As summer is in full swing, cyclists embrace the return of cycling events. “People are obviously very excited to go out together and do things again,” says Ben Delaney, cycling group editorial director for Outside Inc. “The energy of participating in cycling events this year seems to be a great one. combination of pent-up frustration, the rush to get out and do something, and the relief of being there.
Whether you’re looking for a chance to test your fitness or reconnect with the cycling community, come back as a group in person with these five upcoming events.
Rooted Vermont has an original and welcoming atmosphere, bringing together runners of all skill levels in a race full of fun, food and beer. There are two route options: a 45-mile route with 3,500 feet of elevation gain and an 85-mile route with 8,000 feet of climbing, both of which follow mostly dirt tracks through the Green Mountain range of the Vermont. After the finish, runners can celebrate with local IPAs and classic maple creams. A random selection lottery for entry was held in January for over 800 seats, but if you want to register in 2022, lottery registration opens on November 1. here.
Red River, New Mexico
The newest addition to Massive RollerThe s list gives runners a chance to experience northern New Mexico. Starting from the town of Red River, the 85 and 100 mile routes take cyclists through small mountain towns and along a scenic route into the Sangre de Cristo Range. The ride showcases regional culture in this unique part of the southwest: live concerts dot the route, and local restaurants and brasseries support cyclists. More information on fees and registration details can be found here.
Grand Junction, Colorado
This year’s Tour of the Moon event, which follows a 41-mile road loop from Grand Junction to Fruita and back, is a modern take on a classic event: the route was first run as a stage of the Coors International Bike Classic events of 1980.. It weaves its way through Colorado National Monument, an otherworldly desert landscape dotted with towering sandstone formations. Registration is available via Massive Roller, and the popular 2,200 runner event sells out regularly, so book early. Register before July 13 for a 10% discount.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah’s Five Canyons Bike Challenge begins in Salt Lake City and takes cyclists through scenic canyons in the Wasatch, climbing over 14,000 feet in 116 miles. Those 14,000 feet are not easy: three of the climbs are sustained efforts of more than 5,000 feet, and the other two are between 1,500 and 3,000 feet. Your reward? Breathtaking views of the Wasatch front. Sign up online here.
This Gran Fondo in early October is perfectly timed to watch the lush hills of Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia turn red and gold. The ride, a new addition to the National Gran Fondo Series, offers three route options that take you through historic villages and winding river crossings and up to the top of a mountain. Choose between the 33-mile Valley Ride, the 45-mile River Ride, and the 75-mile Mountain Ride. Register now before October 4 to save 10% on your registration fee.
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