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Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Blog, Canada, Events, Island County, Island Rides, King County, Pacific Northwest, Rural Rides, San Juan County, Snohomish County, Suburban Rides, Urban Rides | 0 comments

Let’s Go Riding: Events Fire Me Up

Want to get into bike camping this year? I have a couple of great events to help you do just that. And everybody’s been sharing their upcoming rides and cycling-related meetups, so I wanted to share some of those as well.

Ready to Tour

Heading out on a Washington coast touring ride with my friend Doug.

If you are a cycling tourist, you’ve probably used the maps and services of the Adventure Cycling Association. Well, that Montana-based nonprofit turns 40 this year, and to celebrate, they are promoting big events in spring, summer and fall.

The first is National Bike Travel Weekend, June 3-5. They suggest biking to a B&B, but if the weather looks good, I recommend hitting a park or a beach. Stuff your tent and sleeping bag into panniers and go!


Then in summer, head east to check out their Missoula headquarters for the Montana Bicycle Celebration, July 15-17. They’ve got a festival planned, along with a number of rides.

In the fall, they’re promoting Bike Your Park Day, on Sept. 24 in our national parks, state parks and public lands. Hey, make this a weekend with a bit of bike camping too!

Lest you think I’m just a shill for the ACA (which I will voluntarily promote as a member and supporter of their great services), we also have fine resources right here in the Puget Sound area to help us have fun and get on the bike.

Case in point: The Emerald City Bike Ride, a new event sponsored by Cascade Bicycle Club. It’s coming Sunday, April 3,  and organizers call it “the largest closed-streets bike ride in Seattle.” On a loop around the city, you’ll ride routes that you’ve never been able to bicycle on before: the new SR 520 (the world’s longest floating bridge) and I-5 express lanes. Look for me on that one.

Of course, registration is also open for the club’s biggest rides, STP and RSVP, which take you to Portland and Vancouver, respectively. I’ve done both, and recommend them. Be prepared for long days in the saddle, and lots of company, as these rides attract thousands of people.

Here’s a short list of other great rides coming, along with their starting points:

March 20 – McClinchy Mile Ride, Arlington

April 23 – Tour de Lopez, Lopez Island

May 22 – Seattle Tour de Cure, Woodinville

June 25 – Red-Bel 100, Redmond

Aug. 6-8 – Courage Classic, Snoqualmie

Aug. 27 – Tour de Whidbey, Whidbey Island

Sept. 17-24 – Arthritis Bike Classic – Oregon, Oregon Coast

These are all great rides for great causes, so you can raise money for worthy nonprofits while having a great time on your bike.

To see a full list of this year’s area bike events, check out Bicycle Paper’s events calendar.

See you at the start line!

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