Fast America Ride

Fast America Ride is an event for serious cyclists who want to cross the U.S.A. Fast! It is an aggressive and very challenging fully-supported 33-day coast-to-coast bicycle tour that travels from Costa Mesa, California to Amesbury, Massachusetts. From the natural beauty of the southern Sierras and Rockies to spectacular river crossings of the Arkansas and Mississippi, each day is a unique adventure in itself.

Costa Mesa, CA to Albuquerque, NM

Fast America departs from Costa Mesa, California. We will head over to the Southern California Coast at Newport Beach, dip our rear wheels in the Pacific Ocean and begin the trek across America. The route then heads inland and follows the Santa Ana River to the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. After a little climbing to get over the San Andreas Fault, we will be rewarded with a terrific ride down to the desert floor. We 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 continues 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. Up again, we ride through the Prescott National Forest and down through the town of Prescott. Crossing the Prescott Valley, we tackle 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, gaze at 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 we cross the rural western desert plains where the terrain ranges from flat to intermediate rolling as we gradually descend for a few days. The climbing begins again when we pass the four corners, cross into New Mexico and roll up and over the Continental Divide. We cycle through the Acoma and Laguna Indian Reservations, conquer 10-mile hill, and finally experience an exciting descent into Albuquerque proper to complete our 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.

Albuquerque, NM to Springfield, IL

The toughest day on paper is the first 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 we ride eastward into Texas. Up until this point, both of America by Bicycle’s fast rides follow the same route. It is in Dalhart, TX that Fast America South stays south and Fast America 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. We don’t see real hills again until Ohio, Vermont, and New Hampshire. The landscape is a lot greener than what we 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.

Springfield, IL to Amesbury, MA

After a well deserved rest day the ride continues into the great state of Indiana and through the town of Knightstown where the movie Hoosiers was filmed. If you have time, you can stand on the basketball court where Hickory’s home games were shot. Next, rural Ohio awaits 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. Our final few miles will see us ride to Salisbury Beach and dip our front wheel in the Atlantic. A challenging ride...3450 miles in quick order

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Register online for the ride of a lifetime. Make your commitment today. Then start your training and get ready for a bicycle ride you will never forget. Remember once you arrive at the ride start city, let America by Bicycle take care of all the details. You just ride your bike everyday and explore America. Get ready for real cycling adventure. Plan your cycling calendar now and don't miss the training window. America by Bicycle offers this tour every other year. Be sure to sign up in time for 2017 or you’ll have to wait until 2019!

You will need to show us you are training and physically ready for the challenge. Plan to ride an organized local century ride (higher mileage events are encouraged) no later than one month from the start of the event. Upon completion, send America by Bicycle a copy of your entry form and timecard.  If the event does not time or have an official timer, get a representative of the host organization to sign your enrollment form with your time. All participants must be able to complete a century in 6 hours riding time. If you cannot confirm your ability, you may not be allowed to participate on this event. Don’t hesitate calling the Ride Director with any questions.

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Trip Details

START / FINISH
Costa Mesa, CA to Amesbury, MA

DAYS
33 days

DATES
2018
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2019
Saturday April 27 to Thursday May 30

ITINERARY / MILEAGE
Day 0
Costa Mesa, CA  0

Day 1
Palm Springs, CA  116

Day 2
Blythe, CA  133

Day 3
Wickenburg, AZ  115

Day 4
Cottonwood, AZ  102

Day 5
Winslow, AZ  107

Day 6
Gallup, NM  134

Day 7
Albuquerque, NM  136

Day 8 - Rest Day
Albuquerque, NM  0

Day 9
Las Vegas, NM  136

Day 10
Tucumcari, NM  108

Day 11
Dalhart, TX  95

Day 12
Liberal, KS  113

Day 13
Dodge City, KS  82

Day 14
Great Bend, KS  83

Day 15
Abilene, KS  130

Day 16
Topeka, KS  109

Day 17
Cameron, MO  120

Day 18
Kirksville, MO  120

Day 19
Quincy, IL  91

Day 20
Springfield, IL  106

Day 21 - Rest Day
Springfield, IL  0

Day 22
Tuscola, IL  77

Day 23
Lebanon, IN  120

Day 24
Richmond, IN  107

Day 25
Marysville, OH  105

Day 26
Wooster, OH  103

Day 27
Warren, OH  98

Day 28
Dunkirk, NY  139

Day 29
Batavia, NY  82

Day 30
Liverpool, NY  121

Day 31
Amsterdam, NY  118

Day 32
Keene, NH  124

Day 33
Amesbury, MA  116

TOTAL MILEAGE
3446

DAILY MILEAGE
111+ per day average

MEALS
Breakfast and lunch included for all days except for 2 rest days. Dinner is not included.

2019 PRICES
$5550 (Triple)
$7200 (Double)
$8850 (Single)

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