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Colorado's Multi-Day Mountain Bike Tours

By Ted Stedman - UPDATED by GreatOutdoors

Think of it as backpacking with a mountain bike through a variety of Colorado landscapes: these four outstanding multi-day rides will wear you out but leave you begging for more

A Journey Down the River Aare

Come along as editor Peter Potterfield follows the legendary River Aare as it flows from it’s headwaters in the glaciers of the Swiss Alps to Switzerland's capitol of Bern. We climb, hike, bike and raft alongside the Aare, as it changes its moods from mountain stream, to roiling whitewater to more tranquil stretches. The turquoise Aare defines Switzerland as it flows from the mountains to make its famous oxbow bend that embraces the city of Bern.

A Cycling Odyssey Through India

By Leigh Pate

Come along with our correspondent on an epic 4,000 kilometer journey by bicycle through the countryside of India, from Agra to its southern tip. Here, unexpected hazards--such as dangerous roads and being trampled by elephants--are more than balanced by interactions with the locals in the context of this exotic culture as it evolves mile by mile, region by region.

The High-Adventure High Life at Lake Chelan

From hiking to kayaking to mountain biking, the unique combination of mountains and water at Washington state's Lake Chelan creates unrivalled access to outdoor activities--months before the surrounding Cascades melt out. Outdoor fun combined with the civilized pleasures and fine dining of the world-class wineries make Washington state's Lake Chelan the perfect venue for early season adventures.

The Tour Divide: The World's Longest Off-Pavement Bicycle Race

By Leighton White

You’ve heard of the Tour de France bicycle race, but how about the Tour Divide? Read all about this incredible bike race down the spine of the Rockies.  Come along as correspondent Leighton White takes us on a totally unsupported ride from Banff to the Mexican border. White recounts the suffering of riding more than 2,700 miles and cranking up more than 200,000 feet of elevation. But he also describes  the kindness of strangers along the way, the camaraderie of his fellow riders, and the beauty of the landscape.

Riding the White Rim -- In a Day

By Leighton White

Most mountain bikers who take on  Moab’s classic White Rim Trail  do it as a two or three day ride with “sag wagon” support. But Colorado based Leighton White likes to do the entire 100-mile length of the trail in a single day to kick off the spring season. Follow along as White gives us a blow by blow, curve by curve description of this epic ride, despite broken spokes and a steep finish.


Biking the East Coast Greenway

By Harry Jaffe

All across America there are great biking trails and commuting trails--this path along the Patomac may be the best of both worlds.

Crested Butte's Trail 403

By David Nelson

You'll need better than average bike-handling skills for the 23-plus-mile loop through scenic Colorado.

Colorado Trail Singletrack

Sections of the 480-mile Colorado Trail near Denver offer some of the best single-track trail riding in the state.

Durango's Dry Fork Loop

By David Nelson

Several miles of creek-side trail with a gradual climb and a one-mile vertical haul of switchbacks--all close to town in the San Juan National Forest.

A Pearl of a Pass

By David Nelson

Crested Butte to Aspen via Pearl Pass--40 sensational miles of challenging backcountry for the seasoned mountain bike rider.

Hill Climbs

By Erik Scmidt

Want to be King of the Mountains? Test your mettle against the 'baddest' hill climbs in America.

A Santa Catalinas Challenge

By Chris Gould

Try out this 18-mile loop ride on the Arizona Trail. Your end-of-the-day exhaustion only mean you'll be coming back for more.

Kamikaze, Mammoth Mountain

By David Nelson

Mammoth Mountain near Bishop, California, is one of the oldest destination mountain biking areas in the nation, and the Kamikaze is a meteoric plummet off the top of the mountain.

Sonoita/Elgin Wine Country Rides

By Chris Gould

Combine a mountain bike loop with a tour of Arizona's wineries.

Western Colorado's Grand Valley

By Staff

Kokopelli's Trail reigns supreme for both hardcore adventurers and low-key cyclists looking for a fun day trip.

Four Women and the California Coast

By Colleen Swift

Leaving L.A.--a six-day bike trip up the coast to San Fransisco.

Lowry Air Force Base

By David Nelson

Here's a short, easy, flat ride on old runways in an abandoned military facility.

Meadow Mountain Loop

By David Nelson

The loop ride on Meadow Mountain is a good route for single-track novices and experts alike.

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