Upcoming Organized Local Bike Rides | Columns
Organized rides are a great way to cycle to new places without the need to research and plan a route. You can leave the planning and logistics to someone else, all you have to do is register, pay and show up. It’s also a great way to support bike clubs and various charities.
Most organized hikes offer routes of varying length and difficulty, from short, flat family hikes to strenuous (100 mile) treks. Riders have the option of pre-registering, which often saves you a few bucks, or you can register on the day of the event. Your journey costs include rest stops filled with drinks and snacks, and lunch at the end point. Sometimes the fee also includes a t-shirt and assorted sponsor gifts. Routes are usually marked with arrows painted on the roads, and cue sheets are handed out to aid navigation. Many cyclists these days use a GPS or phone app to navigate, and ride organizers can provide GPS files to download before the ride.
One reassuring thing about organized rides is the availability of Service and Equipment Assistance (SAG). If you have a mechanical problem with your bike, or just can’t make it to the end point, you can call SAG Service and help will be on the way.
The season for organized rides kicks off in full swing in May, but there are a few early season rides for those who can’t wait to get started. Here are some rides that will take place within a short drive in Adams County.
For more details on these rides and how to register, simply do an internet search for the name of the ride:
Sunday, March 27, riding with Jim, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Travel 12, 30 or 64 miles. Benefits the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center at the Penn State Cancer Institute.
Saturday, May 7, Adams Apple Bike Ride, Gettysburg. Travel 15, 25, 50 or 100 miles through scenic Adams County.
Sunday 15 May, visit to the Hanover Cycler horse farm, Irishtown Fire Company, New Oxford. Ride 15, 25, or 35 miles in rural Adams County. All routes have an optional stop at a local horse farm.
Saturday, June 4, Rotary Ride for the Community, Lititz, Pennsylvania. Ride 10, 21, or 43 miles through Lancaster County farmland; combine two routes for one metric century. Benefits the Lancaster Sunrise Rotary.
Sunday, June 5, Belt Tower, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This is a 20 mile bike tour of the State Capital Region Greenbelt. Benefiting the Capital Area Greenbelt Association.
Saturday, June 18, Franklin County Cyclists Century, Chambersburg, PA. Travel 13, 28, 46, 65 or 100 miles. Monarch’s Way benefits (pre-registration only).
Saturday, June 18, Cycle the Solstice, York, Pennsylvania. Travel 30 or 62 miles. For the benefit of the Horn Farm Agricultural Education Centre.
Sunday, June 26, Pennsylvania Hope Ride, Our Town Brewery, Lancaster, PA. Go 15, 35, 65 or 100 miles. Benefits the American Cancer Society.
Saturday, August 13, Tour of Frederick, Frederick, Md. Ride 10, 31, 62 or 100 miles. Benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Frederick.
Sunday August 21, Covered Bridge Classic, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Travel 35 to 100 miles from seven starting points. Lancaster Bike Club.
Monday, September 5 (Labour Day), Labor Day Century, Irishtown Fire Company, New Oxford. Travel 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles through scenic Adams and York counties. Hannover cyclists.
HABPI will once again hold its “Ride For Trails” benefit race in late September or early October. Stay tuned for more details.
Hope to see you on one of these rides in 2022.
Dafna Reiner is a board member of HABPI and a cycling enthusiast. She has lived and worked in the Gettysburg community for over six years.