Bicycling events really get rolling for the year starting this month.
The last weekend in April was just a start, with 550 participants in the 22nd annual Lilac Century and Family Fun Ride sponsored by Aurora Northwest Rotary Club and based out of Spokane Falls Community College.
During May, more than 20 bicycling events organized by clubs, groups and charities are scheduled within a few hours drive of Spokane.
Some of the events are so popular they sold out weeks in advance, such as the Scenic Tour of the Kootenai River based out of Libby, Montana. The May 9-10 ride is limited to 450 cyclists selected in a lottery in March.
But most of the events are still wide open, including events with no registration, such as Bike to Work Week and Kidical Mass.
Details and registration for events throughout the spring, summer and fall can be found through links on the 2015 Northwest Bicycling Events Calendar at spokesman.com/outdoors.
Following is a list of some of the more notable regional cycling events coming up this month.
• Kidical Mass, May 16: Safe bike ride for kids on 3-mile, vehicle-free course in Chief Garry Neighborhood beginning at Chief Garry Park, 1 p.m. Free.
• Spokane Tour de Cure, May 16: Choose from a 3-mile family route or go 22, 25, 50 or 100 miles, based at Northern Quest Resort west of Spokane in Airway Heights; benefits diabetes research. $200 fundraising minimum (youth $50).
• Bike to Work Week, May 18-22: Hundreds of cyclists participate in Spokane’s promotion of bicycle commuting. Week kicks off with a free bike commuter breakfast at Riverfront Park plus other activities.
• Ride of Silence, May 20: A slow, respectful 4-mile ride in Spokane is among hundreds around the world for 12th anniversary commemorating cyclists killed in traffic. Loosely organized; meet 6 p.m. at east end of the runner statues in Riverfront Park. See local Facebook page for updates.
• 24-Hours Round the Clock mountain bike race, May 23-24: Go solo or with a team in this endurance and social classic, with camping, music, prizes at Riverside State Park Seven Mile Area. $275 solo to $625 for five-person team, junior discounts.
• Pedal Around a Glacier, eh!, May 30-31: The 20th annual PAGE starts in Nelson, British Columbia, for a two-day, 140-mile ride along Kokanee and Slocan lakes and twice across the spine of the Selkirk Mountains to loop around Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. Overnight in New Denver along Slocan Lake. $109-$125.
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