10 Bike Rides for Beginners
Great Western Bicycle Rally
Paso Robles, California - May 21-25, 2015 1 of 11
This four-day rally offers some of the best cycling in California. There are four different group rides to choose from (all on varying terrains and distance) along with multiple self-guided tours that let you see the area at your own speed. Make sure to check out the Wine Taster's Tour on Saturday that includes tasting samples and a picnic lunch. The event lasts from Friday through Monday.
Pedal for Pints
Minneapolis, Minnesota - June 7, 2015 2 of 11
The ride will start at Surly's brewery and head through urban and rural streets that are flat and scenic. Choose from either a 25- or 50-mile route, with both ending back at the brewery where you'll get the chance to quench your thirst.
Revolutionary Ramble Bicycle Tour
Madison, New Jersey - June 13, 2015 3 of 11
Routes range from 12 to 100 miles and are suited for all abilities. The route will be well marked and cue sheets are given to each participant. The course will have ample rest stops, plenty of food and SAG support should you need it. All routes travel past historic landmarks of the area.
Mansion Ride for Autism
Syosset, New York - June 14, 2015 4 of 11
Photo by: Elaine Del Valle
Explore the incredible waterfront mansions on Nassau County's Gold Cost on routes of 16, 40 or 62 miles. Rest areas will be well stocked, and all rides are supported with traffic monitors and help from local police and fire departments. One hundred percent of registration fees are donated to the Ascent School for Autism.
Los Angeles River Ride
Los Angeles, California - June 28, 2015 5 of 11
Though there is a 100-mile century option, you can also choose from more beginner friendly distances of 25, 36 and 50 miles. A free 2-mile kids ride along the LA River Bike Path and the kids safety ride are also available for youngsters new to the sport. All entry fees go toward raising funds to complete the 51 miles of LA River Bikeway by the year 2020.
Wine Country Bike Trek
Los Olivos, California - June 26, 2015 6 of 11
This relaxing multi-day ride explores the Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara. Cyclists will have the option to choose 20-, 30- or 50-mile routes with fully catered rest stops every 10 miles. If wine isn't your thing, a one-day option is also offered for beer lovers.
Santa Maria, California - July 18, 2015 7 of 11
Fine wine and world-famous BBQ are included in this scenic ride through the countryside of Santa Maria Valley. If you're not feeling up for the century, a half century (50 miles) is also an option.
Tour de Dickinson
Iron Mountain, Michigan - August 15, 2015 8 of 11
Beginning at Pine Mountain and continuing through downtown Iron Mountain, this non-competitive route is equipped with plenty of rest steps and SAG support. Choose from either the short (11 miles), medium (20 miles) or long (28 miles) routes, with each traversing through forests, farmland and the beautiful northwoods lakes. Entry to the post-ride Italian Fest is included in the entry fee.
Tour de Chocolate Town
Hershey, Pennsylvania - September 13, 2015 9 of 11
This bicycle tour of Hershey and neighboring towns helps to raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. The beginner's route is 17 miles, but rides of 35-, 65- or 100 miles are options if you're looking for more of a challenge. Rest stops and aid stations will be available on each course.
Bike the Coast – Taste the Coast
Oceanside, California - October 10, 2015 10 of 11
Choose from a 25-, 50- or 100 mile route all along the coast of San Diego. The entire route travels on roadside bike lanes through small beach towns from Oceanside to Sorrento Valley. There's also a 7 or 15-mile optional route on the San Luis Rey bike path, which is closed to traffic. Local music, cuisine and beer are part of the post-race festivities.