Interestingly, baseball is the reason for Penns Valley Pedals and Pints.
On a 2015 trip to Kentucky to cheer on his nephew’s college baseball team, Roy Rupert visited a local watering hole and noticed a group of cyclists clanking glasses of craft beers in cheers to completing their ride. He thought to himself, “Now that’s the right way to workout!” They called themselves ‘Pedals & Pints’ and met up weekly ending each ride with beer, food and friends.
Upon his return, he gathered a few Elk Creek Cafe pub buddies to brainstorm. None were hard core cyclists, but all enjoyed their trips on two wheels throughout scenic Penns Valley. It was decided – the group ride would be open to anyone of any level with any bike. They would meet weekly (who can’t work out once a week?!) on Wednesdays in Millheim throughout the summer ending each ride at Elk Creek Cafe to properly gather and celebrate everyone’s accomplishment.
Why not raise money for charity?
A $3 donation is requested from each rider for the planning effort – all of which is donated to charity. Elk Creek Cafe generously chips in a free beer token to any paying participant.
A ride to Woodward during our first year.
The First Ride
The first ride attracted eight people. Interest grew throughout the summer with a record of 20 people in a single Wednesday night ride. They ended the season with a cookout and announced that they successfully raised a few hundred dollars to be donated to local charities.
Pedals & Pints Today
The cancelled Summer 2020 season would have been the 6th for Penns Valley Pedals & Pints cycling club. Not much has changed besides the numbers. Last year’s record ride included 70 cyclists and the group raised $10,000 for charity.
Roy’s brother Mark Rupert drives the support vehicle aiding cyclists with flats and other mechanical issues.
Roy does his best to create a new and different ride each week of the season utilizing the paved roads in Millheim, Spring Mills, Coburn, Woodward, Rebersburg, Smulton and Madisonburg. The two brothers mark the 18-23 mile routes and include a few short-cuts for more relaxed riders.
The goal of Penns Valley Pedals & Pints is to have fun and enjoy the beautiful scenery while meeting up with or making new friends. We encourage you to join us!
Roy and Mark Rupert donate their time each week developing and marking the route. Roy bikes it the Sunday prior looking for construction, potholes and other hazards, and even asks homeowners to keep problem pups inside during ride hours. He uploads the route to Map My Ride and shares it with Penns Valley Pedals and Pints members via email and has it posted to the website.
It all takes time and there’s a modest spend for supplies, printing waivers, paint to mark the route, etc. So, Penns Valley Pedals & Pints requests a $3 donation from riders each week.
But Roy isn’t in it for the money. A majority of what is raised is donated to local charities and organizations with relevant goals. We’ve donated $10,000 over the past 5 years. Though most is distributed to Penns Valley based organizations, some of the funds have purchased bikes for individuals in impovershed nations.
Local Charities We Support:
Penns Valley Hope Fund – Financially assists PV residents w/ medical crisis or personal disaster.
Penns Valley Conservation Association – Stewards, educators, and restorers of the Upper Penns Creek Watershed.
Millheim Swimming Pool – Family recreation area and summer swim team.
East Penns Valley Library – Independent Community Library.
Millheim Fire Company – Serving Millheim, Haines Twp and Penns Twp.
Cycle Connect (Bicycles Against Poverty)