VIRTUAL: Tour the Montour 2020

September 19, 2020 all-day
Montour Trail or anywhere
various; see details

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.

Since this is our first virtual ride ever, read the information below to find out how it’s different from previous years.

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!

It’s important to stay hydrated and nourished as you ride, so pack along your own water supply and energy-producing snacks.

When you officially register and pay the very-reasonable entry donation, 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 enthusiast group.

This year’s ride title sponsor is FedEx Ground.

Ride Details

Remember, our virtual bike ride will not be able to provide rest stops, SAG or lunch.

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.


To register, go to Because of the restrictions surrounding the pandemic, the Tour planning committee and MTC staff are unable to offer any alternative registration. There is no staff to open and process mail-in applications and checks. The Bike Reg site charges a small additional fee to cover  handling services. There likely will not be same-day registration for Tour the Montour.

The entry contribution for adults is $25; each child 12 and under is $15. The cost includes a performance-fabric T-shirt (designed to keep you cool, comfortable and dry) and 1 chance ticket. This is a discount from previous years’ rides, since there are no food rest stops, bib numbers, nor the customary lunch near ride’s end.

You must register before midnight on September 19 to be guaranteed a T-shirt (sizes small to 3x). Several pick-up dates for T-shirts will be held in October; check back here for updates. There is an additional $7 shipping fee if you need us to mail your T-shirt to you.

If you have specific questions about how the ride works, send an email to


Three of our valued 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)
  • Sweetwater Bicycle Shop: $100 gift certificate (3 prizes)

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!






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