile route. In addition, LBJ’s daughter Luci Baines Johnson leads a 10-mile historic tour of the ranch with narrations at the landmarks. Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club. Dates: March 29, 2014 (time trial March 30). (See interview)

Chainge the World Bike Ride in Gilmer, Texas, raises money for Refuge International, which develops programs providing adequate health care, nutrition, clean water and education in Central America. Bike ride options of 10, 20, 40 and 60 miles (100km). Date: April 27, 2013.

Team Livestrong Challenge – Austin A fund-raiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, raising money for cancer survivors. Bicycle rides of various lengths, usually 25 to 100 miles. This is a fund-raiser; bicyclists must pre-register and raise pledges. Dates: October 19, 2014

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