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Lets face it the best part of riding is riding with friends. The next best thing about riding is riding with friends in new places. We strive to help you find great places to ride. Below is a review of organized rides one of our customers did for 2013. If you need help in finding our selecting rides please let us know, we would love to help. We also welcome your feedback.

Note – The opinions expressed below are that of the writer and have not been edited or modified by us.

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My review of organized bike events for 2013

For the bike season of 2013, I had a tremendous opportunity to experience a large number of organized bicycle events. Here is my review of those event.

Let’s start with my favorites:

Seagull Century, October 5- Salisbury, MD: the Super Bowl of Chesapeake region riding. 100 miles for me. Very well organized, over 7,000 participants, 25 years, so they know what they are doing. Typical bike ride food with a pie and ice cream stop on the last stop. Terrain is very flat but usually it is windy. Very Scenic, but I did the Snow Hill route, not Assateague. Routes of 62 and 100 miles are available. Also most stops have live music. Fee around $60. 5th year I have done this one.

Ride for Hunger, Calvert County April 27- Huntingtown, MD: 62 miles to raise money to fight hunger in Calvert County. Extremely well run, top quality food throughout, participants around 1,000. Terrain is gently rolling but a good amount of climbing. Very scenic featuring views of farmland, the Bay, a marina and lots of diverse types of trees. Multiple distances from 10 to 62 are available. Fee around $50. 1st year I have participated.

Cap to Cap, May 11- Richmond or Williamsburg VA: 100 miles to raise money for the bike/walking trail being built between Williamsburg and Richmond, VA. Very well run, good food, good level of participation at around 1,500 bikers. Terrain is mostly flat a few very gentle climbs. Actually get to see some true American history and the trail is about 35% complete. Fee around $50-75. 2013 was my first participation.

Six Pillars, May 4, Cambridge, MD: Very scenic, good support, food good on ride, wonderful at end of ride featuring many healthy options. Multiple loops thru Blackwater Nature Refuge, lots of nature, water, birds, likely to see Bald Eagle. Multiple distances from 11, 37 56 and 100 miles. Fee of $50 goes to supports Character Counts that helps 8,000 kids in local market. 4th year of doing this event, never disappoints.

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seagull centuryFrom Sea Gull Century:

Since times are busy and calendars are full, Sea Gull Century wants you to know the 26th Annual Sea Gull Century will be held on:

September 27th, 2014.

Please Save the Date! We hope to see you there.  If you have any questions please call us at 410-548-2772. *Registration for the 2014 SGC will open on May 15, 2014.

Looking for a new place to mountain bike? One of IMBA’s (International Mountain Bike Association)  Epic Trails is not that far from us, Cooper’s Gap, Rothrock State Forest in Pennsylvania.

From IMBA’s web-site:

The 2013 class of Epics celebrates true backcountry riding experiences that are technically and physically challenging, more than 80 percent singletrack and at least 20 miles in length.

Cooper’s Gap, Rothrock State Forest, Pennsylvania, USA — This 27-mile ride features extended downhills, flowy technical sections, narrow singletrack, ample solitude and views of the Kishacoquillas Valley.

One of Rothrock State Forest’s best playgrounds, this 27-mile ride features extended downhills, flowy technical sections, narrow singletrack, ample solitude and views down into the Kishacoquillas Valley. Multiple trail options means it’s easy to ride all day and to potentially get lost, but you’re never too far from the road in case you need to bail out.

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For the complete list of 2013 Epic Trails click here.

Looking for more ride ideas? Our Adventure Center has lots of great riding suggestions.

by Ernest Freeland

In September of 2005 myself and one of my friends took a Trek Travel trip to Utah. We rode and saw some amazing scenery, Boulder, Bryce and Zion Canyon. It was an amazing trip. There was one problem. I was not prepared for what I found when I got to Utah. I was not adequately prepared for the mountains and the effects that altitude had on me. When I left I knew I wasn’t in the best shape but I certainly thought I was in better shape then I realized when I got there. One of the issues was the altitude and my asthma.

I had a great time on the trip and as I suffered on the mountains I vowed I would come back and conquer those mountains.

2012 is the year of my return to Utah. I have already started to prepare for my return. I’ve been getting to know my indoor trainer again. I am already lighter then I was when I traveled to Utah in 2005 but will focus on more weight loss once we roll into January. I also have a trip or two planned to the Shenandoah Valley and western Maryland to get some hill climbing in. Some will be day trips and at least one will be an overnight trip so I can condition my legs to multiple days of climbing in a row.

If you are interested in joining me in Utah in September let me know. Trek Travel does an amazing job and you won’t be disappointed.

Create Lasting Family Memories

In our lives which seem to get busier by the day the time on the bike allows us to escape, slow down our lives, while regenerating our body and our mind. The bicycle is a wonderful tool, a tool for fitness, a tool for transportation but it is also a great tool for the family.

I remember growing up our family would occasionally ride our bikes through Valley Forge National Park. Valley Forge was so cool because the bike path was rolling and wound around through so many great areas of the park. There was the long hill that was always a challenge to climb and at the top of the hill was a statute of a man riding a horse. (I had to look it up to remind myself that it is the statue of Anthony Wayne) That was also the top of the world’s best sledding hill at least in the opinion of a ten year old. After a hard fought climb I was always rewarded with a fun downhill ride that led off to the next adventure. The trail passes close by some of the cabins that George Washington’s soldiers spent the winter in.  I used to enjoy stopping there and wandering through the cabins imagining what it must have been like for the soldiers back then.  Of course no ride was complete without a stop at the visitor center where I could get some water.  Some of these rides were enjoyed by my Mom, Dad and I some of them were adventures that Mom and I would have.

I remember spending time with my Dad rebuilding the first bike he bought me that had gears from a garage sale, those gears certainly made climbing that hill easier.  While Mom and Dad had the coolest Raleigh 3 Speeds with a Brooks saddle I wasn’t afforded the luxury of a new bike just yet. That would come later as a Christmas Present.

I cherish all of these memories of time spent with the family all because of cycling.

When is the last time you took your family on a bike ride?

A bike ride with the family doesn’t have to be some monumental trip. It can be as simple as a ride around your neighborhood, a longer trip requiring more planning or something in between.  For my family the rides never occurred on a regular basis they just seemed to happen.

Families today are so busy these days running each and every way. A bike ride can become the time that everyone looks forward to, a time to catch up with each other, get outside to enjoy the great outdoors with an added side bonus of some fitness.

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