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That Dam Ride

September 2012

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Jennifer   (Event photos) (Past events)


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Address McKeesport, PA
Please note that I'm doing this ride with my bf and that we can't guarantee to all stick together. Sorry if that's rude; it's just that everyone rides at a different pace. He's starting at Boston and I am starting at Connellsville. I am hoping that people will sign up and form their own groups. Thank you for understanding....

Weekend of September 8-9, 2011


Start at Boston ....................... 69 miles each way

Start at Connellsville ............... 30 miles each way

Or you can just go to Confluence and camp.

That Dam Ride is an overnight bicycle ride to Confluence with camping at the Youghiogheny River Dam Corps of Engineers Campground. The Ride follows the packed limestone Youghiogheny River Trail which is part of the Great Allegheny Passage, the Cumberland to Pittsburgh Trail. Travel at your own pace adjacent to the beautiful river valley, through small towns, historic sites and stretches of unpopulated wooded areas.

That Dam Ride registration required!

Start in Boston or Connellsville - $75.00
Camping only - $25.00

Includes: Gear transport, Rest stops with energy drinks and snacks, Lunch in Connellsville, Dinner, Camping, Coffee, juice, and light snacks in morning, Event T-shirt, Entertainment! Prize drawings! What a deal!

Sponsored by Mon Yough Trail Council an all-volunteer 501c(3) organization to benefit trail maintenance, preservation of the historic and natural resources along the trail and fostering of trail related activity. Proceeds also benefit a number of non-profit organizations providing volunteer support and services.

Comments/questions to info@thatdamride.org or call MYTC Hotline at 412-754-1100 Mailbox 4

Register here:



Visit Confluence Tourism site for more info:


Saturday rest stops at Cedar Creek Park, Connellsville & Ohiopyle. Sunday rest stops at Connellsville and Cedar Creek Park. Lunch is provided at Connellsville Saturday and Sunday. All rest stops will have energy drinks & snacks. Spaghetti dinner in Confluence included or dine on your own. Coffee, juice, and light snacks in the morning included (option of breakfast sandwich – ham, egg, cheese - for $2.50 donation) or have a full breakfast on your own in Confluence or Ohiopyle.


Tell us something about the demographics of the participants.
There are 300-400 participants with an average adult rider age in the mid to upper forties. The age range has been 5 to 83 with approximately a 55/45 male to female ratio. There are typically 40-45 riders under 18.

Do I need my own tent?
Yes. If you do not have one, consider borrowing one from Troop 15, Boy Scouts of America for a donation.

I've never camped. Will someone help me pitch a tent?
Troop 15, Boy Scouts will be available to assist.

What is the starting time?
Check-in & Gear Loading in Boston:
7:15 pm - 8:30 am

Check-in & Gear Loading in Connellsville:
11:00 am-12:30 pm

Gear transported to Confluence and back for all riders.

Your gear must be on the truck by the end times noted above or it will not be in Confluence upon your arrival.

What do I do for breakfast?
There will be coffee, juice, tea, hot chocolate, and light breakfast at the campground. Optional breakfast sandwiches (ham, egg and cheese ) will be available at the campground for a $2.50 donation. Or, you can eat in a local restaurant such as Sister's Café.

Where do I park? What is the cost?
There will be no charge for parking. In Boston, you can park near the trailhead. In Connellsville, please park in the gravel trailhead parking lot. In late August, registrants will receive instructions in the mail.

How well do I have to ride?
We have assumed that riders can maintain an average speed of 8-12 miles/hour in order to make all rest stops, etc.

How many people volunteer for the ride?
45-50 volunteers from 8-9 non-profit organizations.

What if I want to start in Connellsville and end in Boston or the other way around? Can I do that?
Yes. When you check in, you need to be sure to tell the person checking you in that you are doing this so that your gear can be appropriately handled for dropoff according to your wishes. You will need to make your own arrangements for transportation between the two points for car pickup etc. There is no shuttle service.

MYTC That Dam Ride to:
Bour Associates
936 Savannah Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
412-754-1100 mailbox #4

This is also posted on Meetup.com's Bicycling Group.