Numerous charities use cycling rides as their flagship annual fundraising events in the United States. Years before my major cycling accident, I desired to find a coordinated cycling event to ride my new TREK bike. I saw on Google "The LiveStrong Challenge," a cycling fundraising event. I not only enjoyed the ride by participating in Philadelphia, PA and Austin, TX LiveStrong Bike Challenges in 2008-2010, but I also raised over $60,000 for the LiveStrong Foundation to help fund Cancer Survivor Programs in memory of my Mom. She passed away in 1988 from Cancer. When she died, Cancer seemed to be a private matter in which "Cancer Survivor Programs" didn't seem to exist. The passion, healing, hope, help, programs, and funding from the Cancer Foundation that Lance Armstrong created for millions of Cancer survivors and their care takers, including me, is unmeasurable. Years later, I participated with LiveStrong and passionate cancer advocates from around America to lobby the United States Congress, representing the human face of Cancer in America on behalf of One Voice Against Cancer. The objective was to urge Congress to prioritize funding for Cancer research and prevention programs.
This BikeInsure blog lists a few amazingly cool cycling charity rides that raise money for critically essential causes such as Cancer, Diabetes, Veterans, and Multiple Sclerosis.
LiveStrong Challenge | LiveStrong.org | Texas
$500,000,000+ raised in 25-year history.
Each October, The Livestrong Challenge is a homecoming for our cancer-fighting community. A day to gather, remember, and honor the cancer survivors in your life.
The LiveStrong Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by Cancer. Created in 1997, the Foundation provides free cancer support services, develops community programs, and advocates for policies that improve access to care and quality of life. Known for its powerful brand, Livestrong, the Foundation offers hope and inspiration worldwide. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.5 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $500 million to support Cancer Survivors. LiveStrong.org/who-we-are/our-history
The Pan-Mass Challenge | pmc.org | Massachusetts
$50,000,000+ raised in 2022.
The Pan-Mass Challenge is a Massachusetts based bike-a-thon that raises more money for charity than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. Always held the first weekend in August, the PMC raises funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a world leader in adult and pediatric cancer treatment and research.
Each summer, thousands of riders and volunteers from 43 states and 12 countries participate in the PMC, all with a common goal: to find a cure for Cancer.
One hundred percent of all rider-raised funds go directly to cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. The PMC is Dana-Farber's single most prominent supporter and is 55 percent of the Jimmy Fund's annual revenue. Since 1980, the PMC has raised $831 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Pelotonia | Pelotonia.org | Ohio
$14,000,000 + raised in 2022.
Pelotonia is driven by a mission to engage, inspire, and challenge a community committed to changing the world by accelerating innovative cancer research. In the first thirteen years, the Pelotonia community raised over $236 million for innovative cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
100% of all participant-raised funds go toward innovative cancer research, including:
- Enhanced Treatments and Therapies Pelotonia dollars help attract and retain the best talent in cancer research to explore high-impact breakthroughs that make cancer treatment less toxic and more effective.
- The Next Generation of Research Talent Pelotonia's Fellowship Program empowers young innovators across academic fields and disciplines to pursue a career in cancer research.
- Immuno-Oncology Pelotonia pioneered a landmark investment to launch the Pelotonia Institute for Immuno-Oncology.
- Prevention and Early Diagnosis Pelotonia funds initiatives to save lives before cancer strikes through prevention and early detection methods.
Pelotonia hosts a three-day Ride Weekend experience each August as a centerpiece of its year-round fundraising efforts for innovative Cancer research.
Dolphins Cancer Challenge | DolphinsCancerChallenge.com | Florida
$8,000,000+ raised in 2022.
The Dolphins Cancer Challenge's 365 mission to Challenge Cancer empowers organizations and individuals with a trusted path towards improving lives impacted by Cancer in South Florida. Supporters of all facets benefited from an impactful and meaningful contribution to transforming critical needs within our community.
Since 2010, the Dolphins Cancer Challenge has raised over $53,000,000 with 100% supporting South Florida's Cancer Community!
Tour de Cure | Tour.Diabetes.org | Virginia
There are more than 33,000 participants in 80 cities nationwide who are riding to fight diabetes according to the Tour de Cure fundraising guide. Each cyclists’ efforts will go a long way in supporting the American Diabetes Association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The dollars raised through Tour de Cure go toward diabetes research, education, and advocacy.
The Tour de Cure is a one-day cycling event that raises money for the American Diabetes Association. The ride is open to all ages and abilities, with various courses to choose from such as a 25-mile ride, a 50-mile ride, and a 100-mile ride.
Ride 2 Recovery | WeAreProjectHero
Ride 2 Recovery, We Are Project Hero is a non-profit organization that hosts cycling events to raise veterans' money. The Ride 2 Recovery organization was founded by Marc Gullickson and Mike Cochran, two veterans who both had PTSD after returning home from the war in Iraq.
The first event in San Diego consisted of 25 cyclists riding 100 miles over three days. Since then, Ride 2 Recovery has expanded its reach to include several other events ranging from 200km to 1000km. Riders can choose an individual route or participate as part of a team; either way, all proceeds go toward supporting veterans diagnosed with PTSD or traumatic brain injury.
Bike MS | MSsociety
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Bike MS brings cyclists together to change the world for everyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis. It's an experience driven by passion, camaraderie, and the desire to make a difference.
The Bike MS community has raised more money than any other cycling event for anyother cause. Bike MS have raised more than $1.4 billion to stop MS in its tracks, restore what's been lost, and end MS forever.
We know many other amazingly cool charity cycling rides in the United States are out there! Still, these are just some. Find a cause you are passionate about that has a cycling fundraiser, plan ahead of the event's ride, train on your bike when time permits, and raise money to help impact others! And when you desire to ride with 'peace of mind' bike insurance, get BikeInsure.