Calling all cyclers: Get ready for racing season in South Carolina! The Palmetto State’s mild weather, scenic backdrops and variety of terrain make it an ideal place for a cycling race. Whether you’re cheering on your family and friends from the sidelines, or cruising along the pavement yourself, you won’t want to miss these 6 best cycling races in South Carolina.
Ride for a cause at the annual Tour de Paws, a cycling race to benefit the Spartanburg Humane Society. Every penny of the registration fee goes straight toward helping homeless felines and canines. Cyclists can choose from four courses, ranging from 27 to 57 miles, covering hills, paved backroads, flat stretches, and plenty of South Carolina scenery.
With $12,000 in cash prizes, the Greenville Spring Series is the premiere cycling race of the Upstate. This four-weekend event offers a variety of categories and routes to satisfy cyclists at all experience levels.
Clearly, cycling races aren’t just about bicycles—for the folks competing in the Gran Fondo Hincapie, cycling is their lifestyle. All riders of every skill level are invited to register. A huge family festival accompanies this race so everyone, including non-bikers, can join the fun.
A change of scenery can help keep cycling fun, and during this cross-state cycling race you’ll find nothing but new sights to keep you motivated. A Ride to End ALZ was established to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The three-day event takes riders 250 miles across the state of South Carolina, starting in the Upstate and ending in Charleston.
As the self-proclaimed “most unique biking festivals in the USA,” FestiVELO features four full days of cycling events for riders of all ages and skill levels. Participants can enjoy hot food and festivities, entertainment, and plenty of beautiful Lowcountry scenery while they work their way towards the finish line. Not a biker? Be your own transportation and enter the 5K!
Join the club—the Rock Hill Bicycle Club, that is—for their annual ride through country backroads around York County. Open to both members and nonmembers, you can choose between the 31 or 62-mile routes.