Experience Birmingham on two wheels with these 10 local cycling groups, including Le Tour de Ham

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Want to experience Birmingham in a brand new way? Discover it on two wheels with these nine local cycling groups in the Magic City.

Le Tour de Ham

Created by Stan Palla and Vero Vanblaere, Le Tour de Ham began as a casual three-four person bike ride and has grown into one of the largest weekly bike rides in Alabama – topping out at around 150 bikers!

During this weekly ride, you’ll venture through the eclectic, bohemian and fun parts of the Magic City, gaining friendships along the way. Even better, there’s no spandex required!

When: Tuesdays at 6pm
Ride begins at: Rozar’s Auto Paint Supply. 3005 6th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Ride ends at: Brat Brot. 2910 6th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233 (Riders get a 10% discount after the ride.)
Duration: 10-12 miles
Experience Level: Beginner/No drop ride (no rider left behind). Slowest rider sets the pace.
Contact via Facebook

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Le Tour de Ramblingham

Hosted by Le Tour de Ham, the Le Tour de Ramblingham will roam via bicycle around a 10-12 mile loop through the Magic City.

When: Tuesdays at 6pm
Ride begins and ends at: Tropicaleo in Avondale.
Duration: 10-12 miles
Experience Level: All bikes and abilities welcome.
Contact via Facebook

Saturday Stroll

Tour de Le Ham also hosts a second ride called Saturday Stroll, which has been lead by Daniel Webb since 2016. This group rides year round and typically sees 30-40 cyclists per ride.

When: Saturdays at 9:30am
Where: Uptown Birmingham
Experience Level: Beginner. This is a no drop ride (no rider left behind). Slowest rider sets the pace.
Contact via Le Tour de Ham on Facebook.

Cycle Bham

This cool group is led by David Hogan, cycle enthusiast and host of the Cycling Talk weekly podcast in Birmingham.

Cycle Bham is the perfect choice for inexperienced riders to become familiar with group cycling.

When: Mondays at 6:15pm
Where: Railroad Park
Experience Level: Beginner
Duration: Under 5 miles
Contact: Cycling Talk

For more information, follow Cycling Talk on Facebook and look for ride schedule postings.

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Dirty Thursdee NIGHT Ride

Head to Oak Mountain State park and join the Dirty Thursdee Night Ride. Hosted by Cahaba Cycles, you’ll put your skills to the test on trails that are perfect for a nighttime adventure. Afterwards, head to a local Mexican restaurant for an after-ride hangout.

When: Thursdays at 5:30pm
Where: Oak Mountain State Park. (Ride departs from south trailhead parking lot.) 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham, AL 35124
Experience Level: Intermediate-Expert
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Contact: 205.987.4043 (Cahaba Cycles of Pelham)

Magic City Cycle Chix

Founded in 2011, Magic City Cycle Chix is a grass-roots group of bike-minded gals who love cycling. If you’re a female who’s passionate about cycling, then this group may just be for you!

Ride Schedule
Where: McElwain Church. 4445 Montevallo Rd., Birmingham, AL 35213
Experience Level: Beginner-Expert
Duration: 17.3 miles
Membership Fee/Perks: $25/year

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Birmingham Bicycle Club

The Birmingham Bicycle Club has been a lead cycling group in Birmingham for over 40 years. In fact, they are gearing up for their 45th Annual Century coming up this September.

Starting out as a small group of cyclists, the group has continued to grow over the years and has formed into a cycling community that promotes safe cycling for fitness and recreation for people of all ages.

Ride Schedule
Where: Depends on ride.
Experience Level: Beginner-Advanced

Duration: Depends on ride.
Membership Fee: Three levels of membership: Individual – $20; Family – $25; Student (under 18) – $10
Membership Perks

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Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP)

Do you have a passion for riding? Do you have the wisdom to know you can’t take trails and parks for granted? Then you’ll love being a part of Birmingham urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP).

BUMP’s mission is to build, preserve, maintain and ride trail located in Birmingham and surrounding areas. Members of BUMP help keep trails in great shape and open to mountain bikers so everyone can enjoy cycling.

Since 1994, BUMP has gained and maintained access to Oak Mountain State Park, Tannehill State Park and Trussville Sports Complex. They also built miles of new trails, maintained relationships with land managers and state/local governments necessary to maintain trail access.

Ride Schedule
Experience Level: Beginner-Expert
Duration: Depends on trail. Oak Mountain.  Tannehill. Trussville.
Membership: Suggestion membership/donation fees: $39, $50, $100, $250, $1000.Click here to join/renew your membership with BUMP.
Membership Perks

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Ignite our inner biking passion with Redemptive Cycles’ Trample ride.

Trample is a social bike ride that is great for meeting new friends and getting some exercise. The bike route also changes weekly, so you’ll never get bored!

When: Thursday at 6pm
: Redemptive Cycles. 1305 2nd Ave N., Ste 101, Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Experience Level: Beginner-Expert (All ages welcome!)
Duration: 10 miles (mostly flat terrain)
For more information, follow Redemptive Cycles on Facebook.

Outdoor Cycle

Want to join an organized group of riders that have a true passion for cycling? You’ll find it at Outdoor Cycle at Lifetime Fitness.

Not only do they offer a variety of rides that fit your personal experience level, but they also feature guest speakers, training sessions, maintenance clinics and off-the-bike social activities

Ride schedule
Where: Lifetime Fitness3051 Healthy Way, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
Experience Level: Beginner-Expert
Duration: Recreational Ride: 15-20 miles; Sport Ride: 20-25 miles; PWR Ride: 30-35 miles
Contact: 205.547.3100
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