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

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2015

Rhode Island

Ride the Rhode is a MS 150 bike ride through Rhode Island of 75 or 100 miles on Saturday and 75 miles on Sunday. It starts and ends in Narragansett. Dates: June 201-21, 2015.

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. 4-9, 2015.

South Dakota

Ride Across South Dakota (RASDAK) The ride takes bicyclists across the northern Black Hills to the Glacial Lakes.  The 490-mile tour begins in Spearfish with overnights in Deadwood, Union Center, Eagle Butte, Gettysburg, Mellette and Webster. The ride ends near Milbank. Daily mileages range from 33 miles to 102 miles. Registration opens Jan. 1. Dates: June 7-13, 2015.

Black Hills– A 234-mile fully-supported bike tour visits attractions in the Black Hills, such as Mount Rushmore. Camping and motel options. Loop starts in Rapid City, South Dakota. Offered by non-profit Adventure Cycling Association.  Dates: Aug. 29 – Sept. 4, 2015.

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: Third weekend of September, 2015.

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 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 14-20, 2015.

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.

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 11-17, 2015.

Big Bend Loop is a van-supported bike tour covering 343 miles. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Big Bend Loop I March 28 – April 5, 2015; Big Bend Loop II Nov. 1-9, 2015.

 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 3-8, 2015.

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 28, 2015 . (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: 2014

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 18, 2015

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