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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

Bike MS: City to Shore scheduled for Oct. 3-4 has been cancelled!
The Sea Gull Century has been cancelled for 2015!
The River Towns Ride & Festival has been rescheduled to Oct. 31.
Thank you for riding the SCU Quad County Metric on Saturday May 9! Ride photos are available from Bluestem LightSee the 2015 slide show!
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.) 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.

October 2015

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. Shorter loops (22-27 mi) available on Oct. 2nd and Oct. 4th. Ride 1-5 days. 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.

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".

Sat. Oct. 3, Fall VeloFest, Valley Preferred Cycling Center, Breinigsville, PA. Swap meet. 8:30am to 2:00pm.

Sat. Oct. 3, River Towns Ride & Festival, New Castle and Delaware City, DE. Rescheduled to Oct. 31! The two towns are 10 miles apart and connected by the bike-friendly corridor of Route 9. Riders will cycle between the two towns; 11:30am-5:00pm. Activities at both locations include live music, rides, attractions, games, tours, vendors, food and drink. The River Towns Time Trial is scheduled at 9:30am.

Sun. Oct. 3, Sea Gull Century, Salisbury, MD. Cancelled! 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. Cancelled! NJ Governor Chris Christie has signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency, forcing the cancellation of the 2015 Bike MS: City to Shore Ride. 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.

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, Pedal4Cam, Exton, PA. Ride 1-10, 12, 20 or 50 mi. Benefits the Cure4Cam Childhood Cancer Foundation.

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).

Sat. Oct. 17, Sweet Cider Ride, Hegins, PA. Ride 10 or 28 mi. Benefits the AT Children's Project.

Sun. Oct. 18, Covered Bridges Ride, 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. 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

Sun. Oct. 25, Tour de Bronx, New York, NY. Ride 25 or 40-mi with 6,000 cyclists for the largest free cycling event in New York State. Transportation Alternatives

Sat. Oct. 31, River Towns Ride & Festival, New Castle and Delaware City, DE. Rescheduled from Oct. 3! The two towns are 10 miles apart and connected by the bike-friendly corridor of Route 9. Riders will cycle between the two towns; 11:30am-5:00pm. Activities at both locations include live music, rides, attractions, games, tours, vendors, food and drink. The River Towns Time Trial is scheduled at 9:30am.

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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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What are bicycle events?

Maps and driving directions

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

Past Events of 2015 

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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 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 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)

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.

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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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Event Calendar Contact Information

Please send event notices, comments, and corrections to:

Jack Elias
Assistant Webmaster
Suburban Cyclists Unlimited (SCU)

Manually type the above address into your e-mail message, or use this link if you have JavaScript enabled on your web browser:

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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This page was updated by Jack Elias on 10/07/2015

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