March 2011 - Spokes Magazine

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March 2011 - Spokes Magazine

JUNE 5 – RESTON TOUR DE CURE

The American Diabetes Association again hosts this

very popular (last year over 1,200 cyclists participated)

series of bike rides, ranging from a 12 mile family

fun ride, to more challenging 32 and 64 mile fitness

challenges, and a full century. Starting and finishing

at the Reston Town Center Pavilion the longer rides

head through scenic Northern Virginia countryside

including the W&OD Trail and western Loudoun

County. Register online at www.diabetes.org/tour or

call 1 (888) DIABETES.

JUNE 11-12 – AIR FORCE CYCLING CLASSIC

Registration for participation in the Air Force Cycling

Classic, now spread over an entire weekend has

opened. The Cycling Classic, positioned at the center

of the U.S. national road racing calendar and expected

to attract some of the nation’s top racers to its pro

events, will now allow more opportunities for cycling

enthusiasts of all abilities to participate. The weekend's

events in Arlington begin on Saturday with amateur

and professional criterium races in Clarendon.

On Sunday cycling enthusiasts of all abilities can challenge

themselves on the Air Force Cycling Classic's

circuit in Crystal City during the Crystal Ride, a noncompetitive

ride with an option to raise money for the

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Following this amateur

ride, the men's pro race will take place on the same

course. Registration for the amateur participatory ride

is now open through the event's website: www.usairforcecyclingclassic.com.

JUNE 11-12 – BIKE MS: BEYOND THE BELTWAY

Join 1000 participants from across the mid-Atlantic

region for the National MS Society, National Capital

Chapter’s annual Bike MS event in Middleburg, Va.

Choose from several mileage options along our challenging

new routes ranging from a 30-mile one day

ride to 150 miles over two days, and enjoy great food,

beverages, and live music at the finish line. Ride for

one day or two. For details, visit www.MSandYOU.org/

bike, or call (202) 296-5363, option 2.

JUNE 24-29 - BIKE VIRGINIA

Twenty four years ago, 117 men, women and children

embarked on an adventure crossing Virginia on bicycles.

They rode from Charlottesville to our nation's

colonial capital in Williamsburg, establishing what

has become the largest, multi-day, recreational bicycle

event in the Commonwealth. In 2011, Bike Virginia

will “roll through time” exploring the prehistoric

New River valley, which was a popular portion of the

legendary 1976 inaugural Bike 76 cross country tour.

Cyclists will need to be able to ride up to 50-60 miles

each day. For inquiries, call (757) 229.0507 or email

info@bikevirginia.org.

JUNE 25-JULY 2 – PENN CENTRAL

The Penn Central bicycle tour traverses the heartland

of Pennsylvania, characterized by lightly traveled

roads, small towns and villages with charm and

personality. Eat and sleep well at state universities and

colleges. Along the 475 mile trip the terrain is varied.

Ride leaders seek out river valleys and ridges that

present the most desired route across the state. The

Allegheny and Blue Mountains are for real. They're

part of the appeal. The Penn Central is for riders who

enjoy a challenge. Log onto www.pedalpa.com

for details.

AUGUST 12-14 – TOUR DE FREDERICK

Riders proclaimed it one of the best cycling weekends

of their season last year. Everything is first class from

the food to the riding. Explore Frederick County,

Maryland, as only the locals can show you. Ride the

legendary covered bridge route, tackle Sugarloaf if

you dare, see many of Frederick County’s finest sights

including wine tastings, a special evening at the local

minor league baseball set up just for us, and a gourmet

dinner at the local arts center. All proceeds go to

the Boys and Girls Club of Frederick County. Space is

limited on this second annual Spokes Magazine weekend.

Call 301-371-5309 or log onto www.tourdefrederick.com

for details.

SPIRITED SUNDAY ROAD RIDES

Join the folks of the Bicycle Place, just off Rock Creek

Park, every Sunday morning (beginning at 8:30

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JUNE 11-12– CHESAPEAKE CHALLENGE

Join the Maryland Chapter of the National MS

Society for a one or two day ride on Maryland's

Eastern Shore. Routes range from 30 -100 miles on

Saturday and 30 & 50 mile on Sunday. Overnight

at Chestertown, Md.’s Washington College campus.

Route is fully supported with rest stops, bike techs and

support vehicles. To Register or find out more, visit

www.marylandmsbikeride.org or call (443) 641-1200.

JUNE 12 – TOUR DEM PARKS HON!

The eighth annual Tour dem Parks, Hon! Bike Ride

begins at 8 a.m. at the Carriage House in Carroll

Park in southwest Baltimore. Choose from 12, 20, 30

mile rides and – new this year-- a metric century (60

miles). Routes wind through cool Baltimore neighborhoods

and parks. A barbecue with live music follows

the ride. Proceeds benefit bike and park groups in

the city. Register online at www.tourdemparks.org.

For more information, call Gary at (410) 396-4369 or

Anne at (410) 926-4195.

JUNE 18-25 – GREAT OHIO BICYCLE ADVENTURE

See Ohio while on two wheels with 2,999 of your closest

friends! GOBA, now in its 23rd year, is a week-long

bicycle-camping tour which visits a different part of

Ohio each year. Bicycling the daily 50-mile route at

a relaxing pace leaves plenty of time for sightseeing

and other tourist activities. This year’s GOBA begins

and ends in Kenton, travels to overnights in Marion,

Delaware, London, and Bellefontaine. Advance registration

is required. For registration materials and fees

visit www.goba.com or call (614) 273-0811 ext. 1.

pack your imagination

and hold on.

bike virginia tour

june 24-29, 2011

In 2011 the tour will visit the New River Valley. We will camp in two host towns and visit several others on the

tour. An area rich in history, geology, culture and scenery, the valley is home to portions of both the New River

(one of the oldest rivers in the world) and Bike Route 76 (stretches from Oregon to Virginia). The Wilderness

Road, Virginia’s heritage migration route, also passes through many of the communities we will visit!

Bike Raffle!

Win a custom painted Breezer

commuting bike painted in

2011 BVT colors!

Register at www.bikevirginia.org

Each adult registering for the full tour by 4/1/11

will receive a FREE Jersey!

Children under 18, Non Riders, and Day Riders

registered by 4/1/11 will receive a FREE T-Shirt!

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