Category Archive: Bike Touring

Utah man is first to ride a bicycle across Antarctica to South Pole

Dan Burton at the base of South America before journeying to Antarctica.

Congratulations to Daniel Burton for becoming the first human to ride a bicycle across Antarctica to the South Pole.

The 50-year-old former computer programmer from Utah reached his goal on Tuesday, completing a 730-mile ride over mountains and snow ridges across the desolate frozen continent in 50 days.

At his blog, The South Pole Epic, …

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Former US Poet Laureate recovering from bicycle-car collision

Kay Ryan, former poet laureate

Former US Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, whose decision to become a serious poet was prompted by a Bikecentennial bicycle tour, is recovering from injuries she suffered in a bike-car collision near her California home last week.

The 68-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning poet is suffering from a broken hip, rib and collarbone, as well as a head …

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Bicycle Travel Video Contest observes lure of open road

If you shoot video of your bicycle tours for family and friends, you might want to consider sharing with the bicycle touring community at large.

There might be a little something in it for you.

The Adventure Cycling Association is hosting its second annual Bicycle Travel Video Contest at Vimeo….

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New website shares bicycle tour information

Sample page from

Are you looking for some ideas about a supported bicycle tour or independent bike adventure to take this summer? Or would you like to share one of your tours with the bicycle world?

A new website called is meant to be a resource that achieves both those results.

Started just a few weeks ago …

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Registration opens soon for 2014 RSVP 1 & 2, STP and other Cascade bike rides

2012 STP

[STP is sold out as of Feb. 18, 2014. A few more tickets can be earned, and others will be  auctioned off. See Cascade Bicycle Club blog.)

Plan to register early if you want to ride in the STP (Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic), RSVP (Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party!), or other popular …

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Bike Florida heads to speedway for 20th anniversary bike tour in 2014

2014 Bike Florida includes a lap around Daytona speedway (Wikimedia Commons)

Hey NASCAR. On yer left!

Eight hundred bicyclists are on the way!

At least that many cyclists are expected to ride a lap on the Daytona International Speedway next spring as one highlight in Bike Florida’s week-long bicycle tour to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

The March 22-28 ride — named the Magical History Tour – …

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“Trail Angels” save the day for Canadian couple on bicycle tour

Denise Blanchard in hospital; photo by

When Denise Blanchard lost control of her bicycle and fell hard on a gravel road in Kansas, she thought last year’s TransAmerica bicycle tour was over for her and her husband, Charles Coderre.

She wrote at her blog, CharDenVeloMonde (translated from French):

“I lose control of my bike completely and it is the fall! Ayayaye! It hurts! I …

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Cross-country charity bike ride goes private for 2014

2013 Big Ride Across America in Redmond

One of the longest operating cross-country charity bike tours is undergoing changes that puts it in private hands.

The American Lung Association’s Big Ride Across America will be owned and operated by Bicycle Bliss, LLC, a bike touring company owned by Charlton DuRant and Lynn Petrotte.

The two have been ride directors for Big Ride …

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Trans Am Bike Race: It’s all about bragging rights

Somewhere on the TransAmerica Trail in western Missouri, 1984

Plans are underway for next summer’s inaugural Trans Am Bike Race. The coast-to-coast self-supported bike race follows the Adventure Cycling Association’s TransAmerica Trail.

The rules for bicyclists competing in the 4,233-mile-long event are spelled out succinctly on the race poster:

“No outside support. No drafting. No entry fee. No prize money.”

That might be a …

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Creating an oasis on the Southern Tier Bicycle Route

Southern Tier Bicycle Route created by Adventure Cycling Association

Considering bicycle travelers’ reports from the Southern Tier Bicycle Route in the Deep South, a roadside sanctuary would be a good thing for bicyclists as cross between the states of Mississippi and Louisiana.

One bicyclist at Lost on 2 Wheels wrote about how the “mosquito thing is getting really old really fast.” He said that …

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