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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. 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. 

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Thank you for riding the SCU Quad County Metric on Saturday, May 10! Watch the 2014 slideshow. Photographs are available from Bluestem Light Photography.
  
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.)


Sat. May 10, 2014

The following events have been announced by their sponsoring organizations. (SCU does not predict dates based on the previous year's calendar!) Events are subject to cancellation and dates may change - please read the disclaimer.

September 2014

Mon. Sept. 1, Donut Derby, Trexlertown, PA. This is a 36-mi mass-start fun race with two rest stops where racers can get water and eat donuts. Pre-registration only - no day-of registration. For every donut eaten, minutes are deducted from your official finish time. Lehigh Wheelmen Association (LWA)

Mon. Sept. 1, Labor Day Century, New Oxford, PA. New start location and new routes! Ride 25, 50, 62 or 100 mi through scenic Adams County. Hanover Cyclers

Sept. 5-7, Battle Against Hunger Bike Tour, Gettysburg, PA, to Washington Crossing, PA. 200-mi one-way ride. See separate listing below for 1-day Battle Against Hunger Ride on Sept. 7.

Sept. 5-7, Tandems East Tandem Weekend, Hopewell Valley, NJ. 30-60 mi; different routes and distances Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Sat. Sept. 6, Amish Country Bike Tour, Dover, DE. 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 2013.

Sat. Sept. 6, Amish Country Classic Bike Ride, Bird-in-Hand, PA. Scenic 12-, 23- or 62-mi routes through the Amish farmlands on rolling-to-hilly terrain. The 62-mi route includes the 440-ft climb (in 2.2 miles) up Welsh Mountain with a short break in the middle. It is very steep for a short section, but the average grade is 3.9%. There is an option to bypass the climb, but doing so also bypasses the first rest stop. Benefits the Paradise Rotary.

Sat. Sept. 6, Civil War Century, Thurmont, MD. Registration is closed - sold out! Very scenic, 25 mi rolling, 50 or 63 mi rolling-hilly, 75 or 103 mi hilly, on low-traffic roads; 1,150 - 6,900 ft climbing. Limited to 1,600 riders and expected to sell out early. Baltimore Bicycle Club

Sat. Sept. 6, Sourland Spectacular, Skillman, NJ. Ride 23-to-63 mi; all routes include climbing, as Sourland Mountain is beautiful, but not flat. Benefits the Sourland Conservancy.

Sat. Sept. 6, South Jersey Tour des Farms, Vincentown, NJ. Ride 16, 29 or 54 mi. Stop at designated farm markets and your optional market purchases will be delivered to the starting point. South Jersey Resource Conservation & Development Council.

Sun. Sept. 7, Battle Against Hunger One-Day Ride, Washington Crossing, PA. 30, 62 or 100 mi. See separate listing above for 3-day Battle Against Hunger Bike Tour on Sept. 5-7.

Sun. Sept 7, Gran Fondo NJ, Morristown, NJ. 18-107 mi.

Sun. Sept. 7, NYC Century Bike Tour, New York, NY. 15, 35, 55, 75 or 100 mi. Benefits Transportation Alternatives.

Sun. Sept. 7, 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 August 31 and receive this year's gift (a leather cycling wallet). Bicycle Club of Philadelphia (BCP)

Sun. Sept. 7, The Flattest Century in the East (TFCE), Dartmouth, MA. Registration has closed - sold out! Registration will open on May 1 and is expected to sell out in one day! 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.) No day-of-event registration. Narragansett Bay Wheelmen [Editor's comment: Since TFCE is sold out, check out the Devin Laubi Foundation Ride in the same very scenic area, two weeks later on September 21.]

Sun. Sept. 7, Tour de Chocolate Town Bike Tour, Hershey, PA. 17, 33, 63 or 100 mi. Benefits Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

Sat. Sept. 7, Tour de Talbot, Easton, MD. Ride 20, 55 or 100 mi on the back roads of Talbot County. Benefits the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Fri.-Sat. Sept. 12-13, BR2RB Bike-a-Thon, Quarryville, PA to Rehoboth Bay, DE, 125-mi one-way. Friday 80-mi and Saturday 50- and 80-mi one-way routes are also offered. Return transportation is provided. Benefits Black Rock Retreat.

Sat. Sept. 13, AJ Foundation Ride for Autism, Yardley, PA. 12, 31 or 62 mi. Benefits the AJ Foundation and the Comprehensive Learning Center.

Sat. Sept. 13, Bike to the Bitter End, Lewes, DE. 5, 20 or 35 mi. Registration includes a post-ride lunch and afternoon use of the camp's beach. Benefits Camp Arrowhead.

Sat. Sept. 13, Thompson Bucks County Classic, Doylestown, PA. UCI-sanctioned road race - volunteer and spectator event. Also see USA Cycling announces 2014 domestic road calendars. (2014 date from USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.)

Sat. Sept. 13, Tour de Sussex, Delaware Technical Community College - Owens Campus, Georgetown, DE. Ride 1, 25, 62 or 100 mi. Rest stop highlights will include Dogfish Brewery, Irish Eyes, Papa Grande’s and Trap Pond. Benefits displaced workers, Kids on Campus Scholarships, and local charities.

Sun. Sept. 14, Belleplain Fall Century, Belleplain State Forrest, Woodbine, NJ. Shore Cycle Club (2014 date from handout at 2013 Shelter Century.)

Sun. Sept. 14, Bike MS: Hops to Hops, Ringoes, NJ. New start location for 2014! Ride 40 or 62 mi across the rolling hills of the Amwell Valley. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Sun. Sept. 14, Country Roads Ride with the Camels, Warwick, NY. Ride 10, 20, 40 or 62 mi on the uncrowded roads of Orange County in New York's Hudson Valley. Orange County Bicycle Club

Sun. Sept. 14, Gap Gallop, DeSales University, Center Valley, PA. Ride 33, 48, 83 or 103 mi. Pre-registration only! Register by 8/22 to receive a T-shirt. Lehigh Wheelmen

Sun. Sept. 14, Hempfield Foundation Ride for Education, Landisville, PA. Ride 3, 13, 31 or 62 mi through beautiful Lancaster County farmland.

Sun. Sept. 14, Larry's Ride, Reisterstown, MD. Ride 22, 35, 60 or 75 mi through beautiful but challenging rural Baltimore County. Benefits Bike Maryland.

Sun. Sept. 14, Thompson Bucks County Criterium, Doylestown, PA. Professional race - volunteer and spectator event.

Sun. Sept. 14, W.H. McIntyre Century Ride, West Chester, PA. 30, 50 or 100 mi.

Sept. 19-21, Tour de Pink® East Coast, Philadelphia, PA to Assateague Island, MD. Benefits the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), an organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sat. Sept. 20, Dream Ride Lancaster, Marietta, PA. 10, 20, 30, 62 or 100 mi on the low-traffic, rolling countryside of western and northwestern Lancaster county.

Sat. Sept. 20, Escape New York, New York, NY. New York Cycle Club

Sat. Sept. 20, Jersey Devil Century, Centerton, NJ. 25 or 50-mi loops in the morning and afternoon; can be combined for 25, 50, 75 or 100 mi on flat terrain. South Jersey Wheelmen

Sat. Sept. 20, RCDCU Annual Bike-A-Thon for Prostate Cancer, Somerset, NJ. 3 mi fun ride/walk; 10, 30, 50 mi rides. (2014 date from Facebook and Active.com)

Sat. Sept. 20, 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.

Sept. 20-21, Pedaling Through Our National Parks, Elverson, PA, to Philadelphia, PA, one-way. Ride 30 mi a day along the Schuylkill River Trail (with some on-road) with visits to three National Parks: Hopewell Furnace, Valley Forge and Independence. Ride one or two days. Return transportation is included.

Sun. Sept. 21, Bike Fresh Bike Local, Downingtown, PA. 25, 50, or 75 miles through the beautiful landscapes and farms of Chester County. Ride begins and ends at Victory Brewing Company and includes a post-ride meal of local foods and one complementary Victory beer. Benefits the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA).

Sun. Sept. 21, 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. 21, Devin Laubi Foundation Ride, Westport, MA. Very scenic 11-, 25- or 65-mi routes that travel past many bodies of water in the coastal towns of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The Devin Laubi Foundation raises funds to financially assist families of children under age 18 stricken with cancer.

Sun. Sept. 21, Hillier Than Thou, Port Murray, NJ. Hilly 64- or 100-mi (12,000 feet of climbing).

Sun. Sept. 21, Three Creek Century, Carlisle, PA. 25, 50, 75 or 100 mi on lightly traveled roads along and over the Conodoguinet, Yellow Breeches and Big Spring creeks. Harrisburg Bicycle Club

Sun. Sept. 21, Tour du Port, Baltimore, MD. 16, 25, 40, 50 or 63 mi through charming neighborhoods, historic port areas and beautiful parks in Baltimore City & Baltimore County. Benefits Bike Maryland's bike advocacy and awareness work.

Sun. Sept. 21, Tour de Shuls, Dresher, PA. Benefits Camp Ramah in the Poconos and Ramah Day Camp.

Sept. 26–28, Weekend in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. Three days of cycling the scenic, rolling roads of the Amish heartland, with rides ranging from 16 to 61 mi. Includes meals and hotel accommodations. Baltimore Bicycle Club

Sat. Sept. 27, Sea Gull Century, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. 8,000+ riders. Registration for 2014 will open on May 15.

Sat. Sept. 27, Shoo-Fly Classic, Oley, PA. Ride 20, 40 or 60 mi through the beautiful, hilly Oley Valley. Pizza and shoo-fly pie at the finish. Berks County Bicycle Club

Sat. Sept. 27, Tour de Farm, Blairstown, NJ. Ride 5, 34 or 78 mi. Registration includes gourmet farmer's breakfast, tastings at each farm, and healthy post-ride hors d'oeuvres. A optional farm-to-fork celebration meal is available for an additional fee.

Sat. Sept. 27, Weavers Way's Urban Farm Ride, Philadelphia, PA. Start in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, and ride 21 or 33 mi to farms in Kensington and South, West and Northwest Philly.

Sept. 27-28, Bike MS: City to Shore Ride, Cherry Hill, Hammonton or Mays Landing to Ocean City, NJ, and return the next day. Ride 1 or 2 days, 25 - 175 mi total. 7,000 riders. Benefits the National MS Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter.

Sun. Sept. 28, Bike4Bikes, Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, CT. Ride 20, 47 or 62 mi through beautiful Fairfield County. Benefits Northeast Community Cycles, a non-profit organization that provides needy children and adults with free recycled bicycles and new helmets.

Sun. Sept. 28, Tom's Ride, Hellam, PA (east of York, PA). Ride 15, 30 or 60 mi, rolling-hilly. Pasta lunch after the ride. Register by 8/31 to receive a free t-shirt. Benefits Vickie's Angel Walk, providing financial assistance to families fighting cancer.

Sun. Sept. 28, Tour de Pike County, Milford Beach, Milford, PA. Benefits Safe Haven of Pike County. (Date from BikeReg.com)

Sun. Sept. 28, Twin Lights Ride, Highlands, NJ.

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October 2014

Wed.-Sun. Oct. 1-5, Tour de Pines, various start locations in the Pinelands National Reserve, NJ. Five consecutive single-day (loop) bicycle tours of the New Jersey Pinelands. Ride 1, 2, 3, 4, or all 5 days. Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Sat. Oct. 4, River Towns Ride & Festival, New Castle & Delaware City, DE. Ride one or more trips from New Castle to Delaware City or vice versa, 10-mi per trip, starting at noon. Festivals will be held in each town’s main square: The Green in New Castle and Battery Park in Delaware City. A highlight of the event will be a craft beer festival held at Battery Park in Delaware City from noon-5pm.

Sat. Oct. 4, Wheels for Hope - Tour de Hershey. CANCELLED! Ride from Breinigsville, PA, to Hershey, PA, 74-mi one-way. 34- and 40-mi routes are also available. Return transportation is available for $20. Benefits Angel 34 and Children's Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Sun. Oct. 5, PD500 Bike Ride, Malvern, PA. 

Sat. Oct. 11, Black Bear Century, Delaware Water Gap, PA.

Sat. Oct. 11, New Holland Bicycle Race, New Holland, PA. 50-mi ride.

Sat. Oct. 11, Savage Century, Newark, DE. White Clay Bicycle Club

Oct. 11-12, Ride to Conquer Cancer, Philadelphia, PA. 150 mi. Benefits Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center.

Sun. Oct. 12, Bicycling Fall Classic, Valley Preferred Cycling Center, Breinigsville, PA. Ride 10, 25, 50 or 90 mi. Registration fee increases 8/7/14. Bicycling Magazine

Sun. Oct. 12, CF Cycle for Life, The Mann Center, Philadelphia, PA. 25 or 65 mi. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Sun. Oct. 12, Ride Ataxia Philadelphia, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA. 5, 10, 25 or 50 mi. Benefits Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).

Sun. Oct. 12, Rotary Ride for Rotoplast, Souderton PA. Ride 25 or 42 mi over rolling-to-hilly terrain on rural roads in Upper Bucks County. Benefits Rotary International's rotoplast missions to perform cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries in underserved regions of the world.

Sun. Oct. 12, Oktoberfest Ride, Collegeville, PA. Ride 63 mi with 4,100 ft of climbing. Food, beer and door prizes sponsored by the Appalachian Brewing Company. Kermesse Sport

Sat. Oct. 18, Camphill Challenge, Phoenixville, PA. Proceeds benefit Camphill Special School, Camphill Soltane, and Camphill Village Kimberton Hills lifesharing communities for children, youth, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sat. Oct. 18, Save-A-Limb Ride, Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, MD. Benefits the Save-A-Limb Fund, a program of Sinai Hospital.

Sat. Oct. 18, Talbot Interfaith Shelter Century, St. Michaels, MD. Benefits the Talbot Interfaith Shelter.

Sun. Oct. 19, Covered Bridges Ride, Erwinna, PA. Enjoy the fall foliage of Central and Upper Bucks County with a choice of five routes: the family-friendly 20- and 30-mi flat routes use the towpath along the Delaware river, which is a fine-cinder and hard-packed dirt trail, for part of the ride, or the hilly 33-, 50- and 63-mi routes on paved roads. Travel through up to six historic covered bridges. Central Bucks Bicycle Club (CBBC)

Oct. 24-26, Fall Foliage Weekend, Hanover / Gettysburg, PA. Ride various distances on your own or group rides with leaders. Includes cue sheets, meals, snacks, parties, and hotel accommodations (with indoor pool/whirlpool). Advance registration is required. Bicycle Club of Philadelphia (BCP)

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November 2014

Wed.-Mon. Nov. 5-10, FestiVELO, Santee, SC. Santee is known for scenic southern views. Mostly flat rides, 20-110 mi. Benefits Charleston Moves. (The start location is 620 miles from Horsham, PA.)

Nov. 8-9, Philadelphia Bike Expo, PA Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA.

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The 2014 SCU Mileage Log is available now! Download the log in PDF or XLS format, or see Mileage Logs for more information. The XLS version provides automatic summation of weekly, monthly, and yearly mileage, and charts for mileage per week and month.

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Past Events

Past events of 2014 

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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

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.) Ride Guide

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 10, 2014 - 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
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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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