1,800 Miles of Dramatic Scenery and Challenging Terrain
The route will cross a wide variety of natural, rural, agricultural and industrial landscapes, including:
Eastern Highland Rim
Red Clay Hills
Arbuckle Mountains (hills)
Southern Great Plains/High Plains of the Texas Panhandle
Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field
Alternate possibilities for stages include: Ozark Mountains, Texas Hill Country, Llano Estacado (Palo Duro/Caprock Canyons region), San Juis Valley, Zuni Mountains, Plains of San Augustin, Gila Wilderness and the Turquoise Trail
The tour will pass near and stop in many interesting American cities, including:
Muscle Shoals, AL
Little Rock, AR
Hot Springs, AR
Fort Worth, TX
Lawton/Medicine Park, OK
Clinton/Elk City, OK
Las Vegas, NM
Santa Fe, NM
Many of the cities on the corridor are prominent tourist attractions and recreation communities. They provide visitors with many dynamic experiences and serve a wide variety of interests, from diverse cultures, historic and political events, and storied industries, to America's rich music legacy.
A map of the 2017 Tour de France displays the way multi-stage competitive cycling tours function. A road cycling tour on the Link Trail corridor will present similar opportunities and challenges, while highlighting many of the nation's best features.
Exciting Potential Stages
Tail of the Dragon
Mississippi Scenic Highway 315
The Great River Road Scenic Byway
Arkansas Scenic Byway 7
Talimena Scenic Byway
Wichita Mountains Scenic Byway
Dry Cimarron Highway
Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway
The Mountain Road (the High Road to Taos)
Carson National Forest (Tres Piedras to Abiquiu)
Iconic and Storied Places
Historic Route 66
Hot Springs National Park
Tupelo, MS (birthplace of Elvis Presley)
The Crossroads (Hwy 49 and Hwy 61)
U.S. Highway 61 (the Blues Highway)
Medicine Park, OK
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
Santuario de Chimayo (Chimayo, NM)
Taos Pueblo (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Santa Fe Square
Great Smoky Mountains (Appalachian Mountains)
National Grasslands (Black Kettle National Grassland, Rita Blanca National Grassland, Kiowa National Grassland)
National Forests (Holly Springs National Forest, St Francis National Forest, Ouachita National Forest)
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Rocky Mountains)
Rio Grande Gorge
The Link Trail corridor also provides access to many historic places and educational resources. View an overview on the Trail Details page.
A multi-stage competitive tour along the Link Trail corridor will attract the caliber of athletes who seek world-class
racing that is a hallmark by the Tour de France. Photo courtesy of Le Tour de France.
Like the Tour de France, competitors and fans on a tour across the American Heartland will witness spectacular scenery
and visit exciting places. Photo courtesy of Le Tour de France.
Though many of the best scenic routes will pass through natural and rural areas, some stages during the three-week race
will start and end in interesting communities along the cross-country route. Photo by Heidas.
To volunteer or support the prospect of a competitive cycling tour on the Link Trail corridor, please review the What You Can Do page.
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