Make Your Pedaling Worth More: Rides that support statewide bicycle advocacy and education

Photo by Carla Gramlich
It’s the middle of August, Labor Day is just around the corner, and there are still some great bike rides coming up!  If you want to get the biggest bang for your pedal power, sign up for one or more these rides.  They support the statewide advocacy and education work that the Bicycle Alliance does, so not only will you be getting a healthy workout but you’ll also support a safer and friendlier biking environment.
RAPSody – Ride Around Puget Soundon August 27-28.  With 170 miles of rolling hills, RAPSody is challenging fun.  Organized by BIKES of Snohomish County, Capital Bicycling Club, Cyclists of Greater Seattle, Tacoma Wheelmen Bicycle Club and West Sound Cycling Club, all proceeds from this ride benefit Washington Bikes.  Registration closes this Friday, August 19.
PROS –Perimeter Ride of Seattle on September 5.  PROS offers a challenging and scenic course with lots of hills and views.  The full route is 80 miles with 4500’ of gain, and a shorter 56-mile option is available.  Organized by the Cyclists of Greater Seattle and all donations benefit the Bicycle Alliance..
People’s Coast Classic, September 11-16.  This 6-day event is a benefit for the Arthritis Foundation and travels along the scenic coast of Oregon.  This tour averages 50-70 miles each day, with rest stops and activities along the way.
Cycle the WAVE on September 18.  This event ride is  non-competitive and for women only.  All riding levels welcome, from the 25-mile Girly Girl to the 62-mile metric century with lots of climbs.  The ride starts and ends in Issaquah and benefits domestic violence programs.
WaCanId (International Selkirk Loop) Ride, September 20-24.  This scenic 5-day ride is fully supported and benefits 7 local rotary clubs.  The ride traverses around and through the acclaimed International Selkirk Loop route through Washington, Idaho and British Columbia.  Ride is limited to 150 riders starting in two locations (Sandpoint, ID or Nelson, BC).
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