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
24 Foundation (formerly 24 Hours of Booty )
Participants ride a closed course for 24 hours to raise money to support patient navigation and survivorship programs in cancer care. In 2017, events in Indianapolis, IN – June 23-24, 2017, Charlotte, NC – July 28-29, 2017, and Baltimore, MD – September 23-24, 2017
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 2017 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 11, 2017
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: July 15-16, 2017
Tour de Cure – Oregon/SW Washington – Five options between 5 and 100 miles. All leave from Hillsboro Stadium. Date: July 29, 2017
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 21, 2017
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: June 17, 2017
Tour de Cure – California — There are 5 Tour de Cure bike rides listed for California in 2017. They are: Del Mar – April 29; Long Beach – May 1; Palo Alto – June 11; Yountville – May 7; Rocklin – May 20; and Los Angeles, June 10. Others to be announced.
Ride 2 Defeat Diabetes (R2D2) — September 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.
Ride 4 Diabetes — Aug. 26, 2017 The charity ride for American Diabetes Association features options of 90k, 60k, 18k and Bunny routes in the West Valley of Santa Clara County. SAG, sweep, and rest stops on all routes. Lunch, entertainment and vendors are provided at the staging area DeAnza College, Cupertino.
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
Cycle the Seacoast (Portsmouth NH) — Date: May 7, 2017
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 20, 2017
Reach the Beach (Washington) — Ride stars in four locations: Lacey, Olympia, Elwood or Cosmopolis. Date: Sept. 30, 2017
Autumn Escape Bike Trek (Massachusetts) — A 2 2- or 3-day bike tour from Plymouth to Provincetown. Dates: September 22-24, 2017.
Bike Classic – Oregon — 3 or 6-days of cycling through Oregon from the rolling hills of wine county to the rugged coast. Benefits Arthritis Foundation. Dates: Sept. 16 – 22, 2017.
California Coast Classic Bike Tour — The bike ride takes place over 8 days and covers 525 miles along the coast on Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Benefits the Arthritis Foundation. Dates: Sept. 9-16, 2017
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 — June 3, 2017; Carmel to San Simeon, CA — Sept. 9, 2017; and Miami — Nov. 17, 2017.
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)
The Boob Ride (California and Pennsylvania)
Charity bike ride for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk, the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer, and the Young Survival Coalition. Presented by FUN 4 GOOD, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Boob Rides – Orange County— April 22, 2017 Two ride options; one ride starts in Irvine and ends in Solano Beach, the other starts and ends in Solano Beach.
Climate Ride (Washington, NYC-DC, California, Montana)
Four Climate Rides will be offered in 2017. 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: Death Valley National Park – Feb. 25 – March 2, 2017; California Central Coast – June 9-13, 2017; Glacier Ride (Glacier National Park, MT) – July 18-23, 2017; San Juan Islands – Olympics (Washington) – Aug. 3-7, 2017.
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 CF Cycle for Life. There, you will find dozens of charity bike rides. Check early to register. Among those that are coming up…
California — Cycle for Life features rides with options of about 25 to 65 miles.
Portland (Beaverton) — July 15, 2017
Cycle for Life (Woodinville/Seattle) — July 29, 2017
Tri Cities CF Cycle for Life (Richland) — Aug. 12, 2017
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 Jersey – June 25, 2016
New York — Hudson River Valley June 11, 2016
Ohio — Sandusky (date to be announced)
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 9-15, 2017.
The foundation raises funds for Type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) research through a number of “JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes” bike rides:
Loveland, CO — Aug. 24-27, 2017
Amelia Island, FL — Oct. 5-8, 2017
Saratoga Springs, NY — Sept. 14-17, 2017
La Crosse, WI — Aug. 10-13, 2017
Tucson, AZ — Nov. 16-19, 2017
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.
5 Boro Bike Tour, NY — May 7, 2017
Ryan Phua Memorial Kid’s Bike Ride, Burlingame, CA — June 25, 2017
Livestrong Challenge, TX Oct. 16, 2017
MS Bike Rides (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)
The MS Bike Rides sponsor more than 100 bike tours in the US . 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: Ride the Sky 2015 (Bozeman, MT) Dates: Aug. 20, 2016
Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic (Mount Vernon, WA) Deception Pass Classic is a two-day journey through Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties Dates: Sept. 9-10, 2017
Bike MS: Cycle the Silver Valley (Two days, Kellogg, ID) Date: Sept. 16, 2017
Bike MS: Coastal Challenge (Pasadena, CA) Date: March 25, 2017
Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride (One or two days, San Francisco) Date: Sept. 23-24, 2017
National Psoriasis Foundation
The National Psoriasis Foundation schedules rides in 2017 in Chicago, Coronado (CA), Hamptons (NY), Napa Valley (CA), New Jersey, Northern Texas, and Willamette Valley (OR).
Team NPF Cycle in the Willamette Valley — June 18, 2017 The ride beginning in Independence Park benefits the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF). Options of 10, 30 & 62 miles, followed by lunch, refreshments and live music.
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. See Tour of Sufferlandia, a 10-day indoor charity trainer ride beginning Feb. 4, 2017.
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. 9, 2017
Bike rides benefit Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, which is researching a cure for the debilitating, life-shortening neuro-muscular disorder. Dates for 2017: Davis, California — June 10, 2017; Southern California — March 4, 2017; Dallas, Texas — April 1, 2017; Chicago, Illinois — July 23, 2017; Philadelphia — Oct. 15, 2017; Orlando — Nov. 12, 2017.
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 8, 2017 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
Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS (Yountville, California) — Sept. 23, 2017
Ride to Defeat ALS (Wayland, MA) — Four cycling routes- 75 miles, 50 miles, 25 miles, and a 10-mile family ride- followed by a lunch and celebration at The Longfellow Club in Wayland. See also ALS Sept. 24, 2017
Team Hole in the Wall (Camps for children facing serious illnesses)
Connecticut — Angel Ride is an awareness and fund-raiser for the Camp Hole in the Wall Gang’s Hospital Outreach Program. Mountain biking and road cycling options. Dates: May 27, 2017.
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.
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 29, 2017
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 28, 2017
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: Abandoned for 2017
Rebecca’s Private Idaho A 56- or 94-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: September 1-3, 2017
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 — May 20, 2017 Three options of 25, 50 and 100 miles. Begins at Newport Mesa Church on the Vanguard University campus, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Supports Royal Family Kids summer camp for abused children.
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 June 4-10, 2017.
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. 9, 2017.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (Pennsylvania) Raises funds to battle childhood cancer
Freedom Ride (Independence, MO) — July 1, 2017
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.
Ride to End Alzheimers, based in Rye, NH. Benefits the Alzheimer’s Association in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Date: June 24, 2017.
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 27-30, 2017
Tour du Rouge –– A multi-day bike tour from Houston to New Orleans. The fund-raiser for The ARC, which promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, covers 535 miles of back roads. Dates: May 7-12, 2017
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 17, 2017
Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program
BORP Revolution Ride — Sept. 23, 2017 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 for Sight (Montana)
Options include the Lolo to Hamilton round-trip bike ride on the Bitterroot Trail and a shorter family ride. Benefits the eyesight programs of the Lions Clubs of Missoula and Bitterroot Valley. Date: June 10, 2017
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 24, 2017
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: April 29, 2017.
Brain Injury Alliance (Connecticut)
Tour of Lights Bike for Thought 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. Date: May 13, 2017
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 2017.
California Bicycle Coalition
California Dream Ride — Starts in Folsom along the American River and heads north to Healdsburg via Lake Berryessa and the Napa Valley, along the Russian River and Redwood forests, then back to the coast to San Francisco, ending in Oakland via the ferry. The ride is fully supported (with lodging in hotels), and covers approximately 280 miles over five days. All funds support the California Bicycle Coalition’s “Bikeways to Everywhere” initiative. Limited to 50 people. Dates: Oct. 8-13, 2017
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. Four options: mountain loop (69 miles), Red Zinger (38 miles), countryside loop (24 miles) and children’s loop (1 mile). Features a post-ride party. Date: August 12, 2017
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. 23, 2017
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 24, 2017 (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: Sept. 30, 2017
Columbia University Medical Center (NY)
Velocity: Columbia’s Ride to End Cancer offers four options of 10 to 62.5 miles through the Hudson River Valley, ending at Columbia University. Benefits Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Date: Oct. 7, 2017
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. 18-25, 2017.
Cycle for Sight (Napa Valley, CA) April 22, 2017
Cycle the Seacoast (American Lung Association) is 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 can choose three options on Saturday (25, 42 or 56 miles) and two on Sunday (35 or 53 miles). Dates: May 7, 2017
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. 17, 2017
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: March 31 – May 7, 2017 (Check website for weekend rides)
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 15-16, 2017
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. 21, 2017
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. 9, 2017
Franklin Food Bank (New Jersey)
Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride benefits the Franklin Food Bank, which provides thousands of food packages to the community. Participants can choose from 7 ride options ranging from 5 miles to 62 miles, all starting at Franklin High School in Somerset. Date: April 30, 2017
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.19, 2017
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 30 – Aug. 4, 2017 (or join for first day)
Fuller Center Bike Adventure Cross-country bicycle ride from Atlantic City, NJ, to Astoria, OR, or Natchez Trace bike ride 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 to August, 2017
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: June24, 2017
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. 19, 2017
Homeless Services (Sonoma, California)
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 30, 2016
Helps fund technology for Boston public shool students. Three options, 10-50 miles. Date: September
Jordan’s Ride — A ride benefiting Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation & The SUDC Foundation. It starts in Eagle and offers options of 10, 30, 50 and 100 miles. An additional “Insane Century” route offers a serious cyclist a real challenge and is absolutely for the experienced rider. Fully supported, meals and T-shirt. Date: September
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, 2017.
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. (Also see Facebook page) Date: October
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Florida)
Pedal and Play in Florida — Two-day event in Punta Gorda. Get-acquainted ride on Friday and choice of 4 bike routes on Saturday. Hosted by TEAM Punta Gorda and The Isles Yacht Club. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and TEAM Punta Gorda’s bicycle initiatives. Dates: March 24-25, 2017.
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. 24, 2017.
McClean Hospital (Harvard Medical School affiliate, New York)
Eric’s Ride – The Ride for Mental Health — Two days of bicycling around New Paltz, NY. Options of 25, 50 or 100 miles along the Wallkill River Valley and Shawangunk Ridge. A fund-raiser for McClean Hospital for education, research and treatment of mental illness. Dates: June 24-25, 2017
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 — Sept. 23, 2017
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
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach (California)
Tour of Long Beach — May 13, 2017 Options include a 5-mile Free Family Fun Ride, the picturesque 30-mile course on the bike paths and streets of Long Beach, the 62-mile through Long Beach to Newport Beach or the 100-mile Cruz Gran Fondo which loops through Long Beach then heads south down the Southern California Coast through Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Benefits pediatric cancer research at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach.
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: Aug. 12, 2017.
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 11-14, 2017
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center benefits from this charity bike ride launched in 2013. Five mileage options are offered; 10, 25, 50, 100 and 180 (2 days with an overnight stay in Downtown Tacoma). Dates: Aug. 11-13, 2017 (pre-ride party at Gas Works Park in Seattle.).
AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County
OC Ride for AIDS – 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. Date: October
Oregon Supported Living Program (Eugene, Ore.)
Mohawk Valley Metric Century — May 13, 2017 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.
Pablove Across America (California)
Pablove Across America — Oct. 1-7, 2017 A 550-mile bike ride from the East Bay to LA. The route heads east into Yosemite and Sequoia national parks ending up in Los Angeles. A fund-raiser to support the battle against childhood cancer.
Pan-Florida Challenge for Hungry Kids Ride (Naples, FL)
Five route lengths (10/30/62/100/180). Rides are fully supported and start at North Collier Regional Park in Naples, FL. Rides include multiple food and water stops and SAG support, 2018 PFC jersey (for 30-mile riders and longer, PFC t-shirt for 10 family fun riders), training programs, local clinics, catered meals, comprehensive online fundraising support, overnight accommodations (for 100 and 180 mile riders), fabulous finish line party, and 2018 PFC medal. Dates: March 10-11, 2018
Pan-Mass Challenge (Massachusetts)
This is the nation’s biggest endurance sports fund-raiser; 5,500 cyclists raised $41 million for Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 2014. The bike-a-thon participants have a choice of nine different rides, including the original two-day Sturbridge to Provincetown route. Dates: Aug. 5-6, 2017.
Patriot Ride for our Heroes (Indian Wells, CA)
Part of Patriot Weekend. Date: Oct. 21, 2017
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. 23-24, 2017
Pedal the Cause (San Diego, CA)
The event supports UC-San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Salk Institute, and Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute. Dates: Nov. 11-12, 2017
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 4-6, 2017
Peninsula Trail Coalition (Washington state)
Tour de Lavender — Aug. 5, 2017 A metric century and family fun ride that starts at 400 W. Fir St. in Sequim and tours the lavender farms in the vicinity. Part of Pedal Power Weekend that pairs with Ride the Hurricane. Benefits the Peninsula Trails Coalition, which supports the Olympic Discovery Trail.
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 24, 2017
Pedal for Patients — 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. Date: August
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: July 28-30, 2017 (contact Great Freedom Adventures)
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: May
Ride for AIDS Chicago
The Midwest’s only back-to-back century ride, the event brings together those living with HIV, LGBTQ advocates, amateur cyclists, and endurance athletes to raise funds for HIV services and celebrate human potential. Dates: July 8-9, 2017
Revolutionary Ramble Bicycle Tour (New Jersey)
Options of 10, 25, 35, 50, 65 or 100-mile tours to raise money for EMS squads and bicycle education in the Madison area. Starts at Drew University in Madison.
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 10, 2017
Ride for Hope — June 24, 2017 Raises funds for healthcare for the medically underserved in the Treasure Valley. Bike route options of 19 to 100 miles are offered. Starts and ends in Kuna, near Boise.
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 23, 2017
Roswell Park Cancer Institute (New York)
Empire State Ride rolls out from New York City to Niagara Falls with overnights in Stony Point, Red Hook, Albany, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester. About 35 to 50 miles a day. Fully supported. A fund-raiser for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dates: July 30 – Aug. 5, 2017
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: October
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. 14, 2017
Shasta County (Calif.) Children’s Helmet Use
Wildcat Gran Fondo — Oct. 21, 2017 Ride distances of 15, 25, 50, 70, 106, 126 miles leaving from Palo Cedro Community Park, Palo Cedro CA 96073. Fund-raiser for children’s helmet use in Shasta County.
Special Olympics of Northern California (Martinez)
Bike the Bridges and Craft Beer Festival — June 10, 2017 The fund-raiser for Special Olympics of Northern California offers four options — routes of 25 miles, 50K, 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: June
Syringa Hospice Foundation (Idaho)
Just for the Hill of It Bike Challenge — June 3, 2017 A 13-mile bike ride up Old White Bird Grade in Grangeville, followed by lunch at Hammer Creek Recreational Park. Benefits the Syringa Hospice program.
Tour de Blue (Alabama)
Starts at 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 29, 2017
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: Jan. 21, 2017
South – Palm Beach County, FL — April 21-23, 2017
East Coast – Bucks County, PA. Dates: Sept. 16-18, 2017
West Coast – Encinitas, CA Dates: Oct. 14-16, 2017
Taliesin Preservation (Wisconsin)
Tour de Taliesin — May 21, 2016 Benefits efforts to preserve Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Estate. Two routes — 38-mile ride and the 100-mile ride. The new ride invites cyclists to explore a broad swath of Frank Lloyd Wright territory, starting and ending at his 800-acre Wisconsin River estate, that will offer a challenging ride as well as a memorable gourmet experience.
Tour des Trees (Florida)
The bike tour to benefit the TREE Fund comes to the greater District of Columbia area for daily rides. Fund-raiser for Tree Fund. . Dates: July 30 – Aug. 5, 2017
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 29, 2017
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: Aug. 19, 2017
Tour du Rouge (Texas-Louisiana)
This is a fund-raiser for the ARC, benefiting people with intellectual and development disabilities. The route rolls from Houston to New Orleans. Dates: May 7-12, 2017
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: June 23-25, 2017
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: October
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.