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3 upcoming Charlotte bike events to enjoy and give back, starting this weekend

Cyclists begin their journey outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. Thursday, May 9, 2013 for the annual memorial ride to Washington D.C. The bike ride kicks off National Police Week and memorializes fallen law enforcement officers. 85 law enforcement riders left Thursday morning for the four day, 500 mile journey.  TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
Cyclists begin their journey outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. Thursday, May 9, 2013 for the annual memorial ride to Washington D.C. The bike ride kicks off National Police Week and memorializes fallen law enforcement officers. 85 law enforcement riders left Thursday morning for the four day, 500 mile journey. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

If you own a bike and love the warm weather, there are some great bike events coming up in the city. This isn’t just your typical “ride your bike around the neighborhood” listing, but bigger events for you to get your pedal on.

(1) Bike LUCK

Bike LUCK, presented by the Charlotte Knights, is a fundraiser for Camp Luck, which hopes to encourage and empower kids affected by congenital heart disease in a camp environment.

The ride will have three route options: 63 miles, 30 miles and a 5-mile family ride.

All routes will have volunteers and provide rest stops for bikers. “Heart” families will also provide homemade baked treats, water and Gatorade.

There will also be post-ride fun with food, music and beer.

– When: April 30. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the ride begins at 8 a.m.

– Where: Starts and finishes near the Grinnell Water Works Building, 1435 Bryant St., Charlotte.

Cost: $35 for pre-registration, which ends April 28. ($10 for the family ride.) $40 day of.

More info: Email bikeluck@campluck.com.

(2) BIKE! Charlotte

The City of Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte Area Transit System and Start2Finish are teaming up to host the 2016 BIKE! Charlotte.

The event runs from April 29 through May 15.

BIKE! Charlotte is 17 days of bicycle-related events and promotions meant to encourage families, friends and colleagues to hop on a bike and make it part of their daily lifestyle, and raise awareness of how you can use a bike instead of a car for commuting and recreation.

Find a full list of events here. They include:

– April 29: Mayor’s Ride – Bike to Breakfast

– April 30: Road Doughs – Bike to Duck Donuts

– May 3: Plaza Midwood Tuesday Night Ride – A classic

– May 11: Flat repair and basic maintenance clinic – Great info for new bikers

– May 15: Tour De Trees – A guided tour to learn about unusual trees in the city.

For more information on BIKE! Charlotte, contact Ken Tippette, 704-336-2278 or ktippette@ci.charlotte.nc.us, or Neal Boyd, 704-893-3800, neal@s2fcharlotte.com.

(3) Tour de Cure Charlotte

Want to take part in fighting diabetes? Join this fundraising race that raises money for diabetes research, education and support for the American Diabetes Association.

Riders can enjoy lunch and live entertainment after racing.

The Charlotte Tour de Cure has several route options: 63 miles, 43 miles, 24 miles, and 10 miles.

Location: Ballantyne Corporate Park, 14135 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Charlotte.

When: April 30. Rides leave at 9:00am and 10:00am.

Cost: $15 registration fee, plus a $200 fundraising minimum.

More info: Contact Rolly Sauls, rsauls@diabetes.org or 704-373-9111 Ext. 3262

Bonus — Do Good: Trips For Kids Charlotte wants used bikes

Have an unwanted bike you are trying to get rid of? This organization will gladly come to your house and pick up any used bikes that you and your family aren’t using anymore.

The Charlotte SouthPark Rotary is also collecting bikes for the organization, which trains and helps underprivileged and at-risk youth learn about biking. Contact Michael — aka Bike Mike — at 704-400-2865 or mpczo27@gmail.com.

Photo: Todd Sumlin/Charlotte Observer

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