North Dakota has many scenic opportunities to get out and see the great outdoors. Ride in our open, clean air and gasp at the sights, which include rugged Badlands, rolling hills, spacious prairie and stream crossings. With low traffic and excellent country roads, North Dakota is full of great cross-country bike trips.
Cycling Around North Dakota In Sakakawea Country (CANDISC) is a 400-mile, week-long tour (not race) through some of the best scenery North Dakota has to offer. Held each summer during the first week in August and limited to the first 500 cyclists who sign up, it is for cyclists of all abilities from serious to family. Riders start at Fort Stevenson State Park near Garrison, travel between 50 and 100 miles a day, and spend each evening at a state or city park. www.ndparks.com/Trails/candisc.htm
The Adventure Cycling Association of Missoula, Mont., created the Lewis and Clark Bicycle Trail and publishes a comprehensive set of maps of cycling routes, historic sites, campgrounds and other important factors for cyclists traveling the state. The trail passes a number of historic attractions where Lewis and Clark left their mark. These sites include Double Ditch Indian Village State Historic Site, Fort Mandan Historic Site and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. http://lewisandclarktrail.com/trailadventures/bicycle.htm
Bike the Border is a three-day, 159-mile bicycle tour of north central North Dakota in June. Riders travel the rolling highways between Mohall, Kenmare and Sherwood, taking time to check out many of the fabulous scenic sites along the way. The route passes near a number of prime wildlife habitat areas. http://www.biketheborder.com/
The Ransom Ramble is a three-day family ride that has option for on- and off-road biking. The event, in September, takes riders from Lisbon in southeast North Dakota to Fort Ransom, Enderlin and McLeod. The route has 105 miles of paved roads with an opportunity to ride 55 miles of scenic backway and trails in the Sheyenne National Grasslands. http://www.ransomramble.com/