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Bicycle tours map, brochure highlights county bike trails

March 01, 2007

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has just released a new Bicycle Tours map and brochure for the county.

"The hundreds of miles of low-traffic rural roads in the county, almost all excellent for bicycling, have always attracted cyclists. The C&O Canal Towpath and the Western Maryland Rail Trail are also popular destinations, as well as Antietam Battlefield. Several local state parks also have excellent mountain biking, including Greenbrier State Park," the bureau said in a press release.

Tom Riford, president of the bureau, said the brochure was a joint effort with the county Planning Department, the City of Hagerstown's Engineering Department, the Cumberland Valley Cycling Club, and Icon Graphics.

Riford said Trails.com rankings show that half of Maryland's 10 most popular trails are in or near Washington County.

The colorful map, designed by Icon Graphics, folds out to include eight bicycle loop tours, including one through Hagerstown. Each tour varies in length, from 10 to 34 miles, and explores a variety of terrain.

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The "Hub City Tour" utilizes the newly constructed Hamilton Run bike path and the new North Prospect Street bike lane.

The new map includes a welcome to Washington County, safety information, a list of local bike shops, points of interest and a brief history of the county.

The tour routes were supplied by the Cumberland Valley Cycling Club. The CVCC is a recreational and racing bicycle club that has been based in Hagerstown since 1983. The organization's Web site is: www.bikecvcc.com.

In all, 10,000 Bicycle Tours maps were printed. They are available at the CVB Visitor Welcome Center in downtown Hagerstown and will be available from many CVB member businesses, especially hotels and bike shops.

The CVB's web site is www.marylandmemories.com

The CVB's Charissa Stanton managed the Bicycle Tours in Washington County project.

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