Biking Events are fun activities that help raise awareness of cycling that everyone should take part in. There are so many events you can take part in from across many cycling disciplines and routes. These cycling events take part right through the year, and there are lots of activities you can join.
Finding Cycling Events
We’ve listed some of the top biking events you can be a part of this year. However, before joining a bike event, you need to take note of a few things:
Select the Right Gear
Before getting on a bike, you always need to ensure that you have the right gear. Knowing the essential items for your particular biking event is crucial to ensuring that you enjoy it. As such, you should always make a checklist of things such as cycling shoes, helmets, shorts, gloves, earphones, and a backpack if necessary. You can also check out our Buyer’s Guides for the best items to take biking.
On any bike event, one of the most essential items to take with you is water. So choosing a good water bottle is always recommended. You could also opt for a good hydration pack as they work well for all types of events.
Familiarize yourself with the Course
Knowing the route of the event is just as important as the gear you plan to bring. So you’ll always want to get yourself familiar with the course by checking the event maps in advance. If possible, try to drive the course so you get acquainted with the terrain. Or if you are more adventurous, just be mentally prepared.
Make Sure Your Bike is Ready
The next step is to do a thorough check on your bike to ensure that everything is functioning well. Check your brakes, chains, and tires in particular as those are the most common bike parts that fail during events.
Be Aware of Group Riding
Biking as a group is fun, but it can also be dangerous if you’ve never done it before. Most cycling events are packed with hundreds of riders biking close together. As such, you’ll need to be able to scan ahead and pace your riding with the group. Be aware of your surroundings, and always follow basic group riding etiquette.
It’s always better to be at the front of the event than in the middle or back. So try to be one of the first riders to show up at the event, so you get a head start. This will allow you to easily follow pace leaders and avoid using up your energy, trying to make it to persons riding at your pace. In most cases, you might be told which position you will have, but it’ll still be helpful to show up early.
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with these tips, you’ll be fine participating in any bike event.
Calendar of Events
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What are the Events in Boston?
There are loads of biking events that you can join in the city of Boston. Here are a few well-known events:
Women’s Bike Ride & Festival
Join a group of women cyclists in this large biking event that celebrates women’s active and healthy lifestyle. This event allows any rider from age 13+ to take part and is inviting for everyone. If you don’t own a bike, you can rent one or check out some of the best women’s bikes for beginners.
Please note that you must register before the event and always try to show up at least an hour early.
TD Bank Mayors Cup
If you are interested in a fun cycling event, then this is one you won’t want to miss. The TD Bank Mayors Cup Crit allows you to participate in a professional race situated in downtown Boston. You’ll be up against close to 200 pro cyclists sprinting to the finish to win the substantial prize money.
Even if you don’t want to be a rider in this event, you can join in the grandstand and support your favorite rider. This event starts at the City hall and takes you on a fast-paced track downtown.
Hubs on Wheels
Starting from the City Hall Plaza, the Hubs on wheels event takes you on a city-wide bike ride through Boston. You’ll find this event very enjoyable as it allows you to enjoy historic locations and take on trails meant for bikers to explore. Anyone can participate in the Hubs on Wheels as long as you register for the event before the specified date.
You will be able to choose the distance you want to ride, so even if you aren’t very fit, you should still participate. And rest assured, the Hubs on Wheels event is very safe so you can even let your kids participate as long as they are 10+ years old. However, they will need to be riding with you on a tandem bicycle or a bike trailer.
Bike to Work Day
Taking part in the bike to work event allows you to join in the celebration of National Bike to Work Day. This event is the city’s way of saying thank you. Through this event, new riders will be more confident in biking to work after experiencing it.
The event allows you to join commuter convoys in over a dozen locations throughout the metro area. You’ll be lead by experienced convoy leaders across the event convoy route and finish at the City Hall. Moreover, breakfast is typically served to “cyclists,” and you’ll be required to show your bike and helmet or hubway key.
If you aren’t a cyclist, you can also take part in this event as a volunteer. The event typically starts at 6:45 AM and ends anywhere between 7:30 and 9:AM. Some routes are shorter than others, so the time to finish depends on the route you choose to ride.
Join and enjoy riding in the city and help in promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Convoy Routes are normally in these areas:
- East Boston/Chelsea
- Jamaica Plain
- West Roxbury/Roslindale
- Winchester/Medford/Assembly Row