Copyright © 2004 Suburban Cyclists Unlimited
This calendar is presented by Suburban Cyclists Unlimited, P.O. Box 401, Horsham, PA 19044. This page lists the past events of 2004. For future events, see Other Clubs' Events
Sun. Feb. 1: "Stop, Swap, and Save" Swap Meet, Carroll County Ag Center, Westminster, MD. $5 entry fee, open 9:00AM-2:00PM. 250 vendors. Snow date: Feb. 8.
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March 3-5: LAB National Bike Summit®, Washington, DC. Join bicycle advocates, industry leaders, transportation professionals, key legislators and government officials for the National Bike Summit in our nation's capital. This three-day educational forum on improving bicycling policies and initiatives includes an important day educating decision-makers on Capitol Hill. League of American Bicyclists, 202-822-1333.
Sat. March 27: Icicle Metric, University of Delaware, Hollingsworth Parking Lot, North College & Cleveland Avenues, Newark, DE. 16, 31, or 62 miles on moderately hilly terrain in the area west and north of Newark. Well-stocked indoor food stop. $12 pre-registration by 3/15, $15 after. White Clay Bicycle Club, John McCormick, 1101 Hillside Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19803; 302-761-9066. Download brochure (PDF).
Sun. March 28: Columbia's Cure Run & Ride, Columbia, MD. 25-km bike ride, 5-km run/walk, 1-mile kid's run, and health and fitness expo with free food and prizes. $25. Brock Yetso, PMB #505, Suite A, 4725 Dorsey Hall Dr., Ellicott City, MD 21042; 410-964-0202.
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Sat. April 17: Spring Bicycle Flea Market, Lehigh Valley Velodrome, Trexlertown, PA. $5 entry fee, open 9:00AM-2:00PM. 610-967-8033
Sat. April 17: Taxing Metric Century, Warwick County Park, just off Route 23, Knauertown, PA. Ride 20, 32, or 64 miles on hilly terrain. $12 pre-registration or $15 day of event, includes lunch. Brandywine Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 3162, West Chester, PA 19381; call Maliya Piergalline, 610-363-3538.
Sat. April 24: Fish Hawk Festival Bicycle Tour, Princess Anne, MD. 10:30am start for 7, 25, 50, or 62-mile routes on flat terrain. $15 pre-registration, $20 day of event.
Sat. April 24: Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, Fenwick Island, DE. 20, 35, or 50 miles on flat terrain. Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, Amy Scott, P.O. Box 1450, Bethany Beach, DE 19930; phone 1-800-962-SURF or 302-539-2100 ext. 15.
Sun. April 25: Edward Stokes Memorial Horsham Rotary River Ride, Horsham, PA. 5, 20, 35, or 63 miles on rolling terrain, starting from the College Settlement Camp, 600 Witmer Road. $15 by 4/2, $20 after; $7 for students 18 and under. Free T-shirt to the first 250 registrants. Ride with the SCU group at this local charity event! Horsham Rotary Foundation, P. O. Box 99, Horsham, PA 19044. 215-672-8494.
Sun. Apr. 25: Mason-Dixon ride for MS, Middletown, DE. The Mason-Dixon Ride for MS is a pledge-optional, 25 and 50-mile ride on flat terrain through Delaware and Maryland. $35 by 3/31, $40 after. National MS Society, Delaware Chapter, Two Mill Rd., Ste. 106, Wilmington, DE 19806; 302-655-5610.
Sun. April 25: Miles for Matheny, Peapack, NJ. Bicycle ride 12, 23, 35, or 50 miles plus a new 66-mile "Seven Hills of Attrition" unsupported route for climbers. This event also features a walk, wheelchair ride, and 5k run. $15 by 4/21, $20 after. Miles for Matheny is a pledge event. While pledges are not required, all participants are asked to raise a minimum of $100 -- $250 for families of 3 or more. Matheny School and Hospital, Peapack, NJ 07977; 908-234-0011 ext 260. Download registration form (PDF).
Sun. April 25: Tour de Franklin, Somerset, NJ. 5, 10, 25, 40, or 62 miles on flat to rolling terrain. Mass starts for each route; inquire for start times. Registration fee increases with distance selected: $30 (5-25 miles), $35 (40 miles), $45 (62 miles) includes T-shirt, pasta lunch, raffle. Proceeds benefit the Franklin Township Food Bank. Start from Community / Senior Building, Municipal Complex, 475 DeMott Lane (Between New Brunswick and Amwell Roads). Tour de Franklin, c/o Franklin Township Food Bank, P.O. Box 333, Somerset, NJ 08875-0333; phone 732-246-0009. Download registration form (PDF).
Sun. April 25: Wallkill Valley Bike Tour and Time Trial, Wallkill, NY. Ride 15, 35, or 62 miles. $25 pre-registration by 4/10 for t-shirt. $30 day of event registration. Cost includes chicken BBQ. Time trial registration is an additional $7 for non-USCF members. Shawangunk Bicycle club, Wallkill Valley Bike Tour, P.O. Box 465, Wallkill, NY 12589; phone 845-895-9946.
April 29 - May 1: The New York City Bicycle Show, New York State Armory, 26th St and Lexington Ave, New York, NY.
April 30-May 2: Cape May Weekend, Cape May, NJ. Bike and the Like, 410-960-6572 or 1-877-776-6572.
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Sat. May 1: Farmlands Flat Tour, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ. Ride 18, 25, 38, 50, 62, or 100 miles. $20 pre-registration by 4/17, add $5 for shirt and $7 for lunch. $25 after 4/17, no shirt or lunch. Central Jersey Bicycle Club, phone 732-225-hubs.
Sat. May 1: Southern Maryland May Metric, Clinton, MD. 26, 40, or 63 miles. The longer routes take you through the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club, P.O. Box 81, Oxon Hill, MD 20750; phone 301-567-0089.
Sat. May 1: Hospice of the Chesapeake Walk & Roll, Largo, MD. 15-mile route only. Joan Williams, 410-987-2003.
Sun. May 2: SCU Quad County
Metric, Green Lane Park, Green
Lane, PA. Ride 10, 21, 31, 40, 53 or 62 miles on scenic back roads. The 10-mile route is
a flat ride on the Perkiomen Trail. The 21-mile route avoids the longest climb and is suitable for casual riders. The longer routes are on rolling to hilly terrain. Pre-registration: $12 (SCU members), $17 (non-members). $22 day of event. Optional T-shirt $3,
available only with pre-registration, post-marked by 4/9 or on-line by
Registration includes marked route, cue
sheet, SAG support, and a
post-ride meal. Rest stops have a large
assortment of home-baked snacks. Online
registration is now available. Join SCU and save $5
on registration. Century
Cyclists Unlimited, Box 401, Horsham, PA
19044; phone 215-362-2216. Download flyer
Green Lane Park consists of over 3,100 acres with three bodies of water totaling 870 acres. The park has 50 overnight campsites; call 215-234-4528 after March 1 to make a campsite reservation. Rental boats, marked hiking trails, and tennis courts are available within the park. Bring your family and friends and stay the weekend at Green Lane Park!
Sat. May 8: BikEric, Florence, NJ. Ride 20, 30, or 50 miles. Sixth annual benefit ride for Eric Potts, paralyzed by a lacrosse injury. $30 by 5/2, $35 after, includes door prizes, food at finish provided by Bung's Tavern, and cheesecake from famous Mother's Kitchen. No road markings, but a cue sheet is provided. Donna & Tom Waltz, 135 River Bank Drive, Roebling, NJ 08554; phone 609-499-3857.
Sat. May 8: Pinelands Triple Loop, Batsto, NJ. A flat and scenic ride through southern New Jersey Pinelands with 3 different routes; ride 1, 2 or all 3 loops for 29, 36, 65, 71, or 100 miles. Each loop starts and ends at Batsto State Park where food and drinks are provided. $20, pre-register by 4/24 for free T-shirt. Shore Cycle Club, P.O. Box 492, Northfield, NJ 08225-0492.
Sat. May 8: Shorebird Metric Century, Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, Salisbury, MD. 15, 35, or 65 miles. The metric route is a figure-eight using the restored historical village of Furnace Town for two rest stops. $30 by 5/1, $35 after, includes T-shirt, and lunch. American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163. Salisbury, MD 21803-0163; phone 1-800-937-9696 or 410-749-1624.
Sat. May 8: Jersey Shore Tour de Cure, Lincroft, NJ. Registration fee + minimum donation. American Diabetes Association, 1-888-DIABETES.
Sat. May 15: Ridin' for a Reason, Lower Perkiomen Park, Egypt and New Mill Roads, Oaks, PA. Ride 20, 35, 50, or 63 miles on rolling to hilly terrain. $30, pre-register by 4/19 for free T-shirt. No pledges required. Benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ridin' for a Reason, c/o Team in Training, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, #2 International Plaza, Suite 245, Philadelphia, PA 19113. Call Kathleen Virkler, Ride Organizer, 610-521-8274 ext. 224. Download brochure (PDF).
Sat. May 15: Tour de Cure, Havre de Grace, MD. American Diabetes Association, 1-888-DIABETES.
Sat. May 15: Western Maryland Rail Trail, Hancock, MD.
May 15-16 River Ramble, Yardley, PA to Easton, PA. Ride up the New Jersey side of the Delaware River from Yardley. Stay in Easton overnight, then return down the Pennsylvania side of the river. Pedal Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 385, Harleysville, PA 19438; phone 215-513-9577, fax 215-513-7552.
Sun. May 16: Bonkers Metric, Ridley Creek State Park (Parking Lot #15), near Media, PA. Ride 18, 35, 50, or 65 miles on rolling terrain with a few hills. $12 pre-registration by 5/9, $17 day of event. Delaware Valley Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 156, Woodlyn PA 19094-0156.
Sun. May 16: Chester County Challenge for Cancer, West Chester, PA. 5 miles flat, and 10, 25, 50, or 50 miles on hilly terrain. The ride begins and ends at The Cancer Center, East Marshall Street Medical Office Building, 440 East Marshall St, West Chester (directly across the street from the Hospital). Phone 610-431-5697
Sun. May 16: Dream Come True Ride or Stride, Rodale Fitness Center (opposite the velodrome), Trexlertown, PA. Distances and mass start times: 61 mi. - 8:30AM, 33 mi. - 9:30AM, 22 mi. - 10:00AM, 15 mi. - 10:15AM, all on low-traffic roads over rolling to hilly terrain. $20 by 5/1, $25 after; includes water bottle, T-shirt, food, and raffle. Pledges are optional for this charity event, but prizes will be awarded to the top fund raisers. Dream Come True is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization which seeks to fulfill the dreams of children who are seriously, chronically, and terminally ill. Dream Come True, Box 21167, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002; phone 610-865-3475.
Sun. May 16: Horse Farm Tour, McSherrystown (near Hanover), PA. Ride 10, 25, 35, or 50 miles on rolling terrain with a few hills; combine routes for longer distances. The 50-mile ride consists of two separate 25-mile routes, allowing riders to refuel at the Recreation Park between loops. Some routes stop at the Hanover Stables, one of the most famous standard-bred horse farms in the world. Hanover Cyclers, Keith Krout, 717-225-4194, or Dwight Robinson, Jr., phone 717-632-3277. Download brochure (PDF).
Sun. May 16: Montauk Century, Long Island, NY. Five Borough Bicycle Club, Rm. 101, New York, NY 10025; phone 212-932-2300 ext. 115.
Sun. May 16: Tour de Staten Island (Flapjack Ride), Staten Island, NY. Ride 26 or 46 miles through Staten Island. Before the ride is over, stop for a flapjack breakfast (which is included in the $6 fee) hosted by the Kiwanis Club. Day of registration welcome. Cue sheets and Leaders available. The last ferry to be on time for this event is at 8:30am. Staten Island Bicycling Association (SIBA), P.O. Box 141016, Staten Island, NY 10314; phone 718-948-2025.
Sat. May 22: Tour de Cure, Wilmington, DE. Registration fee + minimum donation. American Diabetes Association, 1-888-DIABETES.
Sat. May 22: Tour de Cure, Boiling Springs, PA (between Harrisburg and Carlisle). Registration fee + minimum donation. American Diabetes Association, 1-888-DIABETES.
May 22-23 or May 22 only: MS-25/50/170 Coast the Coast Bike Tour, Sandy Hook, NJ. Ride 25 or 50 miles on the Saturday-only ride or 170 miles for the weekend. The MS170 is a challenging ride from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Registration fee plus minimum pledge varies with distance selected. Gina Murdoch, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Jersey Chapter, 246 Monmouth Rd, Oakhurst, NJ 07755; phone 732-660-1005.
May 22-23: Ride for the Feast, Rehoboth Beach, DE to Baltimore, MD, one-way. $1,200 minimum donation.
Sun. May 23: Bloomin' Metric, East Norwalk, CT. 25, 46, or 62-mile routes in scenic Fairfield County. Ride along the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound during the height of the dogwood and azalea flowering season. Start out on flat-rolling terrain along the coast. Longer routes go inland and up on rolling-hilly terrain. The Bloomin' Metric is the largest bicycle ride in Connecticut, with more than 2,000 cyclists. $20 by 5/16, $28 after. Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 3323, Westport, CT 06880; 203-840-1757.
May 28-31: Kent County Spring
Fling, Chestertown, MD. Enjoy four days of cycling on the upper Eastern Shore with meals and lodging at Washington College in Chestertown,
Maryland. Ride 11 to 132 miles per day on flat to gently-rolling terrain. $245 per person (double occupancy) includes 3 nights dormitory lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, ice-cream social, cordial party, picnic, brunch, musical entertainment with free beer and wine, and cue/map packet.
Add $25 late fee after 4/15. Baltimore Bicycle Club, Frank Anders, 410-628-1154.
The Chestertown Tea Party Festival on May 29-30 is within walking distance of Washington College and features an historical reenactment, musicians, arts and crafts dealers, food vendors, and a 10k run. Kent County information is available from the Tourism Office, 400 High St., Chestertown, MD 21620; phone 410-778-0416. They have information on bicycle routes and walking and driving tours.
Sat. May 29: Baltimore BikeJam, Baltimore, MD. Recreational rides (13, 30, and 64 miles), Pro/AM Road Racing, Bicycle Messenger Race, Food, Bike Expo, Stunt Rider, Live Music, Kid's Helmet Give-Away, Kid's Safety Rodeo & Activity Tent and more. 410-327-7114
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Tue. June 1: Wachovia Invitational, Lancaster, PA. Professional road race - spectator and volunteer event. To volunteer, fill out the online application or print the PDF and fax it to the number at the bottom of the form. For more information, contact Anna Talucci, 610-676-0390 ext. 103. (Date from UCI Calendar)
Thur. June 3: Wachovia Classic, Trenton, NJ. Professional road race - spectator and volunteer event. To volunteer, fill out the online application or print the PDF and fax it to the number at the bottom of the form. For more information, contact Anna Talucci, 610-676-0390 ext. 103. (Date from UCI Calendar)
June 4-6 or June 5 only: Chesapeake Bay Asthma Ride Bike Tour, Salisbury, MD. A 2-day rally at Salisbury University or lower-cost Saturday-only option without lodging. Ride 40, 65, or 100 miles on Saturday, and 10 or 40 miles on Sunday, all on flat terrain. All routes on Saturday go to Assateague Island; 40- and 65-mile routes include free van shuttle back to Salisbury. Full weekend option includes Friday and Saturday night lodging at Salisbury University, breakfast buffet Sat. and Sun., and Sat. evening crab feast. Saturday-only option includes crab feast, but no lodging. Registration fee + minimum pledge. American Lung Association, 410-560-2120.
Sat. June 5: Get Ready Metric, Pennsville, NJ. 32 or 64 miles. Enjoy easy pedaling through flat to slightly rolling terrain of the farm country of southern New Jersey. Start out from historic Fort Mott by the Delaware River and ride the first 32-mile loop. Then enjoy lunch by the Riverview Pavilion and call it a day, or continue on to the second 32-mile loop. South Jersey Wheelmen, P.O. Box 2705, Vineland, NJ 08362-2705; 609-848-6123.
Sat. June 5: Jack Robinson Memorial Bike-A-Thon, McAlisterville, PA, 35 minutes north of Harrisburg. 30, 60, or 100 miles on rolling to hilly terrain. The first 150 to register receive a T-shirt. Jack Robinson Bike-A-Thon, c/o United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, 13 East Third St, Lewistown, PA 17044; phone 717-248-9636.
Sat. June 5: Spirit of Women Ride for Cancer, Trexlertown, PA. 5, 15, or 30 miles on flat to rolling terrain starting at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome. Men and women of all fitness levels are invited to ride. This event benefits women's cancer programs at Lehigh Valley Hospital and the Nicole Reinhart Foundation. All participants receive Two free tickets to the Nicole Reinhart Women’s Cycling Classic race at the velodrome on Friday 6/4 at 7:00pm. $30 by 5/14 includes free T-shirt. $35 after 5/14. Phone 610-402-CARE. Download brochure (PDF).
Sun. June 6: Bike-Boat-Bike, Mattituck, Long Island, NY. Ride flat to gently rolling routes of 25, 50, 65, 100 or 125 miles. SBRA invites you to cycle Long Island's East End. Tour through the woodlands, fields, and shoreline of the North and South Forks. Take the ferry to Shelter Island and cycle through the scenic coves and byways of beautiful Shelter Island.
Sun. June 6: The Great Neighborhood Bike Ride, Garland Field, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Ride 13, 20, or 50 miles. $25 by 5/28, $30 after. Benefits Women's Housing Coalition, 119 E. 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218; phone 410-235-5782. Download registration form (PDF).
Sun. June 6: Historic Morris Bike & Hike, Madison, NJ. Ride 2, 10, 20, or 35 miles. Ride or walk through beautiful Giralda Farms and Loantaka Park. 973-605-5804
Sun. June 6: Wachovia USPRO Championship, Logan Circle to Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA. Professional road race - spectator and volunteer event. Enjoy food and product displays from 40 vendors at the Fitness Expo. The Expo will be located between 24th & 25th Streets across from Eakins Oval, near the Art Museum. Bicycle to the races via the Schuylkill River Trail or take the SEPTA train to Manayunk or Suburban Station in Philadelphia. The Manayunk station on the R6 route is only one block from "The Wall". To volunteer, fill out the online application or print the PDF and fax it to the number at the bottom of the form. For more information, contact Anna Talucci, 610-676-0390 ext. 103. (Date from UCI Calendar)
June 11-13: Get Your Guts In Gear – The Ride for Crohn’s & Colitis, New York City to Saratoga Springs, NY; 210 Miles. $85 registration plus $1,850 minimum pledge. GYGIG is a three-day, charity ride that is creating awareness about Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis and is raising funds for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, the IBD Quilt Project, and the United Ostomy Association. Camping accommodations will be provided but participants must supply their own tents and sleeping gear. 800-343-3637
Sat. June 12: Cory's Ride, Crosswicks, NJ. Very rolling 20 and 50 mile routes. A ride to benefit the Anchor House Cory C. Golis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Anchor House Foundation, 609-278-9495.
Sat. June 12: Double Creek Tour, Dover Community Center, Dover, PA; approx. 7 mi. NW of York. Ride 15, 30, or 63 miles, rolling. $25 by 6/6, $30 after. Contact the York Health Foundation at 717-851-4210, email@example.com (Date revised 1/12/04)
Sat. June 12: The Longest Day, High Point, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, 200 miles, one-way. Alternate start locations provide 100- or 120-mile (200km "double metric") routes. Must register and join Central Jersey Bicycle Club by May 12 to participate in this event. Brian & Fran Sanchez, 732-251-4480.
Sat. June 12: Patuxent River Rural Legacy Ride, Croom, MD. 24, 46, or 62 miles. Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club, P.O. Box 81, Oxon Hill, MD 20750; 301-567-0089.
Sat. June 12: Ride for Autism, Brookdale College, Lincroft, NJ. 7, 13, 25, 35, 50, 62 or 100 mile routes through scenic central New Jersey. $30 for adults, $5 for children under 18, and no additional pledges required. Free T-shirt for pre-registration by 5/12. Lunch of hot pasta, sandwiches, salad, and more for $9 for adults and $4 for kids is available only with pre-registration. Proceeds benefit the NJ Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC). Andy Abere, 522 Highway 9, #189, Manalapan, NJ 07726; phone 732-521-2722.
June 12-13: MS150 PA Dutch, Trexlertown to Kutztown, PA. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, 215-271-1500
June 12-13: MS150 Tour de Shore, Salisbury, MD. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter, 410-527-1770
Sun. June 13: Bay to Bay Ride, Betterton Beach, MD. Choice of five routes: 27-104 miles over the flat to gently rolling terrain of the upper eastern shore of Maryland and Delaware. Six food stops on the century. $20 by 5/15, $25 after; add $10 for T-shirt. Free waterproof neck tote (first 350 riders). Proceeds go to Lion's Club projects such as the Leader Dog Program For the Blind. No web site, send a SASE to Bay to Bay Ride, c/o Kitty Neff, 27635 Stryckning Rd, Chestertown, MD 21620; phone 410-778-7356. Register on-line at Active.com
Sun. June 13: Cyclefest, Bethel, CT. Ride 4, 16, 25, 50, 78, or 103 miles on Scenic new routes through Fairfield and Litchfield counties over rolling to hilly terrain. Hat City Cyclists.
Sun. June 13: George Washington Bridge Challenge, Fort Lee, NJ. Cycle across the world's most traveled bridge and ride 4, 15, 33, or 63 miles. American Cancer Society, 1-800-gwb-bike.
Sun., June 13: Philadelphia Area Tour de Cure, Hilltown Township (near Dublin), Bucks County, PA. The Philadelphia-area Tour de Cure has a new start location for 2004: Pearl S. Buck House, 520 Dublin Road. Ride 30, 50, or 63 miles on rolling terrain. Registration fee + minimum donation. American Diabetes Association, 1-888-DIABETES or 610-828-5003 ext. 4632.
Sat. June 19: Dream Ride, Marietta, PA. Ride 15, 30, 62, or 100 miles in very rural western Lancaster County over rolling to hilly terrain. Dream Ride Projects, 717-397-2503.
Sat. June 19: Flatlands Tour, Chesapeake City, MD. Ride 31, 54, 63, 77, or 106 miles on flat terrain. $4 registration 7:00am to 9:45am on day of ride; no pre-registration. No SAG support. Baltimore Bicycle Club, 410-437-0309. Download flyer (PDF).
Sat. June 19: Freedom Valley Bike Ride, PA. Three starting points: Philadelphia (Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row), Rosemont, or Phoenixville. Choice of 5 routes: 8*, 22*, 32, 72 or 100 miles (*Only from Philadelphia and Phoenixville). Pre-registration: $30 non-member, $25 Bicycle Coalition member, $45 Bicycle Coalition membership and registration. Free T-shirt with pre-registration by 6/1. $35 day of. Benefits Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, 100 South Broad St, Suite 1355, Philadelphia, PA 19110; 215-242-9253. Register on-line at Active.com
Sat. June 19: Indian Creek Roll & Stroll, Harleysville, PA. Ride 20 miles on rolling terrain, or 38 or 64 miles on rolling to hilly terrain. $100 minimum donation by 6/18, add $25 on day-of event. Add $50 for Roll & Stroll bike jersey. Benefits Indian Creek Foundation, 215-256-1500.
Sat. June 19: Jersey Double, Whitehouse Station, NJ. Bike 200 miles with 11,000 feet of climbing. Western Jersey Wheelmen, Joe Felker, 908-359-4233.
Sat. June 19: Leap Frog Bicycle Tour, Felton, DE (10 miles south of Dover). Ride 31 or 64 miles from pond to pond on lightly traveled flat country roads in central and southern Delaware. $15, proceeds will benefit the National Marrow Donor Program. Downstate Delaware Striders & Riders, 302-697-7170. Register on-line at active.com
Sat. June 19: Pedal for a Purpose, New Freedom, PA. Ride the North Central Rail Trail north or south for whatever distance is comfortable. Or, for a scenic tour of Southern York County, ride one or both road loops of 25 and 38 miles. $25 by 5/29, $35 after. T-shirt only guaranteed if registered by 5/29. Benefits the Huntington's Disease Society of America, P.O. Box 352, New Freedom, PA 17349; phone 717-235-4118 evenings only.
Sat. June 19: Pedal to Preserve, New Holland, Lancaster County, PA. Lancaster Farmland Trust’s 7th annual Pedal to Preserve bicycle fundraiser offers riders an excellent opportunity to tour Lancaster County at a leisurely pace while visiting preserved farms. Cyclists can choose from three routes through beautiful Lancaster County farmland surrounding the town of New Holland: a 6-mile family ride (9:30am mass start); a 20-mile ride (9:00am mass start); or a 51-mile ride (8:00am mass start). All rides begin and end at Garden Spot High School. $20 by 6/16 or $30 day of event; children under 12 ride free with an adult. Pre-registrants receive a free T-shirt, plus riders who choose to collect pledges can win special prizes. All proceeds benefit Lancaster Farmland Trust, a private, non-profit organization working to preserve the rich and productive farmland of Lancaster County. Lancaster Farmland Trust, 128 E Marion Street, Lancaster, PA 17602; phone 717-293-0707.
Sat. June 19: Tour de Sound, Fairfield, CT. 10, 25, 62 miles. $25. 203-576-5451
Sat. June 19: View Trail 100, Berlin, MD. Ride 43, 62, or 106 miles on flat terrain. $25 by 5/1, $30 by 6/1, or $35 after 6/1, includes long-sleeve T-shirt. Extreme Dream Events Management Inc., P.O. Box 1408, Berlin, MD 21811-5408. Register on-line at active.com
Sun. June 20: French Creek Iron Tour, Pottstown, PA. Ride 10, 20, 40 or 60 miles on hilly terrain. $25 by 6/1, $35 after. An interpretive tour lead by Bob Thomas, a preservation architect, avid bicyclist, and designer of trails and greenways, will be offered. The interpretive tour is an opportunity to learn the historical, architectural, and natural resources of this area. The interpretive tour is $50 additional and will cover Approximately 25 miles and take about 5 hours to complete. French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, 3340 Coventryville Rd, Pottstown, PA 19465; phone 610-469-0150.
Sun. June 20: Tour du Parks, Baltimore, MD. Download brochure (PDF).
June 24-27: CAM Weekend, Emmitsburg, MD. Cycle Across Maryland ("CAM") Weekend will be based out of Mount St. Mary's College for the entire weekend. Each day, rides will go out in a different direction, resulting in a cloverleaf pattern over the course of the weekend. One Less Car, 410-360-6755. Download registration form or register online
Sat. June 26: ALS Express, one-way rides ending in Wildwood, NJ. Annual event to benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) awareness and research. There are three ride options: 20-mile one-way ride starting in Dennis Township, NJ; 45-mile one-way ride starting in Vineland, NJ; or 70-mile one-way ride starting in Blackwood, NJ. Each ride ends at Morey's Piers in Wildwood. Pre-registration includes two free unlimited-access passes to all Morey-owned amusements and water parks on June 26. Return transportation is available for $15, only with a pre-paid reservation by 6/18. Phone 1-877-GEHRIG-1.
Sat. June 26: Insurance Services United Ride Against Cancer, Seven Valleys, PA. Seven Valleys is about 10-mi SW of York, or 5-mi off I-83. Ride 17-mi rolling, 25-mi hilly, or 42-mi combined. Or ride the Rail Trail (choose your length). For a greater challenge, ride the new Buffalo Run — a long-distance ride into Maryland and back, totaling about 45 miles. Benefits the Lance Armstrong Foundation. 717-600-8412
Sat. June 26: Nightmare Tour, Marietta, PA. 200-mile route only - see June 19 Dream Ride for other distances. Dream Ride Projects, 717-397-2503.
Sun. June 27: Bell to Bell Bike Ride, Philadelphia to Valley Forge, PA. Take a scenic 22-mile (one-way) ride along the Schuylkill River Trail from the Liberty Bell to the Justice Bell. All cyclists must pre-register; there is a fee of $25 for adults, $15 for children under age 18. Participants will receive a T-shirt and commemorative pin at the finish. Inquirer about return transportation, or ride back to Philadelphia on your own. Call toll-free 1-866-VF-VISIT.
Sun. June 27: Tour de Cure, Princeton, NJ. Registration fee + minimum donation. American Diabetes Association, 1-888-DIABETES
Sun. June 27: Tour of Awareness, Cove Island Park, Stamford, CT. Ride 25, 45, 62.5 miles on Fairfield County's scenic coastal and interior roads. $40 registration + $200 minimum pledge. Benefits the Sexual Assault Crisis & Education Center (SACEC). 203-348-9346.
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July 3-25: Tour de France - Official English-language site.
Sun. July 4: Delaware Double Cross, Middletown High School, Middletown, DE; 31 or 62 miles. Many cross-state bicycle rides are measured in hundreds of miles and many days. The White Clay Bicycle Club offers a chance to cross and "double cross" an entire state in only 31 total miles over flat terrain. In addition to the traditional route, there is a second 31-mile loop that heads south of Middletown to Clayton for a total of 62 miles. $12 pre-registration by 6/22, add $8 for T-shirt. $18 day-of event, no shirt. Children under 12 free with paid adult. White Clay Bicycle Club, c/o Pieter Jongebreur, 39 Hunting Ridge Rd, Newark, DE 19702; 302-738-1299.
July 9-11 or 10-11: MS Bike Tour, Gettysburg, PA. A 2-day rally with meals and lodging at Gettysburg College. Start at Gettysburg College and ride different 25, 50, or 75 mile routes on Saturday and Sunday, plus an extra 25-mile loop for Century cyclists on Saturday. Accommodations are provided at Gettysburg College on Saturday night for all cyclists. Registration fee + minimum pledge. Friday night accommodations are available at an additional charge. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central PA Chapter, 717-652-2108.
Sat. July 10: No Baloney Classic, Lebanon, PA. Choice of 3 loops on rolling terrain with a food buffet in-between. Ride 1, 2, or all 3 loops: 1) 40-mile Millbach loop; 2) 35-mile Hamlin Country Store loop; 3) 33-mile Mt. Gretna loop. The sponsors say, "We've left out the really nasty hills that Lebanon County can offer." $10 by 6/19, $12 after. Add $10 for T-shirt. Lebanon Valley Cycling Club, 717-228-0244. Download brochure (PDF).
July 10-17: Penn Central Tour, Greensburg to Easton, PA, one-way. Pedal PA, P.O. Box 385, Harleysville, PA 19438; phone 215-513-9577, fax 215-513-7552.
July 10-17: Ride for Runaways, Burlington, VT, to Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrence Township, NJ, one-way. Anchor House's 26th-annual 500-mile charity ride. 175 rider limit - application deadline early March. Kathy, 609-278-9495.
Sun. July 11: American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon, one-way rides to Mays Landing, NJ. Three start locations: 1) Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Philadelphia, PA, 7:00am mass start, riding distance - 61 miles; 2) Voorhees, NJ; 3) Hammonton, NJ. Registration fee + minimum pledge. Return transportation is available for an extra fee. 215-985-5400
Sun. July 11: Gold Coast Tour, Greenlawn, Long Island, NY. Ride 12, 25, 55, 65, or 100 miles. 516-334-1834
July 16-18: Pennsylvania Bicycle Rally, Lewisburg, PA. Includes hotel accommodations, but registration without lodging and one-day options are also available. All participants will enjoy a catered Saturday picnic lunch and evening banquet, full breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday, and Friday-night ice-cream social. Register by 6/14 to avoid late fee. Bicycle Access Council, P.O. Box 92, 465 Dairyland Dr, Dallastown, PA 17313; phone 717-417-1299. Contact the Susquehanna Valley Visitors Bureau, phone 800-525-7320, for tourism information.
Sat. July 17: Veloce Metric Century, Lehigh Valley Velodrome, Trexlertown, PA. The Veloce has expanded this year into a multi-organization benefit ride. Route options (approximate miles) on rolling to hilly terrain: 8 Breinigsville, 22 Bowers, 38 Crystal Cave, 50 Leaser Lake, 56 Lake Ontelaunee, or 106 miles (combo of both lake routes). $25 pre-registration by 6/15 includes free T-shirt. $30 after 6/15, but no shirt. $5 extra for post-ride meal on the Velodeck. Lehigh Wheelmen Association, P.O. Box 356, Bethlehem, PA 18016.
Sun. July 18: Harlem Valley Rail Ride, Millerton, NY. Ride 17, 30, 50, 62 or 75 miles in rural upstate Harlem Valley where New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts meet. Bike New York, 891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025; phone 212-932-2453, fax 212-932-3206.
July 24-30: Pennsylvania Greenway Sojourn, Spartansburg to Foxburg, PA, round-trip. A 6-day bike tour of the Allegheny River Valley, 200 miles round trip, 80% on rail-trails. Participants will camp in tents they supply themselves. A 3-day option is also available. Rails to Trails Conservancy, 105 Locust St, Harrisburg, PA 17101; phone 717-238-1717.
Sun. July 25: Tour de Tinicum, Erwinna, PA. Ride 4-11 miles, flat on unpaved towpath; 23 miles, mixed towpath and road; 32 miles on road, rolling; 35 or 53 miles on road, hilly. $20 by 7/18 includes T-shirt; $25 after 7/18, no shirt. Delaware Valley Volunteer Fire Company, 75 Headquarters Rd, P.O. Box 253, Erwinna, PA 18920; phone 610-294-9385.
Sun. July 25: Good Sam Ice Cream Ride, Suffern, NY. Ride 10, 35, 50, or 75 miles in Rockland County, NY, with ice cream at the rest stops and at the finish. $55, Benefits Good Samaritan Hospital, 845-368-9500.
Sat. July 31: Irish Pub Tour de Shore bike tour, a 65-mile one-way bike tour from the Irish Pub in Philadelphia (20th & Walnut) to the Irish Pub in Atlantic City. There are rest stops every 15 miles with food and drinks and a post-party at the Irish Pub in Atlantic City. Minimum registration is $110. Registration opens at 6:00am, and the ride starts at 7:30am. Benefits the Variety Club charity helping children with disabilities. Variety Club of the Delaware Valley, 1520 Locust St, Suite 900, Philadelphia, PA 19102-4496; phone 215-735-0803 or 800-553-7806.
Sat. July 31: Route 113 Heritage Corridor River to River Bicycle Tour, Souderton, PA. 25, 50, or 100 miles. The Route 113 Heritage Corridor connects two rivers and counties over 28 miles, and the 21 towns in-between. Historians say that the route used to link numerous Mennonite and Germanic communities in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. The tour itself does not take place on Route 113, but follows the corridor along lightly traveled roads rich in heritage. $35. Pedal PA, P.O. Box 385, Harleysville, PA 19438; phone 215-513-9577, fax 215-513-7552. Download registration form (PDF).
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Sun. Aug. 1: New York City Cycling Championship, New York, NY. A 62.5-mile professional race on a 1.2-mile circuit in lower Manhattan, starting from Wall & Water Streets, a few blocks south of South Street Seaport. Spectator and volunteer event. Experience the excitement of professional cycling up close by filling out the online volunteer application or by printing the PDF and mailing or faxing it to the address at the bottom of the form. For more information, contact Anna Talucci, 610-676-0390 ext. 103.
Sat. Aug. 7: Dog Daze Century, West Chester, PA. 27, 50, 77, or 100 miles on rolling terrain with a few hills. $12 pre-registration by 8/5 or $15 after, includes lunch. Brandywine Bicycle Club, Ann Marie Sullivan, P.O. Box 3162, West Chester, PA 19382; phone 610-644-3792.
Sat. Aug. 7: Princeton Event, West Windsor, NJ. 24th annual event. Ride 16, 25, 35, 50, 65, or 100 miles, flat to rolling, or 65+ miles hilly. $25, pre-register by 7/25 for free T-shirt. An after-event meal with drinks and desserts is included in the registration fee. 609-882-4739. Download registration form (PDF).
Aug. 8-12: Dutch Treat, Millersville, PA. Ride around the Lancaster area in a new tour. Pedal PA, P.O. Box 385, Harleysville, PA 19438; phone 215-513-9577, fax 215-513-7552.
Sat. Aug. 14: Bridgeton Zoo Ride, Schalick High School, Centerton, NJ; 25, 50, or 100 miles, 8:00am start. The route is mostly on rural roads in Salem County, with flat to slightly rolling terrain. The 25-mile loop and first 50-mile loop have a rest stop at the Bridgeton City Zoo, and both loops follow the same route back to the high school. A second 50-mile loop is offered for century riders. Lunch is available from a deli near the high school and a discount coupon is part of the ride package. South Jersey Wheelmen, P.O. Box 2705, Vineland, NJ 08362-2705.
Sat. Aug. 14: Eat A Peach Challenge, Westminster, MD. Ride 12, 33, 40, 67, or 100-miles over rolling to hilly terrain in Carroll and Frederick counties. The century route is claimed to be the toughest one-day ride in Maryland with over 7,500 feet of climbing. $30 by 8/1, $35 after. Benefits the Brain Injury Association of Maryland (BIAM), 410-448-2924. Download brochure (PDF).
Sun. Aug. 15: Covered Bridge Metric Century, Lancaster, PA. Ride 15, 31, or 62 miles through some of Pennsylvania's most famous rural scenery. The terrain is rolling with a few hills on the 62-mi ride and flat to moderately rolling on the 15- and 31-mi rides. Seven covered bridges and a lunch stop on the 62-mile ride. Shorter routes get lunch at the end. Winner of LAB 2001 "Best Biking in America!" awards for Best Country Tour and Most Scenic ride. $15 by 7/15, $20 after. Add $15 for T-shirt, only available with pre-registration. Lancaster Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 535, Lancaster, PA 17608-0535. Download brochure (PDF).
Sat. Aug. 21: Cumberland Valley Century, Clear Spring, MD.
Sat. Aug. 21: Knights for Sight Metric Century, Salisbury, MD. 15, 35, or 65 miles on flat terrain. Help to alleviate the suffering of blindness in the world. $25 by by 8/1 includes T-shirt. $30 day-of event, no shirt. Salisbury Lions Club, c/o Kevin Darcey, 3973 Devonshire Dr, Salisbury, MD 21804; phone 410-860-5502.
Sun. Aug. 22: SCU Lake Nockamixon Century, Central Bucks West High School, 375 West Court St, Doylestown, PA. For 2004, the Lake Nockamixon Century will be undergoing some big changes, including a new date (August 22, rather than mid-September) and a new starting location in Doylestown. Ride 20, 35, 55, 63, 85, or 100 miles on rolling terrain with a few hills. All rides visit Lake Galena, and now even 35-milers make it to scenic Lake Nockamixon. Includes marked route, cue sheet, SAG support, and a post-ride meal. Rest stops have a large assortment of home-baked snacks. Winner of LAB's "Best Century" award. $12 (SCU members), $17 (non-members) by 8/16; $22 day of event. Add $4 for t-shirt, only available with pre-registration postmarked by 8/6 or on-line by 8/9. Join SCU and save $5 on registration! Century Chairperson, Suburban Cyclists Unlimited, Box 401, Horsham, PA 19044; phone 215-362-2216. Download brochure (PDF)
Sat. Aug. 28: Shore Fire Century, Middletown High School, Middletown, DE; 35, 65, or 100 miles. Ride on beautiful flat to gently rolling routes from Middletown to points west of Dover, including Maryland's eastern shore. Four rest stops on the century route. $15 pre-registration by 8/9, add $9 for T-shirt. $20 after 8/9, but no shirt. Fee includes lunch stop and event souvenir. White Clay Bicycle Club, Mary Clare Matsumoto, 302-731-1430. Download brochure (PDF).
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Sept. 3-6: LAB National Rally, Jasper, Indiana. League of American Bicyclists, 202-822-1333. Download brochure (PDF).
Sat. Sept. 4: Bay Country Century, Owings, MD. 25, 50, 62 or 100-mile routes on rolling terrain.
Sat. Sept. 4: Nanticoke River Bike Tour, Seaford, DE. Flat and scenic 15, 25, or 64-mile routes. $30, includes T-shirt, water bottle, lunch. No web site, contact Ron MacArthur, 302-629-3466 (nights).
Sat. Sept. 4: Rock 'n Ride Bike Tour, Long Beach Island, NJ. American Red Cross, Jersey Coast Chapter, 1540 West Park Ave, P.O. Box 131, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724-8871; phone 732-493-9100 x225.
Sun. Sept 5: Brandywine Tour, Pocopson Elementary School, Pocopson, PA. Ride 32, 50, 68, or 100 miles, rolling to hilly. $12 pre-registration by 8/29, $17 day of event. Delaware Valley Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 156, Woodlyn PA 19094-0156.
Sun. Sept. 5: Peter Odell Memorial New Hope to New York Ride, New Hope, PA, to New York, NY, one-way. Ride 50, 70, 90, or 125 miles using various start locations, with all routes ending in New York City. $55 (BCP members), $65 (non-BCP-members). Limited to 106 riders, and no registrations accepted after 9/1. Fee includes showers and whirlpool upon arrival in NYC, and motor coach trip home at 9:00pm for you and a moving van for your bike. Bicycle Club of Philadelphia, Jeff Bakely, 215-843-1093.
Mon. Sept. 6 (Labor Day): The Donut Derby, Trexlertown, PA. The Donut Derby is a fun 35-mile "race" with rest stops every 12 miles where racers can get water, use the bathroom, and get donuts. For every donut eaten, five minutes is deducted from your official finish time. There are only 2 rules. All donuts must be eaten in the Donut Zone and if you chum a field, you're DNF. $25 registration, add $5 for optional lunch. Lehigh Wheelmen Association, P.O. Box 356, Bethlehem, PA 18016. Download flyer (PDF). See results and photos of the 2003 event.
Mon. Sept. 6: Labor Day Century, McSherrystown, PA (near Hanover). 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles. Carmen’s homemade ice cream, hot dogs, and snacks at the pavilion after the ride. Long Sleeve Shirts will be available. Hanover Cyclers, 129 Baltimore St, Hanover, PA 17331. Download flyer (PDF).
Sept. 9-12: Great Peanut Tour, Emporia, VA. A four-day rally in beautiful and very rural Southside Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. Ride 25 to 120 miles per day on flat to rolling terrain with almost no traffic lights, housing developments, or shopping centers. Last year's event attracted over 1,200 cyclists from all across the U.S. This event is known for having the most rest stops and most varied selection of snacks. All rides begin at the Cattail Creek R.V. Park and Campground. A real bargain if you have the camping gear, but local motels are also available. Emporia Bicycle Club, Inc., c/o Robert C. Wrenn, P.O. Box 668, Emporia, VA 23847; 1-800-449-BIKE (1-800-449-2453) - no calls after 9:00pm. Read a ride report. Download application (PDF),
Sept. 10-12: Braking the Cycle, Maryland to New York, NY. 275 miles one-way. Exact start location to be determined, but will probably be near Perryville. $75 registration fee + $3,500 in donations, benefits the HIV/AIDS services at NY’s LGBT Community Center. Blake Strasser, 212-989-1111, ext. 12.
Sat. Sept. 11: Amish Country Tour, Dover, DE. 15, 25, 50, 62, or 100 miles. Mass start at 8:15am with police traffic control through Dover. Travel Kent County's Amish countryside over mostly flat, rural roads. Sample Amish baked goods at the famous Amish Schoolhouse food stop. $22 by 8/29, $27 after. Includes post-ride picnic with live music, four rest stops on the century. Also see http://www.visitdover.com/registration/ for more information and a map. Download flyer (PDF). 1-800-233-KENT.
Sat. Sept. 11: Civil War Century, Thurmont, MD. Choice of 5 routes: Visit 3 Civil War battlefields on the century - South Mountain, Gettysburg, and Antietam; hilly terrain with four mountain climbs. 74-mile hilly ride visits the South Mountain and Antietam battlefields, but skips Gettysburg to eliminate one of the mountain climbs. Rolling 64-mile and 50-mile routes go to Gettysburg, or a flat-to-rolling 25-mile route through 3 covered bridges in the Monocacy Valley. $15 by 8/21, $20 after, add $15 for T-shirt. Baltimore Bicycle Club, Civil War Century, P.O. Box 271, Riderwood, MD 21139. Judy Getz, 410-254-1306.
Sat. Sept. 11: Five County Tour, Middletown, DE. Flat and scenic 25- and 62-mile routes. Pig roast option follows. Benefits Krysti Bingham Cerebral Palsy Foundation. John Bingham, 5577 South Dupont Hwy, Smyrna, DE 19977; phone 302-653-6559. Download registration form (PDF).
Sat. Sept. 11: Loop de Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 115-mi route only. A scenic and rural ride around the perimeter of Lebanon County over rolling to hilly terrain. Lebanon Valley Bicycle Club, Ted Taylor, 717-933-9164.
Sat. Sept. 11: Monmouth County Coastal Cruise, Long Branch, NJ. Ride 16, 31, or 62 miles, mostly flat courses along the coast. $25 registration + $25-$100 minimum pledge increases with distance ridden. Benefits the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Contact Ilene Winters, 732-263-0444.
Sept. 11-12: Tour de Canal, Cumberland, MD, to Georgetown, Washington, DC. Ride the C&O Canal to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. At 184 miles along the C&O Canal, it is the longest off-road charity bike ride in the country, starting in Cumberland, Maryland and ending in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Three ride options: 1) 184-mile ride - 84 miles on Saturday, 100 miles on Sunday; 2) 100-mile ride - 50 miles on Saturday, 50 miles on Sunday; 3) 20 -mile Family Fun Ride. $300 minimum for 100 and 184-mile rides, $75 for 20-mile ride. Linda Hadley, Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area, 11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 402, Fairfax, VA 22030; phone 703-359-4440 ext.115 or 1-800-728-9255.
Sun. Sept. 12: ArtCycle2004 - Pedaling for the Arts, Doylestown, PA. Five routes: 20-, 35-, and 55-miles hilly, or 6- and 20-miles flat. $25 by 9/6, $30 after, includes lunch; optional $50 donation for T shirt. Proceeds benefit the James A. Michener Art Museum, phone 215-340-9800 ext 250. Download brochure (PDF). Register on-line at active.com
Sun. Sept. 12: Country Roads Bicycle Tour, Warwick, NY. 10, 20, 40, or 62 miles. Ride on low-traffic roads through the varied landscape of Orange County, in New York’s Hudson Valley. $30 by 8/23, $35 after. Includes picnic with live music after the ride. Orange County Bicycle Club, 845-457-5758. Download brochure (PDF). (This event was rescheduled from June 13.)
Sun. Sept. 12: Hillier Than Thou, Washington, NJ. Ride 40, 62, or 100 hilly miles. 11,500 feet of climbing on the century, 9,000 feet on the metric. A beautiful ride in the hills and mountains of northwest NJ. $30 for 62/100-mile ride or $20 for 40-mile ride. Central Jersey Bicycle Club, Phil Apruzzese, phone 732-452-1233.
Sun. Sept. 12: New York City Century Bike Tour, New York, NY. Ride 15, 35, 55, 75, or 100 miles with magnificent views of New York's bridges, neighborhoods, and parks. Sponsored by Transportation Alternatives, a 5,000-member NYC-area non-profit citizens group working for better bicycling, walking and public transit, and fewer cars. Download brochure (PDF).
Sun. Sept. 12: Ride for the Animals, West Windsor, NJ. Ride 35 or 50 miles. Paul Wolcott, 973-379-1100 ext. 15.
Sun. Sept. 12: Scenic Schuylkill Century, Lloyd Hall, #1 Boat House Row, Philadelphia, PA. Ride 25, 38, 62, or 100 miles. $25, pre-register by 8/20 to receive custom Aireator socks by DeFeet. All-you-can-eat pizza at the finish. Bicycle Club of Philadelphia (BCP), P.O. Box 30235, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Sat. Sept. 12: Second Sight Bike-A-Thon, Selden, Long Island, NY. Ride 10, 20, 30, 50, or 65 miles. Benefits the Guide Dog Foundation. The foundation raises, trains, and furnishes guide dogs, free of charge, to visually impaired people who seek the independence, mobility, and companionship a guide dog provides.
Sun. Sept. 12: Southern Maryland Century - the Indian Head 100, Indian Head, MD. 30,63, or 100 miles. Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club, 301-567-0089.
Sun. Sept. 12: Strengthen Our Sisters 1st Annual Bike Rally, Pompton Plains, NJ. Ride 15, 25, 40, or 62 miles. The 15 mile ride is a flat run, designed for beginners and families. The 25-mile route has rolling hills, and the 40- and 62-mile routes are challenging and hilly.
Sun. Sept. 12: The Flattest Century in the East (TFCE), Tiverton, RI. The 33rd annual NBW-TFCE registration is now full! Registrations received after the limit was reached will be returned. Narragansett Bay Wheelmen's annual tour through scenic coastal shoreline, forests and marshlands of southeastern Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Ride 35, 52, 68, or 100 miles on flat to rolling terrain. The sponsors say "Yes, we know it's no longer exactly the flattest, but 30 years ago it was, and we have the name and we're sticking to it." Pre-registration closes at 1,600 riders or 8/7, whichever comes first - sold out in early July last year. No day-of-event registration. NBW-TFCE, PO Box 41177, Providence, RI 02940-1177.
Sept. 12 - Nov. 3: East Coast Greenway Maine-to-Florida
Tour. A small group, no more than twelve cyclists, will pedal from Canada to Key West along the 20% of the ECG now complete, and will use low-traffic roads in between those trail segments. The tour will average of 60 miles per day (not counting rest days). The trip will consist of four segments:
September 12 - September 23: Calais, ME to Providence, RI
September 25 - October 6: Providence to Washington DC
October 7 - October 19: Washington to Charleston, SC
October 21 - November 3: Charleston to Key West
Participants must pledge to raise $10,000 for the entire journey or $3000 per segment if doing less than the entire tour. ECGA, 135 Main St, Wakefield, RI 02879; phone 401-789-4625.
Sat. Sept. 18: Escape New York, New York, NY. Ride 50, 62, or 100 miles. $23. New York Cycle Club, 212-666-0175. Download entry form (PDF)
Sat. Sept. 18: Giant Food BikeDC, Washington, DC. Two routes: 12-mile car-free family ride along the Whitehurst Freeway and Clara Barton Parkway or 32-mile city tour. The first 12 miles of the city tour will be car-free using the family ride route, but the remainder will be on streets open to traffic. $30-$40 pre-registration; $45 day of. $5 discount on pre-registration for Giant Food Bonus Card Members. Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) 733 15th Street N.W. Suite 1030, Washington, DC 20005-2112; phone 202-628-2500.
Sat. Sept. 18: Githens Center Bike-A-Thon, Lumberton, NJ. Start from the Florence L. Walther School. Registration fee is $35 for adults and $20 for children (gladly waived if you raise $100 or more in pledges). 100 and 50 mile rides begin at 8:00am. 25 and 10 mile rides and 1,3, and 5 mile walks begin at 10:00am. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. T-shirts available for first 150 registrants.
Sat. Sept. 18: Jersey Devil Century, Parvin State Park, Centerton, NJ; 25, 50, 75, 100, or 125 miles. Wander in and out of three southern New Jersey counties - Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem - where the terrain is flat to slightly rolling. The ride returns to the park for lunch after the first 25- or 50-mile loop. You may then call it a day or continue on a new loop. Ride all three loops for 125 miles. $14 pre-registration until 9/12; $17 day of. South Jersey Wheelmen, P.O. Box 2705, Vineland, NJ 08362-2705.
Sat. Sept. 18: Univest Grand Prix and Cyclosportif, Souderton, PA. Ride 40 or 60 miles over rolling to hilly terrain in the Cyclosportif and/or watch top amateur teams from around the world compete in the Grand Prix. The starts are staggered so that the recreational riders will finish in time to watch the concluding short laps and finish of the road race. 215-513-7550. (Date from UCI Calendar)
Sept. 18-19: MS150 City to Shore, Cherry Hill to Ocean City, NJ. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, 215-271-1500.
Date changed: Sept. 18-19: Twin Centuries, Newark, DE, to Rehoboth Beach, DE. Ride to Rehoboth on Saturday (7:00am start), stay overnight, and return to Newark on Sunday. This year there is an optional start at 8:30am from the Park-n-Ride in Odessa to shorten each day to about 75 miles. White Clay Bicycle Club, Harry Russell, 302-239-0334. (Date revised 8/08/04)
Sun. Sept. 19: Habitat for Humanity Tour, Jamesburg, NJ. Start from Thompson Park and ride 12, 25, 35, 50, 62, or 100 miles on low-traffic back roads over gently rolling terrain. Middlesex County Habitat for Humanity, c/o Holly Ely, 85 Manhattan Ave., Avenel, NJ 07001; phone 732-634-6898. Download flyer (PDF).
Sun. Sept. 19: Harvest Rides, Westport, CT. 20, 46, 62, or 100 miles. The "fall classic" bike tour of the Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club, benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Connecticut. Enjoy one of four scenic rides along Fairfield County shoreline through picturesque towns, suburbs and countryside. Start out on flat-to-rolling terrain along the coast. Longer routes go inland and up on rolling-to-hilly terrain. Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club, 203-840-1757.
Sun. Sept. 19: Pink Ribbon Ride, Havre de Grace, MD. Ride 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles through Susquehanna State Park and beautiful Harford County. Benefits the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation for local breast cancer support. $20 pre-registration by 9/2; $25 after. Add $12 for T-shirt, only available with pre-registration. Bike4BreastCancer, 1-888-906-2453.
Sun. Sept. 19: Three Creek Century, South Middleton Park, Boiling Springs, PA (near Harrisburg). Ride 25, 50, 62, 75 or 100 miles. $10 by 8/17, $15 after, includes lunch. Add $15 for long-sleeve shirt, must be ordered by 8/17. Harrisburg Bicycle Club. Download brochure (PDF).
Sun. Sept. 19: Twin Lights Ride, Highlands, NJ. Ride 15, 30, 50, 75, or 100 miles. 1,000 riders. Bike New York, 891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025; phone 212-932-2453, fax 212-932-3206.
Sun. Sept. 19: Wheel to Heal, Piscataway, NJ. 15th annual event. New for 2004, all rides are 1 to 5 miles within Johnson Park. Proceeds benefit kids with cancer and blood disorders. The Institute for Children, 121 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901; 732-247-5300 or 1-800-231-KIDS. Download brochure (PDF).
Sat. Sept. 25: Adams Apple Ride, Gettysburg, PA. Ride 25, 50, or 100 miles in scenic Adams County on rolling terrain. 717-334-8151.
Sat. Sept. 25: H. Ray Wertz Memorial Bike Tour, Little Buffalo State Park, Newport, PA. Ride 16, 31, or 62 miles. $16 pre-registration by 9/13, $20 after, includes lunch and long sleeve T-shirt. Benefits the Newport Public Library, 316 N. 4th St., Newport PA 17074; phone 717-567-6860.
Sat. Sept. 25: Shoo-Fly Classic, Trexlertown, PA. Ride 12, 18, 35, or 60 miles; combine loops for other distances. $12 by 9/6, $15 after. Includes lunch on the deck overlooking the velodrome track. Showers available after the ride. Download flyer (PDF). (Date revised 2/07/04)
Sun. Sept. 26: Golden Apple Bicycle Tour, Goldens Bridge, NY. Ride 25, 50, 75, 100, or 125 miles. The longer routes each get progressively hillier. All routes above 25 miles follow a figure-8 pattern, so you can cut it short if needed. $20 by 9/15; $28 after. Westchester Cycle Club, 1-888-777-8229. Download registration form (PDF)
Sun. Sept. 26: Pedal for Peace, Philadelphia, PA. Rain Date: Oct. 3. Ride 12, 25, or 50 miles from Manayunk on the Schuylkill River Trail. By 9/1: $20 adults, $10 youth (up to 14), includes water bottle. After 9/1: $25 adults, $15, youth. All riders receive lunch, snacks, route map, and SAG. Good Shepherd Mediation Program, 5356 Chew Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19138; 215-843-5413. Download brochure (PDF).
Sun. Sept. 26: Pumpkin Patch Pedal, Thompson Park, Jamesburg, NJ. Ride 25, 50, 62, or 100 miles through the scenic rolling farmlands of central NJ. Voted "Best Ride in NJ" by Bicycling magazine. $25, add $5 for Subway hoagie only available with pre-registration. Free long-sleeve T-shirt with pre-registration by 9/10. This is a New York club but the ride takes place in New Jersey. Staten Island Bicycling Association (SIBA), P.O. Box 141016, Staten Island, NY 10314; 718-948-2025. Download flyer (PDF).
DATE CHANGED Sun. 9/26: Raul Julia Bicycle Challenge To End Hunger, Oaks, PA. 25- or 50-mile ride on the Schuylkill River Trail. $25 registration fee ($27 Online, and $35 after 9/25), plus donation.
Sun. Sept. 26: Ride for Rett (Rett Syndrome), Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ. Ride 7 to 61 miles on flat to gently rolling terrain. Benefits the International Rett Syndrome Association (IRSA). Steve Medlin, 732-577-6835.
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Oct. 1-3: Rehoboth Beach Bicycle Weekend, Rehoboth Beach, DE. Registration has closed for this event. Ride 7-to-100-miles per day on scenic roads, passing by quiet farmland, historic villages, ponds, rivers, ocean beaches, and state parks. Terrain is flat, but it can be windy. Leisure activities (great for non-cycling family members) include swimming, bird watching, nature trails, micro brewpub, winery, an Indian museum, shopping in boutiques and outlet malls (all without state sales tax), and strolling on the beach or boardwalk. The package includes maps and cue sheets, accommodations in a modern oceanfront hotel, meals (breakfasts and dinner), and a Friday night welcome party. All rooms have private baths. No SAG. Potomac Pedalers Touring Club (PPTC), Gary Nooger, 703-521-5333.
Sat. Oct. 2: Amish Hundred, St. Mary's City, MD. 28, 48, 72, or 100 miles on rolling terrain with a few hills. Each year, hundreds of cyclists enjoy the quiet rural charm of St. Mary's County on the Western Shore. Patuxent Area Cycling Enthusiasts (PACE), P.O. Box 574, California, MD 20619.
Sat. Oct. 2: Belleplain Fall Century, Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine, Cape May County, NJ. Ride 35, 50, 63, 78, or 100 miles through flat and scenic southern NJ forests and small towns with a rest stop at the scenic East Point Lighthouse on Delaware Bay. Shore Cycle Club
Sat. Oct. 2: Cycle for Kid's Sake, Burlington, NJ. Ride 20, 40, 60, or 100 miles on flat terrain. $20 by 7/31, $25 after, includes T-shirt and BBQ after the ride. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Burlington County, 215 Warren St, Beverly, NJ 08010; 609-239-5200. The sponsors of this event are looking for experienced cyclists to serve on the planning committee.
Sat. Oct. 2: Ed Sander Memorial Ride, Lilypons Water Gardens, Buckeystown, MD (approx 40 miles NW of DC). Ride 10, 25, 36, 50, or 100 miles. The ride is in memory of Ed Sander who was killed in a training accident in August 2001. Proceeds from the ride go toward a scholarship fund for Ed's only son Chris. Watch cyclo-cross races afterwards. $25, includes pancake breakfast; add $10 for box lunch. The ride is presented by the National Capital Velo Club (NCVC) and Lilypons Water Gardens (Ed's former employer). Download the event flyer (PDF). Register online at Active.com
Sat. Oct. 2: Fall Bicycle Flea Market, Lehigh Valley Velodrome, Trexlertown, PA. 610-967-8033
Sat. Oct. 2: Pink Ribbon Ride, Greenbelt, MD. 2, 10, 20, or 40 miles. Bike4BreastCancer, Elaine Brett at 1-877-PRR-2034 or 301-262-2228.
Sat. Oct. 2: Ride To Remember, New York, NY. 1-877-612-BIKE
Oct. 2-3: Patterson-Schwartz/MS 150 Bike to the Bay, Smyrna to Dewey Beach, DE. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Delaware Chapter, 302-655-5610.
Sun. Oct. 3: Bike the Beach, Fairfield, CT; 11, 20, or 45 miles flat-to-rolling, or 62 miles into hillier terrain. Start from Pennfield Beach and ride through up to five historic New England towns and by scenic beaches.This event is accessible by train on the Metro North New Haven line from New York City. $25 by 9/15, $35 after, includes lunch and T-shirt (first 300 riders). 100% of the funds raised from Bike the Beach 2004 will be used to benefit people with mental retardation through the activities of the Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport and its support of other community organizations such as The Kennedy Center, Inc. Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport, P. O. Box 1403, Fairfield, CT 06432; 203-255-2487.
Sun. Oct. 3: The Gap Gallop, Bethlehem, PA. 50 or 100 mi. The Gap Gallop’s great scenery, varied terrain and lightly traveled roads make it one of the most enjoyable centuries in the Northeast. The 100 mile route crosses the Kittatinny Ridge at Little Gap in Danielsville, then meanders for miles through the heavily wooded and sparsely populated countryside north of the mountain. The Gallop returns via the Delaware Water Gap, where the Delaware River makes a spectacular cut through the ridge. Riders always appreciate the predominately downhill final 25 miles. The 50-mile option on rolling terrain runs along the south side of the Blue Mountain without crossing the ridge. $15 by 9/14, $20 after. Add $10 for long-sleeve shirt; must be ordered by 9/14. Lehigh Wheelmen Association, P.O. Box 356, Bethlehem, PA 18016. Download brochure (PDF).
Sun. Oct. 3: The Great TZ Bike Tour for MS, Tarrytown, NY. Ride 20 or 60 miles with a unique opportunity to cycle over the Tappan Zee Bridge in a traffic-free lane. A registration fee + $125 pledge minimum are required. Carol Ann McOwen, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2 Gannett Drive, Suite LC, White Plains, NY 10604; phone 914-694-1655 ext.42.
Sat. Oct. 9: Do the Q, Blooming Glen, PA. Ride 22, 44, or 66 miles. $75 minimum donation by 9/15, add $25 after. Benefits the newly formed International 22q 1 1.2 Deletion Syndrome Foundation. Mark Abissi, 215-721-1986.
Sat. Oct. 9: Sea Gull Century, Salisbury, MD. 63 or 100 miles over very flat terrain. Weekend activities include Friday night welcome reception and unsupported rides on Oct. 8 and 10. Or do your own rides on Friday and Sunday with these cue sheets. All riders must pre-register - no day-of-event registration. $55 postmarked by 8/15, $75 after. Sunday all-you-can-eat crab fest is $22.95 additional. Salisbury University, 410-548-2772. Download brochure (PDF).
Sat. Oct 9: Tour of Hope Fun Ride, Washington, DC. Registration is now open for the Washington D.C. leg of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope fund-raising ride for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The 25-30 mile ride takes place on Saturday October 9 and 1500 places are available. After the ride, Lance Armstrong, the Tour of Hope Team, and special guests will be at the grand finale event on the Ellipse, open to the public. Each rider must commit to raising a minimum of $500 for cancer research.
Sat. Oct. 16: Savage Century, Newark, DE. 40, 60, 75 or 100 miles. Since its inception in the 1970's, the Savage has been considered one of the most difficult rides on the east coast. Enjoy the simple charm and beauty of Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish farmlands and the hills along the Susquehanna River, through Chester and Lancaster Counties. The major hills are only on the 75- and 100-mile loops; 40- and 60- mile loops have a few short climbs to make flat-landers do some work. $15 by 10/10; $20 after. White Clay Bicycle Club, Gary Ferenz, 302-239-7415, or Joe Lazorick, 302-239-7328.
Sun. Oct. 17: Covered Bridges Ride, Erwinna, PA. Ride 20 or 30 miles on flat terrain, or 33, 50, or 63 miles on rolling to hilly terrain. Hybrid and mountain bikes are best suited for the 20- or 30-mile flat rides. Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage of Central and Upper Bucks County. $25, pre-register by 10/1 to get long-sleeve shirt. Includes lunch. Central Bucks Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 1648, Doylestown, PA 18901. Download brochure (PDF).
Sun. Oct. 17: Tour du Port, Baltimore, MD. 8- or 22-mile city ride. Start from Rash Field, located on the south side of the Inner Harbor along Key Highway. One Less Car, 410-360-6755.
Oct. 17-22: C&O Canal Fall Foliage Tour, MD. Bike and the Like, 410-960-6572 or 1-877-776-6572.
Oct. 22-24: Cape May Weekend, Smyrna, DE to Cape May, NJ. A 3-day, flat 142-mile round-trip ride. Ride 71 miles to Cape May on Friday, crossing Delaware Bay on the Lewes - Cape May ferry. Have a free day in Cape May on Saturday, and ride 71 miles to Smyrna on Sunday, taking the Cape May - Lewes ferry at 7:30am. On Friday, riders must maintain a minimum average speed of 12 mph in order to arrive at the ferry terminal on time. $95/person and limited to 32 people. Includes accommodations at a Victorian-era hotel with showers and restrooms at the end of each hall, SAG, and luggage transport. Not included with registration: Ferry tickets $8 each way, snacks riding down and back, lunch and dinner on Saturday. White Clay Bicycle Club, Sue or Chuck Harris, 302-764-2644 after 6:00pm.
Sat. Oct. 23: The Bicycle Crossing City Tour and BBQ, Lehigh Landing, Bucky Boyle Park, Allentown, PA. Approximately 20 miles of scenic city parks and buildings including canal park, city hall, art museum, etc. $25, includes lunch. Bicycle show and demo begins at noon; exhibit your own unique bicycle or come try a pedicab, recumbent, high wheel, or unicycle. 610-770-8946. Register online at active.com
October 23-25: NJ Bike Trek, Zarephath, NJ. Family day 10/23 with 10, 20, and 40-mile rides and a festival with games and pony rides; followed by two days of century rides. This is a fundraiser held by Somerset Christian College. Half of all proceeds go to Wheels for the World which provides wheelchairs to the disabled worldwide. Family day registration: $35/head of household, $15 each family member, plus $250-$500 minimum pledge. Century ride: $100 registration plus $500 minimum pledge. Somerset Christian College, 10 Liberty Square, Zarephath, NJ 08890; phone 800-234-9305.
Sun. Oct. 24: Tour de Bronx, New York, NY. Rain date: Sunday, October 31. New York's largest free cycling event.
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Sat. Nov. 27: Dirty Dozen Ride/Race, Pittsburgh, PA. Ride up Pittsburgh's steepest hills.
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Dec. 3-5: FestiVelo de Charleston, formerly the Rural Ride 'round the Islands, Charleston, SC. Three days of cycling and camping on a plantation overlooking Bohickett Creek. Ride 7-100 miles per day on very flat terrain; includes family and non-rider attractions, 7 all-you-can-eat meals, room for 500 to camp, and RV hook ups. The average temperature in Charleston for Dec 1-5 is: High: 64° F, Low: 49° F. An event presented by the www.coastalcyclists.org to benefit the Palmetto Cycling Coalition. Registration deadline: 11/8/04. Phone 843-303-3334 after 6pm or on Weekends.
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(Prepared by Jack Elias, SCU Webmaster, 12/29/04)
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