Are you new to cycling? Been cycling for awhile? Have you ever been to a cycling event? There are quite a few different events to chose from. There are two different types of events, local home grown and corporate. One is obviously larger than the other, but both have their merits. Both can be either fund raisers for a specific charity or for profit. I prefer the rides that raise money for a specific cause. The entry fee seems to usually be lower. The best thing about cycling events is that they give cyclists an opportunity to ride with other cyclists, something that can be invigorating. Don't be intimidated, there are events for all types of cyclists. Most events try to cater to the masses, meaning from the cyclist who like to go out for a leisurely ride to the racer at heart, so there are usually start time divisions for the different category of riders.
Cycling events happen all over many different counties. Google a destination with cycling events and you can find a ride almost anywhere. Its a great way to see a destination.
The biggest cycling event that I attended was the TD 5boroughs tour. It was an incredible experience. To start with 30,000 other cyclist, thats right I said 30,000! All money raised goes to Bike New York, a not for profit organization that advocates cycling in NewYork. I have been to New York many times but never experienced it the way I did when I attended this tour. Every type of cyclist imaginable was there. It was and still is one of the highlights of the cycling events I have participated in.
There are cycling events in pretty much every town and city you can imagine. I've been to Pennsylvania in the Bicycling fall classic with friends; road around lake Muskoka with the Muskoka Brewery for Habitat for humanity; The Tweed Ride in Toronto, where you get to dress up; Mark's Ride, where you get to ride through Algonquin park. You see where I am going with this, just about any number of possible towns to visit for a bike ride. Most rides include post ride social, some even include a beverage with a bit of food offered.
If you haven't participated in a group ride event, pick your town or city and book your time off to go. You won't be disappointed.
I Love cycling. Love to explore on my bike. Love to explore food that fuels my ride.