GAP Cycle 3: Sutersville > Whitsett

Friday, June 3 from 10:30-2:30

  • 40 US dollars
  • West Newton, PA

About the Adventure

Activity Level 4: Strenuous The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is a 150 mile rail-trail that begins in Cumberland, MD (Mile 0) and ends at the Point in Pittsburgh (mile 150.) Bicycling Magazine named the GAP to its 2022 list of “dream rides” around the world. We are section biking the GAP in a series of 10 out-and-back rides. Join us for your favorite sections or sign up for all 10. We're riding eastbound starting at mile 150 in Pittsburgh and culminating with a stunning 22 mile downhill from Big Savage Tunnel to Cumberland at mile 0. What's the Trail Like? The GAP is a rail-trail paved with crushed limestone. There are a few asphalt sections near urban areas. What kind of bike is best for this trail? Most people ride hybrid or gravel bikes. Some use mountain bikes. A road bike equipped with slightly knobby tires will also work. A road bike with slick, skinny tires is unsuitable for this trip. What equipment do I need? All participants must have their own bike (or rent one from Golden Triangle in Pittsburgh.) Helmets are mandatory. Other gear to have: • a spare tube • water (hydration pack; bottle with cage) • snacks/energy food • eye protection ( sunglasses or clear safety glasses) • padded bike shorts • bike gloves • rain gear, • a bike lock • saddle (underseat) bag to keep keys, phone, etc. GAP Ride 3: Sutersville to Whitsett For our 3rd GAP ride, we'll begin in West Newton and head towards Sutersville where GAP Ride 2 ended, our turning point. As our ride continues, we head south past West Newton and cycle through Cedar Creek Park which offers some amenities for the GAP rider. As we ride on, we’ll pass by Van Meter (sight of fatal 1907 coal mine explosion) and then to our turn around point at Whitsett. Whitsett is on the National Register of Historic Places due to its connection with coal mining history. Total distance is 28 miles. Elevation gain is 184 feet. Our riding speed will be about 10 mph. Limited to 12 riders. WAC Biking Safety and Etiquette 1. Helmets are required and must be worn while riding. 2. Eye protection is strongly recommended. (sunglasses or clear safety glasses) 3. Using phones for talking or taking pictures while riding is unsafe and not permitted. 4. Front and rear lights are recommended. Lights are required for tunnels. (Headlamp is fine.) 5. We ride single file and maintain 1-2 bike lengths between riders. 6. We ride on the right side of the trail and pass on the left. 7. We use hand signals for turns and braking.

Cancellation Policy

To cancel a booking, please make your cancellation at least two business days (Monday – Friday) in advance of the outing. For example, you must cancel no later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday for the following weekend’s event by emailing or calling 717-433-7958. Cancellations with insufficient notice, no-shows, and late arrivals who have missed the group’s departure will not receive a refund. Refunds are issued in the form of original payment. If we cancel due to weather, you will receive a full refund. For cancellations involving an outfitter (SUP, rafting, kayaking, etc.) we follow the outfitter's cancellations policy.

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