Peninsula - Century Cycles will participate in National Bike Travel Weekend by organizing a bike overnight during the weekend of June 4 and 5, to encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and interests to experience the joy and simplicity of traveling by bicycle and spending the night at a campground, park, hotel, cabin, bed and breakfast, hostel, friend's house or backyard. This movement to inspire people throughout North America to go on do-it-yourself bike overnights on the same weekend is being spearheaded by Adventure Cycling Association.

"We're encouraging people to skip the yard work and head out on their bicycles during the weekend of June 3-5," said Jim Sayer, executive director of Adventure Cycling Association. "National Bike Travel Weekend is for big groups, small groups, and solo bike travelers. It can be one night or two nights, and travelers can sleep outside or indoors. It can be one to 100 miles--whatever works for you."

Century Cycles is celebrating National Bike Travel Weekend by organizing a Bike Camp-Out in conjunction with their Night Ride on the Towpath Trail on Saturday, June 4. Night Rides on the Towpath Trail are casual, fun, family-friendly bicycle rides on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The rides begin and end at the Century Cycles bicycle shop located at 1621 Main St. in the village of Peninsula.

During the June 4 Night Ride, cyclists can enjoy the usual 14-mile ride and return to Peninsula that evening. At the ride's 7-mile turn-around point, those who wish to participate in the optional Bike Camp-Out will continue for an additional few miles, set up camp at a pre-arranged location, then ride back to Peninsula the next morning. Bike Camp-Out riders must provide and carry their own tents and sleeping gear.

Adventure Cycling's website provides do-it-yourself resources and an interactive map to connect bike travelers. National Bike Travel Weekend trips can be added to the interactive map by filling out a simple form. Those wanting to join an existing bike overnight can search for bike overnights in their area or contact a National Bike Travel Weekend ambassador listed on the website. Ambassadors throughout North America have bike travel experience and can answer questions about going on a bike overnight.

For more information about Century Cycles' National Bike Travel weekend event, including a schedule of the event's activities, suggested packing list, and registration, go to: www.centurycycles.com/for/BikeCampOut.

The inaugural National Bike Travel Weekend is being launched as part of Adventure Cycling's 40th anniversary celebration. Adventure Cycling was founded as Bikecentennial and started as a 4,250-mile TransAmerica Trail bicycle ride with over 4,100 participants in the summer of 1976.