Hidden ValleyMountain Metric
The western slopes of the Eastern Continental Divide in southwest Pennsylvania comprise the Laurel Highlands, a region with an abundance of attractions and laced with bicycling routes, paths, and trails that make it a great destination for bicyclists of every age and skill level. Each year riders trace some of the region’s best road cycling routes by participating in the Hidden Valley Mountain Metric Bicycle Challenge.
The fourth annual Hidden Valley Mountain Metric (HVMM) will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Each year the HVMM routes are varied to assure an optimal experience for riders. And each year the riders’ experience begins and ends at the hub of the region’s best cycling venues, Hidden Valley, PA. Hidden Valley is the resort residential community located on the hills above Hidden Valley Mountain Resort. The HVMM is sponsored by the community of Hidden Valley, organized by its HOA and member volunteers, and in 2019 was co-sponsored by UPMC-Somerset Hospital and Somerset Bank & Trust Company.
The Hidden Valley Mountain Metric is an untimed, fully supported, road bicycling event around the Laurel Highlands. The riders’ options include three routes: a metric century (68 miles), a shorter 54 mile route, or a half metric century (35 miles), all of which begin and end at Hidden Valley Foundation. Each route has about 100 feet of climbing per mile and maximum grades will be as much as 12% on some climbs. It is a fully supported ride with rest stops featuring locally sourced refreshments every 20 miles; SAG vehicles offering rider assistance are on the course throughout the event. All participants receive a long sleeve, performance fabric T-shirt. The registration fee also includes an after-ride party featuring food provided by Seven Springs Mountain Resort, locally sourced ice cream, and entertainment. A local brewery will also offer beverages for purchase.
On the evening before the event, the Hidden Valley Mountain Metric team will offer early packet pick-up from 6:00-9:00 PM on Friday at Hidden Valley Foundation Pavillion. A local food truck will be available at that time on site. On the day of the event (July 16, 2022), on-site sign-in will open at 7:00 AM with a "show and go" start any time after 8:00 AM. Rider briefings will be given for the 68-and 54-mile rides at 7:45 AM and for the 35-mile ride at 8:00 AM.
Registration for the 2022 HVMM will open on March 1, 2022. Cyclists who register prior to April 30, 2022 will receive a non-refundable early-bird registration fee of $45. After April 1, 2022, the non-refundable registration fee increases to $55/person. Walk up registration is also available for $65/person. This event is limited to 225 cyclists.
In the event that the ride must be cancelled to assure the safety of our riders and volunters, we will be providing a refund under these conditions: if the event is cancelled before June 1st, participants will be refunded the entire registration fee; if the event is canceled after June 1st, participants will recieve a refund of the registration fee minus the cost of the event shirt and mailing expense (the event shirt will be mailed to each registered participant).
The proceeds from the registration fees benefit local charities, including the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Winter Games Nordic Events. The Hidden Valley Mountain Metric has partnered with the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and ridewithgps.com to provide maps, cue sheets, and GPS files suitable for upload to riders’ smart phones or cycling computers.
To find out more, simply visit MountainMetric.org. The HVMM is a proven attraction for cyclists, having attracted riders from a seven-state area in its three year history. If you or someone you know is an avid cyclist, if you would love to escape the heat and humidity of the “big city” in July, or if you simply relish the challenge of a scenic and fulfilling experience with over 5,000 feet of climbing throughout the 60+ mile course, this is your opportunity!
Hidden Valley Foundation is a homeowners' association, established in 1984, that serves to provide maintenance and recreational services associated with the operation of the homeowner community. The property totals approximately 1,700 acres that is home to single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums.
Aside from being in close proximity to numerous State Parks, hiking trails, bicycling trails, the Great Allegheny Passage, and other popular outdoor amenities, Hidden Valley Foundation's assets include 3 heated outdoor swimming pools, including one designated specifically for small children, tennis courts, 2 playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts, a 20-station outdoor fitness trail, walking paths, organized social and recreation activities, a library, a meeting/activity room, and free WiFi at the South Ridge Center.
We invite you to explore life at Hidden Valley, where Mountain Life is Calling®.