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Fast America Ride

Summary

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The Fast America Ride is an bike event for cyclists who want to see the U.S.A. fast. It is a most challenging and aggressive fully supported 33 day coast-to-coast bicycle tour. This tour gives advanced cyclists the opportunity to test themself and to see America in the best possible way!

Road bike
33 days
5545 km / 3446 mi
$ 8,200.-
  • Friendly experienced staff, mechanical support.
  • SAG stops (snacks, fresh fruit, sport drinks).
  • Good motels and hotels.
  • Breakfast and lunch included for all days except for 2 rest days. Dinner is not included.
  • It is also possible to do sections of this tour, contact us for more information and price.

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
33 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Challenging
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
160-180 km / 99-112 mi
Total distance
5545 km / 3446 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Basic hotel, half board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Not included
Dates
27 Apr 2019 - 30 May 2019
Start
Costa Mesa (13.00)
Finish
Amesbury (17.00)
Airport at start
Orange County John Wayne Airport (SNA)
Airport at finish
Portsmouth International (PSM)

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 8,200.-
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 1,650.-

Itinerary

Fast America departs from Costa Mesa, California. You will head over to the Southern California Coast at Newport Beach, dip your rear wheels in the Pacific Ocean and begin the trek across America. The route heads inland along the Santa Ana River to the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. After a little climbing you will have a fun ride down to the desert floor. You will then roll into Palm Springs for the first overnight. The next day includes substantial climbing up off the desert floor and cross Chiriaco Summit and east through the arid southern California desert just south of Joshua Tree National Park. The desert continues as the route crosses the Colorado River, the terrain flattens out and the landscape turns agricultural.

The terrain really becomes mountainous as we cycle up and over Yarnell Pass and through the Prescott National Forest and down through the town of Prescott. Crossing the Prescott Valley, you face the toughest climb of the trip, Mingus Mountain. Get ready for a fast and wild descent back to the desert floor. On the other side of Jerome, the switchbacks straighten out and give way to a nice straight descent. The climbing isn’t over yet as the route winds up through the red rock town of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. The ascent is intense but the views and vistas are worth every inch. The climbing ends for a while as we cycle through Flagstaff with a view of Humphrey’s Peak (12,663’) and get a rewarding descent on the way down to Winslow, Arizona where the Eagles will help you “Take It Easy”!

Next you cross the rural western desert plains where the terrain ranges from flat to intermediate rolling as you gradually descend for a few days. The climbing begins again when you pass the four corners, cross into New Mexico and roll up and over the Continental Divide. You cycle through the Acoma and Laguna Indian Reservations, conquer 10-mile hill, and finally experience an exciting descent into Albuquerque proper to complete your 136 mile day. By the time you reach Albuquerque, you have more than earned your first day off to get a little R&R, explore the city on your own, and get ready for one more day in the mountains.

Be prepared for a tough day after Albuquerque to Las Vegas NM with high mileage and the second biggest climb day on the tour. From there the terrain mellows to become flat as you ride eastward into Texas. It is in Dalhart, TX that your ride heads northward through the Oklahoma Panhandle to Kansas. Huge grain silos dot the landscape every 10-15 miles and serve as beacons to the next town as the ride makes its way through small towns across Texas and into Kansas. The winter wheat harvest and spring planting will be underway as the ride approaches Dodge City, the town where Matt Dillion and other famous lawmen kept the peace, there were more saloons than people, buffalo hunts served the military outposts, and longhorn cattle drives were the main commerce.

The terrain starts to get a little more interesting as the ride enters eastern Kansas but it’s just a taste of what’s in store in Missouri where the ride will enter an area appropriately named 1000 Hill State Park through the Flint Hills. After Missouri, the terrain becomes relatively tame through Illinois and Indiana. You won’t see real hills again until Ohio, Vermont, and New Hampshire. The landscape is a lot greener than what you saw in the West as corn will be starting to pop out of the ground and leafing-out trees start to dot the landscape. This is a long challenging leg so the second rest day in Springfield is always a welcome site.

After a well deserved rest day the ride continues into the great state of Indiana and through the town of Knightstown. You cycle nest into rural Ohio and the terrain will pick up and roll a little more before a short hop through the far northwestern corner of Pennsylvania along Lake Erie, the largest body of water the ride has seen since the Pacific. The final push rolls across upper New York State providing scenic landscape and rural roads north of the Finger Lakes region. From there the ride skirts the Erie Canal to Syracuse and Amsterdam and the final few days will include the Mohawk Pass, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range into Vermont. Vermont and New Hampshire are like roller coasters, but the terrain will settle down closer to the Atlantic Ocean. Your final few miles will take you Salisbury Beach where you will dip your front wheel in the Atlantic. A challenging ride...3450 miles in quick order

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