Does cycling make you more generous, or do generous people just eventually find their way to cycling?
Maybe it’s a little of each but in my experience most cyclists at some point during their cycling lifetime will participate in some type of charity ride. There are rides for young kids that only go 1 or 2 miles, there are centuries and metric centuries for those looking for a challenge and then there are the multi-day rides for those who want to step it up a notch.
The Montague team is no stranger to charity rides. You may have read about the Montague FIT folding bike making it’s way across the Tri-State Trek last summer in support of ending ALS. There are several other great muti-day events that will both give you the opportunity to complete an epic bike ride but also do some good by raising money for charity.
If you are looking to find out how far your bike can take you, here are a few to consider:
Climate Ride is a 5-day charity bike ride that travels from New York City to Washington, DC, a total of 300 miles over 5 days. Beneficiaries include several organizations that change from year-to-year but all have the primary goal of building awareness for environmental related causes. The ride is well supported and there is an option to have organizers carry your camping gear from day to day, or to pay your own way for hotel rooms if you prefer. The minimum fundraising amount is $2,400.
The MS 150 series is one of the most popular muti-day charity rides and has 100 rides all over the country. There are often options for single day and multi-day rides with the multi-day ride typically doing 75 miles per day. MS 150 rides are fully supported with stocked rest stops and well marked. Fundraising minimums vary depending on the ride that you choose to do.
Also known as the PMC, this 2-day event in Montague Bike’s home state of Massachusetts has become one of the largest fundraising events attracting 5,000 participants raising money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute through it’s Jimmy Fund. Fundraising minimums range from $500 – $4,200 and there are a range of distances with the original giving you the opportunity to travel by bike on a 2-day, 190 mile journey from Sturbridge to Provincetown Massachusetts.
Have you participated in one of these events or do you have a favorite charity ride? Share it with us in the comments below.