Make Your Pedaling Count: Spring Rides that Support Growing Bicycling

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It may be a wet and blustery day for biking today but it’s an ideal time to look ahead to some upcoming rides.

Our Ride Calendar lists a number of upcoming event rides, but I hope you’ll pay special attention to the rides listed in RED on the calendar. Why? These rides support the Bicycle Alliance’s work to grow bicycling statewide with a contribution—typically a dollar per rider.

When you sign up for one of these rides you will experience great Washington landscapes, quiet roads, and friendly communities offering some great local hospitality. You will also help us ensure that you have convenient, safe and accessible places to ride all year round! So make your pedaling count by signing up for one or more of these spring rides:

The 38th Annual Daffodil Classic is on April 14. Organized by the Tacoma Wheelmen, this ride winds through the Orting Valley and offers up some tasty strawberry shortcake at the finish line.

The Lilac Century and Family Fun Ride on April 28 is an Inland Northwest classic. Routes feature the Spokane River, Centennial Trail, Long Lake and West Plains areas. This ride is organized by the Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary.

Ride Around Clark County (RACC) on May 4 is a beautiful and challenging ride through the scenic countryside of southwest Washington.  RACC is the largest cycling event in southwest Washington and this marks the 30th anniversary of this Vancouver Bicycle Club classic.

The May Day Classic on May 5 is a challenging recreational ride designed for the cycling enthusiast. Routes guide you through the lesser traveled roads, byways and trails of the South Sound region. The May Day Classic is organized by Phil’s Bike Shop as a fundraiser for Washington Bikes and Orting Food Bank.

May 11 features a trio of rides that showcase the diverse beauty of our state:

The Skagit Spring Classic uses quiet rural roads as it takes riders through the Skagit flats and into southern Whatcom County. Organized by the Skagit Bicycle Club, this popular ride features rural forests and marine views and offers several route options.

The Group Health Inland Empire Century showcases the scenic beauty of the lower Yakima and Columbia River valleys with its vineyards, wheat fields and orchards. This ride is put on by the Kiwanis of Tri-Cities Industry and Kiwanis of the Columbia.

Women’s Living the Dream Ride is a new offering this year and is for women only. Riders head out of historic downtown Snohomish and into scenic farmlands as they cruise the quiet country roads feeling free as the wind. This ride is organized by the Living the Dream Foundation.

Ready to plan the rest of your summer rides? Follow this link for all rides that are supporting our work to grow bicycling in Washington. Make your pedaling count!

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