Orange County Country Roads Charity Bike Tour – Sunday, September 15 – Registration Now Open for Annual Ride with the Camels

Cycling Fundraiser Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters, Catholic Charities, and Sanctuary for Animals

Goshen – Avid and amateur cyclists alike can Ride with the Camels on Sunday, September 15! The annual Country Roads Bike Tour, hosted by the Orange County Bicycle Club, will be returning to Warwick Town Park for a day of cycling fun, food, and festivities. The charity event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster, and The Sanctuary for Animals – home to the Tour’s famous camels.

Country Roads offers cyclists four route options – approximately 10, 25, 45, or 65 miles each. Participants ride at their own pace following marked and signed roads with accompanying cue sheets. The 10- and 25-mile participants will have the option to ride with an experienced Orange County Bicycle Club member at a set departure time. The cost is $35 per adult rider for pre-registration, which includes a commemorative Tour gift, and $10 for children under age 12. The cost for “day of event” registration is $40 per adult and $15 per child under 12 (gift not included for “day of” registrations). Online registration is open on the Orange County Bicycle Club’s website at The Tour is a rain or shine event; refunds will not be provided.

Tour day registration and check-in will open at 7:30 am. Suggested departure times are 8 am for the 65-mile route, 8:30 am for the 45-mile route, 9:30 am for the 25-mile route, and 10:30 am for the 10-mile route.

Registered riders will enjoy well-marked routes and detailed cue sheets. SAG support will be available to assist riders as needed. Rest stops along each of the routes will include snacks, beverages, and bathroom facilities. Lunch and live music will be provided at Warwick Town Park following the ride.

“It’s great fun to host the Country Roads Tour each year in partnership with our friends at the Orange County Bicycle Club. We are grateful for their generous support,” said Dr. Dean Scher, CEO, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster. “The Club members and volunteers work hard to ensure that hundreds of cyclists enjoy a fun, safe ride through our beautiful region to raise much-needed funds for three community organizations,” added Dr. Scher.

The portion of the proceeds received by Catholic Charities will be used to support the agency’s social safety net programs, which include emergency food and shelter assistance, in Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties.



Who:  Orange County Bicycle Club’s charity bike tour benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters Orange County, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster, and The Sanctuary for Animals

What: Orange County Country Roads Bike Tour – the Ride with the Camels – 10, 25, 45, and 65-mile ride at your own pace bike routes through scenic Orange County countryside

When:  Sunday, September 15, check-in/registration opens at 7:30 am – all cyclists start no later than 10:30 am

Where: Warwick Town Park, 116 Union Corners Road, Warwick, NY

Cost: Adults – $35 for pre-registration, includes commemorative Tour gift, $40 “day of” registration, does not include gift. Children under 12 – $10 pre-registration, $15 “day of” registration, gift not included.
Registration: or through, key words Country Roads.


Cutline: Orange County Bicycle Club President Peggy Cullen, Country Roads Tour Committee Chair Bill Stelz, and Kristin Jensen, Catholic Charities Chief Advancement Officer, posed for a picture with Martin the Camel at the 2018 Country Roads Tour at Warwick Town Park. Martin and his friends will be available for photos at the 2019 Country Roads Tour, the Ride with the Camels, on Sunday, September 15.