Where to Stay for the Velo-Valley Vistas
The Lehigh Wheelmen and Discover Lehigh Valley have been able to negotiate special rates at two area hotels for the Velo-Valley Vistas weekend.
Comfort Inn Lehigh Valley West, 7625 Imperial Way, Allentown, PA 18106is offering a rate of $115 per night plus tax for one to four persons per room. (The regular rate is $135.) Rate includes a complementary hot breakfast each morning. To make a reservation, call 610-391-0344 and tell them you are participating in Velo-Valley Vistas.
- Hilton Garden Inn Allentown West, 230 Sycamore Road, Breinigsville, PA 18031 is offering a rate of $139 per night plus tax. (The regular rate is $199.) Rate includes a complementary cold buffet breakfast. To make a reservation, call 610-398-6645 and tell them you are participating in Velo-Valley Vistas.
Other lodging possibilities include:
- Glasbern, 2141 Packhouse Road, Fogelsville, PA 18051 is a beautiful B&B in the country. They currently have rooms available on Friday and Sunday nights.
- Sleep Inn, 327 Star Road, Allentown, PA 18106.
- Hawthorn Suites, 7720 Main Street, Fogelsville, PA 18051.
- Holiday Inn Allentown I-78, 7736 Adrienne Drive, Breinigsville, PA 18031.
- Homewood Suites Allentown West, 7686 Industrial Blve, Allentown, PA 18106.
Lehigh Valley Themed Rides
- The Frying Dutchman, Kutztown, 35 miles, 1327 feet of climbing: Rolling hills out and flat on the return. Enjoy the area's best made-to-order donuts (you've earned it)! Route link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/11371946
- The Oley Turnpike Dairy, 43 miles, 2023 feet of climbing: Start with a nice flat warmup out to Bowers then climb up to Dryville and over South Mountain. Be ready for a beautiful downhill ride on the south side of South Mountain and into the Oley Valley. Stop at the Oley Turnpike Dairy for some fantastic ice cream before starting the return to the Velo. Route link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15614071
- The Bagel Bunch, Pleasant Corners, 36 miles, 1994 feet of climbing: This ride starts at Covered Bridges Park (walk bikes on bridge), 10 miles northeast of the Velodrome. Enjoy some beautiful views of Blue Mountain and Bake Oven Knob. Refuel at The Bagel Bunch before your return. Route link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/8182011
- Crystal Cave, Kutztown, 37 miles, 1651 feet of climbing: Head north and west from the Velodrome to Rodale Farm. Continue along the scenic Saucony Creek before arriving at Crystal Cave, an old-time tourist attraction. Rolling out and flat on the return. Route link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19429766
- The Market Cafe, Topton, 21 miles, 744 feet of climbing: A shorter route option to one of the LWA's favorite stops. On the way out you'll pass by the historic Longswamp church and through a beautiful little valley before desending into Topton. The highlight on the return is a run down one of our favorites: the Trexler Mile. Route link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19430032
- Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, 33 miles, 2140 feet of climbing: This ride starts at Upper Macungie Park, 4 miles north of the Velodrome. This is the LWA "Buffalo Ride" through the beautiful Trexler Nature Preserve where you'll have an opportunity to stop and observe not only the Bison but also a herd of Elk. Route link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19894132
- Covered Bridges Ride, 30 miles, 1966 feet of climbing: This ride starts at Covered Bridges Park 10 miles northeast of the Velodrome. The Lehigh Valley has some amazingly beautiful old covered bridges we'd like to share with you (these bridges eat bike wheels; walk your bikes on bridges). Route link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19900771
- Wine Country Tours: We're offering two tours. The "4 Winery Joy Ride" starts at Upper Macungie Park with a distance of 32 miles and 1727 feet of climbing. Route link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20042101 The "7 Winery Tough Tour" from the Velodrome is a bit more challenging with a distance of 38 miles and 2709 feet of climbing. Route link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20271231
Ride so Others May Ride
World Bicycle Relief is mobilizing people through the Power of Bicycles. With six assembly facilities, WBR is empowering people across Africa. So far WBR has provided bikes in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Specially designed, locally assembled bicycles are provided to entrepreneurs, healthcare workers and students across rural Africa through sustainable work-to-own and study-to-own programs. WBR also trains field mechanics to ensure access to maintenance and spare parts. To date the Lehigh Wheelmen and LWA members have donated bicycles to WBR.
Try the Track
Saturday May 27th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
The Lehigh Wheelmen Association is a proud supporter of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center (also know as the T-Town Velodrome). On Saturday May 27th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in conjunction with the Velo-Valley Vistas Weekend, VPCC will be offering you an opportunity to Try the Track. The Try the Track program at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center allows riders to get on a track bike and learn to ride and even race from some of the best people to ever do it. Overseen by Olympic Gold Medalist Marty Nothstein and his team of coaches, the Try the Track program is a great, ground-level opportunity for those with even the smallest interest in track cycling to experience the sport on one the best velodromes in the world. The two-hour clinic includes instructions on bike safety, riding safely, riding techniques, and even some racing tips as well. Equipment (helmet and bicycle) are provided, however, bringing own equipment is encouraged. Register online at BikeReg for the Try the Track Event. Cost is $75 per person and includes use of a track bike and 2 hours of professional coaching. The registration deadline is Monday, May 22nd at noon and the event is limited to 40 cyclists.
Stop by the Velodrome at 9:00 am for the Velo Farmers' Market and stay for Masters and Rookies racing on the track at 12:00 Noon.
Ride so Others May Ride
Community Bike Works is more than learning how bikes work; it’s learning how life works. At risk children from center city Allentown team up with mentors for a 12-week course in bike mechanics and safety. They learn work skills and see the satisfaction of turning a broken bike into a functional one. On graduation, students earn their refurbished bike and a new helmet.