BIKEVETS Veterans Cycling Organization
Altoona, PA & Pittsburgh, PA
BIKEVETS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the mental, physical and emotional well-being of our military veterans.  Serving veterans from all eras, we are assembling the personnel and resources to provide a wellness program that provides the bikes and equipment to veterans to participate in our physically active and challenging bicycling regimen.  Primarily focusing on returning PTSD vets who need a physical and emotional outlet, this program provides a supervised, organized system of therapeutic events and activities for our members. 

Additionally, ALL veterans from any era of service are included in what becomes a much needed fitness program alongside other vets who share in the camaraderie and team achievements many of them no longer enjoy as civilians.  While providing a social venue for all veterans, it goes far beyond that as a legitimate therapeutic and wellness program.

"The best bike racers, he knew, usually had deep inner demons that they were running away from.   Bike racing was like chemotherapy of the soul, burning and cauterizing the bad thoughts." ~ from Wheelmen, Gotham Books, 2013, referring to Eddie Borysewicz, trainer to 3-time Tour de France winner Greg Lemond.

To promote the mental, physical and emotional well being of veterans and advocate for their general welfare through cycling and active community service.

Members should exemplify moral and ethical behavior and avoid situations that bring dishonor or ill repute to the organization.

SERVICE: Members will be dedicated to service in assisting their fellow veterans and their communities, contributing in any manner set forth by the organization as their time and resources permit

TEAMWORK: No different than the military units we served, BIKEVETS is a cohesive organization of individual members functioning toward a common goal, be that a ride or a service event, to support each other and succeed in all group endeavors
Shown above is the group photo from our first ride as a club on Allegrippis Trails in Raystown.  So far we have issued twenty four bikes in two chapters as we grow and reach out to the veteran community. 

At left, David Fodor of City Cycle delivers four more bikes to our Executive Director, Doug Mosley.  These Trek 29ers are a perfect match for our vets and how we ride.  Dave and his team at City Cycle have been an integral part of BIKEVETS from our inception. 

The pictures below were all taken along trails that we are including on the ride schedule, showing that central Pennsylvania has some of the most scenic bike rides in the country.  From graceful manicured Rail-Trails to rugged singletrack, some of the best mountain biking is right here in our own back yard.

Altoona PA Founders Chapter #1

Joe Neary, Captain (email)
Blair, Cambria, Center and Huntingdon Counties
301 Union Avenue #355, Altoona, PA  16602
* Meetings third Monday each month VAMC Altoona 6:30pm
Ride Schedule (weather permitting)
April 4th - Lower Trail, 1pm trailhead
April 11th - Allegrippis Trail Buck/Doe/Fawn, 1pm trailhead Raystown
April 18th - Ghost Town Trail, 1pm Ebensburg trailhead
April 25th - Black Moshannon Trail, 12:00 noon Macy's parking lot
May 2nd - Bell's Gap Trail, 1pm trailhead Bellwood
May 9th - Road Ride, Bellwood to Tyrone, 1pm Bellwood ballfield parking
May 16th - Allegrippis, Eagle/Osprey Trails, 1pm trailhead Raystown
May 23rd - Six to Ten Trail Hollidaysburg, 1pm trailhead
May 30th - Altoona - Pittsburgh Joint Ride Allegrippis, Raystown Lake

Pittsburgh PA Iron City Chapter #2 and
Bikevets National Headquarters

Doug Mosley, Captain and Executive Director (email)
Alllegheny County and Greater Pittsburgh Region
10 Old Clariton Rd, Suite 12-A #185, Pittsburgh PA  15236
* Meetings third Monday each month at Panera on the Waterfront 6:30pm
Ride Schedule (weather permitting)
April 4th - Downtown / Southside / Station Square, 10:00am 1101 Smallman Street Parking Lot
April 11th - Downtown / North Shore, 10:00am 1st Avenue Parking Garage
April 18th - South Park / Fairgournd Trail, 10am VIP Bldg Parking Lot
April 25th - Great Allegheny Passage McKeesport, Lysle Blvd Parking Lot
May 2nd - Downtown / Waterfront / Homestead, 10am 1101 Smallman Street Parking Lot
May 9th - South Park / Buffalo Ridge Trail, 10am VIP Bldg Parking Lot
May 16th - Boyce Mayview Park / Mix Trails, 10am Trailhead Parking
May 23rd - Frick Park / Biddle Trail, 10am Beechwood Blvd Parking Area
May 30th - Altoona - Pittsburgh Joint Ride Allegrippis, Raystown Lake

We would like to thank our sponsors for making this program possible: 

Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation
is a valuable resource for a number of veterans' programs across the state.  We are fortunate to have their support and ongoing partnership to help us reach the vets in our program.  We encourage you to learn more about them and what they do, you can support them and visit their website at

Veterans of Foreign Wars local posts 7689 in Roaring Spring and 8724 in Duncansville, along with Bellfonte, Philipsburg and District 22.  Thanks also to Duncansville Legion Riders, all of their financial support has enabled us to get these bikes into the hands of the veterans and onto the trails of Central Pennsylvania.  Without them, we wouldn't be here.   Learn more about the VFW and membership at and in PA specifically, check them out at

City Cycle in Johnstown has also been an important partner to BIKEVETS, providing top quality bikes and equipment to us at a cost we can afford.  City Cycle has been providing Cannondale, Trek and Giant bicycles to the area since the 1970's and can get you on the right bike for your riding style.  Stop by the shop on Elton Road across from the Wal Mart plaza and check them out online at today!

BIKEVETS is a proud membet of the International Mountain Bicycling association.  We support them and their efforts on behalf of mountain bikers everywhere.  For more information on the IMBA, please check them out at

BIKEVETS is also a member of USA Cycling, the sanctioning body that oversees regulated competitions across the country.  Watch for sanctioned events and keep in touch as we strive toward our goal of fielding a race team in 2014!  Inquiries about our race plans can be directed to Associate Director Joe Neary, who is our USAC-registered Race Director.  We plan on running a USAC Sanctioned Century Ride to close out ou summer schedule, so keep in touch and watch for news as things develop!

Make sure and check out the following links!

  • Rails to Trails Conservancy home page, all of the information on the region's Rail To Trails with directions, distance and local attractions
  • Trail Link trail guide, excellent reference to all of the trails and goes above and beyond the Rail Trail systems
  • USA Cycling home page for those competing, including schedules, requirements and permit information.  We hope to be able to field some competitors in the 2014 race season at regional events.  Further details to be discussed at meetings.
  • Giant bicycles home page or the Trek bicycles home page.  The organization is currently issuing Giant and Trek bikes to members.  Visit the manufacturer homepage for specifications and information on your bike.
  • Allegrippis Trails home page and the Trail Map, this is where we will ride most of our singletrack trails.  Familiarize yourself with this map and the difficulty levels of each trail segment or loop.  We will cover the specific trails we ride at the meeting preceding the scheduled group event.  We encourage you to explore your potential but do not want anyone exceeding their abilities and getting injured.  Know your limits and ride accordingly.  Remember, we are here to have fun.

Doug Mosley is the founder and Executive Director of BIKEVETS.  Doug is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Doug has been mountain biking for more than twenty years and knows the impact that a good, outdoor-based wellness program can have on our veterans.  Doug is also an active veterans' advocate in the region, having spoken at events for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. 

BIKEVETS Veteran Cycling Organization, 10 Old Clariton Rd, Suite 12-A #185, Pittsburgh PA  15236
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