Get fit and do good at the same time by joining a charity bike ride
Bike the Bay
Aug. 27, San Diego
During Bike the Bay the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge is open to cyclists who pedal down the Silver Strand and back up the city side of the bay.
Who sweats: No one. This 25-mile route makes the Florida Keys look Himalayan. OK, the bridge is 200 feet tall, but from then on striping paint along the route constitutes a rise.
Why ride: Every event doesn’t have to be a 100 miler with four clicks of elevation. It’s a family event, and a lot cheaper than hauling everyone to Disneyland.
Who benefits: San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, which promotes bike safety and outreach.
Fee: $60 per person for ages 10 and older
Mammoth Grand Fondo
Sept. 9, Mammoth Lakes
The Mammoth Gran Fondo in the Eastern Sierra is guaranteed to be snow-free; give the plow a head start in the morning, just in case.
Who sweats: Everyone. Three routes cover 42, 70 and 102 miles, with a starting point near 8,000 feet and 2,300 to 6,500 feet of elevation gain.
Why ride: The scenery. The challenge. Käse Spätzle, the Germanic pinnacle of mac and cheese, at Petra’s Bistro & Wine Bar at the Alpenhof Lodge in Mammoth Lakes.
Who benefits: Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, which supports youth athletics and academics.
Fee: $70 to $149 per person, depending on distance and registration date.
Foxy’s Fall Century
Oct. 21, Davis, Calif.
If you’re a fan of organized charity rides, make your way to Northern California and Foxy’s Fall Century, one of the showpieces.
Who sweats: Anyone who is stuck on the 405 Freeway and not here pedaling. Thirty-, 63- and 100-mile routes, from flat to rolling to a good bit of climbing to Lake Berryessa.
Why ride: All rides roll through this last bastion of ag and oaks before the mania of the Bay Area. And it’s all kind of historic, as these things go in American cycling, with roots in the ’60s.
Who benefits: Davis Bike Club, which supports bicycling advocacy, safety and outreach programs.
Fee: To be determined.