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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GPS Files for Bicycle Times Adventure Fest presented by Trek

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With Adventure Fest just a little more than a week away, we’re posting the GPS files for each route so you can load these routes into your favorite device.

Register for Adventure Fest here.

13-Mile Road

Map and Elevation Profile. GPS file download link.

18-Mile Adventure Fest Experience (Mixed Surface)

Map and Elevation Profile. GPS file download link.

31-Mile Road

Map and Elevation Profile. GPS file download link.

38-Mile Mixed Surface

Map and Elevation Profile. GPS file download link.

62-Mile Road

Map and Elevation Profile. GPS file download link.

72-Mile Mixed Surface

Map and Elevation Profile. GPS file download link.

106-Mile Road

Map and Elevation Profile. GPS file download link.

Thanks to our sponsors for making Adventure Fest a reality.

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BikeFlights Giveaway at Bicycle Times Adventure Fest

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We have another Bicycle Times Adventure Fest contest for you! This time, BikeFlights will be giving away one round trip BikeFlight within the United States to be utilized in calendar year 2016.

Here’s the short version of the fine print. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be announced at the entertainment tent Friday October 9, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. Winner must be present at this free event to claim prize. View the complete contest terms and conditions here.

Fill out the form below to enter the contest.

 

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Bicycle Times Adventure Fest presented by Trek: 31-Mile Road Ride

BTAF 31-Road Ride Teaser

Here it is, the last, but certainly not least, of the Bicycle Times Adventure Fest presented by Trek routes. This 31-mile loop will be signed and supported Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Adventure Fest. It’s a beautiful loop. To begin the ride, riders will cross Lake Raystown on the route 994 Bridge pictured below.

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Be sure to check out all the Adventure Fest details here, or view the weekend schedule here. Hope to see you there.

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Climb Details

Rating Start/End Points Length Start/End Elevation Avg Grade
Cat 5 0.06 mi/0.87 mi 0.81 mi 839 ft/940 ft 2.4%
Cat 4 9.16 mi/12.47 mi 3.30 mi 858 ft/1,250 ft 2.3%
Cat 3 14.15 mi/19.51 mi 5.36 mi 846 ft/1,466 ft 2.2%
Cat 4 21.13 mi/22.69 mi 1.56 mi 1,213 ft/1,656 ft 5.4%

 

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Bicycle Times Adventure Fest presented by Trek: 13-Mile Road Ride

BTAF 10-Road Ride Teaser

This 13-mile loop serves double duty as our shortest road loop and the suggested demo loop for road bikes from our exhibitors.

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You’ll be treated to gorgeous views as you cross Raystown Lake on route 994. As you can see in the photo, this bridge offers a wide shoulder with plenty of room for bikes and cars to coexist. On the far side of the lake, riders will traverse rolling secondary roads with a total elevation gain of just 674 vertical feet.

Be sure to investigate all of the route offerings at Adventure Fest here.

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Bicycle Times Adventure Fest Presented by Trek: 18-Mile Experience Ride

BTAF 18-Mile Mixed Surface Teaser

This 18-mile mixed surface ride epitomizes the Adventure Fest experience. A lakeside fire road with gorgeous views rolls right out of Lake Raystown Resort, our home base for the weekend. Just shy of the 6-mile mark, the route turns to pavement for a mellow cruise through beautiful farmland as the route loops back to the Resort.

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If you’re looking for a fun, accessible and scenic route, this is your ticket. Be sure to check out all of the other Adventure Fest routes here.

 

Climb Details

Rating Start/End Points Length Start/End Elevation Avg Grade
Cat 5 1.19 mi/2.50 mi 1.31 mi 953 ft/1,277 ft 4.7%
Cat 3 5.31 mi/10.37 mi 5.06 mi 879 ft/1,466 ft 2.2%
Cat 4 12.00 mi/13.50 mi 1.50 mi 1,211 ft/1,655 ft 5.6%

 

 

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Trek Demo Bikes at Bicycle Times Adventure Fest

Not only is Trek the presenting sponsor of Adventure Fest, but they’re bringing demo bikes in a big way. Here’s a look at the bikes you’ll have the opportunity to demo at Adventure Fest.

520 Disc

Trek 520 Disc

The venerable 520 has been a staple of Trek’s lineup for decades. Now it’s been updated with disc brakes.

720 Disc

Trek 720 Disc

New for 2016, Trek describes the 720 as a touring bike for road riders. It’s sportier handling is more in line with road bike geometry, but ultralight from carry system will haul your gear. Think of it as the perfect bike for credit card touring.

920 Disc

Trek 920 Disc

The rough-and-ready 920 takes the best aspects of the 29er mountain bike and combine them with the load-hauling capability of a touring bike. Check out our first impression of the 920 here. Be sure to try out the 920 on our mixed surface demo loop. Trek is giving away one 920 to a lucky Adventure Fest attendee! Be sure to sign up here.

Domane Disc

Domane Disc

On the road side, Trek will have Domane Disc bikes for Adventure Fest attendees to demo. Experience a lightweight carbon bike with powerful disc brakes. Read our review of the Domane Disc here.

Have you signed up for Adventure Fest? If not, be sure to click the link below.

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Weekend Schedule: Bicycle Times Adventure Fest presented by Trek

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We’re just one month away from Adventure Fest! Here’s the schedule so you can begin to plan your weekend. If you haven’t already registered, please do so here via BikeReg.

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Friday, October 9

1 p.m. Registration, expo and food vendors open. Ride support begins.

1 – 2 p.m. 31-mile ride departs.

2 – 3 p.m. 13-mile and 18-mile rides depart.

5 p.m. Ride support ends.

5 p.m. Trek Weekend Kickoff happy hour at the Trek booth.

5 p.m. Swift Industries Bikecamping Clinic: The Trailside Mechanic. Meet at Swift Industries booth.

Trailside repair instruction for the bicycle adventurer. Confidently address snapped spokes, a broken chain or a derailleur failure. We’ll look at specific tools and tricks to remedy surprise mechanical issues.

6 p.m. Expo closes. Beer Garden opens. Beer provided by Happy Valley Brewing Company.

7 p.m. Registration closes. Movie at the entertainment tent: Bicycle Movies, a collection of short films hand picked by Stephen Aurebach.

8 p.m. Food vendors close.

9 p.m. BikeFlights giveaway winner announced.

10 p.m. Quiet hours begin.

 

Saturday, October 10

6 a.m. Standing Stone Coffee opens.

7 a.m. Registration opens. 

7 – 8 a.m. 106-mile road and 70-mile mixed surface rides depart. Be aware; sunset is 6:25 p.m.

8 a.m. Morning yoga with Carissa and Rebecca. Bring your own mat. Held at the entertainment tent in the expo.

8 – 9 a.m. 60-mile road and 38-mile mixed surface rides depart. Be aware; sunset is 6:25 p.m.

9 a.m. Registration, expo and food vendors open.

9 – 10 a.m. 13, 18 and 35-mile rides depart.

3 p.m. New Belgium Brewing Rollin’ Fat Ride. Bring your fat bike for fat-bike-only ride. Meet at New Belgium booth.

4 p.m. New Belgium Brewing Slow Ride Experience – How slow can you go? Meet at New Belgium booth.

4 p.m. Swift Industries Bikecamping Clinic: Intro to Bikecamping. Meet at Swift Industries booth.

If you love camping and love to bike, combining the two will open doors to a whole new way to travel. Learn the basics of bicycle touring from: route finding and discovering local destinations, gear and equipment and food planning.

5 p.m. Demo Bikes must be returned. Ride support closes

5 p.m. New Belgium Brewing happy hour.

5 p.m. Swift Industries Bikecamping Clinic: Camp Stove Cooking—The Titanium Chef. Meet at Swift Industries booth.

This is a cooking show like none other. Think backpacking stoves, one-pot meals, and titanium sporks. Led by Jason Goodman, a former mountain guide and a stellar backcountry cook, you’ll learn how to put together the perfect bicycle touring kitchen, and find out which backpacking stoves and fuel types are right for you. Jason will share tips on making fresh, nutritious meals at camp and what to eat while you’re on the road. When you’re adventuring, food is fuel.

We’ll be demonstrating our favorite meals for you to sample, and there will be recipes and resources to take home.

6 p.m. Expo closes. Registration Closes.

7 p.m. Beer garden opens, live music begins. Beer provided by Happy Valley Brewing Company.

8 p.m. Trek 920 raffle winner announced. Must be present to win. Food vendors close.

10 p.m. Music stops, quiet hours begin.

 

Sunday, October 11

6 a.m. Standing Stone Coffee opens.

7 – 8 a.m. 60-mile road and 38-mile mixed surface rides depart. Ride support begins.

8 a.m. Morning yoga with Carissa and Rebecca. Bring your own mat. Held at the entertainment tent in the expo.

8 – 9 a.m. 13, 18 and 35-mile rides depart.

9 a.m. Expo and food vendors open.

11 a.m. Check out deadline for LRR facilities. If you aren’t staying Sunday night, please check out and move your car to overflow parking prior to departing for your ride.

2 p.m. Demo bikes must be returned.

3 p.m. Adventure Fest concludes. Ride support closes. Food vendors close.

 

Thanks to our sponsors!

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Trek 920 Giveaway at Bicycle Times Adventure Fest!

That’s right! You can enter to win a brand new Trek 920 at Bicycle Times Adventure Fest presented by Trek. How sweet is that?

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This rough-and-ready touring rig might just be the bike of your dreams. Check out our Trek 920 First Impression here.

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Learn more about Adventure Fest here.

Contest

As with all contests, there’s some fine print involved. View the complete terms and conditions here. Here’s the short version. No purchase necessary to enter. Must be present during the intermission of the free live music show at Adventure Fest’s entertainment tent on Saturday October 10, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. EDT to claim your prize.

After the event, Trek will arrange delivery of this prize to the Trek dealer nearest the winner. Trek will cover the cost of delivery and assembly.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the complications of varying jurisdictions, this contest is only open to residents of the United States.

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Bicycle Times Adventure Fest Presented by Trek: 38-Mile Mixed Surface Ride

BTAF 42-Mile Mixed Surface Teaser

We’re striving to offer something for everyone at Adventure Fest, no matter what style and length of ride you’re looking for. This 38-mile mixed surface ride is quite a bit more accessible than the 70-mile mixed surface ride we featured earlier. But, it’s still an adventure with 4,000 feet of total elevation gain.

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Mixed surface rides traverse everything from graded gravel roads to snowmobile trails to forest roads and even a bit of pavement to link it all together. While a skilled rider will be able to complete these rides without issue on a skinny-tire road bike, a bike with 28 mm or larger tires will be more comfortable and less likely to flat.

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Of course, Adventure Fest is about more than just riding. Plan to take your time and enjoy some of the beautiful terrain you’ll be passing through. Bring your friends and enjoy a relaxing weekend of riding amongst friends.

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

 

Climb Details

Rating Start/End Points Length Start/End Elevation Avg Grade
Cat 5 1.12 mi/2.43 mi 1.31 mi 951 ft/1,277 ft 4.7%
Cat 3 5.29 mi/10.34 mi 5.04 mi 878 ft/1,469 ft 2.2%
Cat 4 11.89 mi/13.51 mi 1.62 mi 1,216 ft/1,661 ft 5.2%
Cat 4 30.14 mi/33.62 mi 3.49 mi 1,399 ft/1,825 ft 2.3%
Cat 5 37.61 mi/39.41 mi 1.81 mi 892 ft/1,124 ft

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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: 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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Bicycle Times Adventure Fest Presented by Trek: 106-mile road loop

BTAF 106-Mile Loop Teaser

In coming months we’ll be rolling out previews of all the route options at Bicycle Times Adventure Fest. This 106-mile loop is the longest and most challenging of the rides with a total elevation gain of 9,532 feet!

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

Climb Details

Rating Start/End Points Length Start/End Elevation Avg Grade
Cat 5 0.06 mi/0.87 mi 0.81 mi 846 ft/941 ft 2.2%
Cat 2 17.36 mi/23.02 mi 5.66 mi 719 ft/2,047 ft 4.4%
Cat 5 26.13 mi/28.74 mi 2.61 mi 833 ft/1,054 ft 1.6%
Cat 2 29.74 mi/47.22 mi 17.48 mi 993 ft/1,826 ft 0.9%
Cat 2 65.51 mi/73.59 mi 8.09 mi 874 ft/2,054 ft 2.8%
Cat 5 76.77 mi/78.32 mi 1.56 mi 1,804 ft/2,074 ft 3.3%
Cat 5 84.42 mi/86.28 mi 1.87 mi 851 ft/1,057 ft 2.1%
Cat 3 88.34 mi/93.31 mi 4.98 mi 848 ft/1,704 ft 3.3%

 

 

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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.

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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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