Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Annual Dam Ride Sept. 8-9

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Annual Dam Ride Sept. 8-9

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With the exception of a few rough spots in Ohiopyle State Park, the Great Allegheny Passage is in good shape for That Dam Ride from Boston, Pa., or Connellsville to Confluence. The 14th annual two- day ride, bordered by the Youghiogheny River, will be held Sept. 8- 9.

I joined two veteran cyclists last week who were pleased with the condition of the passage between Boston and Confluence, thanks to the efforts of local trail groups who cleared the passage of downed trees and branches brought down by high winds during recent thunderstorms.

That Dam Ride is a 138-mile round trip from Boston and a 60-mile round trip from Connellsville. The deadline for registration, which can be made online, is midnight Friday. The fully supported ride is organized by the Mon/Yough Trail Council.

Although previous participants have ranged in age from 5 to 83, the average age is mid- to upper-40s, the council said. The ride usually has 40-45 riders a18 and younger. The male/female ratio is 55/45.

"We have assumed that riders can maintain an average speed of 8- 12 mph in order to make all the rest stops," the council said.

Energy drinks and snacks will be available Saturday at rest stops in Cedar Creek Park, Connellsville and Ohiopyle and Sunday in Connellsville and Cedar Creek Park. Lunch will be served both days in Connellsville.

The $75 per person cost includes rest stop fare, two lunches and a spaghetti dinner that includes a salad, dessert and beverages at Trinity Lutheran Church in Confluence. Riders won't leave hungry.

The fee also includes entertainment by Waldo Young, a T-shirt, light breakfast items Sunday and transportation of personal gear to and from Boston or Connellsville.

Proceeds will be used for trail maintenance and related activities and to support nine nonprofits that provide volunteer support and services for the ride.

Overnight accommodations are available at the Outflow Campground maintained by the U. …

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