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Bicycling Rides and Tours

Pittsburgh Region

Arranged by date

  • bike MS: Escape to the Lake
    Early June. A one-way bike tour which runs for two-days over 150-miles of scenic back roads from Pittsburgh to Lake Erie. The tour is geared for riders of all ages and abilities. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny District Chapter.

  • Tour De Cure: Harmony PA
    June. The Tour de Cure benefits the American Diabetes Association. This is the national site with information on the Harmony Tour. Start/Finish Senaca Valley High School with distances for all abilities.
  • Rail-to-Trails Conservancy's Greenway Sojourn
    June 23-27, 2013: A supported bicycle tour of 250 riders along the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Md., for the 11th annual Greenway Sojourn bicycle tour.
  • Keystone Country Ride
    July: Altoona, Pennsylvania
    A one-way bike tour which runs for two-days over 150-miles of scenic back roads. The tour is geared for riders of all ages and abilities. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny District Chapter.
  • Mon Valley Century Bicycle Run
    August: 30, 50, 70, 100 mile rides that starts & ends in Elizabeth, PA. Sponsored by Monessen Amateur Radio Club (MARC)
  • Pedal Pittsburgh
    August: A fun, educational bicycle tour of the neighborhoods and design landmarks that make Pittsburgh unique. There are 15, 25, 35, 50, and 60 mile courses for all types of riders. Beginning 2012 in August and sponsored by Bike Pgh.
  • That Dam Ride
    September: An overnight bicycle ride from Boston, PA or Connellsville to Confluence with camping included at the Youghiogheny River Dam Corps of Engineers Campground. (Don't want to camp? Check the B&B and other options.) The Ride follows the packed limestone Youghiogheny River Trail which is part of the Great Allegheny Passage, the Cumberland to Pittsburgh Trail. Travel at your own pace adjacent to the beautiful river valley, through small towns, historic sites and stretches of unpopulated wooded areas.
 

Pennsylvania

  • Altoona Railbender and Fun Ride
    Two rides replacing the Tour de 'Toona. The Railbender is a Gran-Fondo style ride with a 43 mile fully-supported course. The Altoona Fun Ride is a 14 mile recreational ride for those looking to get out on traffic-free roadways in the Juniata Valley.
  • BikeRide: Pennsylvania
    BikeRide.com lists bicycling events for the entire U.S. and Canada. Here are the listings for Pennsylvania.
 

Nearby States

These are annual tours that would be a good, active vacation and a way to see the state and meet its people.

  • Bike New York
    Offers annual rides inside and outside New York City, like the Five Boro Bike Tour, a 40 mile, car-free ride for 32,000 cyclists through all five boroughs in May.
  • Bike Virginia
    An annual 6-day ride through Virginia in June.
  • Cycling the Erie Canal
    An annual eight-day, 400-mile bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany along the historic and scenic Erie Canal in July. Organized by the New York Parks & Conservation Association.
  • Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA)
    Enjoy 8 days filled with cycling, festivities, food, and history made fun in a family-oriented environment in the middle of June with a weeklong bicycle tour of Ohio.
  • Ohio Cycling
    Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar
 

United States - Directories

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Selected Books

Dais, Dawn
The Noncyclist's Guide to the Century and Other Road Races: Get on Your Butt and into Gear
Dais covers everything that newbie racers need to know: selecting the race that’s best for you, choosing a bike that offers both performance and comfort, creating a training schedule (and sticking to it), getting to know the cycling community and actually participating in the big event.
 
Donaldson, Doug
Bicycling Magazine's Guide to Bike Touring: Everything You Need to Know to Travel Anywhere on a Bike
Imagine a bike trip through California wine country, a nature tour of Vermont in autumn, mountain biking the north rim of the Grand Canyon, climbing Mont Ventoux during the Tour de France! This book will help you plan and prepare for that bike tour vacation.
 
Doughty, Simon
The Long Distance Cyclists' Handbook
The Long Distance Cyclists' Handbook details all of the preparation and equipment needed to successfully complete a 30-mile charity ride or the 3,000-mile Race Across America.
 
Lovett, Richard A.
The Essential Touring Cyclist: A Complete Guide for the Bicycle Traveler
With the latest on bikes, gear, and training techniques and new sections on short tours, and touring abroad, this new edition of The Essential Touring Cyclist will appeal to beginning and intermediate cyclists.
 
Magnuson, Mike
Heft on Wheels: A Field Guide to Doing a 180
GV1051.M37 A3 2004
In the space of 3 months, Magnusun took up cycling and lost seventy-five pounds, quit smoking, stopped drinking, and morphed from the big guy at the back of the pack into a lean, mean cycling machine, competing in some of the most difficult one-day racing events.
 
Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell
Paris-Roubaix, aka "The Hell of the North," is a bicycle race that has been held every April since 1896 and that follows a muddy and often cobblestoned 270-kilometer course between the suburbs of Paris and the northern industrial city of Roubaix.
 
Peveler, Will
The Complete Book of Road Cycling & Racing
Peveler is an exercise physiologist who has coached at the university level and ridden competitively since 1994. He tells you how to prepare for races of all types and train efficiently and stay in peak condition year-round.
 
The Spring Classics: Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races
In Europe in spring there are a number of 1-day bicycle races that are particularly difficult because of the muddy and cold conditions. Philippe Bouvet covers the Milan-San Remo, Ghent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallone, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège races.
 
Stuhaug, Dennis O.
Basic Essentials. Bicycle Touring
GV1044.S78 2007x
This Falcon Guide will help you plan a trip with the right level of challenge, select the appropriate gear and provisions for your trip, get your bike ready and equipped, plan a route, and find the best places to stay.
 

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