Trail Ramblings: Winter Cycling Events

Yes, Global Fat Bike Day was last Saturday, and it was a lot of fun, but it was not the only winter ride to be had. Here is a partial list of upcoming rides and races to keep you out riding and having fun. I say partial because I’m sure I’m forgetting some, and Iowa has a few, too. Remember, there is no bad weather, only bad clothing.

Holiday Lights Ride, December 9, 5:00 snacks and socializing, 6:00 roll out from Cycle Works. Dress up you and your bike if desired, be well lit with front and back lights. Ride through Sheridan Neighborhood, end up at Yia Yia’s for pizza and beverages.

New Year’s Ride 2024, Great Plains Bicycling Club has a first day breakfast ride every year. Stay tuned to their FB group for event details.

Fat Bike Frozen Ididaride, January 27, Cycle Works puts together a fun short fat bike track in Pioneers Park every year. Warming tent is included. Hoping for snow.

Frosty Bike Ride, February 3, 11:00 roll out from White Elm Brewing Co. and ride about 15 miles. Includes hot chocolate, lunch and prizes. Sign up at

Winter Endurance, presented by Garmin Gravel Worlds. The ship sails over the (hopefully) frozen gravel seas February 17 from Zipline Tap and Grill in Fallbrook, with 50k 100k, 150k distances and a 10k run.

International Winter Bike To Work Day. February 9. We may not celebrate it like Boulder or Ft. Collins (yet) but do celebrate your ride with a hot coffee or chocolate at least.

The Washington Jefferson Ride, March 2, 8:00 to 3:00, straddles the gravel border between Nebraska and Kansas. The ride leaves from Hanover KS. this year. There’s a stop for lunch and always pie at the end.

Sandhill Crane Bicycle Tour, March 23, 10:00. Grand Island. 40 and 24 mile paved routes, 43 mile gravel. Ride around the countryside and see the Sandhill Cranes during their annual migration as they fatten up to continue their journey north.