Thank you for coming to Adventure Fest presented by Trek Bikes!

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Over the weekend, we celebrated the first ever Bicycle Times Adventure Fest on the shores of Raystown Lake in Central Pennsylvania. We were welcomed by more than 400 readers and new friends for blue skies, warm temperatures and endless fall colors through the hills of the Allegheny Mountains.

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Trek Bikes hosted a huge fleet of demo bikes chosen from its touring and adventure lines, the first time they have ever hosted a demo event of bikes built for adventure riders. And what an adventure the rides were. There isn’t much flat land in this part of the country and a heartfelt congratulations is in order for everyone who tackled one of the paved or unpaved route options ranging from 13 to more than 100 miles.

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The fun didn’t end when the ride did, though. We had a whole expo area with vendors and exhibitors from bike shops to coffee shops. If you needed something for you or your bike, Race Pace Bicycles came up from the Baltimore area and Rothrock Outfitters was on hand from nearby Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, with some end-of-season deals. If you wanted to get out on the water you could jump in a kayak or paddleboard from Wilderness Voyageurs from Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania.

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After the adventure it was time to relax, with tunes from the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners and free beer flowing from Happy Valley Brewing Company under an amazing canopy of stars.

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Finally, we owe a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who donated their time to make Adventure Fest happen—we couldn’t have done it without you.

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Bicycle Times Adventure Fest Presented by Trek: 60-Mile Road Ride

BTAF 60-Mile Road Loop Teaser

With Bicycle Times Adventure Fest presented by Trek right around the corner, let’s take a look at another of the event’s stellar road rides. This 60-mile loop offers a respectable 5,193 feet of total elevation gain by climbing up and over the beautiful Tussey Ridge twice in two different locations. Check out all the Adventure Fest details here, or sign up via BikeReg.

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The above photo is from Williamsburg Mountain road, somewhere around mile 20 on the map below.

Climb Details

Rating Start/End Points Length Start/End Elevation Avg Grade
Cat 2 15.94 mi/21.54 mi 5.60 mi 714 ft/2,042 ft 4.5%
Cat 5 24.72 mi/27.33 mi 2.62 mi 834 ft/1,054 ft 1.6%
Cat 3 39.35 mi/41.34 mi 1.99 mi 1,284 ft/1,974 ft 6.6%
Cat 3 48.07 mi/53.73 mi 5.67 mi 838 ft/1,468 ft 2.1%

Bicycle Times Magazine celebrates your everyday cycling adventure. That’s why we’re bringing cyclists together to share an adventurous weekend of riding under a canopy of spectacular fall foliage for Bicycle Times Adventure Fest Presented by Trek Bikes at Lake Raystown Resort in Entriken, Pennsylvania, the weekend of October 9-11, 2015.

At Adventure Fest, you choose your own adventure and ride your own pace. All routes will be signed and mapped. Just grab your crew, a map and cue sheet and hit the road. All rides will have aid stations and sag support should you need it. Otherwise, start when you want, ride your pace and finish when you want. Join us!

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Bicycle Times Adventure Fest Presented by Trek: 70-Mile Mixed Surface Ride

BTAF 70-Mile Mixed Loop Teaser

Though it might be “just” 70 miles long, this mixed surface ride will challenge everyone with 6,518 feet of elevation gain. This ride to traverse everything from pavement to nicely-graded gravel and even a couple miles of snowmobile trails.

While any bike will be capable of negotiating this route, bikes with 28 mm tires or wider will be more comfortable and less likely to flat. Plus, bigger tires will be more comfortable over the varied terrain.

Check out all the Adventure Fest details here, or sign up via BikeReg.

Want an even bigger challenge? Learn about the 106-mile option here.

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CLIMB DETAILS

Rating Start/End Points Length Start/End Elevation Avg Grade
Cat 4 0.06 mi/2.93 mi 2.86 mi 856 ft/1,278 ft 2.8%
Cat 3 5.79 mi/10.83 mi 5.04 mi 878 ft/1,466 ft 2.2%
Cat 4 12.45 mi/14.00 mi 1.56 mi 1,215 ft/1,662 ft 5.4%
Cat 4 31.31 mi/35.73 mi 4.42 mi 1,195 ft/1,661 ft 2.0%
Cat 4 42.76 mi/44.44 mi 1.68 mi 608 ft/1,082 ft 5.3%
Cat 4 46.75 mi/50.17 mi 3.42 mi 701 ft/1,164 ft 2.6%
Cat 5 55.58 mi/56.95 mi 1.37 mi 760 ft/981 ft 3.1%
Cat 5 62.74 mi/65.11 mi 2.37 mi 864 ft/1,203 ft 2.7%
Cat 5 67.91 mi/69.34 mi 1.43 mi 794 ft/938 ft 1.9%

 

 

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Host your own Swift Campout on June 20-21

Bike touring is enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity this year and Swift Industries wants to push it even further with an international day of bikes outside overnight with the inaugural Swift Campout.

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The Seattle-based brand is inviting cyclists around the world to host their own overnight event on June 20-21 and share the joy with the #swiftcampout hashtag. More than 370 folks have already committed by sharing their trip through the Swift Industries website where an interactive map lets you see how far the inspiration has spread. One of the largest signs of interest has been right in Bicycle Times’ hometown of Pittsburgh!

So plan a trip of your own, invite your friends, and then let the larger Swift Industries community know. If you feel like sharing your stories you can win some pretty cool Swift prizes too. Create a Swift Campout Film and you can win a full set of Swift’s handmade touring gear, or share your Trip Journals and you win other awesome prices. Get all the details at the Swift Campout website.

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We’re also excited to host Swift Industries at the first Bicycle Times Adventure Fest this fall. Held October 9-11 on the shores of beautiful Lake Raystown in Pennsylvania, we’re inviting all our readers for three days of choose-your-own-adventure riding, exhibitors, classes, campfires, live music and more. Swift Industries will be hosting learning opportunities like how to cook on a bike tour and what to pack (or not pack!)

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Check out our review of the Swift Industries Junior Ranger Panniers.

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Trek Bikes joins us as Presenting Sponsor of Bicycle Times Adventure Fest

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We’re excited to announce that Trek Bikes will be joining us at the first Bicycle Times Adventure Fest. This fall we are bringing cyclists together to share an adventurous weekend of riding under a canopy of spectacular fall foliage for Bicycle Times Adventure Fest at Lake Raystown Resort in Entriken, Pennsylvania, the weekend of October 9-11, 2015. Some of Trek’s very first bikes were touring bikes and you’ll be able to sample the latest models from its demo truck on the beautiful back roads of Central Pennsylvania.

At Adventure Fest, you choose your own adventure and ride your own pace. All routes will be signed and mapped. Just grab your crew, a map and cue sheet and hit the road. All rides will have aid stations and sag support should you need it. Otherwise, start when you want, ride your pace and finish when you want.

 

Here’s just a sampling of your ride options, all of which meander through beautiful countryside on pristine secondary roads. Mixed surface rides traverse everything from smooth, car-less double track to mountainous gravel roads.

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Road Routes:

  • 13 mile demo loop
  • 35 miles
  • 61 miles
  • 105 miles, 9,500+ feet of climbing!

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Mixed Surface:

  • 25 miles
  • 45 miles
  • 77 miles, 7,100+ feet of climbing!

Expo and Demo

Through an expansive Demo area, our industry partners will be offering test rides on the latest and greatest bicycles and gear, as well as showing off new technology. We’ll even have kayak and stand up paddle board demos, too.

Entertainment

But, Adventure Fest is about more than just riding. Friday and Saturday nights will be capped off with entertainment and free adult beverages for those 21 years of age and over. Adventure Fest isn’t just for adults; we’ll have activities for kids of all ages. Admission is free for those under 18 years of age.

Registration

Adult registration for the Adventure Fest weekend is $60. Register before August 1 and we’ll give you the early-bird rate of $50. Registration is free for those under the age of 18.

Register for Bicycle Times Adventure Fest via BikeReg.com. If you have any questions, be sure to read through the FAQ section on BikeReg. For any additional questions, please contact Seth Gernot via 412.329.8687 or email.

Bring your friends and family to help us make Bicycle Times Adventure Fest the best cycling festival in country! We hope to see you there!

Accommodations

Beautiful Lake Raystown Resort with be our host for the weekend. Accommodations range from camping to a variety of indoor lodging including bungalows, cabins, cottages, villas, and even hotel rooms. Adventure doesn’t have to mean roughing it. Lake Raystown Resort is a family friendly facility with a sweet playground.

Book lodging directly through Lake Raystown Resort here. Be sure to mention you’ll be attending Bicycle Times Adventure Fest!

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What you’ll see at Adventure Fest

 

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Introducing Bicycle Times Adventure Fest

Bicycle Times Magazine celebrates your everyday cycling adventure. That’s why we’re bringing cyclists together to share an adventurous weekend of riding under a canopy of spectacular fall foliage for Bicycle Times Adventure Fest at Lake Raystown Resort in Entriken, Pennsylvania, the weekend of October 9-11, 2015.

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At Adventure Fest, you choose your own adventure and ride your own pace. All routes will be signed and mapped. Just grab your crew, a map and cue sheet and hit the road. All rides will have aid stations and sag support should you need it. Otherwise, start when you want, ride your pace and finish when you want.

Here’s just a sampling of your ride options, all of which meander through beautiful countryside on pristine secondary roads. Mixed surface rides traverse everything from smooth, car-less double track to mountainous gravel roads.

BTAF Photo Selects—WEB (26 of 49)

Road Routes:

  • 13 mile demo loop
  • 35 miles
  • 61 miles
  • 105 miles, 9,500+ feet of climbing!

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Mixed Surface:

  • 25 miles
  • 45 miles
  • 77 miles, 7,100+ feet of climbing!

Expo and Demo

Through an expansive Demo area, our industry partners will be offering test rides on the latest and greatest bicycles and gear, as well as showing off new technology. We’ll even have kayak and stand up paddle board demos, too.

Entertainment

But, Adventure Fest is about more than just riding. Friday and Saturday nights will be capped off with entertainment and free adult beverages for those 21 years of age and over. Adventure Fest isn’t just for adults; we’ll have activities for kids of all ages. Admission is free for those under 18 years of age.

Registration

Adult registration for the Adventure Fest weekend is $60. Register before August 1 and we’ll give you the early-bird rate of $50. Registration is free for those under the age of 18.

Register for Bicycle Times Adventure Fest via BikeReg.com. If you have any questions, be sure to read through the FAQ section on BikeReg. For any additional questions, please contact Seth Gernot via 412.329.8687 or email.

Bring your friends and family to help us make Bicycle Times Adventure Fest the best cycling festival in country! We hope to see you there!

Accommodations

Beautiful Lake Raystown Resort with be our host for the weekend. Accommodations range from camping to a variety of indoor lodging including bungalows, cabins, cottages, villas, and even hotel rooms. Adventure doesn’t have to mean roughing it. Lake Raystown Resort is a family friendly facility with a sweet playground.

Book lodging directly through Lake Raystown Resort here. Be sure to mention you’ll be attending Bicycle Times Adventure Fest!

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