09 January 2015

Cycling Events in the Western United States 2015

Cycling Events near Colorado

Calendar List of Bike Rides and Cycling Events near Colorado for 2015

Now it is time to talk about those events just beyond the back door of Colorado. If you are a Colorado cyclists you might be ready to venture further fa field or an added cycling challenge in 2015. After the cancellation of the last day of Cyclo-cross National Championships in Austin, Texas today due to mud (please don't ask me to explain, nobody can explain), I would suggest not going south to Texas, instead go West my friends, go West!

Below is a list of events that may intrigue you to travel with your bike to the Western United States, namely California, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Montana and Wyoming. Be adventurous, get out and ride new roads in 2015!

Please also see:

Pedal Dancer® 2015 Cycling Events in the Western United States (and some in Europe)
Pedal Dancer® 2015 Colorado Bike Race Calendar List
Pedal Dancer® 2015 Charity Bike Rides in Colorado 
Pedal Dancer® Guide Page to: COLORADO CLIMBS

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Pros riding in Aspen Colorado, Pedal Dancer
Two Netapp Enduro pro riders stops to take a picture while on a training ride near Snowmass Colorado in 2014. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

2015 Colorado Cycling Events and Bike Rides in the Western United States

Cycling event RIDES near Colorado 2015: (CA, UT, NV, NM, OR, WA, AZ, IA, WY):
Western United States bike events including gran fondos, centuries, charity rides and week-long cycling events. For the traveling cyclist, here is a list of cycling events in the nearby states of California, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Iowa, and Wyoming. When you think "you've done it all" - there is always more.

January 17, 2015 - Shadow Tour Stagecoach Century Ocotillo, California
February 14, 2015 - Tour de Palm Springs, Palm Springs, California
February 26, 2015 - Solvang Century, Solvang, California
March 14-17, 2015 - Moab Skinny Tire Festival, Moab, Utah
March 21, 2015 - Tour de Cure, Phoenix, Arizona, 10/35/62.5mi
March 29, 2015 - Gorge Gravel Grinder (Roubaix Recon), The Dalles, Oregon
April 8-12, 2015 - Redlands Bicycle Classic, Redlands, California
April 16-19, 2015 - Sea Otter Classic, Monterey, California
April 11, 2015 - Mulholland Challenge - King of the Mountains, Malibu, California
April 26, 2015 - Primavera Century, San Jose, California
April 26, 2015 - Chico Wildflower Century, Chico, California
May 2, 2015 - Breathless Agony, Riverside County, California
May 16, 2015 - Etape du California, Stage 7 of ATOC, Mt Baldy, California
May 17, 2015 - Santa Fe Century, Santa Fe, New Mexico
May 21, 2015 - Giro de Paso, Paso Robles, California
June 6, 2015 - Trans Am Bike Race, Oregon to Virginia (4233 miles)
June 6, 2015 - Ride Around the Bear, Big Bear, California
June 27, 2015 - Climb to Kaiser, Fresno, California
June 27-28, 2015 - Rough Riders 200, Taos/Angel Fire New, Mexico
June 27, 2015 - Giro Bella, Sonoma County California
July 11-12, 2015 - Cycle Oregon, Oregon (weekend ride)
July 11, 2015 - Death Ride, California Alps, California
July 30, 2015 - RAMROD, Mt Rainier, Washington
August 15-16, 2015 - Bike MS Wyoming, Colorado-Wyoming
August 28, 2015 - Hoodoo 500 (relay/solo), south-central Utah  
September 12, 2015 - Amtrak Century, Southern California
September 12, 2015 - LOTOJA, Utah to Wyoming
September 12-19, 2015 - Cycle Oregon, Oregon (week-long ride)
September 19, 2015 - Moab Century Tour, Moab, Utah
Sep 26 - Oct 3, 2015 - California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour, SF to LA, 8-days 525mi
October 17, 2015 - Santa Barbara Century, Santa Barbara, California
November 14, 2015 - Palm Desert Century, Palm Desert, California
November 21, 2015 - El Tour de Tucson, Arizona (always near Thanksgiving!)

* many more rides in California listed and mapped at: TourofCalifornia.org
* Moab Munifest, Utah (unicycling festival is held every other year and will be back in 2016)

NATIONWIDE Bike Rides 2015

Every year these special event bike rides take place in various states across our nation.

Throughout the year - Tour de Cure (CO, CA, WA, OR, AZ, UT, MT, NE, AK, LA, AL, FL, AR, NM, TX, OK, TN, CT, ME, RI, NY, NJ, MA, RI, MD, VA, DC, NC, SC, VA, GA, HI, IA, MN, IL, SD, WI, IN, MO, OH, KY, KS, MN, SD, ND, PA)
Throughout the year - RAAM Cycling Challenge (TX, CA, MN, OH, CO)
Throughout the year - New Belgium Tour de Fat (DC, NC, GA, DC, CO, CA, ID, AR, MN, IL, TN)
Throughout the year - 2015 Schedule Honor Rides (FL, AR, TX, CA, OH, NH, IL, WI, CO, DC, NV)
Throughout the year - Wounded Warrior, Soldier Rides (Boston, Germany, The Hamptons, Key West, Babylon)

George Hincapie on a group ride in Colorado, Pedal Dancer
A group ride with George Hincapie near Aspen, 2014. . Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
CHARITY Events 2015

January 29, 2015 - Trips for Kids - Meet the Mountain Bike Pioneers Bash, Marin, CA
September 26, 2015 - California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour, SF to LA 8-days 525mi - Arthritis

GRAN FONDOS 2015 (cyclosportive) events in the U.S.A. :

Gran Fondo (cyclosportive) events in the U.S.A. for the 2015 season in Utah, Arizona, California, New York, Utah, Oregon, New Mexico, Idaho, Washington, Nevada, Montana. Gran Fondos are timed events, challenge yourself not only by distance but by speed, these Gran Fondos might be worth a travel trip from Colorado with your bike in 2015.

February 21, 2015 - Camino Real Double Century Poker Run, Southern California
February 21-22, 2015 - Malibu Gran Fondo, Malibu, California
March 21, 2015 - Solvang Double Century, Solvang, California
March 28, 2015 - Javelina Chase Gran Fondo, Duncan, Arizona
April 4, 2015 - Gran Fondo Las Vegas, Nevada
April 11, 2015 - Mulholland Challenge, Malibu, California
April 12, 2015 - Gran Fondo Goldendale, Goldendale, Washington
April 12, 2015 - Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego, California
April 18, 2015 - Specialized Gran Fondo at Sea Otter Classic, California (MTB)
April 18, 2015 - Specialized Gran Fondo at Sea Otter Classic, California (Road)
April 25, 2015 - Zion Gran Fondo, Zion National Park, Utah
April 26, 2015 - SPY Belgian Waffle Ride, Carlsbad, California
April 26, 2015 - Sonora Grand Fondo, Sonora, California
May 2, 2015 - Gran Fondo Moab, Moab, Utah
May 16, 2015 - Gran Fondo Salt Lake, Utah 
May 16, 2015 - Etape du California, Stage 7 of ATOC, Mt Baldy, California
May 23, 2015 - Heartbreak Hundred (also 202mi), Los Padres National Forest, California
May 25, 2015 - Evergreen Health 7 Hills Gran Fondo, Kirkland, Washington
May 31, 2015 - Gran Fondo Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Washington
June 20, 2015 - Gran Fondo Ellensburg, Ellensburg, Washington
June 20, 2015 - Chafee 150 Gran Fondo, Sandspoint City Beach, Idaho
June 20, 2015 - Tour de Fronds, Powers, Oregon
June 27-28, 2015 - Gran Fondo Kootenai, Libby Montana
June 28, 2015 - Baker City Gran Fondo, Baker City, Oregon
July 7, 2015 - Oregon Gran Fondo, Cottage Grove, Oregon
July 12, 2015 - Cache Valley Gran Fondo, Logan, Utah
July 18, 2015 - Jederman Gran Fondo, Cheny, Washington
July 25, 2015 - 4 Summit Challenge, Cascade, Idaho
August 1-2, 2015 - Double Divide Gran Fondo, Helena, Montana
August 2, 2015 - Willamette Gran Fondo, Philomath, Oregon
August 15, 2015 - Montana Hell Ride, Hamilton, Montana
August 28-31, 2015 - Hoodoo 500, Southern Utah, 300/500mi
September 5, 2015 - Mammoth Fall Century and Gran Fondo, Mammoth Lakes, California
September 12-13, 2015 - Giro di San Diego Granfondo, Solano Beach, California
September 19, 2015 - Providence St Mary Grand Fondo, Walla Walla, Washington
September 26, 2015 - Coeur d'Fondo, Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
September 27, 2015 - Gran Fondo Winthrop, Winthrop, Washington
October 3, 2015 - OC Gran Fondo, Orange County, California
October 3, 2015 - Levi's GranFondo, Santa Rosa, California
October 10, 2015 - Gila Monster Gran Fondo, Silver City, New Mexico
October 10, 2015 - Tri-States Gran Fondo, Mesquite, Nevada
October 18, 2015 - El Grande Fondo Los Angeles Crest, Los Angeles, California
November 21, 2015 - El Tour du Tucson, Tucson, Arizona

Gran Fondo National Championship Series: (FL, GA, NJ, CO, NC, MD)
GFNCS - 2015 Event Dates

2015 cycling Bike Rides in Iowa, New England, New York, South Carolina and North Carolina, dare to go east:

May 17, 2015 - Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York - The True Experience, New York
July 19-25, 2015 - Ragbrai, Iowa
October 4, 2015 - Gran Fondo New England, Rhode Island and Connecticut 
October 24, 2015 - Gran Fondo Hincapie, Greenville, South Carolina
November __, 2015 - Bookwalter Binge, Asheville, North Carolina

* Full list of Gran Fondo in the U.S.A and around the world at: GranFondoGuide.com
* Also see the bike ride list by Active.com of 12 Must-Do Bike Rides In 2015.

Col du Tourmalet France, Pedal Dancer
Final climb up Col du Tourmalet. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
Cycling Bike Rides in CANADA 2015, dare to go north:

August 22, 2015 - RBC GranFondo - Banff Canada
September 12 2015 - RBC GranFondo Whistler Canada

Looking for an INTERNATIONAL challenge in 2015?

Recommended reading by Pedal Dancer®: Best Sportives and Gran Fondos (in the world!)

The Haute Route - one of the greatest cycling challenges in the world! Learn more about the Pyrenees and Dolomites Swiss Alps Haute Routes.

The Vicious Cycle Blog writes about the Haute Route here: A Guide. The Vicious Cycle also lists the major citizen sportifs in Europe including: Paris-Roubaix, La Marmotte, Etape du Tour, London-Paris, Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps, Haute Route Pyrenees, Le Ventoux, Time-Megève Mont Blanc, L’Ariégeoise, Le Mans, and l’Heraultaise. To learn more about these international timed cycling events in Europe please read sportive guide.

Maroon Bells Colorado, Pedal Dancer
A very nice bike ride to Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado, 2014. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

Colorado Bike Events and Bike Race Calendars by Pedal Dancer®

An extensive list of 2015 Colorado road cycling events, charity rides, gran fondos, century rides, cruiser rides, randonneurs, extreme long distance bike events, hill climbs, mountain bike events, gravel rides, bike races, week-long bike tours, fundraisers, bike swaps, and so much more can be found at this link: 2015 Colorado Cycling Events and Bike Rides

A long calendar list of 2015 Colorado bike race dates and links for Road Races, Criteriums, Hill Climbs, Time Trials, Track Races, Mountain Bike Races, Mid-week Races, Omniums and Stage Races can be found here: 2015 Colorado Bike Race Calendar.

Also Charity Bike Rides in Colorado 2015 another event calendar list by Pedal Dancer®