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This calendar is presented by Suburban Cyclists Unlimited and lists bicycle events that take place within approximately 150 miles of Horsham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Event News

Registration is open for the SCU Quad County Metric on Saturday, May 7! Start from scenic Green Lane Park in Upper Montgomery County and ride through rural, low-traffic areas in Berks, Lehigh, and Bucks counties.
   
Looking for a 2016 event that is not listed yet? Check the 2015 calendar and contact the event's sponsor.
   
Mileage logs for 2016 are available now!
   
Event sponsor's: See the contact information to have your event listed on this calendar. (Start location must be within 150 miles of Horsham, PA.)


"Four-Foot Law" lawn signs  
are available from SCU

The following events have been announced by their sponsoring organizations. (SCU does not predict dates based on the previous year's calendar.) See Other Calendars for rides outside of the SCU area. All rides are on-road tours unless noted off-road. Unless marked "SCU", these events are not affiliated with, nor endorsed by Suburban Cyclists Unlimited. Events are subject to cancellation, and dates may change. Please read the disclaimer!

2016 Advance Notice

February 2016

Sun. Feb. 14, 2016, Stop, Swap and Save, Westminster, MD. Indoor swap meet; 9:00am-2:00pm.

Feb. 20-21, 2016, Endurance Sports Expo, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA. Claims to be the largest cycling, running and triathlon expo in the Country.

Sun. Feb. 28, 2016, Sourland Semi-Classic, Hopewell, NJ. This is a hilly 60-mi ride that explores the Sourlands Region of Central New Jersey, with some unpaved roads to go with the famous Sourland climbs and flats. Kermesse Sport

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March 2016

Mon.-Wed. March 7-9, 2016, National Bike Summit, Washington, D.C. Bicycle-advocacy meetings. League of American Bicyclists

Sat. March 26, 2016, Hell of Hunterdon, Blawenburg, NJ. This is a hilly 82-mi Belgian-themed ride in Hunterdon County, NJ, featuring 19 sections of dirt, gravel, and hardscrabble roads (covering approximately 15% of the course) Total elevation gain is 5,700 ft. Kermesse Sport

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April 2016

Sat. April 2, 2016, Icicle Century, Cherry Hill Middle School, Elkton, MD. Ride 14 to 100 mi over moderately-hilly terrain in the areas west and north of Newark, DE. New this year – all routes are loops that begin and end at the new starting location. You can decide how far you want to go after you have completed a loop and have taken a break. White Clay Bicycle Club

Sat. April 9, 2016, Monkey Knife Fight, Emmaus, PA. This is a 70-mi ride through the rolling hills of Emmaus, with 15-mi of dirt roads and 6,500 feet of climbing. No SAG. Benefits the Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer.

Sat. April 9, 2016, TSR Spring Classic, Easton, MD. Ride 25, 50 or 62 mi on flat terrain in Talbot County. Benefits Talbot Special Riders, an organization which provides equine therapy to youth and adults with developmental disorders.

Sat. April 16, 2016, Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, Bethany Beach, DE. Ride 5, 30, 50 or 62 mi on flat terrain.

Sun. April 17, 2016, Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo, Jenkins Township, PA (near Pittston). This is a hilly mixed-terrain ride (paved and gravel roads) in the beautiful Wyoming Valley of Northeastern Pennsylvania. More information on Facebook.

April 22-24, 2016, Face of America. Ride from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, to Gettysburg, PA, 110 mi, one-way. Ride with servicemen who have been severely injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sat. April 23, 2016, Fools Classic, Point Pleasant, PA. This is a hilly 79-mi ride with 27 sectors of dirt/gravel roads and 6,000 ft of climbing. Kermesse Sport

Sun. April 24, 2016, Tour de Scranton, Scranton, PA. Ride 4, 15, 32, 46 or 65 mi on-road, or ride 15-64 mi off-road on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Benefits the Erin Jessica Moreken Drug & Alcohol Treatment Fund.

Sat. April 30, 2016, Fleche Buffoon, New Hope, PA. This is a hilly 75-mi ride entirely on paved roads through Bucks County, PA, and Hunterdon County, NJ, with 14 steep climbs totaling 6,100 ft of elevation gain. Kermesse Sport

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May 2016

Sun. May 1, 2016, Cinco de Mayo Benefit Bike Ride and Walk, Exton, PA. Ride 25 or 50 mi, rolling-hilly, or 1-22 mi on the relatively-flat, paved Chester Valley Trail. Features a post-ride fiesta including Mexican food from Mas Mexicali. Benefits the PA Center for Adapted Sports (PCAS). (2016 ride information on BikeReg.)

Sun. May 1, 2016, TD Five Boro Bike Tour, Manhattan, New York, NY. 32,000 riders! Registration will open on January 12, 2016 at 10:00am. All cyclists must pick up their rider packets on April 29-30. Riders are prohibited from wearing bags with shoulder straps (including backpacks, hydration packs, drawstring bags, and messenger bags) or using panniers!

Sat. May 7, 2016, SCU Quad County Metric, Green Lane Park, Green Lane, PA. Ride 26, 47, 55, 68, 80 or 100 mi on rolling-to-hilly terrain in the scenic, rural, low-traffic sections of Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, and Lehigh Counties. Registration includes free lunch with vegetarian options. Rest stops have a large assortment of home-baked snacks. Free long-sleeve T-shirt with pre-registration. Order your Quad County Metric bike jersey by 2/28/16 for pick-up at the event. Suburban Cyclists Unlimited.

Sat. May 14, 2016, Iron Furnace Fifty, Snow Hill, MD. Ride 31, 50 or 62 mi on flat terrain. Benefits education programs at Furnace Town, and college scholarships awarded by Snow Hill Rotary.

Sat. May 14, 2016, Tour de Lebanon Valley, Lebanon, PA. Ride 25 or 62 mi. Benefits the Volunteers in Medicine Free Health Clinic and Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition.

Sun. May 15, 2016, Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York, Fort Lee, NJ. 50 or 100 mi.

Sun. May 15, 2016, Delaware Gran Fondo and Governor's Ride, Wilmington, DE. Ride 15, 31 or 62 mi, featuring up to 13 Brandywine Valley attractions, including a unique opportunity to ride through the spectacular grounds of Hagley Museum and Winterthur Museum & Gardens.

Wed. May 18, 2016, Ride of Silence, many start locations worldwide. Please see the website for a complete list - too many to list here! 7:00pm ride start, but come early for the pre-ride dedication ceremony. Join cyclists worldwide in a free, silent, slow-paced ride (12-mph maximum) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

Sat. May 21, 2016, Amy's Ride/Run/Walk, Quakertown, PA. Ride 21 or 38 mi, run 5k or walk 3 mi. Benefits pancreatic cancer research and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Sat. May 21, 2016, Team NPF Ride, Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes, NJ. Ride 10, 25, 62 or 100 mi. $200 fundraising minimum, benefits the National Psoriasis Foundation.

May 21-22, 2016, Bike MS: Coast the Coast, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ. Ride 1 or 2 days, 25-170 mi. Enjoy coastal views and passing through seaside towns on flat terrain as you ride with 1,500 cyclists. Benefits the National MS Society.

Sun. May 22, 2016, Go the Distance for Autism, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ. Ride 3, 10, 25 or 62 mi. Benefits the Alpine learning Group, the Epic School, Garden Academy and REED Academy.

May 27-30, 2016, Kent County Spring Fling, Chestertown, MD. Four days of riding on the Eastern Shore, with meals and lodging at Washington College. Baltimore Bicycle Club

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June 2016

The Get Ready Metric has been canceled for 2016.

June 2-5, 2016, Ride for Homes, Philadelphia, PA, to Delaware Water Gap, and return; 250 mi. Limited to 40 riders. $800 minimum fundraising, benefits Habitat Philadelphia.

Sat. June 4, 2016, Broad Creek Bike & Brew, Laurel, DE. 15, 25, 50 or 63 mi.

Sat. June 4, 2016, Greater Philadelphia Tour de Cure, Ambler, PA. Ride 3, 12, 35, 63 or 100 mi. $200 minimum fundraising, benefits the American Diabetes Association. Find additional Tour de Cure dates and locations.

Sat. June 4, 2016, Pedal to Preserve, New Holland, PA. Benefits the Lancaster Farmlands Trust.

Sat. June 4, 2016, Tour d'Arc, Bel Air, MD. Ride 6, 30 or 62 mi through Harford County. Benefits The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sun. June 5, 2016, Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, Philadelphia, PA. Men's and women's UCI-sanctioned professional races, amateur recreational ride before the race, vendor expo, volunteer and spectator event.

Sat. June 11, 2016, Ride for Autism, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ. Ride 10, 25, 50, 65 or 100 mi on flat-to-gently-rolling terrain. Fundraising is optional. Benefits Autism New Jersey.

Sat. June 11, 2016, Revolutionary Ramble Bicycle Tour, Drew University, Madison, NJ. Ride 12, 25, 35, 50, 65 or 100 mi. Limited registration; sold out early last six years. Morris Area Freewheelers

Sun. June 12, 2016, ACS Bike-a-thon. Ride to Atlantic City, NJ (instead of Buena, NJ), one-way, from Philadelphia, Cherry Hill or Hammonton; 31-100 mi. Start from Philly at 6:30am and ride across the Ben Franklin Bridge. Benefits the American Cancer Society.

Sun. June 12, 2016, French Creek Iron Tour, Phoenixville, PA. Ride 11, 20, 32, 50, 62, 75 or 100 mi on rolling-to-hilly terrain. Benefits the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust.

Sat. June 18, 2016, Double Creek Tour, Dover, PA (near York). Ride 30, 48 or 62 mi. Benefits the Healthy Community Pharmacy, serving uninsured or underinsured patients.

Sat. June 18, 2016, Ride to Defeat ALS (ALS Express), 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. Each rider receives two complimentary passes to Morey’s Piers Amusement and Water Parks.

Sun. June 19, 2016, Breakthrough Bike Challenge, Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro, PA. Ride 10, 30 or 60 mi through the scenic, low-traffic Oley Valley in Berks County. 100% of contributions go to cancer research at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center.

June 24–29, 2016, Bike Virginia.

June 25-26, 2016, PA Hope Ride, Hershey, PA, to Philadelphia, PA, and return. Ride 140 or 170 mi. Benefits the American Cancer Society.

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July 2016

Sat. July 16, 2016, The Boob Ride, St. Peter's Village, PA. Benefits the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for a Cure for Breast Cancer.

Sun. July 17, 2016, Irish Pub Tour de Shore, Philadelphia, PA, to Atlantic City, NJ. Ride 65 mi one-way from the Irish Pub in Philadelphia (20th & Walnut) to the Irish Pub in Atlantic City. Register early since space is limited. Benefits the Irish Pub Children's Foundation, dedicated to raising money for children in need and the families of fallen police officers and fire fighters in the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey Area.

Sun. July 24, 2016, Firefighter 50 Bicycle Ride, Westminster, MD. Ride 30-, 50- or 100-mi on-road or a "dirty 30 loop" on both paved and dirt roads. Benefits the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Department.

July 29-31, 2016, Eastern Tandem Rally, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY. This event for tandem riders will take place in the Finger Lakes region.

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August 2016

The Green Branch Century has been canceled for 2016.

Sat. Aug. 6, 2016, Chocolate Tour, Hershey, PA. Ride 10, 25, 35, 50, 75 or 100 mi. Benefits Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Sat. Aug. 6, 2016, Farm to Fork Fondo, Lancaster County, PA.

Sun. Aug. 7, 2016, Rotary Ride for Families, Indian Crest Middle School, Souderton PA. Ride 17-mi rolling, 25- or 42-mi hilly, through scenic Upper Bucks County. Benefits the Rotary Clubs of Perkasie, Quakertown, Saucon and Souderton.

Sat. Aug. 13, 2016, Brake the Cycle of Poverty, Kutztown, PA. Ride 10, 25, 33 or 62 mi. Benefits Friend, Inc. Community Services.

Sat. Aug. 13, 2016, Nightmare Tour, Adamstown, PA. Ride around the perimeter of Lancaster County, 177 mi, with 15,000 ft of climbing. Six official water stops with energy bars. Cue sheet and GPX file are available, but no road markings. Advance registration is mandatory.

Sun. Aug. 14, 2016, CF Cycle for Life, Conshohocken, PA. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Sun. Aug. 21, 2016, Covered Bridge Metric Century, HACC Lancaster Campus, Lancaster, PA. Very scenic, 15-, 31- and 62-mi routes through Amish farmlands on rolling terrain with a few hills. Proceeds benefit the Lancaster Bicycle Club's grant program.

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September 2016

Sun. Sept. 4, 2016, Avery's Hope, Flemington, NJ. Ride 15, 35, 50 or 100 mi through the beautiful back roads of Hunterdon and Warren Counties. This inaugural ride was created to raise money and awareness for the GI floor at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Sun. Sept. 4, 2016, Tour de Farm Sussex County, Augusta, NJ. Ride 21 or 70 mi with breakfast and farm tastings included with registration. Optional Farm to Fork Celebration (tickets sold separately).

Mon. Sept. 5, 2016, Donut Derby, Valley Preferred Cycling Center (the Velodrome), Breinigsville, PA. 36-mi fun race on a figure-8 course with the donut zone in the middle. For each donut you consume, you get 3 minutes deducted from your actual ride time to get your D.A.T. (Donut Adjusted Time). Pre-registration only! Lehigh Wheelmen Association

Sat. Sept. 10, 2016, Amish Country Bike Tour, Dover, DE. Ride 15, 25, 50, 62 or 100 mi on flat terrain. 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 show-and-go start 7:00-10:00am without police traffic control. The largest cycling event in Delaware - 2,200 riders in 2015.

Sat. Sept. 17, 2016, American Dream Scholarship Ride, Millersville, PA. Ride 5, 10, 20, 30 or 60 mi through rural Lancaster County. Pre-registration only! Benefits American Dream Scholarship at Millersville University.

Sat. Sept. 17, 2016, Jersey Devil Century, Centerton, NJ. Ride 25 or 50 mi on flat terrain in the morning and afternoon; routes can be combined for 50, 75 or 100 mi. South Jersey Wheelmen

Sun. Sept. 18, 2016, Bike the Beach, Jennings Beach, Fairfield, CT. Ride 10, 20, or 45 mi on flat-to-rolling terrain, or 62 mi, flat to hilly. Start from the beach and ride through 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. 18, 2016, Gap Gallop, DeSales University, Center Valley, PA. Ride 33, 50, 70, 83 or 104 mi on beautiful, hilly country roads. Pre-registration only! Lehigh Wheelmen Association

Sun. Sept. 18, 2016, Tour de Talbot, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD. Ride 20, 35 or 62 mi on the beautiful back roads of Talbot and Queen Anne's Counties. Benefits the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy.

Sat. Sept. 24, 2016, Tour de Farm Warren County, Blairstown, NJ. Ride 40 or 64 mi with breakfast and farm tastings included with registration. Optional Farm to Fork Celebration (tickets sold separately).

Sept. 24-25, 2016, Bike MS: City to Shore, Cherry Hill, NJ, to Ocean City, NJ.

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October 2016

Sat. Oct. 1, 2016, Adamstown Dirty Dozen Hill Climb, Adamstown, PA. Ride 48 miles, with 12 hills, 6800-ft of climbing. The organizers say, "This is the hardest event you will ever ride". Pre-registration is mandatory.

Sun. Oct. 8, 2016, Sea Gull Century, Salisbury, MD. Ride 62 mi or choice of two different 100-mi routes, all on flat terrain. 8,000+ riders.

Sun. Oct. 16, 2016, Lifeline 100 Century Ride, Millersville, MD. Ride 15, 30, 60 or 100 mi through scenic Anne Arundel County. Benefits Bicycle Advocates For Annapolis & Anne Arundel County ("BikeAAA").

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2017

July 23-29, 2017, PA Perimeter Ride Against Cancer (PPRAC). This 6-day ride takes place every two years.

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Maps and driving directions

The 2015, 2016 and 2017 SCU Mileage Logs are available now! 

 

See Mileage Logs for more information, or download the logs directly:
2015 SCU Mileage Log in PDF or XLS format
2016 SCU Mileage Log in PDF or XLS format
2017 SCU Mileage Log in PDF or XLS format

The XLS files are Microsoft Excel format and provide automatic summation and charting of data. The PDF files are for manual entry of mileage; i.e., print the file once and log the data with pen or pencil. PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader.

 
The XLS (Microsoft Excel file) version of the SCU Mileage Log provides automatic summation of weekly, monthly, and yearly mileage, and charts for mileage per week and per month.

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Past Events

2015 Calendar 

2014 Calendar 

2013 Calendar 

2012 Calendar 

2011 Calendar

2010 Calendar

2009 Calendar

2008 Calendar

2007 Calendar

2006 Calendar

2005 Calendar

2004 Calendar

2003 Calendar

2002 Calendar

2001 Calendar

2000 Calendar

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Links to Other Events

To find additional events, the following sites are recommended (in alphabetical order)

A1 Trail Guide ride calendar

Active.com provides on-line registration for many events.

Adventure Sports Online

BCP calendar

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP) calendar and temporary calendar

Bicycling Magazine’s Event Finder

Bicycle Tour Directory

Bike Line Charity Ride Calendar and Community Calendar

BikeReg.com provides on-line registration for many events including the SCU Quad County Metric  

Bikeride.com

Charity Bicycle Rides from Biking Bis (Added 11/25/2013)

League of American Bicyclists (L.A.B.) (Updated 1/11/2015 - LAB Ride Guide is gone!)

Pete & Ed Books Bicycle Ride Links  

Philly Pedals - "the Hub of Cycling in Philadelphia" (Added 5/8/2014)

Road ID

Spokes Magazine Mid-Atlantic Calendar

Stinky Feet Events - Claims to be the "world's largest listing of current running, biking, and triathlon events." (Added 3/14/13)

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Things to Consider When Selecting a Ride

  1. What is the terrain — Flat, rolling, or hilly?
  2. What is the location of the ride — City, suburban, or rural?
  3. Number of participants — Do you like big rides or do crowds make you nervous? Some big events, like Bike New York or the Sea Gull, have thousands of riders. Other events have such a small turn out that you can pedal for miles without seeing another rider.
  4. Is there a special attraction along the route; for example, a lake, an historical site, the ocean, or Amish farms?
  5. How many rest stops are provided, and what is the distance between stops?
  6. What is provided at the rest stops — Just water, commercial snacks, or home-baked treats?
  7. Is any food available at the start?
  8. At the end of the ride, is lunch provided, just snacks, or no food at all?
  9. Are a T-shirt and lunch included in the registration fee? Some clubs charge extra for each.

Bicycling in Connecticut

Bicycling in Delaware

Bicycling in New Jersey

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Disclaimer

Events and dates are subject to change! Although this list is compiled from reliable sources, SCU and the editor are not responsible for errors or omissions. Please contact the event sponsor to confirm the date, registration deadlines and fees, start times, and services provided. We do not predict dates based on the prior year's calendar. When requesting information by mail, please send a S.A.S.E. to the sponsor.

All distances are listed in miles. To convert to metric: 1 mile = 1.6 kilometers; 1 kilometer = 0.62 miles. 31 miles = Half Metric Century (50 km); 62 miles = Metric Century (100 km).

All rides are on-road tours unless noted off-road. All events provide water stops, cue sheets, marked route, and SAG support, unless noted, but SCU is not responsible for the services provided at events on this calendar. All rides return to the starting location unless marked "one-way". Two-day events are Saturday-Sunday and three-day events are Friday-Sunday unless marked otherwise. There are no ride leaders for these events, and you ride at your own pace.

Unless marked "SCU", events on this calendar are not supported by nor affiliated with Suburban Cyclists Unlimited. The listing of an event in this calendar does not constitute an endorsement by SCU or by the editor. All rides and activities posted on this list are the sole responsibility of the individual organizers of and participants in the ride or activity. All participants in rides and activities appearing on this list do so at their own risk and assume responsibility for all hazards, injuries, and other risks inherent in such rides and activities. Roads will be open to motor-vehicle traffic; extreme caution must be used while riding.

Suburban Cyclists Unlimited does not list other clubs' rides that conflict with the major SCU events (May 9, 2015 - Quad County Metric). Commercial tours are not listed other than from sponsors of SCU or at the discretion of the editor. Indoor "spinning" events are not listed on this calendar.

Suburban Cyclists Unlimited is a recreational bicycle club, and we do not support or promote racing. Triathlons, duathlons, amateur races, time trials, and Randonnee events are not listed on this web site.

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Event Calendar Contact Information

Please send event notices, comments, and corrections to:

Jack Elias
Assistant Webmaster
Suburban Cyclists Unlimited (SCU)


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NOTE: The start location must be within 150 miles of Horsham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, to be listed on this calendar. A few very popular rides outside of this range are listed at the discretion of the editor.

Please do NOT send ride notices to the webmaster or other officers of SCU!

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