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Bicycle Club “Testing” 9/11 Memorial National Route

Press Release - Friday, September 28, 2012

 The Laurel Highlands On and Off Road Bicycle Association will hold a ride for members and other experienced on-road bicyclists as a test  run for a leg of the September 11 National Memorial Trail ® on Saturday, Sept. 29.

 The route of the September 11th National Memorial Trail is being planned through Pennsylvania and adjoining states by the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance in partnership with national, state and local organizations. This first Pennsylvania section under review is from Rockwood and the Great Allegheny Passage to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County.  The 9/11 Trail will continue across Pennsylvania to New Jersey.

 Two options are being offered for riders on Saturday.  Strong riders will meet at 10 a.m. at the Flight 93 National Memorial (follow signs to designated bike-ride parking) and bicycle to Rockwood and back, approximately 44 miles.

 Intermediate riders will meet at Rockwood Mill Shoppes, 450 Main St., Rockwood, at 9:30 a.m., lock their bikes and drive vehicles to designated bike-ride parking at the National Memorial.  Riders will be shuttled back to their bikes for the one-way ride from Rockwood to the National Memorial (22 miles).  Anyone wishing to be shuttled must e-mail LHORBA member Brad Clemenson at in advance.

 The 1,140-mile 9/11 National Memorial Trail will connect New York City’s National September 11 Memorial, the Pentagon Memorial in Virginia near Washington, DC, and the Flight 93 National Memorial to commemorate the worst terrorist attack in America, and to honor those heroes who gave their all that fateful day.

 The Pentagon Memorial-to-Flight 93 link will use the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage to Rockwood, but an on-road link is needed at least temporarily from Rockwood to Flight 93.

 David Brickley, September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance president, said, “The Laurel Highlands On and Off Road Bicycle Association is to be commended for its leadership in routing the first Pennsylvania section of the September 11th National Memorial Trail from the Great Allegheny Passage to the Flight 93 National Memorial.”

 Brad Clemenson, LHORBA member and ride organizer, added, “As someone who’s involved in regional tourism development through the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative, I see the 9/11 Trail as a way to invite more Americans to experience the awesome and humbling 9/11 Memorial as the destination on a multi-day bike ride through our scenic countryside.”

 Paul Godish, the other LHORBA ride organizer, said, “It’s been an honor for our cycling club to be able to help with such a worth while project. LHORBA is committed to promoting bicycling in our region whether it is road, trail, or mountain biking, and we will continue to be available to this and any other organization that is interested in cycling.”

 Information on LHORBA and its scheduled rides and other events is available through its web site and an e-mail list serve that can be joined from their web site,

 Information about the September 11th National Memorial Trail, is available at


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MEDIA NOTE:  The bicyclists will use Buckstown Road, Bridge Street, Stutzmantown Road, Route 31, pass through Uptown Somerset, and follow Water Level Road between Somerset and Rockwood.  If you want to get photos or video, please use the cell numbers above to contact us during the ride to determine about what time we would pass where.  The best option will be to meet riders starting the ride at 10 a.m. at Flight 93 National Memorial, where brief comments will be offered to kick off the ride.