Past events: 1989, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2011,2015 and 2017
San Diego, CA to Tybee Island, GA
Arrive: San Diego, CA Tuesday, September 7th
27 riding days 2,900 miles 107 miles per day
We start the tour riding a 75 mile day to the tourist town of Julian, California, located in the Volcan Mountains. Our next three days crossing the desert with 65-110 miles distances PAC Tour support includes plenty of ice and fluids.
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.
Each day offers new and varied terrain as we ride eastward. This tour is a epic highlight for your fall cycling season.
Depart: Tuesday, October 5th, Tybee Island, GA
2021 Southern Transcontinental
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 ranking
50 points = 2 ranking
No prepayment incentives for 2021
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.
PAC Tour will ship you a gear bag and water bottles - at least 6 weeks before the tour.