Fast America South - Central
For the cyclist who cannot take 27 days off, but still wants to ride Fast America South, try our Fast America South - Central. The second section of Fast America South covers 923 miles in 8 cycling days (9 total). Climb over the mountains of northern New Mexico and through the vast ranch lands of the mid-south on your way from Albuquerque NM to Fort Smith AK.
Fast America South - Central begins with a climb over Glorieta Summit and roll down to Las Vegas, New Mexico. The western desert slowly gives way to the high plains as we spin eastward to 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 Ride heads up towards Kansas and Fast America South continues across the vast, gently rolling Texas Panhandle through Dumas, Texas, the site of the largest natural gas facility in the world. You'll ride along the immense Texas rangeland and sense what it must have been like to have breakfast from the back of a chuck wagon as you pass vistas where thousands of cowhands drove herds along the Chisholm Trail to railheads for shipments to eastern markets. Our next state is Oklahoma, once described by Will Rogers as, "The heart of America's existence." The first stop will be Elk City, once a rest stop for cattlemen driving herds along the great western trail to Kansas. Like those cowhands, you will also spend long hours in the saddle to Chickasha and McAlester during two long days that aren’t flat by any means. In Oklahoma, the state that has more horses per person than any other state, rangeland will give way to farmland as you cross the Main Street of America, Route 66. Farmland will turn to beautiful mountain ranges as you enter eastern Oklahoma for your second well-deserved day off in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
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 2016 or you’ll have to wait until 2018!
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.
START / FINISH
Albuquerque, NM to Fort Smith, AR
Join us in 2018!
Sunday April 29 to Monday May 7
ITINERARY / MILEAGE
Albuquerque, NM 0
Las Vegas, NM 137
Tucumcari, NM 109
Dalhart, TX 95
Pampa, TX 112
Elk City, OK 102
Chickasha, OK 119
McAlester, OK 144
Fort Smith, AR 105
115+ per day average
Breakfast and lunch included for all days except Day 0. Dinner is not included.