Before we list four gentle-to-challenging rides for September, there's still time to sign up for the 20th annual Pedal Pittsburgh Ride Sunday.
Bicyclists have their choice of a beginner-friendly Post-Gazette Family Ride, an intermediate 25-mile Highmark City Tour and a PJ Dick, Trumbull and Lindy Paving 62.5-metric mile Century Ride.
"Full-service rest stops along each route will provide riders with gourmet snacks from Whole Foods," said Bike Pittsburgh, the ride organizer.
Registration fees -- children $15, adults $35 -- include a 20th anniversary T-shirt and admission to the Finish Line Festival. Register online until 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Rides begin and end behind REI on the South Side.
That Dam Ride
That Dam Ride, a two-day out-and-back ride to Confluence along the Great Allegheny Passage from Boston (67 miles one way) or Connellsville (28 miles), will be held Sept. 7-8.
The 15th annual fully-supported ride, organized by the Mon/Yough Trail Council, includes baggage transportation, bike mechanics, rest stops, lunch and a spaghetti dinner at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Confluence. There will be overnight camping at the nearby Outflow Campground maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Accommodations also are available at B&Bs and guest houses. Boy Scouts will loan and set up tents and sell breakfast sandwiches Sunday morning.
The registration fee is $70 for either ride. Proceeds will support trail maintenance, trail activities and the nine non-profit organizations that provide volunteer support and services for That Dam Ride.
Heroes and Hope
The fourth annual Heroes and Hope Century Bike Ride, a challenging 62.5-mile rain-or-shine road ride up and over the hills of central Somerset County, will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 14.
The scenic course traverses the final miles of the heroes of United Flight 93 Sept. 11, 2001 and visits the Quecreek Mine Rescue Site where nine coal miners were rescued July 28, 2002 after being trapped 240 feet underground for three days.
The $40 fee includes a T-shirt, drinks and snacks along the route and a complete picnic meal afterwards at the House of Hope farm. Proceeds benefit Harvest of Hope Farm, a Christian counseling center for troubled teens and their families.
Information: www.harvestofhopefarm.org; 1-814-410-5229.
Sept. 21 event set
The 11th annual Newalta-REI-ThermoFisher Scientific Tour the Montour, which welcomes bicyclists to pedal 6, 15, 24, 44 or 62 miles, will be held from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21. The out-and-back rides will begin at Milepost 0 just off Route 51 near Coraopolis. Helmets are required.
Riders once again will be offered the opportunity to compete for the King and Queen of the Mountain, a challenging 0.7-mile climb up Hassam Road. The road has an average grade of 8 percent.
Registration fees: adults $25, children aged 12 and younger $5. The family rate for up to four persons -- for the 6-mile and 15-mile courses only -- are $45 and $50. Lunch and refreshments will be served at the Brothers Grimm at Milepost 3 along Beaver Grade Road.
Information: www.montourtrail.org; 412-257-3011.
The second annual Armstrong Trail Fundraising Ride/Walk, which offers 18-mile and 30- mile out-and-back rides and a 4-mile walk, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 28 behind the Church of God at 629 Woodward Ave. in Kittanning. Walkers will begin at the Nautical Mile Campground in Templeton.
The event, sponsored by the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association and the Allegheny Valley Land Trust, will provide fruit and water at both starting points and a pulled pork and chicken lunch at noon at the Nautical Mile Campground. Adult registration fees are $25, children aged 12 to 18 are $15.
Larry Walsh writes about recreational bicycling for the Post-Gazette.