Announcing unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley, a 120-mile raw road adventure ride through the hills and valleys of central Pennsylvania during peak foliage season, to be held October 14, 2018.
With the support of Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau as the title sponsor, and additional sponsorship from GU Energy Labs and Kenda Tire, unPAved is set to become a premier event on the ever-growing gravel calendar. The main course will be 120 miles, with 10,000 feet of climbing, and limited to 200 riders. There will also be 90- and 30-mile versions. Each of those also limited to 200 riders. Current versions of the routes can be found here.
“I’ve done massive rides like the Dirty Kanza 200 and Rebecca’s Private Idaho,” said event organizer Dave Pryor. “I finished each event with a full heart from the hospitality of the people of Kansas and Idaho – and tired legs from the amazing terrain of both. Having lived in Pennsylvania for over 20 years, I’ve found those same qualities natural to the Susquehanna River Valley. When the riders reflect on unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley they will have deep feelings of accomplishment and community. It’s going to be a special event.”
As a route planner for the Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer, Pryor has come across a countless amount of amazingly beautiful and immensely challenging, roads in Pennsylvania.
“Some of best dirt and gravel roads anywhere are in this part of the Commonwealth,” Pryor said. “It’s incredibly scenic and surprisingly easy to get to. I can’t wait to see the looks on riders faces at the start and finish, as well out on the course. Their eyes are going to be filled with wonder.”
- Start and finish are in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania – a college town filled with warmth, charm, tasty grub and cold brews – at the Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness
- Route utilizes the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail, a 9.5-mile scenic path established on a former rail bed in 2011. This “Gateway to a Gravel Mine” will lead the riders from and to Lewisburg with start and finish festivities at the Miller Center’s brand new 13,000 sq/ft outdoor courtyard
- Most of the ride goes through the expansive, raw roads of the Bald Eagle State Forest, over relentlessly rolling hills, along running waters and through gorgeous, old woods
- Riders will also go through Amish Country on roads measured in horsepower, not cell coverage.
“The Susquehanna River Valley is home to an abundance of terrain types,” said Andrew Miller, executive director for Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau. “The rocky slopes, grassy hillsides and dense woodlands create a varied topography that will challenge cyclists. By bringing unPAved to the area, the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau will have the opportunity to showcase the region’s cycling potential during a unique event that can grow into a one of the nation’s premier cycling competitions.”
Registration is now open at bikereg.com