Welcome to the 2014 Cycle Bucks County ride.
This year there are four rides to choose from to satisfy the needs of any rider. The courses have been redesigned this year based on input from riders who participated in last year’s ride. Besides changing the routes, we have added some other features to augment the enjoyment of the Bucks County scenery. Participants should be delighted with these additions and we are going to keep them as a pleasant surprise for the riders at the event. 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. Please be sure to check out the videos we’ve posted at the bottom of this page.
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 (9.6 miles–49 feet elevation) – 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. We will take a ride to Canal Park and enter the tow path for a pleasant ride upriver to the DCNR Park across from Hendrick Island. Parents will have the opportunity to explain how the Delaware Canal played an important part in the development of the area. Relax and enjoy the view at the rest stop and then return to the high school. Be prepared to take photos to send to friends and to remember the day.
There are three options to choose from for the road riders. All three routes will share the first 12 miles and then split off to accomplish the chosen distances. On the return all groups will meet and share the same roads returning to New Hope for 8 miles. All three of the following rides will depart from the high school at 8:00am.
Bronze Route — 25 Miles (27.8 miles–2028 feet elevation) - start time 8:00am Map
This ride is intended to be the entry-level ride for those who want to get a taste of Bucks County. It departs on the same roads as the other routes and meanders through the Point Pleasant area and then returns. This ride will have the least amount of climbing or ascent and should be a pleasant experience.
Silver Route — 50 Miles (52.7 miles–4207 feet elevation) – start time 8:00am Map
Intended to be more challenging. You will go up north and pass along the South side of Lake Nockamixon, through Ottsville, pass through two covered bridges and eventually meet up with the other riders in Point Pleasant. Road bikes recommended.
Gold Route — 60 Miles (66.5 miles–4909 feet elevation, Metric Century) – start time 8:00am Map
This route has been increased in distance to cover at least a METRIC CENTURY – requested by many of last years participants. The most challenging of our offerings this route will take the riders along the North side of Lake Nockamixon, through two covered bridges to the rendezvous with other riders in Point Pleasant. 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.