What better way to accomplish the American Bike Challenge than by completing some of the most memorable bike rides in the nation?
You can make memories and raise money for a good cause.
This rails to trails project run from Makins Missouri (near Saint Charles) up along the Missouri river to Clinton Missouri. It is 240 miles of gravel goodness.
Many people complete the trail on mountain bikes or gravel bikes, but a road bike that can accept 28c tires can get the job done. You have a choice of tent camping along the trail or taking advantage of the many hostels that offer beds.
The trail is open all year, but you might plan to do your ride between memorial day and labor day to take advantage of the most active season.
This is the largest one-day sporting event for the arts, and it is set against the beautiful backdrop of Wisconsin.
It supports the United Performing Arts and has over 6,000 riders. They cross the Hoan bridge which is a rare and unique event. It gives you a rare view of the Milwaukee skyline.
Everyone comes out to have a good time. It is not uncommon to see costumes and themes as riders celebrate the arts together.
This is a short event, but a memorable one.
This is an event held along the shoreline in Chicago and is at the top of my list to complete.
Chicago was recently named the #1 most bicycle friendly city and this event gives them a chance to show off that friendliness. You get 30 miles of car-free roads to ride along, soaking in the urban river views and revelling in your sport.
The cars may rage, but, for this one moment of one day, we get to celebrate the roadway as cyclists.