From before the ride to on the road, Ride Allegheny is there every step of the way to support you in a safe and successful ride experience!
If you’re a cyclist then you know what it means to have to get used to the seat you’re riding on for a few hours at a time. If you’re new to the cycling sport then you definitely want to get some miles in to get the legs and rear-end ready. There are a ton of fun opportunities to train with the RA Crew before the ride.
Over the course of the year leading up to the ride, we will coordinate regular training rides for registered riders and prospects to participate in. The purpose of the rides are three-fold:
The training rides may involve a tour of local wineries in Maryland or Virginia, it could be a ride down the C&O canal to Arlington Cemetery to witness the famous “changing of the guard,” it could also be a pub ride along a 20 mile loop! We also have specific “training” rides for rookies that are designed specifically to get accustomed to riding on the C&O Canal and becoming familiar with your pace that you’ll take on the RiDE itself.
Once you’re registered for the RiDE, be sure to keep a close eye on newsletters, email blasts, and website updates for the specifics on the training rides. Of course you can train on your own, but it’s fun and a great way to meet some of the group beforehand when you train with us! Check the CALENDAR page on this website regularly for event schedules and details.
Part of what we do at RiDE Allegheny is raise money to support our troops. If you’re new to the fundraising effort and want to get some tips and tricks on how best to approach your potential donors, be sure to jump over to the fundraising link. There you’ll find good ideas that will help guide you towards a successful fundraising effort!
The Ride Guide handbook provides you with all of the finer details you’ll need to know for this year’s ride, such as:
SAG Check-In ProcessRider safety is a major priority for our ride. To ensure everyone is accounted for and nobody gets left behind, we have a rider check-in process implemented. It will be your responsibility to ensure that you check in with the SAG Support personnel at each and every stop. Notify them by Rider Number which is located on your bag and bike tags (given to you prior to the ride). This includes morning departure, all rest stops, lunch and arrival. There will be a SAG Support representative conveniently located at each of these stops and it is critical that you check in with them.
If someone doesn’t check in it may be necessary to double back and look for them. So even if you don’t plan to spend time at a particular location you will need to stop and check in.
One of the unique features of the RiDE is the fact that we have a mobile bicycle shop that joins the ride for each and every day as we make the trek from Pittsburgh, PA back to DC.
Just Riding Along Bicycle Shop (JRABS) is a Laytonsville, MD based bike shop that has been a longtime supporter of the RiDE.
Travis Evans, the owner, closes his shop for the 4 day ride, bringing his tools and numerous bike parts, providing emergency repairs, and offering maintenance advice necessary to get you (and your bike!) back home in one piece.
Riders are expected to have their bikes prepared and “ready-to-ride”, and to be capable of repairing their own flat tires, oiling their own chains, and inflating their own tires; but there is always the chance of a broken chain, broken spokes, broken cables, and other mechanical issues that require a mechanic and special tools to repair.
You are encouraged to put a bag on your bike to carry a spare tube or two, tire ‘irons’, chain oil, and a small pump for yourself. Check out the gear guide link to find other possible gear.
Rest assured, you are never alone. RA riders are always ready and willing to help with minor maintenance and flat tires.
You can expect that every time you stop along the ride (if only to enjoy the view), every rider that passes will ask if “you’re good?” or if you need any help.
As with any bike shop, there is a charge for repairs. With your bag pick-up we’ll provide a standard price list as well as a list of bike shops along the route that can provide the same services should you decide to stop along the way.
Travis sets up every morning before the ride begins, at various checkpoints throughout the ride, and each night after the ride to give you ample opportunity to have your bike repaired.
We are very proud of the convenience JRABS provides for the RiDE and appreciate Travis for his support!
Just when you thought you were going to have to squish a few bananas and sandwiches in your jersey pocket, rest assured there will be plenty of snacks available at each rest stop! Of course, if you are into prepping with electrolyte supplements, snack bars, goo or other types of ride snacks, go for it! But each day as we ride, there will be lunch stops and check points that provide meals and snack opportunities along the way. We have American Legion support, local school and girl scout troops and a few other support groups that work with our organization to help the cause and keep our bellies full!
So now you’re riding a bicycle for four days. Certainly we have to stop at some point each night and get some rest, something to eat, or a few drinks to celebrate the day’s effort, right?!
The ride begins on Thursday morning, but on Wednesday afternoon, the majority of the riders will meet in Gaithersburg, at Smokey Glen Farms, to load up the bikes and bags and hop on a charter bus to ride up to Pittsburgh, PA. This tends to turn into a bit of a pre-ride celebration!
Check the LODGING page on this website for details on when and where to make reservations. Just be aware that we’ve got you covered for Thursday night in Ohiopyle/Cumberland. All other nights are your responsibility.
In addition to providing nutrition throughout the ride, we organize (and sometimes pay for) group dinners in the evenings. Be sure to visit the lodging link for details on all accommodation options for each night of the RiDE.
On Night Three (Saturday) in Hagerstown we have a large group banquet dinner and celebration in one of the hotel ballrooms. It’s a great way to recount stories from the first 250 miles of the ride, and to prepare for the final leg the following morning.
There’s no better feeling than making your final pedal into Smokey Glen Farm through the arched balloon finish line with hundreds of a family, friends and Troops cheering you on! It’s a memory you’ll carry with you forever!
And if you hadn’t eaten enough on the ride, we give you one more opportunity to feast with your friends and family at the end of the ride Picnic and Awards Celebration! Here we announce the final fundraising total and hand over the “Big” check to Cindy and Operation Second Chance!