Bike tour offers new perspective of Antrim Township

Cyclists gearing up for inaugural Old Home Week event

July 29, 2010|By DANA BROWN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Andrew Barbuzanes hopes a new event for the Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week celebration offers a new perspective on the community.

Barbuzanes chairs the inaugural "Tour of Antrim Township Bike Tour" set for Aug. 7, one of the last events scheduled for the week-long triennial celebration.

The cycling tour, he said, will offer people the opportunity to get a different view of the Greencastle-Antrim area.

"I just hope they get out and see the scenery and how nice the area is," he said. "It's absolutely beautiful. It will be nice for people to see it from this perspective."

The tour features three routes of varying distances for cyclists with different skill levels, Barbuzanes said.

Barbuzanes expects the 12-mile "Short Loop" will take cyclists between 40 to 90 minutes to complete. The "Medium Loop," a 22-mile ride, should take between an hour to an hour and a half and the 40-mile "Big Loop" will take two to four hours to cycle, depending on skill level, he said.


The tours start at 9 a.m. at Jerome R. King Memorial Playground and will end in the same location.

The three tours will take cyclists throughout the borough's and township's historic areas and scenic farmland, Barbuzanes said.

It is territory Barbuzanes knows well. He and several friends have been cycling the area for about 20 years, he said.

"I would like people to experience that," he said.

He anticipates between 40 to 100 people will attend the first-time event, which is open to all age groups.

Old Home Week Association President Ben Thomas said he has been seeing people already getting out their bicycles.

"I hope they are gearing up," he said.

Thomas credited Barbuzanes -- who also chairs the "James P. Oliver Memorial Bicycle Races" on Aug. 4 -- for expanding the bicycle venues for Old Home Week.

A cycling enthusiast himself, Barbuzanes hopes that in addition to getting people together to take a different look at their community, the bike ride will interest newcomers in the sport of cycling, as well.

"If I can introduce people to cycling for the rest of their life that would be great," he said. "It's amazing how many say they would love to do it."

Barbuzanes said every cyclist must wear a helmet. He also encourages people to wear bright, comfortable clothing and to bring water. Refreshments will be offered at the end of the event, he said.

Riders who are unsure of which tour length to join can get advice the morning of the race, Barbuzanes said.

Three to four team leaders for each tour will mingle with cyclists to make sure they are able to complete the routes, he said.

Registration will begin around 8:30 a.m. the day of the tour at the Nelson Pavilion at the Jerome R. King Memorial Playground, just off of North Carlisle Street in Greencastle.

Participants under the age of 18 must provide a signed parental permission form, he said. Bicycle safety checks will be offered before the start of the tours.

On the web

Detailed tour maps and registration form, including parental permission form for participants under the age of 18, are available at

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