12 Cycling Events to Do in 2013
January: Tour de Cape
Cape Coral, Florida - January 20 1 of 13
Take a tour of one of southwest Florida's largest cities. Fully supported rides of 15, 30, 60 and 100 miles are offered, exploring the west and north sections of Cape Coral. The normal high temperature in January is 75 degrees, making this a comfortable ride.
February: Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker Ride
Los Angeles, California - February 23 2 of 13
This ride celebrates the Chinese New Year of the Snake with a weekend of festivities in Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles. Rides of 20 and 30 miles are offered, and other festivities that weekend include 5K and 10K runs and the Nite n' Day Festival featuring live music.
March: Salado Smokin Spokes Ride
Salado, Texas - March 30 3 of 13
Get a great look at Central Texas at this 11th annual ride in Salado, between Austin and Waco along I-35. Six different routes are offered with opportunities to customize your ride to avoid brutal hills (and beautiful views) if you'd like. Ride organizers encourage you to bring your camera to catch the views at Overlook Park, Old Summer's Mill and more.
April: Assault on the Carolinas
Brevard, North Carolina - April 13 4 of 13
Take on the hills and valleys of North Carolina and South Carolina, including a daunting climb to Ceaser's Head State Park and a trek through scenic Transylvania County. The ride has 100K, 60K and 40K options.
May: 3 States 3 Mountains Challenge
Chattanooga, Tennessee - May 4 5 of 13
The century ride takes on all three mountains—Raccoon, Sand and Lookout—while crossing three state lines—Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Smaller routes (83, 67 or 26 miles) take on fewer mountains but all go through at least two states. Former pro cyclist George Hincapie plans to ride in the 2013 event.
June: 24 Hours of Light
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory - June 22-23 6 of 13
No lights allowed—or required. This 24-hour ride on the Yukon Territory's top-flight mountain bike trails can be done solo or with a team of up to eight riders. It never gets dark the entire time. This ride is about 200 miles north of Juneau, Alaska.
July: Tour de Whatcom
Bellingham, Washington - July 27 7 of 13
Get a look at Mount Baker, Lake Whatcom, valleys, rivers, lakes, farmland beaches and the Puget Sound at this annual ride in the northwest. Rides of 25, 50 and 105 miles are offered and aren't considered challenging (the century has just 2,200 feet of climbing).
August: Paradise Ride Kauai 2013
Lihue, Hawaii - August 3-4 8 of 13
Explore one of the world's most beautiful islands in this two-day journey around Kauai. The event is a "Design Your Own Ride" lets you ride as much as you're capable of. A century ride is offered on Sunday which means riding could total 150 miles over the two days—but could be as little as 13 miles a day.
September: California Coast Classic Bike Tour
San Francisco, California - September 28-October 5 9 of 13
This is a 525-mile full-service bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Rest stops are every 25 miles down the coast as you pass beautiful coastlines, wineries, lighthouses and more.
October: Icon LASIK Tour of the Moon
Grand Junction, Colorado 10 of 13
Take a ride through the breathtaking Colorado National Monument at this event, which was made famous in the 1980s Coors Classic and later in the cycling movie American Flyers. The post-ride "Harvest Moon Celebration" features music, an up-scale lunch, prize drawings and a cycling expo.
November: Solvang Prelude
Solvang, California - November 2 11 of 13
This is considered a great end-of-season ride that prepares cyclists for the Solvang Century the following spring. Rides of 35, 50 or 63 miles send bikers through the Santa Ynez Valley in the cities of Solvang, Buellton and Lompoc.
December: HI-USA Annual Christmas Bike Trip
San Diego, California - December 26-31 12 of 13
The six-day tour covers 400 miles of mountains, deserts and coastlines in and around San Diego. The trip goes as far north as Palm Desert, and the rides average about 65 miles a day.