Pedaling with Purpose: Top 10 Charity Bike RidesLindsey Hunt
Quench your wanderlust, get in shape, and ride for a reason next year. Every year, hundreds of charity bike rides take place in the US and abroad. Rides benefit causes from Cancer research (PMC) to national park preservation (Glacier Ride). Participants raise money and ride as individuals or as part of a team.
Whether you’re a novice cyclist looking for motivation to train or an experienced biker craving a challenge, there’s a charity ride for you. Here are some of our favorite charity rides in the pipeline for next year. Sign up today to start pedaling, fundraising, and inspiring others!
1 / Pan-Mass Challenge
When + Where: August 6-7, 2016 / Massachusetts
The Cause: Conquering cancer with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.
The Ride: We are proud to be Official Bike Tour Operator and Sponsor of the Pan-Mass Challenge, and excited to share that the PMC raised $45 million this year! Join us at the PMC and cross the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in this epic bike-a-thon. Head up the arm of Cape Cod to end in Provincetown, a gorgeous fishing village and bohemian hotspot. Riders can choose between a variety of distances and difficulty levels. Learn More
2 / Axel Project Bicycle Classic
When + Where: September 3, 2016 / Ridgway, Colorado
The Cause: The Axel Project nurtures a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families.
The Ride: Choose between an 80- or 40-mile ride or ride with your family on a scavenger hunt adventure bike tour. On the long route, climb to the spectacular summit of the Dallas Divide, coast down into Placerville and enjoy views of the incredible Box Canyon. Learn More
3 / Cycle South Africa
When + Where: September 30 – October 9, 2016 / Johannesburg, South Africa
The Cause: The National Deaf Children’s Society is creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.
The Ride: Cycle along the rugged coastline, forests, and lagoons of the famous Garden Route on an epic bike tour vacation in South Africa. Head inland to visit small villages, bike through the arid semi-desert of Great and Little Karoo and cross high mountain passes before descending back to the coastline. Learn More
4 / AIDS Lifecycle
When + Where: June 4-10, 2017 / San Francisco to Los Angeles
The Cause: Raising money and awareness in the fight against HIV/ AIDS.
The Ride: Ride through artichoke and strawberry fields, fog banks and foothills, expansive ranch lands and wildflower-covered hills. Enjoy stunning coastal views and catch a glimpse of dolphins playing off the coastline. Learn More
5 / Glacier Ride
When + Where: July 5-10, 2016 / Glacier National Park, Montana + Waterton National Park, Canada
The Cause: The Glacier National Park Conservancy supports preservation, education, and research for the Glacier National Park.
The Ride: Traverse high alpine mountain passes, cycle through 500-year-old cedar forests, and pedal past glacial lakes and waterfalls. Learn about the wild, delicate ecosystems you bike through from Professional Glacier Guides and Ride leaders. Glacier Ride’s creators, Climate Ride, will produce 10 epic bike rides and hikes around the country to support the environment, conservation, and active transportation in 2016. Learn More
6 / Pelotonia
When + Where: August 5-7, 2016 / Ohio
The Cause: Supports cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The Ride: Share this inspirational experience with your Peloton team of five or more riders. Wind through scenic Ohio farmland, challenge yourself with 100-mile rides and rigorous climbs up the iconic Reynolds Road or opt for more relaxed routes. Learn More
7 / Bike + Build
When + Where: May- late August 2016 (dates vary) / Cross-country and regional USA rides
The Cause: Riders raise money for affordable housing, donating to local affordable housing groups and stopping to build houses along the way.
The Ride: Embark on an epic journey from East to West on one of Bike & Build’s eight cross-country routes. See the sun rise over the expansive plains of the Midwest, cycle past glaciers and bighorn sheep as you cross the Rocky Mountains, and dip your front tire triumphantly into the Pacific Ocean. Those who are interested in shorter routes can join for one of the regional routes. Bike + Build accepts riders through age 26 and leaders through age 29. Learn More
8 / London to Paris Challenge
When + Where: Next departure April 20-24, 2016 / Southeast London to Paris
The Cause: Riders raise money for the charity of their choice.
The Ride: Jet set to London for an epic bike tour vacation. Bike along the rolling coastline of southern England and pedal through the French countryside, exploring World War battlefields, historic towns, and gothic churches along the way. End the ride in the heart of Paris under the Eiffel Tower. After your tour ends in Paris, treat yourself with an adventure bike tour with DuVine in France! Learn More
9 / Krempels King of the Road Challenge
When + Where: Oct 15, 2016 / Stratham, NH
The Cause: The Krempels Center improves the lives of people living with brain injuries from trauma, tumor, or stroke.
The Ride: Ride a 10, 30 and 62- mile route on the training grounds of professional cyclist Ted King. Take in stunning views of the Great Bay and enjoy the vibrant colors of New England fall foliage. Learn More.
10/ Best Buddies Challenge
When + Where: June 4, 2016/ Hyannis Port, MA / Sept 10, 2016/ Hearst Castle, CA / Nov 20, 2016/ Miami, FL
The Cause: Support Best Buddies’ programs to include people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Ride: Ride from Boston’s JFK Presidential Library through peaceful country roads and along the coastline of Cape Cod to Hyannis Port. Cruise along California’s majestic Pacific Coast Highway or cycle through some of the most historic and scenic parts of Miami. Learn More.
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