Favorite Rides of The Bicycle Tourist

  • RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa)
  • 2014 will mark the 42nd ride of this annual tradition, which has become the oldest, continuous bicycle ride in the United States of America. Upwards of 20,000 people of every state and several countries from the around the world participate in this annual ride.

    More than 200 other rides have been modeled after RAGBRAI, the granddaddy of all week-long rides. In 36 years, RAGBRAI has passed through 780 Iowa towns, spent the night in 125 different overnight towns and with completion of the 25th ride in 1997, has been in all of Iowa’s 99 counties. RAGBRAI has been through 80 percent of the incorporated towns in Iowa.

  • GOBA (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure
  • GOBA is The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure - an annual one-week bicycle loop tour through Ohio, held each June. GOBA features a different part of Ohio each year, traveling through peaceful countryside and stopping at exciting tourist destinations. The week-long adventure offers fun, Ohio hospitality, and a challenging and rewarding vacation.

    GOBA's mission is to organize a yearly one-week bicycle vacation, in order to inspire independence and nuture personal growth; to learn about Ohio, it's people, geography, and history; to provide inter- generational recreation; to enhance the image of bicycling in Ohio; and to raise funds for bicycle-related projects in Ohio.

    Around 3,000 cyclists of all ages, from all across the country (and from outside the U.S.), participate each year, riding a 50-mile (average) route each day, through some of Ohio's most scenic areas. GOBA is a tour, not a race; most riders find plenty of time during the day for sightseeing, snoozing on the grass, and enjoying food along the way.

  • RAIN (Ride Across Indiana)
  • RAIN is a one day ride across the entire state of Indiana. The ride starts in Terre Haute, Indiana, on the Indiana/Illinois side of the state and ends in Richmond on the Indiana/Ohio border. This annual ride is set for Saturday, July 12, 2014. Any rider who completes the ride in less than 21 hours has his name recorded as an official finisher. Truly a ride for the dedicated cyclist.

  • BAK (Bake Across Kansas)
  • Biking Across Kansas (BAK) is an annual, eight-day, bicycle tour across the state of Kansas. BAK promotes health and wellness through bicycling, the history and beauty of the Kansas, and the warm hospitality of the Kansas towns and people.

    The very first Biking Across Kansas was launched in June of 1975. Inspired by the "bike boom" of the early Seventies, Larry and Norma Christie of Wichita decided that a ride across their home state would be fun. It would also serve as a pre-test for the Kansas section of the official Bikecentennial '76 cross-country route. (Bikecentennial, now called Adventure Cycling Association, sanctioned a bike route across America as part of the nation's Bicentennial celebration of 1976.) Less than 100 riders participated in 1975, but the numbers quickly grew into several hundred within the first five years.

  • STP (Seattle to Portland)
  • This 200-mile bicycle ride is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest, with up to 10,000 participants riding from Seattle to Portland in one or two days. The route takes you through the scenic valleys, forests, and farmlands of western Washington and Oregon. Come ride what Bicycling Magazine has listed as one of the best cycling events in the nation!

  • 2014 Cycle Zydeco
  • Join TRAIL and the original crew of Cycle Zydeco this spring April 23-27, 2014 for a fun 4-day cycling tour celebrating Zydeco, Cajun and Creole music and food. Cycle Zydeco continues to draw people from far and wide to Acadiana to enjoy our world-renowned food, music and natural beauty in addition to Louisiana hospitality. Cycle Zydeco is now promoted and managed by TRAIL (Transportation Recreation Alternatives In Louisiana) in conjunction with Lafayette Convention & Visitors Center, St. Martin Parish Tourist Commission and St Landry Parish Tourist Commission.