Philadelphia is a great city for cyclists, offering a variety of challenging events that benefit a range of causes. From the Big XXXVI Bicycle Tour to the Eagles Autism Challenge, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the city while supporting a good cause. The Big XXXVI Bicycle Tour takes place on July 28th and offers cyclists the chance to choose their own route, with options of 23, 25 or 50 miles. The tour benefits the Pennsylvania Adaptive Sports Center, which helps people with disabilities access sports.
After the ride, participants can enjoy a Mexican party organized by Más Mexicali Cantina. The Manayunk Challenge is another popular event, with a 30-mile route that takes cyclists through the peaks of the Manayunk area. This non-competitive bike marathon supports the American Cancer Society and offers two free passes to Morey's Piers water parks and amusement parks for each cyclist. The Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life is an annual event that takes cyclists through the Delaware Valley.
The 20- and 34-mile routes are suitable for all levels, while the 65-mile option is more demanding. All routes have rest stops and bike racks, and at the end of the tour participants can enjoy food, entertainment and a complimentary drink from the Conshohocken Brewing Company. All funds raised go to cystic fibrosis research. The Eagles Autism Challenge is an annual event that works to increase bike path safety in Philadelphia.
The 10-mile Wawa Junior and Shorti attraction and 30-mile classic attraction use existing and specially created temporary bike lanes. All proceeds from this event go to ALS research. Finally, the National Memorial Trail Alliance's 700-mile walk from Philadelphia to Atlantic City is a serious challenge for experienced cyclists. The walk was completed on Monday 11th September.