Routes 2019

2019 Apple Castle ride (10 miles):  This rustic ride is a favorite for casual and experienced cyclists alike because the scenery is beautiful, and you get to visit the Apple Castle!   Cyclists will wind through a combination of mostly paved roads (with about a mile of a hard-packed dirt road) past many quaint Amish farms (some of whom sell donuts as large as hub-caps, so help yourself and we’ll give you credit).   Your rest stop will be at the famous Apple Castle (our mother lode for donuts) before returning to the Westminster College field house.  This could be the end or just the beginning of a day of cycling adventures.

2019 Plain Grove Ride (30 miles): There is nothing plain about this route.  You will enjoy a leisurely ride through beautiful Western Pennsylvania countryside including a covered bridge, a fly fishing trout stream, bucolic scenery, and a stop at a genuine old-fashioned country store.  There are ostensibly countless country roads in this area so that even if you have done versions of this route in the past, we guarantee that you will still encounter new terrain.  The good news is that you won’t encounter annoying traffic.

2019 River Valley Rolling Hills Ride (27+mi.): This tour takes you past the Apple Castle on your way to a leisurely long downhill coast, and then up a long, slow gentle hill, past countless farms and scenic vistas. You will eventually wind down High Hill into the town of Pulaski where your rest stop will be at a locally-owned convenience store where you can be refreshed and/or have your lawnmower and weedwhacker repaired. You will then proceed to River Road where the forest views are magnificent, and the Amish farms are very Amish. A bonus, if you choose, is to add an extra stop at the Apple Castle, which is set up for the TDD signature ride, but since you will cycle right past it a mile or so into your ride, you might as well check it out.

2019 The New Wilmington Dirty Dozen (43 miles) “ Hey soldier, can you take that hill!”  “Normal” cyclists avoid hills, unless they’re going down them, but some hard-core enthusiasts welcome the challenge of quad-aching, breath-taking, endless hills.  This is a tough ride designed only for seasoned cyclists. This route contains at least a dozen killer hills [hence the name borrowed (stolen)from an annual Pittsburgh ride].  Although the route is about the hills, it also affords plenty of country scenery and a rest stop.  So, if you believe you have what it takes, give it a try, but you will get no sympathy from us if you are caught walking your elite bicycle up that hill.

To see previous years, please check out these routes: 2018 2017.