Route maps for the 2013 Cycle Bucks County.
This year we have designed new routes to offer enjoyable rides for all levels of cyclists. Join us for great day of healthy exercise in beautiful Bucks County and select the ride that best suits your ability. Have fun and thanks for supporting us.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
All routes start and finish at the New Hope Solebury High School, 180 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA
Welcome to the 2013 Cycle Bucks County ride. Participants will have options for cyclists ranging from novices or beginners to well-trained and experienced riders. The courses offered will have various distances and/or different degrees of challenge. The descriptions below will give participants an idea of what to expect and which ride they should choose. Before we begin the course description we should mention that safety is our primary concern and that 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. We recognize the tremendous role in the history of our nation that Bucks County played and we will get the chance to see some of the countryside and structures that are the same as they were during the Revolution. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the scenery and take pictures for memories that will endure for years to come. The ride cue sheets will be posted shortly. Maps can be viewed by clicking on the “Map” link in each route heading below.
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 south side of New Hope on standard roads and then enter the towpath. The ride will go south on the towpath and return. On this ride we will pass by the Washington Crossing Revolutionary Cemetery (visit here more info), which is only accessible by the towpath. A short visit will prove to be educational and by doing a little bit of research parents will amaze their children about their knowledge of the cemetery and how a nearby house was used as a hospital during the revolution for General Washington’s troops.
The course is flat and easy and will be enjoyed by everyone.
There are three options to choose from for the road riders. All will depart from the high school and use the same roads to Carversville where all routes ascend Wismer Hill passing the pagoda. Beyond that point the rides split and take separate routes and rejoin later at the rest stop in Tohickon Valley for the return.
Bronze Route — 25 Miles (26.7 miles–2237 feet elevation) - start time 9:00am Map
Once the riders depart from the others, there will be two covered bridges, horse farms and beautiful creeks to enjoy. This ride is best enjoyed using a road bike with high and low gears to ascend and descend the rolling hills of Bucks County. 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.