Across State Bicycle Tours: Alabama – Alaska – Arizona – Arkansas – British Columbia

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 2020

Alabama


Alabama’s Magnificent Bicycling Adventure— The Alabama Bicycle Coalition continues this week-long bike tour that visits different destinations every day from one central location. Staging at Chewacla State Park. Daily bike rides to interesting and historic destinations nearby. Mountain bike options also available. Dates: May 16-23, 2020 

Other rides

Bo Bikes Bama ( Alabama) Bo Jackson leads this charity bike ride of 22 or 62 miles to raise funds for the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund. The Heisman Trophy winner created the ride in response to the deadly tornado outbreak of April 2011. Starts on campus of Auburn University. Date: April 25, 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19.

Alaska

Alaska Clean Air Challenge A one-day bike ride with classic views of Denali Range and Talkeetna Mountains. Options of 10, 26, 58, 84, and 100 miles. Raises funds for the American Lung Association. Date: May 9, 2020 Cancelled until fall 2020 due to COVID-19. Check website for new date.

Arizona

Sonoita Bisbee Overnight Tour Leaves from Sonoita and passes through Tombstone on the way to Bisbee, in Mule Pass. Returns by a different route: 63 miles on day 1; 70 on day 2. Lodging on your own in Bisbee. Presented by Greater Arizona Bicycling Association. April 4-5, 2020. Cancelled due to COVID-19

Southern Arizona Road Adventure  — This ride passes through the high Sonoran Desert in the Tucson area. About 46 miles per day. Offered by Adventure Cycling Association. DATES: March 14-20, 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19.

Other rides:

Greater Arizona Bicycle Association — Non-profit bicycle club schedules overnight bicycle tours: Sonoita – Bisbee; Salt River Canyon; Luna Lake; Cave Creek. See website for dates and more information.

Bicycling maps:

Bicycle and Pedestrian Program maps

Arkansas

Bicycle Ride Around Arkansas (BRAA) — A free-wheeling tour of southern Arkansas starting in Camden. Overnight camping and meals in camp or diners along the way. Must be an Arkansas Bicycle Club member. Dates: March 22-28, 2020

Other bike rides

Check the calendar at the Arkansas Bicycle Club.

British Columbia

WaCanId Ride — A 340-mile, fully supported bike tour on the International Selkirk Loop encompasses parts of Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. Riders can begin in three locations — Sandpoint, ID, Creston or Nelson, BC. Presented by Rotary Clubs of the Selkirk Loop. Registration opens Jan. 1. Dates: Sept. 14-19, 2020

Other rides

Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria  Pro cyclist sponsoring a bike ride around Victoria; choice of 90km and 140km. Date: Aug. 22, 2020.

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3 comments

    • Paulette Campbell on July 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm
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    I’ve started riding a recumbent bike due to a back condition. My bucket list includes seeing the United States from my bike. I have two questions; Could I handle many of these trails with a recumbent bike? How do I join up with other people to do the tours?

  1. Hey Paulette… In my opinion, you could ride any of these routes with a recumbent. The only time I’d count out a recumbent is on mountain biking single track. With slightly wider tires, you could even ride on gravel and dirt roads. I’ve heard the only issue with recumbents is riding uphill…. it just goes a little slower. ‘Bents excel on downhills and flat terrain, though.

    As for finding other recumbent riders, I’d check out the recumbent section at Bike Forums as well as BentRiderOnline.com.

  2. I’ll add one to the list.

    The Empire State Ride http://empirestateride.com/

    I rode all 7 days in 2017 and it’s an incredible ride. You start off on a ferry crossing right in front of the Statue of Liberty and finish at Niagara Falls.

    It’s a growing ride (100 riders in 2017) and 140 in 2018).

    It’s fully supported from food, to lodging, mechanics, showers, everything. Great experience for a better cause where all funds go towards cancer research at Roswell Park.

    If you’ve never ridden in NYS it’s gorgeous.

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