10 Endurance Cycling Events in 2015
The Book Bridge Challenge 2015Libertyville, Illinois - March 20, 2015 1 of 11
If the weather is still too cold for you to ride outside, try this one-of-a-kind 24-hour event that is completely indoors. Sign up as an individual or as a team (up to six cyclists) and help support at risk and under-served children by raising funds that provide access to books.
AthSav 2015Athens, Georgia - May 1, 2015 2 of 11
This two-day event takes participants through the scenic roads of old Georgia. The 110-mile ride on day one heads through Maxeys, Crawford and Louisville. On day two, riders head to Highway 17 and Bloomingsdale (near Savannah). The total distance of the ride tops 200 miles.
Breathless AgonyRedlands, California - May 2, 2015 3 of 11
While this might not be the longest distance in the bunch, you'll climb over 12,000 feet during the 114-mile ride. The clock stops atop Onyx Summit, 8, 443 feet above sea level (where the Grim Reaper will make an appearance) before you head back down. Those who finish the ride will be eligible to purchase a special jersey.
Triple Crown Century RideLincoln, NE - May 29-31, 2015 4 of 11
This 300-mile bucket list ride is an elite event through the back roads of Nebraska. If you don't wish to try the three-day event (100 miles each day), you can also signup to ride a single century. Triple Crown cyclists will receive a jersey, SAG support and a BBQ following the final day of cycling.
12 Hours at Night 2015Prescott, Arizona - June 13, 2015 5 of 11
Enjoy a nice summer evening in Prescott with this mountain bike only challenge. Compete as a two-person team or go at it solo from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. to see who can cover the most 9-mile laps. There's also a free kids race starting at 5 p.m.
Double Down 2 the BeachBurlington, North Carolina - June 13, 2015 6 of 11
This epic single-day event covers 200 miles from the heart of the North Carolina Triad all the way to the coast. Funds will support the scholarship initiative that assists local students to realize their goals of a higher education.
The Black and Blue Double CenturyTodd, North Carolina - June 13, 2015 7 of 11
The double-century is technically a relay, but you can take on the 200 miles as a team of one. Explore the rural mountain roads of North Carolina and Virginia and conquer 16,287 feet of elevation gain.
Atomic Smasher 200 Endurance RideAlbuquerque, New Mexico - August 1, 2015 8 of 11
You won't likely find a tougher event than the Atomic Smasher 200. The route might look tame at first glance, but after 109 miles into the 206-mile distance, you'll begin to tackle 12,000 of the 14,000 feet of climbing—a challenge that shouldn't be attempted for the flatlanders among us.
Alpine Challenge 2015Annecy, France - September 9, 2015 9 of 11
The Alpine Challenge is a four-stage endurance event that uses a similar route to the famous London-Paris race. Each day you'll ride 110 km with 8,000 feet of climbing, tackling some of the same famous French mountains like the Col de la Crox Fry and the Col de la Forclaz that the pros do in the Tour de France. But don't worry—you'll get plenty of support too. Professional crews, road closures, motorbike pacers, masseurs and your own team mechanic are just a few of the perks. If that isn't reward enough, each day there will be a timed climb, and the aggregate will determine the leader's jersey (male and female).
12 Hours of FuryFort McDowell, Arizona - November 21, 2015 10 of 11
This staged competitive loop in McDowell Mountain Regional Park sends racers around 10 miles of exciting singletrack with one goal in mind—to see who can cover the most distance in 12 hours. The race will begin at 10 a.m. and headlights will be required after 5 p.m. Campfire and smores will be offered after dusk.