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Press Release: April 6, 2012 - Night Rides on the Towpath Trail


CONTACTS: Tracey Bradnan, 440-781-7690 or


Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail:

18th season of free group bicycle rides at night begins April 28

Peninsula OH – The Towpath Trail is one of the area’s most popular bicycle paths by day, yet it looks and sounds very different in the moonlight. It’s an experience bicyclists can enjoy on Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail, now back for their 18th year this spring.

The 2012 season of Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail begins on Saturday, April 28, and runs through October. The rides start at 8 p.m. at the Century Cycles bicycle store in Peninsula (1621 Main Street, on Route 303 next to the Winking Lizard restaurant). They are FREE and no advance registration is required.

The 2012 schedule has 10 Night Rides, including two themed rides in commemoration of celebrations important to area cyclists:

Saturday, April 28
Saturday, May 19: Pajama Party Night Ride for Cleveland Bike Month
Saturday, June 23
Friday, July 6
Saturday, July 21
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 25
Saturday, September 15
Saturday, September 29
Saturday, October 20: All Hail the Ale Night Ride for Cleveland Beer Week

Led and supported by the bike store’s staff, Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail are casual, ride-at-your-own pace bicycle rides (not races) about 12-15 miles long that begin and end in the parking lot of the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. Parking is available at the Lock 29 Trailhead, just north of the store. Open to all skill levels, participants must sign a waiver prior to riding and must have their own bicycle and wear a helmet. A bicycle headlight is also required (the Towpath Trail is unlit at night and very dark). Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. After the Night Ride, cyclists usually head to the Winking Lizard next to the store to recount past adventures on two wheels.

For more information, call Century Cycles in Peninsula at 330-657-2209. Online please visit, an informational page that includes videos and photos from past Night Rides and tips for first-time Night Riders.

Started in 1994 as a staff ride, Century Cycles Night Rides have grown dramatically in popularity, now regularly attracting over 150 bicyclists and their families who ride everything from mountain bikes to tandem bicycles on the crushed limestone trail. Century Cycles Night Rides were in the national spotlight in 2009 when Bicycling Magazine, the world’s #1 bicycling publication, dubbed them one of America’s great local rides. In 2010, Bicycling Magazine cited the Towpath Trail as one of the reasons Cleveland is the 39th-best bicycling city in the United States.

About Century Cycles

Century Cycles is an award-winning chain of independent bicycle stores in Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River, providing high-quality bicycles and friendly, expert service to northeast Ohio bicyclists and their families. Century Cycles is an authorized dealer of Raleigh, Giant, Diamondback, Electra, Surly, Masi, Bianchi, and Haro bicycles, as well as Santana tandems. The Peninsula store also rents bicycles year- round for use on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.


1079 North Court Street, Medina, OH 44256

1621 Main Street (Route 303), Peninsula, OH 44264

19955 Detroit Road, Rocky River, OH 44116

Media Contact

Tracey Bradnan, Century Cycles
Cell: 440-781-7690

Karen Derby-Lovell, Bay Village Schools
Phone: 440-617-7307

High-res photos from previous Bay Bike to School Challenges available as JPGs via email upon request.