Across State Bicycle Tours

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Updating to 2015

Here’s a list of some of the top multi-day sponsored bicycle rides for 2014, listed by state. Most rides include mechanical support, medical support, meals, sag vehicles, and provisioned rest stops. As this is a work in progress, please email me if you know of other bicycle tours that should be included. Updated ride dates are noted in BOLD on the pages.

It all started with RAGBRAI back in 1973.

RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) got its start when two writers at the Des Moines Register challenged each other to bicycle across the state. They issued an open invitation for readers to join them, and 114 cyclists rode the entire six-day trip. Looking back, they were grateful for the low number of cyclists, because the route had not been driven and no advance accommodations had been made with towns along the route.

Today, the bicycle tour has swelled to include thousands of cyclists, so many that RAGBRAI limits the number of riders doing the entire week to 10,000. And RAGBRAI has become the model for across-state bicycle tours in some 40 states.

Many bike tours

Combining these across-state bicycle tours with other large sponsored charity rides creates a huge opportunity for cyclists to participate in sag-supported rides that touch the fabric of our country across its width and breadth.

This list has grown to more than 130 bicycle tours in the past four years. Occasionally, someone will contact me with another ride to include on the list. In 2009, for instance, the Alabama Bicycle Coalition launched its first multi-day bicycle tour.

For the most part, the rides are offered by non-profit organizations or the proceeds go to charity. I’ve included bike tours offered by private bicycle tour operators in a few states that didn’t have other cross-state rides offered. You’ll also find miscellaneous century and charity rides listed for some states under “Other bike tours.”

See also Cross Country bike tours for 2012

 

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  1. Summer of Andy

    This is great! I signed up for RAGBRAI this year and I’ll find out in May if I made the lottery. I’ve also been looking for other state sponsored bike trips to do. Thanks for the info! I’m sure I’ll be writing about this soon and I’ll include your site as a reference. Thanks again!

    1. Harold

      If you want a support company, each of the three years my wife and I used Pork Belly Ventures, a small business formed by a couple (a volunteer fireman and a Ph.D. college teacher) from Council Bluffs. Outstanding support. Superb food. Bike repair people. Tents if you want to rent. A campsite each night for you if you have your own tent. Please use my name when you call, they will also become your personal friends.
      Harold and Barbara

  2. Jim Turner

    I have done RAGBRAI for the the last couple of years. That is the oldest and largest state ride. Great adventure each year. This year I am going to venture to diferent states.
    This is a nice web site for state information
    Jim . Buffalo NY

  3. Bryan Sheme

    Would like to see about getting Xpedition G.A.P. listed on your website. It is a 3 day, 150 mile ride along the Great Allegheny Passage to help support and “Stand in the G.A.P.” for families battling childhood cancer.

  4. Pam Uptown

    It might be helpful if these rides could be listed by month as well as by State. Thanks.

    1. Gene Bisbee

      I agree, Pam. That’s something I’ve tried a couple of years ago with a simple but couldn’t get it to work right. Let me think about it and maybe I can come up with a solution. Got a lot of irons in the fire, though, so it probably won’t happen to 2014… Yep, already putting stuff off ’til next year.

  5. Claude

    Hello,

    Thank you for this Great bike tour inventory. May I suggest one thing: A listing by date would be wonderful!

  6. Tom

    This is a great website for finding existing cross-state rides, as opposed to great ones of the past that, alas, are no more. If you’d like to expand your list, I have also found a tour provider who stages a number of rides in Canada, at: http://www.cyclecanada.com/All.html. Some are one or two-day rides, others are continent-spanning rides. But a lot of them are week rides, such as the Tour Vert or the Bique Ride.

    Thanks!

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