Cycling in the USA

Cycling Across the US

By Kenny Stocker

The U.S. cycling stories are an untamed ride through America’s trails. Each story twists with wild landscapes and epic journeys that leave you yearning for more.

The United States is a cyclist's playground, offering a myriad of opportunities for adventure on two wheels. From the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the sprawling vistas of the Great Plains, and the rugged coastlines of the Pacific, the US is a tapestry of diverse terrains waiting to be explored. Whether you're into mountain biking, road cycling, gravel grinding, cycle touring, or bikepacking, the US offers an unparalleled adventure cycling experience.

Mountain Biking: Trail Bliss

The US is home to some of the world's most iconic mountain biking destinations. Moab, Utah, with its red rock landscapes, offers legendary trails like The Slickrock and The Whole Enchilada - perfect for those seeking technical rides and breathtaking views in the mild spring weather. Meanwhile, the Pacific Northwest provides lush, forested trails in areas like Bend, Oregon, and Bellingham, Washington, where the melting spring snow reveals miles of scenic singletrack.

Road Cycling: Coast to Coast

Road cyclists have an abundance of routes to choose from, ranging from scenic byways to challenging mountain passes. The Pacific Coast Highway, stretching from California to Washington, offers stunning ocean views and a cool breeze perfect for spring rides. For those seeking elevation, Colorado's Rocky Mountains provide climbs like Independence Pass, which becomes accessible in late spring, offering a challenging ascent surrounded by the beauty of thawing alpine landscapes.

Gravel Biking: Off the Beaten Path

Gravel biking has surged in popularity in the US, with spring offering the perfect conditions to explore the country's vast network of gravel and dirt roads. The Flint Hills of Kansas host the Dirty Kanza, one of the most challenging gravel races, which takes riders through 200 miles of rolling prairies. In the East, Vermont's Green Mountains offer serene gravel rides through quaint villages and maple forests, with the melting snow making the terrain accessible and inviting.

Cycle Touring: Discovering America's Heartland

Cycle touring in the US can take many forms, from coastal expeditions to cross-country journeys. The Adventure Cycling Association's TransAmerica Trail is a bucket-list route for many, stretching from Oregon to Virginia and passing through the heart of America. Spring is a great time to start this journey, as the milder weather and longer days allow cyclists to fully immerse themselves in the diverse landscapes and communities along the way.

Bikepacking: Wilderness Adventures

For those looking to combine cycling with camping, the US offers endless bikepacking opportunities, especially in spring when the natural world awakens. The Arizona Trail, a challenging route that traverses the entire state from Mexico to Utah, offers a mix of desert landscapes, canyons, and forests. The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, crossing the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico, is another epic journey that becomes increasingly accessible as the snow clears in spring.

Embracing the Spring Cycling Season

Spring in the US opens up a world of adventure cycling possibilities, from the deserts of the Southwest to the mountains of the Rockies and the forests of the Northeast. Whether you're looking for a leisurely ride through the countryside, a challenging mountain trek, or a multi-day bikepacking expedition, the US offers an adventure for every cyclist.

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