July is a fine month for bicycling. Every cyclist should be tuned up and the sky’s the limit. The region has plenty of organized events this month to test that theory.
Some of them are fundraisers for worthy causes. Bicyclists have long been known to donate generously in return for a well-oiled cycling event. Indeed, the 2016 Silver Valley Ride to Defeat ALS, which was held June 18 on the trail of the Coeur d’Alenes raised $60,000 to support local people with ALS and their families, said spokeswoman Candace Godwin.
About 15 events are scheduled within an easy drive of Spokane this month. Here’s a sampling:
- Montana Bicycle Celebration, July 15-17 –Rides, free events and seminars plus dinners, speakers and prizes for all ages based out of Missoula as Adventure Cycling celebrates 40th anniversary of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail.
- Tour of the Bitterroot, July 17 –Dirt road mountain biking on 20 -mile route, 48-mile Skalkaho Mountain Tour out of Hamilton, Mont., ends with barbecue/beer. Also Kids Dirt Road Derby. Benefits Bitter Root Land Trust. $35.
- Family Adventure MTB Series: 4th of July Pass, July 24 – Mountain bike on several family-friendly courses at Fourth of July Pass Nordic trails east of Coeur d’Alene, followed by picnic lunch; third of four family events organized by Bicycle Sales and Service.
- Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration, July 31: Ride 10, 25 or 50-mile routes based from Mirabeau Meadows Park in Spokane Valley, with food stops sponsored by ValleyFest organizers. $8-$20.
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