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Old 02-12-12, 11:27 AM
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Favorite Bike Tour in your Area?

I'm starting to discover some interesting bike tours around the country but have not found any definitive list of them. So I'm wondering since we have members here from all over the world what's your favorite bike tour in your area?
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Cycle Oregon. Annual week long, fully supported trek around a portion of the state. Route changes every year. Very well organized...a super fun and challenging vacation ride.
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Hotter'N Hell century (north Texas)... usually in the middle of August when temps are 100+. didn't ride this past year but some friends that did said it stayed a nice cool 105-ish for most of the ride.
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What sort of "bike tou"r are you talking about?

-- professional tour, like the Tour Down Under?
-- mass recreational rider tour like the RAGBRAI?
-- smaller local cycletouring club tour like the Golden Triangle put on by the Elbow Valley Bicycle Club or the Edmonton Bicycle Club?
-- local century like the Muddy Waters 100 or Tour de l'Alberta?
-- popular cycletouring route for individual cycletourists or small groups of cycletourists to travel, like the Icefield Parkway or Great Ocean Road?
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If you like nature... It's in Charlevoix, Québec.

My goal for this year is to do this : https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/64808438

There a cyclosportive on this track, but I don't know the name, I think it "Tour de charlevoix"...

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Not in my area, but a few years ago my wife and I tried a Vermont Bicycle Tours cycling trip to Martha's Vineyard, which was pretty nice.
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I like TOSRV in Ohio, and Blue Water Ramble in Michigan. Our Multiple Sclerosis rides are good. Rode Seattle to Portland(last year) and it was great but there can be some riders that you need to stay away from.

You can contact the Westerville Bike Club as a good source of information. Shari H (their secretary) is an excellent rider and good resource.

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Originally Posted by Machka
What sort of "bike tou"r are you talking about?
Larger rides for anyone that have 500+ riders riding. Like the TOSRV the suggestion above.
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Bike Florida is a nice annual tour. This years tour is the "Forgotten Coast Tour" (March 24th to the 30th) and is a 514 mile ride with some added options to increase/decrease the miles traveled. It starts and ends in Tallahassee.

We also have several MS 150 rides but they are only two day rides, if that counts.
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Bicycle Tour of Colorado

There's another couple I haven't done yet:
Ride the Rockies
Colorado Rocky Mountain Bicycle Tour
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Tour de France, Paris Roubaix, Tour de Flanders. Although this is my first full cycling season in Belgium, I am hoping to hit them all up this year.






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I've never done it, but I've heard good things about the Horsey Hundred in Lexington, KY.

I hope to ride the Redbud Ride way down in London town. Kentucky, that is. Just depends on family obligations. It's supposed to be beautiful.

I'm planning on the RAIN ride this year (ride across Indiana, about 160 miles).

I've done OKHT several times. Nice ride, although the century leg can make grown men cry. Lots of cookies, and bananas, and ice cream, and pie.
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Originally Posted by Dudelsack
I'm planning on the RAIN ride this year (ride across Indiana, about 160 miles).
I did it last year. The first 100 miles was a lot of fun but then the heat set in. I'm going to wait and see what the temps will be this year.
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There is one in southern Illinois called Tour de Shawnee, that is a good ride. Nice hills, great scenery and in the fall so it isn't too hot. I don't know how many it attracts but there are enough riders that you never feel you are riding alone.
Another one in East Prarie Missouri called Tour de Corn. This one is flat, even the century, but it has good rest stops and is a fun ride. Attracts about 800 riders.
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Can't say it's my favorite since I haven't managed to get in yet but the LOTOJA (Logan to Jackson Hole) has to be the best in my area. 190 miles in one day of beautiful scenery. Hopefully I will get in this year.

A nice one I did last year was a Fondo out of Park City. The organizers sucked but the ride itself was awesome. 35 miles of climbing through some of the prettiest mountains around.
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Originally Posted by valygrl
Bicycle Tour of Colorado

There's another couple I haven't done yet:
Ride the Rockies
Colorado Rocky Mountain Bicycle Tour
We are thinking of doing the Colorado Rocky Mountain Bicycle Tour this year. It starts in Pagosa Springs, Co. August looks like a good time to ride in the San Juan Mtns.
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Originally Posted by Da Sherm
Tour de France, Paris Roubaix, Tour de Flanders. Although this is my first full cycling season in Belgium, I am hoping to hit them all up this year.
Unfortunately some brainiac scheduled the tour versions of the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix on the same weekend this year. Last year I did both of them because they were a week apart.
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Great suggestions everyone! I created a list, let me know if you have any new ones. https://proambike.com/biketour_granfondo_etape
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i luv ridin on the mup so ya.....tour da mup?
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tosrv -(Swan River Valley) missoula montana, 8 lakes leg aches- spokane wa, there are severall other oganized rides in the spokane area as well whose names I can't remember if you want more info send msg. there is a lot of great ridng around her that can be easily self guided as well

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Originally Posted by beingcre8tive
Great suggestions everyone! I created a list, let me know if you have any new ones. https://proambike.com/biketour_granfondo_etape
here are some more local ones to me.

Metropolis, IL - Kiwanis holds a ride called the "Superman Ride" - June 9th.
Sikeston, MO - Cotton Ramble - October 13th.
Mayfield, KY - Bike Around Mayfield BAM - July 4th.
Vienna, IL - Taste of Tunnel Hill trail ride - June 2nd.
Paducah, KY - Misaligned Minds 100 bike tour - September 15th.
Clarksville, TN - Sunrise Century bike tour - September 1st.
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If you're talking centuries, in our area these are key ones:
3 State 3 Mountain in Chattanooga on May 5, Up the Creek without a Pedal in Rome, Ga., on May 12, and the Harpeth River Ride in Franklin, Tenn., which I believe is June 2. All are fun and well-supported events.
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Originally Posted by RJM
here are some more local ones to me.

Metropolis, IL - Kiwanis holds a ride called the "Superman Ride" - June 9th.
Sikeston, MO - Cotton Ramble - October 13th.
Mayfield, KY - Bike Around Mayfield BAM - July 4th.
Vienna, IL - Taste of Tunnel Hill trail ride - June 2nd.
Paducah, KY - Misaligned Minds 100 bike tour - September 15th.
Clarksville, TN - Sunrise Century bike tour - September 1st.
i'm also from western KY, i've rode several of these last year. i would like to try the tour de corn for my first century but i have a new job and i work almost every saturday now. hopefully i can be there. my buddy rode the harpeth river ride last year when lance was there, he loved it and is going back this year. does anyone know if lance will be there again this year?
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Amstel gold race tour edition is a lot of fun too.
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