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The wide range of landscapes in North America makes for excellent riding. If there isn’t a tour running to a site, there is a local cycle club that makes the trip regularly. Great trail conditions, well-marked trails and a bike shop in every small town…what more could you ask for? Desert. Green hills. Alpine lakes. Volcanoes. Coasts. Near Arctic. This region has it all.

  1. Molass to Durango, Colorado This larger-than-life, 60-mile backcountry run is extreme in every way from the skill level involved to the scenery. This is a difficult trail that only the advanced of the advanced should attempt.
  2. Surveyor’s Ridge, Oregon You’ll need to power through an intense climb on this empty trail to get a good view of Mount Hood, but it’s well worth the effort.
  3. Canadian Rockies Banff National Park, wildflowers, glaciers, emerald lakes, and much, much more, Ay.
  4. New Mexico Ride through Georgia O’Keefe country while tackling a number of different routes. Start in Albequerque, Taos, or Sante Fe and take off to search for ranches, mining towns, and the Anasazi Cliff Dwellings.
  5. Grand Canyon, Arizona Make your way to the South Rim via the Ponderosa Pine Forest covered Arizona Trail. One of the best ways to see the Grand Canyon.
  6. Jones Creek Loop, Colorado Durango isn’t finished just yet. This 30 mile trail offers serious climbing, rivers, meadows, and downhill runs through ski resorts and creeks.
  7. Utah Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks are both fair game for the serious expert or adventurous amateur.
  8. Turkey Mountaain, Oklahoma This run outside of Tulsa (yes Tulsa) is one of the best in the west. It’s a vast trail network that ranges from intense climbs to flat, easy trails.
  9. Porcupine Rim Trail, Utah This trail has a little bit of everything: stunning views, easy access from Moab, drops, climbs, sand, and much more.
  10. Vail, Colorado Experience a ninety percent down hill road on a world famous slope.

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