POSTPONED – Montour Trail/REI Trail Summit 2020

POSTPONED – Rescheduled date TBA

March 28, 2020 10 AM -3 PM

The Montour Trail and REI jointly hold a Trail Summit at the REI Settlers Ridge Store on March 28 from 10AM to 3PM. This is the seventh year that REI and Montour Trail have partnered on this event.  For those who represent one of the regional trails, this is a great opportunity to interact with trail users and provide information about your trail. For everyone else, it’s a chance to learn about the many recreational resources around the tri-state area.

REI provides tables placed throughout the store. If your trail group would like to attend, contact Don Thobaben   dthobaben@comcast.net for additional information.

 

VIRTUAL: Tour the Montour 2020

18th Tour the Montour is Virtual and Real, August 1 −  September 30

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to apply outside-the-box thinking to many everyday activities. Because many local bicyclists look forward to the end-of-summer Tour the Montour bike event, the planning committee has created a Tour that you can participate in whenever you like, wherever you like, however you like. The most important rule is to stay safe by practicing social distancing.

How the 2020 Ride Works

Between August 1 and September 30, ride the mileage that you would normally ride for the Tour the Montour. Any mileage. Any time. As many stages as you want, or all in one bike ride. Anywhere — this year’s Tour is not restricted to just the Trail. Ride alone, or ride with friends, six feet apart. Use a stationary bike if you choose. Just celebrate the fact that in the midst of a pandemic, we can still be outdoors!

If you officially register and pay the very-reasonable entry fee, you get a commemorative T-shirt and a chance at winning a premium prize.

Finally, when your ride is done, feel free to post your photos and ride description on the Montour Trail Facebook group.

Ride Details

To register, go to bikereg.com/tour-the-montour-trail-ride. The website goes live July 1.

As in the past, you can ride one of the recommended mileages on the Trail, or custom-design your own route:

  • 62 miles (metric century)
  • 44 miles
  • 15–24 miles
  • 12 miles
  • 6 miles (family fun ride)

The week of the scheduled ride (September 13–19), out-and-back turnaround signs will be posted along the Trail that mark official distances.

For safety reasons, no headphones allowed, and helmets are mandatory.

If you choose to do your mileage on a stationary bike, you can search the internet for virtual tours of Paris or Hawaii and pedal along that route. Or you can play a virtual Montour Trail video posted by MTC member/volunteer Tim Killmeyer. You can find these on the MTC map page.

The entry fee for adults is $25; each child 12 and under is $15. The fee includes a performance-fabric T-shirt (designed to keep you cool, comfortable and dry) and 1 chance ticket. You must register before midnight on August 31 to be guaranteed a T-shirt (sizes small to 3x). Several pick-up dates for T-shirts will be held in mid-September; check back here for updates. There is an additional $7 shipping fee if you need us to mail your T-shirt to you.

Prizes

Two of our valuable sponsors have offered these prizes:

  • Seven Springs: 2-night stay for 2 people, includes breakfast and use of gym and pool facilities  (black-out days of Christmas week, MLK weekend and President’s weekend)
  • Aero Tech Designs Cycle Wear: Pittsburgh biking jersey, shorts, gloves and socks (male or female custom size)

When registering, you have the opportunity to purchase additional chances for $5 each. If you’re not already a Montour Trail Council supporting member, you can add in an annual membership when you register for the Tour.

Have a wonderful ride, be safe, and be healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

Wheeling Heritage Trail 13th Annual Bicycle Tour

The Ohio Valley Trail Partners present the 13th Annual Tour of the Wheeling Heritage Trail on Sunday, May 26 at Heritage Port in Wheeling—1201 Water Street, Wheeling, WV 26003. The event offers 100-km, 30-mile and 10-mile rides with SAG support. Money raised by this event supports expansion and care for the Wheeling Heritage Trail, trail projects, and trail equipment as well as continued advocacy for bike/ped connections in our communities. Visit the website for schedule, cost and registration.