What we're about

Fitness Central Cycling Club is a group of cyclists, of all abilities, that want to promote safe and fun cycling in the northwestern Lehigh Valley. Our group rides include road, mountain, gravel, and adventure routes—along with other community events. 
Our goal is to get more butts on bikes and spread the joy of cycling without judgement. Please review our ride schedule and join a ride that best suits your interest and ability. Happy riding!

Upcoming events (4+)

Market Café Thur Coffee Ride CANCELED- X-TREME WEATHER CONDITIONS.

The Valley Preferred Cycling Center

-7:30 am Start from the Velodrome parking lot.

-the ride route is the "flats" out to Kutztown and typically is the same each week because of time constraints some have before work.
The ride will include a stop for coffee at the Market Café in Topton. Mmmmm... coffee & maybe Biscotti.

-14-16 mph overall average. Ride speed typically 15 - 20 mph

All participants must have an appropriate road bike, helmet, water, spare tube and a friendly attitude.

Weather related cancelations are typically posted between 6:00-6:15 am the day of the ride.

RSVP'S are not required but appreciated.

Global Fat Bike Day 2022 - Jim Thorpe Area - Pennsylvania

101 Lehigh Dr

It's FAT time of year again!

Global Fat Bike Day (GFBD) has always been both a virtual & tangible celebration by fans of "Fat Bikes". Groups from around the world gather 1st Saturday in December & share their love of fat bikes & post their gatherings on Facebook Fat Bikes Group and other social media.

Continuing the tradition we'll be hosting our annual "celebration" of GFBD with our Fellowship of Fat!

Parking is near the Lehighton Trailhead-D&L Trail. See map. Plenty of paved parking with a nice bike shop (Lehighton Outdoor Center) & Distillery/Craft Beer House (Insurrection) adjacent to the lot.

We invite you to explore the trails around Jim Thorpe (JT) area in a group or on your own with 3 ride options depending upon how far you want to go & type of ride you want to do.

We encourage you to take selfie/photos & then post on Social Media (Facebook Fat Bikes Group) with hashtag #GFBD2022.

Post ride brews & pizza at Insurrection Distillery/Craft Beer House.

Fat & Plus Bikes Preferred - including eBikes. However, feel free to bring along your non-Fat/Plus friends - all types of bicycles/bicyclists welcome to help us celebrate this special day!

Here are your basic ride options for the Jim Thorpe Edition of Global Fat this year:

  1. SHORT & FAT - Approximately 10-12 miles round trip. Rail Trail Ride to Jim Thorpe. Mostly flat 8" wide cinder trails with a little asphalt thrown in & NO single track. Lots of photo ops along the way as well as shops & restaurants to explore. Great for eBikes & novices! Bring a bike lock so you don't have to worry about your bike while walking around town.

  2. FAT FRIENDLY - Approximately 25 miles round trip. A smorgasbord of trails including the D&L, road, single track, double track & about 1200' of climbing (climb out/descend back) through Jim Thorpe out to Mauch Chunk Lake. Fat/knobby tires & basic mountain bike handling skills are needed for this route.

  3. BIG & FAT - Up to 50+ miles - This ride will start at 9 am and head south on the D&L to Slatington (20 miles out and back) then back to the start location where they will pick up the FAT FRIENDLY Riders and head out to Mauch Chunk Lake.

There will be a stop at Mauch Chunk Lake for the FAT FRIENDLY and BIG & FAT Riders to get a Global Fat Day Group Photo.

Event is rain/snow or shine because fat bikes can ride through anything! Dress for the weather conditions & be prepared! Good event to test your winter/wet weather riding gear and equipment.

There is no formal SAG (Support & Gear) for this celebration, but there are bike shops in Lehighton (Lehighton Outdoor Center) & another bike shop in JT in case you have a mechanical. Make sure your bike is in good working order & you have a spare tube & other essentials for your specific bike.

Masks not required for the ride, but bring one along in case you encounter a situation where you might need one. Reminder, if you are currently sick or in quarantine for the 'Rona, please don't come.

Questions: call or text Tammy @[masked]. Of course, if you have medical issues day of the event call 911 first!

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Market Café Thur Coffee Ride

The Valley Preferred Cycling Center

-7:30 am Start from the Velodrome parking lot.

-the ride route is the "flats" out to Kutztown and typically is the same each week because of time constraints some have before work.
The ride will include a stop for coffee at the Market Café in Topton. Mmmmm... coffee & maybe Biscotti.

-14-16 mph overall average. Ride speed typically 15 - 20 mph

All participants must have an appropriate road bike, helmet, water, spare tube and a friendly attitude.

Weather related cancelations are typically posted between 6:00-6:15 am the day of the ride.

RSVP'S are not required but appreciated.

Market Café Thur Coffee Ride

The Valley Preferred Cycling Center

-7:30 am Start from the Velodrome parking lot.

-the ride route is the "flats" out to Kutztown and typically is the same each week because of time constraints some have before work.
The ride will include a stop for coffee at the Market Café in Topton. Mmmmm... coffee & maybe Biscotti.

-14-16 mph overall average. Ride speed typically 15 - 20 mph

All participants must have an appropriate road bike, helmet, water, spare tube and a friendly attitude.

Weather related cancelations are typically posted between 6:00-6:15 am the day of the ride.

RSVP'S are not required but appreciated.

Past events (2,625)

Market Café Thur Pre- Turkey Diner Ride. Coffee??

The Valley Preferred Cycling Center

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