Past Events of 2012

Copyright © 2012 Suburban Cyclists Unlimited
No images, text, graphics, or design may be reproduced without permission. All rights reserved.

 March   April   May   June   July  August Sept. Oct.  SCU Home 

This calendar is presented by Suburban Cyclists Unlimited, P.O. Box 401, Horsham, PA 19044. This page lists the past events of 2012. For future events, see the Calendar of Events.

February 2012

Sun. Feb. 12, Stop Swap and Save, Westminster, MD. Indoor swap meet.

Feb. 25-26, Endurance Sports Expo (PA), Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA.

Return to top

March 2012

March 17-18, Endurance Sports Expo (NJ), New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center, Edison, NJ.

March 20-22, National Bike Summit, Washington, D.C. Bicycle-advocacy meetings.

Sat. March 24, Icicle Metric, Hollingsworth Parking Lot, University of Delaware, Newark, DE.

Sun. March 25, Heroes Bike Ride, Shoemakersville, PA.

Sat. March 31, L'Enfer de Hunterdon, Lambertville, NJ. 79 miles with 18 sections of dirt, gravel, and hardscrabble roads (covering approximately 15% of the course), but suitable for road bikes.

Return to top

April 2012

The Taxing Metric, usually held in April, has been cancelled for 2012. Brandywine Bicycle Club

Sat. April 7, Fools Classic, Holicong Middle School, Doylestown, PA. This is a 79-mi ride featuring 24 sections of dirt, gravel, and hardscrabble roads, but suitable for road bikes. No SAG.

Sun. April 15, FD Path to the Cure Bike/ Walk Tour, Alverthorpe Park, Abington, PA. Ride 5, 10 or 25 mi. Benefits the Familia Dysautonomia Foundation.

April 19-22, St. Michaels Spring Thaw and Tandem Rally, St Michaels, MD. Potomac Pedalers Touring Club

Sat. April 21, Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, Bethany Beach, DE. Sold out for 2012 - registration has closed! No day-of-event registration.

Sun. April 22, Girls with Gears, Spring Mount, PA. New start location for 2012! 10, 25, 40, 62 mi, rolling-hilly. Benefits Carol for Heart.

Sun. April 22, Miles For Matheny, Peapack, NJ. 10, 25, 35, 50 mi and hilly "Hills of Attrition" routes. Benefits the Matheny Medical and Educational Center.

April 27-29, Face of America Bike Ride, Washington D.C. to Gettysburg, PA. One-way, 110 miles; ride with servicemen who have been severely injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

April 27-29, Lewes Delaware Weekend, Lewes, DE. Ride 20 to 65 miles per day on flat terrain. Includes meals and hotel accommodations. No SAG. Potomac Pedalers Touring Club

Sat. April 28, Ride For Michael, Jackson, NJ. Ride 10, 25, 50 mi in central New Jersey. Benefits Ocean's Harbor House, non-profit safe haven for youth.

Sat. April 28, Tour de Carroll, Westminster, MD. 8, 25, 39, or 63 miles. Benefits the Family and Children’s Adult Day Services.

Sun. April 29, Draw for Sight Bicycle Poker Ride, Betterton, MD. Ride 36 or 60-mi on flat to gently-rolling terrain through scenic Upper Kent County. Benefits the Chestertown Lions Club.

Sun. April 29, Horsham Rotary River Ride, Horsham, PA. 5, 20, 35 or 63 mi on mostly back-county roads in Montgomery County. Benefits the Rotary Club of Horsham.

Sun. April 29, ROAR for Autism, Cockeysville, MD. Ride 5, 10, 25, or 50 mi through some of Baltimore County’s most scenic neighborhoods. Benefits autism research and treatment programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Sun. April 29, Tour de Franklin, Somerset, NJ. Ride 1-5, 10, 25, 40, or 62 mi through central New Jersey. See organizer's website for mass start times. Benefits the Franklin Township Food Bank.

Sun. April 29, Tour de Scranton, Scranton, PA. 4, 15, 32, 46, or 65 mi, rolling-hilly. Benefits the Erin Jessica Moreken Drug & Alcohol Treatment Fund.

Return to top

May 2012

May 4-6, BCP Spring-n2-Cycling Weekend, Danville, PA. Includes meals and hotel accommodations. Bicycle Club of Philadelphia

Sat. May 5, Bike Eric, Florence, NJ. 10, 20, 30, or 50-mi routes. Start/finish at Bung's Tavern with indoor food buffet after the ride. This is the last Bike Eric. Benefits Eric Potts' Foundation.

Sat. May 5, Brake The Hunger Cycle Tour, Kinnelon, NJ.

Sat. May 5, Farmlands Bicycle Tour, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ. 18, 25, 36, 50, 62 or 100 mi, flat.

Sat. May 5, Pedal for Promise, Medford or Chatsworth to Tuckerton, NJ, one-way. Ride with middle and high school students for 13, 22, or 50-mi. Benefits UrbanPromise Academy's experiential learning programs.

Sat. May 5, Six Pillars Century, Cambridge, MD. 11, 37, 56, 70 or 100 mi, flat. Benefits Character Counts Mid-Shore.

Sat. May 5, Spring VeloFest, Valley Preferred Cycling Center, Breinigsville, PA. Outdoor swap meet.

Sat. May 5, Tour de Cure, Cooksville, MD. Benefits the American Diabetes Association.

Sun. May 6, Five Boro Bike Tour, New York, NY. 32,000 riders! For the first time, the Five Boro Bike Tour had a lottery system for registration, and the lottery entry deadline was 2/7/2012. VIP registration and charity registration (with fundraising) may still be available after the lottery.

Sun. May 6, Go The Distance For Autism Bike Event, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ. 10, 25 or 50 mi.

Sun. May 6, Tour de Tuckahoe, Petersburg, NJ.

Sat. May 12, SCU Quad County Metric, Green Lane, PA. Start from scenic Green Lane Park in northwestern Montgomery County, and ride 21, 31, 45, 53, 68 or 76 miles at your own pace 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! Registration includes marked route, cue sheet, SAG support, well-stocked rest stops, and a post-ride meal with vegetarian option. Rest stops have a large assortment of home-baked snacks. Register online or download brochure (PDF) with mail-in registration form. Camping is available at the start location. Suburban Cyclists Unlimited

Wed. May 16, Ride of Silence, various start locations including Philadelphia, PA, and Doylestown, PA. 7:00pm start. 220 different start locations in the U.S.

May 18-20, Pennsylvania Environmental 3-Day Ride, Elizabethtown to Philadelphia, PA, one-way, 170-mi. $2,000 fundraising minimum. Also see the 1-day ride on May 20, below.

Sat. May 19, Eddie Richard's Memorial Rotary 100 Bike Tour, Burlington, NJ. 25, 50, 64 and 100-mi rides. Benefits the Rotary Club of Burlington.

Sat. May 19, Jerry Hanclich Pinelands Triple Loop, Batsto Village Park, Washington Twp., NJ. Ride 1, 2, or 3 different loops on flat terrain: #1 - 36 mi, #2 - 29 mi, #3 - 35 mi. Shore Cycle Club

Sat. May 19, Ride for the Mission, Scotch Plains, NJ. 5, 25, 45 or 65 mi. $100 minimum fundraising; benefits StreetLight Mission, a faith-based community outreach center located in the inner city of Elizabeth, NJ.

Sat. May 19, Tour de Donegal, Donegal High School, Mount Joy, PA. Ride 15, 32, or 60 mi on rural roads in western Lancaster County PA. Benefits the Donegal Field Hockey Team.

Sat. May 19, Trenton Bike Tour, Trenton, NJ. 15 mi.

May 19-20, Bike MS: Coast the Coast Ride, West Long Branch, NJ. Ride one day: 25, 50, 85, 100 mi, or two days: 170 mi. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Sun. May 20, BikeJam / Kelly Cup, Baltimore, MD. Race, recreational ride and festival.

Sun. May 20, Bike Maryland RecRide, Baltimore, MD. 12 or 30 mi. Start/finish at the BikeJam event in Patterson Park.

Sun. May 20, Bike MS: Crankin' for A Cure, Middletown, DE. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Sun. May 20, Bloomin' Metric®, Norwalk, CT. Very scenic, 25-, 46-, or 62-mi routes start out flat-to-rolling along the shore (Connecticut side of Long Island Sound). Longer routes go inland and up on rolling-to-hilly forested terrain. Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club

Sun. May 20, Bonkers Metric, Ridley Creek State Park, near Media, PA. 18, 35, 50 or 65 scenic miles on rolling terrain with some hills. Delaware Valley Bicycle Club

Sun. May 20, Dream Come True Ride or Stride, Breinigsville, PA. Scenic 3, 10, 20, 31 or 59 mi, on very-low-traffic, rolling-to-hilly terrain. See organizer's website for mass start times. Pledges are optional for this charity event, but prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. Benefits Dream Come True, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization which seeks to fulfill the dreams of children who are seriously, chronically, and terminally ill.

Sun. May 20, Gran Fondo New York, New York, NY. The ride is 104 mi and the elevation gain is 8,500 ft.

Sun. May 20, Horse Farm Tour, McSherrystown, PA. Ride through one of the most famous standard-bred horse farms in the world. Three ride routes available: 10, 25, and 35 mi, or combine routes to create a longer ride. The 35-mi ride is the "Church and Creek" ride and does not go through horse farm country. Hanover Cyclers

Sun. May 20, Pennsylvania Environmental 1-Day Ride, French Creek State Park to Philadelphia, PA, one-way, 50-mi. $350 fundraising minimum. Also see the 3-day ride on May 18-20, above.

Sun. May 20, Wilmington Gran Fondo, Wilmington, DE. 62 mi.

May 25-28, Kent County Spring Fling, Chestertown, MD. Four days of riding with meals and lodging at Washington College. Baltimore Bicycle Club

Sat. May 26, Softshell Metric Century, Crisfield, MD. 23 or 62 mi, flat. Benefits the Salisbury Jaycees.

May 26-27, Camp Hebron Road Bike Weekend, Halifax, PA (north of Harrisburg). Ride 50 mi on Saturday and/or 100 mi on Sunday. All riders will be invited to spend the night on Saturday. Benefits the ministry of Camp Hebron.

Return to top

June 2012

Sat. June 2, Broad Creek Byway Bike Tour, Laurel DE. 5, 25 or 50 mi. Explore the Western Sussex Scenic and Historic Byway.

Sat. June 2, Cory's Ride, Tall Cedars Picnic Grove, Hamilton Township, NJ. 10, 20 or 50 mi. No road markings.

Sat. June 2, Get Ready Metric, Fort Mott, Pennsville, NJ. 31 or 62 mi. South Jersey Wheelmen

Sat. June 2, Gloucester County Autism Bike-A-Thon, Gloucester County College, Sewell, NJ. 25 or 50 mi. Benefits Gloucester County Special Education programs for children with Autism.

Sat. June 2, Greater-Philadelphia Tour De Cure, Temple University - Ambler Campus, Ambler, PA. 12, 35, 63 mi. Benefits the American Diabetes Association. Ride with the SCU team!

Sat. June 2, Historic Morris Bike & Hike, Morris Plains, NJ. 10, 20 or hilly 35 mi. Benefits Morris Habitat for Humanity.

Sat. June 2, Pedal to Preserve, New Holland, PA. 6, 20 or 51 mi. Benefits the Lancaster Farmland Trust.

Sun. June 3, Bicycling Magazine Open, Philadelphia, PA. Ride 1-3 laps of the 14.5-mi International Cycling Classic course from 7:00 to 10:00am, before the professional race. The Bicycling Magazine Open replaces the Wellness Challenge (formerly the Philly Fun Ride) that in prior years offered only one lap of the race course before the pro race. Volunteers are needed!

Sun. June 3, International Cycling Classic, Philadelphia, PA. Men's and women's professional races, vendor expo, spectator and volunteer event. To allow time for the Bicycling Magazine Open, the pro races will start later than previous years: 10:45am for the men and 10:55am for the women. The men's race will be shortened from 156 mi to 124 mi and the finishing circuits between Lemon Hill and the Parkway will increase from 3 to 5. Volunteers are needed!

Sun. June 3, Bike Ride for Amy for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer, Monmouth Junction, NJ. Three routes: a very-flat 25-mi route for casual riders, a hilly 35-mi route, and a new, very-hilly 50-mi route over Sourland Mountain. Benefits the Amy Feiman Behar foundation, created to increase the early detection and treatment of breast cancer for uninsured women.

Sun. June 3, Colonial Classic, Washington Crossing State Park, PA. 19- or 27-mi road rides, or ride on the unpaved canal towpath. Advance registration is required. Benefits the Upper Makefield Fire Company and Police Benevolent Fund.

Sun. June 3, Pedal for Preservation, Chester, NJ. Ride up to 28 mi on the unpaved Columbia Trail. Benefits the Land Conservancy of New Jersey.

Sun. June 3, Pedaling for Prevention, Livingston, NJ. 10, 25 or 40 mi through Morris and Somerset Counties. Benefits the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation.

Sun. June 3, Tour de Brooklyn, New York, NY. 21 mi.

Sun. June 3, Tour de Chocolate Town, Hershey, PA. 17, 35, 65 or 100 mi. Benefits Children's Miracle Network

Sat. June 9, Githens Center Bike-A-Thon, Lumberton, NJ. Ride 10, 25, 35, 50, or 100 mi (100-mi route consists of riding the 50-mi route twice) or walk 1, 3, or 5 miles. Benefits the Githens Center (Burlington County Cerebral Palsy Association).

Sat. June 9, Revolutionary Ramble Bicycle Tour, Drew University, Madison, NJ. 12, 25, 35, 50, 65 or 100 mi. Sold-out early last three years, so pre-registration is strongly recommended! (No day-of-event registration if sold out.)

Sat. June 9, Ride for Autism, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ. 10, 25, 50, 62 or 100 mi. A 124-mi route will be available for 2012! Benefits Autism New Jersey.

Sat. June 9, Ride 4 Relief Bike-a-thon, Ocean View, Cape May County, NJ.

Sat. June 9, The Longest Day, High Point, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, one-way. Self-supported, 100, 124 or 208 mi. Must register and join Central Jersey Bicycle Club by 5/11/2012.

Sun. June 10, French Creek Iron Tour, Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds, Phoenixville, PA. 10, 20, 34, 50, 64, 75 or 100 mi. Registration will close at 1,800 riders or on June 5 at 5:00pm, whichever comes first. No day-of-event registration. Supports the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust’s work to preserve open space.

Sun. June 10, George Washington Bridge Challenge, Fort Lee, NJ. 4, 15, 33 or 63 mi. Bike across the busiest bridge in the world, free from traffic, high above the Hudson River, to raise funds and support the American Cancer Society.

Sun. June 10, JFS Wheels for Meals, Rockleigh, NJ. Ride 3, 10, 25, or 50 mi through scenic Bergen County. 

Sun. June 10, Pat Ytsma Ride Safe Bike Tour, Breinigsville, PA. 20 or 40 mi. This ride will benefit the family of Patrick Ytsma. Mr. Ytsma died on December 8, 2011, from injuries sustained in a biking accident.

Sat. June 16, ALS Express Bike Ride, one-way rides to Wildwood, NJ, from four NJ start locations: Blackwood, Vineland, Dennisville, or Cape May Court House, 10-75 mi on flat terrain. Return transportation is available (extra fee). Benefits the Eileen Frank ALS Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization.

Sat. June 16, 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 16, Double Creek Tour, Dover, PA (near York). 30 or 62 mi. Benefits the Healthy Community Pharmacy, supporting underinsured kids and the families who provide care for them.

Sat. June 16, Flatlands Tour, Chesapeake City, MD. 35, 54, 63, 77 or 101 mi. This is a low-cost no-frills event; no SAG or supported rest stops. Baltimore Bicycle Club

Sat. June 16, Grace Point Church Run-Ride-Walk, Paradise, PA. Ride 25 or 62 mi, or run 5k, or walk 2 mi; also a kid's 1/2-mi run.

Sat. June 16, Heritage Explorer Bike Tour, Mellow Park, Pecksville, PA. 5, 11, 22 or 44 mi. Hybrid bikes are recommended for this event because the routes include riding on unpaved trails.

Sat. June 16, Legacy Fund Bike Ride, Stockton College, Pomona, NJ. 15, 31, or 62 mi, scenic, flat, out-and-back low-traffic ride through New Jersey’s Pine Barrens.

Sat. June 16, Roll and Stroll, Souderton, PA. 10, 20, 39 or 64 mi, rolling-to-hilly. Benefits the Indian Creek Foundation.

Sun. June 17, Chester County Challenge for Cancer, West Chester, PA. 5, 10, 25, 50 or 63 mi.

June 19-23, Pedaling4Paws, West Chester, PA, to Ogdensburg, NY, on the Canadian border. This is a 500-mile, 5-day ride that benefits local SPCA's and animal shelters along the route. Join the ride for a few hours, for a day, or for the whole event. Advance coordination required; no ride fees or minimum donations; no SAG.

June 22-27, Bike Virginia

Sat. June 23, Cycle Bucks County, New Hope, PA. 10, 25, 50 or 60 mi.

Sat. June 23, Franklin County Metric Century, Chambersburg, PA. 12, 18, 42 or 62 mi. Benefits the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance and the Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women's Center. Franklin County Cyclists

Sat. June 23, Habitat in Motion, Wilmington, DE. Walk, run, or bike. Ride 10, 25 or 50 mi. Benefits Habitat for Humanity.

Sat. June 23, Lutheran Charities Bike Ride & Walk, Audubon, PA. 18, 36, 53 or 64 mi (2011 routes; check sponsor's website for 2012 update, not available as of 4/29/12).

Sun. June 24, Bay to Bay Ride, Betterton, MD. 27-104 mi on the Eastern Shore. Benefits the Chestertown Lions Club, supporting leader dogs for the blind.

Sun. June 24, RECtric Century, Landisville, PA. Ride 30 or 72 miles between recCenters in Hempfield (Landisville), Lititz, Ephrata, and New Holland.

Sat. June 30, Miles for Mission, Lower Makefield, PA. 20-, 40-, or 60-mi on-road routes, or 1, 5, 10 or 30 mi on the unpaved canal path. Benefits local charities.

Return to top

July 2012

Sun. July 1, Courage to Ride Bike Tour, Warwick County Park, Pottstown, PA. 5, 12, 25 or 50 mi.

Sun. July 1, Delaware Doublecross, Middletown, DE. Cross and “doublecross” an entire state in only 31 total miles over flat terrain. A second (different) 31-mi loop is also available. White Clay Bicycle Club

July 7-14, Ride For Runaways, Virginia to Trenton, NJ, 500 mi. Must register by 3/6/12. $750 minimum fund-raising, benefits Anchor House, a social services agency for homeless, abused, runaway and at-risk youth and families.

Sun. July 8, ACS Bike-a-Thon, one-way to Buena, NJ, from Philadelphia (66 mi), Cherry Hill (54 mi) or Hammonton (21 mi). Benefits the American Cancer Society.

Sun. July 8, Chesco Tour, Marshalton PA. Ride 20, 40 or 70 mi in beautiful Chester County.

Sun. July 8, Tour de Queens, New York, NY. 18 mi.

Sat. July 14, Bike MS: Mason Dixon Challenge, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. 30, 62 or 100 mi. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

July 14 or 15, Audubon Society Barn Tour & Art Show, Ottsville, PA. Self-guided 31-mi tour on Saturday or Sunday visits up to 6 barns (the last one is on a gravel road and can be bypassed). Also, there will be an escorted 35-mi tour at 11-13 mph on 7/14 at 9:00am lead by CBBC ride leader Rick Simon (215-813-2585). See Audubon Society website for art show hours and ticket information. Benefits the Bucks County Audubon Society.

Sun. July 15, Mansion Ride For Autism, Syosset, NY. 16, 35 or 62 mi. Benefits Ascent, a school for individuals with autism (a 501c3 charity).

July 20-23, Ride of Dreams, Philadelphia, PA. This is a 4-day ride from Philadelphia to the Poconos and return, 250 mi total. Benefits Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) youth programs.

Sun. July 22, Lemon Ride, Central Bucks-West High School, Doylestown, PA. 12, 26 or 50 mi. Benefits Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to fund research on treatments and a cure for childhood cancer.

Sun. July 22, Tour de Tinicum, Erwinna, PA. 4-62 mi. Due to various bridge and road closures, all the rides have been modified and/or re-routed this year. Benefits the Delaware Valley Volunteer Fire Co.

July 27-29, Farm Ride, U-Mass, Amherst, MA. Ride 1, 2 or 3 days. Dormitory or on-campus hotel accommodations.

Sun. July 29, Firefighter 50 Bike Ride, Westminster, MD. Ride 30- or 50-mi on-road or a "dirty 30 loop" on both paved and dirt roads.

Sun. July 29, Gold Coast Tour, Greenlawn, Long Island, NY. 12, 25, 55, 70 or 100 mi. Huntington Bicycle Club

Sun. July 29, 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. Registration closes on 7/1/12 or at 1,300 riders. $25 registration + $175 minimum donation, benefiting the Irish Pub Children's Foundation. Return transportation is available for $20.

Sun. July 29, Tour de Long Valley, Long Valley, NJ. 20, 40, 62 mi.

Return to top

August 2012

Sat. Aug. 4, Dog Daze Century, West Chester, PA. Ride 25, 50, or 100 mi on the scenic rolling hills of western Chester County. Brandywine Bicycle Club

Sat. Aug. 4, Princeton Bicycling Event. Flat/rolling: 16, 23, 35, 50, 65, or 100 mi; almost hilly: 65 mi. Register by 7/23 for free T-shirt. The sponsors say "All new: Added rest and water stops on longer routes. New snack choices and an upgraded meal." Princeton Free Wheelers

Sat. Aug. 11, Eat A Peach Challenge, Westminster, MD. 33, 67 or 100 mi on rolling-hilly terrain. 7,000-ft of climbing on the 100-mi route. Updated and improved routes start and end at the Peach Festival at the Carroll County Agricultural Center. Benefits the Brain Injury Association of Maryland, 410-448-2924.

Sat. Aug. 11, Green Branch Park Century, Pittsgrove, NJ. Formerly the Bridgeton Zoo Ride, these rides no longer go to the Bridgeton Zoo. The first half has two route choices of 27 or 52 mi. The second half has two route choices of 24 or 49 mi. South Jersey Wheelmen

Sat. Aug 11, Mike Clark Memorial Ride, A.I. Du Pont High School, Greenville, DE. Hilly 31-, 64- or 75-mi routes through scenic New Castle County, DE and Chester County, PA, or gently-rolling 25- or 50-mi routes. A 6-mi guided route will be provided for children. Benefits the Mike Clark Legacy Foundation, which supports youth programs.

Sat. Aug. 11, Railbender, Altoona, PA. First annual Tour De 'Toona citizen's event. This event features a 43-mi route on the Tour de 'Toona Pro course, with a 6-mi climb and descent through the world-famous horseshoe curve. A 14-mi route is also available.

Sat. Aug 11, Ride To See, Galena, MD. 15, 30, 40, 62 or 100 mi. Benefits Galena Lions Charities.

Aug. 11-12, Brandywine Valley Bike Tour, Greenville, DE. Saturday: ride 25- or 50-mi on rolling terrain or 64- or 75-mi on hilly terrain. Sunday: ride 49-mi on rolling-hilly terrain. One-day registration is also available.

Aug. 11-12, Endure Run & Ride, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Run 5k/10k on Saturday, ride 10, 36 or 62 mi on Sunday, or do both. American Cancer Society

Sun. Aug. 12, Gran Fondo Cannondale Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. Canceled! 31, 72, or 108 mi on rolling-to-hilly terrain. Timed hill climb on the 72- and 108-mi routes for King and Queen of the Mountain (KOM/QOM) awards.

Aug. 17-19, Allenberry Resort Weekend, Boiling Springs, PA (between Harrisburg and Carlisle). Ride 11-to-75 mi per day. No SAG or road markings. The 57-acre Allenberry Resort has a swimming pool, hot tub, and lighted tennis courts. Registration includes meals, lodging, and tickets to Chicago, performed by a professional theater company. Potomac Pedalers Touring Club

Aug. 17-19, Tour de Frederick, Frederick, MD. Three days of riding and various events including three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond and the nation's only high-wheeled bike race.

Sun. Aug 19, Covered Bridge Metric, HACC - Lancaster Campus, Lancaster, PA. Registration has closed! Very scenic, 15, 31 or 62 mi on rolling terrain with a few hills. Registration closes July 1 or at 2,600 riders. No day-of-event registration. Lancaster Bike Club

Sun. Aug 19, Ramapo Rally, Mahwah, NJ. 12, 25, 45, 62, 100 or 125 mi. Limited to 1,400 riders. BTCNJ

Sun. Aug. 19, Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Philly, Blue Bell, PA. 20, 45 or 100 mi, rolling-hilly. Registration + $250 minimum fundraising.

Sun. Aug 19, YMCA Benefit Bike Ride, West Chester, PA. 8, 15, 25, 40, or 80 miles.

Sat. Aug. 25, SCU Lake Nockamixon Century, Doylestown, PA. Start from the historic Moravian Tile Works and ride 25, 50, 64, 75, 100 or 107 miles at your own pace on low-traffic back roads. The 107-mi route includes an extra-hilly Intensive Climbing Unit ("ICU") segment. All riders will visit picturesque Lake Galena in Peace Valley Park. 50-to-107-mile riders will also visit our well-stocked rest stop at scenic Lake Nockamixon. Registration includes marked route, cue sheet, SAG support, well-stocked rest stops, and a post-ride meal with vegetarian option. Rest stops have a large assortment of home-baked snacks. Register online (by 8/22/12) or download brochure (PDF) with mail-in registration form. Suburban Cyclists Unlimited

Return to top

September 2012

Held in September for the previous five years, there will be no Bike Philly in 2012.

The Great Peanut Tour has been canceled for 2012.

Sat. Sept. 1, Bay Country Century, Owings, MD. 25, 50, 62, or 100 mi on the rolling terrain of Chesapeake Bay's western shore.

Sun. Sept. 2, Brandywine Tour, Pocopson Elementary School, West Chester, PA. Ride 26, 50, 65, 80 or 100 mi through the beautiful Brandywine River Valley on rolling to hilly terrain. Pizza at the end. Delaware Valley Bike Club (DVBC)

Mon. Sept. 3 (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. 3 (Labor Day), Labor Day Century, McSherrystown, PA (near Hanover). 28, 50, 64 or 101 mi. Hanover Cyclers

Sat. Sept. 8, 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 and pies. 8:00am mass start 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 show and go start 7:00am-10:00am without police traffic control. 1,309 riders in 2010; 1,750 riders in 2011. Registration fee increases on 6/15 and again on 8/1. 1-800-233-5368 or 302-734-1736. NOTE: Do not confuse this flat ride with the rolling-hilly Amish County Classic Bike Ride in Intercourse, PA; see "Amish Country Classic Bike Ride" below.

Sat. Sept. 8, Amish Country Classic Bike Ride, Intercourse, PA. New start location for 2012. 12, 23, or 62 mi. The 62-mi route includes the 521-ft climb up Welsh Mountain with a short break in the middle. It is very steep for a short section. There is an option to bypass the climb, but doing so also bypasses the first rest stop. Benefits the Paradise Rotary. NOTE: Do not confuse this rolling-hilly ride with the flat Amish Country Bike Tour in Dover, DE; see "Delaware Amish Country Bike Tour" above.

Sat. Sept. 8, Civil War Century, Thurmont, MD. Sold out - registration is closed. 25 mi flat, 50 or 63 mi rolling, 75 or 103 mi hilly, on low-traffic roads. Pre-registration required; limited to 1,600 riders - no day-of-event registration. Baltimore Bicycle Club

Sat. Sept. 8, Ride for McBride, Tall Cedars Picnic Grove, Hamilton Township, NJ. 10, 25 or 50 mi. Benefits the Joseph McBride Memorial Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.

Sat. Sept. 8, Sourland Spectacular Bike & Hike, Sourland Mountain Preserve, Hillsborough, NJ. Ride 35, 50 or 63 mi, all of which include some climbing. After the ride, crispy thin-crust pizza will be baked on-site in a portable wood-burning oven. Dessert will be a home-made brownie sundae. Benefits the Sourland Planning Council, a non-profit organization working to maintain the Sourland Mountain region.

Sun. Sept. 9, Bike Towards the Cure, Speedwell Forge, Lititz, PA. This event is canceled for 2012! Event will be re-scheduled for Spring 2013, date TBD. 36 or 62 mi. $20 registration includes box lunch and event t-shirt. $100 minimum fundraising benefits the Lancaster General Cancer Support Fund.

Sun. Sept. 9, The Flattest Century in the East (TFCE), Dartmouth, MA. Registration is closed - sold out in one day! Registration will open on May 1 and is expected to sell out a few days later. Ride 29, 52, 68 or 100 mi on rolling terrain 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." (1,100-3,600 ft of climbing according to No day-of-event registration. Narragansett Bay Wheelmen
NOTE: When TFCE is sold out, check out the Devin Laubi Foundation charity ride, held a week later in the same area of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 11, 25 or 65 mi.

Sun. Sept. 9, Gran Fondo NJ, Morristown, NJ. 18, 43, 63 or 103 mi. Timed hill climbs on all routes except the 18 mi. Over 8,000 ft of climbing on the 103-mi route.

Sun. Sept. 9, NYC Century Bike Tour, New York, NY. Start from Central Park, Manhattan, or from Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and ride 15, 35, 55, 75 or 100 mi. Benefits Transportation Alternatives, New York City's leading transportation advocacy organization.

Sun. Sept. 9, Scenic Schuylkill Century, Philadelphia, PA. 25, 40, 65 or 100 mi in Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Breakfast at the start, homemade baked goods at rest stops, and pizza at the finish. Register by 8/31 and receive a pair of newly-designed biking socks. Bicycle Club of Philadelphia (BCP)

Sun. Sept. 9, Shoofly Classic Invitational Ride, Oley, PA. New routes: 20, 40+, 60+. Berks County Bicycle Club

Sun. Sept. 9, Sunshine Foundation Ride, Williamstown, NJ. Ride 33-mi one-way from the Library IV in Williamstown to the Berkshire Grill in Egg Harbor Twp. A complimentary buffet at the Berkshire Grill awaits all riders. Return transportation is provided. Benefits the Sunshine Foundation.

Sat. Sept. 15, Jersey Devil Century, Centerton, NJ. 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles on flat terrain. South Jersey Wheelmen (SJW)

Sat. Sept. 15, The Piedmont Wine Challenge Bike Ride, DeJon Vineyards, Hydes, MD. 6, 25, 62 or 100 mi. Benefits Bike4BreastCancer, Inc.

Sat. Sept. 15, Tour de Talbot, Easton, MD. 20, 65 or 100 mi on flat terrain of Maryland's Eastern Shore. Benefits the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Sept. 15-16, The Thompson Bucks County Classic, New Hope and Doylestown, PA. The weekend will include two professional races, a recreational ride (see "Cyclosportif" below), and children’s races.

Sun. Sept. 16, The Thompson Bucks County Classic Cyclosportif, Doylestown, PA. Hilly 56-mi recreational ride with 4,300-ft of climbing, starts from Doylestown, where the professional criterium and the Doylestown Arts Festival will be taking place on the same day.

Sun. Sept. 16, Bike MS: Hops to Hops, Lambertville, NJ. 40 or 62 mi. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Sun. Sept. 16, Three Creek Century, LeTort Park, Carlisle, PA. 25, 50, 75 or 100 mi. Harrisburg Bicycle Club

Sat. Sept. 22, Belleplain Fall Century, Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine, NJ. Ride 35 or 50 mi on the morning loop, and/or ride 28 or 50 mi on the afternoon loop. The morning and afternoon routes can be combined for 63, 78, 85 or 100 mi. Shore Cycle Club

Sat. Sept. 22, Bike to the Bitter End, Lewes, DE. 5, 20 or 32 mi. Benefits Camp Arrowhead.

Sat. Sept. 22, Dream Ride, Marietta, PA. New start location for 2012. 10, 20, 30, 62 or 100 mi through the rolling countryside of western and northwestern Lancaster county via less-traveled country roads, with views of preserved farmland and some covered bridges.

Sat. Sept. 22, Larry’s Ride and Run, Upperco, MD. 15-, 35- or 63-mi ride or 3.6-mi run. Benefits Bike Maryland, a non-profit dedicated to improving bicycling in Maryland.

Sat. Sept. 22, Hero Palooza, Oregon Ridge Park, Hunt Valley, MD. A bike tour, 5k run/walk and family festival with crab feast. Ride 12, 25 or 62 mi. Benefits the There Goes My Hero Foundation, supporting leukemia patients and their families.

Sept. 22-23, Bike MS: Great New Jersey Country Bike Ride, Morristown, NJ. 25, 50 or 100 mi. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Sept. 22-23, Tri-State Seacoast Century, Hampton Beach, NH. 25, 50, 63 or 100 mi; same routes both days. Ride 1 or 2 days for one low registration fee.

Sun. Sept. 23, 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 one complementary Victory beer. Benefits the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA).

Sun. Sept. 23, Bike the Basin, Northampton Civic Center, Richboro, PA. This event is only for kids age 1-13. The main event is the age group ride around the nearly 1/2-mile basin track. While waiting for the main event, kids get to ride through a challenge course, get their face painted, get a balloon animal, dance with the live entertainment, and more. Rain date 9/30. Benefits the CRB1 Fund to cure retinal blindness.

Sun. Sept. 23, 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 on the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound. All of the routes pass by scenic beaches. Benefits people with developmental disabilities through the Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport.

Sun. Sept. 23, Gran Fondo Gunks, New Paltz, NY. 18, 38, 68 or 108 mi. Timed KOM and QOM for the 108-mi course. Proceeds benefit the Family of Woodstock organization.

Sun. Sept. 23, Tour de Shuls, Dresher, PA. Start from Temple Sinai in Dresher and ride 3, 20, or 45 mi. Tour Stops at Beth Sholom in Elkins Park and at Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell. Benefits Camp Ramah.

Sept. 28–30, East Coast Tour de Pink, Philadelphia, PA, to Washington, DC, one-way. Ride all three days or for one day. The fundraising minimum is $2,500 for the 3-day ride or $250 for the 1-day ride. Benefits the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), an organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sept. 28–30, Weekend in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. Includes meals and hotel accommodations. Baltimore Bicycle Club

Sat. Sept. 29, Project Freedom Bike Tour, Robbinsville, NJ. 10, 25, 40 or 62 mi. Benefits Project Freedom - four adapted apartment complexes where people with physical disabilities live.

Sept. 29-30, MS150 City to Shore, Cherry Hill, NJ, to Ocean City, NJ. Ride one day: 25, 45, or 75 mi, or two days: 150 or 175 mi. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Sun. Sept. 30, Pumpkin Patch Pedal, Thompson Park, Jamesburg, NJ. 25, 50, 62 or 100 mi through the rolling farmlands of central New Jersey during the peak of the harvest season. Pre-register by 9/10/12 to receive a free long-sleeve shirt. Staten Island Bicycling Association (SIBA)

Sun. Sept. 30, Tour du Port, Baltimore, MD. 12, 28, 40, 50 or 65 mi. Benefits Bike Maryland, a non-profit dedicated to improving bicycling in Maryland.

Return to top

October 2012

Sat. Oct. 6, Ride For Financial Wellness, East Windsor, NJ. Flat, scenic, 20-, 40- and 62-mi routes. Benefits financial literacy programs and education for under-privileged youth in the Trenton area.

Sat. Oct. 6, Sea Gull Century, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. Very flat terrain. 8,000+ riders. No day-of-event registration.

Sun. Oct. 7, Bicycling Fall Classic, Trexlertown, PA. 10, 25, 50 or 90 mi, rolling-hilly. Gran-Fondo-style chip timing on the long route. "Roubaix" style finish with lap around the velodrome track. Presented by Bicycling Magazine.

Sun. Oct. 7, Covered Bridges Ride, Tinicum Park, Erwinna, PA. Five routes through the scenic fall foliage of Central and Upper Bucks County: flat 20- or 30-mi on cinder-based paths, and hilly 33-, 50- or 63-mi on-road routes. 2,275 riders in 2011. Central Bucks Bicycle Club

Sun. Oct. 7, End Duchenne Bike Tour, Woolwich Twp (near Swedesboro), NJ. Ride 10-, 25- or 53-mi low-traffic, scenic routes on flat-to-gently-rolling terrain. Food before and after the ride, and three rest stops on the 53-mi route. Benefits Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD). Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately 1 in every 3,500 live male births (about 20,000 new cases each year).

Sun. Oct. 7, Gap Gallop, Bethlehem Township, PA. Scenic 50-, 68- or 103-mi routes on low-traffic roads. The 103-mi route crosses the Kittatinny Ridge (Blue Mountain) at Little Gap in Danielsville. The 103 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 103, but returns through Wind Gap. The rolling 50-mi route stays on the south side of Blue Mountain, without crossing the ridge. Lehigh Wheelmen Association.

Sun. Oct. 7, Ride Ataxia, Limerick Community Park, Limerick, PA. 5-, 10-, 25- or 50-mi routes along scenic country roads. Lunch catered by Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill and Carrabba's Italian Grill after the ride. Benefits the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). Friedreich’s ataxia is a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder.

Wed.-Sun. Oct. 10-14, Tour de Pines, various start locations in the Pinelands National Reserve, NJ. Five consecutive single-day (loop) bicycle tours of the New Jersey Pinelands; 40-55 miles per day on flat terrain. Participants may elect to ride 1, 2, 3, 4, or all 5 days of the tour. The ride leader will average 11-13 mph, but faster groups will go off the front and follow the cue sheet. This is a FREE event, but donations are accepted, and riders must register by 10/3/12. No SAG or road markings; bring or buy your own food. Pinelands Preservation Alliance, 609-859-8860 x24.

Sat. Oct. 13, AJ Foundation Ride for Autism, Yardley, PA. Ride 50 or 75 mi through both Lower and Upper Makefield in Bucks County. A 12-mi route through Lower Makefield, utilizing 8 miles on the canal path along the Delaware River, is also available. Benefits the AJ Foundation and the Comprehensive Learning Center for Children with Autism.

Sat. Oct. 13, Black Bear Century, Delaware Water Gap, PA. 32, 41, 47, 65, 88, 98, or 107-mi interconnected routes almost entirely within the boundaries of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and High Point State Park. All of the routes have some climbing. Pre-registration required - no day-of-event registration.

Sat. Oct. 13, Hilltown Twenty Bike Ride, Hilltown, PA. 20 mi. Benefits the Hilltown Civic Association.

Sat. Oct. 13, PD500 City-2-City Bike Tour, Malvern, PA. 30- or 60-mi rolling hill routes. You will meet up with riders as they complete the 8-day 520-mi tour to benefit Parkinson’s disease. Rest stops feature homemade baked goods.

Sat. Oct. 13, Savage Century, Newark, DE. 40, 60, 75 or 100 mi. The major hills are on the 75- and 100-mi loops. White Clay Bicycle Club

Sun. Oct. 14, Camphill Challenge, Phoenixville, PA. 10-, 35- or 50-mi routes and a family-friendly fun ride. Proceeds benefit Camphill Special School, Camphill Soltane, and Camphill Village Kimberton Hills lifesharing communities for children, youth, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Oct. 19-21, Fall Foliage Weekend, Hanover / Gettysburg, PA. Featured group rides with a leader on Saturday and Sunday. Includes meals, snacks, parties, and hotel accommodations (with indoor pool/whirlpool). Advance registration is required. Bicycle Club of Philadelphia (BCP)

Sat. Oct. 20, North Wales Area Library Community Bike Ride, North Wales, PA. Canceled! This is a 7-mile ride to raise money for the library. Must register by 10/18/2012. Forms and info are available from the North Wales Area Library, 233 S. Swartley St, North Wales, PA; phone 215-699-5410.

Sat. Oct. 20, Save-A-Limb Ride, Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, MD. 6, 15, 30 or 60 mi on rolling-hilly terrain. Ride with Chris Horner and Robbie Ventura on the 60-mi ride. Benefits the Save-A-Limb Fund, a program of Sinai Hospital.

Sat. Oct. 20, Talbot Interfaith Shelter Century, St. Michaels, MD. 11, 31 or 62 mi. Benefits the Talbot Interfaith Shelter, a voluntary interfaith-based service ministry in Talbot County, MD.

Sat. Oct. 27, Between the Waters Bike Tour, Wachapreague, VA. 25, 40, 60 or 100 mi on flat terrain. (Start location corrected 10/7/2012.)

Oct. 27-28, Philadelphia Bike Expo, 23rd St. Armory (22 S. 23rd St., between Market and Chestnut), Philadelphia, PA.

Return to top

November 2012

Nov. 7-11, FestiVELO de Charleston, Charleston, SC. Four days of riding with daily short- (12-25 mi), medium- (50-60 mi), and long-distance (95-105 mi) routes. 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. Listed as one of Bicycling Magazine's "Can't Miss Winter Rides." FestiVelo is a fundraiser for the Palmetto Cycling Coalition. (The start location for this event is approximately 700 miles from Montgomery County, PA.)

Sun. Nov. 11, Cranksgiving Doylestown, Doylestown, PA. Cranksgiving is a charity event that is part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt. Food is collected at grocery store "checkpoints" and then after being collected at the end of the event, will be donated to Bucks County Housing Group. There is no set course, and you can ride at your own pace. Make sure you've got a bag and a lock, because you're going to need to lock up to run into grocery stores. It's free to register, but you'll need cash ($15-$20) to buy food at the grocery stores.

Sat. Nov. 17, Cranksgiving NYC, New York, NY. Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. Part bike ride, part food drive, part scavenger hunt, it has been held annually in New York City since 1999. Food is collected at grocery store "checkpoints" and then after being collected at the end of the event, will be donated. Make sure you've got a bag and a lock, because you're going to need to lock up to run into grocery stores. It's free to register, but you'll need cash ($10-$15) to buy food at the grocery stores.

Sun. Nov. 18, Cranksgiving Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. Cranksgiving is a charity event that is part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt. Food is collected at grocery store "checkpoints" and then after being collected at the end of the event, will be donated to Philabundance. All kinds of cyclists are welcome! There is no set course, and you can ride at your own pace. Make sure you've got a bag and a lock, because you're going to need to lock up to run into grocery stores. It's free to register, but you'll need cash ($10-$15) to buy food at the grocery stores.

Return to top

2011 Calendar

2010 Calendar

2009 Calendar

2008 Calendar

2007 Calendar

2006 Calendar

2005 Calendar

2004 Calendar

2003 Calendar

2002 Calendar

2001 Calendar

2000 Calendar

Return to top

The following calendars are no longer listing current bicycle events, and they have been removed from the list of calendars on the SCU Regional Event Calendar:

Bicycle Exchange Ride Previews (OH, PA, and WV)

Central NJ Charity Rides - Provides a detailed list of charity rides, but not bicycle club events, taking place in Central NJ. Most, if not all, of the charity rides are also listed on this SCU Event Calendar that you are currently reading.

C-Quad Cycling's Ride Finder (DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, and VA)

Liberty Sports Magazine's Event Calendar

(Prepared by Jack Elias, SCU Assistant Webmaster, 12/01/2012)

Return to top

Copyright © 2012 Suburban Cyclists Unlimited.  Reproduction in whole or in part without the written permission of the author is prohibited.