Welcome to the 2014 Cycle Bucks County ride.
This year we have updated our routes to offer even more enjoyable rides for all levels of cyclists. Join us for a great day of healthy exercise in beautiful Bucks County and select the ride that best suits your ability. All routes start and finish at the New Hope Solebury High School, 180 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA
Participants have four route options ranging from novices or beginners to well-trained and experienced riders. The courses offered have various distances and different degrees of challenge.
Safety is our primary concern. All riders should ride in a courteous and safe manner following the rules of the road which are dictated by Pennsylvania state motor vehicle laws. In addition, we require that all participants bring and wear helmets.
Rest stops will be set up along each route and riders can stop for beverages and snacks. SAG and mechanical support will be provided. The ride will be held rain or shine.
All of the rides are intended to take in the beautiful countryside that is unique to Bucks County. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the scenery and take pictures for memories that will endure for years to come.
Maps can be viewed by clicking on the “Map” link in each route heading below. Cue sheets will be available day of ride.
Family Ride– 10 Miles (start time 9:00 AM) Map
Designed for family participation and suitable for all ages (recommended seven and up) on any type of bicycle: road bike, mountain bike, fat tire bike, basically anything with two wheels. The ride will the depart from the high school and go to the north side of New Hope on standard roads and then enter the towpath, which is unpaved. The ride will go north on the towpath up past Center Bridge to the rest stop area and return. The course is flat and easy and will be enjoyed by everyone. Volunteers will be positioned at the towpath entrance to assist with bicycles.
There are three options to choose from for the road riders. All will depart from the high school and use similar roads up to the Carversville area. Beyond that point the rides split and take separate routes.
Bronze Route — 25 Miles (26.7 miles–2237 feet elevation) - start time 9:00am Map
This ride is “under construction” and is being revised to lessen the climbing elevations that were experienced in the 2013 ride. It will be still be a challenge, but a bit more enjoyable for most cycling enthusiasts. Check out this video for some footage from this route.
Silver Route — 50 Miles (46 miles–3775 feet elevation) – start time 8:00am Map
More challenging and moderately longer, the Silver Route goes up to the south side of Lake Nockamixon through Ottsville, passes the glider airport and winds its way back to Tohickon Valley where it meets up with the other routes, goes through a covered bridge and returns to New Hope. Road bikes recommended.
Gold Route — 60 Miles (60.7 miles–4613 feet elevation) – start time 8:00am Map
This is our most challenging offering. The riders will work their way to the North side of Lake Nockamixon and ride the route that is used for the Steel Man competition. A rest stop on the lake will provide refreshment; then riders will work their way back passing the glider airport and meeting up with the other riders at Tohickon Valley. This is a truly challenging course suitable for the expert or “pro-wannabe” riders and carry the right to brag about how great a cyclist they are. Road bikes recommended.
All participants are strongly encouraged to view the maps and elevation data for the courses that they select so that they can be adequately prepared for the ride. Cue sheets will be provided and the roads will be marked.
All Pennsylvania laws must be obeyed as pertaining to bicycles on public roads, including stopping at STOP signs AND HELMETS MUST BE WORN in order to participate in this event.
All bikes should be checked professionally prior to the event to assure that everything is in good working order and that brakes, cables, and all fastening devices are securely in place and in good working order. A local bike shop will have a mechanic at the start for assistance in any last minute adjustments you might need on your bike.