Cleveland's bicycle community has a packed schedule of events for riders of all ages
By Annie Zaleski, Image by Brian Fyfe
Cleveland's passionate, robust and supportive two-wheel community has a packed events calendar catering to riders of all skill levels. Here are just a few races and gatherings, all of which are guaranteed to get your heart pumping. For a more comprehensive list, Bike Cleveland has a detailed, day-by-day calendar with events. Get pedaling!
Night Rides on the Towpath Trail
Various Saturdays, now-September 30 (check listings above)
For nearly a quarter century, the Towpath Trail has offered bikers the chance to take night rides. This year is no different: On spring and summer Saturdays, riders can gather at 8 p.m. at Century Cycles' Peninsula store (Rt. 303 between Rt. 8 and I-271, next to the Winking Lizard Tavern) and embark on a 14-mile ride.
VeloSano (which means "swift cure" in Latin) has a simple premise: People sponsor cyclists, who in turn pledge to raise a certain amount of money corresponding to a bike ride of a certain distance. All of this money goes to cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic. The numbers are impressive: During its three years in existence, VeloSano has raised $8 million.
Pan Ohio Hope Ride
As the name implies, this popular event, during which riders raise money for the American Cancer Society, is a multi-day ride from Cincinnati to Cleveland. Participants can do the entire route, or simply do a leg or two; the route is divided into four manageable day trips. You'll have access to mechanic and medical support; three meals a day; fuel-up rest areas every 18-20 miles; transportation to the race start, for riders of the entire trip; and accommodations on college campuses.
Bike MS: Buckeye Breakaway 2017
This race kicks off and ends at Brunswick High School, and offers routes of 30, 62, 75 or 100 miles, spread across either one or two days. The latter category of riders stays overnight at Ashland University and enjoy dinner, activities and live music. Better still? The ride is a fundraiser for the National MS Society.
The "nation's largest urban cycling festival" has a little something for everyone, no matter what your speed: races and competitions, a night ride, endurance routes and the MCPc Fundo, the latter of which offers paths of 10, 31 and 62 miles around Cleveland neighborhoods. The Edgewater Park-located festival also boasts music, food trucks, beer, vendors and plenty of other activities, making it a must-stop destination even if you aren't on two wheels.