2016 Calendar of Events
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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.
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!
Wed.-Sun. Sept. 28-Oct. 2, Tour de Pines, various start locations in the Pinelands National Reserve, NJ. Five consecutive single-day (loop) bicycle tours of the scenic, low-traffic New Jersey Pinelands. Ride 1-5 days for one registration fee. Benefits the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.
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Wed.-Sun. Sept. 28-Oct. 2, Tour de Pines, NJ. See details in the September listing, above.
Sat. Oct. 1, Adamstown Dirty Dozen Hill Climb, Adamstown, PA. Ride 58 miles, with 12 hills, 8,000-ft of climbing. The organizers say, "This is the hardest event you will ever ride". Pre-registration is mandatory.
Sat. Oct. 1, Fall VeloFest, Valley Preferred Cycling Center, Breinigsville, PA. Swap meet.
Sat. Oct. 1, MLAR HandlebarKs, Chester Springs, PA. Ride 12, 18, 31 or 62 mi on the beautiful country roads of Chester County, with 5 timed hill climbs, followed by an after-party under the "Big Top". Benefits Main Line Animal Rescue.
Sat. Oct. 1, Pedal4Cam, Exton, PA. Three ride options: 1) 1-10 mi on the paved Struble Trail; 2) 20- or 45-mi on-road; 3) 5- or 12-mi off-road in Marsh Creek State Park. Benefits the Cure4Cam Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Sat. Oct 1, PJM Charity Ride, Philadelphia, PA. Ride 56 mi. The organizers have stated that riders will stay together in "no drop" groups with a ride leader at the front and a sweep rider at the back. Benefits 88bikes Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides bicycles to impoverished and underprivileged girls in SE Asia.
Sat. Oct. 1, River Towns Ride & Festival, Delaware City, DE. Ride one or more 10-mi (one-way) segments between Delaware City and New Castle. Start in either town but official start is noon on Clinton St, Delaware City. Return transportation is available for riders not completing a 20-mi round-trip lap.
Sun. Oct. 2, Bicycling Fall Classic, Valley Preferred Cycling Center, Breinigsville, PA. Ride 10, 25, 50 or 90 mi. Includes timing chips (with prizes for top climbers on the 50- and 90-mi courses), a Roubaix-style victory lap around the iconic Valley Preferred Cycling Center (“T-Town” velodrome) track, and a post-ride party with healthy lunch, free beer, live music. Bicycling Magazine
Sun. Oct. 2, 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.
Sat. Oct. 8, Belleplain Fall Century, Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine, NJ. Jersey Shore Cycle Club
Sat. Oct. 8, Black Bear Century, Delaware Water Gap, PA. Choice of 7 different routes, 32-107 mi through the Delaware Water Gap National Park during peak fall foliage.
Oct. 1 Oct. 8, Love, Hope, Courage
Ride, West Chester, PA. Ride 40 or 75 mi through beautiful Chester County. Never Forget Foundation, benefiting youth and families affected by the loss of a loved one.
Sat. Oct. 8, New Holland Bicycle Race, New Holland, PA. Ride 30 or 50 mi around scenic Lancaster County with 4,300-4,600 ft of climbing.
Sat. Oct. 8, Sea Gull Century, Salisbury, MD. Ride 62 mi or choice of two different 100-mi routes, all on flat terrain across the picturesque Eastern Shore. Enjoy a kick-off event, live music at each rest stop and a lawn party after finishing your ride. 8,000+ riders.
Sun. Oct. 9, Bike for Bancroft, Mt. Laurel, NJ. Ride 5, 25, 45 or 65 mi through Burlington County. Suggested minimum fundraising amount is $200 - benefits Bancroft, a leading provider of programs and supports for children and adults with autism or intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Sat. Oct. 15, PD500 Bike Ride, Ludwig's Corner Horse Show, Glenmoore, PA. Ride 16, 45 or 62 mi over rolling-to-hilly terrain in scenic Chester County. Refuel at the end of your ride with a warm meal and a cold beer courtesy of Dogfish Head Beer, plus live entertainment. Benefits Shake It Off, Inc. for Parkinson’s disease research, a non-profit organization.
Sat. Oct. 15, Savage Century, Newark, DE. Ride 40, 60, 75 or 100 mi. The 40- and 60-mi routes have a few short climbs, while the major hills are on the 75- and 100-mi routes. White Clay Bicycle Club (WCBC)
Sun. Oct. 16, Lifeline 100, Kinder Farm Park, Millersville, MD. Ride 15, 30, 65 or 100 mi through scenic Anne Arundel County on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The Western Shore is not as flat as the Eastern Shore - these rides have 400-to-4,000-ft of climbing. Bicycle Advocates For Annapolis & Anne Arundel County ("BikeAAA") - benefits Anne Arundel County non-profits listed on the event website.
Sun. Oct. 16, Ride Ataxia Philadelphia, Blue Bell, PA. Ride 5, 10, 25 or 50 mi. Post-ride meal provided by by Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill and Bonefish Grill. Benefits the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).
Sat. Oct. 22, Between the Waters Bike Tour, Wachapreague, VA. Ride 25, 40, 60 or 100 mi on flat terrain, with scenic rests stops that overlook the Atlantic Ocean or Chesapeake Bay. Limited to 1,000 riders. Benefits Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore (CBES).
Sun. Oct. 23, 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)
Sun. Oct. 23, Tour de Bronx, New York, NY. Ride 25 or 40 mi at the largest free cycling event in New York state.
Oct. 28-30, 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)
Sun. Oct. 30, Oktoberfest Ride, Collegeville, PA. Ride 44 mi with 2,850 ft of climbing or 62 mi with 4,000 ft of climbing. Post-ride Oktoberfest Party at Appalachian Brewing Company. Kermesse Sport
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Nov. 5-6, Philly Bike Expo, PA Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA. Vendors, seminars, rides, indoor test rides, kid's zone. Free indoor bicycle parking.
Nov. 9-14, FestiVELO, Walterboro, SC. New location for 2016! Each day will include short, medium, and long rides; 20-105 mi. (The start location is 670 miles from Horsham, PA. This event is listed only because there are no local events at this time of the year.)
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July 23-29, 2017, PA Perimeter Ride Against Cancer (PPRAC). This 6-day ride takes place every two years.
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The 2015, 2016 and 2017 SCU Mileage Logs are available now!
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2015 SCU Mileage Log in PDF or XLS format
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2017 SCU Mileage Log in PDF or XLS format
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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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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
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
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)
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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Bicycling in Connecticut
Bicycling in Delaware
Bicycling in New Jersey
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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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Please send event notices, comments, and corrections to:
Please include the event's name, date, start location, route distances and website link in the body of your message. I do not want to receive photos, images, logos, graphics, posters, etc. Seminars, races, indoor "spinning" events and commercial tours will not be listed.
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. An event must be listed on the sponsoring-organization's own website before it will be listed on this calendar. Please do not submit unlisted or tentative events.
Please do NOT send ride notices to the webmaster or other officers of SCU!
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This page was updated by Jack Elias on 9/27/2016
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