North American Epic

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167 Day(s)
Moderate
14040 Km
avg 109 Km
Hosted

Tour operator:  TDA Global Cycling

An epic cycling journey from the Arctic Ocean to the Panama Canal

Cycling from the Arctic Ocean to Panama City will take you through 9 countries and countless variations in landscape, culture, language, cuisine and roads. We’ll experience Inuit culture in the far north, the hospitality of the indigenous people of Chiapas state in Mexico, the vast tundra of the Arctic and the endless beaches of El Salvador’s Pacific Coast.

Starting on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, the riders of the North American Epic will head across the expansive tundra, with a chance to spot moose, caribou, grizzly bears, peregrine falcons and golden eagles. They will ferry across the mighty MacKenzie, one of the world’s longest rivers, pedal across the Arctic Circle and visit the historic Gold Rush town of Dawson City. This section ends in Whitehorse alongside the Yukon River where thousands of fortune hunters trekked and sailed north during the 1890s.

The second section of this epic ride follows close to 1400 km of the scenic Alaska Highway, which was constructed during World War II for the purpose of connecting the contiguous USA to Alaska. Riders can also expect more opportunities to see large wildlife, such as buffalo and moose, as they head to a relaxing rest day in Fort Nelson.

In Fort St. John the second section ends and the 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 and through stunning vistas. 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 to visit 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 at the beautiful beaches of Cabo San Lucas.

From there, riders fly to Puerto Vallarta to begin the next section of the tour, Conquistadores. Over the next 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, including rest days at the heritage sites of old Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. The historic monument zone of Queretaro city is worth a visit, before we cycle as a Convoy de los Conquistadores y Cyclistas into Mexico City.

A couple days later the riders will continue their Mexican cycling experience, passing through Oaxaca, one of the country's most fascinating cities and on into the State of Chiapas, renown for the 1994 Zapatista uprising. The tourist mecca of San Cristobal de las Casas will provide a last taste of Mexican culture before the cyclists cross the border into Guatemala and a rest day at the incomparably beautiful Lake Atitlan. The final stretch will see the riders pedal into El Salvador and the end of the section on the windswept beaches of the Pacific Coast.

The last section of this incredible cycling expedition sees the riders dragging themselves away from El Salvador's world famous surf for a one day stop on Honduras' Tiger Island. Next up is Nicaragua with stops in Leon and Granada, two stunning colonial towns. Before they know it, they will find themselves sunning themselves on the white sand beaches of Costa Rica. Refreshed they now head south along the coast before turning up into the Talamanca Mountain Range and a final rest day un the shadow of Panama's highest peak, Volcan Baru.

Finally, the cyclists will spin toward, and then across, the amazing Panama Canal before and the end of this unbelievable two-wheeled journey. After celebrating with some cervezas it is time to say goodbye to the friends we have made, pack up our bikes and head for the airport enriched with memories to last a lifetime.

Information

Tour Location

Country:
Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, USA
Region:
British Columbia, Northern Canada, Mountains, South-West
From:
Tuktoyaktuk
To:
Panama City

Tour Information

Guiding:
Hosted
Support:
Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer, Bring your own bike
Duration:
167 Day(s)
Level:
Moderate
Accommodation:
Camping, Double Occupancy
Cost From:
USD 26900

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
14040 Km
Riding Days:
129
Month(s):
July, August, September, October, November, December
Departure:
July 7, 2021

Additional Information

Inclusions

105 Nights in hotels - 61 Nights of camping
Most dinners
Most breakfasts
All roadside lunches
Experienced chef
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced tour leader
Sweep rider
Bike mechanic
Medic
Tour jersey
Commemorative tour medal
Celebratory final dinner
Pre-tour information bulletins

Additional Info

Ride one or more sections or the full epic.

Booking Conditions

Registration fee of $150 USD to hold your place

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