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This calendar is presented by Suburban Cyclists Unlimited, P.O. Box 401, Horsham, PA 19044. This page lists the past events of 2005. For future events, see Other Clubs' Events
Sun. Feb. 6: "Stop, Swap, and Save" Swap Meet, Westminster, MD
Sat. Feb. 26: Bicycle Coalition Annual Meeting, International House (3701 Chestnut St), Philadelphia, PA. 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Phone 215-BICYCLE
March 16-18: National Bike Summitģ, Washington, DC. League of American Bicyclists
March 19-20, The Bicycle Show, New Jersey Convention Center, Edison, NJ. Exhibits, programs, and clinics that will cover every aspect of biking. Over a dozen programs per day. Exhibitor booths with gear, bikes, parts, and local and national organizations telling about their activities. A 25 to 30 mile ride will start at the Bike Show at 10:00am on both Saturday and Sunday, benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Show admission: $10 - adults, $2 - children under 12. 800-848-1020
Sun. March 20: Columbia's Cure Run & Ride, Columbia, MD. 25 km bike ride.
Sat. March 26: 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. White Clay Bicycle Club, 302-761-9066.
Sat. March 26: Pennsylvania Bicycle Club Conference, York, PA. Bicycle Access Council Download description and registration (PDF).
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Sat. April 16: Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, Fenwick Island, DE.
Sat. April 16: Spring Bicycle Flea Market, Lehigh Valley Velodrome, Trexlertown, PA. $5 entry fee, open 9:00am-2:00pm. 610-395-7000
Sat. April 16: Taxing Metric, Warwick County Park, Knauertown, PA. Ride 20, 32, or 64 miles on new routes. The new afternoon loop goes toward Honeybrook. There will also be a swap meet. $12 pre-registration or $15 day of, includes lunch. Brandywine Bicycle Club.
Sat. April 23: BikEric, Florence, NJ. Ride 10, 20, 30, or 50 miles. 50-mile ride starts at 8:00, all other routes start at 9:00. This is a benefit ride for Eric Potts, paralyzed by a lacrosse injury. $35 by 4/16, $40 after, includes door prizes, food at finish provided by Bung's Tavern, and cheesecake from famous Mother's Kitchen. Donna & Tom Waltz, 135 River Bank Drive, Roebling, NJ 08554; phone 609-499-3857.
Sun. April 24: Edward Stokes Memorial Horsham Rotary River Ride, Horsham, PA. Ride 5, 20, 35, or 63 miles and 5K Walk-A-Thon starting from the College Settlement Camp, 600 Witmer Road. $25 by 4/2, $30 after. Free T-shirt to the first 250 pre-registered riders. Ride with the SCU group at this local charity event! Horsham Rotary Foundation, P. O. Box 99, Horsham, PA 19044; phone 215-674-9590. Download brochure (PDF).
Sun. April 24: Miles for Matheny, Peapack, NJ. 908-234-0011 ext 260
Sun. April 24: Tour de Franklin, Somerset, NJ. Mass starts for each route; inquire for start times. Registration fee increases with distance selected: $30 - $45, includes T-shirt, lunch, raffle. New this year, a 5- and 10-mile off-road routes will be offered. Kosher for Passover food will be available. Proceeds benefit the Franklin Township Food Bank, 732-246-0009.
Sun. April 24: Wallkill Valley Bike Tour and Time Trial, Wallkill, NY. Ride the 10-mile time trial and 15, 35, 50, or 60-mile recreational routes. $25 pre-registration; $30 day of event registration. Cost includes chicken BBQ. Same price to do time trial and tour or just one. This year for the first time, cash prizes awarded at the time trial. Shawangunk Bicycle Club, Paul Roosa, 845-778-7286.
Sat. April 30: Fish Hawk Festival Bicycle Tour, Princess Anne, MD.
Sat. April 30: New Life Island Ride, Upper Black Eddy, PA. Ride 50 km flat or 100 km moderate hills. This ride is a fund raiser to help a Christian Camp on the Delaware River near the Frenchtown Bridge. The flooding from Hurricane Ivan and recent rain did a large amount of damage to the camp. New Life Island Camp, 990 River Rd, Upper Black Eddy, PA; phone Cherie MacKenzie, 610-294-9644.
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Sun. May 1: SCU Quad County Metric, Green Lane Park, Deep Creek and Snyder Roads, Green Lane, PA. Ride 10, 21, 31, 45, 53, 68, or 76 miles on scenic back roads. The 10-mile route is a flat ride on the unpaved 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. The 53 and 76-mile routes include the "Intensive Climbing Unit" extra hilly segment. Registration after 4/9: $25. Registration includes marked route, cue sheet, SAG support, rest stops, and a post-ride meal. Rest stops have a large assortment of home-baked snacks. Camping is available at the start location. Suburban Cyclists Unlimited, P.O. Box 401, Horsham, PA 19044. Download the Quad County Metric brochure (PDF).
Sat May 7: Farmlands Tour, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ. Ride 18, 25, 38, 50, 62, or 100 miles on flat terrain in central NJ. $20 by 4/23, add $5 for T-shirt and $7 for lunch. $25 after 5/23, but shirt and lunch not included. Central Jersey Bicycle Club, 732-225-HUBS. Download flyer (PDF).
Sat. May 7: 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 before 4/23 to receive a choice of a ride t-shirt or a set of license plate holders. Shore Cycle Club
May 13-15: Spring-n2-Cycling Weekend, Danville, PA. Tour Pennsylvaniaís scenic Susquehanna Valley. Includes 2 full/hot breakfasts (Sat. and Sun.), Friday welcome reception buffet dinner, Saturday post-ride party, Saturday evening dinner in nearby Lewisburg. For detailed itinerary, costs and cancellation policy contact Linda McGrane, 267-251-7862.
Sat. May 14: Camp to the Bay, and back in a Day, Alloway, NJ. Ride 33, 66, or 100 miles on this charity ride benefiting Ranch Hope Inc., an organization that houses and works with adjudicated youth, foster children, and children without parents. $100 minimum. 856-935-1555 ext. 172
Sat. May 14: Rotary 100 Bike Tour, Burlington Twp High School, Burlington, NJ. The Rotary Club of Burlington is offering a fully-supported 25, 50, 64 and 100 mile bike tour. Ride on lightly-traveled back roads in Burlington and Monmouth Counties with rolling hills, horse farms, and the Pine Barrens. $25, includes lunch at the end of the ride. Register by 4/14 and get a Rotary 100 T-Shirt. 609-387-0030. Download brochure (PDF).
Sat. May 14: Tour de Cure, Columbia, MD. Benefits the American Diabetes Association.
Sat. May 14: Tour De Talbot, Easton, MD. 15, 35, or 65 mi.
Sun. May 15: Bike 4 Sight, Delaware County Courthouse, Media, PA. $20 by 4/20 or $30 after, plus $70 minimum donation to the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 610-874-1476 ext. 130.
Sun. May 15: Dream Come True Ride or Stride, Rodale Fitness Center (opposite the velodrome), Trexlertown, PA. Distances and mass start times: 59 mi. - 8:30AM, 31 mi. - 9:30AM, 20 mi. - 10:00AM, 10 mi. - 10:15AM, all on low-traffic roads over rolling to hilly terrain. $20 by 5/1 or $25 after; 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. Download letter (PDF)
Sun. May 15: Horse Farm Tour, McSherrystown, PA (near Hanover). Choice of four rides: 10, 25, 35 and 50 miles (or combine any of the rides for longer distances). The 50-mile ride consists of two separate 25-mile routes, allowing riders to refuel at the Recreation Park between loops. The 35-mile ride is the Church and Creek ride and does not pass through horse farm territory. The other routes pass by Hanover Stables, one of the most famous standard-bred horse farms in the world, where riders can stop and tour the barns and meadows. $12 by 4/25 or $16 after. Add $13 for shirt only available with pre-registration by 4/25. Hanover Cycler's, 129 Baltimore St, Hanover, PA 17331; phone 717-225-4194. Download registration form (PDF).
Sun. May 15: Montauk Century, Long Island, NY. Five Borough Bicycle Club, Rm. 101, New York, NY 10025; phone 212-932-2300 ext. 115.
May 20-22: New York City Bicycle Show, New York State Armory, 26th St. and Lexington Ave, New York, NY.
Sat. May 21: Bicycle Expo, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Route 309, Schnecksville, PA. A region-wide celebration of bicycles. Vendor expo, demonstration of building a chopper bike, rides on unusual bicycles, exhibit of old bikes and Velodrome Hall of Fame. Educational workshops and presentations on safety and maintenance. Learn about new technologies and designs for using bicycles for commuting and hauling. Open 10:00am to 4:00pm; $6 admission, under 12 free. Sponsored by the Bicycle Crossing, an interactive bicycle museum and education program. See Bicycle Expo Ride below. Dinner dance at 6:00pm in Allentown, $75 per person ($60 for TBC members). The Bicycle Crossing, 905 Harrison St, Allentown, PA 18103; 610-739-5854. Download brochure (PDF).
Sat. May 21: Bicycle Expo Ride, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Route 309, Schnecksville, PA. Held in conjunction with the Bicycle Rally, see above, this will be a 32-mile escorted ride on rolling-to-hilly terrain, starting at noon. Ride through the Lehigh Game Preserve lands, through covered bridges, and with a rest stop at the velodrome. $25 per person, ($20 for TBC members) includes expo admission. No road markings. The Bicycle Crossing, 905 Harrison St, Allentown, PA 18103; 610-739-5854. Download brochure (PDF).
Sat. May 21: Tour de Cure, Wilmington, DE. Benefits the American Diabetes Association.
May 21-22 or May 21 only: MS25/50/170 Shore to Shore, 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.
Sun. May 22: 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. Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 3323, Westport, CT 06880; 203-840-1757.
Sun. May 22: Bonkers Metric, Ridley Creek State Park (Parking Lot #15), near Media, PA. Ride 18, 35, 50, or 65 miles on rolling terrain with some hills. $12 pre-registration by 5/13, $17 day of event. Delaware Valley Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 156, Woodlyn PA 19094-0156.
Sun. May 22: Chester County Challenge for Cancer, West Chester, PA. Ride 5, 10, 25, 50, or 63 miles. 610-431-5697
May 27-30: Kent County Spring
Fling, Chestertown, MD. Enjoy four days of cycling on the upper Eastern Shore with meals and lodging at
College. Ride 11 to 132 miles per day on flat to gently-rolling terrain.
$252 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 $30 late fee after 4/15. No road markings. Baltimore Bicycle Club, Frank Anders, 410-628-4018.
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The Chestertown Tea Party Festival on May 28-29 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 28: Baltimore BikeJam, Baltimore, MD. The dayís major event, "The Kelly Cup," has been placed on this yearís National Racing Calendar (NRC). BikeJam is the Mid-Atlantic regionís largest cycling festival that has earned national recognition from the U.S. Cycling Federation. Last yearís event attracted more than 750 participants and 5,000 spectators. In addition to The Kelly Cup, there will be a non-competitive recreational ride that tours the city of Baltimore, a bike stunt demonstration, a health and fitness expo, a kidís pavilion for bike decorating, and live music. 410-327-7114
Sat. May 28: 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.
Sun. May 29: Bell to Bell Bike Ride - Liberty Bell to the Justice Bell, Philadelphia to Valley Forge. Take a scenic 22-mile ride along the Schuylkill River Trail. 1-866-VF-VISIT
Tue. May 31: Wachovia Invitational, Lancaster, PA. Professional road race - spectator and volunteer event. (Date from USCF calendar.)
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Thur. June 2: Wachovia Classic, Trenton, NJ. Professional road race - spectator and volunteer event. (Date from USCF calendar.)
June 3-5: Chesapeake Bay Asthma Ride Bike Tour, Salisbury, MD. American Lung Association.
Fri June 3: Wachovia Manayunk Amateur Hill Climb, Philadelphia, PA; 6:00pm start. Riders test their fortitude against the infamous Manayunk Wall, with its steep 17% grade, in a race against the clock. There will be separate categories for USCF registered and non-registered riders. Registration begins at 4:30pm. Riders depart on one-minute intervals. Tri-State Velo, 215-546-273.
Sat. June 4: Cory's Ride, Tall Cedars Picnic Grove, Sawmill Road, Hamilton, NJ.
Sat. June 4: Get Ready Metric, Pennsville, NJ. 32 or 64 miles. Enjoy easy pedaling through flat to rolling terrain of the farm country of southern New Jersey. $14 by 5/26 or $17 day of ride, includes lunch. South Jersey Wheelmen, P.O. Box 2705, Vineland, NJ 08362-2705; 609-848-6123.
Sat. June 4: Tour de Cure, Lincroft, NJ. Benefits the American Diabetes Association.
Sat. June 4: Tour de Cure, Morristown, NJ. Benefits the American Diabetes Association.
Sun. June 5: ADA Fun Ride, Philadelphia, PA; 7:00am start. Ride one 13.5-mile lap of the Wachovia USPRO Championship race route including the Manayunk Wall. 7:00am start. $40, on-site registration begins at 6:00am at the corner of Kelly and Sedgley Drives. Benefits the American Diabetes Association, 888-342-2383 or 610-828-5003 ext. 4637.
Sun. June 5: George Washington Bridge Challenge, Fort Lee, NJ. Cycle across the world's most traveled bridge on this ride. $100 minimum pledge. American Cancer Society, 1-800-gwb-bike.
Sun. June 5: Good Sam Ice Cream Ride, Suffern, NY. 845-368-5151
Sun. June 5: Historic Morris Bike & Hike, Madison, NJ. Ride 2-35 miles. Morris Habitat for Humanity, 51 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960; phone 973-605-5804
New event! Sun. June 5: Tour de Brooklyn, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY. 18-mi escorted tour. 8:30am check-in, 9:00am ride. Rest stop with free snacks and water. Free, but registration is required. Register online.
Sun. June 5: Wachovia USPRO Championship and Liberty Classic, Philadelphia, PA. Professional road race - spectator and volunteer event. Roads are closed along the race route. Bicycle to Philadelphia via the Schuylkill River Trail or take the SEPTA train to Manayunk or Suburban Station. The Manayunk Station on the R6 route is only one block from "The Wall". Suburban Station is the closest train stop to the start/finish area where the race is shown on a giant video screen. Buy food, try free samples, and see product displays and sales from 40 vendors at the free Fitness Expo, located between 24th & 25th Streets across from Eakins Oval, near the Art Museum. Course marshals and other volunteers are needed; call 610-676-0390 ext. 103 or volunteer online. (Date from USCF calendar.)
Sat. June 11: Patuxent River Rural Legacy Ride, Croom, MD. Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club
Sat. June 11: 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 the road loops. $25 individual by 6/1, $35 after. $45 family. Benefits the Huntington's Disease Society of America, P.O. Box 352, New Freedom, PA 17349; phone 717-235-4118 evenings only.
Sat. June 11: Ride for Autism, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ. 7, 13, 25, 35, 50, 62 or 100-mile routes through scenic central New Jersey on gently-rolling terrain. $30 for adults, $5 for children under 18, and no additional pledges are required. Free T-shirt for pre-registration by 5/11. 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.
Sat. June 11: Ride On for Autism Research ("ROAR"), Baltimore, MD. Ride 10 or 20 miles.
June 11: The Longest Day Ride, High Point, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, one-way. Ride 100 mi, 200 km, or 200 mi. Must register and join CJBC by 5/11. Central Jersey Bicycle Club, Bob Helriegel, 908-874-4963.
Sat. June 11: Tour de Cure, Boiling Springs (near Harrisburg), PA. Benefits the American Diabetes Association.
June 11-12: MS-150 PA Dutch Bike Tour, Trexlertown, PA, to Kutztown, PA. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, 215-271-1500 ext. 161.
June 11-12: Tour de Shore (Maryland) MS-150, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. Riders will return to Salisbury University after each day of riding, so there will be no luggage transfer to contend with. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 410-527-1770.
Sun. June 12: Cyclefest, Bethel, CT. Ride 4, 16, 25, 50, 78, or 103 miles. Ride on Scenic routes through Fairfield and Litchfield counties over rolling to hilly terrain. Hat City Cyclists.
Sun. June 12: Cyclosportif of West Chester, Hoopes Park, West Chester, PA. West Chester Cycling Club. Download flyer (PDF).
Sun. June 12: Bike Freedom Valley, 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). Includes BCP swap meet. Benefits Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, 100 South Broad St, Suite 1355, Philadelphia, PA 19110; 215-242-9253. Register on-line at Active.com
Sun. June 12: Tour de Cure, Perkasie (Bucks County), PA. Benefits the American Diabetes Association.
Sun. June 12: Tour du Parks, Carroll Park, Baltimore, MD.
Sat. June 18: Double Creek Tour, Dover, PA; approx. 7 mi. NW of York.
Sat. June 18: Flatlands Tour, Chesapeake City, MD. Ride 31, 54, 63, 77, or 106 miles on flat terrain. This is a scenic, low-cost, no-frills ride. $6, registration open 7:00am to 9:45am on day of ride; no pre-registration. No SAG support. Baltimore Bicycle Club, Ken Philhower, 410-437-0309. Download flyer (PDF). Read a ride report.
Sat. June 18: Pedal to Preserve, New Holland, Lancaster County, PA. 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 pre-registration 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. Download brochure (PDF).
Sat. June 18: Roll & Stroll, Souderton, PA. The Roll & Stroll has a new start location and new fee structure for 2005. Ride 20, 38, or 64 miles on rolling to hilly terrain. Cyclists: $25 minimum pledge by 5/30, $40 after. This is a charity ride for the Indian Creek Foundation, 420 Cowpath Rd, Souderton, PA 18964; phone 267-203-1500.
Sat. June 18: The Jersey Double XXIII, Whitehouse Station, NJ. 200-mile ride with 11,000 feet of climbing. $35 includes T-shirt (or $30 no T-shirt) by 5/30; $45 after, no shirt. Western Jersey Wheelmen, Bruce Thomson, 213 Black River Rd, Long Valley, NJ 07853-3067; phone 908-879-6477. Register on-line at Active.com. Read a ride report.
Sat. June 18: Valley Veloce, Lehigh Valley Velodrome, Trexlertown, PA. A multi-route ride (8, 22, 36, 50, 56, 100 miles) to benefit Lehigh Valley charities. $25 by 5/22, includes T-shirt; $30 after 5/22, no shirt. Add $5 for post-ride meal on the Velodeck. Lehigh Wheelmen Association. Download flyer (PDF). Register on-line at Active.com
Sat. June 18: View Trail 100, Berlin, MD.
Sun. June 19: Bay to Bay Ride, Betterton, MD. Five routes, 27, 50, 78, 86, 104 miles on flat terrain. $20 by 5/15, $25 after; add $10 for T-shirt. Benefits the Chestertown Lions Club charity. 410-778-7356. No web site, but register on-line at Active.com
June 23-26: 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.
June 24-29: Bike Virginia, Roanoke, VA.
Sat. June 25: ALS Express, one-way rides ending in Wildwood, NJ. Annual event to benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) awareness and research. Start from Dennis Township, Vineland, or Blackwood for 20, 45, or 70 miles, respectively. All routes end at Morey's Piers in Wildwood. Pre-registration includes two free unlimited-access passes to all Morey-owned amusements and water parks on June 25. Phone 1-877-GEHRIG-1.
Sat. June 25: The Great Bike Ride, Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, MD. 14-mile ride on the NCR Trail and 25 or 50-mile routes through Baltimore County. Scavenger hunts on all routes. Sumptuous array of refreshments and beverages at the start, three rest stops, and post-ride feast. $25 by 6/1, $30 after. Download flyer (PDF).
Sat. June 25: Jack Robinson Memorial Bike-A-Thon, McAlisterville, PA, 40 miles north of Harrisburg. Ride 5, 32, 62, 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 25: Reach the Beach, Audubon, PA to Stone Harbor, NJ; 105-mile one-way ride. Vans provide return transportation for riders and bikes. This is a fund-raising event for research to help cure a rare glycogen storage disease which affects two children in the Delaware Valley. $75 registration + $250 minimum pledge.
Sat. June 25: Steeplechase Bike Ride, Center Square, PA. Ride 18, 31, 52, 62, or 100 miles starting from the St. John Lutheran Church. Or ride 10-20 miles on the Perkiomen Trail starting from Lower Perkiomen Valley Park, Oaks, PA. $20 by 6/10 or $25 after, plus $50 minimum pledge. Benefits the Lutheran Charities. No Web site; phone 610-825-9360 extension 212 to request a brochure.
June 25 - July 2: PA Southern Crossing Tour, Greensburg to Valley Forge, PA, one-way. Pedal PA, 215-513-9577.
Sun. June 26: Tour de Cure, Princeton, NJ. Benefits the American Diabetes Association.
Sun. June 26: French Creek Iron Tour, Pottstown, PA. Ride 20, 40 or 62 miles on hilly terrain. $25 pre-registration or $35 day of. French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, 3340 Coventryville Rd, Pottstown, PA 19465; phone 610-469-0150.
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Sun. July 3: Delaware Double Cross, Middletown High School, Middletown, DE. Ride 31 or 62 miles on flat terrain. Sponsored by the White Clay Bicycle Club, this event is the shortest and flattest state double crossing in the United States - only 31 miles! The metric century features a second 31-mile loop that takes riders through Delaware farmland. Pre-registration before 6/22: $13 (no T-Shirt) or $21 (with T-Shirt); after 6/22: $20 (no T-Shirt). Children under 18 years of age ride for free when accompanied by a paid adult. Ed McNulty, 302-834-7429. Register on-line at Active.com. Download brochure (PDF).
July 8-10: Pennsylvania Bicycle Rally, Gettysburg, PA. Optional lodging and meals at Eisenhower Hotels, Conference Center & Resort. Benefits PA's only state-wide advocacy organization, the Bicycle Access Council, phone 717-417-1299.
Sun. July 10: American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon, one-way rides to Mays Landing, NJ. Return transportation is available for an extra fee. 215-985-5400. SCU members: see the Excursions page for a bus to this event.
July 15-17 or 16-17: MS Bike Tour, Gettysburg, PA. A 2-day rally with meals and lodging at Gettysburg College. Start at the 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 for a small additional fee. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central PA Chapter, 717-652-2108.
July 16-22: Pennsylvania Greenway Sojourn, Lake Erie to North of Pittsburgh. A six-day off-road heritage tour by bicycle averaging 35 miles/day, majority on rail-trails and multi-use trails. Overnight camping at school grounds and parks. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Northeast Regional Office, 2133 Market St, Suite 222, Camp Hill, PA 17011; phone 717-238-1717.
July 23-24: MS150 Keystone Country Ride, Hollidaysburg, PA (near Altoona). This is a two-day loop on 150-miles of scenic back roads with rolling hills. Ride to University Park for the overnight stop.
Sun. July 24: Peleton Project Charity Ride, Hopewell, NJ (near Princeton). Ride 15, 30, or 65 miles, flat to rolling. $55 pre-registration or $75 day of, benefits the Lance Armstrong Foundation. No web site, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form.
Sat. July 30: River to River Heritage Corridor Bicycle Tour, Telford, PA. Ride 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles on rolling terrain with a few climbs. Pedal PA, 215-513-9577.
Sat. July 30: Dream Ride, Riverview Elementary School, Marietta, PA. Scenic, low-traffic 10, 20, 30, 62, or 100 mi, rolling-hilly. 717-397-2503
Sun. July 31: Harlem Valley Rail Ride, Millerton, NY. Ride 18, 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.
Sun. July 31: Tour de Tinicum, Erwinna, PA. Delaware Valley Volunteer Fire Company, 75 Headquarters Rd, P.O. Box 253, Erwinna, PA 18920.
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Sat. Aug. 6: Dog Daze Century, West Chester, PA. 27, 50 or 100 mi. $12 pre-reg or $15 day of, includes lunch at the end of the ride. Brandywine Bicycle Club
Sat. Aug. 6: Princeton Event, West Windsor, NJ. Ride 18, 35, 50, 65, or 100 mi flat/rolling or 65 mi "almost hilly". $25, pre-register by 7/24 to receive a free T-shirt. An after-event meal with drinks and desert is included. Princeton Free Wheelers.
Sat. Aug 6: The Tour Baby! Film Screening, The Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, PA; 4:00pm. The Tour Baby! is a behind the scenes film documenting the Tour de France, comes to the Philadelphia area for one day only. Scott Coady filmed an adventure of a lifetime, armed with only a digital video camera, his passion for cycling, and a beat up Avis rental van he called home for a month. This hilarious and inspiring film captures exclusive "behind the scenes" events and interviews that make the Tour de France so incredible. The film screening benefits the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The afternoon will also feature a silent auction and raffle. Special guest speaker: Christopher Houston, cancer survivor and 2003 Tour of Hope rider.
Sat. Aug. 13: 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 with 15 hilly miles 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. 13: Eat A Peach Challenge, Westminster, MD. Ride 12-100 miles over rolling to hilly terrain in Carroll and Frederick counties. The sponsors say that the century route, with 7,000-feet of climbing, is one of the toughest one-day rides in Maryland. $35, benefits the Brain Injury Association of Maryland (BIAM), 410-448-2924.
Sat. Aug. 13: Habitat for Humanity Tour, Thompson Park, Jamesburg, NJ. Ride 12, 25, 35, 50, 64 or 100 miles on flat to gently-rolling terrain. $30 by 8/9, add $5 for T-shirt; $35 after 8/9, no shirt. Holly Ely, 732-251-7200 ext. 5.
Sat. Aug. 13: The Nightmare Tour, Marietta, PA. 200-mile route only; see July 30 Dream Ride for other distances.
Sat. Aug. 13: Ride To See, Galena, MD. Ride 15, 30, 62, or 100 miles through Kent County, MD, on flat terrain. Benefits Galena Lions Charities. No web site; register on-line at Active.com or call 410-648-9985.
Aug. 19-21: Allenberry Resort & Playhouse Bicycling Weekend, Boiling Springs, PA (between Harrisburg and Carlisle). Registration has closed for this event. Scenic rides range in length from 11 to 75 miles on low-traffic roads, rolling-hilly. There will be featured rides each day led by the trip leaders, or ride on your own using the supplied cue sheets. The 57-acre Allenberry Resort has a large swimming pool, hot tub, and lighted tennis courts. Registration includes tickets to this year's theater production, Beauty and the Beast. No SAG or road markings. Potomac Pedalers Touring Club (PPTC), Darwin Roberts, 703-521-7277 or Cheryl Phipps, 703/922-4079.
Sat. Aug. 20: Cumberland Valley
Century, Clear Spring, MD. Ride 26, 65, or 101 miles on well-marked
routes over low-traffic rolling terrain. Four rest stops on the century. Proceeds benefit San Mar Children's Home.
Cumberland Valley Cycling Club. Register on line.
Sat. Aug. 20: Knights for Sight, Salisbury, MD. Ride 15, 35, 65 mi, flat. Tour the scenic back roads of Maryland's Eastern Shore (and Delaware) while helping to alleviate the suffering of blindness in the world. Benefits Salisbury Lions Club, 410-860-5502.
Sun. Aug. 21: Covered Bridge Metric Century, Lancaster, PA. Ride 15, 31, or 62 mi through Pennsylvania's most famous rural scenery. The terrain is rolling with a few hills. $15 mail-in or $13 online by 7/20; $20 after 7/20. Add $15 for T-shirt - must be ordered by 7/20. Lancaster Bicycle Club
Sun. Aug. 21: Ramapo Rally, Mahwah, NJ. 12 flat, 25/40 rolling, 50/64/100 hilly miles. Register by 8/1 for a free back pack. Pre-registration postmarked by 8/1 is $25 for BTCNJ members, and $30 for non-members. Registration postmarked after 8/1 is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey, Bette Bigonzi 973-744-5924. Register on-line at Active.com.
Sat. Aug. 27: Cedar Ridge Ride Thru History, Williamsport, MD.
Sat. Aug. 27: Shorefire Century, Middletown, DE. Ride 35, 65, or 100-mile scenic routes through flat to gently rolling farmland in central Delaware. $15 pre-registration by 8/13, add $9 for hat. $20 after 8/13, but no hat option. White Clay Bicycle Club, Mary Clare Matsumoto, 302-731-1430. Register on-line at Active.com. Download brochure (PDF). Read a ride report.
Sun. Aug. 28: SCU Lake Nockamixon Century, Central Bucks West High School, 375 West Court St, Doylestown, PA. Ride 23, 40, 50, 63, 85, or 100 miles on rolling terrain with a few hills. All rides visit Lake Galena, and now even 40-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. $25 (non-members) or $20 (SCU members), free T-shirt with registration by 8/11. Join SCU now and save $5 on registration! Suburban Cyclists Unlimited, P.O. Box 401, Horsham, PA 19044. Download brochure (PDF 445kB).
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Sat. Sept. 3: Bay Country Century, Owings, MD. Ride 25, 50, 62, or 100 miles on the rolling terrain of the Western Shore. $27 pre-registration, add $9.95 for lunch, and $10 for T-shirt or $15 for long-sleeve shirt. $30 day of event, no shirt or lunch. Download brochure (PDF).
Sat. Sept. 3: Nanticoke River Bike Tour, Seaford, DE. Ride 15, 35, or 64 flat miles starting from Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club, 310 Virginia Ave. $30 registration fee includes T-shirt, water bottle, and lunch. No web site, contact Ron MacArthur, 302-629-9788.
Sun. Sept 4: Brandywine Tour, Pocopson Elementary School, Pocopson, PA. Ride 25, 50, 68, or 100 miles, rolling to hilly, through the beautiful Brandywine River Valley crossing 6 major creeks and traversing much of the Revolutionary War activity around the Battle of the Brandywine. $12 pre-registration by 8/26, $17 day of event. Delaware Valley Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 156, Woodlyn PA 19094-0156.
Mon. Sept. 5: Labor Day Century, McSherrystown, PA (near Hanover). 25, 50, 65, or 100 miles. Carmenís 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; phone 717-225-3768. Download flyer (PDF).
Sept. 8-11: 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 1,100 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 and a non-SCU ride report, both from 2000.
Sat. Sept. 10: Amish Country Tour, Dover, DE. Ride 15, 25, 50, 62, or 100 miles on flat terrain. Mass start at 8:15am with police traffic control through Dover. Lunch and live music after the ride. $22 by 8/29 or $27 after. 1-800-233-KENT.
Sat. Sept. 10: Civil War Century, Thurmont, MD. 25 mi flat, 50 or 62 mi rolling, 78 or 100 mi hilly. $20 by 8/31 or $30 after. 10% discount for on-line registration at Active.com by 8/31. Baltimore Bicycle Club, Judy Getz, 410-254-1306.
Sat. Sept. 10: Five County Bike Tour, Middletown, DE. 25 or 62 miles. Benefits The Krysti Bingham Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Download brochure (PDF).
Sat. Sept. 10: Ride for Hope, Philadelphia, PA. Ride 7, 22, 31, or 62 miles. After a two year hiatus, the Ride for Hope bike-a-thon fundraiser returns for its seventh, one-day trek through the Delaware Valley, raising money and awareness around AIDS. $45 registration + $250 minimum pledge. Benefits Mazzoni Center (formerly PCHA), ActionAIDS, and St. Mary's Family Respite Center.
Sat. Sept. 10: West Wicomico Heritage Ride, Salisbury, MD. Formerly the West Wicomico Watermelon Ride. Ride 32, 50 or 62 miles along pleasant country roads of the beautiful Eastern Shore.
Sept. 10-17: LAB National Rally, Boardman, Oregon. For 2005, the LAB National Rally will be held in conjunction with Cycle Oregon. League of American Bicyclists, 1612 K Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006-2850; 202-822-1333.
Sun. Sept. 11: ArtCycle, Doylestown, PA. Ride 20, 38, or 63 miles. $25 pre-registration fee or $30 day of ride. Download brochure [PDF, 84K].
Sun. Sept. 11: Country Roads Bicycle Tour, Warwick, NY. Orange County Bicycle Club (OCBC)
Sun. Sept. 11: New York City Century Bike Tour, New York, NY. Ride 15, 35, 55, 75, or 100 miles.
Sun. Sept. 11: Rock 'n Ride Bike Tour, Harvey Cedars, NJ. Ride 10 or 40 miles. Benefits the American Red Cross, 888-853-6550 ext. 227.
Sun. Sept. 11: Scenic Schuylkill Century, Lloyd Hall, #1 Boat House Row, Philadelphia, PA. Ride 25, 38, 62, or 100 miles. Be pampered along the way with breakfast at the start, four fully stocked rest stops, and a pizza bash at the end. The century passes through park land, old towns, colonial villages, pastoral stream valleys, and historic Valley Forge National Park. $25; pre-register by 9/2 to receive a free bandana or skull cap. Bicycle Club of Philadelphia (BCP), P.O. Box 30235, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Sun. Sept. 11: Southern Maryland Century - the Indian Head 100, Indian Head, MD. Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club
Sun. Sept. 11: The Flattest Century in the East (TFCE), UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA. Registration has closed for this ride! The Narragansett Bay Wheelmen's 34th 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 gently-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." $30, registration closed at 1,800 riders - sold out at the end of May. No day-of-event registration. NBW-TFCE, P.O. Box 41177, Providence, RI 02940-1177. Read a ride report.
Sept. 16-18: Braking the Cycle, Maryland to New York City. A 3-day, 275-mile ride through five states (MD, PA, DE, NJ and NY) benefiting the HIV/AIDS services of NYC's LGBT Center. $75 registration fee and $3,500 fund-raising minimum. Limited to 100 riders. Phone 866-85-TOURS (toll free).
Sat. Sept. 17: Escape New York, New York, NY. 50, 62 or 100 miles. New York Cycle Club
Sat. Sept. 17: 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. South Jersey Wheelmen, P.O. Box 2705, Vineland, NJ 08362-2705.
Sat. Sept. 17: Univest Grand Prix Race and Cyclosportif recreational ride, Souderton, PA. Just watch the race, or ride 40 or 60 hilly miles, and see the finishing circuits of the race. (Date from USCF calendar.)
Sept. 17-18: Rehoboth Twin Centuries, Newark, DE, to Rehoboth Beach, DE. White Clay Bicycle Club, 302-239-0334.
Sun. Sept. 18: Harvest Rides, Westport, CT.
Sun. Sept. 18: Hillier Than Thou, Washington, NJ. Ride 45, 62, or 100 miles, including a 100-mile time trial/open road race. Hilly: 10,500 ft of climbing on the century, 7,500 on the metric.
Sun. Sept. 18: Jeff's Bike-a-Thon for Health Sciences Education, Edison, NJ. Ride 17, 25, 35, 50, or 62 miles starting from Middlesex County College. Download brochure (PDF).
Sun. Sept. 18: Pink Ribbon Ride, Tydings Park, Havre de Grace, MD. Ride 10, 25, 50, 62, or 100 miles, miles through Susquehanna State Park and beautiful Harford County. Benefits the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation for local breast cancer support and The Red Devils, an organization that supports Maryland families living with cancer. $20 pre-registration by 9/4 or $25 after. Add $15 for T-shirt, only available with pre-registration. Bike4BreastCancer.
Sun. Sept. 18: Raul Julia Bicycle Challenge To End Hunger, Lower Perkioman Park, Oaks, PA. 25- or 50-mile ride on the Schuylkill River Trail or 50-mile road ride. $25 registration by 8/1, $30 by 9/17, or $35 day of, plus donation.
Sun. Sept. 18: Second Sight Bike-A-Thon, Smithtown, NY. Rides of 10, 20, 30, 50, or 65 miles all leave from Guide Dog Foundation campus, 371 East Jericho Turnpike. Benefit 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. 18: Three Creek Century, LeTort Park, Carlisle, PA. Ride 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles through Cumberland County. Choose the easy, gentle terrain through the valley or challenging routes through the hills. This event is noted for it's creek-side scenery, quiet roads, quaint towns and great food, including homemade chicken corn soup. Registration is $15 by 8/20 or $20 after. Long sleeved T-shirts can be ordered for $15. Harrisburg Bicycle Club, 717-975-9879.
Sun. Sept. 18: Wheel to Heal, Piscataway, NJ. 732-247-5300
Sept. 23-25: BBC Weekend in Thurmont, MD. Enjoy three days of cycling - with routes from 17 to 65 miles - in the beautiful Monocacy River Valley. Price includes lodging on Friday and Saturday nights at the Thurmont Super 8 Motel, and meals at the Cozy Inn. Baltimore Bicycling Club, John Cole, 410-661-4427. Download flyer (PDF).
Sat. Sept. 24: Shoo-Fly Classic, Lehigh Valley Velodrome, Trexlertown, PA. 12, 18, 35, 60 miles, rolling to hilly. $15 until 9/10 or $20 after, includes huge lunch on the velodrome deck overlooking the track. Berks County Bicycle Club. Read a ride report.
Sat. Sept. 24: Amish 100 Bike Tour, St. Mary's City, MD. 240-895-4323. Download brochure (PDF).
Sept. 24-25: MS 150 City to Shore Bike Tour, Cherry Hill, NJ, to Ocean City, NJ. Minimum donation will be raised to $250 for 2005. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, 215-271-1500 ext. 116.
25: Adams Apple Bike
Ride, Gettysburg, PA. Gettysburg-Adams County Area Chamber of Commerce,
717-334-8151. Check back in 2006.
Sun. Sept. 25: Bike the Beach, Fairfield, CT. Ride 11, 22, 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. Cyclists can swim in the ocean or walk along the beach after the ride. This event is accessible by train on the Metro North New Haven line from New York City. $25 by 9/10 or $35 after, includes souvenir water bottle, lunch, and T-shirt (first 300 riders). 100% of the funds raised from Bike the Beach 2005 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. Sept. 25: Golden Apple Bicycle Tour, Goldens Bridge, NY. 1-888-777-8229
Sun. Sept. 25: Hops to Hops MS Bike Tour, Lambertville, NJ. The Hops to Hops Bike Tour is a 40-mile fall ride through scenic New Jersey. Ride the beautiful and challenging, rolling hills of Amwell Valley while enjoying the breath taking views of the fall foliage. Start and end at the River Horse Brewery where you will enjoy a sampling of beer along with a catered lunch. $25 registration + $150 minimum donation.
Sun. Sept. 25: Ride for Rett (Rett Syndrome), Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ. Ride 7 to 61 miles on flat to gently rolling terrain through beautiful Monmouth County, NJ. Breakfast and lunch will be served, and there will be live music during lunch. $15 registration by 9/15 or $20 after, plus a $40 minimum pledge. Benefits the International Rett Syndrome Association (IRSA), Steve Medlin, 732-577-6835. Download brochure (PDF).
Sun. Sept. 25: Twin Lights Ride, Sandy Hook, NJ. Ride 15, 30, 50, 75, or 100 miles. $40 by 9/23 or $45 after. Join the Friends of the LAF and donate additional funds to get added perks on ride day. The ride ends with a festival of music and food.
Sept. 28 - Oct. 2: Tour de Pines, Southampton Township, NJ. Ride 1-5 days on this bicycle tour of the New Jersey Pinelands. Participants will average approximately 50 miles per day. This is an unsupported ride. Participants are required to provide their own transportation, food and lodging. Mike, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton, NJ 08088; phone 609-859-8860 x24; fax 609-859-8804.
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Sept. 28 - Oct. 2: Tour de Pines, Southampton Township, NJ. Ride 1-5 days on this bicycle tour of the New Jersey Pinelands. Participants will average approximately 50 miles per day. This is an unsupported ride. Participants are required to provide their own transportation, food and lodging. Mike, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton, NJ 08088; phone 609-859-8860 x24; fax 609-859-8804.
Sat. Oct. 1: Walk & Ride For Brain Safety, Tyler State Park, Newtown, PA. Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, 1-866-635-7097 or 717-657-3601.
Sat. Oct. 1: Fall Bicycle Flea Market, Lehigh Valley Velodrome, Trexlertown, PA. $5 entry fee, open 9:00am-2:00pm. 610-395-7000
Sat. Oct. 1: Githens Center Bike-A-Thon, Lumberton, NJ. Start from Bobby's Run Elementary School.
Sat. Oct. 1: Belleplain Fall Century, Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine, NJ. The ride consists of two (2) main loops, each containing a short or long option. Loop #1 offers a 35- or 50-mi route. Loop #2 offers a 28- or 50-mi route. Combine routes for 63, 78, 85, or 100 mi. $25, pre-register by 9/17 for a long-sleeve T-shirt or a set of license plate holders. Shore Cycle Club
Sat. Oct. 1: Cycle for Kid's Sake, Masonic Home, Burlington, NJ. Ride 20, 40, 65, or 100 miles on flat to rolling terrain. BBQ after the ride. The registration fee is $20 by 8/31 or $30 after. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Burlington County, 215 Warren St, Beverly, NJ 08010; 609-239-5200.
Oct. 1-2: Bike to the Bay, Dover, DE, to Rehoboth, DE. The 23rd annual ride with 1700 participants. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Delaware Chapter, 302-655-5610.
Sun. Oct. 2: The Gap Gallop, Bethlehem, PA. 50 or 100 mi. The Gap Gallopís 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 Blue Mountain without crossing the ridge. $15 by 9/1, $20 after. Add $10 for long-sleeve shirt; must be ordered by 9/1. Lehigh Wheelmen Association, P.O. Box 356, Bethlehem, PA 18016. Download brochure (PDF). Register on-line at Active.com. Read a ride report.
Sun. Oct. 2: 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 $6 for Subway hoagie, only available with pre-registration. Free long-sleeve T-shirt with pre-registration by 9/15. 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).
Oct. 7-9: Rehoboth Beach Weekend, Rehoboth Beach, DE. Registration has closed for this ride! 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 or road markings. Potomac Pedalers Touring Club (PPTC), Gary Nooger, 703-521-5333.
Sat. Oct. 8: Do the Q, Blooming Glen (bucks County), PA. 11, 22, 44, or 66 mi. 215-453-1819. Download brochure (PDF).
Sat. Oct. 8: Sea Gull Century, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. 63 or 100 miles, flat. 6,000 riders. Weekend activities include Friday night welcome reception, and unsupported rides on Friday and Sunday, or do your own rides 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 feast is $22.95 additional. 410-548-2772. Download brochure (PDF).
Sat. Oct. 8: Tour of Hope, Washington, DC. Ride with Lance Armstrong on this 50-mile one-way ride or take the 10-mile one-way option. Both routes will merge near Glen Echo and ride to the Tour of Hope Grand Finale on the Ellipse, which will feature the triumphant arrival of Lance Armstrong and the Tour of Hope Team, along with special guests, live music, a health fair, and activities for the entire family. Each rider must commit to raising a minimum of $500 for cancer research. There is a time limit to complete this ride as required by local authorities. You must be able to ride 50 miles in under 3 hrs. 45 min. (or maintain an average speed of 14 MPH).
NEW! Sun. Oct. 9: Cystic Fibrosis Tour for Breath, Malvern, PA. 10, 25, 50, or 63 miles. $25 registration by 10/8 (or $35 after) + $50 minimum donation.
NEW! Sun. Oct. 9: Valley Forge: Past, Present and Future, Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA. 9:00am start. Meet at the lower Welcome Center parking lot for a ranger-led 5-mile loop ride past some of the park's better-known points of interest. On this tour, we will set a leisurely pace as we bike over moderate terrain and make several stops to talk about the park's history and exciting plans for its future. Ranger will cancel the ride in case of severe weather. This ride will be repeated on 10/23 and 11/6. 610-783-1077
Sat. Oct. 15: Savage Century, Newark, DE. 40, 60, 75, or 100 miles, rolling to hilly. The major climbs are on the 75 and 100 mile routes. $15 by 10/9 or $20 day of. White Clay Bicycle Club, 302-239-7415.
NEW! Sat. Oct. 15: Susquehanna Valley Ride, Selinsgrove, PA. 15, 30 or 60 miles. $20 by 10/7, includes T-shirt. Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce 1-800-410-2880 or 570-743-4100.
Sun. Oct. 16: Covered Bridges Ride, Tinicum Park, Erwinna, PA. Ride 20 or 30 miles on flat terrain, or 33, 50, or 63 miles on hilly terrain. Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage of Central and Upper Bucks County in Pennsylvania. Travel through up to six historic covered bridges. Hybrid or mountain bikes are best suited for the 20- or 30-mile rides. $25; pre-register by 9/30 to get a long-sleeve T-shirt. Includes lunch. Central Bucks Bicycle Club. Download brochure (PDF). Register on-line at Active.com
Sun. Oct. 16: Tour du Port, Baltimore, MD. This is an 8- or 22-mi city ride through the Inner Harbor, port areas, and historic neighborhoods surrounding Baltimore's famous port.
Oct. 16-21: C&O Canal Fall Foliage Tour, MD. Bike and the Like, 410-960-6572 or 1-877-776-6572.
NEW! Sat. Oct. 22: "She Got Bike!" Festival of Women's Cycling, Oregon Ridge Park, Hunt Valley, MD. Three spectacular routes for women only (approx. 12, 25 or 40 miles) offering casual to challenging terrain. At the She Got Bike! Expo, learn more about women's cycling at lectures on cycling basics, nutrition, training and more. Check out the latest women's specific bikes and lots of other great women's cycling stuff. Pre-register at www.active.com. Download flyer (PDF)
Oct. 21-23: 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. $104.75/person and limited to 30 people. Includes accommodations at a Victorian-era hotel with showers and restrooms at the end of each hall, SAG, and luggage transport. No road markings. 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.
Sun. Oct. 23: Tour de Bronx, New York, NY. Rain date: Sunday, October 30. New York's largest free cycling event.
NEW! Sun. Oct. 23: Valley Forge: Past, Present and Future. See 10/9 or 11/6.
NEW! Sun. Nov. 6, Valley Forge: Past, Present and Future, Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA. 9:00 am start. Meet at the lower Welcome Center parking lot for a ranger-led 5-mile loop ride past some of the park's better-known points of interest. On this tour, we will set a leisurely pace as we bike over moderate terrain and make several stops to talk about the park's history and exciting plans for its future. Ranger will cancel the ride in case of severe weather. 610-783-1077
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