Category: Bike Touring

Severe weather, death mars RAGBRAI start

Searing heat and torrential thunderstorms have beset the opening days of RAGBRAI this year.

The Des Moines Register, sponsor of the across Iowa bicycle tour for the past 33 years, reports temperatures soaring into the 100s over the weekend at the start in LeMars.

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More than 8,500 cyclists begin Seattle to Portland (STP)

Cyclists from 36 states left Seattle for Portland this morning for the 26th annual STP bike ride.
I couldn't join them this year, so I did the next best thing: I cycled over to Lake Washington early this morning and took pictures of all the fresh cyclists on their way out of town, like these two guys on their modified …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/07/09/more-than-8500-cyclists-begin-seattle-to-portland-stp/

Bike tour of pre-Civil War border wars

More than 200 bike riders begin pedaling through Bleeding Kansas today, reliving the border skirmishes that led up to the Civil War.
This is the first year of the “Border Raiders” bicycle tour, sponsored by Hog Back Ridge Bicycle Touring Co. in Lawrence. Cyclists will follow a 400-mile route through Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska. Bicyclists will visit the …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/06/25/bike-tour-of-pre-civil-war-border-wars/

Biking and building across the US

If it's a rest day on a cross-country bicycle tour for these college students, then they must be building a house.

That's what more than 100 participants in the four-separate Bike and Build tours are expected to do this summer. …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/06/21/biking-and-building-across-the-us/

Ride the Rockies starts today in Colorado

The Des Moines Register owns the granddaddy of all cross-state bicycle tours. The Iowa tour, RAGBRAI, has come to be known for its partying as well as the generosity of the host towns.

The Denver Post has its own, slightly less famous, Ride the Rockies, known for its breath-taking scenery as well as the leg-bursting climbs. …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/06/19/ride-the-rockies-starts-today-in-colorado/

53rd cross-country tour might be his last

Many cyclists dream about taking their first TransAmerica trip. Some dream about taking their second.
Thomas Beasley dreams that his 53rd will be his last.
The 36-year-old cyclist has crossed the US 52 times from north to south or east to west. As he rides, he stops in towns and cities along the way to raise money for multiple sclerosis….

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/23/53rd-cross-country-tour-might-be-his-last/

Time for bicycle tourists to thank the Trail Angels

Would you like to show your appreciation to someone who helped you on a bicycle tour?

Can you think of anyone who:
Took you in on a stormy night;
Let you camp in their back yard;
Gave you and your busted bike a lift into town;
Basically saved your butt on your last bicycle tour?

The Adventure Cycling Association is …

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RAGBRAI spaces filled; many other state tours available

If you applied for this year's RAGBRAI and didn't get in, you're not alone. More than 600 group or individual applications for the 33rd annual Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa are on the waiting list.
RAGBRAI organizers report that all 8,500 spaces were filled by lottery for the 523-mile ride across the state, from July 24-30. The lottery results are available online.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/05/ragbrai-spaces-filled-many-other-state-tours-available/

Bicycle Quote: Eating on South Carolina bike tour

“Everyone eats their own thing. Some people stop along the way at little diners and eat fried chicken and peach cobbler. That would have me puking the whole way home. Everyone is different.”

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Cross-country bicycle rider dies after “trip of a lifetime”

The day after completing his 2,400-mile “trip of a lifetime,” bicyclist Broc Bebout died on the way home in a van.

The Indiana cyclist and about 20 friends completed their five-week southern tier journey from Carlsbad, California, to Brunswick, Georgia, on Wednesday last week.

His wife told the Star Press newspaper that her husband had a great time. “It was the trip of a lifetime. We all have a list of things we like to say we did. That was right up there at the top.”

The 57-year-old cyclist had been a heart patient …

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