Covered Bridges Ride
Sunday, October 23, 2016
This is THE premier cycling event in scenic Bucks County. Held each year on a beautiful Sunday with the gorgeous fall colors shouting out, the CBR, as our members call it, is our best event ever.
You have five great routes to choose from -- the family-friendly 20 and 30 mile routes (both use the towpath along the Delaware river, which is a fine-cinder and hardpacked dirt trail, for part of the ride), or the hillier 33, 50 or 63 mile ones (all on paved roads) -- plus plenty of great food. Travel through up to six historic covered bridges.
Fatter tired bikes work best on the cinder-based paths for the 20 and 30 mile routes, which visit one or two bridges. The rides conclude with a Grande Finale Picnic.
Rides start and end at Tinicum Park, along the shores of the Delaware River. Join 2000 riders from all over the northeastern United States and ride through some of the most beautiful areas in this part of the world.
Start and Finish Information:
The ride starts and ends at Tinicum Park on Rt. 32 (River Road) in Erwinna, Pa.
Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Please do NOT check in before then, and please wait until the times below to start your ride. Ride services like food stops, SAG support, and safety services will begin as follows:
- 8:00 a.m. – 63-mile route
- 8:30 a.m. – 50-mile route
- 9:00 a.m. – 33-mile route
- 9:30 a.m. – 30 mile route
- 9:30 a.m. – 20-mile route
Lunch is served at the end, in lovely Tinicum Park, from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. All services end at 3:00; please plan your return accordingly.
Safety Rules and Guidelines:
All participants must wear a bike helmet. All participants must obey local traffic laws and law enforcement professionals. Failure to do so can result in fines and tickets. Ride single-file when encountering traffic or when being passed by another rider. Never ride more than two abreast at any time and never cross the (yellow line) center of the roadway.
Food, Glorious Food!
All that pedaling can work up a hunger! Good thing our rest stops are well-stocked with snacks, fresh fruit, water, sports drinks, home-made baked goods and other treats. Our Grand Finale Lunch (11:30-3:00) features something for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike! Rest stop hours:
- Bulls Island/20 & 30 mile routes: (9:30-2:30)
- Ottsville/33 mile route (9:00-1:00)
- Pipersville/33, 50 & 63 mile routes (9:30-3:00)
- Weisel Youth Hostel/50 & 63 mile routes (9:30-1:00)
- Durham-Nox Elementary/50 & 63 mile routes (9:00-12:00)
Hills, Glorious Hills!
It's Bucks County. It's hilly here. While the 20 & 30 mile routes are flat, the other routes follow hilly terrain.
- 33-mile route: 2,650 feet
- 50-mile route: 3,627 feet
- 63-mile route: 4,528 feet
Thanks to Local Bike Shops for Your Support!
For on-road mechanical issues and minor repairs, SAG (Support and Gear) services and minor mechanical repairs are available from our trusted bike shop partners. Many thanks to:
- Doylestown Bike Works
- Bike Line of Warminster
- Firehouse Cycles
- High Road Cycles
- Keswick Cycles
- Newtown Bike
- Pedaller Bike Shop
Covered Bridges Ride Supports Local Charities
Proceeds from the annual Covered Bridges Bike Ride support numerous local charities. Proceeds from the 2014 Covered Bridges Ride helped to support the Bucks County Covered Bridge Society; Bicycle Access Council; Gearing Up, a nonprofit bicycle program for women in transition; College Settlement Camp; Neighborhood Bike Works; Warrington Township to help purchase bike racks; the Philly Pump Track; and the Christ Home for Children. Donations were also given to those who provide CBBC with free rest stop locations for this ride. CBBC and these organizations thank you for your support!