11 Bike Rides for Beginners
Saint Augustine, Florida - May 10, 2014 1 of 12
This memorial ride for Bryan Wrigley is non-competitive and offers distances of 15, 40, and 62 miles as options. The course will take riders through the potato fields of Hastings and Molasses Junction before heading to Bryan's ghost bike. Food and other goodies will be available at the finish, and participants are encouraged to stick around to watch the Pro Criterium Race in the city at the conclusion of the festivities.
McKee Classic Bike Tour
Loveland, Colorado - May 18, 2014 2 of 12
Photo by: Steve Glass
You probably wouldn't think of a bike race in Colorado as being flat, and while the 32- and 62-mile options do have climbing involved, the 30-mile beginner's ride has only 500 feet of elevation gain, which you'll get to enjoy on the way down. Proceeds benefit the McKee Medical Center Programs.
Confluence Brewery Bike Tour
Des Moines, Iowa - May 24, 2014 3 of 12
What's better than bikes and beer? The 25- and 50-mile rides both start and end at the Confluence Brewery, where you'll be rewarded with a pint of hand-crafted beer while you reflect on your experience.
Mansion Ride for Autism
Syosset, New York - June 8, 2014 4 of 12
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.
Cycle to Farm
Greenville, South Carolina - June 14, 2014 5 of 12
This mostly flat route takes participants on low-traveled rural roads with organized rest stops on a different local farm every 10 to 15 miles. The course is 62 miles and is well marked and supported. The total participant limit is kept at 300 cyclists to make sure each rider has a less chaotic experience their first time out.
Los Angeles River Ride
Los Angeles, California - June 22, 2014 6 of 12
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.
Dane, Wisconsin - June 28, 2014 7 of 12
This inaugural event is a rural biking experience that will take participants through the woodlands, wetlands and farmland of northern Dane County. Choose from the 32-mile route or the shorter 5-mile option that's perfect for those looking to get the whole family involved in a low-key cycling event.
Velo and Vino
Powell, Ohio - June 28, 2014 8 of 12
A fun, casual ride set in Delaware County, this 20- or 40-mile ride lets you tour the scenery of the area before tasting some of the best wine Ohio has to offer. For non-cycling spouses, separate entry to the wine tasting, food and live music after party is available.
White Pine Pedal Mettle
St. Maries, Idaho - August 16, 2014 9 of 12
With ride options of 16, 30, 42, 62 and 111 miles, this is an event that truly has something for everyone. New to this year's event are flatlander categories, which keep the elevation to a minimum so you can enjoy the stunning scenery surrounding inland Saint Maries.
Tour de Dickinson
Iron Mountain, Michigan - August 16, 2014 10 of 12
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 7, 2014 11 of 12
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.