9 Winter Cycling Events
Happy New Rear Bike Ride
Blue Ridge, Texas - January 1, 2013 1 of 10
Touted as a "glorified club ride" but the 15-, 28- and 40-mile rides are capped off by a dessert of black-eyed peas and cornbread. There are several volunteer-supported rest stops along the routes.
Ocotillo, California - January 12, 2013 2 of 10
Enjoy this desert ride along the Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849. The ride explores the rural desert area about 80 miles east of San Diego.
Polar Bear Metric Century
Davidson, North Carolina - January 12, 2013 3 of 10
This is the 15th year of the event, with 100K and 50K options available. January is chilly in Davidson but tolerable—average high is 51 degrees and the average low is 31 degrees.
Casa Grande Century
Chandler, Arizona - January 13, 2013 4 of 10
One of the first century rides of the year explores the Arizona desert in ideal temperatures. If 100 miles isn't your thing, try the 33- or 62-mile routes.
Cypress, Texas - January 20, 2013 5 of 10
The offered routes are 17, 45 and 55 miles, but the weather may or may not live up to the event name. The average high in January is 62 degrees, but cold days can sneak up on the Houston area.
Texas Independence Bicycle Tour
Deer Park, Texas - January 27, 2013 6 of 10
This event tours the San Jacinto Battleground and adjacent communities and raises fund to support the Deer Park Rotary Club Scholarship Program.
Tour de Palm Springs
Palm Springs, California 7 of 10
This is the 15th year of the event, which takes cyclists throughout the resort town, and, in the case of the 55- and 100-mile routes, out along the San Bernardino mountains and even along the perimeter of Joshua Tree National Park.
Cycling for Fallen Heroes
Estero, Florida - February 9, 2013 8 of 10
This fundraising event benefits the Brotherhood Ride—a group of firefighters, police officers and emergency personnel who ride bicycles to honor those who died in the line of duty. The ride, in southwest Florida, offers distances of 10, 28, 42 and 62 miles—all for the same price.
Crank Your Heart Ride
Auburn, Alabama - February 23, 2013 9 of 10
This quick ride—the longest route is 22 miles—benefits the Exceptional Outreach Organization, which provides programs for special-needs individuals through recreation, education and social activities.