Ride LOWVELO in the best city in the U.S.
If you need another reason to ride in LOWVELO, how about the chance to experience the best city in the U.S.? For the 11th straight year, Charleston has been voted the No. 1 city in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Awards. And that’s not all! The home of LOWVELO was also ranked No. 19 in the World’s Best Cities.
Every year, Travel + Leisure asks readers to take a survey based on their experiences around the globe. Cities are ranked on sights and landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping and value. Readers are asked to choose a rating of excellent, above average, average, below average or poor and the final scores are averages of all these responses. Nearly 165,000 readers completed the survey this year and cast more than 685,000 votes.
Travel + Leisure calls Charleston the “perfect combination of southern charm and city vibes.” We’d have to agree, and LOWVELO gives riders a chance to experience so much of what the number one city in the U.S. has to offer.
LOWVELO features five rides across the Lowcountry giving riders of all abilities the chance to be part of our beautiful landscapes. The 10- and 20-mile Island Rides are flat, easy routes that start and finish on Isle of Palms. Enjoy coastal views as you pedal through Isle of Palms, over Breach Inlet and loop around Sullivan’s Island. There is one loud and fun rest stop along the way that you’ll pass twice on the 10-mile ride and four times on the 20-mile ride.
Riders looking for a bit more of a challenge and breathtaking views from atop the Ravenel Bridge can choose from our 23-, 50- or 80-mile routes. All these routes start with a police escort from Brittlebank Park on the west side of Charleston, head across town via Calhoun Street and right past Hollings Cancer Center and then up and over the Ravenel Bridge. All riders continue down Coleman Boulevard and across Shem Creek on the way to the islands, before passing by the finish line to rowdy cheers. Riders choosing the 23-mile route will pick up the Island Route to finish their day with a loop of Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms before heading to the Finish Line Block Party.
The longer distance riders will continue on over the Isle of Palms Connector to Mount Pleasant and out into the Francis Marion Forest, where they’ll experience some of the best rural riding in South Carolina. Both the 50- and 80-mile rides have a turnaround point where riders will circle and head back to the Isle of Palms finish line.
All riders and volunteers are invited to celebrate at our Finish Line Block Party. Enjoy live music, great food and drinks, local vendors and much more as we celebrate cancer survivors and honor the lives of those lost. Visit our routes page to learn more about the ride and to register.