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2019
Route

Route

This year’s Tour will take us through Lebanon and Lancaster Counties, home to Pennsylvania Dutch Country and one of the largest Amish and Mennonite communities in the country. Our route is comprised of rolling farmland, historic covered bridges, authentic one-room schoolhouses, horse-drawn buggies, silos and spires. The clip-clop of horses’ hooves may be the only sound you encounter on some of the backroads we will travel!

We will celebrate the 13th year of the Tour by doing something we have never done before: instead of having multiple camp locations, we will spend the duration of the Tour at a single camp! Three loop rides, beautiful biking routes and great company are sure to provide us the Ride of a Lifetime.

Saturday, September 21

Shuttle from Harrisburg Airport (MDT) to Lebanon Valley Expo Center: 45 minutes

DAY 1 | Sunday, September 22

Approximately 54 miles, 2800’ elevation gain

Route Description: Horses, Creeks, and Farms
Today’s route takes us on rolling backroads that pass by grain, dairy and horse farms, many of which have been placed in agricultural preservation. Rural churches, orchards, and frequent encounters with “the Swatties”--Swatara Creek and Little Swatara Creek--make for great riding scenery. Our loop ride today will cover 54 miles.

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DAY 2 | Monday, September 23

Basic Option: Approximately 65 miles, 3000’ elevation gain
Long Option: Approximately 100 miles, 4500’ elevation gain

Route Description: Lancaster County Lollipop
Today’s route takes us into Lancaster County, home to many small Amish and Mennonite farms where families maintain much of the lifestyle of past generations. Throughout the ride, you will see children playing outside one-room school houses; farmers in the fields; and horse-drawn buggies. A climb up to the ridgeline offers beautiful views of the Blue Mountains to the north and silos dotting the valley landscape below. We will also pass through several historical covered bridges. Our loop ride gives us two options today: a 65-mile (metric century) option and a 100-mile (century) option.

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DAY 3 | Tuesday, September 24

Approximately 54 miles, 2700’ elevation gain

Route Description: Buggies, Silos, and Spires
Today's route takes us through an area of Lebanon Valley where the Germanic-Swiss heritage is treasured. We'll pass by many farms which have been in operation for 150-200 years! The section through Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area allows us to pedal through a waterfowl refuge and the bucolic scenery along quite countryside roads will make an idyllic setting for our final ride. Our loop ride will cover 54 miles.

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Wednesday, September 25

Shuttle from Lebanon Valley Expo Center to Harrisburg Airport (MDT): 45 minutes

Overnight Location

Lebanon Valley Exposition Center

Based in the heart of Lebanon County, the exposition center features 70 acres of beautiful outdoor space as well as 75,000 square feet of indoor space. This property is a great location to spend the duration of this year's Tour.