The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo
Credit: Joe Foley Photography

Where: Harrisonburg, VA

When: September 28

How far: 35, 78, or 105 miles

Price: from $55, alpineloopgranfondo.com

Why it's a must: Hate riding with cars? Not a problem. It's rare, especially for this busy area, but somehow event organizers have worked out a deal to limit vehicle traffic during the race. This means you only have to worry about surviving the 11,000 feet of climbing ahead of you if you're going the full distance. Speed demons will fit right in. "The riders are fast!" says Hyman. But don't forget to slow down occasionally to take in the pristine, picturesque farmlands.