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: 70-Mile Mixed Surface Ride

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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!)

Keep reading

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

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Swift Industries joins Adventure Fest to share bikecamping skills

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Swift Industries is leading the charge to make every bike ride an adventure. Its line of panniers and touring bags are hand-made in Seattle by passionate cyclists. We’re excited to have them join us at the first Bicycle Times Adventure Fest, where the brand will be hosting the Swift Industries Get Lost Academy—a series of workshops on how you can take your everyday bicycle adventure to the next level.

The classes they will be hosting include:

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Intro to bikecamping

If you love camping and you have a bike, then combining the two will open the doors to a whole new way to travel. Come learn the basics of bicycle touring at Adventure Fest. We’ll cover the basics of bicycle adventure planning from: route finding and local destinations, gear and equipment, and food planning.

 

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Camp Stove Cooking-The Titanium Chef

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 your adventure. 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.

 

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The Trailside Mechanic

This class is not for the home mechanic it is for the bicycle adventurer. Confidently address snapped spokes, a broken chain, or an en route derailleur fail. In this workshop we will look at specific tools and tricks of the trade when these mechanicals catch you by surprise.

 

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About Adventure Fest

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. You’re invited to join us 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.

Register for the Bicycle Times Adventure Fest now!

 

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Swift Campout 2015

If you want to get a head start on your summer bike camping adventures, Swift Industries is hosting a worldwide solstice weekend campout on June 20 and 21, 2015, uniting hundreds of of bike-overnights on a single weekend.

Swift Industries will be mapping participant locations, celebrating with prizes, gathering Camp Journals and sharing routes through the company’s website. Appointed Navigators, influential individuals and independent companies who have been recognized for their involvement in the resurgence of bicycle travel are being called to lead a Swift Campout. The role of the Navigator is to band together a group of riders, create a route, and celebrate bicycle camping. To nominate a Navigator, please email [email protected] and sign up today with your own Swift Campout!

 

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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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