'Epic' cycling tour to debut in U.S.

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Tour d'Afrique, which pioneered the concept of multicountry, cross-continental cycling tours, is planning its first coast-to-coast, U.S. and Canada North American Epic, departing from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and concluding on Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Beginning May 29 and ending Aug. 28, guests will cycle 76 days. The total journey is 92 days, including 15 rest days and one travel day. The five-leg journey includes "The Wild West," San Francisco to Flagstaff, Ariz.; "Across the Great Divide," Flagstaff to Wichita, Kan.; "The Land of Oz," Wichita to Chicago; "Urban Pleasures," Chicago to Quebec City; and "Maritime Charm," Quebec City to St. John's. The trip can be booked with all or any combination of segments.

Highlights include the California coast, wine country, the Grand Canyon, the Rockies and other national parks before reaching the Midwest and the East.

The per-person cost for the full tour is $9,950 per person. Shorter segments are from $1,800. If payment of a full tour booking is made before Nov. 28, a discount of $500 is offered.

Tour d'Afrique also offers epic tours such as "Orient Express" from Paris to Istanbul; "Tour d'Afrique" from Cairo to Cape Town, South Africa; "Silk Route" from Istanbul to Samarkand, Uzbekistan; "Amber Route" from St. Petersburg to Venice, Italy; "Indian Adventure" from Agra to Kanyakumari, India; and the "Vuelta Sudamericana" from Buenos Aires to Lima, Peru.

The tours typically appeal to amateur and professional riders, said the company. Participants range from ages 18 to 80.

Retailers can email [email protected] or visit www.tourdafrique.com for more details.

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