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 10 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.
This four-part series off road race takes you away from the beaten path for an all-terrain adventure. Throughout the four races participants collect points, and top collectors can cash them in for gift cards at the end of the series.
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 Remember 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.
The family that rides together stays together, right? This event makes the perfect race for families, featuring 24, 40, and 50 mile courses, along with discounts for each additional family member you register. You also score a membership into the Carolina Cyclers when you enter the race.
Are you “achin’ to ride?” If so, tell your family to grab their gear and head out for the family fun biking event with the Aiken Bicycle Club. This is a great way for the kids—and yourself—to get some fresh air and good exercise, while also benefiting the Special Olympics. Join the 5K Family Fun Ride, or for more challenges, you can plot your course on a path winding 25-100 miles!
As if biking through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains wasn’t fantastic enough, this event features plenty of yummy finish line treats and entertainment that makes all that pedaling worth it. Choose between a 30-mile or 60-mile route, then cap off the event with South Carolina barbecue, live music, craft beer, and good company.