Tag: across state bike tour

RAGBRAI co-founder passes

John Karras, who co-founded the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, died Wednesday. He was 91.

John Karras

Together with former Des Moines newspaperman Donald Kaul, the two bicycle enthusiasts took off on a cross-state bicycle ride in 1973. Announcing their intention in the Register, they were shocked when 100 people showed up to …

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Across-state and multi-day bike tours listed here

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve updated the state-by-state list of Across-State and Multi-Day bicycle tours. Some states have none, but most have multiple rides. I’d estimate there are more than 100 rides listed.

By popular demand (a few requests over the years), I’ve also listed the rides in a calendar and agenda format. …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2017/12/15/across-state-and-multi-day-bike-tours-listed-here/

Elevation gain — Cycle Oregon vs. Ride the Rockies

Which week-long bicycle tour has the most elevation gain — a 457-mile ride along the Pacific Coast in Oregon or a 403-mile bicycle tour over five Rocky Mountain passes in Colorado?

If you guessed Cycle Oregon’s 457-mile option, you’d be correct.

The 2016 Ride the Rockies summits at least five high altitude mountain passes, totaling …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2016/02/28/elevation-gain-cycle-oregon-vs-ride-the-rockies/

More bike route announcements for across-state summer tours

Across state bike ride organizers are firming up routes and overnight host cities for many of this summer’s week-long bicycle tours.

You may hear more about long-distance bicycle tours this summer as this marks the 40th anniversary of the first Bikecentennial bike rides in 1976.

Here’s a quick list of across-state bike tours that have …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2016/02/11/more-bike-route-announcements-for-across-state-summer-tours/

Across state bike tour takes a cue from Hollywood

You gotta applaud any effort to make a cross-state bicycle tour more fun, interesting, and relevant than it could be on its own.

So I’m tickled to learn that the theme for RASDak (Ride Across South Dakota) is the “Grit and Bear It Ride.” It commemorates the saga of local frontiersman Hugh Glass, whose escapades …

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RAGBRAI bike route across Iowa announced for 2016

If you’re considering to ride in the grand-daddy of all across-state bicycle tours — RAGBRAI — this summer, organizers announced this year’s route at the annual gala on Saturday night.

The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa is July 23 to July 30, so don’t worry, all the corn pone from this year’s primary …

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Bicycle traveler gauges nation’s sentiments – 1 person at a time

A 60-year-old Massachusetts author and architect is traveling across the US by bicycle to ask the question: How will we live tomorrow?

Why do the polling by bicycle? Paul E. Fallon answers that question in a recent column he submitted to the Seattle Times:

“A guy on a bike is like a woman in …

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The Big BAM in Missouri brings music to the ears of bicyclists

About 1,000 bike riders are taking part this week in the newest across-state bike tour — The Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri).

The 300-mile cross-state ride got underway on Monday in Rock Port and finishes on Friday in Canton. Along the way, the cyclists will be visiting the host towns of Maryville, Albany, Unionville, and …

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Biking Across Kansas celebrates 40th anniversary ride bike tour

In the summer of 1975, Gerald Ford had been living in the White House for about a year, The Captain and Tennille topped the charts with “Love Will Keep Us Together,” and a 10-speed steel bicycle was pretty much the cutting edge of two-wheeled technology.

Also that summer, a group of fewer than 100 cyclists joined Larry and Norma …

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