The sport of cycling has recently taken Oklahoma City by storm. With bike rides, racing events and bike trails all across the Metro, there are plenty of ways families can enjoy the sport, all summer long. Although many biking events may be open to all ages and skill levels, we want families to be safe. Please make sure your children are comfortable on their bike before joining a group ride.
Every Tuesday from April through August, the Wheeler District hosts the Wheeler Criterium. Families can cheer on some of Oklahoma’s top riders as they speed around a flat and extremely fast track. In addition to the bike action, attendees can enjoy live music, food trucks and soon a Ferris Wheel. Admission is free and open to the public. Races get started around 5 p.m. and wrap up around at 8:30 p.m.
In June, the streets of Downtown Oklahoma City become a bike race track for the Oklahoma City ProAm Classic with three full days of racing for both the amateur and elite cyclist. Friday night’s ProAm Classic race in Midtown rolls through H & 8th Night Market, giving attendees a front row seat to the action while they dine on local food truck fare and enjoy live music. Registration is required to ride.
FREE Annual Edmond Family Bike Ride at Edmond Park at Arcadia Lake (9000 E 2nd S, Edmond) features a safety talk and family bike ride around the new trail, in conjunction with Arcadia Lake Bike Day. May 4 at 8:30 a.m.
FREE BikeMoore Group Bike Event begins at Buck Thomas Park (1903 NE 12th St, Moore) features two family friendly options. All experience levels welcome. May 18 at 9:30 a.m.
Weather permitting, the Oklahoma Bicycle Society meets up for a Saturday morning Donut Ride. Starting at Will Rogers Park Tennis parking lot at 9 a.m., the group ride heads to Browns Bakery or Kamps 1910 for a morning treat, with a varying distance of 14 to 25 miles. Riders can return on the same route or join groups for longer return ride.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run is a seasonal, monthly ride through the streets of Downtown. Bring your bike and meet up at the Band Shell stage by the Great Lawn for a leisurely hour ride. Routes are specially planned by Schlegel Bicycles and all ages are welcome. If you don’t have a bike, you can rent a Spokie. Lights and helmets are required, however.
The Tulsa Tough Ride & Race is an annual three-day cycling festival on June 12 – 14 designed to promote active lifestyles while showcasing the city of Tulsa. Tulsa Tough offers cycling activities for people of all abilities ranging from the 8-mile Townie Ride, to the Saturday and Sunday Gran Fondo with distances from 30-100 miles as well as criterium racing events.
Norman Conquest, starting and ending at the JD McCarty Center (2002 E Robinson Ave, Norman) is an all-day, annual ride open to cyclists of all skill levels, with individual, family and tandem rides from 10 to 64-miles. In addition to the hilly distance rides, Norman Conquest also offers a more laid back tour of the town, perfect families and casual riders. July 11.
You can also make your own family biking outing at any of these popular local trails.