Memorial day weekend races are a some of our favorites; early enough in the season to be forgiving, but not too early that you feel worn down. There's still tons of races with late registration all over the U.S. that'll make you get out and ride.
We've rounded them up... now it's your turn to show up.
Tour of Somerville
Offering three different types of races, including sprints and a 30 mile tour, Tour of Somerville has been taking place since 1940. The race offers different age groups and allows entries from everyone from professionals to amateurs. Tour of Somerville is more than just bike races and is a lively place for spectators alike. It includes a festival, carnival, and general celebration throughout the entire town.
Winston-Salem Cycling Classic
A whole weekend event, the W-S Cycling Classic offers numerous rides as well as a music festival to compliment the rest of the weekend. One of the most special parts of this event is one of only two UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) category 1.1 road races in the United States.
The Atlanta Cycling Festival
This one doesn’t just go the weekend, but is actually a week long cycling festival for new, old, and seasoned riders alike. From bike films to bike art and bike tech alike, there’s a huge amount of information and comradery shared over the week. There’s a donut race that stops at three different shops for donuts, the Intercontinental Cocktail Ride where riders dress to the nines and enjoy some custom cocktails, a bike yard sale, women’s wrench night, riders clinic, a night ride that guides through the city, and so much more! Literally there is something for everyone and this is one hell of a week for cycling enthusiasts.
Tour de Honey
A great leg stretcher, time tester, and overall fun race, the Tour de Honey offers 30, 50 and 65 miles plus a 30 mile chip timed race over rolling hills that’ll test your early season endurance. This race offers lunch to every racer to refuel and some music to celebrate the finish.
Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
With races throughout the entire weekend, the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic has been going for 41 years, since 1972. There are a number of races that occur, from criteriums, circuit races, road races, tours, BMX races, Trials, dual slaloms, team trail rides, and mountain bike races, offering something for every racer out there! Another thing we love about this race? Durango attracts tons of people from all over the country, especially due to it’s central location between Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City.
Barry Wolfe Grand Prix
Thousand Oaks, CA
From 20 mile races to 90 milers, Barry Wolfe has races for everyone and anyone in between, that rides through southern California. There’s even a 15 mile kids race with medals for the participants to get them excited about the sport. Champions of the SCNA races receive a special custom kit with the California flag featured on it!
The Art of Survival Century
Tulelake, CA | Klamath Falls, OR
Offering rides throughout the weekend, the Art of Survival Century offers not only great routes throughout Northern California and Southern Oregon, but also offer talks highlighting the history, geography, environmental issues and geology of the area at the rest stops of each of the races. The Race offers 100 mile, 62 mile, 40 mile, and a 25 mile family ride on Saturday and gravel grinder rides of 74 mile, 53 mile, and 8 mile family friendly rides on Sunday. You also ride through Lava Bed National Monument, which features more than 700 lava tube caves, an unbeatable view.
Ski to Sea
This one is more than a bike race… but if you have friends with all different types of interest, Ski to Sea is the race for you. From cross country skiing to canoeing to road biking and cyclocross-- Ski to Sea is a crazy event that takes professionals and recreational riders alike. The ride is a 42 miler, and there’s a 13 mile cyclocross portion, but your team can participate in the relay with as little as three team members.
Le Grand Du Norde
Grand Marais, MN
For the first time this year, there will be a 120 mile course in addition to the 66 and 20 mile rides. This one begins in the beautiful town of Grand Marais on the harbor that follows along the shores of Lake Superior. After the ride there will be a local brewery providing beer as well as music and more fun. All races are gravel races.
MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive
This ride let’s Chicago riders finally ride on Lake Shore Drive free of traffic. The entire length is 30 miles, with a challenge offered to show those participating. Overall, the drive is open for a five hours to allow riders young and old to enjoy the car free drive. Proceeds benefit Active Transportation Alliance’s goal to improve biking, walking, and public transit throughout the city.
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