Cycles and Cemeteries Bike Tour

Cycles and Cemeteries Bike Tour

The ride along the trail incorporates a unique mix of cycling and history, with guided tours of two historic cemeteries where Civil War notables are buried

Take a ride along the Schuylkill River Trail and through the gates of two historic cemeteries where you can visit the gravesites of Civil War notables, including Gettysburg Generals Meade and Hancock.

Ride options include 14 and 28-mile distances, and all participants can take guided or self-guided tours of the cemeteries on foot.

The Schuylkill River Trail Bike Tour Series is a three-year series of annual rides that was introduced by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area last year. Each fall, a different section of trail is featured. All the rides are intended to raise awareness of the connections that can be made from Schuylkill River Trail to regional historic sites.

The event will begin at Montgomery Cemetery, where, prior to the ride, participants can visit four interpretive stations with information on Civil War Generals Hancock and Zook, Civil War nurses and the Grand Army of the Republic.

Cyclists will then pedal 14-miles toLaurel Hill Cemetery in East Falls where lunch will be served. A Civil War documentary video will be screened marking the 150th anniversary of the events of 1863 leading up to and following the Battle of Gettysburg. Guided and self-guided tours will take participants to the gravesites of the many notables featured in the video, including Gettysburg General George Meade.

Participants can choose to ride back to Montgomery Cemetery, take a bike/passenger shuttle back to their cars, or provide their own transportation from the Laurel Hill Cemetery. The Cycles & Cemeteries Ride is the second ride in the bike tour series. The first, the Rails and River Towns Ride, was held last fall and took over 100 cyclists along the trail from Pottstown to Birdboro, with historic walking tours of two villages.

Cost for the Cycles & Cemeteries Ride is $35 per person before September 5, and $40 after that date. You must pre-register and pay an additional $10 to secure a spot on the shuttle for you and your bike. Non-riding friends and family members of participants can opt to purchase lunch and cemetery tours for $15 prior to the event. Registration closes September 18. There will be no day of registration. Event is rain or shine. Ride limited to 250 riders.

Price includes lunch, well-marked route, cemetery tours and refreshments. Free t-shirts are included for all who register by September 5.  All proceeds benefit the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Laurel Hill Cemetery and Montgomery Cemetery.

Ride support and complimentary pre-ride bicycle safety checks will be provided by TriCounty Bicycles, of Pottstown. Due to the width of the trail, no bicycle trailers will be permitted.

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Cycles and Cemeteries Bike Tour
Event Category: Sports / Leisure
When: September 21, 2013
Where: Schuylkill River
More Info: http://www.schuylkillriver.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Schuylkill-River-Heritage-Area/291208758870
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SkillRiverRFC


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