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Adventures in the Lebanon Valley await the bicycling enthusiast, where there’s everything from leisurely country roads to miles upon miles of off-road trails. Mountain bikers and trail aficionados up for the challenge can test their skill on single track trails and designated trails, each with unique terrain. Or, opt to revel in the picturesque farmland and historic sites by bicycling paved roads of Lebanon Valley’s scenic countryside.

“Is there a better way to really see the beauty of our county than by riding bike? The mere act of slowing down and experiencing nature upfront and personal is so therapeutic. It is wind in the face, blood pumping to your legs, and feeling fully alive moment. With the diverse landscape of the Lebanon Valley, many prefer to ride the roads throughout the county to experience the simple beauty of our farmlands, open fields and rolling hills. Others, like myself, prefer an early morning low stress route on the Rail Trails with a designated tree lined path that feels as close to heaven as I can imagine.” says Jennifer Kuzo, President of Visit Lebanon Valley.

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Tour de Lebanon Valley Bike Ride is occurring Saturday, June 12, 2021. To ensure extreme safety measures, we will be staggering the departure times and also allowing those who sign up, access to the route several days earlier if interested. This event was designed to highlight the beauty of our Lebanon Valley and to encourage many to experience a healthy and safe exercise opportunity. The ride encompasses most of the Lebanon Valley from Mt. Gretna, Cornwall, Schaefferstown, Myerstown, Jonestown, Annville, Palmyra and more. It passes preserved farmlands and some of the most scenic views within our county. With the combination of three different rides and distances available, we hope to attract all levels of bikers with a 62-mile ride around the entire county, a 25-mile picturesque ride, and a 10- mile Family Fun ride through the Rail Trails. Registration is available at www.TourdeLebanonValley.com. Proceeds from the ride this year will support the Lebanon Valley Conservancy, the Lebanon Health Counsel and the Lebanon Valley Bike Coalition.

Biking is more popular than ever right now. Bicycles are sometimes hard to find, being in such high demand. More people are cycling during COVID-19 as a family friendly activity for all ages. Some of the many benefits to our community due to biking: cleaner air, quieter streets, socially distant transportation, enjoying the outdoors, spending quality time with children, combat obesity, a meditative aerobic exercise, all roads lead to a positive outcome. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, like biking, 5 days a week to reduce cholesterol, dementia, depression, anxiety, diabetes, colon cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and other health threats by at least 40%.

Enough said. It’s time to get on your bikes and ride! www.VisitLebanonValley.com

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