Want to ride for a reason this year? There are hundreds of major bike rides sponsored by various foundations throughout the US where the top goal is fund-raising, often through a system of pledges for participating bicyclists.
Here are short descriptions and links to the major events. The bicycle ride series include Multiple Sclerosis, Leukemia, Lung, Diabetes, and LiveStrong bike tours. Others, such as the AIDS Lifecycle and Pan Mass Challenge sponsor one event.
If the dates for the charity bike ride are not updated below, check out the website link. Generally, the rides are scheduled within a few days of each other year to year. Here, in no particular order, are some of them:
Charity bike ride series
The Tour de Cure is a series of rides in some 80 cities in 44 states nationwide, starting as early as March, so register early. In 2011, more than 55,000 cyclists participated in the rides, raising more than $18 million. One-day events of 10 to 100 miles. Dates: The rides for 2015 are listed by state at the website. These are just a few:
Connecticut Tour de Cure — Five route options of 7 to 100 miles leaves from the Durham Fairgrounds. Date: June 14, 2015
New England Classic –– Two rides start from Woburn, Massachusetts. The 150-mile ride tours back roads and seacoasts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. (There’s also a week-long, 500-mile version of the bike ride that explores Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.) Dates: NEC 150 – July 11-12, 2015; NEC 550 – July 11-17, 2015.
Tour de Cure – Oregon/SW Washington – Five options between 5 and 100 miles. All leave from Hillsboro Stadium. Date: July 25, 2015.
Tour de Cure – Seattle (Woodinville) — Five bike rides, including a 15-mile family friendly ride, a 25-miler and more challenging 45-, 70-, and 100-mile routes. Starts at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery. The 100-mile bike course goes all the way to Granite Falls. Date: May 31, 2015
Tour de Cure – Spokane — Five options, comprising a family friendly 4 miles, and 12, 25, 50 and 100 miles. Meets at Northern Quest Resort & Casino. Date: May 16, 2015.
Tour de Cure – California — There are 6 Tour de Cure bike rides listed for California in 2015. They are: Del Mar – April 18; Long Beach – April 26, 2015; Palo Alto – June 7, 2015; Yountville – May 3, 2015; Rocklin – May 30, 2015; Orange County, Oct. 24, 2015. Others to be announced.
Ride 2 Defeat Diabetes (R2D2) — Oct. 4, 2015 Route options of 10, 25 and 60 miles for participants for this bike ride benefiting diabetes programs at the NorthBay’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. Starts at VacaValley Hospital, 1000 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville. Register at Active.
A number of state chapters for the American Lung Association sponsor fund-raiser bike rides. Begin searching by going to “In Your Community” US map, which supplies links to local websites by state. Look for the “Events” tab. Just a few events:
Clean Air Challenge (Alaska) — A one-day bike ride with classic views of Denali Range and Talkeetna Mountains celebrates 31st year in 2015. Options of 10, 26, 60, and 100 miles. Date: May 9, 2015.
Reach the Beach (Oregon) — Ride starts in four locations: Portland (100 miles), Newberg (80 miles), Amity (55 miles), and Grand Ronde (28 miles). Date: May 16, 2015.
Ride Around the Sound (Washington) — Sept. 19, 2015 Fourth annual bike ride from Seattle to Kitsap Peninsula. The one-day charity ride for the American Lung Association features three different lengths within a scenic loop around the southern Puget Sound, ending with a finish party in Bremerton. Rides of 92, 73 and 38 miles.
Big Ride Across America — A 7-week, fully supported cross-country bike tour that leaves from Seattle on June 15 – Aug. 2, 2014.
Autumn Escape Bike Trek (Massachusetts) — A 160-mile bike tour along Cape Cod from Plymouth to Provincetown; includes many miles on the Cape Cod rail-trail. A 2-day, 105-mile option is also available. Dates: September 25-27, 2015.
Amgen People’s Coast Classic (Oregon) The fund-raiser for the Arthritis Foundation is a 363-mile bike ride down the coast of Oregon, from Astoria to Brookings. The fully supported six-day tour is primarily camping, but participants can get other lodging information. Breakfasts and dinners also provided. Also, 2- and 4-day rides are possible. Dates: Sept. 12 – 19, 2015.
Arthritis Foundation’s Amgen California Coast Classic The ride is a 520-mile, 8-day bike tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Riders can experience sun, rugged coasts, quiet beaches, lighthouses, giant forests, and famous wineries. The ride is a 8-day, 520 mile tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Dates: (8-day) Sept. 26 – Oct. 3, 2015.
Marin Headlands Arthritis Bike Classic (California) Three bike route options start in Kentfield to explore the scenic Marin Headlands. Date: July 11, 2015.
2014 Mid Atlantic Classic Bike Tour (North Carolina) The bike tour offers one-day, two-day, or three-day options in North Carolina’s wine country. Maximum mileage is the three-day 225-mile bike tour. Full support and three meals a day. Dates:No dates for 2015
The ride supports volunteers form one-on-one relationships with persons with intellectual disabilities to increase self-confidence, encourage social inclusion and enable lifelong friendships. Boston to Hyannis Port, MA — May 30, 2015; Carmel to San Simeon, CA — Sept. 12, 2015; Washington DC — Oct. 17, 2014, and Miami — Nov. 20, 2015.
Bike and Build (Cross country)
Ten teams, mostly comprised of college students, raise money for affordable housing and bicycle across the US on different routes, stopping along the way to provide hands on help at construction sites. 2012 is its 10th year. The bicyclists ride about 75 miles a day and share chores on the van-supported ride. (Read more about Bike and Build and sign up early)
Breakaway from Cancer (California)
L’Etape du California celebrates a stage of the Amgen Tour of California to raise money for four non-profits involved in the battle against cancer. In 2014 it is Stage 8 in Thousand Oaks. Date: No 2015 dates.
Climate Ride (NYC-DC, Michigan and California)
Four Climate Rides will be offered in 2015. Cyclists learn about the climate crisis and how to take action from expert speakers and get to meet others with similar concerns. Proceeds support projects and jobs in clean energy and education. Dates: California North Coast (Fortuna to San Francisco) – May 17 – 21, 2015; Glacier Ride (Glacier National Park, MT, to Waterton National Park, Canada) – July 7 – 12, 2015; Northeast (Bar Harbor to Boston) Sept. 17-21, 2015; and Midwest (Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago) – Sept. 27-30, 2015.
Cycle for Life (Cystic Fibrosis)
The Cycle for Life bike rides raise money for research and treatment for cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of some 30,000 adults and children in the US. The fund-raisers typically feature a one-day bike ride with several mileage options. To find a ride, go to Activis CF Cycle for Life. There, you will find dozens of charity bike rides. Check early to register. Among those that are coming up…
California — Activis Cycle for Life features rides with options of about 25 to 65 miles.
Portland (Beaverton) — June 28, 2015
Washington state — Activis Cycle for Life features rides with options of about 25 to 65 miles.
Seattle CF Cycle for Life (Woodinville) — July 26, 2015
Tri Cities CF Cycle for Life (Richland) — Aug. 22, 2015
Get Your Guts in Gear (Crohn’s and Colitis diseases)
GYGIG raises awareness of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and related conditions through cycling events. Over the past 11 years, 25 rides in 6 states have raised more than $1.5 million. In 2015, 1 or 2 day options are offered; 100, 62.5, or 30 miles on Saturday and 10 or 30 miles on Sunday.
New York — Hudson River Valley June 13 & 14, 2015
Ohio — Sandusky Aug. 15 & 16, 2015
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat 500 Bike Ride More than 100 cyclists in this charity ride for Habitat for Humanity tour a different area every year. Southern Minnesota is the location in 2010. They visit and help at worksites that provide affordable housing for people, as well as conduct interviews to raise awareness about housing issues. Dates: July 12-18, 2015.
The foundation raises funds for Type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) research through a number of “JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes” bike rides. Seven are scheduled for 2014:
Burlington, VT — July 23-26, 2015
La Crosse, WI — Aug. 13-16, 2015
Lake Tahoe, CA — Sept. 11-14, 2015
Death Valley, CA — Oct. 15-18, 2015
Greenville, SC — Oct. 22-25, 2015
Nashville, TN — Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 2015
Tucson, AZ — Nov. 19-22, 2015
LiveStrong Challenge bike rides (Lance Armstrong Foundation)
Fund-raisers for Livestrong Foundation, which offers support to cancer survivors. Some of these are Livestrong events, while others are partnering with Livestrong.
2015 TD 5 Boro Bike Tour, New York City — Date: May 3, 2015.
2015 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango, Colorado — Date: May 23, 2015.
2015 RAGBRAI, Iowa — Dates: July 19-25, 2015.
2015 Ride for the Roses — Date: Oct. 16, 2015
2015 Livestrong Challenge Ride — Date: Oct. 18, 2015
MS Bike Rides (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)
The MS Bike Rides sponsor more than 100 bike tours in the US in 2014. Last year, cyclists accumulated more than 10 million miles on the rides, that generally are about 150 miles. Overnight activities are planned for the longer rides, with camping, high-school gyms, or local hotels. . See a list of all the MS Bike Rides. Among them are these tours in Pacific Coast area:
Bike MS Explore Willamette Valley (OR) Date: Aug. July 31, 2015
Bike MS: Ride the Sky 2015 (Bozeman, MT) Dates: Aug. 15, 2015
Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic (Mount Vernon, WA) Dates: Sept. 12, 2015
Bike MS: Cycle the Silver Valley 2015 (Kellogg, ID) Date: Sept. 19, 2015
California, Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride 2015 Date: Sept. 26, 2015
Bike MS: Coastal Challenge Santa Monica to Santa Barbara — Dates: Oct. 10, 2015
Davis Phinney Foundation The winningest American cyclist sponsors teams on organized bike rides to support those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.. In addition, cyclists can form their own challenge bike rides to raise funds for Parkinson’s disease. Also, learn how to create a fund-raising bike ride.
New England Parkinson’s Ride (Maine)
Four ride options of 10, 30, 50 or 100 miles to raise funds for the The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Rides start at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Date: Sept. 12, 2015
Pedal for Parkinsons — Sept. 27. 2015 Three options of 5, 25 or 50 miles leave from Revolution Bike Shop in Solano Beach to support research projects currently underway at Scripps Research Institute and Scripps Clinic in San Diego. Live music, food and refreshments offered.
Bike rides benefit Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, which is researching a cure for the debilitating, life-shortening neuro-muscular disorder. Dates for 2015: Davis, California — May 30, 2015; Denton, Texas — April 12, 2015; Channahon, Illinois — July 19, 2015; Philadelphia — Oct. 11, 2015; Orlando — Nov. 1, 2015.
Ride to Defeat ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
Go to Ride to Defeat ALS website for rides in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington.
Oregon Ride to Defeat ALS – July 18, 2015 Bicyclists can chose 25-, 50, or 100-mile options for this fund-raiser charity ride that starts in Mt. Angel, near Salem. Benefits efforts to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease
Snohomish Ride to Defeat ALS (Washington)— July 25-26, 2015 This two-day bike ride along the Centennial Trail in Snohomish County raises money for the ALS Foundation to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. Overnight camping at Flowing Park or River Meadows Park; lodging at Inn at Snohomish.
Napa Ride to Defeat ALS (California) – Sept. 26, 2015 Options of rides from 10 to 100 miles; all begin at the Yountville Veterans Home.
Massachusetts ALS Ride — September 27, 2015 This charity bike ride for treatment of Lou Gehrig’s disease — Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) — rolls out with 4 options of 10 to 70 miles, starting in Wayland, Mass.
Team Hole in the Wall (Camps for children facing serious illnesses)
Connecticut — Angel Charitable Trust is an awareness and fund-raiser for the Camp Hole in the Wall Gang’s Hospital Outreach Program. Two days from Northwestern Connecticut to overnight in Norfolk in Mystic. Dates: May 23-24, 2015.
Team in Training (Leukemia and Lymphoma)
Instead of sponsoring century rides, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society creates teams that train and raise pledges for participation in local and regional events. More than $700 million has been raised since 1988. Look for the Team in Training website from the donation page, or check out the Team in Training webpage and insert your zip code.
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (cross-country)
4K for Cancer is a cross-country fund-raising drive for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. The 4,000-mile bike routes leave from Baltimore for destinations in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and San Diego. Participants are chosen on a first-come basis after interviews.
Baltimore to Seattle — May 31 – Aug. 8, 2015
Baltimore to Portland — May 31 – Aug. 8, 2015
Baltimore to San Francisco — May 31 – Aug. 8, 2015
Baltimore to San Diego — May 31 – Aug. 8, 2015
The group provides bicycles to individuals and groups in developing nations to help in productivity and provide better access to healthcare and education. Also trains bicycle mechanics in those areas.
50- Mile Ride (California) Mountain bike ride with options of 50, 25 and 10 miles in the hills east of Irvine. Meets at Foothills Ranch. Date: April 25, 2015
Bike the Drive (Chicago, Ill.) Bike as much of the 30-mile course on Lake View Drive as you like. Course is closed to motor traffic. Date: May 24, 2015
Red-Bell 100 (Washington) A 100-mile ride from Redmond to Bellingham presented in conjunction with the Cascade Bicycle Club. Limited to about 600 cyclists. Minimum pledge. Date: June 27, 2015.
Rebecca’s Private Idaho A 50- or 100-mile mountain bike course on gravel and dirt roads across the rugged mountainous landscape of Ketchum, Idaho. Led by endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch.
Date: Sept. 5, 2015.
Soldier Rides are fund-raisers for WWP that help veterans restore their physical and emotion well-being and enable the public to ride alongside and honor men and women in the military. Check the website to register for upcoming rides.
Individual charity bicycle rides
Abused and neglected children
Tour de OC (aka Tour de Orange County )— April 18, 2015 Bikes rides of 100, 55 or 25 miles to raise funds for abused or neglected children. Meets at Vanguard University, Costa Mesa.
AIDS Lifecycle (California)
The fund-raiser is produced by and helps benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center i. This year’s 545-mile ride is scheduled from May 31 – June 6, 2015. Register soon; participants must raise a minimum $3,000.
AIDS Ride for Life (New York)
Entering its 17th year, this is a fully supported bike ride around Cayuga Lake in central New York state with 42-, 85- and 100-mile options beginning in Ithaca. Raises funds for Southern Tier AIDS program. Registration begins in March. Date: Sept. 12, 2015.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (Pennsylvania)
Alex’s Million Mile Run.Walk. Ride. — A collective effort to run, walk, and ride 1 million miles in the month of September to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Date: Sept. 1 – 30, 2015
Ride to End Alzheimers, based in Devens, Massachusetts, features a 2 mile Family Ride as well as 30 mile, 62 mile, and 100 mile route options through Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, followed by post-race food and prizes. Benefits the Alzheimer’s Association in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Date: July 18, 2015.
American Cancer Society (Ohio)
The Pan Ohio Hope Ride is a four-day, 328-mile bike ride that rolls across-state from Cleveland to Cincinnati. Overnight at college campuses in Wooster, Otterbein, and Wittenburg. Raises money for ACS’s Hope Lodges. Dates: July 23-26, 2015.
Autism (CHAFE 150 – Sandpoint, Idaho)
CHaFE 150 — The sixth annual 150-mile bike ride raises money for families dealing with autism. Starting in Sandpoint, the cycling route rolls through northern Idaho and western Montana. There’s also an 80-mile option. Limited to 500 cyclists. Sponsored by the Sandpoint Rotary Club. Date: June 20, 2015
Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program
BORP Revolution Ride — Sept. 26, 2015 Five routes offered through the Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley to raise money for adaptive sports and recreation programs. Options of 5K to 65 miles. Starts at Trentadue Winery in Geyserville. Presented by Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program in Berkeley.
Bike Tour for Cancer (Illinois)
The Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center in Freeport, Illinois, is the beneficiary of the Bike Tour for Cancer. The annual ride offers route options of 20, 30, 75 or 105 miles on lightly traveled roads in northwestern Illinois. Date: June 27, 2015.
Bo Bikes Bama ( Alabama)
Bo Jackson leads this charity bike ride of 22 or 62 miles to raise funds for the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund. The Heisman Trophy winner created the ride in response to the deadly tornado outbreak of April 2011. Starts on campus of Auburn University. Date: May 2, 2015.
Brain Injury Alliance (Connecticut)
Tour of Lights Bike-a-Thon 2014 This charity bike ride provides options of 62 miles or 25 miles to raise funds for the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut, which supports brain-injured clients and their families. Check website for 2015 events
Cross-country bicycle tours raise funds for the James Miller MS Clinic in Charlottesville, VA. Four choices — Northern Tier, Southern Tier, TransAmerica and Tour Divide. Date: Tours begin late May and early June 2015.
California Bicycle Coalition
California Dream Ride (formerly California by Bike Surf ‘n’ Turf Tour) is a California Bicycle Coalition sponsored ride that rolls down the coast from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Proceeds go to the Better Bikeways campaign, advocating for more funding and improved design for bikeways in California, and the Give Me 3 campaign, created to promote awareness of the Three Feet for Safety Act that went into effect in September 2014. Lodging, rest stops, SAG and mechanical support are provided. Dates: Oct. 30 – Nov. 4, 2015.)
Camp Korey (Carnation, WA)
Camp Challenge Ride — Cyclists can raise money for the programs at Camp Korey by participating in the Flying Wheels Century rides, presented by the Cascade Bicycle Club. See details at the website. The camp is a member of the Serious Fun Children’s Network, founded by Paul Newman. Date: May 30, 2015.
Center for Integrative Care (Boulder, CO)
B Strong Ride celebrates cancer survivors and funds cancer care at the Center for Integrative Care at Boulder Community Hospital and the George Karl Foundation. Three options: mountain loop (69 miles), countryside loop (24 miles) and children’s loop (1 mile). Features a post-ride party. Date: Aug. 8, 2015
C’oeur d’Fondo (C’oeur d’Alene, Idaho)
Cyclists of all ages and abilities can participate in this Lake Coeur d’Alene bike ride. Four options of 108, 84, 37 and 10 miles; the longer rides go around the lake. Benefits the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation. Date: Sept. 26, 2015
Camp Make A Dream (Montana)
Ride Around the Pioneers in One Day (RATPOD) is a 130-mile fund-raiser loop bike ride that encircles the Pioneer Mountains, starting in Dillon. Registration for the popular ride opens on March 1; 650 cyclists maximum. Date: June 27, 2015 (register early; this one fills up).
Central Coast Classique – Supporting Uniformed Officers and Armed Forces (California)
Cyclists can choose from three options — 100, 62 and 30 miles — for the bike ride that begins at Arroyo Grande and passes vineyards in the Edna Valley. Winery discounts offered at rest stops. Presented by Creative Meditation and San Luis Obispo Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation (SLOLEAF). Date: Aug. 22, 2015.
Cycle Adirondacks (NY)
Cycle Adirondacks is a bike tour that winds in and out of the forested Adirondacks Park. Presented by and benefiting the Wildlife Conservation Society, the 500-mile ride begins and ends in Saranac Lake. Shortened 3- and 4-day trips are also possible. Many amenities, includes three gourmet meals a day. Dates: Aug. 23 – 29, 2015.
Cycle Bucks County (Pennsylvania)
The fund-raiser for the Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital is based at New Hope-Solebury High School, located at 180 West Bridge Street in New Hope, PA. There will be four rides: 10 miles for kids and families, 25 miles for cycling enthusiasts and then 50 and 60 mile rides for serious cyclists through the scenic roads of Bucks County. Rest stops and SAG support are provided on all routes. Date: June 21, 2014 (No date for 2015; check website)
Cycle the High Hills (New Hampshire)
This fund-raiser for Wediko Children’s Services (Boston-based with branches in New York and New Hampshire) starts and ends at Black Pond in Windsor, NH. Ride options of 25, 50 and 100 miles are available. Riders can ride individually or in teams. Discount registration offered through August. Date: Sept. 13, 2014. (No date for 2015; check website)
Cycle the WAVE (WA)
Women Against Violence Everywhere is sponsoring this all-women’s cycling experience benefiting domestic violence programs in Washington State. Four rides to accommodate all levels: Little Sister -12 miles, Girly Girl – 25 miles, Middle Sister – 42 miles and the Burly Girl – 62 miles. Participants will be pampered with girly gift bags, sassy tees, plenty of food, mechanic support and a special spa stop to complete your day. Check out last year’s video. Date: Sept. 20, 2015.
Cycliad (Georgia, Florida, Alabama)
The 1,300-mile ride by the Deep South Cancer Foundation benefits the UAB Cancer Community Network. As registered riders complete the entire loop, they’ll be joined by participants from local hospital regions. Dates: Apirl 9 – May 3, 2015.
Cycling for Sight (San Diego)
Cycling for Sight with the Blind Stokers Club is a 200-mile, 3-day tour along the southern California coast. Participants will ride alongside team members of Blind Stokers, a club that enables cycling enthusiasts to ride tandems even though their eyesight prevents them from piloting the bikes. Dates: July 19-20 2014. (No date for 2015; check website)
Deep Roots Festival bike rides (Georgia)
Four bike rides — 75, 50, 30 and 15 miles — in the rolling hills of Baldwin County are part of the Deep Roots Festival in Milledgeville. Proceeds from the bike rides support Georgia Cancer Support, Community Gardens, Cafe Central and Live Healthy Baldwin/Bicycle Friendly Community. Registration at active.com. Date: Oct. 18, 2014. (No date posted for 2015; check website)
Fargo-Moorhead Rotary Foundation (North Dakota/Minnesota)
FM Rotary Ride – The Flatlander supports the activities of the five Rotary clubs in Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorehead, Minnesota. Four ride options are Miracle Ride (10 miles), Rustad/Sabin Loop (33 miles), Comstock Loop (45 miles) and a Metric Century. Date: Sept. 12, 2015.
Franklin Land Trust (western Massachusetts)
Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee (D2R2) supports land conservation measures western Massachusetts. Six bike route options on low-traffic roads are offered: 180K, 160K, 115K, 100K, 40-mile Green River Tour & 20 mile Family Ride. Date: Aug. 22, 2015
Friends for Life Bike Rally Benefits (Canada)
A 600km mass participation bike ride from Toronto to Montreal. Benefits Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. About 300 cyclists rode in 2011 and raised $1.237 million. Dates: July 26-31, 2015.
Fuller Center Bike Adventure Cross-country bicycle ride from Atlantic City, NJ, to Astoria, OR, to raise money for Fuller Center for Housing, a nonprofit ecumencial Christian housing ministry to provide adequate housing for people in need. Riders will build homes along the way. Dates: June 5 to Aug. 16, 2015.
Also: Natchez Trace Parkway – April 10-19, 2015;
Funsport Bike’s Ride to Cure Cancer (California)
Three bike ride options to raise money for the Memorial Hospital Triumph Fitness Program. Modesto. Date: Oct. 19, 2014 (No date for 2015; check website)
Giro Bello (California)
Three bike ride options through the countryside of Sonoma County — 102, 68 and 29 miles. Proceeds benefit the charitable projects of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa. Date: June 27, 2015
Healing Nations (California)
Covered Bridge Bike Classic — Sept. 27, 2014 (No date for 2015; check website) The century, 40-mile, 20-mile or a 5-mile loops start in Oakdale. The two longer rides wind through the Sierra foothills and pass through the Robert’s Ferry Covered Bridge near Waterford. A fund-raiser for Healing Nations, which works with at-risk youth in West Modesto.
Home Away Fund (Massachusetts)
Pain in the Mass Bike Tour is a one-day or two-day fund-raiser bike ride for the Home Away Fund which supports families that care for a child with epilepsy at Children’s Hospital Boston and UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. Participants can ride individually or as a team. Date: Aug. 22-23, 2015
Hot Hundred (Alabama)
Hot Hundred (the hottest ride in the South) celebrated its 10th year in 2012 with five options — 28, 36, 51, 70 and 103 miles. Seven well-stocked rest stops along the route that includes the University of Alabama campus. Supports the Tuscaloosa (AL) Mental Health Task Force and advocacy efforts of the Druid City Bicycle Club. Date: July 25, 2015.
Helps fund technology for Boston public shool students. Three options, 10-50 miles. Date: Sept. 21, 2014. (No date yet for 2015; check website)
The Santa Rosa-based bike ride features three routes — 100 miles, 100 km, and 45 miles. Riders will be aided by sag support and fully stocked rest stops. Beer, wine and food at the finish. Benefits The Living Room, Sunday Open Table, and St. Andrew’s Food Kitchen. Date: June 6, 2015
Journey of Hope (Cross-country)
The Journey of Hope comprises three cross-country bicycle treks that begin in either San Francisco, Los Angeles or Seattle and end together in Washington, D.C. The event raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. All the bike riders are members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. A project of Push America. (Read more about it)
Law Enforcement Bike Ride to DC (North Carolina)
A 500-mile bike tour from Charlotte, NC, to Washington DC to support law enforcement officers and remember those who have died in the line of duty. Open to law enforcement personnel as well as the general public. Dates: May 9-13, 2015.
Le Tour de Femme (Cary, North Carolina)
Women’s-only cycling event to raise money for cancer research. Distance options of 15 miles, 31.2 miles, or 62.4 miles. Benefits UNC Health Care and Livestrong Foundation. (Also see Facebook page) Date: Oct. 10, 2015.
Macon County Conservation Foundation (Illinois)
Prairie Pedal is a bike ride to raise funds to enable the Foundation to continue its education and preservation projects and environmental education. Three options are offered — 15, 40 or 62 miles. The $25 registration covers rest stop snacks, T-shirt and an after-party. Leaves from Rock Springs Conservation Area, Decatur, Illinois. (Also see Facebook page) Date: Sept. 27, 2015.
Maryland Brain Injury (Westminster, MD)
The Eat a Peach Challenge Bike Ride is an annual event that raises money for the Brain Injury Association of Maryland. Westminster. Date: Aug. 9, 2014. (No date for 2015; check website)
McCourt Foundation (Massachusetts)
Tour de South Shore — This bike ride offers two route options — 25 and 50 miles — beginning at Wompatuck State Park and travels through the towns of Hingham, Cohasset, Scituate and Norwell. Raises funds for Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis research. Date — Oct. 4, 2014 (No date for 2015; check back at website)
Meals to Wheels (Puyallup, WA)
Six bike routes wind through Pierce County, covering distances of 10 to 75 miles. Benefits St. Leo Food Connection. Date: June 20, 2015.
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach (California)
The Tour of Long Beach raises funding for pediatric cancer research at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. Options include a 31- or 62-mile ride or the 100-mile gran fondo from the Queen Mary to the Hollywood sign and back. Date: May 9, 2015
National Life Group (Vermont)
Harpoon Point to Point — The ride raises funds and awareness for the Vermont Foodbank. Three options of 100, 50 or 25 miles. Starts at Harpoon Point Brewery in Windsor. Post ride party with showers, BBQ, entertainment and brews. Date: August. 8, 2015.
NorCal AIDS Challenge (Sacramento)
This is the sixth year for the 330-mile bike ride in Central California to benefit HIV/AIDS services in the Sacramento Valley. There’s also a shorter weekend option. Online support for training and fund-raising. Dates: May 14-17, 2015.
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center benefits from this charity bike ride launched in 2013. Four mileage options are offered; 25, 50, 100 and 180 (2 days with an overnight say at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma). Dates: Aug. 9, 2015 (pre-ride party at Gas Works Park in Seattle.).
AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County
OC Ride for AIDS — Oct. 24, 2015 This charity ride for the AIDS Services Foundation gives cyclists three options — 30, 62 or 100 miles. All the loops begin and end at William R. Mason Regional Park, Shelter 6, and include the Pacific Coast Highway and the Back Bay Bike Trail.
Oregon Supported Living Program (Eugene, Ore.)
Mohawk Valley Metric Century — May 9, 2015 The Oregon Supported Living Program presents the Pedal for People Metric Century Ride. Bike ride options of 100k, 100k+, 60k and 40k start and at Armitage Park in Eugene. The ride benefits adults with developmental disabilities. Luncheon with entertainment follows; also prizes.
Outdoors for All (Seattle, WA)
Join the Outdoors for All cycling team for entry into the Flying Wheels Century and the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. Team members raise $1,000 each for guaranteed entry into the two events, as well as training rides, lodging and food during STP, team gear and fund-raising prizes. Outdoors for All Foundation enables outdoor adventures for those with disabilities. Dates: Flying Wheels Century – May 30, 2015; Seattle to Portland – July 12, 2015.
Pablove Across America (Austin, TX, to New Orleans, LA)
Pablove Across America is a charity bike ride to support children with cancer. In 2014, the group is sponsoring a bike tour from Austin to New Orleans. Pablove website / Facebook page. Dates: Oct. 17-23, 2014.
Pan-Mass Challenge (Massachusetts)
This is the nation’s biggest endurance sports fund-raiser; 4,300 cyclists raised $35 million for Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 2008. The bike-a-thon participants have a choice of nine different rides, including the original two-day Sturbridge to Provincetown route. Dates: Aug. 1-2, 2015.
A choice of 25-, 50-, or 75-mile bike rides through rolling Chester County farmland. Proceeds benefit the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. Post ride lunch of locally grown foods and locally crafted beer. Starts and ends at Victory Brewing in Downington. Date: Sept. 21, 2014 (No 2015 date listed yet; check website)
Park-2-Park Montana (Montana)
The ride is a fund-raiser for programs of Court Appointed Special Advocates, who support neglected and abused children in Montana’s courts. Bicyclists will ride a new across-state, north-south route from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 2012. The 418-mile ride in western Montana is fully supported and open to just 50 cyclists. Dates: September 2015 (Check back at website for specific date)
Pedal the Cause (St. Louis, MO)
The event raises money to fund cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Options of 53 and 23 miles. Date: Sept. 26-27, 2015.
Pedal the Cause (San Diego, CA)
The event supports UC-San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Salk Institute, and Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute. Dates: Sept.18-20, 2015.
Pedaling Paths to Independence (California)
Pedaling Paths to Independence — Feb. 28, 2015 Two options of 65 and 25 miles are offered for this ride that starts and ends in Linden. Includes post-ride meal. Proceeds go to Community Center for the Blind and the Visually Impaired.
A major cancer fund-raiser ride for the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Six different ride options are offered for one or two days. All rides start in Columbus. Dates: August 7-9, 2015
Pennsylvania Hope Ride (Penn.)
The 3rd Annual American Cancer Society PA Hope Ride rolls out from Hershey to Philadelphia, with an overnight at Kutztown University. The bike ride starts at the Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania in Hershey and ends at the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge near Philadelphia. Cyclists can join for one or two days. Fully supported with sag wagons, well-stocked rest and water stops, and volunteer mechanics. Dates: June 27-28, 2015
Pedal for Patients — Aug. 22, 2015 Four options offered for this bike ride that benefits the Saint Alphonsus Foundation. Four route options of 100, 68, 40 and 20 miles variously take back roads to scenic and historic destinations. Leaves from Fruitland.
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) (Mass)
Charity Bike Ride on Martha’s Vineyard — Pedal for PSC raises money for PSC Partners Seeking a Cure. Features three days of bicycling on the island of Martha’s Vineyard off the southeastern coast of Massachusetts. Lodging at an Edgartown inn. Dates: Sept. 25-27, 2015
Refuge International (Texas)
Chainge the World Bike Ride in Gilmer, Texas, raises money for Refuge International, which develops programs providing adequate health care, nutrition, clean water and education in Central America. Bike ride options of 10, 20, 40 and 60 miles (100km). Date: April 18, 2015.
Ride for Autism (New Jersey)
Raises funds and awareness for Autism New Jersey. Routes of 10 miles to 120 miles designed by the Jersey Shore Touring Society bicycle club. Starts at Brookdale Community College, Lindale, NJ. Date: June 13, 2015.
Rodman Ride for Kids (Massachusetts)
Cyclist choose a bike ride option in southeastern Massachusetts (Foxboro) to raise funds for various children’s charities, including those that treat autism, brain injuries and other special needs. Also, see Facebook page. Date: September 20, 2014. (No date yet for 2015 ride; check website)
Santa Cruz AIDS Project (California)
Surf City AIDS Ride — The fund-raiser for the Santa Cruz AIDS Project has four options of 12 to 100 miles that direct riders south down the coast, through rolling hills, and strawberry fields. Seven rest stops are offered, including the famous Gizdich pie stop. Starts and ends at Santa Cruz County Courthouse. Date: Sept. 20, 2015
Save-a-Limb Ride (Baltimore)
Choose between a metric century, 30-, 15-, or 6-mile ride for this charity bike ride to raise money for the Save-A-Limb Fund, established in 2001 and supports the fight to save limbs from amputation and provide hip and knee replacements to patients in the US and abroad. Presented for the Ruben Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Ride rolls out from Oregon Ride State Park. Date: Oct. 18, 2014 (No date for 2015; check website)
Seacoast Bike Tour (New Hampshire)
A one- or two-day bicycle ride between Portsmouth and Ogunquit, New Hampshire, to raise funds for Breathe New Hampshire’s programs to improve air quality and lung health. Cyclists in the 26th annual tour can choose three options on Saturday (25, 42 or 56 miles) and two on Sunday (35 or 53 miles). Dates: May 17-18, 2014. (No date yet for 2015; check website)
Special Olympics of Northern California (Martinez)
Bike the Bridges and Craft Beer Festival — June 14, 2015 The fund-raiser for Special Olympics of Northern California offers three options — routes of 25 miles, 100K, and 100 miles. All routes pass over the Benicia and Carquinez Bridges. Free lunch to riders and discounts to beer festival. Starts at Martinez waterfront.
A fund-raiser for Senior Housing Assistant Group (SHAG) features ride options of 40-, and 8-mile round trips or a 1/2-mile loop on local trails. Ride starts at Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. South. Stocked rest stops along the way, as well as BBQ and entertainment at the finish. Also see Facebook page. Date: Sept. 13, 2014 (No date yet for 2015; check website)
Tour de Blue (Alabama)
Sixth annual bicycle ride starts at 65-acre Red Diamond Corporate Campus in Moody. Several exciting new cycling routes are offered (50, 75, 100 miles) with periodic rest stops and full SAG support. Post-ride lunch provided by Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Supports Urology Health Foundation and its prostate cancer and awareness efforts across Alabama. Date: April 25, 2015
Tour de Palm Springs (California)
One of the earliest charity rides of the year is also one of the biggest. Distances of 5 to 100 miles. Raises money for some 75 nonprofits in the Coachella Valley. Pasta feed and bike expo night before. Date: Feb. 14, 2015.
East Coast — Young Survival Coalition is sponsoring a charity bike ride for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. The 3-day ride rolls out from Philadelphia to Ocean City. Dates: Oct. 9 – 11, 2015
California — Young Survival Coalition is sponsoring a charity bike ride for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. The 3-day ride rolls out from Paso Robles to Point Mugu. Dates: Oct. 23-25, 2015
Tour des Trees (Florida)
The bike tour to benefit the TREE Fund comes to Florida in 2015.. The ride starts in Orlando and ends in Fort Lauderdale. Plant trees and visit tree research locations. Fund-raiser for Tree Fund. . Dates: Oct. 25-31, 2015.
Tour de Whatcom (Washington)
Three mileage options — 25, 50 and 105 miles — for this bike ride that benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County. Starts in Bellingham and tours lakes and rivers while in sight of snow-capped Mount Baker. Date: July 18, 2015.
Tour de Whidbey The bike ride features mileage options of 30, 40, 50 or 100 miles, as well as a flat 10-mile route for beginners. Rides start at either Greenbank Farm or Coupeville Middle/High School. Well-stocked rest stops are located about every 15 miles. Proceeds will go toward purchase of state-of-the-art imaging technology essential for minimally invasive surgical procedures on the knee, shoulder and hips at Whidbey General Hospital. Date: Sept. 19, 2015.
Tour du Rouge (Texas-Louisiana)
This is a fund-raiser for the American Red Cross that was routed to roll through areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Since that time, Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike have wreaked havoc in that region. This is a bike tour that covers 526 miles in six days. That route goes from Humble to Beaumont to Cameron, La., Abbeville, La., to Morgan City, to Gonzalez, La., to New Orleans. Entry fee is $100; must raise an addition $2,500. Dates: May 3-8, 2015.
Tri-State Trek (Massachusetts, Connecticut)
This charity bike ride for treatment of Lou Gehrig’s disease — Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) — rolls out 270 miles from Newton, Mass., to Greenwich, Conn. Cyclists can ride all three days, or just one or two. Dates: July 26 – 28, 2015.
The charity bike ride is a fundraiser for several local charities in West Yellowstone, Montana. The National Park Service caps the ride at 350 participants for the 60-mile up and back ride to Old Faithful. The ride coincides National Public Lands Day, when no admission is required. Date: Sept. 19, 2015.
There are hundreds of local fund-raisers rides as well. In the Northwest and Pacific Coast, find the list of fund-raising rides among the calendars of bicycling events in California, Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Let me know if I’ve missed anything, and I’ll include it on the list. See my email in upper right.