October 9-14, 2022




Oct. 10: Day 1 Clinton to Sedalia 36 miles
Oct. 11: Day 2 Sedalia to Boonville 36 miles
Oct. 12: Day 3 Boonville to Jefferson City 48 miles
Oct. 13: Day 4 Jefferson City to Hermann 44 miles
Oct. 14: Day 5 Hermann to Augusta 37 miles
Oct. 15: Day 6 add-on option 


To complete the entire Katy Trail, add one final day of riding 39 miles on Oct. 15 for $75. We’ll drop you off at Machens and you’ll ride back to Augusta. This will still be SAG-supported, but there will be no official BAM rest stop. You’ll go through St. Charles and Defiance, both of which offer restaurants, wineries, and breweries.


Why ride with Big BAM?

Pack up the babies. And grab the old ladies Everyone goes!


Like Neil Diamond said, everyone can go!


If you ride a bike, you can do this ride. We’ll pick you up if you wish to stop, at one of the 26 trailheads–most with water and restrooms–along the route or at other roads that cross the trails. We arrange other water and restroom stops, as well.

Even hard-core road riders should consider riding BAM on the Katy at least once. Here are all the reasons why BAM should be on your bucket list:

  • Ride for one day, three days, or the whole five days.

  • Any kind of tire will work on the hard-packed chat, from road tires to hybrids, to mountain bike or fat tires.

  • Cross the Majestic Missouri on dedicated bike paths twice, once at Boonville and once at Hermann.

  • Ride along bluffs and watch for eagles.

  • Enjoy beautiful Missouri scenery in a way you’ve never seen before: meandering streams, meadows full of wildflowers, farmland, pastoral farmhouses, mysterious woods, wetlands full of wildlife, 

  • Stop for a glass of wine or a cold one at wineries and breweries along the way. 

  • Visit some of the original train depot stations along the way.

  • See a unique lift bridge, which raised to let river traffic pass under.

  • An experienced bike mechanic will trail you on the ride. 

  • When you roll into the overnight town’s headquarters, enjoy a cold, free beer or other beverage.

  • Enjoy music and a BAM party every evening.

  • We shuttle you from your choice of where to park, at the beginning of the ride or at the end.

  • The BAM crew will hand out free water, sports drinks, and snacks at an extra stop each day, in between trailheads or at the trailheads, depending on how far the next trailhead is.

  • This is a ride, not a race. The Missouri Life staff have fun surprises and games planned at certain trailheads every day. (But you can still race forward if that’s the way you roll!)

  • Explore small towns and dine all along the way. Towns on the trail cater to our BAM and other cyclists. We always alert all of the towns and every restaurant that we are bringing a big group.

*Questions? Click here for FAQs and if you have additional questions, call 573-514-5453


You can ride solo or with your group. Register four people and get one free. Groups of 10 or more receive two free registrations and everyone on the team receives a free jersey.


To qualify, choose a group name and ask each individual to register as a group member. Once four people with the same group name have registered, please email us to let us know, and we’ll email you back with the coupon code for the free order you’ve earned. Once 10 people with the same team name have registered, please also email us at info@bigbamride.com.

Do you want to order a Big BAM Jersey?

The deadline to order a 2022 Big BAM Jersey is September 15. Order yours today and be ready to cycle across Missouri.


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Shuttle Information

Pre- and post-ride shuttle passes are $149. Riders can either park at the end location or the start location of the ride, depending on preference. Long-term parking will be available near the campsite. Long-term parking is included in the shuttle fee, and you will receive a dashboard pass for parking and the address for parking in an email.


The shuttle can transport bikes up to 60 pounds. We can take up to two 40-pound bags (including tents) per person.


Katy Trail Fast Facts:

  • The Katy Trail is a trail surfaced with ground limestone. The surface is very fine and does not contain large, loose rocks.

  • Because the Katy Trail was once a rail line, it contains no steep grades. While there is a noticeable elevation change, you won't encounter any steep hills.

  • The Rock Island connector to Pleasant Hill intersects the Katy Trail at Windsor. It's part of the former Rock Island Line which could become another Rails-to-Trails State Park soon!

  • Katy Trail State Park formally opened in 1999

  • This ride passes through lots of charming small towns, by wineries, cafes, and some of Missouri's most picturesque scenery.

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