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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.

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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! 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.

September 2015

Canceled: Bike Fresh Bike Local, held in Downingtown, PA, for the past 7 years, will not take place in 2015.

Sun. Sept. 6, Brandywine Tour, Pocopson Elementary School, West Chester, PA. Ride 26, 50, 65, 80 or 100 mi on rolling-to-hilly terrain through the beautiful Brandywine River Valley. Delaware Valley Bike Club (DVBC)

Sun. Sept. 6, 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. 7, 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

Mon. Sept. 7, Labor Day Century, New Oxford, PA. Ride 25, 50, 62 or 100 mi through scenic Adams County. Hanover Cyclers

Sat. Sept. 12, AJ Foundation Ride for Autism, Yardley, PA. Ride 12, 18, 31 or 62 mi over the rolling terrain of Bucks County. Benefits the The AJ Foundation For Children With Autism and the Comprehensive Learning Center.

Sat. Sept. 12, 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 2014.

Sat. Sept. 12, Amish Country Classic Bike Ride, Bird-in-Hand, PA. Scenic 12-, 23- or 62-mi routes through the Amish farmlands on rolling 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. 12, Civil War Century, Thurmont, MD. 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. 12, Larry's Ride, Camp Milldale, Reisterstown, MD. Benefits Bike Maryland.

Sat. Sept. 12, Nightmare Tour, Adamstown, PA. Rescheduled from Aug. 8! Ride around the perimeter of Lancaster County, 177 miles, 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.

Sat. Sept. 12, Skipjack Bike Tour, Deal Island, MD. Ride 15, 30 or 65 mi on flat terrain. Held in conjunction with the Skipjack 2k/5k/10k run. Benefits the Deal Island - Chance Volunteer Fire Co.

Sat. Sept. 12, Sourland Spectacular, Skillman, NJ. Ride 26, 33, 48 or 63 mi; all routes include climbing (1,500 - 3,400 ft), as Sourland Mountain is beautiful, but not flat. Benefits the Sourland Conservancy.

Sat. Sept. 12, 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.

Sat. Sept. 12, SYCBA Fit for a Cause, New Freedom, PA. 3- or 10-mi bike ride, or timed 5k run, or walk at your own pace; all on on the Heritage Rail Trail.

Sun. Sept. 13, Belleplain Fall Century, Belleplain State Forrest, Woodbine, NJ. Ride 35 or 50 mi in the morning and 28 or 50 mi in afternoon; all on flat terrain. Routes can be combined for 63, 78, 85 or 100 mi. Shore Cycle Club

Sun. Sept. 13, Bike MS: Barrels & Brews, Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes, NJ. Formerly Bike MS: Hops to Hops. Ride 40 or 62 mi across the rolling hills of the Amwell Valley. Benefits the National MS Society.

Sun. Sept. 13, The Flattest Century in the East (TFCE), Dartmouth, MA. Registration has closed - sold out! 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, one week later on Sept. 20.]

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

Sun. Sept. 13, Library IV Ride for the Sunshine Foundation, Williamstown, NJ. Ride 31 or 46 mi. Enjoy a complimentary buffet at the Library IV restaurant after the ride. Benefits the Sunshine foundation.

Sun. Sept. 13, New York City Century, New York, NY. Ride 35, 55, 75 or 100 mi. Benefits Transportation Alternatives.

Sun. Sept. 13, Scenic Schuylkill Century, Philadelphia, PA. Ride 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 Sept. 6 and receive this year's gift. Bicycle Club of Philadelphia (BCP)

Sun. Sept. 13, Thompson Bucks County Classic Cyclosportif, Doylestown, PA. Ride 32 or 62 mi. Held in conjunction with the Thompson Bucks County Classic Criterium and the Doylestown Arts Festival.

Sun. Sept. 13, Tour de Chocolate Town, Hershey, PA. 17, 35, 65 or 100 mi. Benefits Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

Fri.-Sat. Sept. 18-19, 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. 19, American Dream Scholarship Ride, Millersville University, Millersville, PA. Ride 5, 10, 20 or 30 mi through scenic southern Lancaster County. Register by Sept. 9; no day-of-event registration.

Sat. Sept. 19, 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

Sat. Sept. 19, RCDCU Annual Bike-A-Thon, Franklin Middle School, Somerset, NJ. 3-mi fun ride/walk; 10-, 30-, 50-mi rides. The purpose of this event is to raise money to increase the awareness of Prostate Cancer and the importance of early detection. Contributions will be made to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation.

Sat. Sept. 19, 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).

Sat. Sept. 19, Tour de Sussex, Delaware Technical Community College, Georgetown, DE. Ride 25, 50, 62 or 100 mi.

Sat. Sept. 19, Weavers Way's Urban Farm Ride, Philadelphia, PA. Start in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, and ride 12 or 18 mi to farms in Kensington, Fishtown and West Philly. All proceeds benefit Weavers Way Community Programs (WWCP), the non-profit arm of the co-op.

Sept. 19-20, Bike MS: Bike to the Bay, Dover, DE to Rehoboth Beach, DE. Ride 1 or 2 days, 17-175 mi total. Benefits the National MS Society.

Sept. 19-20, Bike MS: Country Challenge, Morristown-Whippany, NJ. Ride 1 or 2 days. Benefits the National MS Society.

Sun. Sept. 20, Bike the Basin, Northampton Civic Center Soccer Basin, Richboro, PA. This event is for children: Ages 1-14 participate in age-group rides around the 1/2-mi track; ages 14-18 ride Trek the Tyler, a guided a guided 3- or 6-mi ride through Tyler State Park. Benefits the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation.

Sun. Sept. 20, 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. 20, Century for the Cure, Camp Riverbend, Warren, NJ. Ride 40, 62 or 100 mi. $100 registration includes choice of rider jersey or event t-shirt and cycling socks; $500 fundraising minimum. Benefits the Cancer Institute of NJ.

Sun. Sept. 20, 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. 20, 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. 20, Forman Mills Tour de Shuls, Dresher, PA. Ride 3, 20 or 45 mi. Benefits Camp Ramah in the Poconos and Ramah Day Camp.

Sun. Sept. 20, Gap Gallop, DeSales University, Center Valley, PA. Ride 33, 50, 70, 83 or 103 mi on rolling-to-hilly terrain. Challenge yourself on an optional climb up Fiddlers Elbow. Pre-registration only. Lehigh Wheelmen Association

Sun. 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.

Sun. Sept. 20, Three Creek Century, Newville, PA. New start location for 2015! Ride 25, 50, 75 or 100 mi on lightly traveled roads along and over the Conodoguinet, Yellow Breeches and Big Spring creeks. Or ride 18 mi on the unpaved Cumberland Valley Rail Trail. Harrisburg Bicycle Club

Sun. Sept. 20, 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.

Sun. Sept. 20, W. H. McIntyre Century Ride, West Chester, PA. 30, 50 or 100 mi.

Sept. 22-27 or 23-27, Fall Tour Ride to Cape May. Harrisburg, PA, to Cape May, NJ, one-way. Ride 225 mi in three or four days. Riders are grouped into groups of 6 riders called "6-packs", which are lead by an experienced leader. Includes hotel accommodations. Harrisburg Bicycle Club

Sept. 25-27, 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 26, Fall Fest Ride, Wyebrook Farm, Honey Brook, PA. Ride 10, 30, or 62 mi. The same routes are offered on May 16 and July 19.

Sat. Sept. 26, Shoo-Fly Classic, Oley, PA. Ride 20, 40 or 60 mi through the beautiful, hilly Oley Valley. Lasagna and shoo-fly pie at the finish. Berks County Bicycle Club

Sun. Sept. 27, Cycle 4 Awareness, Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island, NJ. Ride 18 or 36 mi.

Sun. Sept. 27, 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. 27, Tour de Yonkers, Yonkers, NY. Ride 12, 25 or 50 mi. Yonkers Bike Club

Sun. Sept. 27, Tour du Port, Canton Waterfront Park, Baltimore, MD. Benefits Bike Maryland.

Wed.-Sun. Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 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, 40-55 miles per day on flat terrain. Ride 1-5 days. The Tour de Pines committee expects to have the ride locations posted by May. This unusual event has a ride leader, but no road markings or SAG - read the F.A.Q. Bring or buy your own food. The ride leader will average 11-13 mph, but faster groups will go off the front and follow the cue sheet. Benefits the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

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October 2015

Wed.-Sun. Sept. 30-Oct. 4, Tour de Pines, various start locations in the Pinelands National Reserve, NJ. See details in the September listing, above.

Sat. Oct. 3, Adamstown Dirty Dozen Hill Climb, Adamstown, PA. This event is 48 miles, with 12 hills, 6200-ft of climbing. Support: mobile water fills for riders at top of each climb. The organizers say, "This is the hardest event you will ever ride".

Sun. Oct. 3, 2015, Sea Gull Century, Salisbury, MD. Ride 62 mi or choice of two different 100-mi routes, all on flat terrain. 8,000+ riders.

Oct. 3-4, Bike MS: City to Shore. Cherry Hill, Hammonton or Mays Landing to Ocean City, NJ. Ride 1 or 2 days, 25-175 mi total. 7,000 riders. Benefits the National MS Society. (As of November 19, 2014, the 2015 ride dates have changed. Originally scheduled for Sept. 26-27, the ride will now be held on Oct. 3-4, 2015.)

Sun. Oct. 4, 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. 4, Bike4Bikes Ride, Fairfield County, CT. Benefits Northeast Community Cycles.

Oct. 9-11, Tour de Pink® East Coast, Frazier, PA (Philadelphia suburb) to Ocean City, MD. Benefits the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), an organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sat. Oct. 10, Black Bear Century, Delaware Water Gap, PA. Choice of 7 routes, 32-107 mi, almost entirely within the boundaries of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and High Point State Park. Pre-registration only - no day-of. Neptune Spear Sports

Sat. Oct. 10, New Holland Bicycle Race, New Holland, PA. 50-mi ride.

Sat. Oct. 10, Savage Century, Newark, DE. Ride 40, 60, 75 or 100 mi on rolling-to-hilly terrain. The major climbs are on the 75- and 100-mi routes. White Clay Bicycle Club

Sun. Oct. 11, Bike for Bancroft, Rowan College at Burlington County (formerly Burlington County College), Mount Laurel, NJ. Ride 10, 25, 45 or 65 mi through scenic 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.

Sun. Oct. 11, Ride Ataxia Philadelphia, Blue Bell, PA. 5-50mi. Benefits the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).

Sat. Oct. 17, PD500 Bike Ride, Ludwig's Corner Horse Show, Glenmoore, PA. New start location for 2015! Ride 15, 40 or 62 mi over rolling-to-hilly terrain in scenic Chester County. Benefits Shake It Off, Inc. for Parkinson’s disease research, a non-profit organization.

Sat. Oct. 17, Ride for the Animals, Wall Twp, NJ. Off-Road ride on the Allaire State Park bike path. Ride up to 14 miles or turn around at any point. Benefits the Animal Protection League of New Jersey (APLNJ).

Sun. Oct. 18, Covered Bridges Ride, Erwinna, PA. Enjoy the fall foliage of Central and Upper Bucks County. Central Bucks Bicycle Club (CBBC)

Oct. 23-25, 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. 25, Oktoberfest Ride, Collegeville, PA. Ride 44 mi with 2,850 ft of climbing or 63 mi with 4,100 ft of climbing. Post-ride Oktoberfest Party at Appalachian Brewing Company. Kermesse Sport

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November 2015

Nov. 4-9, FestiVELO, Santee, SC. Mostly flat rides, 20-110 mi. Benefits Charleston Moves. (The start location is 620 miles from Horsham, PA.)

Nov. 7-8, Philly Bike Expo, PA Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA.

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The 2015 SCU Mileage Log is available now! 

Download the 2015 SCU Mileage 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 per month.

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Past Events

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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
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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.

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