Companions Wanted

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Each year, hundreds of cyclists grab their maps, plan their tours, pack their panniers or trailers, and head for the open roads and trails of America. Many of these intrepid two-wheeled travelers would like to have company for the journey. If you're looking for a touring companion for your adventure, here's the place to start. The cyclists below are all members of the Adventure Cycling Association, and they're getting ready to pack up and take off.

Please note: Adventure Cycling assumes, but cannot verify, that the persons advertising here are truthfully representing themselves. You should always take some time to meet your prospective traveling companions and discuss your tour plans before you begin your travels together.

This is not a service or space for cycling personal ads nor is it a cycling dating service. Nor is it a space to advertise commercial bike tours. We will only post ads that are not commercial in nature.

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Cross Country

TransAmerica Trail 2021

Created: Nov 9, 2020

Hey, I'm Missy. I'm 27. I'm looking for a companion to ride the TransAm east to west May/June 2021. I'm a recently furloughed flight attendant trying to take advantage of my career break. I'm an avid cyclist and have wanted to do this since college, but I am a bit of a touring novice. I love to camp, hike, and bike so I plan to camp and stay at cheap inns. I would like to average around 75 miles a day or more. I am open to male or female partners.

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Southern Tier

Created: Nov 9, 2020

Hi, I'm Elena! I'm planning on cycling the Southern Tier route from the East Coast to the West Coast in February 2021 (or somewhere in that general timeframe). I'm hoping to find a female or femme-identifying companion to join me. The goal is to do roughly 65-80 miles a day and stay at hostels/motels along the way. I'm very flexible on distance ridden/lodging along the way — just looking for someone who is excited to make this journey and enjoy the experience!

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Cross Country

Created: Oct 22, 2020

I'm a senior cyclist with lots of touring behind me, most of it solo or with one or two companions; mostly unsupported but staying in motels (rode across the U.S. in 1999). I'd like to leave from somewhere in early June in the mid-Atlantic and hit the Pacific either in California or Oregon. Riding 60–90 miles/day staying in hotels/motels, with rest days as needed. I ride a Giant Road e+, carrying a 2nd battery to extend range. Good bike: look up the specs. I know that this is a tour not a training ride, so don't worry too much about speed.

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2021 Cross Country

Created: Oct 19, 2020

60-year-old UK male looking to do ride coast to coast in 2021 subject to the travel ban being lifted. Willing to consider any routes. I completed the van-supported Adventure Cycling Pacific Coast ride last year. I would probably prefer motel-type accommodation but would consider alternatives. Mileage averaging 60+ per day. Flexible on any of above — would be good to get away.

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Mid-country ride

Created: Sep 9, 2020

Plan is to start from Oceanside, California. Go northeast through through Las Vegas to Utah. Then bike through that state going to Colorado. Kinda follow Highway 70 going through Denver. Proceeding to Kansas City then ending on the East Coast in Virginia Beach. Plan to stay overnight in motels. Travel 50-75 miles a day. Thinking start date around May 1, 2021.

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TransAmerica Ride Spring / Summer 2021

Created: Aug 7, 2020

I'm looking for companion(s) to join in riding the TransAmerica Trail in spring/early summer of 2021. I am new to bikepacking but am reasonably fit and would be looking to do ~80 miles daily and potentially stopping for multiple days in towns of interest along the way. I would like to do a mixture of camping and motel/hotel sleeping. I'm relatively flexible on timing and route so reach out if this sounds of interest.

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Diagonal across the USA

Created: Jul 27, 2020

Looking to ride diagonally across the USA, from Bellingham, Washington, to Key West, Florida, starting in June 2021 (flexible on start date), staying in motels/hotels (warmer showers and comfortable beds every night) and eating out (no cooking or camping). Looking to ride 90 to 120 miles depending on motel locations — just looking for some cycling fun. eBikes are welcome

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TransAmerica Trail July-October 2021

Created: May 18, 2020

Hi, I'm Steven, 35 years old living in Manchester, England. I have decided that, all being well with the world, I want to take a career break next summer and cycle the TransAmerica Trail from Astoria to Yorktown. I am looking to find a companion for this trip, it will be much safer and smoother with a partner and also life experiences are so much better when shared. Will be wanting to talk and get to know the person beforehand to ensure that we are on the same page. Will be looking at rented accommodations along the way, and I intend on spending circa 80–90 days completing the task along with plenty of time for experiences as well as cycling. Would love to hear from you. Thanks, Steven

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NORTHERN TIER 2021

Created: Apr 13, 2020

In the early stages of planning for a mostly Northern Tier ride beginning in spring 2021. I'm 60 and an experienced solo long-distance tourer (longest ride up to now 3,000 miles), but think I would like some company for this one. Would prefer to go east to west; I want to save the big mountains for the final part and like the sun on my back in the morning. Typically do something around 60+ miles a day, depending on terrain and weather, and usually do a mix of camping, cheap motels, and Warmshowers. I'd also be open to folks who wanted to ride part of the ride with me rather than the whole thing. Get in touch and we can talk it over and begin making plans. Remember – If Not Now, When?

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Europe

Barcelona to Sicily

Created: Nov 13, 2020

I'm planning this ride for next September. Starting in Barcelona and going via Lake Garda to meet up with some friends for one week, then continue down to Sicily. I would like to plan on 60 kilometers per day, plus or minus. I am 70 and love bike touring. The trip will require day-to-day flexibility as we may decide to explore en route or take an extra day to eat some fantastic local food or drink some exceptional local wine. A really good sense of humor would be very handy. Camping and Warmshowers will be our stops at the end of the day.

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France - Eurovelo 6

Created: Sep 15, 2020

I'm looking for a partner (prefer female) to join me for a 670-mile ride across the Loire Valley of France from Basel, Switzerland, to Saint-Nazaire. May 1–30, 2021. Average 35 miles per day with plenty of time for photography and sightseeing. Staying in small hotels and B&Bs.

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Ireland and Northern Ireland

Created: Jun 22, 2020

I'm taking a four-week trip along the rugged western coast and outlying islands of Ireland and Northern Ireland in June-July 2021. I'd like to have another sociable, adventurous cyclist over 35 join me for the most enjoyable bicycle touring in Europe. 40-50 miles a day. B&B overnights. Sporadic daily rain, pleasantly cool temps, and occasional rays of sunshine. Narrow, lightly traveled rural roads lace the countryside, making it easy to pick and choose our routes. The Irish West is a unique cultural-immersion and scenic experience: the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking regions), great beers, good food, ancient ring forts, stunning mountain passes, colorful towns and villages, lively trad music in the pubs and exceptionally friendly people.

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Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Late Summer/Fall Great Divide Route 2021

Created: Aug 5, 2020

I'm planning on riding the GDMBR in 2021 from either Jasper or Banff to Mexico. North to South. Start late July/early August 2021 and finish by Mid-October 2021. Looking for fellow riders for all or some of the adventure. If we take one day off each week, we would need to average 47 miles per day. I'm not looking to tear it up, but rather survive and enjoy the trip.

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Great Divide - North to South - Late Summer

Created: Jun 15, 2020

Planning on riding the divide south from the tip of the U.S. to as far as I can get, weather wise, starting somewhere between Aug 15 - Sept 1. I've done many 1-2 week on road tours — excited to be off the road this summer.

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Mid-Atlantic

Boston to Florida starting mid-October

Created: Sep 25, 2020

Anyone interested in biking from Boston down to Florida this fall, starting mid-October? I have a pretty loose itinerary, but am planning on taking the East Coast Greenway from Boston ---> DC and then connecting to the TransVirginia Trail (550-mile gravel trail) from DC ---> Damascus, Virginia. After that, kind of piecing together some routes down to Florida that make sense/are safe. Self-supported, mostly camping with some Warmshowers.org thrown into the mix, and looking to do anywhere between 60–80 miles a day. Looking for someone to ride with for short-term or long-term period of the trip, very flexible. Hit me up if you are interested!

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Midwest

Ohio region tours (Midwest)

Created: Aug 14, 2020

I'm 61 and new to cycling. Ex-rower. Just completed Cincinnati to Cleveland ride. Average 60-65 miles a day. Hotels and B&Bs for lodging, although I did buy camping gear. Seeking female companion to try other routes like Erie Canal, or C&O towpath into DC.

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CO to IL in 2021

Created: Jun 19, 2020

Mid-60s male looking for companions to ride from Colorado to Illinois. Leaving Boulder or Fort Collins, Colorado, area in mid-July 2021. Heading east on low-traffic paved roads with a goal of meeting up with the not-yet-announced RAGBRAI start point in time for the beginning of that ride on July 25, then riding RAGBRAI across Iowa, followed by riding across Illinois to a finish in the Chicago area. Plan to average steady, not fast, 60-80 miles per day (upper end with tailwinds, lower end with headwinds), with one or two rest days. Mostly camping, but maybe staying in an occasional hotel. Ideal would be to have enough people so that we could get rest by taking turns driving an accompanying car that would carry all the overnight gear.

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Harbor Country weekend cycling companion(s) wanted

Created: Feb 19, 2020

66-year-old experienced (but not very fast and out of shape) cyclist looking for riding partner(s) in the Three Oaks / New Buffalo, Michigan area, or in nearby Indiana. Most weekends. Early morning rides, 30 miles early in the season to 60 miles or more in the fall. Centuries. Also interested in a ride around Lake Michigan, when I can get the time off.

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North America

Senior Cycling Extravaganza

Created: Oct 13, 2020

66-year-old cyclist interested in weeklong tour somewhere in Norte Americano in summer 2021. Possible locations include PNW, Colorado, Upper Michigan, Lake Champlain, St. Lawrence River way. Open to any style riding as long as it's fun and non-competitive. Got ideas? Let's hear them!

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Northeast

MA Berkshires Spring 2021 – mellow, safe touring

Created: Oct 23, 2020

Experienced cyclotourist seeks 4-5 like-minded companions for safe and comfortable town-to-town, inn-to-inn tour of Berkshires/Pioneer Valley. Like minded means: you enjoy backroads, breaks every few hours to visit local cafes/diners & talk to locals, discovering artsy NE towns, and sharing the challenges and joys of the journey with a small group. This means largely riding as a group, especially in any challenging/highway segments (i.e. within 200 ft or so of each other in h'ways), committing to entire trip. 45-60 mile days, 2000 ft + elevation gain, Need some experience with multi-day tours. Target speed 11-14 mph, lower in hills. Planned route c 5-6 days, April or May 2020, including North Adams (MASS MoCA), Lenox, Amherst. Covid safe.

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MA 5day Wachusetts-Quabbin-Pioneer Va-Berkshires April 2021 w commuter rail

Created: Oct 19, 2020

Join lover of safe cyclo-tourism & intermodal transportation in 5/6 day half-circle of MA starting in Wachusetts (MBTA) and ending in Worcester (MBTA). (Trip designed to make possible getting to/from start/end via commuter rail from Boston). See Lake Quabbin, Pioneer Valley, Berkshires; stay at hotels. Route (tent.): Day 1 (Boston-)Wachusetts MBTA-TBD- Day 2 TBD-Shelbourne Falls; Day 3 Sh. Falls- Adams-Williamstown; Day 4 W-town- Pittsfield/Lennox; Day 5 Pittsfield/Lennox – Amherst; Day 6 Amherst-Worcester MBTA (-Boston). April 2021 (4/17-21 to coincide with MA school recess???); joint rides this fall. Moderate pace (avg speed 12 mph on flats, lower in hills); lots of breaks. Must be committed to entire route & to riding as group.

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Northern New England Riders

Created: Oct 2, 2020

Two "senior" cyclists seeking ride companions for local day rides and occasional multiday trips. Not fast but determined. We are in western Maine but also enjoy a good road trip to ride a new area, MA, NH, VT, NY, CT as COVID rules allow. Maybe we can start a regular riding group.

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Northwest

Northwest cycling

Created: Nov 12, 2020

58-year-old fit woman in Puget Sound region seeks companions with whom to cycle in Washington. Weekends ideal but schedule has some flex. Touring conditions, between 35–50 miles per day at sightseeing speeds. Preference for cycling in rural areas, and on recreational trails, the less cars the better.

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Looking for Local Riding and Touring Partner(s)

Created: Nov 10, 2020

I'm a 56-year-old man, experienced with local tours. I'm retired now and would like to find a like-minded man or men that like to tour local on short trips, while preparing for long-distance touring. An ideal riding partner would be a retired guy with flexible time. I like camping or motels, and will use either when touring. I live in Skagit County, Washington, and would consider developing a riding friendship with anyone within a day's drive. I enjoy both paved and gravel touring. I'm capable of limited singletrack if I need to use it to connect to gravel roads, but I am not a proficient trail mountain biker, so I usually avoid it when I can. I like gravel and standard paved road touring, and love to use rails-to-trails whenever possible.

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Willamette Valley to Crater Lake

Created: Sep 18, 2020

I'm planning an 8-day tour from Myrtle Creek, Oregon, up to Diamond Lake and Crater Lake, and back down the Umpqua Valley to the start. Either inns and rental houses, or camping, 60–70 miles per day with one rest day. I'm a recently retired professor with many years of riding experience, but now starting to slow down ;-). Dates flexible; I've had to reschedule because of the disastrous fires. Early October would be ideal if that's possible. If you are potentially interested, even if we have to postpone until the spring, please get in touch.

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Pacific Coast

San Diego - Santa Barbara

Created: Sep 30, 2020

I am planning on doing a San Diego-Santa Barbara biking before 2021 and looking for a companion to do this. I am open to camping or not. I can do 50 miles and more daily pedaling.

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Pacific Coast Route three-day trip

Created: Sep 28, 2020

I plan to ride the southern-most section of the Pacific Coast Route from San Juan Capistrano (SJC) to the border of Mexico from December 26–28 using the Pacific Surfliner train to SJC. Camp at South Carlsbad SB and Sweetwater Regional park. Biking the coast, Mission Bay, Bay of San Diego. Return train from San Diego. Approximately 45 miles a day. I'm a 62-year-old male with a Long Haul Trucker with a fair amount of touring experience. Would welcome a companion and share costs of camping. Tom

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College student Pacific Coast 2021

Created: Aug 10, 2020

I'm a college sophomore taking a gap year for the 2020-21 school year due to online classes, and I'm hoping to ride the Pacific Coast route in its entirety in spring 2021! I spent the summer working in a bike shop and am a pretty experienced cyclist, my longest tour being a cross-country ride of about 3,200 miles from GA to CA last summer. Most of my touring has been fast-paced, and I'd love this one to be a bit more chill. I'm still hoping to ride at least 60 miles a day but want to take time to explore places as we pass through, maybe stop to hike, etc. Planning on camping, cheap inns, Warmshowers, and staying with friends. I would love to ride with another college student or recent grad taking time off!

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Southeast

Bicycle Ride Around Arkansas (BRAA), March 28,2021

Created: Nov 17, 2020

This self-contained ride with camping along the way is March 28 - April 2, 2021. We will cook a few meals on your own in camp but mostly eat out. The ride is flat to slightly hilly and will go through Magnolia, El Dorado, Moro Bay State Park, and Smackover. We begin and end at Camden, Arkansas. No fee other than membership in ArkansasBicycleClub.org and your meals and share of the campsites.

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Lake Greeson Arkansas Tour Feb. 12-15, 2021

Created: Nov 17, 2020

The ride will begin at Glenwood, Arkansas, and go to Murfreesboro and around the lake with motels along the way and diners. No ride fee other than being a member of ArkansasBicycleClub.org

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Tandem captain seeks visually impaired stoker

Created: Feb 18, 2020

I bike over 6,400 miles a year, about a third of it on a tandem. I am seeking a visually impaired person or other handicapped person who would enjoy the opportunity to bike with me as a "stoker" in Tampa Bay area. I have seen this offered in NYC, DC, and Cali, but not in Tampa Bay. Video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=730343804125600. Blind Stokers Club (BSC) enables biking for visually impaired http://blindstokersclub.org. To see samples of rides I do with my St Pete based club check out Pinellas Pedalers, a Meetup group with 1,049 cyclists. https://www.meetup.com/Pinellas-Pedalers. I am listed as Paul S on those rides. I could bring my tandem to the stoker's choice of our group rides.

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Southwest

The Fool's Loop, Arizona

Created: Nov 25, 2020

I'm skipping Christmas! With the virus raging there is no better time to go on a self-supported off-road bikepack. I plan to do the Fool's Loop in Arizona (see Bikepacking.com for info) between Christmas and New Year's 2020. I can be flexible on the start date. I am a 58-year-old male, slow but strong rider with off-road touring and camping experience.

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Southern California Gravel Training Partner(s)

Created: Nov 12, 2020

Retired male who frequents California is looking for someone to do some local/semi-local Southern California (San Diego?) day gravel rides with to get back in shape. I just finished putting together a new gravel bike and am anxious to use it. Hopefully, I can do a gravel tour in the near future such as the Cycle the Divide – Montana or similar.

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