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, Charlotte, NC – July
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 2019 are listed by state at the website. These are just a few:
Tour de Cure – New England Classic –– Two rides start from Middlesex Community College, Bedford, 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
Tour de Cure – Oregon/SW Washington – Five options between 5 and 100 miles. All leave from AmberGlen Park in Hillsboro, OR. Date: July
Tour de Cure – Seattle (Woodinville) — Four bike rides, including a 12-mile family friendly ride, a 30-miler and more challenging 63-, and 100-mile routes. Starts at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery. The 100-mile bike course goes all the way to Granite Falls. Date: May 4
Tour de Cure – California — There are 4 Tour de Cure bike rides listed for California . They are: Del Mar – March; Napa Valley (Rohnert Park) – June ; Silicon Valley (Los Altos Hills) – June ; Los Angeles (Irwindale) – October.
Ride 4 Diabetes — May 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:
Cycle the Seacoast (Portsmouth NH) — Date: May
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
Reach the Beach (Washington) — Ride starts in four locations: Lacey, Olympia, Elwood or Cosmopolis. Date: September
Autumn Escape Bike Trek (Massachusetts) — A 2 2- or 3-day bike tour from Plymouth to Provincetown. Dates: September
Arthritis Bike Classic – Marin— Dates: (TBA)
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: September
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. Malibu, CA — May Boston to Hyannis Port, MA — June ; Carmel to San Simeon, CA — September ; and Miami — November
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/San Diego — April Two ride options; one ride starts in Irvine and ends in Solano Beach, the other starts and ends in Solano Beach.
Climate Rides (California North Coast, Ohio, Bears Ears National Monument – Utah, Glacier National Park and Waterton Park – Montana and Canada, Liberty Ride – Philadelphia to DC)
Check the website for dates and locations.
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, 40 and 60 miles.
Sonoma County (Penngrove) — June 25, 2020
San Diego — Oct. 24, 2020
SouthSide Cycling Club’s 9th Annual Charity Ride — June The ride is partnered with Cystic Fibrosis through Soles for Cole and Hope Global Initiative. Four options of 35, 59, 75, and 100 miles in Coweta, Spalding and Meriwether Counties.
Cycle for Life (Woodinville/Seattle) — July
Tri Cities CF Cycle for Life (Richland) — August
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.
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
The foundation raises funds for Type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) research through a number of “JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes” bike rides:
Loveland, CO — Augest
Amelia Island, FL — October
Death Valley — October
Saratoga Springs, NY — September
La Crosse, WI — August
Santa Fe, NM — November
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
Leadville 100 MTB, CO — August
Livestrong Challenge, TX October
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: Deception Pass Classic (Mount Vernon, WA) Deception Pass Classic is a two-day journey through Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties Dates: September
Bike MS: Cycle the Silver Valley (Two days, Kellogg, ID) Date: September
Bike MS: Coastal Challenge (Pasadena, CA) Date: June
Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride (One or two days, San Francisco) Date: September
Bike MS: Bay to Bay (San Diego, 2 days) Date: October
National Psoriasis Foundation
The National Psoriasis Foundation schedules rides 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 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.
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: September
Bike rides benefit Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, which is researching a cure for the debilitating, life-shortening neuro-muscular disorder. Dates : Winters, California — June; Southern California — February ; Dallas, Texas — March ; Chicago, Illinois — July ; Philadelphia — October ; Orlando — November
rideATAXIA NorCal — June Starting in Winters, bicyclists can choose options of 1.5, 10, 23, or 52 miles. Fully stocked rest stops, SAG support, and post ride food prepared by Outback Steakhouse and Lazy Dog Restaurant. Fundraising benefits the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).
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.
So Cal Ride to Defeat ALS — May The SoCal Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk/Run is a one-day cycling event. Choose from a 40-mile challenge route, a 25-mile route, or a 5 or 10-mile family fun ride.Leaves from Dos Vientos Park, Newbury Park, CA #
Oregon Ride to Defeat ALS – July 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
Treasure Valley Ride to Defeat ALS — May Starts at Stephen C. Guerber Park at the Sunset shelter in Eagle, ID. Options of 10, 23, 30 or 65 miles.
Cindy’s Ride Silver Valley River Ride to Defeat ALS — June Based in Kingston, Idaho.
Anchorage Ride to Defeat ALS — June A ride and walk to support efforts to defeat ALS. The ride takes place on a paved path fronting the beautiful Westchester Lagoon plus scenic mountain views.
Snohomish Ride to Defeat ALS — July Based in Snohomish; the ride uses the Centennial Trail.
Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS (Yountville, California) — September
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 September
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
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.
Campovelo (Napa Valley, CA) Dates: April
Ride with Joao (Mill Valley, CA) Dates: May
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: Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, 2019
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 — April 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
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: September
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (Pennsylvania) Raises funds to battle childhood cancer
Freedom Ride (Independence, MO) — July
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
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
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
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
Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program
BORP Revolution Ride — September 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.
BayCare Clinic Foundation (WI)
BayCare Clinic Century Bayshore to Lakeshore — 100-, 60-, 30-, and 15-mile options from Green Bay to Lake Michigan and back. Date: June
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
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
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
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
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
California Bicycle Coalition
California Dream Ride — Ride from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Fully supported. All funds support the California Bicycle Coalition’s “Bikeways to Everywhere” initiative. Dates: October
Minnesota Bike Ride — “The Annual Minnesota Crossing for a Good Cause.” The cross-state bicycle tour rolls west to east for 323 miles, starting in Brown’s Valley and ending in Taylor’s Falls. Host towns along the way are Morris, Alexandria, Little Falls, Stanchfield, and Isle. Limited to 30 riders. The ride supports the fight against cancer. Dates – September
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 10, 2019
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: September
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
Cancer fund-raiser (Washington)
Two County Double Metric Century Ride — June 23, 2019 The bike ride features four distance options — 20, 50, 100 and 200km. The longest passes through Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Lewis counties. Starts at Providence Regional Cancer Center, 4525 3rd Ave SE Ste 200, Lacey, WA 98503
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: September
Children’s Cancer Research Fund (US)
Great Cycle Challenge USA is a month-long event in June that benefits Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Hospital-Egleston, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and more. Bicycle riders raise money from friends, family and peers by setting and achieving personal mileage goals for the month. Riders can ride on any type of bike on their schedule and will be notified of scheduled group rides near them if they wish to ride with other Great Cycle Challenge participants. Dates – June
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: October
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: August
Cycle for Sight (Napa Valley, CA) April 21, 201
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
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: September
The 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
Cycling for Sight (San Diego)
Cycling for Sight with the Blind Stokers Club is a weekend tour, with 1-day or 2-day options that include campus living, craft brewery tour, and other leisure options for cyclists of all abilities. 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: June
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: October
Emmaus homeless shelter (Massachusetts)
Cycle for Shelter – Beginning at North Essex Community College, cyclists can choose from a 20-, 40-, 62-, or 100-mile route that takes them through Haverhill to the New Hampshire seacoast then return along the north shore of Massachusetts. Music, massages, and locally prepared food on return. Benefits Emmaus, a non-profit housing and human services organization in Haverhill that serves homeless and formerly homeless families and single adults. Date: July
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: September
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 4 ride options ranging from 10 miles to 62 miles, all starting at Franklin High School in Somerset. Date: April
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: August
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 – August
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
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
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: August
Homeless Services (Sonoma, California)
Incarnation 100 – The bike ride in Sonoma County benefits homeless services. Options of 100, 62, 45, and 30 miles. Presented by Church of the Incarnation. Date: June
Helps fund technology for Boston public shool students. Three options, 10-50 miles. 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
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
Luke’s Ride 2020 — July 11, 2020 A fund-raiser bike ride for Luke’s Journey Autism Fund based in Vancouver, WA. The proceeds go to local autism families.
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: September
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital (WA)
Mary Bridge Children’s Courage (formerly Courage Classic August Choose from four bicycling events: Rainier Fat Tire Ride (Eatonville); Cascade Cruiser (Eatonville); Tahoma Half Century (Eatonville); Northwest Brew Thru (144 miles, Centralia). Fund-raiser for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
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
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 — September
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
Meals to Wheels – Lewes/Rehobeth (Delaware)
Meals to Wheels bike ride Three options of 12-, 25-, or 50-mile bike routes through Milton area to support meal delivery to homebound seniors in Sussex County. All rides start at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton. Date: May
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach (California)
Tour of Long Beach — May 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 Federation of the Blind (Idaho)
Cycle for Independence — May 16, 2020 The bike ride features options of a metric century (66 miles), 25 miles or 10 miles. A fund-raiser for National Federation of the Blind. 20th Anniversary ride in 2018. Starts at Riverglen Junior High School, Boise. Face ebook page.
NorCal AIDS Challenge (Sacramento)
The 330-mile bike ride in Central California benefits HIV/AIDS services in the Sacramento Valley. There’s also a shorter weekend option. Online support for training and fund-raising. Dates: May
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center benefits from this charity bike ride launched in 2013. Three mileage options are offered; 25, 50, and 100 miles. Dates: Aug. 10, 2019 (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 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 — October 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, 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 PFC medal. Dates: March
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: August
Patriot Ride for our Heroes (Indian Wells, CA)
Part of Patriot Weekend. Date: Feb. 8-9, 2019
Pedal for Paws (New Philadelphia, OH)
Three options of 10, 20, or 50 miles to raise funds for the Tuscarawas County Humane Society. (A car show is associated with the event in Dover, Ohio) Date: July 18, 2020
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: September
Pedal the Cause (aka Padres Pedal the Cause) (San Diego, CA)
The event supports UC-San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Salk Institute, and Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute. Dates: November
A major cancer fund-raiser ride across Ohio. Routes of 1 or 2 days. Dates: August 2-4, 2019
Peninsula Trail Coalition (Washington state)
Tour de Lavender — August 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 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
Refugee Resettlement – (Washington state)
Reform Ride for Refugees – Silverdale. In its second year, this ride supports Lutheran Community Services Northwest’s refugee resettlement work in the Puget Sound region. Date: August
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: September
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: September
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. Date: June
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
Ride the Rivalry ( Ohio)
A new one-day charity bike ride to raise money and awareness for neurological research. Lengths of 25 to 80 miles. Inaugural event leaves from Ohio University and Ohio State University for a midway meet-up based at the Lancaster Festival. Date: July 25, 2020
Ride for Hope — JuneRaises funds for healthcare for the medically underserved in the Treasure Valley. Four bike route options of 19 miles to metric century 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
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 – August
Sacramento Children’s Home (California)
Sacramento Century Challenge — October The loop rides start at the Capitol Mall in Sacramento and features four mostly flat courses of 100 miles, metric century, metric half-century, and 16 miles. Proceeds will benefit Sacramento Children’s Home’s Crisis Nursery program.
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: October
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center (California)
Tour d’Organics – Sebastopol — August Visit organic farms in the Sebastopol area on 16-, 30-, 63-, or 100-mile bike rides. Loops begin at Sebastopol community center; sponsored by OrganicAthletic. Annual fund-raiser for Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. More info here.
Shasta County (Calif.) Children’s Helmet Use
Wildcat Gran Fondo –October 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 — June 9, 2019 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 Amphitheater.
Syringa Hospice Foundation (Idaho)
Just for the Hill of It Bike Challenge — June 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
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. 8, 2019
South – Palm Beach County, FL — April
East Coast – Bucks County, PA. Dates: September
West Coast – Encinitas, CA Dates: October
Tour de Simcha (New Jersey)
The Tour de Simcha raises money for Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, two overnight summer camps designed to meet the medical and social needs of children and teens with cancer and other serious illnesses. Also see Facebook Date: July
The bike tour to benefit the TREE Fund visits different states on an annual basis. Visit the website for current information. Fund-raiser for Tree Fund.
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
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: August
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. Also 3-day options are offered. Dates: May
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
Vermont Foodbank (Vermont)
Point to Point (formerly Harpoon Point to Point) — The ride raises funds and awareness for the Vermont Foodbank. Riding options at Mount Ascutney include 100-, 50-, and 25- mile road rides and a 20- and 10-mile trail bike ride (in addition to a half-marathon for runners) Post ride party with showers, BBQ, entertainment and brews. Date: August
Violent crime victims (Washington state)
8 Lakes Leg Aches Bike Ride – Spokane. Supports Lutheran Community Services’ work to provide advocacy and support to Spokane-area citizens affected by violent crimes and other traumatic, life-altering events. Date: August
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: September
World Relief Global (Washington)
Sea Tri Kan — June A 400-mile charity bike ride of Washington state to raise money for refugees. The bike tour starts at World Relief’s office in Kent and then passes through the Tri-Cities on the way to Spokane. Proceeds are tripled to provide housing assistance, transportation, English language classes, job skills training, interview & resume preparation, and more.
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.