About | We Learn American History While Bicycling

Our Mission
Civil War Cycling produces maps and educational materials tailored specifically for bicyclists who want to learn American history while touring a U.S. National Military Park.

Our Focus
Our focus is outdoor, experiential learning that is safe, fun, and designed for all skill levels. I do not give tours or rent bikes. Instead, I help you to plan your own tour … and learn American history the FUN way. On a bike.

Learn American History While Bicycling

Why make history fun on a bicycle?

learn American history while bicycling
Bicycling into Rose Woods, Gettysburg. No busses are allowed here!

Because you can! Think about it…

When you were in school, did you ever wish that history wasn’t so boring? Are you are open to the idea of bicycling a Civil War battlefield? Are you curious about the idea of bicycling a Civil War battlefield? If so, Civil War Cycling is for you.

Even if you never bike a national military park, you might enjoy reading about a bicyclist’s perspective on historical touring.

Fun Learning – Your Pace, Your Way

On a bicycle, history comes alive as a fun, outdoor learning adventure.

learn American history while bicycling
Hello from Oak Hill, Gettysburg! I can help you plan your own tour according to your needs, skills, and fun-factor standards.

What is more, the National Park Service preserves and protects tens of thousands of acres of parkland that is accessible to bicyclists in the form of paved roads that wind through historic monuments, farms, bridges, and other historic structures.

With so much to see, feel, and learn, the possibilities seem endless. And yet, YOU are in-charge of what you learn and how and when you learn it.

But to enjoy that kind of freedom, a bicycling historian needs a little help…

What is Civil War Cycling?

Civil War Cycling is a FREE online resource for recreational bicyclists and public historians who get jazzed about learning American history while bicycling. 

It has never been easier to learn American history while bicycling. Please click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

How is Civil War Cycling Unique?

First, Civil War Cycling is an educational resource for ordinary people. You do not need to know a lot about Civil War history. If you want to start your learning adventure with the Battle of Gettysburg, this web site is for you! We offer many free, fun quizzes, photographs, maps, and other learning materials that you can enjoy at home.

learn American history while bicycling

Next, hit the road on your bicycle and enjoy the freedom to explore history in the “outdoor classroom” of America’s national military parks.

Second, Civil War Cycling is a touring resource for recreational bicyclists. You do not need to be a performance athlete or road cyclist. We are not about distance, speed, or major roadways. After all, for the bicycling historian, the stops are probably more important than the ride!

Third, Civil War Cycling helps you plan bicycling adventures that are safe, fun, and educational — according to your own needs and skills. We do not offer tours or rent bicycles. Instead, we give you the tools and encouragement to bicycle park roads at your own pace and for your own learning purposes.

A Little About Me

My name is Sue Thibodeau. I help people make U.S. history fun on a bicycle by providing educational tools and touring tips for planning safe Civil War bicycling adventures. Checkout my online shop! I am an educator, technologist, and bicycling enthusiast. (M.A. Notre Dame, M.S. Rochester Institute of Technology, B.A. Duke)

Having bicycled Gettysburg National Military Park many dozens of times, the park feels like home to me. Over the years, I created my own maps, and I am excited to share them with you. I specialize in creating materials for bicyclists and public historians of all skill levels. At Civil War Cycling, I am currently beefing-up Gettysburg content while gradually adding material for touring Antietam National Battlefield on a bicycle. Next on my list? The Vicksburg and Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Parks.

Please browse this web site for bicycling tips, custom maps, orienteering techniques, landscape and monument photographs, and more. I welcome your greetings and comments on Facebook: Civil War Cycling @TheBicyclingHistorian. Learn American history while bicycling and have fun!

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