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.  The bicycle events calendar has grown tremendously (plus, there are are club or shop rides almost every day of the week–way too many to post individually) over the years.  Events during our community’s Bike Week are also too many to list here — click here for its dedicated web site.  Check out weekly and special rides sponsored by the local bike clubs, teams and organizations and shops by visiting their web pages.

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:

January – Frosted Fat Tire – gravel/dirt closed track races
March & April – Melting Mann, Dirty Thirty and Barry-Roubaix – gravel/dirt road races (check listings for postponements)
April – Yankee Springs Time Trial – mountain biking
June – 24-hour National Challenge – on-road endurance event
June – Dirty Donut – gravel/dirt road race – new in 2019
June – Pedal Across Lower Michigan (PALM) – road riding
August – DALMAC Lansing to Mackinaw bicycle tour – road riding (late August)
October – Fall Fondo – gravel road event
November – Iceman Cometh Challenge.

These are among the many triathlons, time trials, off- and on-road races and century rides held outside our immediate area but within fairly easy reach.

“Mass-start” events aren’t the only way to participate in a bicycling event, locally.  Did you know that historically, the greatest number of Randonneurs USA (RUSA) approved “permanent” randonneuring routes in Michigan started out of Portage and Kalamazoo? 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.  The point is se 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.

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.  BFK is 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.

2020

Custer’s Last Stand (Against Human Trafficking) – October 3, 2020 – Augusta, MI

Fall Bike Celebration – September 18-20, 2020 – Vicksburg, MI / Greater Kalamazoo – Ride is on September 20

Paw Paw Vineyard Classic Bike Tour – September 13, 2020 – Paw Paw, MI

Bikes & Beers – August 23, 2020 – Kalamazoo, MI

Tour For Teens – July 11, 2020 – Richland, MI

Kalamazoo Scenic Bicycle Tour (KalTour) – June 28, 2020 – Schoolcraft, MI

Tune In and Ride With Open Roads – June 20, 2020 – Portage, MI

Bike-opoly – June 14, 2020 – Portage, MI

Kal-Haven Trail Tour – May 30-31, 2020 – overnight, starting in Kalamazoo, MI

Bike Safety in Greater Kalamazoo: How Data Reveals the Real Issues – May 14, 2020 – Virtual (presentation re. data & State actions)

Local Bicycling Developments – 2020 & Beyond – May 13, 2020 – Virtual (presentations re. bike friendly improvements)

Kalamazoo Bike Week – May 9-16, 2020 – many events and locations (something every day – way too many to list here!)

Bike-a-Palooza – May 9, 2020 – Kalamazoo, MI

KBC’s Bike Camp – May 7, 2020 – orientation meeting – kicks off series of the next four Saturdays – Portage, MI

Fort Custer Stampede – May 3, 2020 – Augusta, MI (mountain bike race)

Bicycle Club – May 1, 2019 – Portage, MI (weekly Portage Senior Center Wednesday ride series through October 9)

Time to Tri Triathlon Camp – April 16, 2020 – start of eight Tuesday night series

Spring Earn-A-Bike – April 22, 2020 – Kalamazoo, MI – start of six week bike repair and social skills program through which kids can earn a bicycle

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club – March 9, 2019 – start of ride season series; different ride each weekday; various start locations and types

Frosted Fat Tire Relay – January 12, 2020 – Three Rivers, MI

Adult Open Shop Fridays – January 10, 2020 – Kalamazoo, MI (Start of weekly Friday PM drop in adult bike mechanic skills shop series)

Youth Fix (Drop-In) Thursdays – January 9, 2020 – Kalamazoo, MI (Start of weekly Thursday PM drop in youth bike mechanic skills shop series)

Hair of the Dog Ride – January 1, 2020 – Kalamazoo, MI

2019

Tweed Ride 2019 – October 5, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI

Custer’s Last Stand (Against Human Trafficking) – October 5, 2019 – Augusta, MI

XTERRA Fort Custer – September 29, 2019 – Augusta, MI (off-road tri- and duathlan)

Fat Tire Bike Raffle – September 28, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI

BFK’s Bike Art Prize Ceremony – September 22, 2019 – Vicksburg, MI

Fall Bike Celebration – September 20-22, 2019 – Vicksburg, MI / Greater Kalamazoo – Celebrate the coming autumnal equinox with BFK’s inaugural community & bike charity Ride and special Awards & Recognition Dinner on Sept. 21.  Ice Cream Social, Live Music & many featured activities in Vicksburg on Friday Sept. 20; Historic Village and Bike Art Ceremony on Sept. 22.

38th Vineyard Classic Bike Tour – September 8, 2019 – Paw Paw, MI

BFK’s Bike Art Prize Deadline – September 5, 2019 – Online submissions close for digital bike-themed public banner art

Bikes & Beers – August 24, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI

Centennial Torch Relay – August 20, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI (Kalamazoo-Battle Creek relay leg)

BFK’s Bike Art Prize Opens – August 15, 2019 – Submissions online for digital bike-themed public light pole banner art & $1,750+ in cash prizes

Walk & Pedal For pALS – July 13, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI

Tour for Teens – July 13, 2019 – Richland, MI

Kalamazoo Scenic Bicycle Tour (KalTour) – June 29, 2019 – Schoolcraft, MI

Kalamazoo County Non-Motorized Summit – June 24, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI

Rolling with Rangers – June 15, 2019 – Portage, MI – last in monthly Saturday series

Chain Gang Memorial Ride – June 4, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI

Kal-Haven Trail Tour – June 1-2, 2019 – overnight, starting in Kalamazoo, MI

7th Annual Biker’s Blessing – June 1, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI

Thursday Road Ride – May 23, 2019 – seasonal weekly Thursday night series; Kalamazoo, MI

Women’s Mountain Bike Ride – May 22, 2019 – seasonal weekly Wednesday night series; start location varies

Pedal Women’s Ride – May 21, 2019 – start of seasonal weekly Tuesday night series

Monday Mountain Bike Ride – May 20, 2019 – seasonal Monday night series

Bike-a-Palooza – May 18, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI

Rolling with Rangers – May 18, 2019 – Portage, MI – second in monthly Saturday series

Local Bicycling Developments – 2019 & Beyond – May 15, 2019 – Portage, MI (presentations re. bike friendly improvements)

Kalamazoo Bike Week – May 11-18, 2019 – many events and locations (something every day – way too many to list here!)

KBC’s Bike Camp – May 9, 2019 – orientation meeting – kicks off series of the next four Saturdays – Portage, MI

Fort Custer Stampede – May 5, 2019 – Augusta, MI (mountain bike race)

Bicycle Club – May 1, 2019 – Portage, MI (weekly Portage Senior Center Wednesday ride series through October 9)

Rolling with Rangers – April 20, 2019 – Portage, MI – start of monthly Saturday series

Open House for the FY 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program – April 11, 2019 – Portage, MI  (plan overviews)

Time to Tri Triathlon Camp – April 9, 2019 – start of eight Tuesday night series

Bike Friendly Kalamazoo Annual Strategic Planning Meeting – March 28, 2019 (public strategic planning session)

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 16, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI (Grand Marshals: entire bicycle community of Kalamazoo)

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club – March 11, 2019 – start of ride season series; each weekday; various start locations

Women’s Night Tech Talk – February 6, 2019 – Portage, MI

Earn-A-Bike – January 23, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI – start of six week bike repair and social skills program through which kids can earn a bicycle

Frosted Fat Tire Relay – January 20, 2019 – Three Rivers, MI

Adult Open Shop Fridays – January 11, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI (Start of weekly Friday PM drop in adult bike mechanic skills shop series)

Youth Fix (Drop-In) Thursdays – January 10, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI (Start of weekly Thursday PM drop in youth bike mechanic skills shop series)

Bikes: Science on Two Wheels – Through January 6, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI (Special Museum Exhibit)

Fat Bike Ride Nights – January 9, 2018 – Kalamazoo, MI  (Start of seasonal weekly Wednesday night ride series)

Hair of the Dog Ride – January 1, 2019 – Kalamazoo, MI

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)

For archived events, please go to our Past Events page.