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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 2008. For future events, see the 2008 Calendar of Events
Sunday, Feb. 10, Stop, Swap And Save Swap Meet, Westminster, MD. The mid-Atlantic’s largest indoor bike swap with 300 vendors. $5 admission. Open 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
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March 4-6, National Bike Summit®, Washington, DC. Discover the power you have to influence national transportation, energy, environment and health policy for the better: For bicycling. League of American Bicyclists
Sat. March 29, Icicle Metric, University of Delaware, Hollingsworth Parking Lot, North College & Cleveland Avenues, Newark, DE. 22, 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
Sat. March 29 (rain date Sun. March 30), Pedal Delmarva, Berlin, MD. 21-100 miles on flat terrain. 100 rider limit, pre-registration only - no day-of-event registrations. Cue sheets will be provided, but roads will not be marked. This is a series of 8 rides, all starting from Berlin, to be held on the last Saturday of the month, from March to October.
Sat. March 29, Pennsylvania Bicycle Club Conference, York, PA. Bicycle Club representatives are invited to attend this meeting to learn about and share their experiences with other Pennsylvania bicycle clubs. Bicycle Access Council
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Sat. April 12, Taxing Metric Century, Warwick County Park, Knauertown, PA. 20, 32, or 64 miles. Includes lunch stop with hot homemade soups. Brandywine Bicycle Club
April 18-20, St. Michael's Weekend, St. Michael's, MD. Includes meals and hotel accommodations. Flat terrain. No route markings or SAG. PPTC
Sat. April 19, Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, Fenwick Island, DE. Ride 20, 35, or 50 miles on flat terrain. 1-800-962-surf or 302-539-2100
Sat. April 19, Rally in the Valley, Philadelphia, PA. Off-road event. Philadelphia Mountain Biking Association
Sun. April 20, Girls with Gears: A Women's Cycling Event, Limerick, PA. 5, 15, 25, 40, or 62 miles. Benefits Carol For Heart, Inc., founded in 2003 to eradicate women's heart disease through increased awareness and education to women and those in the medical community.
Sun. April 20, Miles For Matheny, Peapack, NJ. 12, 23, 32, 50 miles and "Hills of Attrition" route. Benefits Matheny Medical and Educational Center.
April 25-27, Lewes Delaware Weekend, Lewes, DE. Includes meals and hotel accommodations. Flat terrain. No route markings or SAG. PPTC
Sat. April 26 (rain date Sun. April 27), Pedal Delmarva, Berlin, MD. 21-100 miles on flat terrain. 100 rider limit, pre-registration only - no day-of-event registrations. Cue sheets will be provided, but roads will not be marked. This is a series of 8 rides, all starting from Berlin, to be held on the last Saturday of the month, from March to October.
Sat. April 26, Pennsylvania State Police Memorial Metric Century, Hershey, PA. 6, 15, 32, 37 miles, or combine for longer routes. Benefits the Pennsylvania State Police Historical, Educational and Memorial Center.
Sat. April 26, Tour de Carroll, Westminster, MD. 8, 36, or 63 mi. Benefits the Family and Children’s Adult Day Services (Carroll County’s only nonprofit organization offering medical day services to low-income seniors).
April 27, MS Mason-Dixon
Ride, Middletown, DE. Delaware Chapter, National MS Society. This
ride has been replaced by the Crankin for a Cure on May 3.
Sun. April 27, Ride On for Autism Research ("ROAR"), Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, MD. Ride 10 or 25 miles. Benefits autism research at Kennedy Krieger Institute, 443-923-7300.
Sun. April 27, Rotary River Ride, Horsham, PA. 5, 20, 35, or 63 mi. Start from College Settlement Camp, 600 Witmer Rd (at the yellow blinker). Indoor facilities at start/finish. Benefits the Horsham Rotary, 215-674-9590.
Sun. April 27, Tour De Franklin, Somerset, NJ. Benefits the Franklin Township Food Bank, 732-246-0009.
Sun. April 27, Tour de Scranton, Scranton, PA. 6, 17, 35, 50, or 60 mi. Benefits The Erin Jessica Moreken Drug & Alcohol Treatment Fund.
Sun. April 27, Wild Goose Chase, Cambridge, MD. A women-only ride limited to 400 riders. Four routes from 10 to 62 miles through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
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May 2-4, Spring-n2-Cycling Weekend, Danville, PA. Includes meals and hotel accommodations. No route markings or SAG. Bicycle Club of Philadelphia (BCP)
Sat. May 3, Crankin for a Cure, Middletown, DE. There is one 25-mi loop which riders can do twice. This ride replaces the MS Mason-Dixon Ride. Delaware Chapter, National MS Society.
Sat. May 3, Farmlands Tour, Brookdale Community College (2 mi from exit #109 of the Garden State Parkway), Lincroft, NJ. 18, 25, 38, 50, 62, or 100 miles on flat to gently-rolling terrain. Central Jersey Bicycle Club
Sat. May 3, Spring Bicycle Flea Market, Lehigh Valley Velodrome, Breinigsville (Trexlertown), PA. $5 entry fee, open 8:30am-2:00pm. Shop early for the best selection. 610-395-7000
May 3-4, Face of America Ride, Bethesda, MD, to Gettysburg, PA, 110-mi one-way. A bike ride to honor, thank, and actively include servicemen who have been severely injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ride side by side with the servicemen.
Sun. May 4, U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic, Crystal City, 1 Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA. This event brings together the Crystal City recreational ride, a UCI-sanctioned men's pro race, a NRC women's pro race, the inaugural U.S. Service Academy team time trials, and a kids' race. The Crystal City ride consists of up to 8 laps of the 12.5-km course.
Sun. May 4, Five Boro Bike Tour, New York, NY. 42 miles. 30,000 riders.
Sun. May 4, Great Green America Metric Century, Manheim, PA. Ride 30 or 62 miles starting from the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire where the Great Green America Fest is being held. All cyclists will receive free admission to the Great Green America Fest.
May 10, SCU Quad County Metric,
Green Lane Park, Green Lane, PA. Ride 21, 31, 45, 53, 68, or 76 miles on
low-traffic back roads. The 21-mi route avoids the longest climb and is suitable
for casual riders. The longer routes are on rolling to hilly terrain. The 53-
and 76-mi routes include the 8-mi "Intensive Climbing Unit"
extra-hilly segment with 1,200 ft additional climbing. A flat 10-mi ride on the
Trail is also available. $20 (SCU members), $25 (non-members), by May 8. Registration on May 10 at Green Lane Park will be $20 (SCU members), $30 (non-members).
Register online by April 27 or U.S. mail postmarked by April 23 to receive a free long-sleeve T-shirt.
Suburban Cyclists Unlimited (SCU)
New for 2008: Register for the combo Quad County Metric and Lake Nockamixon Century and save $5! Save time and money - register for both events by May 8 for only $45 with one convenient transaction.
Sat. May 17, Bike to Build Charity Ride, Wilmington, DE. Ride 32 or 64 miles through New Castle County to Augustine Beach or Middletown, DE and back. Bike to Build is held in conjunction with the Wilmington Grand Prix, a professional cycling race and street festival. Benefits Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County.
Sat. May 17, Jerry Hanclich Pinelands Triple Loop, Batsto Village Park, Washington Twp., NJ. Ride one, two, or all three loops for a total of 28 to 100 miles on flat terrain. Each loop starts and ends at Batsto Village where food is provided. Register by 5/3 for free T-shirt. Shore Cycle Club.
Sat. May 17, The Rotary 100 Bike Tour, Burlington, NJ. 25, 50, 64, or 100 mi. Benefits the Burlington Rotary.
May 17-18, Coast The Coast MS Bike Tour, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ. Ride 1 or 2 days; 25, 50, 85, or 170 miles. National Multiple Sclerosis Society
May 17-18, Ride for the Feast, Rehoboth Beach, DE, to Baltimore, MD; 140 miles, one-way. Benefits Moveable Feast, the only meal delivery program for homebound people living with AIDS in the greater Baltimore area. Register online
Sun. May 18, Bike Tour of Edison and Metuchen, Edison, NJ. 25 miles
Sun. May 18, Bloomin' Metric, Norwalk, CT. Very scenic 25, 46, or 62 miles routes start out flat-rolling along the shore (Connecticut side of Long Island Sound). Longer routes go inland and up on rolling-hilly forested terrain, passing streams, waterfalls and a scenic lake (62-mile route only). Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club
Sun. May 18, Bonkers Metric, Ridley Creek State Park (parking lot #15), near Media, PA. Ride 18, 35, 50, or 65 scenic miles on the best roads in Delaware County. Rolling terrain with some hills. Delaware Valley Bicycle Club
Sun. May 18, Chester County Challenge for Cancer, West Chester, PA. 5, 10, 25, 50 or 63-mi loops through scenic, hilly Chester County. Benefits the Cancer Center of Chester County and Neighborhood Health Agencies, Inc. (Hospice).
Sun. May 18, Horse Farm Tour, McSherrystown, PA (near Hanover). Ride 10, 25, or 35 miles; combine loops for longer distance. Ride past Hanover Stables, one of the most famous standard-bred horse farms in the world. Hanover Cyclers
Sun. May 18, Montauk Century, New York. Start from Manhattan (New York City) or Babylon, Long Island. The Five Borough Bicycle Club
Sun. May 18, Philadelphia Area Tour de Cure, Warrington, PA. 15, 40, 63 mi. Different routes than the SCU Lake Nockamixon Century, which uses the same start location on August 24. Benefits the American Diabetes Association. See Tour de Cure for other locations and dates.
Sunday, May 18, Ride or Stride, Rodale Fitness Park (across from the velodrome), Breinigsville (Trexlertown), PA. Scenic, low-traffic 10, 20, 31, or 59-mi routes on rolling-hilly terrain. Dozens of door prizes will be awarded after the ride. Pledges are optional for this charity event, but prizes will be awarded to the top fund raisers. Benefits Dream Come True, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization which seeks to fulfill the dreams of children who are seriously, chronically, and terminally ill. Download brochure (PDF).
Sun. May 18, Tour de Elizabeth, Elizabeth, NJ. 15 miles
Wed. May 21, Ride of Silence. Various locations including Philadelphia, West Chester, and Allentown, PA. Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.
May 23-26, Kent County Spring Fling, Chestertown, MD. Enjoy four days of cycling on the upper Eastern Shore with meals and lodging at Washington College. Ride 11-100 miles per day on flat to gently-rolling terrain. The Chestertown Tea Party Festival is within walking distance of Washington College and offers many non-bicycling activities for the entire family. Register early because this event usually sells out - registration closes 4/14. Baltimore Bicycle Club
Sat. May 24, Bike Jam, Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD. Recreational rides, races, bike and health expo, food, beer, and live music.
Saturday May 24, Shorebird Metric Century, Salisbury, MD. 15, 35, or 65 miles on flat terrain. Benefits the American Cancer Society.
Sun. May 25, Tour de Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY. 18 miles. Free but registration is required.
Sat. May 31, Historic Morris Bike & Hike, Loantaka Park, Madison, NJ. Four routes: 2-mile family ride, 10-mile, 20-mile, and a challenging, hilly 35-mile ride. Benefits Morris Habitat for Humanity.
Sat. May 31, Trenton Bike Tour, Trenton, NJ. Explore the urban landscape on this 15-mile group ride starting at 9:00am.
May 31 - June 1, Chesapeake Bay Asthma Ride, Salisbury, MD. 3 routes Saturday (40, 62.5, 100 miles) and 2 routes on Sunday (20 & 40 miles). Includes famous Crab Feast on Saturday night for all cyclists. American Lung Association of Maryland, 410-560-2120, ext. 221.
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Sun. June 1, Bergen County Bicycle Tour, Hackensack, NJ. 5, 12, 25, or 45 miles.
Sun. June 1, Bike4Sight, Media, PA. Ride 2, 13, 25, 50, or 62 miles through Delaware and Chester Counties and New Castle, DE. Longest rides tour grounds of Winterthur Museum and Country Estate. Great after-ride food court! Benefits the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, eastern Pennsylvania’s premier rehabilitation and training center for people with vision loss.
Tue. June 3, Commerce Bank Lehigh Valley Classic, Allentown, PA. Professional and elite amateur races. Preview events start at 10:00am, main event at 1:00pm. Spectator and volunteer event; vendor expo.
Thu. June 5, Commerce Bank Reading Classic, Reading, PA. Professional and elite amateur races. Preview events start at 10:00am, main event at 1:00pm. Spectator and volunteer event; vendor expo.
Sat. June 7, Columbia Tour de Cure, Columbia, MD. Benefits the American Diabetes Association. See Tour de Cure for other locations and dates.
Sat. June 7, Get Ready Metric, Fort Mott, Pennsville, NJ. Two 31-mi loops (remote start for 2nd loop). Ride just the first loop, enjoy lunch by the Riverview Pavilion and call it a day, or ride both loops and enjoy lunch after a full day of great riding. Rather then starting at Fort Mott, the second loop begins and finishes at the 15-mile water stop of the first loop. After finishing the second loop you resume the first loop back to Fort Mott. South Jersey Wheelmen (SJW)
Sat. June 7, Githens Center Bike-A-Thon, Lumberton, NJ. Ride 10, 25, 50, or 100 mi through the beautiful New Jersey Pinelands. Benefits the Githens Center (Burlington County Cerebral Palsy Association), Mount Holly, NJ; phone 609-261-1667.
Sat. June 7, Kelly's Ride, to Ocean City, NJ, one-way from Medford (65 mi), Cedarbrook (40 mi), or Mays Landing (25 mi). Benefits Kelly’s Kids, Inc., a 501c3 non profit organization founded in 2005 in memory of Kelly Marie Vogdes. 856-778-1726
Sat. June 7, Pedal to Preserve, Garden Spot High School, New Holland, PA. Ride 6, 20, or 51 miles through the heart of Lancaster County, offering up acres of unspoiled rolling farmland. Benefits the Lancaster Farmland Trust, a private, non-profit organization working to preserve the rich and productive farmland of Lancaster County. 717-293-070.
Sun. June 8, ACS George Washington Bridge Challenge, Fort Lee, NJ. Benefits the American Cancer Society.
Sun. June 8, Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship and Liberty Classic, Philadelphia, PA. 9:00am. Men's and women's professional races. Spectator and volunteer event; vendor expo. Roads will be closed along the race routes, so on June 8, bicycle to Philadelphia via the Schuylkill River Trail or take a SEPTA train to Manayunk or Suburban Station. The Manayunk Station on the R6 line is only one block from “The Wall”. Suburban Station at 16th St and JFK Blvd is the closest SEPTA station 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.
Sun. June 8, Hat City Cyclefest, Bethel, CT. Choice of scenic routes: 4 miles flat, 12, 23, 51, 80, or 103 rolling/hilly miles through Fairfield and Litchfield counties.
Sun. June 8, Tour de Belt, Harrisburg PA. This is a 20-mile bike tour of the Capital Area Greenbelt. Benefits the Capital Area Greenbelt Association.
Sun. June 8, Tour dem Parks, Hon!, Baltimore, MD. 14, 20, 30, or 60 mi.
Sat. June 14, Double Creek Tour, Dover, PA. Ride 30, 48, or 62 miles through scenic and lightly-traveled roads of York and Adams counties.
Sat. June 14, Flatlands Tour, Chesapeake, MD. 35, 54, 63, 77, or 101 miles on flat terrain. $5 day-of-event registration; no pre-registration. No SAG. Baltimore Bicycling Club
Sat. June 14, Princeton Tour de Cure, Princeton, NJ. 10, 30, or 62 mi. Benefits the American Diabetes Association. See Tour de Cure for other locations and dates.
Sat. June 14, Ride for Autism, Brookdale Community College (2 mi from exit #109 of the Garden State Parkway), Lincroft, NJ. 7, 15, 25, 35, 50, 62, or 100 mi. Benefits the New Jersey Center for Outreach and Support for the Autism Community (COSAC).
Sat. June 14, Longest Day, High Point, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, 200 mi one-way. Alternate start locations for 100 mi or 200 km routes. Must register for the ride and join CJBC by 5/14/08. An optional Longest Day cycling jersey is available; order by 3/14/08 to receive jersey by ride date. Central Jersey Bicycle Club, 732-287-9447.
Sun. June 15, Bay to Bay Ride, Betterton, MD. 27, 50, 78, 86, or 104 miles, flat. Bring your father and he can ride for FREE. Benefits Lions Club Leader Dog Program for the Blind. All blind riders may ride free. Register online
Sun. June 15, Bike Freedom Valley, Lloyd Hall, One Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA. Flat routes: 8 mi on the river drives, 22 mi on the Schuylkill River Trail, or 44 mi into Valley Forge National Historic Park, with a few small hills in the park. More challenging routes: 35 mi to Villanova and Conshohocken, 50 mi to Villanova, Valley Forge National Historic Park, and Conshohocken, or 68 mi to Chester County. All rides return on the Schuylkill River Trail. Benefits the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Register online
June 20-25, Bike Virginia
Sat. June 21, ALS Express, one-way rides to Wildwood, NJ, from 4 locations. Cape May Court House - 10 mi, Dennisville - 25 mi, Vineland - 50 mi, or Blackwood - 75 mi. Riders get two free passes to Morey’s Piers Amusement and Water Parks. Return transportation is available to all start points for $25; limited to the first 28 riders. Benefits the Eileen Frank ALS Foundation, 877-gehrig1 (434-7441) or 215-643-5434
Sat. June 21, Delaware Leap Frog, Felton, DE. 31 or 64 miles, flat. Downstate Delaware Striders & Riders Club
Sat. June 21, Indian Creek Roll & Stroll, Souderton, PA. 20, 39, or 64 miles, rolling to hilly. $30 by 5/30 or $40 after; additional fund raising is optional, but donate $150 or more to receive a Roll & Stroll cycling jersey. Benefits the Indian Creek Foundation, 267-203-1500 ext. 322.
Sat. June 21, The Valley Veloce, Breinigsville (Trexlertown), PA. Starts from Rodale Fitness Park (across from the Velodrome). Ride 25, 40, 50, 56, 100 miles on rolling to hilly terrain or introductory clinic / ride. This is the LWA annual fundraiser for local cycling and community organizations. Lehigh Wheelmen Association
Sun. June 22, French Creek Iron Tour, Kimberton, PA (new start location for 2008). Ride 20, 50, 68, or 100 miles on lightly traveled roads through beautiful countryside. $35 by 6/8 includes T-shirt. Benefits the French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust.
Sun. June 22, Pedaling For Prevention, Livingston, NJ. 10, 25, or 40 miles. Ride through the scenic, tree-lined communities of Morris and Somerset Counties and the Great Swamp. Benefits the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas, NJ's only certified burn treatment facility. Download brochure (PDF). 732-381-0318
June 24-29, Tour of Pennsylvania (race). This spectator and volunteer event is the world's richest cycling race for elite international cyclists under age 25. This race will cover approximately 500 miles over six days, with finish-line events in Valley Forge, Harrisburg, Bedford, and the Laurel Highlands, and a race grand finale in Pittsburgh.
Sat. June 28, Lutheran Charities Bike-A-Thon, St. John Lutheran Church, Center Square, PA. Challenging and scenic Montgomery County rides with choice of 18, 32, 53, 62, or 100 miles. Benefits Lutheran Charities.
Sat. June 28, Miles For Mission, Macclesfield Park, 1000 River Road, Lower Makefield, PA. 5-10 mi on the canal path, or 20-, 40-, or 60-mi road ride on rolling terrain. Register online
Sun. June 29, Long Island Harbors Ride, Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, NY. 30, 50, 75, or 100 miles, or ride a 5- or 30-mi Class on Wheels led by Bike New York's award-winning Bicycle Education Program. Explore Long Island's famed North Shore on the inaugural ride. Bike New York
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Sun. July 6, Double Cross Metric, Middletown High School, Middletown, DE. Many cross-state rides are measured in hundreds of miles and many days. The White Clay Bicycle Club offers an alternative that “doublecrosses” an entire state in only 31 total miles over flat terrain. To ride a metric century, a second (different) 31-mile loop is also available.
July 11-13, Maine Bike Rally and LAB National Meeting, Fryeburg, ME. The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) announced that the Maine Bike Rally will be the location of the L.A.B. National Meeting. The event will offer 30 on-road and off-road rides to choose from, 10-100 miles, with local ride leaders. Camping, food (including big breakfasts, picnic lunches, and all-you-can-eat dinner), all rides, entertainment, and a bike rally T-shirt are included in the affordable weekend price. 207-623-4511
July 12-19, Anchor House Ride for Runaways, Rutland, VT to Trenton, NJ, one-way. 609-278-9495
Sun. July 13, American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon, one-way rides to Buena, NJ. Three start locations: Philadelphia - Ben Franklin Bridge (69 or 100 mi), Cherry Hill, NJ (55 mi), or Hammonton, NJ (21 mi). Ride across the Ben Franklin Bridge which will be closed to automobile traffic for this event.
July 18-20, Shenandoah Valley Weekend, Mt. Jackson, VA. No route markings or SAG. PPTC
July 19-20, MS150 PA Dutch Ride, Green Lane, PA, to Millersville, PA. Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, National MS Society
Sun. July 20, Ball & Chain Century, Salisbury, MD. 63 or 100 miles on flat terrain. No website; register at BikeReg.com.
July 24-27, Cycle Across Maryland (CAM) Weekend, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD. Sponsored by One Less Car, the Maryland bicycle advocacy organization.
Sat. July 26, Dream Ride, Marietta, PA. Ride scenic routes of 10, 20, 30, 62, or 100 miles in western Lancaster County on rolling-hilly terrain.
Sat. July 26, River to River Tour, Telford, PA. 25, 50, 75, or 100 mile routes on varied terrain. Ride from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River on lightly-traveled roads adjacent to the scenic Route 113 corridor, through small, quaint towns with farms, churches and businesses dating back to the 1700's. A portion of the proceeds from the bicycle tour benefit Heritage Conservancy, a regional leader in natural and historic preservation.
Sun. July 27, Tour de Tinicum, Erwinna, PA. Ride 4-11 miles on the flat, unpaved canal towpath, or scenic, low-traffic on-road routes of 24-64 miles on hilly terrain. Register by 7/21 to receive a free T-shirt. Benefits the Delaware Valley Volunteer Fire Company.
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Sat. Aug. 2, Princeton Event, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ. ride 20, 35, 50, 65, or 100 miles flat/rolling or 65 miles "almost hilly." $30, includes lunch. Register by 7/25 for a free T-shirt. Princeton Free Wheelers, 609-882-4PFW (4739).
Sat. Aug. 2, Run Ride Walk, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ. 20-mile bike ride and several run/walk options. Benefits the Lance Armstrong Foundation and South Jersey Healthcare Foundation.
Sat. Aug. 9, Bridgeton Zoo Ride, Pittsgrove, NJ (new start location for 2008). Ride 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles by combining 25- and 50-mile flat loops that pass by the Bridgeton City Zoo, and a second 50-mile loop on rolling terrain to Mullica Hill. South Jersey Wheelmen (SJW)
Sat. Aug. 9, Dog Daze Century, West Chester, PA. Ride 27, 50, 77 or 100 mi through beautiful rural Chester County, PA. The terrain is rolling with some hills. Fully-stocked rest stops and lunch are included. Brandywine Bicycle Club.
Sat. Aug. 9, Eat A Peach Challenge, Carroll County Agricultural Center, Westminster, MD. Ride 12, 33, 40, 67, or 100 miles on rolling-to-hilly terrain through Carroll and Frederick Counties. The century route has 7,000 ft of climbing. Held in conjunction with the Carroll County Farmers' Market Peach Festival. Benefits the Brain Injury Association of Maryland, 410-448-2924.
Sat. Aug. 9, Ride for Missy, Tyler State Park, Newtown, PA. Ride a 7.6-mile loop in Tyler State Park, or 25, 35, 50 miles. This event will assist Missy Flynn, an avid runner and triathlete, who is recovering from a brain aneurysm. 215-968-0600 ext. 12
Sat. Aug. 9, Ride To See, Galena, MD. 15, 30, 62, or 100 mile rides through scenic countryside with stops on Chesapeake Bay, Sassafras River, and Chestertown. No website; register at active.com
Aug. 15-17, Allenberry Weekend, Boiling Springs, PA (between Harrisburg and Carlisle). 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, Thoroughly Modern Millie, performed by a professional theater company. No SAG or road markings. PPTC
Sun. Aug. 17, Covered Bridge Metric, Lancaster, PA. Ride 16, 32, or 62 mi through Pennsylvania's most famous rural scenery including seven covered bridges (on the 62-mi route). The terrain is rolling with a few hills on the 62-mi ride and flat to moderately rolling on the 31- and 15-mi rides. 3,516 riders in 2008. Registration is $15 online or $20 by mail by 7/18; $30 after. A commemorative T-shirt can be purchased for $15 by 7/18. Lancaster Bicycle Club
Sun. Aug. 17, Ramapo Rally, Mahwah, NJ. 12, 25, 45, 62, 100, or 125 miles. 25-100-mi rides are on rolling terrain. The 125-mi ride adds a 25-mile hilly extension to the 100. Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey
Sat. Aug. 23, Shore Fire Century, Middletown, DE. 35, 65, or 100 miles on flat-to-gently-rolling terrain. White Clay Bicycle Club
Sun. Aug. 24, SCU Lake Nockamixon Century, Central Bucks South High School, 1100 Folly Rd, Warrington, PA 18976. Ride 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles on scenic routes in Bucks County. The terrain is rolling with a few hills. A hilly 107-mile Intensive Climbing Unit century route is also being offered. All riders will visit picturesque Lake Galena in Peace Valley Park. 50-to-100-mile riders will also visit our well-stocked rest stop at scenic Lake Nockamixon. Register online by August 22. Registration includes marked route, cue sheet, rest stops, SAG support, and a post-ride meal (with vegetarian option). Rest stops have a large assortment of home-baked snacks. Winner of LAB's "Best Century" award. Join SCU and save up to $10 on registration! Suburban Cyclists Unlimited (SCU)
Sat. Aug. 30, Bay Country Century, Owings, MD.
Sun. Aug. 31, Brandywine Tour, Pocopson Elementary School, near Chadds Ford, PA. Ride 26, 50, 65, 80, or 100 miles on rolling to hilly terrain. Delaware Valley Bicycle Club
Sun. Aug. 31, Peter Odell Memorial Ride, Philadelphia or New Hope to New York City, one-way. Four start locations offer routes of 50, 70, 90, or 125 miles, all ending in Brooklyn Heights. Return transportation is provided. BCP
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The Great Peanut Tour has been cancelled for 2008.
The Maryland Wine Festival Asthma Ride has been cancelled for 2008.
Mon. Sept. 1 (Labor Day), Donut Derby, Breinigsville (Trexlertown), PA. This is a 35-mi fun race with two rest stops where racers can get water and eat donuts. For every donut eaten, minutes are deducted from your official finish time. Lehigh Wheelmen Association
Mon. Sept. 1 (Labor Day), Labor Day Century, McSherrystown, PA (near Hanover). Ride 25, 50, 65, or 100 miles. Carmen’s homemade Ice Cream, hot dogs, energy drinks, and snacks will be provided after the ride. Hanover Cyclers
Sat. Sept. 6, Univest Grand Prix and Cyclosportif, Souderton, PA. The Grand Prix (spectator event) is a UCI-sanctioned race. The Cyclosportif is a 40- or 60-mile recreational ride on rolling-hilly terrain. (Date from UCI calendar.)
Date changed - see Oct.
6, Amish Country Bike
Tour, Dover, DE. Rescheduled to Oct. 25 due to tropical storm Hannah!
Ride 15, 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles
on flat terrain. (NOTE: 100-mile route will not be supported on Oct. 25.) Rides begin and end at Legislative Mall in historic downtown Dover.
Routes have up to 4 food stops, including the famous Amish Schoolhouse where you can enjoy homemade cookies, muffins, and pies.
at 8:00am with police
traffic control through Dover; riders have the
right-of-way with no stopping at traffic lights or stop signs for the first
3 miles. 1,392 riders in 2007. 1-800-233-KENT or 302-734-1736
6, Sun. Sept. 7, Century for the
Cure, Warren, NJ. Postponed by
one day due to tropical storm Hannah! $500 minimum pledge to benefit The Cancer Institute of NJ in New Brunswick, NJ.
6, Sun. Sept. 7, Civil War
Century, Thurmont, MD. Postponed by
one day due to tropical storm Hannah! Ride
Registration has closed! No day-of-event
registration. 25 mi flat, 50 or 62 mi rolling, 77 or 105 mi hilly, on low-traffic roads. Ride through famous historical sites with breathtaking scenery.
New for 2008: Pre-registration only and
limited to 1,600 riders. Baltimore Bicycling Club
6, Sun. Sept. 7, Tour des
Farms, Vincentown, NJ. Postponed
by one day due to tropical storm Hanna! Pedal through the Burlington County farm belt. Ride 13,
26, or 50 miles with stops at a cranberry farm, vegetable farms, orchards, nurseries, an organic farm, and a community supported agriculture farm.
Shop for local produce as you ride and we will pick up your purchases and deliver them back to the starting point for you.
Sun. Sept. 7, ArtCycle: Tour de Bucks, Doylestown, PA. 20, 38, 63 Miles. Registration includes post-ride food and beer. Benefits the James A. Michener Art Museum and its educational programs. Held on the same day as the nearby Doylestown Arts Festival and the Univest Grand Prix Criterium (spectator event)
Sun. Sept. 7, The Flattest Century in the East (TFCE), Dartmouth, MA. This event is sold out! Registration closed on May 12 at the 1,900 rider limit. 25, 52, 68, or 100 mi flat to gently rolling. The Narragansett Bay Wheelmen's annual one-day tour through the scenic coastal shoreline, forests and marshlands of southeastern Rhode Island and Massachusetts. TFCE has become the largest century in New England. Registration will open on May 1, limited to 1,900 riders, and always an early sell out. No day-of-event registration.
Sun. Sept. 7, Hops to Hops MS Bike Tour, Lambertville, NJ. A 40-mile ride through the rolling hills of Amwell Valley. National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Sun. Sept. 7, New York City Century, New York, NY. 15, 35, 55, 75, or 100 miles. 6,000 riders.
Sun. Sept. 7, Shoo-Fly Classic, Oley, PA (new start location for 2008). Ride 20, 40, or 62 miles – or combine the 40 and 62 for a full century. The Oley Valley is recognized by Bicycling Magazine as one of the best cycling areas on the East Coast. Berks County Bike Club
Sun. Sept. 7, Univest Grand Prix Criterium, Doylestown, PA. Spectator event. Held on the same day as the nearby Doylestown Arts Festival and the ArtCycle: Tour de Bucks.
Sat. Sept. 13, Cycle for Kids' Sake and Walk for Kids' Sake, Masonic Home Pavilion, Burlington Township, NJ. Ride 20, 40, 65, or 100 miles. A 5-mile walk is also offered. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Burlington County, 609-261-4960.
Sat. Sept. 13, Scenic Schuylkill Century, Philadelphia, PA. Ride 25, 38, 65 or 100 mi to Montgomery and Chester Counties. Features breakfast at the start, 4 rest stops, and a pizza bash at the finish. Register by 8/22 to receive a pair of cycling socks and a reflective safety band. Bicycle Club of Philadelphia (BCP)
Sept. 13-14, Bike MS - The Great New Jersey Country Bike Ride, Morristown, NJ. 20, 50, and 100-mi options are available. National MS Society, Greater North Jersey Chapter, 201-967-5599.
Sun. Sept. 14, Bike the Beach, Fairfield, CT. A very scenic ride along the Connecticut coast of Long Island Sound. Ride 11, 22, or 45 miles flat-to-rolling, or 62 miles onto more hilly terrain. The start location can be reached via the Metro North New Haven line train from NYC. Benefits the Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport, 203-255-2487. The Probus Club is a volunteer organization of professional and business people which helps persons with developmental disabilities.
Sun. Sept. 14, Commerce Bank Bike Philly, Philadelphia, PA. A family-friendly bike tour celebrating the freedom of car-free Philadelphia streets, ride through historic neighborhoods, taking over the Parkway, passing through Old City, and exploring hidden corners of Fairmount Park. Longer routes include streets open to automobile traffic. 2,500 riders in 2007. Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Sat. Sept. 20, Blackrock Ride, Quarryville, Lancaster County, PA, to Rehoboth Bay, DE, 125-mi one-way. A bus will drop riders off at alternate start locations 25, 50, or 75 mi from Rehoboth Bay. Return transportation to Quarryville will be provided.
Sat. Sept. 20, Escape New York Century, New York, NY. Ride 50, 62, or 100 miles. All rides leave from and return to Manhattan and offer picture-postcard views of the Hudson River and Palisades as you cross the George Washington Bridge.
Sat. Sept. 20, Harford County Pink Ribbon Ride, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD. 4, 12, 25, 62, or 100 miles. Benefits the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance
Sat. Sept. 20, Jersey Devil Century, Parvin State Park, Centerton, NJ. Ride 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles by combining loops from the central food stop; flat terrain. South Jersey Wheelmen (SJW)
Sat. Sept. 20, Nemours Nanticoke Bike Tour, Seaford, DE. Ride 25 or 50 miles on flat terrain. 302-236-2041
Sat. Sept. 20, Project Freedom Bike Tour, Robbinsville, NJ. Ride 10, 25, 40, or 62 miles. Registration includes BBQ and refreshments after the ride. "Project Freedom is dedicated to developing, supporting, and advocating opportunities for independent living for persons with disabilities."
Sat. Sept. 20, Wes Albin Bike Trek, Indian Valley Mennonite Church, Harleysville, PA. 15, 30 or 45 miles. Benefits the Wes Albin Fund at Church World Service (CWS)
Sept. 20-24, Climate Ride, New York City to Washington, DC, 320 miles, one-way. $2,250 minimum donation. Limited to 100 riders. Benefits Clean Air - Cool Planet and Focus the Nation, two organizations promoting climate change education and solutions to global warming.
Sun. Sept. 21, Polka Dot Jersey Challenge, Valley Preferred Cycling Center (Lehigh Valley Velodrome), Breinigsville (Trexlertown), PA. Ride 25 or 45 miles, or walk 3 miles to benefit the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation.
Sun. Sept 21, Pumpkin Patch Pedal, Thompson Park, Jamesburg, NJ. Ride 25, 50, 62, or 100 miles through the scenic, rolling farmlands of central New Jersey during the peak of the harvest season. Register by 9/7 for a free long-sleeve T-shirt. Staten Island Bicycling Association (SIBA)
Sun. Sept. 21, Bike Fresh Bike Local, Downingtown, PA. 25, 50, or 75 miles through the beautiful landscapes and farms of Chester County. Ride begins and ends at Victory Brewing Company and includes a post-ride meal of local foods and Victory brews.
Sun. Sept. 21, Three Creek Century, LeTort Park, Carlisle, PA. A scenic bike tour through Cumberland County in Central Pennsylvania, featuring four ride options, 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles, and homemade soup. Harrisburg Bicycle Club
Sept. 26-28, New Jersey Ride Against AIDS, High Point State Park to Cape May. 250 miles. Limited to 50 riders. $1500 minimum donation.
Sept. 26-28, Weekend In Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. This event is sold out. No route markings or SAG. Baltimore Bicycling Club
Sat. Sept. 27, H. Ray Wertz Memorial Ride to Read, Little Buffalo State Park, Newport, PA. Ride 3, 12, 31, or 62 mi through Perry County. Benefits the Newport Public Library.
Sept. 27-28, MS150 City to Shore Ride, Cherry Hill, NJ, to Ocean City, NJ. Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, National MS Society
Sept. 27-28, MS Bike to the Bay, Dover, DE, to Rehoboth Beach, DE. Delaware Chapter, National MS Society
Sun. Sept. 28, Twin Lights Ride, Highlands, NJ. Ride 30, 50, 75, or 100-mi routes along the spectacular seashore and back roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. Bike New York
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October 1-5, Tour de Pines, various start locations in the Pinelands National Reserve, NJ. Each day's tour will be a 40-50-mile loop, with average speeds of 11-13 mph. Participants may elect to ride 1, 2, 3, 4, or all 5 days of the tour. This is a FREE unsupported event. Registration deadline is September 26. Pinelands Preservation Alliance, 609-859-8860 x11.
Sat. Oct. 4, Belleplain Fall Century, Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine, NJ. The morning loop has a 35- or a 50-mile loop. The afternoon loop has a 28- or a 50-mile loop. The two loops can be combined for 63 or 100 mi. Register by 9/20 for a free long-sleeve T-shirt. Shore Cycle Club.
Sat. Oct. 4, Ride For Autism, Yardley, PA. 12 or 50 miles. Inaugural event benefits the AJ Foundation for Children with Autism. $40 registration + $100 minimum pledge.
Sat. Oct. 4, Sea Gull Century, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. Ride 63 or 100 miles on very flat terrain. 6,000 riders. The century route goes to Assateague Island. The weekend activities include unsupported rides on Oct. 3 and 5, or do your own rides with these cue sheets.
Sun. Oct. 5, Carpe Diem Girasole Ride, Frenchtown, NJ., Ride 18, 45, 62, or 100 miles through scenic Hunterdon County and along the banks of the Delaware River. $65; benefits the Paul R. Nardoni Foundation.
Sun. Oct. 5, Gap Gallop Century, Bethlehem, PA. 50, 68, or 100 miles. 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-mi route crosses the Kittatinny Ridge (Blue Mountain) at Little Gap in Danielsville, then meanders for miles through the heavily wooded and sparsely populated countryside north of the mountain. The route returns via the Delaware Water Gap, where the Delaware River makes a spectacular cut through the ridge. A 68-mi option crosses Little Gap with the 100, but returns through Wind Gap. Riders always appreciate the predominately downhill final 25 miles of both routes. There is also a 50-mi route on rolling terrain, which runs along the south side of the Blue Mountain without crossing the ridge. Lehigh Wheelmen Association. Read a ride report (1999).
Oct. 10-12, Rehoboth Beach Weekend, Rehoboth Beach, DE.
This event has been cancelled! PPTC
Sat. Oct. 11, Fall Bicycle Flea Market, Valley Preferred Cycling Center (Lehigh Valley Velodrome), Breinigsville (Trexlertown), PA. Open 8:30 to 2:00; $7 admission. 610-395-7000
Sat. Oct. 11, Flaming Foliage Metric Century, Hazleton, PA. 16, 31, 62 miles. Benefits Serento Gardens alcoholism and drug prevention and treatment services.
Sat. Oct. 11, Jersey Cape Breast Cancer Ride/Walk, Avalon, NJ. 5, 15, 25, or 50 miles on flat terrain. Registration includes a victory celebration beef & beer at the Rock'n Chair in Avalon at 4:00 pm. 609-624-8947
Sun. Oct. 12, Timmy's Tour de Shore, Fort Hancock, NJ. 2, 10, or 23 miles. Benefits pediatric brain tumor research.
Sun. Oct. 12, Tour For Breath, Wayne, PA. 10, 31, 62 miles. Free T-shirt with pre-registration. $25; add $10 to participate in the Poker Tour with a top prize of $100! Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Oct. 12-17, C & O Canal, Maryland. Ride on the scenic, unpaved C&O Canal towpath. This is a fully-supported commercial tour from Bike and the Like.
Oct. 17-19, Fall Foliage Weekend, Hanover/Gettysburg, PA. Includes meals and hotel accommodations (with indoor pool/whirlpool). Advance registration is required. No SAG or road markings. Bicycle Club of Philadelphia (BCP)
Sat. Oct. 18, Savage Century, Newark, DE. 40, 60, 75, or 100 miles; the major hills are only on the 75 and 100 mile loops. White Clay Bike Club
Sat. Oct. 18, Walk For Thought / Cycle For Safety, Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville, NJ. This is an off-road ride that takes place on the unpaved canal towpath. Benefits the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey.
Sat. Oct. 18, World Bicycle Relief, Main Street Movie Theater, 3720 Main St, Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA. An unsupported 62-mile ride in Montgomery County to benefit World Bicycle Relief. Ride leader will ride at a 15-MPH steady tempo, or ride at your own speed using the cue sheet. No SAG, no supported rest stops, and no road markings. $10 minimum donation. Rain Date: Saturday, November 15. Download flyer (PDF).
Oct. 18-19, Covered Bridges Ride, Erwinna, PA. Saturday is a lower-cost family day with only the flat 20- and 30-mile routes and the new Bucks County Covered Bridges Festival. Sunday’s event includes the 20, 30, 33, 50 or 63-mile ride. The T-shirt deadline is 10/1. Central Bucks Bicycle Club
Sun. Oct. 19, JDRF Hershey Fall Classic, Hershey, PA. Choice of three 31-mile routes - ride one, or combine two routes for a full metric century ride! Two routes feature flat-to-rolling terrain, good for all riders. The third route, known as the "Hills of Hershey," is very challenging. Benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.
Sun. Oct. 19, Tour de Bronx, New York, NY. Free, but registration is required.
Sat. Oct. 25, Amish Country Bike Tour, Dover, DE. Rescheduled from Sept. 6 due to tropical storm Hannah! Ride 15, 25, 50, or 62 miles on flat terrain. Note: The previously-advertised 100-mile route will not be supported. Rides begin and end at Legislative Mall in historic downtown Dover. Rest stops include the famous Amish Schoolhouse where you can enjoy homemade cookies, muffins, and pies. Mass start at 8:00am with police traffic control through Dover; riders have the right-of-way with no stopping at traffic lights or stop signs for the first 3 miles. Or start as late as 10:00 without police traffic control. 1,392 riders in 2007. 1-800-233-KENT or 302-734-1736
Sat. Oct. 25, Between the Waters Bike Tour, Wachapreague, VA. 25, 40, 60 or 100 miles on flat terrain. Seven rest stops on the 100, 6 on the 60.
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