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Kid’s Bike Events Around the U.S. (2015)

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My son recently did his first-ever bike “race” at the Grand Junction Off-Road. The event made a huge impression on me. These sorts of events expose kids to the world of cycling, allow them to socialize with other kids who are excited about bikes, and heck, they’re just a lot of fun!

Here is a round-up of some of the best kid’s bike races and events happening this summer all around the country. Get your kiddo and their bike to the start-line for memorable fun.

Do you have a favorite kid’s bike event that is missing from this list? Let us know and we’ll get it added.

Park Dental Tour de Kids. June 17-21, 2015 Minneapolis, MN. A kids race will follow each day of the North Star Grand Prix pro race. Free and open to kids 12 and under.

 Bryce Canyon Fat Tire Festival. July 25-26. Ruby’s Inn, UT. The scenic, 9-mile family ride consists of a 6 miles of paved path and 3 miles of dirt road. Pancake breakfast and gourmet lunch included. $35.

 Hilltop Grasshopper Kid’s Bike Race. August 15, 2015. North Caldwell, NJ. This kids-only mountain bike race has categories for kids between Pre-K and Grade 8. $10.

The Great Bicycle Carnival. August 30, 2015. Colorado Springs, CO. Bicycle parade distances between 1.5 and 4 miles. Concludes with popsicles, a picnic, and carnival activities. Free.

Axel Project Ride. September 5, 2015. Telluride, CO. This ride benefits one of our favorite non-profits, the Axel Project. Kids activities include a Family Scavenger hunt ride and a kid’s bike race.

Bergen Bike Tour. October 4, 2015. Mahwah, NJ. Free, non-competitive ride for kids 10 and under. There is a $5 dollar suggested donation for the post-ride picnic and activities.

Over the Hump Mountain Bike Race Series. Ongoing. Orange County, CA. This Tuesday night series runs throughout the summer. Cost is $10 and there are four categories: either girls’ or boys’ ages 6-8 or 9-11. There is also a short free race for babies thru 5 years.

Mid Week Mountain Bike Series. Ongoing. Salt Lake City, UT. Runs throughout the summer on Tuesday nights. Kids 12 and under race for free.

Tennessee Youth Mountain Bike Racing Series. Ongoing. Tennessee. These races are held throughout the summer. Toddler through 15 years old.

Strider Races. Ongoing. Multiple locations. The Strider events are the gold-standard for toddler “races” and are held around the country. Ages 18 months – 5 years. Check out the event calendar for a location near you.

Have an older kid? This list has been tailored to younger families. For older kids and teenagers, check out NICA or the USA Cycling Juniors Program.

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