Tour de Belt Ride Instructions

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June 5, 2022 Group Ride

Parking Opens at 8:30 AM

Participant Instructions and Reminders 

Thank you for joining our annual Tour de Belt and supporting the Capital Area Greenbelt!   We’re excited to share important details to help answer questions and provide updates on this year’s event! 

Spread the word to family and friends – Online registration will remain open until midnight June 4. Please register online by the deadline so you can join in the fun on Sunday. Support the Greenbelt – $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers and $10 for youth.  REGISTER HERE!

The Ride is Rain or Shine/No Refunds  – This page will continue to be updated with details about the event. If you need additional information, please email us at caga@caga.org or call 717-921-4733.

 

The Ride StartThe ride will start at the Harrisburg Area Community College, 1 HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110, next to the Cooper Student Center (past the McCormick Library). The ride is show-and-go. Riders must arrive between 8:30 am and 10:00 am. The course will open at 9:00 am, with the last set of riders leaving HACC by 10:15 am. Although you can arrive and start at any time, we are expecting a very large crowd. To ensure a safe and relaxed start, we are asking riders to choose a start time when t-shirts are picked up.  If you can’t pick up your shirt early, we ask that you arrive after 9:00 am. 

 

HACC Parking – All riders should enter HACC through the main entrance no earlier than 8:30 am and follow the parking attendant directions. Riders will be parked in EAST lots (2-6). Please respect and cooperate with the parking volunteers who are present for everyone’s safety. HACC gates will be closed on Industrial Road

 

Fort Hunter Parking– We are encouraging all riders to start at the HACC-Harrisburg Campus. Due to previously scheduled events, Ft Hunter Parking is limited and on a first come, first served basis, starting at 8:30 am. Support at this location will end at 10:00 am. If parking is unavailable, you will be directed to the Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Campus parking lot to follow the traditional route. Riders leaving from Ft. Hunter are encouraged not to cross Linglestown Road at 6th Street. Follow the extension and connect with the main loop at Kaby Street. Use caution when connecting with the main loop. 

 

The RouteScroll to the bottom of this page for a full map of the course. Riders will start at HACC-Harrisburg Campus and follow the trail counter-clockwise, ending at the Commonwealth Charter Academy parking lot. 

 

The Finish LineThe ride will conclude at the Commonwealth Charter Academy, 1 Innovation Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Riders can celebrate completing the 20-mile bike ride while grabbing a bite at one of the Food Trucks, relaxing to music provided by DJ Tom and No Last Call Band. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet local organizations and sponsors. The Finish Line is just a few, short strides away from the parking lot at HACC. 

 

Early T-shirt Pick Up – T-shirts can be picked up in advance at the Fort Hunter Stable (mountain side)*. When you pick up your shirt you will be asked to sign up for a start time for the June 5 ride starting at HACC.  The times are 9:00, 9:30 and 10:00 am.  We are asking riders to commit to a time so we can avoid congestion in the parking lot and at the sendoff. With your t-shirt, you will also receive a wristband, which is important to wear for the June 5 ride.

 

Pick ups at Fort Hunter are on the following days and times:

Thursday June 2, 2022 – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Friday June 3, 2022 – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Saturday June 4, 222 – 9:00 am to noon

*5300 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110

 

June 5 (Sunday) T-shirt Pick-up – T-shirts can be picked up prior to your ride near the McCormick Library from 8:30 am to 10:00am. We recommend picking up t-shirts in advance.  If registered after May 12, a t-shirt is not guaranteed, however, extras will be available on a first come, first served-basis. Shirts must be picked up in person since they will not be mailed this year. 

 

Prepare for and Ensure a SAFE and FUN Ride around Harrisburg: 

  • Bring a helmet.  Everyone participating in the Tour de Belt must wear a helmet.

  • Bring your own water and LOTS of it. The rest stops will have water for riders and there will be a Hydration Station, sponsored by Pennsylvania American Water, at the Finish Line Fest. 

  • Follow the volunteer and police instructions when crossing intersections and the rules of the road.

  • Please follow the route guides and DO NOT, ride up to Fort Hunter (unless you started at Fort Hunter

  • Use EXTRA care on “share the road sections” and pay particular attention when crossing streets. Go slowly down hills at Reservoir Park and at the State Hospital.  There is rough pavement at the Cameron Street underpass.  

  • Maintain safe distances between ridersBe courteous and try to avoid and/or announce sudden turns and stops.

  • Volunteers will be welcoming you and greeting you around the Greenbelt – follow their instructions.  

  • Wear your Tour de Belt t-shirt to show your support!

 

Limited Bike Assistance Is Available – Our bike shop partners will be available at designated parking areas to provide safety inspections and may be able to help with last minute bike issues. Pedal Pusher and World Cup Ski & Cycle will be at HACC; and REI will be at the PennDOT rest area. Thank you to our bike shop partners! 

Need Help During the Ride

  • If you require assistance during the ride, ride marshals will be wearing light green safety vests labeled ride marshal.  They have tools and are prepared to provide minor bike repairs. 

  • If you need help and a marshal is not available, call 717-921-4733. The wristband received at t-shirt pickup will have this phone number on it.

  • If there is an emergency, please call 911.

  • Ride Support: No rider left behind. If you are struggling to finish – please take advantage of our
    SAG-wagon services.  Call 717-921-4733.

  • Support services will be provided until 1:00 pm. 

 

Tour de Belt Rest Stops – snacks have been provided by Hershey and Karns

  1. PennDOT – porta john, REI tech station, snacks and water sponsored by Harrisburg Young Professionals

  2. 28th Street Trailhead – porta john, snacks and water sponsored by Swatara Township Police

  3. Reservoir Park – porta john, snacks and water sponsored by Susquehanna Township 

  • Restrooms are available at Harrisburg Area Community College – Harrisburg Campus 

  • Porta Johns will be available at Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA)

Thank you Sponsors and Volunteers A special thank you to our platinum sponsor, LCSWMA. See all our sponsors on the Tour de Belt Sponsor Page.  Thank you Commonwealth Charter Academy for the use of the facility’s parking lot. Thank you to the over 100 volunteers that support this event.  Shout out a “thanks” when you see them on the route or at the rest stops.  

Win a Prize! Attend the Finish Line Fest at the Commonwealth Charter Academy and you could win a prize! All registered attendees are eligible for the giveaways!

Thank you for supporting the Capital Area Greenbelt The Capital Area Greenbelt Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer organization. We work closely with Dauphin County, the City of Harrisburg, Swatara and Susquehanna Townships, Paxtang and Penbrook Boroughs, and HACC-Harrisburg Campus to maintain and preserve the greenbelt for future generations.

 

COVID-19 Protocols 

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, please do not participate in the group ride.

  • Be mindful of your bodily fluids. If you need to sneeze, spit, or anything else, move yourself away from the group. 

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can participate without a face mask.  If you are not fully vaccinated, please wear a face mask at parking lots, rest stops and the Finish Line Fest.  Face masks are not required but suggested when you are riding and walking.

 

Bike it.  Walk it.  Run it.  And HELP it! 

Interested in volunteering? – email caga@caga.org.