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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 2009. For future events, see the 2010 Calendar of Events.
Sun. Feb. 8, 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 10-12, National Bike Summit®, Washington, DC. League of American Bicyclists (LAB)
Sat. March 28, 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
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April 16-19, PPTC St. Michaels Weekend / Eastern Tandem Rally, St. Michaels, MD. Potomac Pedalers Touring Club (PPTC)
Sat. April 18, Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, Bethany Beach, DE. 25, 35, or 50 mi on flat terrain.
Sat. April 18, Rally in the Valley, Philadelphia, PA. Off-road event. Philadelphia Mountain Biking Association
Sat. April 18, Taxing Metric Century, Warwick County Park, Knauertown, PA. 20, 32, or 64 miles. Includes lunch stop with hot homemade soups. Rain check offer if you pre-register. Brandywine Bicycle Club
Sun. April 19, Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail Race, Run, Ride & Ramble, Shippensburg, PA. Ride on the unpaved trail.
Sun. April 19, Girls with Gears: A Women's Cycling Event, Limerick, PA. 10, 25, 40, or 62 mi. Benefits Carol for Heart.
Sun. April 19, Miles For Matheny, Peapack, NJ. 12, 23, 32, 50 miles and "Hills of Attrition" route. Benefits Matheny Medical and Educational Center.
April 24-26, Face of America Bike Ride, Bethesda, MD, to Gettysburg, PA, 110-mi one-way. Ride with servicemen who have been severely injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
April 24-26, Lewes Delaware Weekend, Lewes, DE. Includes meals and motel accommodations. Potomac Pedalers Touring Club (PPTC).
Sat. April 25, Bike Eric, Florence, NJ. 10, 20, 30, or 50 mi followed by buffet lunch at Bungs Tavern.
Sat. April 25, Pennsylvania State Police Benefit Ride, Hershey, PA. 7, 15, 32, 38, or 70 mi. Benefits the Pennsylvania State Police Historical, Educational and Memorial Center.
Sat. April 25, ROAR for Autism, Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, MD. 5, 10, 25, or 50-mi bike ride, hike, and family fun festival for autism research.
Sat. April 25, Tour de Carroll, Westminster, MD. Benefits the Family and Children’s Adult Day Services (Carroll County’s only nonprofit organization offering medical day services to low-income seniors).
Sun. April 26, Horsham Rotary River Ride, Horsham, PA. 5, 20, 35, 63 mi. Start from College Settlement Camp, 600 Witmer Rd (at the yellow blinker). Indoor facilities at start/finish. Benefits the Horsham Rotary Club.
Sun. April 26, Tour de Franklin, Somerset, NJ. 5, 10, 25, 40, or 62 mi through beautiful central New Jersey. Benefits the Franklin Township Food Bank.
Sun. April 26, Tour de Scranton, Scranton, PA. 6, 17, 35, 50, or 65 mi. Benefits The Erin Jessica Moreken Drug & Alcohol Treatment Fund.
Sun. April 26, TriColumbia Howard Life Festival, Columbia, MD. Run ½-marathon or 5k, or bike 18, 40, or 62 mi. Columbia Triathlon Association (CTA)
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May 1-3, Spring-n2-Cycling Weekend, Danville, PA. Bicycle Club of Philadelphia (BCP). Join the SCU group at this event!
Sat. May 2, Farmlands Tour, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ. 18, 25, 38, 50, 63, or 100 mi, flat to gently rolling. Central Jersey Bicycle Club (CJBC)
Sat. May 2, Six Pillars Century, Cambridge, MD. 10, 32, 56, or 100 miles on flat terrain including the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
Sat. May 2, Susquehanna Stars Bike Rally, 4-H Fair Grounds, Route 77, Mullica Hill, NJ. 10, 35 or 62 mi. Benefits People for People Foundation of Gloucester County and American Red Cross-Gloucester County Chapter.
Sun. May 3, Commerce Bank Five Boro Bike Tour, New York, NY. 42 mi. 30,000 riders.
Sun. May 3, Eco Ride, Reisterstown, MD. Ride 6, 18, 30, or 60 miles to support the Kayam farm.
Sat. May 9, SCU Quad County Metric, Green Lane, PA. Start from scenic Green Lane Park and 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 unpaved Perkiomen Trail is also available. Registration includes: marked route, cue sheet, SAG support, rest stops, and a post-ride meal with vegetarian option. Rest stops have a large assortment of home-baked snacks. On-site registration will cost an additional $10 - save money and register on BikeReg.com before May 8. Camping is available at the start location. Suburban Cyclists Unlimited
Sat. May 16, or May 16-17, Bike MS "Coast the Coast", West Long Branch, NJ. Ride 1 or 2 days. National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Sat. May 16, Jerry Hanclich Pinelands Triple Loop, Batsto Village Park, Washington Twp., NJ. Ride 1, 2 or all 3 loops: Loop # 1 - 36 mi, Loop # 2 - 29 mi, Loop # 3 - 35 mi. Shore Cycle Club
Sat. May 16, Rotary 100 Bike Tour, Burlington, NJ. 25, 50, 64 and 100 miles. Benefits the Rotary Club of Burlington.
May 16-17, 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. $1,200 minimum fund raising.
Sun. May 17, 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 17, 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 (DVBC)
Sun. May 17, Crankin' for a Cure, Middletown DE. The route is one 25-mi loop which riders can do twice. National MS Society
Sun. May 17, Green Wheels Ride, Jenkintown, PA. Free 2-mi ride followed by a bicycle safety forum at the Hiway Theatre. 215-517-4721
Sun. May 17, 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 17, Montauk Century, Manhattan or Babylon, NY. 65, 100, or 145 mi.
Sun. May 17, 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. 610-865-3475
Wed. May 20, Ride of Silence, various locations including Philadelphia. 7:00pm. 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. Philadelphia location: Start at the foot of the front steps of the Art Museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway. A brief pre-ride dedication ceremony will take place at 6:45pm, and the 1 hour (8 mile) ride will start promptly at 7:00pm. The ride will proceed silently and at a pace of 12 miles an hour.
May 22-25, Kent County Spring Fling, Chestertown, MD. Enjoy four days of cycling on the upper Eastern Shore, with lodging and excellent all-you-can-eat meals at Washington College. Ride 11-100 miles per day on flat to gently-rolling terrain. The Chestertown Tea Party Festival, within walking distance of Washington College, offers many non-bicycling activities for the entire family. Register early because this event usually sells out. Baltimore Bicycle Club. Join the SCU group at this event!
Sat. May 23, Soft Shell Metric Century, Crisfield, MD. 23 or 62 mi, flat.
May 29-31, Williamsburg Weekend, Williamsburg, VA. Includes meals and motel accommodations. Potomac Pedalers Touring Club (PPTC).
Sat. May 30, Bike & Hike, Loantaka Park, Morristown, NJ. Morris Habitat for Humanity
Sat. May 30, Jersey Shore Tour de Cure, Brielle, NJ. American Diabetes Association
Sat. May 30, Shorebird Metric Century, Arthur W Perdue Stadium, Salisbury, MD. 15, 35, or 65 mi on very flat terrain. Benefits the American Cancer Society.
Sun. May 31, Chester County Challenge for Cancer, West Chester, PA. 5 mi flat, or 10, 25, 50, 63-mi hilly loops through scenic Chester County. Benefits the Cancer Center of Chester County and Neighborhood Hospice.
Sun. May 31, Philadelphia-Area Tour de Cure, CB South HS, Warrington, PA. 5, 10, 40, or 63 mi. on rolling terrain. American Diabetes Association
Sun. May 31, Vacamas Bike Ride for the Children, North Caldwell, NJ. 25-mi.
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June 5 - 7, Chesapeake Bay Air Ride, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. Registration includes T-shirt, BBQ on Friday night, crab feast dinner Saturday night, and lunch on Sunday. Low-cost on-campus accommodations are available. All participants must raise a minimum of $200 in pledges. Benefits the American Lung Association of Maryland.
Sat. June 6, Bicycle Therapy’s Ride with the Pros, Philadelphia, PA. Ride 15 miles with the Land Rover-ORBEA Team benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation. No SAG or road markings.
Sat. June 6, Get Ready Metric, Fort Mott, Pennsville, NJ. 31 or 62 mi. South Jersey Wheelmen (SJW)
Sat. June 6, Githens Center Bike-A-Thon, Lumberton, NJ. 10, 25, 50, or 100 mi (100-mi route consists of riding the 50-mi route twice). Burlington County Cerebral Palsy Association
Sat. June 6, Kelly's Ride, one-way to Ocean City, NJ, from Medford, Cedar Brook, or Mays Landing; 25, 40, or 65 mi, flat.
Sat. June 6, Lions Cycling for Sight, Havre de Grace, MD. 45 miles. Sponsored by Lion Clubs to raise awareness and funds to prevent and cure blindness.
Sat. June 6, Northern New Jersey Tour de Cure, Basking Ridge, NJ. American Diabetes Association
Sat. June 6, Pedal to Preserve, New Holland, PA. New start location: Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave. Ride 6, 20, or 51 mi on rolling terrain. Benefits Lancaster Farmland Trust
Sun. June 7, Legacy Fund Bike Ride, Stockton College, Pomona, NJ. 15, 31, or 62 miles.
Sun. June 7, Philly Fun Ride, Philadelphia, PA. As part of the festivities for the 25th running of the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, you can take on the world famous Manayunk Wall that's the featured challenge in this annual event. Ride one 13.5-mi lap of the race route at 7:15am to 8:45am - course is cleared before the professionals compete at 9:00am.
Sun. June 7, Philadelphia International Championship (men's race) and Liberty Classic (women's race), Philadelphia, PA. Volunteer and spectator event. Roads will be closed along the race routes, so 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. (Date from UCI calendar.)
Sun. June 7, Tour de Brooklyn, NY. Free registration.
June 12-14, Experience Annapolis Weekend, Annapolis, MD. Includes hotel accommodations, city tours, boat tours, walking tours, cycling eco tours, and a reception with the mayor. Rides vary in length from 20 to 66 miles on routes designed by Annapolis cyclists. PPTC
Sat. June 13, The Revolutionary Ramble, Drew University, Madison, NJ. 12, 25, 40, or 62 miles.
Sat. June 13, Ride for Autism, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ (just off exit #109 of the Garden State Parkway). 7, 15, 25, 35, 50, 65, and 100-mi rides benefit Autism New Jersey (Formerly COSAC).
Sun. June 14, Bike 4 Sight, 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.
Sun. June 14, French Creek Iron Tour, Kimberton, PA. Ride 10, 20, 35, 50, 66, 75, or 100 miles on lightly traveled roads through beautiful countryside. Benefits the French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust. 610-469-0150
Sun. June 14, Hat City Cyclefest, Bethel, CT. Choice of scenic routes: 4 miles flat, 16, 25, 50, 78, or 103 rolling/hilly miles through Fairfield and Litchfield counties.
Sun. June 14, Pedaling for Prevention, Livingston, NJ. 10, 25, or 40 mi. Benefits The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas, New Jersey's only certified burn treatment facility.
Sun. June 14, Princeton Tour de Cure, Princeton, NJ. American Diabetes Association
Sun. June 14, Tour dem Parks, Hon!, Carroll Park, Baltimore, MD. 12, 20, 35, or 64 mi.
June 19-24, Bike Virginia, Charlottesville, Culpeper, and Orange, VA.
Sat. June 20, ALS Express, one-way rides to Wildwood, NJ, from four NJ start locations. Ride 10, 25, 50, or 75 miles. Each rider receives two complimentary passes to Morey’s Piers Amusement and Water Parks. Return transportation is available (fee).
Sat. June 20, Delaware Leap Frog Bicycle Tour, Felton, DE. 32 or 64 mi on flat terrain. Ride from pond-to-pond in Central and Southern Delaware.
Sat. June 20, Double Creek Tour, Dover, PA. 30, 48, or 63 mi through the scenic and lightly-traveled roads of York and Adams counties, along the Conewago and Bermudian creeks for which the ride was named. Benefits the Healthy Community Pharmacy, providing medications to uninsured and underinsured families.
Sat. June 20, Flatlands Tour, Chesapeake City, MD. Very scenic, 35, 54, 63, 77, or 101 mi on flat terrain. This is a no-frills event - no SAG or supported rest stops. Baltimore Bicycling Club
Sat. June 20, John Brown Sesquicentennial Ride, Chambersburg, PA. Ride 100 miles one-way from Chambersburg, PA, to Harpers Ferry, WV. Begin in Chambersburg, travel through Antietam battlefield to the Kennedy farm, and on to Harpers Ferry. Bus will transport riders back for evening picnic.
Sat. June 20, Roll & Stroll, Souderton, PA. 10 or 20 mi on rolling terrain; or 39 or 64 miles on rolling-to- hilly terrain. Benefits the Indian Creek Foundation.
Sat. June 20, Tour of the Millstone River, Rocky Hill, NJ. 11 or 21 mi, held in conjunction with the Rocky Hill Cycling Classic.
Sun. June 21, Bike Freedom Valley, Lloyd Hall, One Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA. Flat trail rides of 8, 22, or 44 mi, or rolling-hilly road rides of 35, 50, or 60+ mi. Benefits the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
Sat. June 27, Biking for Buddies, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA. 25-mi ride benefiting Best Buddies, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunity for one-to-one friendships as well as integrated employment.
Sat. June 27, Lutheran Charities Steeplechase Bike Ride, Center Square, PA.
Sat. June 27, Miles for Mission, Lower Makefield, PA. Ride 5, 10, 20, 40, or 60 mi to benefit local charities.
Sun. June 28, Bay to Bay Ride, Betterton, MD. 27, 50, 78, 86, or 104 mi, flat to gently rolling. Chestertown Lions Club - supporting leader dogs for the blind.
Sun. June 28, Long Island Harbors Ride, Brentwood, NY. 27, 50, 75, or 100 mi.
Sun. June 28, Ride for Awareness, Long Valley, NJ. 31 mi.
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Sun. July 5, 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 “double-crosses” an entire state in only 31 total miles over flat terrain. To ride a metric century, a second (different) 31-mi loop is also available.
Sat. July 11, Great Philly Cheesesteak Book Ride, Philadelphia, PA. Leisurely 12-mile, 8,000-calorie bike ride to eight Center City/South Philly steak stands with sampling and author commentary. The ride is free, but pre-registration by July 7 is required. Cheesesteak samples will be available for $2 at each of the eight stands. No road markings or SAG.
Sun. July 12, American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon, one-way to Buena, NJ, from Philadelphia (66 mi), Cherry Hill (54 mi) or Hammonton (21 mi). Ride across the Ben Franklin Bridge.
Sun. July 12, Tour de Queens, New York, NY. 24 mi.
Sat. July 18, Urban Farm Bike Ride, Philadelphia, PA. 15 or 25 mi ending at Philadelphia Brewing Company for beer and pizza.
July 18-19, MS150 PA Dutch Ride, Green Lane, PA, to Millersville, PA. Ride one or two days, 50, 75, or 100 miles per day on rolling to hilly terrain. Busses provide return transportation for one-day riders. National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Sun. July 19, Ball & Chain Century, Salisbury, MD. 62 or 100 mi. No website; register at bikereg.com
Sat. July 25, Barbara Cook Run-Ride-Walk for Cancer, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ. 8, 31, or 62-mi bike ride through scenic Cumberland County, and several run/walk options. Benefits the Lance Armstrong Foundation and South Jersey Healthcare Foundation.
Sat. July 25, Dream Ride, Marietta, PA. 10, 20, 30, 62, or 100 mi on very scenic, rural, rolling-to-hilly terrain.
Sat. July 25, River to River Tour, Souderton High School, Souderton, PA. 25, 50, 75, or 100-mi 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 26, Irish Pub Tour de Shore, Philadelphia, PA, to Atlantic City, NJ. This is a 65-mi one-way bike tour from the Irish Pub in Philadelphia (20th & Walnut) to the Irish Pub in Atlantic City. $150, benefiting the Daniel Faulkner Educational Fund, FOP Survivor's Fund, and the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia.
Sun. July 26, Tour de Tinicum, Erwinna, PA. Benefits the Delaware Valley Volunteer Fire Company.
July 31 - Aug. 2, Weekend on Wheels, Winona, MN. This is the 2009 LAB National Rally
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Sat. Aug 1, Dog Daze Century, West Chester, PA. 27, 50, 77 or 100 miles through beautiful Chester County, PA. The terrain is rolling with some hills. Brandywine Bicycle Club
Sat. Aug. 1, Princeton Event, West Windsor, NJ. Flat/rolling: 20, 35, 50, 65, or 100 mi; almost hilly: 65 mi. Pre-reg by 7/22 for free T-shirt. Princeton Free Wheelers
Sat. Aug. 8, Cumberland Valley Century, Boonsboro, MD. 26, 63, or 100 mi. Cumberland Valley Cycling Club
Sat. Aug. 8, 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. 8, Green Branch Park Century, Pittsgrove, NJ. 27, 52, 76, or 101 mi. Formerly the Bridgeton Zoo Ride, the new routes no longer go through the Bridgeton Zoo. South Jersey Wheelmen (SJW)
Sat. Aug. 8, Mike Clark Memorial Ride, Greenville, DE. Climb up to 15 of the most challenging hills in New Castle and Chester counties on the 31- or 62-mi rides. 6- or 25-mi routes on rolling terrain will also be available.
Sat. Aug. 8, Ride To See, Galena, MD. A Bicycle Tour of Kent County, MD, 15-100 mi on flat to gently-rolling terrain.
Aug. 15-16, Red Dragon Ride, Cortland, NY. Ride 25, 55, or 80 miles on Saturday, and 40 or 55 miles on Sunday. Cortland is in the scenic, hilly Finger Lakes region of central New York.
Sun. Aug. 16, Covered Bridge Metric, Lancaster, PA. Ride 16, 32, or 62 mi through Pennsylvania's most famous rural scenery including up to six covered bridges. The terrain is flat to moderately rolling on the 15- and 32-mi rides, and rolling with a few hills on the 62-mi ride. 3,516 riders in 2008 and 4,105 in 2009. Lancaster Bicycle Club (LBC)
Sun. Aug. 16, Endure for a Cure, Wilkes-Barre, PA. 12, 28, 45, or 65 mi. Benefits the American Cancer Society.
Sun. Aug. 16, Ramapo Rally, Mahwah, NJ. 12, 25, 45, 62, 100, or 125 mi through the farm and lake country of northern and western New Jersey. 25-100-mi rides are on rolling terrain. The 125-mi ride adds a 25-mi hilly extension to the 100. Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey
Aug. 21-23, 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, The King and I, performed by a professional theater company. No SAG or road markings. PPTC
Sat. Aug. 22, Rivet 100 Tour de Dorchester, Cambridge, MD. Ride 15, 30, 68, or 100 mi on flat terrain in Dorchester County. Event will end with admission to Wings and Wheels with various bands, beverages, and vendors.
Sat. Aug. 22, Shore Fire Century, Middletown, DE. 35, 65, or 100 mi on flat-to-gently-rolling terrain in central Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. White Clay Bicycle Club
Sun. Aug. 23, Courage to Ride Bike Tour, Historic Yellow Springs, PA. Ride 13, 22, or 34 mi through the rolling and picturesque countryside of beautiful Chester Springs and Kimberton PA.
Sun. Aug. 23, Livestrong Challenge, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA. Ride 10, 20, 45, 70, or 100 mi on rolling to hilly terrain. Lance Armstrong Foundation
Sat. Aug. 29, Round the
Valley, Memorial Lake State
Park, Grantville (off I-78, 20 mi east of Harrisburg), PA. Ride 17, 31, 62, or 100 mi on scenic low-traffic roads. The 100-mi ride goes around the perimeter of Lebanon County with 7,000 ft of climbing. Lebanon Valley Bicycle Club.
Sun. Aug. 30, Shoo-Fly Classic, Oley, PA. 20, 40, or 60 mi – or combine the 40 and 60 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 Bicycle Club
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Sat. Sept. 5, Bay Country Century, Owings, MD. A 25-, 50-, 62-, or 100-mi tour of the Chesapeake Bay's western shore.
Sun. Sept. 6, Brandywine Tour, Pocopson Elementary School, near Chadds Ford, PA. Ride 26, 50, 65, 80, or 100 miles on rolling to hilly terrain. Live music, pizza, and massage at the end of the ride. Delaware Valley Bicycle Club
Sun. Sept. 6, Golden Apple Ride, Westchester, NY. 25, 50, 75, 100, or 125 miles, starting from Golden's Bridge, off Interstate 684, or via public transportation to the MetroNorth RR station.
Mon. Sept. 7 (Labor Day), Donut Derby, Breinigsville (Trexlertown), PA. This is a 36-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. 7 (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
Sept. 10-13, Great Peanut Bike Tour, Emporia, VA. Enjoy four great days of riding in very rural southside Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. This event is known for having the most rest stops and most varied selection of snacks. All rides begin and end at the Cattail Creek RV Park and Campground. A real bargain if you have the camping gear, and local motels are also available.
Sat. Sept. 12, Century for the Cure, Warren, NJ. 40- or 100-mi routes through the scenic Skyland region of central NJ. $65 registration and $500 fundraising minimum. Benefits the Cancer Institute of NJ.
Sat. Sept. 12, Civil War Century, Thurmont, MD. 25 mi flat, 50 or 62 mi rolling, 77 or 105 mi hilly, on low-traffic roads. Limited to 1600 riders - no day-of-event registration. Baltimore Bicycling Club
Sat. Sept. 12, Cycle for Kids' Sake, Burlington Township, NJ. 20, 40, 65 or 100 miles on flat to gently rolling terrain. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters. 856-616-2340
Sat. Sept. 12, Delaware Amish Country Bike Tour, Dover, DE. Ride 15, 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles on flat terrain. 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. 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. 1,392 riders in 2007. 1-800-233-KENT or 302-734-1736
Sat. Sept. 12, Philly Bike Ride for Pain Relief, Philadelphia, PA. Ride on the Schuylkill River Trail, round-trip from Spring Mill to Valley Forge, with 18 and 23-mile options.
Sat. Sept. 12, 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. Make it a Philadelphia weekend and ride TD Bank Bike Philly on Sunday. Bicycle Club of Philadelphia (BCP)
Sat. Sept. 12, Septemberfest Bike Tour, Hamilton Square, NJ. 12, 30, or 50 mi. See website for mass start times. Benefits Mobile Meals of Hamilton and Kuser Mansion Trust Fund. Phone 609-890-3674.
Sat. Sept. 12, Skipjack Bike Tour, Deal Island Harbor, MD. 15, 30, 75 mi on flat terrain. Sponsored by the Deal Island/Chance Volunteer Fire Company
Sat. Sept. 12, Univest Grand Prix and Cyclosportif, Souderton, PA. 40 or 60 mi on rolling-to-hilly terrain. (Date from UCI calendar.)
Sun. Sept. 13, Homebound Bike Tour, CB South HS, Warrington, PA. 10, 40, or 63 mi. Benefits Aid For Friends, a 501 C-3 nonprofit organization that offers free daily home-cooked meals to the elderly in the 5-county Greater Philadelphia area.
Sun. Sept. 13, Library IV Ride for the Sunshine Foundation, Williamstown, NJ. 11, 18, or 33 mi. BikeReg.com
Sun. Sept. 13, NYC Century Bike Tour, New York, NY. 15, 35, 55, 75, or 100 mile routes.
Sun. Sept. 13, Rock 'N Ride Bike Tour, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Island, NJ. 10 or 40-mi, flat. Benefits the American Red Cross.
Sun. Sept. 13, Save-A-Limb Ride, Cockeysville, MD. 6, 30, or 62 mi. Ride with Floyd Landis. Benefits the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics (RIAO) at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
Sun. Sept. 13, TD Bank Bike Philly, Philadelphia, PA. A 10- or 20-mi 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. Extend your ride with 35- or 50-mi routes that include streets open to automobile traffic. 2,500 riders in 2007. Make it a Philadelphia weekend and ride the Scenic Schuylkill Century on Saturday. Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Sun. Sept. 13, The Flattest Century in the East (TFCE), Dartmouth, MA. This event is sold out! 25, 52, 68, or 100 mi. The Narragansett Bay Wheelmen's annual one-day tour through the scenic coastal shoreline, forests and marshlands of southeastern Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 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." (2,400 ft of climbing on the century route.) Registration will open on May 1; limited to 1,900 riders, and expected to sell out by mid-May. No day-of-event registration.
Sept. 16-19, Source of the Delaware, Hancock, NY, to New Hope, PA, 250 miles. This is a fully-supported commercial tour. Pedal PA
Sat. Sept. 19, Harford County Pink Ribbon Ride, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD. 4, 12, 25, 40, 62, or 100 miles. Benefits the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance
Sat. Sept. 19, Jersey Devil Century, Parvin State Park, Centerton, NJ. 25, 50, or 100 mi, flat. South Jersey Wheelmen (SJW)
Sat. Sept. 19, 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. 19, Ride-4-Erik, Hopewell Township, NJ. A 23-mi ride benefiting pediatric cancer research and local families with a newly diagnosed child.
Sat. Sept. 19, South Jersey Tour des Farms, Vincentown, NJ. Note new date! 16, 29, or 52 mi with stops at farm markets. Your purchases will be delivered to the starting point.
Sun. Sept. 20, Cycling for a Cause, West Windsor, NJ. 19 or 50 mi. Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey
Sun. Sept. 20, End Duchenne Fall Bike Tour, Woolwich Twp, NJ. 25 or 53 mi. $20 reg + $50 min donation. Benefits Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the United States focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Sun. Sept. 20, Three Creek Century, Carlisle, PA. 10, 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles. Includes homemade chicken corn soup and fresh baked goods. Harrisburg Bicycle Club
Sept. 25-27, NJ Ride Against AIDS, Sussex, NJ. A 3-Day, 250-mi ride from High Point State Park to Cape May. $1,500 minimum donation.
Sept. 25-27, Weekend in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. Three days of cycling, 16-61 mi per day, on the scenic, rolling roads of the Amish country. Hotel accommodations and some meals are included. No route markings or SAG. Baltimore Bicycling Club
Sat. Sept. 26, 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, 78, 85, or 100 mi. Shore Cycle Club
Sat. Sept. 26, Escape New York, Manhattan, New York City, NY. 50, 65, or 100 mi. Each route offers picture-postcard views of the Hudson River and Palisades as you cross the George Washington Bridge and ride through the hidden pleasures of Bergen and Rockland Counties. New York Cycle Club
Sat. Sept. 26, Twin Lights Ride, Highlands, NJ. 30, 50, 75, or 100 mile rides. A portion of rider entry fees goes to The Wellness Community.
Sun. Sept. 27, Bike the Beach, Jennings Beach, Fairfield, CT. 10, 20, or 45 mi on flat to rolling terrain, or 62 mi, flat to hilly. Start from the beach and ride though up to five historic New England towns. All of the routes pass by scenic beaches. Benefits people with developmental disabilities through the Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport.
Sun. Sept. 27, 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. 27, Hops to Hops MS Bike Tour, Lambertville, NJ. A 40-mile ride through the rolling hills of Amwell Valley. $40 registration + $150 minimum pledge. National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, Tour de Pines, various start locations in the Pinelands National Reserve, NJ. Each day's tour will be a 40-55-mile loop. The ride leader will average 11-13 mph, but faster groups will go off the front and follow the cue sheet. Participants may elect to ride 1, 2, 3, 4, or all 5 days of the tour. This is a FREE unsupported event - no SAG or road markings. Registration deadline is September 25. Pinelands Preservation Alliance, 609-859-8860 x11.
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Sat. Oct. 3, AJF50 Ride For Autism, Yardley, PA. 12 or 50 miles. $40 registration + $100 minimum pledge. Benefits the AJ Foundation for Children with Autism.
Sat. Oct. 3, Enright Health TREK, Basking Ridge, NJ. 50 or 100 mi. $50 registration + $200 minimum donation benefiting the Joseph E. Enright Foundation.
Oct. 3-4, MS150 City to Shore, Cherry Hill, NJ, to Ocean City, NJ, and return. National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Oct. 3-4, MS Bike to the Bay, Dover, DE, to Rehoboth Beach, DE, and return. National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Sun. Oct. 4, Change a Life Bike or Hike, Englewood Cliffs, NJ. This is a 14-mi ride on the Henry Hudson Drive. Registration begins at 1:30pm. Benefits sending volunteer medical teams to China to treat children living in orphanages.
Sun. Oct. 4, Gap Gallop, Bethlehem Township, PA. 50 mi rolling, 65 or 100 mi hilly. 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. A 68-mi option crosses Little Gap with the 100, but returns through Wind Gap. 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.
Sun. Oct. 4, 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 9/14 for a free long-sleeve T-shirt. Staten Island Bicycling Association (SIBA) [Updated 9/5/09]
Sun. Oct. 4, Tour du Port, Baltimore, MD. 12, 19, 41, or 52 mi urban rides. Benefits One Less Car, the Maryland bicycle-advocacy organization.
Sat. Oct. 10, Fall Foliage Bike Tour and BBQ, Great Meadows, NJ. Ride 10 or 25 mi starting at 11:00am. Benefits the Independence First Aid Squad
Sat. Oct. 10, Flaming Foliage Metric Century, Hazleton, PA. Ride 16, 31, or 62 miles, and run/walk events are also offered. Benefits Serento Gardens alcoholism and drug prevention and treatment services.
Sat. Oct. 10, Pedal from the Promenade, Marlton, NJ. 4, 25, or 40 miles.
Sat. Oct. 10, Savage Century, Newark, DE. 40, 60, 75, or 100 miles; the major hills are only on the 75- and 100-mi loops. White Clay Bike Club
Sat. Oct. 10, Sea Gull Century, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. 62 or 100 mi on flat terrain. 6,000 riders.
Oct. 11-16, 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.
Sat. Oct. 17, Black Bear Century, Minisink Hills, PA. 32-107 mi on six interconnected routes that meander along hidden roads that very few people ever find. Contained almost entirely within the boundaries of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and High Point State Park.
Oct. 17-18, Covered Bridges Ride, Erwinna, PA. Saturday is a lower-cost family day with only the flat 6-, 20-, and 30-mi routes. Sunday’s event includes the 20- and 30-mi flat routes, and the 33-, 50-, or 63-mi hilly routes. Travel through up to six historic covered bridges with over 2,900 riders. The T-shirt deadline is 10/1. Central Bucks Bicycle Club
Sun. Oct. 18, Camphill Challenge, Camphill Special School, Glenmoore, PA. Ride 10 or 35 mi through Chester County during peak autumn foliage, with views of horse farms, historic homes, and covered bridges. Picnic and live music after the ride.
Sun. Oct. 18, Tour de Bronx, NY.
The 2009 Tour de Bronx has been canceled! 25 or 40 mi. New York's largest free cycling event. Pre-registration is
Oct. 23-25, 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. 24, Between the Waters Bike Tour, Nassawadox, VA. Ride 20, 40, 60, or 100 mi on flat terrain.
Sun. Oct. 25, Ride Ataxia, Limerick Community Park, Royersford, PA. 10-, 25-, or 50-mile scenic routes. Food provided by Outback Steakhouse after the ride. Benefits FARA and CHoP
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Dec. 2-7, FestiVelo de Charleston, Charleston, SC. Four days of riding with a short-, medium-, and long-distance route each day. The short is 20-30 mi, the medium is 52-62 mi, and the long is 92-102 mi. Each day, the rides will go in a different direction. Tent sites, RV sites, cabins, and villas are available at the start location, or make your own motel reservations. FestiVELO is a fundraiser for the Palmetto Cycling Coalition.
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(Prepared by Jack Elias, SCU Assistant Webmaster, 12/31/09)
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