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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. 

Event News

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.

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 for 2014! 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, Bike the Basin, Northampton Civic Center, Richboro PA. This event is only for kids. Kids age 1-14 participate in age-group rides around the 1/2-mile track. New for 2014: Trek the Tyler - a guided 3- or 6-mi ride for ages 14-18 through Tyler State Park.

Sun. Oct. 5, Ode to JoyRide, Philadelphia, PA. Ride 5, 10 or 25 mi, partially unpaved. Benefits the Waldorf School of Philadelphia.

Sun. Oct. 5, PD500 Bike Ride, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Malvern, PA. Ride 15, 40 or 62 mi over rolling-to-hilly terrain in scenic Chester County. Post-ride festivities include hot meal from Bertucci’s, meet & greet the Philadelphia Soul Cheerleaders and live Rock 'n' Roll music. Benefits Shake It Off, Inc. for Parkinson’s disease research, a non-profit organization.

Sat. Oct. 11, Black Bear Century, Delaware Water Gap, PA. Ride 32, 41, 47, 65, 88, 98 or 107 mi, almost entirely within the boundaries of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and High Point State Park. Registration closes 10/6/14 - no day-of-event registration. 

Sat. Oct. 11, Dream Ride York, York, PA. Ride 10, 20, 30 or 62 mi. No day-of-event registration.

Sat. Oct. 11, Fall VeloFest, Valley Preferred Cycling Center, Breinigsville, PA. Swap meet. 8:30am to 2:00pm.

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

Sat. Oct. 11, Savage Century, Newark, DE. Ride 40, 60, 75 or 100 mi on rolling-to-hilly terrain. The major hills are on the 75- and 100-mi routes. 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. Bicycling Magazine

Sun. Oct. 12, Bike for Bancroft, Burlington County College – Mount Laurel Campus, Mount Laurel, NJ. Ride 5, 25 or 50 mi through Burlington County. Benefits Bancroft, a leading provider of programs and supports for children and adults with autism, varied intellectual or developmental disabilities, and acquired brain injuries.

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. Cancelled for 2014! Ride 16, 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. Cancelled for 2014! 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. Ride 6, 15, 30 or 64 mi; also, 1-mi walk, fitness fair, festival. Benefits the Save-A-Limb Fund, a program of Sinai Hospital.

Sat. Oct. 18, Talbot Interfaith Shelter Century, St. Michaels, MD. New start location for 2014! Ride 10, 32, 62 or 100 mi on flat terrain. 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)

Sat. Oct. 25, Between the Waters Bike Tour, Onancock, VA. 25, 40, 60 or 100 mi on flat terrain. Benefits Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore (CBES). CBES is dedicated to promoting balanced growth while enhancing our quality of life and preserving our natural resources.

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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.

Sun. Nov. 9, Cranksgiving Bucks County, CB West High School, Doylestown, PA. This is a 26-mi food-drive ride where participants will stop at 3 grocery stores along the route and pick up non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Doylestown Food Pantry. Free registration! Organized by SCU sponsor Doylestown Bike Works.

Sat. Nov. 22, Cranksgiving NYC, New York, NY. Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. Part bike ride, part food drive, part scavenger hunt, it has been held annually in New York City since 1999. Food is collected at grocery store "checkpoints" and then after being collected at the end of the event, will be donated. Bring a a bike lock and a bag (or basket, rack or cargo bike) to carry the food.

Sun. Nov. 22, Cranksgiving Philly, Penn Treaty Park, Philadelphia, PA. 12:00 noon start. Cranksgiving is a charity bike ride that began in 1999, organized by New York City bike messengers. Food is collected at grocery store "checkpoints" and will be donated to Philabundance at the end of the ride. There is no set course, and you can ride at your own pace. Bring a a bike lock and a bag (or basket, rack or cargo bike) to carry the food.

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What are bicycle events?

Maps and driving directions

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 

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 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 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.) 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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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
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 10/23/2014

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