Party Rides for the Not-So Serious
Here's a list of the latter for those cyclists who don't take the sport—or themselves—too seriously.
Bikes and Beers BaltimoreJune 25, 2016; Baltimore 1 of 9
A brewery tour on a bike: That's what you'll get at the Bikes and Beers Baltimore, a 15-mile ride around downtown Baltimore that visits the city's top breweries.
The ride includes stops at Union Craft Brewery, Heavy Seas Alehouse and Peabody Heights, before returning to Union Craft where the after party officially begins. A live band will entertain partygoers at the finish line, and all riders receive an event pint glass and a fill of their choice. Make no mistake: This is a party on two wheels.
The Summer Seersucker SocialJuly 23, 2016; La Conner, Wash. 2 of 9
Ditch your spandex and Lycra for a vintage seersucker suit and a flat cap. But don't worry, it's a mere 10-mile fun ride (one that's scheduled to take three hours) and penny-farthings are completely optional.
After the ride, you can enjoy a sun-soaked picnic, some ice cream and a game of croquet. It's like one of those Gatsby-themed college parties, only on a bike.
Pedal for PintsJuly 24, 2016; Minneapolis 3 of 9
Few things are as rewarding at the end of a scenic 50-mile bike ride than a good pint of cold beer. And that's exactly what awaits cyclists after traversing some of Minneapolis' most beautiful and diverse landscapes.
The ride begins and ends at Surly's, a microbrewery that crafts some of the most interesting beer you'll ever taste. We doubt you'll be able to stop at one pint in your post-ride glory.
Bike the NightJuly 30, 2016; Woodland Park, Colo. 4 of 9
Not every cyclist likes to kit up at the crack of dawn for a demanding, day-long ride. Some prefer to ride at dusk wearing costumes.
This 9-mile ride is a kid friendly affair with competitions for best lit bike and costumes. If you love the nightlife, we'd recommend ditching the clubs (or whatever's on Netflix) and sign up for this sweet ride instead.
Race the LakeAug. 14, 2016; Fond du Lac, Wis. 5 of 9
If you're pedaling 90 miles, there better be something good at the finish line.
For those who register for Wisconsin's beautiful Race the Lake, you'll get to experience one of the best post-race parties a cyclist could possibly imagine. A free pasta dinner, beer and a massage (what are we, riding the Tour de France?) all await those who complete the majestic 90-mile course.
Oh, and a dri-fit shirt and finisher's medal make for some pretty great swag to boot.
Tyranena Oktoberfest Bike RideSept. 17, 2016; Lake Mills, Wis. 6 of 9
Any ride that has Oktoberfest in the title is sure to be a rocking good time. And this ride, which offers distances of 25, 55 or 75 miles, is no exception.
Over 1,700 people gather each year in the small community of Lake Mills, situated just east of Madison, Wisconsin, and celebrate the Bavarian festival with a beautiful bike ride, beer (of course) and a free tour of the Tyranena Brewery.
Wine and Roses Bike RideOct. 15, 2016; Templeton, Calif. 7 of 9
If you're a connoisseur of the finer things in life—wine, for instance—you'll certainly enjoy what this ride has to offer. You can take your pick of 100-, 60-, 40- or 30-mile routes through California's majestic wine country.
After the ride, you'll kick back with a glass of wine and scrumptious barbeque. However, the ride is limited to 350 participants, so register now to reserve your spot.
Pumpkin PeddlerOct. 15, 2016; Morganton, N.C. 8 of 9
While a 100-mile ride through gorgeous stretches of road in North Carolina's scenic Burke County is nice, the post-ride shenanigans are what put this race on the map.
The ride's after party includes a post-race ride where participants pedal a six-lap course on kids bikes to see who will be crowned the Pumpkin Peddler King and Queen. Even cooler, the race donates all proceeds to the South Mountain Children's Home.