Ride On!

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Story by Cheri Woodsmall

There is no better way to spend a beautiful summer day than feeling a cool breeze on your face and the wind in your hair. And being able to do so, all while getting a great workout? It doesn’t get any better than that! It’s time to blow the dust off that bike in the back of your garage and get that bad boy on the road! From casual trail riding to giving back to your community to serious club rides, Kansas City offers so many choices in biking activities, you will never run out of options!

Family Fundays

With hundreds of trails in our amazing city, this is one of the best. The Indian Creek Trail System runs over 26 miles, links two states, four communities and a multitude of parks along Indian Creek. The scenic trail provides numerous connections to the surrounding areas, making it an excellent resource for members of the community for both recreation and transportation. Make sure you are prepared with plenty of water for hydration, as this trail has a few hills and steep inclines that will make you work!

Another great trail system for recreational riding, is the Gary L. Haller National Recreation Trail along the linear Mill Creek Streamway Park. This trail runs for 17 miles from the Kansas River at Nelson Island south to Olathe. But keep an eye out! You may have a few 4 legged friends joining you along the way, as 4 miles of this gorgeous trail are also designated for equestrians.

Pedaling For Purpose

We always say, one of our favorite things about living in Kansas City, is ours is a city of big hearts. We love to give. And we love to give back to our community. There is a reason Kansas City is rated #3 in the top 5 most philanthropic communities in the country! We are a selfless, soulful community with over 7,500 nonprofits helping improve the lives of those in our community, our country and the world. With so many charitable biking events, it’s easy to give back while getting great exercise!

Bike The Dotte: A cycling event that takes place at beautiful and challenging Wyandotte County Lake in western Kansas City, Kansas. This great ride offers 25 and 50 mile route options, as well as a 5 mile family ride. Refreshments are served and all proceeds for this event go to the Kiwanis International ELIMINATE Project to help fight maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Joel’s Ride: Wheels for Meals is an annual Overland Park, Kansas bicycle ride in memory of Joel Winston, a father, husband, son and friend to many in the community, with a passion for cycling, who died from cancer in 2006. 10 mile, 25 mile, and 40 mile routes are offered and routes start and end at Congregation Beth Torah, 6100 W. 127th Street, Overland Park.

Go All In

For the more serious rider, Kansas City offers many biking clubs and rides throughout the year. KC Metro Bicycle Club has teamed up with several area eateries such as SPIN! Pizza, Coach’s, Blue Moose and Rock and Brews in Prairie Fire to offer dining discounts to riders on various nights throughout the summer. SPIN! offers a 10-20 mile ride that starts and ends at the restaurant, where you then enjoy 20% off your meal! Now how fun is that!

If you are up to the challenge, why not give the Midtown Boogie ride a try? This ride is offered by Major Taylor Cycling Club and is not for beginners, starting at Loose Park and covering the hills of Midtown Kansas City, you are in for a workout!

For those who have a more competitive spirit, Kansas Cycling Association offers a bicycle racing series for all ages. Late Night Under the Lights race is every other Wednesday night through August and starts at 6:30 pm.

So get out there Kansas City! Enjoy our glorious city this summer, while enjoying time outdoors with your friends and family. See you on the trails!

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