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This page features special events, gathering, festivals and one-day fund-raising rides / tours.  We don't always get updated information on each program every year, but most happen annual so check their websites the latest information.  For multi-day fund-raising rides / tours and cultural / educational bike programs see the tours page.  Addition programs are listed on the conferences / seminars page.

Listing of an event does not constitute an endorsement by the International Bicycle Fund. If you would like your event posted, send us information.  It will generally get posted fastest if it is a format and length similar to the entries on this page.

Annual Valley Friendship Tour Saturday, end of May, "A Fun Day for a Great Cause".  Two non-competitive routes: 50 miles (8:00 AM start) or 25 miles (9:00 AM start) Routes begin at Alternatives' Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville Proceeds benefit Alternatives' services in Central Massachusetts for individuals with disabilities For information check

Amish Country Bike Tour and Race  Around second Saturday of September -- Dover, Delaware, 15, 25, 50, 62 and 100 mile loops plus 25 mile timed race through Amish Country; 4 excellent food/rest stops with Amish-baked pies and cookies plus healthy foods and beverages. After tour party featuring live folk bands and catered picnic lunch, yard games, bike rodeo for kids and more. Friday night kayak tour and lodging packages starting at $55 per night. Register by August 21 and save $5 per person, and same-day registration also encouraged! Register online or call 800-233-5368. Raises funds for prostate cancer research, bike tour fund, YMCA and Amish schoolhouse education programs. Great fun for all ages and abilities. Mapquest: 411 Legislative Avenue, Dover, DE 19901.

Best Buddies Challenge  Rides Massachusetts (June), California (Sept), Washington DC (Oct) and Florida (Nov), to support Best Buddies and their mission to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

Bicycle Music Festivals are a magical convergence of bicycle, local music, clean energy, organic food, good people, and fun. BMFs have occurred at least in Chico, San Francisco, Ashland, Eugene, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Burning Man, Yosemite, South Yuba and Mexico.  Upcoming events as we know them.

Checker's Mutt Strut and Charity Bike Ride - April, at the Martinsville Virginia Speedway. Proceeds benefit the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA's low cost spay/neuter program as well as providing medical care for animals in the SPCA's care. Tel: 276-638-7297.

Granite State Grind and Roll is based out of Franconia, NH, Saturday, September. It’s a spectacular ride at the peak of fall foliage with two options: Gonzo Pass - 92 miles, 3 notches, 5,000 feet elevation gain Old Man Roll - 38 miles, 2 notches, 2,500 feet elevation gain All details and registration at their website or through

This event, organized by ACCION, is an annual event open to participants from around the world (in September). MicroBike participants design their own cycling routes, raise money and awareness for microfinance and ride in solidarity with other activists! ACCION International is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission of giving people the financial tools they need – microloans, business training and other financial services – to work their way out of poverty. ACCION issued its first microloan in 1973 in Brazil. Today, ACCION’s partner microfinance institutions serve more than 3.7 million poor entrepreneurs per year in 23 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the United States.

MS Coastal Challenge October. San Buenaventura Park, Ventura, California.

Pedal Fest A one-day leisure bike ride (50k or 100k), at the end of August, through the scenic Kansas countryside around Wichita, Kansas, sponsored by Heartspring, benefiting children with special needs to grow and learn on a path to a more independent life.  For more information please call (316) 634-8819 or email events

QuadruPedal Spring Century! The Iowa County Humane Society's bike tour is Sunday, May, Dodgeville, Wisconsin.  This tour showcases the beautiful rolling hills of southwest Wisconsin and benefits the cats and dogs. Ride options include challenging routes of 35, 55, 85 and 100 miles for the cycling enthusiast. Rest stops on each route include great snacks, sports drinks and wonderful hosts. At the end of the ride enjoy a delicious dinner.  For more information visit

Ride for Recovery. A family fun & fitness event & fundraiser for Dawn Farm, 6633 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197, on the last Sunday of April. There will be 10k, 10 mi, 25 mi, 40 mi and 100 k bike rides; 5K and 10K run/walk, activities for children of participants, tours of the working farm, breakfast snacks and a “Recovery Celebration” lunch with hot food. The Ride for Recovery also provides an opportunity to support a critical community service. All funds raised will help Dawn Farm keep vital addiction treatment and recovery support services available for those who need them most. For more information contact Megan Rodgers, Project Manager, Dawn Farm at 734-485-8725 or email: RideForRecovery

Ride of Silence Annual slow and silent memorial bike ride, in hundreds of cities worldwide, in May, to honor bicyclists who have been killed and injured and a reminder of cyclists' legal right to the road.  May 15, 2013. Check the website to see if there is ride near you.

Rodman Ride for Kids, Saturday, in September. This charity event is a 25, 50, and 100-mile non-competitive cycling tour throughout the state of Massachusetts. (Maps of each route can be viewed at on the website.) In addition to the scenic ride, bikers are invited to enjoy a finish-line barbecue, vendor sampling, and other activities.  The Rodman Ride for Kids is a gift-matching charity working to support at-risk youth in Massachusetts. By joining Team BMC, cyclists will be helping to raise money for at-risk children and pediatric programs at the hospital. Every dollar raised directly supports the cause, and is matched by 10% by Rodman Ride.

Strawberry Fields Forever Strawberry Fields Forever takes place in May. It features three routes 25 miles, 100 kilometers and 100 miles, which traverse some of the most beautiful regions of Santa Cruz County, California. Each route includes rest stops with international themes, food, fruits, and beverages every 20-30 miles. A hot meal will greet you at the end of the ride. Fresh whipped cream and strawberries dipped in chocolate ganache conclude the menu. Strawberry Fields Forever benefits Cyclists for Cultural Exchange (CCE), an organization, promoting people - to - people diplomacy among international bicyclists.

Tour de Leaves Third weekend of October in Western North Carolina,  nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The views are fantastic and we will have plenty of rest stops available. Rest stops are well stocked and some have bathrooms. Routes feature Tour de Leaves (66.3 miles) and Tour de Leaves Lite (31.9 miles) with plenty of climbing, plus an easy, relaxing Tour de Leaves Family Ride (4 miles). Lunch and showers available after the ride.

Tour de Vour: Biking for Kids  Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine & Kenosha Counties. Begins and ends at UW-Parkside. Rides are Family Fun, 15m, 36m and 100k. Features food, food and more food.

Tyranena Oktoberfest Bike Ride, Saturday October, Lake Mills, Wisconsin.  Charity fun ride with 18, 26, 46 & 66-mile routes passing through beautiful Jefferson County, beginning and ending at Tyranena Brewing Company. SAG support and rest areas with snacks, restrooms and refreshments also provided during the ride. For more information email: stacey or call 920-648-8699.

Wisconsin Dairyland Dare, August, Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Set in the bucolic hills of Southwest Wisconsin, the Dairyland Dare offers a memorable day of challenging climbs, fantastic foods, superior support, and scenic splendor for cyclists ranging from the avid enthusiast to the world class athlete. The hills in the area are not huge, but by the end of the day some riders will have climbed over 20,000 ft - the equivalent of Mt. McKinley. Distances: 50K, 100K, 150K, 200K, 250K, 300K.  For more information email Michelle Godez-Schilling, michelle or call 608 553 0144.



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