2016 Calendar of Events
Copyright © 2000-2016 Suburban Cyclists
No images, text, graphics, or design may be reproduced without permission. All rights reserved.
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.
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.
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.
Sat. Oct. 1 Oct. 8, Love, Hope, Courage
Ride, West Chester, PA. Cancelled!
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.
Sun. Oct. 9, Ode to JoyRide, Philadelphia, PA. Ride 5, 10 or 25 mi, partially unpaved. Benefits the Waldorf School of Philadelphia.
Oct. 1 Oct. 15, Adamstown
Dirty Dozen Hill Climb, Adamstown, PA. Note
new date! 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. 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.
Oct. 1 Oct. 15, River Towns Ride & Festival,
Delaware City, DE. Note
new date! 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
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).
Sat. Oct. 22, Ride for the Animals, Wall, NJ. Ride the paved Allaire bike path up to 14 mi or walk and bring your dog. Dress up as an animal; win prizes for best costumes. Benefits the Animal Protection League of NJ.
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
Return to top
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. 9-13, 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.)
Return to top
Events and dates are subject to change!
Sun. Feb. 12, 2017, Stop, Swap and Save, Westminster, MD. Indoor swap meet; 9:00am-2:00pm.
Mon.-Thu. March 6-9, 2017, National Bike Summit, Washington, D.C. Bicycle-advocacy meetings. League of American Bicyclists
March 11-12, 2017, Endurance Sports Expo, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA. Claims to be the largest cycling, running and triathlon expo in the Country.
Sat. April 8, 2017, TSR Spring Classic, Easton, MD. Ride 25, 50 or 62 mi on flat terrain in Talbot County. Benefits Talbot Special Riders, an organization which provides equine therapy to youth and adults with developmental disorders.
April 28-30, 2017, Face of America. Choice of two routes: ride from Valley Forge to Gettysburg, 120-mi one-way, or ride the classic route from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, to Gettysburg, PA, 110-mi one-way. Ride with servicemen who have been severely injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sat. April 29, 2017, Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, Bethany Beach, DE. Ride 5, 30, 50 or 62 mi on flat terrain.
Fri.-Sat. May 5-6, 2017, Bike Expo New York, New York, NY. The two-day consumer show and packet pickup for the Five Boro Bike Tour. Free admission. Bike New York
Sat. May 6, 2017, Six Pillars Century, Cambridge, MD. Ride 37, 56 or 100 mi on flat terrain in the vicinity of the very scenic 27,000-acre Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Benefits Character Counts Mid-Shore.
Sun. May 7, 2017, TD Five Boro Bike Tour, Manhattan, New York, NY. 32,000 riders! Registration will open on 1/10/2017. Bike New York
Sun. June 11, 2017, ACS Bike-a-thon. Ride to Atlantic City, NJ, one-way, from Philadelphia, Cherry Hill or Hammonton; 31-100 mi. Start from Philly at 6:30am and ride across the Ben Franklin Bridge. Benefits the American Cancer Society.
June 24-25, 2017, Pennsylvania Hope Ride, Hershey, PA. New route for 2017. Ride 70 or 100 miles on day 1, 70 miles on day 2. Benefits the American Cancer Society
July 23-29, 2017, PA Perimeter Ride Against Cancer (PPRAC). This 6-day ride takes place every two years.
Sept. 23-24, 2017, Bike MS: City to Shore, Cherry Hill, NJ, to Ocean City, NJ. Multiple start locations; ride 1 or days, 25-180 mi total. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Oct. 7-8, 2017, Bike MS: Bike to the Bay, Dover, DE to Rehoboth Beach, DE. Multiple start locations; ride 1 or 2 days, 20-175 mi total. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Sat. Oct. 14, 2017, Sea Gull Century, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. Registration will open on May 15, 2017.
Return to top
What are bicycle events?
Maps and driving directions
The 2016 and 2017 SCU Mileage Logs are available now!
Logs for more information, or download the logs directly:
2016 SCU Mileage Log in PDF or XLS format
2017 SCU Mileage Log in PDF or XLS format
The XLS files are Microsoft Excel format and provide automatic summation and charting of data. The PDF files are for manual entry of mileage; i.e., print the file once and log the data with pen or pencil. PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader.
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.
Return to top
Return to top
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)
Return to top
Bicycling in Connecticut
Bicycling in Delaware
Bicycling in New Jersey
Return to top
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.
Return to top
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!
Return to top
This page was updated by Jack Elias on 10/23/2016
Copyright © 2000-2016 Suburban Cyclists Unlimited. Reproduction in whole or in part without the written permission of the author is prohibited.