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Bruce's 2003 Cycling Event Prefs

Copied from Suburban Cyclists Unlimited calendar.

May 2003

May 1-3: New York City Bicycle Show, New York State Armory, 26th St. and Lexington Avenue, New York, NY. Download coupon (PDF). info@nycbicycleshow.com (Updated on 3/3/03)

Sat. May 3: Farmlands Flat Tour, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ. 18, 25, 38, 50, 62, 100 miles. Pre-registration $20 by 4/19, T-shirt $5, lunch $6; T-shirt and lunch must be ordered with pre-registration. $25 day of event, no lunch or T-shirt. Central Jersey Bicycle Club, Howie Glick, 3 Tracy Drive, Fords, NJ 08863; phone 732-225-HUBS. CJBC@comcast.net Download brochure (PDF). (Updated on 3/3/03)

Sat. May 10: Pinelands Triple Loop, Batsto State Park, Washington Township, Burlington County, NJ (near Hammonton). A flat and scenic ride through southern New Jersey Pinelands on three separate loops of 36, 29 and 35 miles. Ride 1, 2, or all 3 loops for 29, 65, or 100 miles. Each loop starts and ends at Batsto State Park where lunch is provided. $15; pre-register by 4/26 to receive a free T-shirt. Shore Cycle Club, P.O. Box 492, Northfield, NJ 08225-0492. (Updated on 3/9/03)

Sat. May 17: BikEric, Florence, NJ. 10, 20, 30, or 50 mile rides. Fifth annual benefit ride for Eric Potts, paralyzed by a lacrosse injury. New start location for 2003: Bung's Tavern, Route 130. $30 until 5/10, $35 after. Donna & Tom Waltz, 135 River Bank Drive, Roebling, NJ 08554; phone 609-499-3857. (Listed on 3/20/03)

Sat. May 17: Shorebird Metric Century, Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, Salisbury, MD. 15, 35, or 65 miles. The metric route is a figure-eight using the restored historical village of Furnace Town for two rest stops. $30 by 5/3, $35 after, includes T-shirt, lunch, and a free ticket to a Shorebirds Baseball game (ticket good for any regular season game). Download brochure (PDF 157 kB). American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163. Salisbury, MD 21803-0163; phone 1-800-937-9696 or 410-749-1624. Ron Nelson (Updated on 3/9/03)

Sat. May 31: Spirit of Women Ride for Cancer, Trexlertown, PA. 5, 15, or 30 miles on flat to rolling terrain starting at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome. Men and women of all fitness levels are invited to ride. This event benefits women's cancer programs at Lehigh Valley Hospital and the Nicole Reinhart Foundation. All participants receive Two free tickets to the Nicole Reinhart Women’s Cycling Classic race on Friday, June 6. $30 by 5/12 includes free T-shirt. $35 after 5/12. Gwen Hoover, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Public Affairs, 1770 Bathgate Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18017; phone 610-402-CARE, fax 610-285-2473. Download brochure (PDF). (Updated on 3/3/03)

June 2003

Thu. June 5: Wachovia (First Union) Classic, Trenton, NJ. This professional race is a spectator and volunteer event. See Volunteer Information or download volunteer application (PDF). (Updated on 3/13/03)

Sat. June 7: Get Ready Metric, Pennsville, NJ. 32 or 64 miles. Enjoy easy pedaling through flat to slightly rolling terrain of the farm country of southern New Jersey. Start out from historic Fort Mott by the Delaware River and ride the first 32-mile loop. Then enjoy lunch by the Riverview Pavilion and call it a day, or continue on to the second 32-mile loop. $14 pre-registration until 5/31; $17 day of. South Jersey Wheelmen, P.O. Box 2705, Vineland, NJ 08362-2705; 609-848-6123.

Sat. June 7: Pedal for a Purpose, New Freedom, PA. Ride the North Central Rail Trail north or south for whatever distance is comfortable. Or, for a scenic tour of Southern York County, ride one or both road loops of 25 and 38 miles. Benefits the Huntington's Disease Society of America.

Sun. June 8: Wachovia (First Union) USPRO Championship and Liberty Classic races, Philadelphia, PA.
These professional races are spectator and volunteer events. See Volunteer Information or download volunteer application (PDF). The 2003 dates were obtained from the UCI calendar (Union Cycliste Internationale - International Cycling Union) in Switzerland.
NOTE: Dates on the UCI calendar are in European format "Day/Month/Year", so 08/06/03 on the UCI calendar is June 8, 2003. (Updated on 3/13/03)

Sat. June 14: Flatlands Tour, Bohemia Manor High School, Chesapeake City, MD. 31, 54, 63, 77, 87, or 106 miles on flat terrain. A very scenic ride through the marshes and farmlands in Maryland and Delaware just South of the C&D Canal. This is a "no frills ride", includes cue sheet and map but no SAG support. Baltimore Bicycling Club, Dave Coder, 410-788-4450.  Read a ride report. (Updated on 1/26/03)

Sat. June 14: Ride for Autism, Brookdale College, Lincroft, NJ. 7, 13, 25, 35, 50, 62 or 100 mile routes through scenic central New Jersey. $40, free T-shirt for pre-registration by 5/13, includes breakfast and lunch. Registration is limited. $50 registration on the day of the event is subject to availability. No additional pledges required. Proceeds benefit the NJ Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC). Andy Abere, 522 Highway 9, #189, Manalapan, NJ 07726; phone 732-521-2722. (Listed on 2/16/03)

Sat. June 14: The Veloce, Trexlertown, PA. Details of the Veloce may be changed from that of previous years when it was a free century with no support. Check the LWA website for updates. Lehigh Wheelmen Association, P.O. Box 356, Bethlehem, PA 18016; Karen Winkler, phone 610-439-3992. (Updated on 2/11/03)

Sun. June 15: Freedom Valley Bike Ride. Three start locations: Philadelphia, Rosemont, or Phoenixville, PA. 9, 16, 32, 64, or 72 miles. $20 by 3/31. After 3/31, pre-registration is $30 for non-members and $25 for Bicycle Coalition members. Day-of-event registration is $35. Bicycle Coalition of the Delaware Valley, 252 S. 11th St., First Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-6735; phone 215-898-4937, fax 215-829-0426. (Updated on 3/24/03)

Sat. June 21: ALS Express, Fifth annual ride to benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) awareness and research. New for 2003: 45-mile route and optional return transportation. There are three ride options: 20-mile one-way ride starting in Dennis Township, NJ; 45-mile one-way ride starting in Vineland, NJ; or 70-mile one-way ride starting in Blackwood, NJ. Each ride ends at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, NJ. Pre-registration includes two free unlimited-access passes to all Morey-owned amusements and water parks on June 21. Return transportation is available for $15, pre-paid reservation only. Team ALS, P.O. Box 84, Bellmawr, NJ 08099-0084; phone 215-643-5434. (Updated on 4/6/03)

Sat. June 21: SteepleChase Bike Ride, St. John Lutheran Church, Center Square, PA. Four routes, 16-100 miles. More details to follow. No web site, call 610-825-9360 ext. 212 to request a brochure. (Listed on 3/24/03)

New Event! Sat. June 21: Summer Fest Bike Tour, Clayton, DE. 16, 31, or 62 miles on mostly flat terrain with some rolling hills. All-day music festival and food after the ride. Benefits St. Joseph's at Providence Creek, an historic site that is home to educational and community service projects. $25 until 6/15, $30 after. Ray Parker, St. Joseph's at Providence Creek, P.O. Box 919, Clayton, DE 19938; 302-674-3213. (Updated on 3/19/03)

Sun. June 29: Bay to Bay Ride, Betterton Beach, MD. 27, 50, 78, 86 or 104 miles on flat to gently rolling terrain. $20 by 6/1, $25 after. T-shirt $10 additional. Free coffee mug for the first 350 riders. Benefits the Chestertown Lion's Club. Bay to Bay Ride, c/o Jim Gent, 7 Cedar Chase Ct, Chestertown, MD 21620-1665; phone 410-778-4881. No web site, but register on line at http://www.active.com/ (Updated on 3/15/03)

July 2003

July 5-27: Tour de France - official English-language site. (Listed on 1/6/03)

Sun. July 6: Delaware Double Cross, Middletown High School, Middletown, DE; 31 or 62 miles. Many cross-state bicycle rides are measured in hundreds of miles and many days. The White Clay Bicycle Club offers a chance to cross and "double cross" an entire state in only 31 total miles over flat terrain. In addition to the traditional route, there is a second 31-mile loop that heads south of Middletown to Clayton for a total of 62 miles. $12 pre-registration, $18 day-of event; children under 12 free with paid adult. White Clay Bicycle Club, c/o Pieter Jongebreur, 39 Hunting Ridge Rd, Newark, DE 19702; 302-738-1299.

Sat. July 19: No Baloney Classic, Lebanon, PA. Enjoy the Lebanon Valley's scenic backroads and historic villages. Deb Kreider, 105 S. Mill St., Cleona, PA 17042; 717-228-0244. No web site. BiciDeb@paonline.com

Sat. July 26: Irish Pub Tour de Shore bike tour, a 65-mile one-way bike tour from the Irish Pub in Philadelphia (20th & Walnut) to the Irish Pub in Atlantic City. There are rest stops every 15 miles with food and drinks and a post-party at the Irish Pub in Atlantic City. Minimum registration is $100. Registration is 6:30am - 7:30am, and the ride starts at 7:45am. Benefits the Variety Club charity helping children with disabilities. Variety Club of the Delaware Valley, 1520 Locust St. Suite 900, Philadelphia, PA 19102-4496; contact: Neely Tang, phone 215-735-0803 or 800-553-7806. (Listed on 3/30/03)

August 2003

New Event! Sat. Aug. 2: Route 113 Heritage Corridor River to River Bicycle Tour. Two start locations: Schuylkill Canal Recreation Area, Mont Clare, PA, or Tinicum Park, Erwinna, PA. 40 miles each way, ride one way and take a bus back to your start location or ride round trip. Proceeds benefit the Rt. 113 Heritage Corridor Partnership. $30. Pedal Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 385, Harleysville, PA 19438; phone 215-513-9577, fax 215-513-7552. (Listed on 2/12/03)

Sat. Aug. 2: Princeton Event, West Windsor, NJ. New start location for 2003: Mercer County Community College, Route 535 (Edinburg Rd). Choice of 7 routes: 50, 65, or 100 miles flat; 16, 25, or 35 miles rolling; or 62 miles hilly. One of the biggest one-day rides in NJ with 1,800 riders in 2000. $25 pre-registration, postmarked by 7/18 to receive a free T-shirt. $25 after 7/18, but no shirt. Registration fee includes lunch after the ride. Princeton Free Wheelers, Inc., P.O. Box 1204, Princeton, NJ 08542-1204; 609-882-4PFW (4739). Download brochure (PDF). (Listed on 2/26/03)

Sat. Aug. 9: Bridgeton Zoo Ride, Schalick High School, Centerton, NJ; 25, 50, or 100 miles, 8:00am start. The route is mostly on rural roads in Salem County, with flat to slightly rolling terrain. The 25-mile loop and first 50-mile loop have a rest stop at the Bridgeton City Zoo, and both loops follow the same route back to the high school. A second 50-mile loop is offered for century riders. Lunch is available from a deli near the high school and a discount coupon is part of the ride package. $14 pre-registration until 8/1; $17 day of. South Jersey Wheelmen, P.O. Box 2705, Vineland, NJ 08362-2705.

Sat. Aug. 9: Dog Daze Century, West Chester, PA. Brandywine Bicycle Club, Ann Marie Sullivan, 610-644-3792.(Listed on 2/18/03)

Sun. Aug. 17: Covered Bridge Metric Century, Lancaster, PA; 15, 31, or 62 miles. The terrain is rolling with a few small hills, and the rewards are stunning vistas of the richest farmland in America. Seven covered bridges and a lunch stop on the 62-mile ride. Shorter routes get lunch at the end. 2,585 riders in 2002. Winner of LAB 2001 "Best Biking in America!" awards for Best Country Tour and Most Scenic ride. $10 by 7/15, $20 after. $15 for T-shirt, only available with pre-registration by 7/15. Lancaster Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 535, Lancaster, PA 17608-0535. (Updated on 3/26/03)

Sat. Aug. 23: Shore Fire Century, Middletown High School, Middletown, DE; 35, 65, or 100 miles. Ride on beautiful flat to gently rolling routes from Middletown DE to points west of Dover, including Maryland's eastern shore. Four rest stops on the century route. $15 pre-registration. $20 day of event, but no shirt. Fee includes lunch stop and event souvenir. White Clay Bicycle Club, Jim Montgomery, 302-731-5371. Download brochure (PDF). (Updated on 3/22/03)

Sun. Aug. 31: Brandywine Tour, Chadds Ford, PA. 28, 50, 65, or 100 miles. Delaware Valley Bicycle Club. (Updated on 2/5/03)

September 2003

Sat. Sept. 6: Amish Country Tour, Dover, DE. 15, 25, 50, 62, or 100-mile scenic flat routes. Mass start at 8:15am near Visitors Center, Federal St, Legislative Mall. Four food stops on the century; post-ride picnic and live music. Kent County Tourism Convention and Visitors Bureau, 435 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901; phone 1-800-233-KENT. kctc@visitdover.com (Updated on 1/26/03)

Sat. Sept. 13: Shoo-Fly Classic, Trexlertown, PA. Berks County Bicycle Club.

Sat. Sept. 20: Githens Center Bike-A-Thon, Lumberton, NJ. Start at the Florence L. Walther School. 10 and 25 mile rides and 1,3, and 5 mile walks begin at 10:00 am. 50 and 100 mile rides begin at 8:00 am. Registration fee is $35 for adults and $20 for children (waived if you raise $100 or more in pledges). Refreshments and lunch will be provided. T-shirts available for first 75 registrants. Githens Center (Burlington County Cerebral Palsy Association), 40 Cedar St, Mount Holly, NJ 08060; phone 609-261-1667, fax 609-261-1844. githenscp@aol.com

Sat. Sept. 20: Jersey Devil Century, Parvin State Park, Centerton, NJ; 25, 50, 75, 100, or 125 miles. Wander in and out of three southern New Jersey counties - Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem - where the terrain is flat to slightly rolling. After tackling the first 25- or 50-mile loops, the ride returns to the park for one of the best food stops of the summer. You may then continue on a new 50-mile loop or on either of the first two loops on which you have not already ridden. Ride all three loops for 125 miles. $14 pre-registration until 9/12; $17 day of. South Jersey Wheelmen, P.O. Box 2705, Vineland, NJ 08362-2705. (Listed on 1/20/03)

Sept. 20-21: MS150 City to Shore, Cherry Hill to Ocean City, NJ. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Registration fee + minimum pledge.

October 2003

Sat. Oct. 4: Belleplain Fall Century, Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine, Cape May County, NJ. Shore Cycle Club.

Sat. Oct. 4: Fall Bicycle Flea Market, Lehigh Valley Velodrome, Trexlertown, PA. $5.00, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Gretta 610-967-8033.(Listed on 2/6/03)

New Event! Sat. Oct. 11: KPA Bike the Pike, Greenville, DE. Race and recreational ride. (Listed on 4/17/03)

Sat. Oct. 11: Sea Gull Century, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. Join 6,000 riders on this major end-of-season event. Flat terrain, but Eastern Shore winds can be brutal. Pre-registration required; no day-of event registration. Salisbury University, Campus Box 3046, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801-6860; 410-548-2772.

Sun. Oct. 12: Covered Bridges Ride, Tinicum Park, Erwinna, PA; 20 or 30 miles on flat terrain, or 33, 50, or 63 miles on rolling to hilly terrain. Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage of Central and Upper Bucks County, and ride through up to 8 historic covered bridges. 2,000 riders participated in 2002. $20 pre-registration by 10/1 includes long-sleeve T-shirt. $25 after 10/1 but no t-shirt. Central Bucks Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 1648, Doylestown, PA 18901. Wayne Siefert, 215-504-2140. (Listed on 2/6/03)

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Links to Other Calendars

For additional event listings, the following on-line calendars are recommended:

BCP calendar

Bicycle Exchange Ride Previews (OH, PA, and WV)

Bicycling Magazine’s Event Finder

Bike Highway

Bicycle-Rides.com is a searchable database of bicycle events, shops, and clubs throughout the continental United States. When you use this calendar, set the "Not before" date to today's date in order to not display past events.

Bikeride.com

C-Quad Cycling's Ride Finder (DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, and VA)

League of American Bicyclists (L.A.B.): www.bikeleague.org/rideguide.htm and www.bikeleague.org/bestbiking/index.html 
Also, see the L.A.B. "Best Biking in America!" 2000 and 2001 winners.

Local Sport (bicycling, running, and multi-sport events)

The Good Cyclist - 1,000 charity rides in 37 countries.

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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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Disclaimer

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.

Unless stated otherwise, all events provide a cue sheet, marked route, and SAG support. There are no ride leaders for these events, and you ride at your own pace. 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: 31 miles = Half Metric Century (50 km), 62 miles = Metric Century (100 km).

Does not list other clubs' rides that conflict with the major SCU events (May 4, 2003 - Quad County Metric and Sept. 14, 2003 - Lake Nockamixon Century). Commercial tours are not listed other than from sponsors of SCU or at the discretion of the editor. Triathlons and amateur races are not listed on this web site.

(Source list prepared by Jack Elias, SCU Assistant Webmaster, 4/17/2003)