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North American Epic
Tour Location
Country:
Canada, Mexico, USA
From:
Anchorage, Alaska (USA)
To:
Anchorage, Mexico City
Tour Information
Guiding:
Guided
Support:
Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer, Mechanical
Duration:
117 days
Level:
Moderate-Advanced
Terrain:
On Road
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
On Request
Tour Distance & Dates
Riding Days:
95
Month(s):
Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Departure:
July 12 - November 5, 2019
Tour Operator:
TDA Global Cycling
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North American Epic

117 Days Moderate-Advanced

Starting at latitude 61 degrees north, the riders of the North American Epic will head across Alaska and join up with the fabled Alaska or Alcan Highway bound for the Yukon Territory, known as Canada’s land of the Midnight Sun. With minimal human population this first section provides a serene ride and the possibility of viewing the larger animals (moose, bears, caribou, wolves and more) that call the North home. This section ends in Whitehorse alongside the Yukon River where thousands of fortune hunters trekked and sailed to Dawson City during the famous Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s.

The second section of this epic ride follows close to 1400 km of the Alaska Highway, which was constructed during World War II for the purpose of connecting the contiguous USA to Alaska. Legendary for being a rough, challenging drive, the highway is currently paved over its entire length, although cyclists can expect a few rougher stretches due to construction work and periodic flooding. Riders can also expect more opportunities to see large wildlife, such as buffalo and moose, as they head to a relaxing rest day near the Liard Hotsprings.

In Fort St. John the second section ends and third begins with riders pushing towards the resort towns of Jasper, and a little further down the road, Banff. Riding the world-famous Icefields Parkway past Mt Edith Cavell, the Columbia Icefields and serene Lake Louise it will be hard for cyclists not to stop every kilometer or so to stand in awe of their surroundings. After some rest the group heads out from Banff towards the Canada-USA border. It’s time to seek more open space, more wildlife and less human population. Montana, one of the least-densely populated states, is next on the trip as riders pedal on to Helena.

From Helena to Moab, from the forests of the north to the deserts of the south, riders will watch the landscape change as they begin their ride along the continental divide. The next 2 sections, The Great Divide & Canyonlands, will take riders down the middle of the United States and across the paths of multiple national parks and bucket-list monuments. The route takes you along fabled highways #128, #191 and #163 where the stunning vistas will inspire you. The tour is scheduled so that riders spend their well-deserved rest days near amazing national parks where they can wander among the fins, spires, pinnacles, arches, and balanced rocks that make the area so unique. Carved over the years by the wind and water, Arches National Park & Canyonland National Park inspire a sense of wonder among all who visit. Additional rest days provide the opportunity for a guided tour of Yellowstone Park where riders will likely see herds of bison, fields of hot springs and the world’s most renowned geyser, Old Faithful.

The cyclists’ time in the USA is almost over by the time they reach Yuma, Arizona and suddenly it will be time for another border-crossing. Welcome to Mexico and welcome to the beach! Margaritas, sun and some beach camping will make a fine change for weary riders. A couple weeks down the Baja California peninsula ends in the bustling city of La Paz.

From there, riders will take a ferry across to Mazatlan to begin the last section of the tour, Conquistadores. Five days of riding following the coastline of the Pacific Ocean will leave plentyof time for the cyclists to enjoy seafood, Coronas and tequila in the touristy town of Puerto Vallarta.

Over the final two weeks riders will pedal deeper into the culture of Mexico. As they make their way towards the capital there are plenty of opportunities to explore the country’s history, such as the colonial towns of Guanajuato State, which include the heritage sites of old Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Once we arrive at our final destination, Mexico City, it is time to say goodbye to your new cycling friends and head home with enough memories to last a lifetime.
Accommodation
Camping, Hotel / Guesthouse
Single Supplement:
Inclusions
138Freshly prepared camp meals
54Restaurant meals
95Roadside lunches
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced Tour Leader'Sweep' Rider
Bike Mechanic
Tour jersey Celebratory final dinner Pre-Tour Information Bulletins
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