Events

Please consult links below for details to many of the ride events and bicycle related programs in our community.  Some require pre-registration, membership, fees, specific gear such as bike helmets, etc.  You can also find many additional events outside (and inside our community) on the League of Michigan Bicyclists popular Michigan Ride Calendar.  In 2018, the bicycle events calendar has virtually exploded (plus, there are are club or shop rides almost every day of the week–way too many to post individually)!  Make sure you also check out weekly and special rides sponsored by the local bike clubs, teams and organizations and shops by visiting their web pages for even more rides.

Use your favorite search tool to find the latest information about popular events you don’t find on this page (they may be outside our immediate community).  Some popular events outside our immediate community include:

Melting Mann and Barry-Roubaix (March & April) gravel/dirt road races

Yankee Springs Time Trial (April) for mountain bikers

24-hour National Challenge (June) on-road endurance event

DALMAC Lansing to Mackinaw bicycle tour (starts late August)

Fall Fondo gravel road event (October)

Iceman Cometh Challenge (November).

A relative newcomer: the Frosted Fat Tire race in January.  All are among the many triathlons, time trials, off- and on-road races and century rides held outside our immediate area but are within fairly easy reach.

“Mass-start” events aren’t the only way to participate in a bicycling event, locally.  Did you know that the greatest number of Randonneurs USA (RUSA) approved “permanent” randonneuring routes in Michigan start out of Portage and Kalamazoo? These long distance (100k+) self-supporting routes can be ridden locally for RUSA’s awards almost year-round — more or less on a date and time of your own choosing.  See RUSA for more information and the “Where to Ride” tab or go here for some local randonneuring routes. The Ultra-Marathon Cycling Association (UMCA) gives a “Year Rounder” and other awards for 90+ mile rides submitted via GPS logs (which can start right from your front door if you want); see UMCA‘s web site for more information.

If you know of a ride event in our community that is not listed below, please use our Contact form to let us know!  We regret that only events that can be linked to a web page and are within our local Metropolitan Planning Organization can be listed; we reserve the right to post events at our sole discretion.  For additional ideas and events, try browsing the links on our Clubs, Teams & Organizations tab and our Resources>Organization-National & Other page.

Note: Event promoters – please notify us about your current local events that meet our listing criteria, including a link to your event.  Not responsible for errors or omissions on this page or the events themselves; please verify details with event organizers.  There are so many great bike-related events happening that we only directly notify others about BFK-sponsored events, so as not to overload our volunteers’ inboxes; please understand!  Links and web pages for events older than today’s date may have changed.  Links are almost certainly out of date for events in previous years.

2018

Custer’s Last Stand (Against Human Trafficking) – October 6, 2018 – Augusta, MI

Kalamazoo Tweed Ride – October 3, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

XTERRA Fort Custer – September 30, 2018 – Augusta, MI (off-road tri- and duathlan)

Put Your Bike To Bed – September 29, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

Bikes: Science on Two Wheels – September 22, 2018 through January 6, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI (Special Museum Exhibit)

Markin Glen / Maple Hill Cyclocross – September 16, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

3rd Annual Ride for a Cause – September 15, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

37th Annual Vineyard Classic Bike Tour – September 9, 2018 – Paw Paw, MI

Tour for Teens – September 8, 2018 – Richland, MI

End of Summer Youth Ride – August 30, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

Old Dog Tavern Brickyard 6th Annual Vintage Bicycle Show – August 25, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

Bikes & Beers – August 25, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

Riding With a Purpose – August 25, 2018 – Kalamazoo

Stride, Ride & Imbibe – August 24, 2018 – Galesburg, MI

Girls Best Friend Triathlon – August 11, 2018 – Vicksburg, MI

Tour de Portage – August 11, 2018 – Portage, MI

Shermanator Triathlon – August 4, 2018 –  Augusta, MI

Conducting Bicycle Road Safety Audits – July 31, 2018 – FHWA Webinar

Picnic with the Principal – July 25, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

AMTRAK – MDOT Bicycle Media Event/Public Announcement – July 25, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

Pedaling For pALS – July 14, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

Pretty Lake Tri on the 4th of July – July 4, 2018 – Mattawan, MI

Kalamazoo Scenic Bicycle Tour (KalTour) – June 24, 2018 – Schoolcraft, MI

5th Annual Summer Conference on Livable Communities – June 21-22, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

Earn-A-Bike – June 12, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI – start of six week bike repair and social skills program through which kids can earn a bicycle

BTR Park Bike Race / Cycling Lawyer.com Criterium – June 9, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

Tour de Taylor – June 9, 2018 – Mattawan, MI

Rolling with Rangers – June 9, 2018 – Portage, MI – last in Saturday series

Kids Bike Skills Clinic – June 8, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI of June-August Thursday night series of drop-in bike repair sessions

Fixapalooza – June 7, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI – first of many pop-up fix it programs in many locations

Biker’s Blessing – June 2, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

Kids Tri At The Y – June 1, 2018 – Portage, MI

Bike Friendly Business Forum – May 30, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

Kal-Haven Trail Tour – May 19/20, 2018 – two day ride; overnight in South Haven hotel stay included in event

Bike-a-Palooza – May 19, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo County Ride of Silence – May 16, 2018 – Portage, MI (6:30pm registration, Portage Millennium Park; details pending)

Bicycle Safety Adventure – May 12, 2018 – Portage, MI

Community Ride & Relaxation – May 12, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

Kal-Haven Trailblazer – May 12, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI (closest start location)

Kalamazoo Bike Week – May 12-19, 2018 – many events and locations (usually too many to list here)

KBC Bike Camp – May 10, 2018 – Portage, MI (start of 4 sessions)

Bicycling Diversity Night – May 8, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

131 Cycling Series – May 7 through September 24 – Martin, MI (start of Monday night series)

Fort Custer Stampede – May 6, 2018 – Augusta, MI

Safe Kids Bicycle Helmet Blitz – May 5, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI

Bicycle Club (Portage Senior Center) – April 25, 2018 – Portage, MI (weekly Wednesday ride series through October 10)

Adult Open Shop Thursdays – Kalamazoo, MI (drop in adult bike mechanic skills shop series)

Thursday Shop Ride – April 5, 2018 – Kalamazoo (weekly Thursday night Pedal Bicycle ride series)

Ladies Mountain Bike Wednesday – April 4, 2018 – Al Sabo, Maple Glen Park (1st of weekly Wednesday ride series, check here for weekly location)

Bike the Zoo – April 2, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI  (1st of ride series held first Monday of each month, April – October)

Mountain Bike Monday – April 2, 2018 – Maple Glen Park, Fort Custer Park (1st of ride series held on Mondays, check here for weekly location)

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club – March 12, 2018 – (start of ride season series; each weekday; various start locations)

Fat Bike Ride Nights – January 3, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI  (Start of weekly Wednesday night ride series)

2017

RunUP Cyclocross – October 15, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo Tweed Ride – October 7, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI

XTERRA Fort Custer – September 25, 2017 – Augusta, MI (off-road tri- and duathlan)

RunUP Cyclocross – September 17, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI

36th Annual Vineyard Classic Bike Tour – September 10, 2017 – Paw Paw, MI

Safe Kids Bicycle Safety Rodeo – September 9, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI

KBC Memorial Ride for Jeremy Smith – August 21 – Portage, MI

Bikes & Beers – August 19, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI

Girls Best Friend Triathlon – August 12, 2017 – Vicksburg, MI

Kids Get Active Triathlon – August 12, 2017 – Portage, MI

Shermanator Triathlon – August 5, 2017 –  Augusta, MI

Mountain Bike Monday – July 11, 2017 – Augusta, MI

Pedaling For pALS – July 8-9, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI

BTR Park Bike Race – July 9, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI

Men’s and Women’s Bike Racing Clinic – July 8, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI

Women’s Cycling Clinic – July 8, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI

Pretty Lake Tri on the 4th of July – July 4, 2017 – Mattawan, MI

Kalamazoo Scenic Bicycle Tour (KalTour) – June 25, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI

Gull Lake Triathlon – June 24, 2017 – Hickory Corners, MI

Erin + Donuts + Fun – June 24, 2017 – Portage, MI

Tour de Taylor – June 10, 2017 – Mattawan, MI

Chain Gang Memorial Rides – June 7, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI

Kal-Haven Trail Tour – May 20/21, 2017 – two day overnight event

Bike-a-Palooza – May 20, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo County Ride of Silence – May 17, 2017 – Portage, MI

Bicycle Safety Adventure – May 13, 2017 – Portage, MI

Kal-Haven Trailblazer – May 13, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI (closest start location)

Kalamazoo Bike Week – May 13-21, 2017 – click on link for many events and locations (too many to list here)

KBC Bike Camp – May 10, 2017 – Portage, MI (start of 4 sessions)

Fort Custer Stampede – May 3, 2017 – Augusta, MI

Mountain Bike Monday – May 2, 2017 – Augusta, MI (1st of rides held on Mondays, weekly)

BikeTheZoo – April 3, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI (1st of rides held first Monday each)

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club – March 13, 2017 – (start of ride season; each weekday; various start locations)

Tune Up University – January 25, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI  (1st of 4 sessions)

Wine, Women & Wheels – January 12, 2017 – Portage, MI

Tune Up University – January 11, 2017 – Kalamazoo, MI  (1st of 4 sessions)

2016

Links may not be current for older events.

8th Annual Fall Color Cruise – October 9, 2016 – Kalamazoo, MI

RunUP Cyclocross Race – October 2, 2016 – Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo Tweed Ride – October 1, 2016 – Kalamazoo, MI

RunUP Cyclocross Race – September 25, 2016 – Portage, MI

35th Annual Vineyard Classic Bike Tour – September 11, 2016 – Paw Paw, MI

Kids Get Active Triathlon – August 13, 2016 – Portage, MI

Shermanator Triathlon – August 6, 2016 –  Augusta, MI

Gull Lake Triathlon – June 25, 2016 – Hickory Corners, MI

Kalamazoo Kids Tri – June 16, 2016 – (north of) Kalamazoo, MI

Peace-Pedal-Pray Ride for Kalamazoo – June 12, 2016 – Kalamazoo

Tribute Ride of Silence for Kalamazoo Bicycle Tragedy – June 8, 2016 – Kalamazoo, MI

Double Time Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike/Relay – May 28, 2016 – Vicksburg, MI

Ladies Mountain Bike Skills Clinic – May 22, 2016 – Augusta, MI

Open Roads Bike-a-Palooza Education Fundraiser – May 21, 2016 – Kalamazoo, MI

Bell’s to Bell’s Ride – May 21, 2016 – Kalamazoo, MI

Ride of Silence – May 18, 2016 – Portage, MI

“Local Bicycling Developments – 2016 & Beyond” – May 18, 2016, Portage, MI

Kalamazoo Bike Week – May 14-21, 2016 – many events and locations

Fort Custer Stampede – May 1, 2016 – Galesburg, MI

Tune Up University – January 20, 2016 – Kalamazoo, MI (1st of four sessions)

Fat Bike Demos and Drag Race – January 16, 2016 – Kalamazoo, MI

Pedal Wednesday Night Fat Bike Rides – continuing in 2016 – seasonal Portage location shop ride

Tune Up University – January 2, 2016 – Kalamazoo, MI  (start of 4 sessions)

2015

Links may not be current for older events.

Culver’s Frozen Custer Fat Bike Race – December 19, 2015 – Fort Custer (Galesburg), MI

Pedal Wednesday Night Fat Bike Rides – begin December 2, 2015 – seasonal Portage location shop ride

RunUP Cyclocross Race – October 18, 2015 – Parchment, MI

2015 Fall Color Cruise – October 11, 2015 – Kalamazoo, MI

Arcadia to Arcadia Adventure – October 4, 2015 – Kalamazoo, MI

Tweed Ride – October 3, 2015 – Kalamazoo, MI

RunUP Cyclocross Race – September 27, 2015 – Portage, MI

Pedal to Your (Yoga) Mat – September 13, 2015 – Kalamazoo, MI

Michigan Recumbent Rally West – September 12, 2015 – Kalamazoo, MI

Brickyard Vintage Bicycle Show – August 29, 2015 – Kalamazoo, MI

Girl’s Best Friend Triathlon – August 15, 2015 – Vicksburg, MI

Kids Get Active Triathlon – August 8, 2015 – Portage, MI

Sherminator Triathlon – August 1, 2015 – Augusta, MI

Miller Energy BTR Criterium Race – July 11, 2015 – Kalamazoo, MI

The Sheep Ride – July 11, 2015 – Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo Scenic Bicycle Tour (KalTour) – June 28, 2015

Gull Lake Tri – June 27, 2015

Pop-Up Bike Lane Test of KRVT Connector – June 18-21 – Kalamazoo, MI -(give feedback  at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V988P95)

Tour de Taylor – (Make-A-Wish Foundation charity ride) – June 13, 2015

Kids at Custer Tri – June 11, 2015

Bikers’ Blessing – June 6, 2015 – Kalamazoo, MI

Double Time Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike/Relay – May 30, 2015 – Vicksburg, MI

Bicycle Safety Adventure (Safe Kids) – May 30, 2015 – Portage, MI

Bike-a-palooza – Open Roads Project Fundraiser – May 16, 2015

10th Annual Bike Camp Orientation Meeting – Kalamazoo Bicycle Club – May 13, 2015 (+ next four Saturday mornings)

Ride of Silence Tribute – May 13, 2015 – Portage, MI

Strategic Plans for Bicycling (Public Presentations) – May 13, 2015 – Portage, MI

Kal-Haven Trailblazer – May 9, 2015 – Kalamazoo/Van Buren Counties

Kalamazoo Bike Week 2015 – May 9-16, 2015  (too many events to list here; click on link for more)

Fort Custer Stampede – May 3, 2015 – Fort Custer Mountain Bike Trails

Bike Swap – April 12, 2015 – Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club Rides (scheduled most weekdays March/April – season)

2014

Links may not be current for older events.

Bicycle Safety Adventure – August 23, 2014 – Portage, MI – Safe Kids of Kalamazoo County and Portage Dept. of Public Safety sponsored event; free T-Shirt and helmet to first 100 child participants

Girl’s Best Friend Triathlon – August 16, 2014 – Vicksburg, MI

Kids Get Active Triathlon – August 9, 2014 – Portage, MI

Kalamazoo Dream Ride –  August 9, 2014 – supporting the Kalamazoo Dream Center ministry for the poor and homeless

Sherminator Triathlon – August 2, 2014 – Augusta, MI

Wish-A-Mile 50 and 300 –  July 27, 2014 (50 miles) and July 24-27 (300 miles-fully supported), supporting Make-A-Wish of Michigan 

Miller Energy BTR Criterium Race – July 12, 2014 – Kalamazoo, MI

Kid’s Tri – July 11, 2014 – Portage YMCA

Kalamazoo Scenic Bicycle Tour (KalTour) – June 29, 2014

Gull Lake Tri – June 28, 2014

Tour de Taylor (Make-A-Wish Foundation charity ride) – June 14, 2014

Kids at Custer Tri – June 12, 2014

BFK Public Meeting (see MDOT-KATS-BFK-140507 Meeting) – May 14, 2014 – Community-wide bike route network; Governor’s vision for bicycling in Michigan – public invited

9th Annual Bike Camp Orientation Meeting – Kalamazoo Bicycle Club – May 14, 2014 (+ next four Saturday mornings)

Kalamazoo Bike Week 2014 – May 10-17, 2014  (too many events to list here; click on link for more)

Kal-Haven Trailblazer – May 10, 2014

Totally Spoked Spring into Biking – Open Roads Fundraiser – April 12, 2014

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club Rides (scheduled most weekdays March/April – season)

2013

Links may not be current for older events.

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club Rides (scheduled most weekdays April – season)

Kids Get Active Triathlon – August 10, 2013

Bicycle Safety Camp – August 6, 2013

Shermanator Triathlon – August 3, 2013

Gull Lake Triathlon – July 7, 2013

Kalamazoo Scenic Bicycle Tour (KalTour) – June 30,2013

Tour de Taylor – June 15, 2013

Kids At Custer Triathlon – June 12, 2013

Double Time Triathlon – June 1, 2013

XTERRA Last Stand Triathlon/Duathlon and Trail Run May 19, 2013

Kids Tri 4 Hope – May 18, 2013

Portage Ride of Silence  – May 15, 2013

8th Annual Bike Camp Orientation Meeting – Kalamazoo Bicycle Club – May 14, 2013 (+ next four Saturday mornings)

Kalamazoo Bike Week – May 11-18, 2013 

Kal-Haven Trailblazer – May 11, 2013

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club Dirt Road Ride – April 21, 2013

Monday Morning Cruisers on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail – Mondays 9am, April – May 2013