We can tell from the number of inquiries we've received in the past several weeks that there is a great deal of interest in our event for 2022!  We are truly gratified by this level of interest, possibly the most we've ever had, and want you to know we are striving to be able to offer our tour once again as soon as it is safe and practicable.

And at the present time, those are indeed the key words-safe and practicable.  As we are sure most of you realize, planning, organizing, and managing an event the size of Ride the Fault Line is a complex undertaking that must begin many months prior to the actual date of the event.  So this past summer, with the "Delta variant" of the coronavirus running rampant, we had to make the difficult, but we feel wise, decision to once again postpone RTFL for the upcoming season.  Your safety, and that of the residents of the small rural communities we visit, was our overriding concern-but there were also many logistical roadblocks still in place resulting from the lingering effects of the original pandemic.  Communities, and those in charge of facilities large enough to serve as overnight accommodations, as well as food service providers, were and still are unwilling to guarantee that they will be able to serve our needs next summer.

Another consideration-we really want to avoid a repeat of the situation that occurred in 2020 when, by the time the virus caused major lockdowns in March, we had to refund the early season registrations of well over 100 cyclists.  This process was no fun-either for us or the prospective participants!

Additionally, reports we have from cycling events that chose to operate during 2021 indicate that attendance was way down, by as much as 75% from pre-pandemic levels.  This is below the "break-even" point.  So yet another reason for us to hold off investing thousands of dollars in planning and promotion to run the event in 2022 with there still being so much uncertainty as to what might happen next with the coronavirus and "omicron" or even newer variants. 

Finally (we hope!), damage from the December 10, 2021 tornado and associated storms has impacted certain sections of the route, with no clarity as to when restoration may be complete.  And obviously, there are more pressing concerns in the communities than being ready to host a bicycling event in 2022.  So........

Where do we stand now?  The plan is to wait it out in 2022, and barring further adverse developments with the pandemic, stage a spectacular "Tenth Anniversary"  Ride the Fault Line in 2023!  We hope you continue to follow our progress toward that goal both here on the website and on our Facebook page, Ride the Fault Line.  We welcome your suggestions on how to make the event the BEST!  We thank you for both your patience and your continued interest, and hope to see you here in the mid-Mississippi valley in 2023!  For further information or to make suggestions, please contact us:

email:     rmc5487@gmail.com

phone:    573.380.7875

​​MIDWEST CYCLOTOURING bicycle tours presents: Ride the Fault Line


While we've tried to make the information on this site as informative and comprehensive as possible, we probably didn't think of everything!  So feel free to contact us by email or phone if you have a question that's not been answered!

email:     rmc5487@gmail.com

phone:    573.380.7875

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