RIDE THE ROCKIES
One of the most rugged cross-state tours, this year’s sold-out Colorado version (right),
from Telluride to Colorado Springs, features three scenic mountain passes and 20,400 feet of climbing over 513 miles.
June 8-15, www.ridetherockies.com
Inaugural weeklong event kicks off Sept. 7 with a challenging 400-mile loop starting in Orono and including stops in Belfast, Castine, Bar Harbor, and Bangor, with a cumulative elevation gain of 24,000 feet. Routes will change yearly. http://ride.bikemaine.org/
The 20th anniversary ride, in early spring 2014, will showcase northeast Florida’s back roads, trails, and beaches. Dates and stops to be determined.www.bikeflorida.org
The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, an annual seven-day, 470-mile ride
in July, is the oldest (since 1972), largest, and longest bicycle touring event in the world.
Day passes available.
July 21-27, www.ragbrai.com
RIDE ACROSS WASHINGTON
This year’s tour, themed “Pines to Vines,” takes 250 riders from near the Canadian border north of Spokane south to the Hood River with about 21,000 feet of climbing and spectacular scenery. Aug. 3-10, www.cascade.org
Due to a reporting error, an earlier version had BikeMaine’s kickoff date incorrectly stated. The weeklong event kicks off on Sept. 7.