The four unPAved courses build off each other. All routes leave from the Miller Center for Recreation & Fitness and head west from Lewisburg on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. A neutral start for Full, Plenty & Half riders until Mile 5 (short green section) and the Taste Riders continue on Rail Trail to Mifflinburg.
All routes take farm & country roads north of Mifflinburg to the Bald Eagle State Forest. At mile 15 the Taste riders turn back to Mifflinburg (stay on yellow).
Full, Plenty & Half riders start climbing and then head down to Aid Station #1. Half riders take a left here (staying on green). Full & Plenty riders continue straight to Woodward (orange).
Some pavement relief for Full & Plenty riders until they head up, and then back down, to Ingleby and towards the town of Coburn. Then more climbing back into the forest, before heading to Poe Paddy State Park for Aid Station 2. Drop bags, food & hydration here. Plenty riders will head east to the RR Tunnel. Full riders will head south for “The Difference” (purple).
Miles 53-83 of the Full course have 4 climbs, the infamous Longwell Draft chunky descent, two absolutely delightful descents and mechanical support at Aid Station #3. Riders will return to Poe Paddy State Park for Aid Station #4 before heading back east to the RR Tunnel (orange).
Full & Plenty riders are back together for the Cherry Run Rd climb, and then the Sheesley Rd climb before rejoining with the Half route (green) for Hobo Vista and the descent back towards Mifflinburg, rejoining the Taste course (yellow).
All riders are welcome to tasty treats at Aid Station #5 in Mifflinburg (the only Aid Station for the Taste riders) before heading east on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail to Lewisburg.
Timing finish is about 1 mile before the Miller Center where the ride comes to the end with free food, recovery beverages and big hugs.
The Susquehanna River Valley offers an authentic experience that combines everything that’s great about rural Pennsylvania: Breweries, award-winning wineries, outdoor recreation, family fun, wildlife, dining and welcoming hospitality. The rocky slopes, grassy hillsides and dense woodlands of the Susquehanna River Valley will challenge your fitness, test your equipment and bring a smile to your face.
Dave has ridden some of the big ticket items on many people's bucket lists: The cobbles of Paris-Roubaix & Tour of Flanders, the gravel goodness of Dirty Kanza & Rebecca's Private Idaho, up Mount Washington and down the Wildcat Trail at SSWC 2005, and more. Then he's gone on to run some seriously fun events like SSCXWC13Philly, Junkyard 'Cross in 2013 & 2014, and the Monkey Knife Fight. In good news for you, he's way better at running events than riding them.
Mike went to school at Bucknell University, and as a member of the cycling team was training on the dirty roads outside of Lewisburg without ever knowing those roads were "gravel." Since graduating Mike has created some of the best cycling events in the region, such as the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic and Iron Cross. Most recently he helped launch the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League and has been named to the Board of Directors for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association to help get #MoreKidsOnBikes.