Past events: 1989, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2011.
San Diego, CA to Tybee Island, GA
Arrive: San Diego, CA Saturday, September 7
27 riding days 2,876 miles 107 miles per day
We start the tour riding a new route with a 75 mile day to the tourist town of Julian, CA. in the Vulcan Mountains. Our next three days cross the desert are planned with 65-110 miles distances that include plenty of ice and support.
The days climbing the mountains of Arizona offer some of the best scenery and challenging riding of the tour. The climbs up Yarnell Hill and Mingus Mountain are both memorable accomplishments. We will include plenty of local history across New Mexico and riding on old sections of Route 66 in Texas and Oklahoma.
We stay at several upscale resort hotels including the La Posada Harvey House in Williams, AZ and the Talimena Lodge in Arkansas. Each day offers new and different terrain as we cross the country. This tour is a good highlight for your cycling season while riding from Coast to Coast.
Depart: Friday, October 5 from Tybee Island, GA
Southern Transcontinental Usually runs in September
This is a new rating system to help you compare different PAC Tour events. For example: One hundred feet of vertical climbing is equal to about one mile of riding distance. We have also considered other variable such asriding in prolonged heat over 85 degrees and other geographic challenges. This rating system is not exact because the same tour from year to year will always have variations in wind, rain and other factors. We have also included the "Weirdness Factor" which can make a tour more challenging such as riding in the high elevations of Peru or the rough roads on Route 66.
Mileage + Climbing (100'=1 pt.) + (heat, wind, other challenges)
PAC Tour Difficulty Rating: 8 out of 10
Suggested riding speed 13-17 mph including stops
250 points = 10 ranking
200 points = 8 ranking
150 points = 6 ranking
100 points = 4 rankin
50 points = 2 ranking
Current Payment Incentives
Pay $500 by December 1st and receive a Historic Lon & Susan DVD set that includes 6 hours of television documentaries from their cross country cycling records. You will also receive a new PAC Tour cycling hat made from Cool-Max fabric with the classic Red, Yellow and Black PAC Tour design.
Pay $1000 on March 1st and receive a PAC Tour commemorative from in stock items that may include – Columbia Travel shirts, Sierra Design Micro Jackets, REI Flashbags and/or Columbia Fleece Jacket.
Rider count is taken 60 days before the start date of the tour and then final payments can be calculated and paid. PAC Tour will notify registered riders of the final costs for each tour.
After receiving the deposit (within 45 days) PAC Tour will ship you a gear bag and water bottles - plus any early payment incentive.