10 Bike Events You Should Look Into this Summer

Riding your bike can enrich your life more than simply getting you from point a to point b with significantly less traffic or make your legs look chiseled and buff.  This bike riding nation is packed with events filled with fun, new friends, and incredible memories—and the cool thing is, there is a little bit of everything for everyone.

Seattle Night & Day, Capital Hill Street Scramble, July 20th
This sweet race is combined with a scavenger hunt of sorts through 60 point-valued check points in Seattle that creates a unique tour experience for everyone involved.  Run, walk, or bike for 90 minutes, 3, 7, or 16 hours in competition.

, Ithaca, NY, July 25th-July 28th
This ultracycling event is four consecutive 125 mile rides, hence the intense name.  Circling all 11 finger lakes in 4 days, this race is definitely not for the faint of heart.

TBF Fall Bike Special, Granite Bay, CA, July 27th-August 10th
Three weeks of cycling workouts and seminars is really going to help you amp up your cycling level.  These seminars include everything from cadence to inspection and tune-ups.  Enjoy time meeting new people, how to care for your bike, and improving your bike skills.

Biking for Backpacks, Potacello, ID, July 27th  

Do something good for the community while you ride.  You can choose from a 13, 26, or 50 mile race that raises money for the backpack program of the Idaho foodbank, established for food insecure children K-6.

Pedal and Whine, Grass Lake, MI
, August 3rd
Routes of 7, 15, 36, or 65 miles takes you at your own pace to several wineries.  For $10, you can pre-register for a chef created lunch at Lone Oak Vineyard.

Photo from Bike MS

Bike MS:  Green Mountain Getaway, Burlington, VT, August 3rd:

This 2 day bike race is known for some of the most beautiful, undiscovered, cycling roads in New England.  Choose 20, 40, 75, or 100 miles on day one and 40, 75, or 100 miles for day two.

Critical Mass Rides

Started in San Francisco, Critical Mass generally happens on the last Friday of every month in cities the world round, and varies greatly from city to city.  It has been seen as a political statement, and has been known to get large enough to force traffic to stop, allowing riders to ride through red lights without interruption.

Paradise Ride Kauai, Hawaii, August 3-4

This 2-day ride is truly a journey through paradise.  Benefitting Malama Pono Health Services, you may design your ride and complete nearly as few or as many miles as you are capable of, up to 150 miles over the two days.

19th Annual Microbrew Mt Biking Festival, Parsonfield, ME, August 11th
Can you say Bikes and Beer?  This 3-day party includes sponsor giveaway, guided tours, and lots of brews.  What else could you ask for?  Live music?  Oh yeah, they’ve got that too.

Grand Canyon-Van I, August 30th

The Grand Canyon is a staple of American Culture and Adventure, and this camping tour covers 150 miles with tour guides.  Support vehicles transport gear, allowing riders to safely explore un-weighted.