Touring Events

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Ohio bicyclists have a splendid array of organized events to enjoy every year. The Ohio Bicycle Federation is pleased to help get the word out and encourage cyclists of every interest and every skill level to get out and ride! Here are some hints on how to get the most out of this Calendar and make your riding season great: Get current details: don’t just show up at last year’s place and time— organizers’ plans can and do change, or there may be an error in our listing! Look ahead: some events have entry deadlines weeks in advance of ride dates. Increasingly event listings offer Web site addresses where additional information can be found along with downloadable entry forms or online registration for immediate gratification. If requesting information by mail, be sure and send a self-addressed, stamped business-sized (#10) envelope to the address given. If you don’t send a SASE with your request, don’t expect a reply!


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Supporting Rides are Red-Letter Days — A special category of events listed in this Calendar are those that have pledged to donate at least $1 per rider toward the publication of the OBF’s Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar. Look for this special color designating those events. Support the rides that help support this Calendar!

Tours are noncompetitive group rides for cyclists of various ages and abilities. Tour organizers (usually bicycle clubs) normally charge a modest fee to cover services provided. Budget tours and free rides usually offer few, if any, services. Full-service tours, however, typically offer a map, food stops, and road (“SAG”) assistance.  Multi-day events provide additional services. Fundraisers may have higher entry fees to provide income for their causes. “Bike-a-thons” or “pledge rides” may or may not be operated in affiliation with a bicycle organization, and fund-raise primarily through pledges of donations per mile each rider completes; they may have a minimum pledge amount in addition to an entry fee.

 


Last Updated: 2/18/2021


 

Due to significant uncertainty surrounding the 2020 pandemic and the status of 2021 cycling events, these listings will be frequently updated as we build our 2021 Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar. No printed version will be produced and circulated this year. A printable PDF version will be created once we receive sufficient entries.

 


April

Saturday, 4/17. 29th THINK SPRING RIDE. Stow. A free ride ushering in the 2021 cycling season, select from routes of 20 miles of multi-purpose trail riding, or 34 rolling to hilly road and trail miles. Ride support consists of snacks and limited sag. All participants are asked to observe state and local precautionary guidelines regarding COVID-19. Helmet Required. Akron Bicycle Club. Walter Kudlaty; 975 Canyonview Rd. Apt. 105; Sagamore Hills, OH 44067. (330) 806-9106. AkronBike.org

 


May

Sunday, 5/2. 26th SICCO: SPRING IN COLUMBIANA COUNTY OHIO. Columbiana. A flat 24-mile loop is the featured event, traveling through small towns and beautiful countryside. Included is the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail. At the finish enjoy a hot Pizza Hut lunch. After refueling, try the optional rolling to hilly 28-mile loop for a day’s total of 63 miles and a great start to the 2021 season! Outspokin’ Wheelmen. Attn: Dave Hughes; PO Box 838; Youngstown, OH 44501-0838. (330) 692-2468. OutSpokinWheelmen.com

Wednesday, 5/19. RIDE OF SILENCE. Multiple locations within the state of Ohio. Details coming.

Sunday, 5/2. 25th KLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. Huron. Small towns and a few hills make it interesting on this ride of 50/85 flat to rolling miles. No services provided but a map so be prepared for a self-supported ride. For safety’s sake, please wear COVID face covering and keep your distance. That name? Kinda Like May’s Nine O’clock Picturesque and Quaint Rectangular Spring Tour Undertaken by Very Wistful Xenophobic Young Zealots. Richard DeLombard; PO Box 230; Huron, OH 44839-0230. OhioWheelmen.org/bikerides/klm/id5.html

Saturday, 5/22. TRAILS FOR HOPE. Canal Fulton. A new fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting efforts to end cancer, two routes are offered: 10-mile family-style ride, and a 50-mile route on the canal Towpath Trail. A COVID safety plan will be in place; helmets and masks required — masks must be worn at rest stops. Scott Rini; 2856 Standish Ave. SW; Canton, OH 44706. (330) 447-9008. TrailsForHopeOhio@gmail.com or www.eventbrite.com/e/trails-for-hope-ohio-registration

Saturday, 5/29. JJJ: JERRY’S JEROMESVILLE JOURNEY. Oberlin. A free, 100-mile tour with a 50-mile cutoff, travels the rolling and hilly portions of southern Lorain and northern Ashland Counties. Named for the tour’s founder, Jerry Warnke, JJJ has been a traditional club century ride for over 30 years.. Lorain County Bicycle Club. PO Box 102; Amherst, OH 44001-0102. (440) 315-1607 LorainCountyBicycleClub.org

 


June

CANCELED: Saturday – Sunday, 6/5 – 6/6. MARIETTA RIVER RENDEZVOUS. Previously listed here, the 2021 event has been canceled due to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19. www.mariettarcc.org

Saturday, 6/26. TREE CITY ROLLING TOUR & CENTURY. Greensburg, Ind. A fundraiser with pledges optional, this event features routes of 16/34/67/100 miles. Riders will enjoy partly-shaded lightly traveled country roads, with rolling hills, flats, and on the longer routes, some steep hills. Riders travel around a six-mile lake and enjoy a well-stocked refreshment stop there. Those on the 67- and 100-mile rides will travel along shaded creeks and pass through covered bridges. Rest stops with food and drink on all routes, and a full lunch will be served. Ride is planned to be compliant with CDC COVID-19 guidelines. Decatur County Family YMCA. Attn: Deena R. Hamer; 1 YMCA Way; Greensburg, IN 47240. (812) 663-9622. TreeCityRollingTour.org

 



July

Sunday, 7/4. 25th/26th VANDALIA FREEDOM BIKE TOUR. Vandalia. we celebrate our event’s “belated 25 year anniversary” as well as our actual 26th anniversary (it’s a two-for-one fantastic) as well as our country’s independence! As always our routes are well maintained and marked with precision and accuracy – something we know you’ve come to expect year after year. Ride through picturesque areas of the Northern Miami Valley along beautiful rolling country roads. As promised in 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19, we will be celebrating our event’s “25th birthday”  and will be pulling out all the stops with great surprises and fun items for all participants. GREAT prizes…. GREAT water bottles… GREAT lunch… GREAT route… GREAT support… all this equals a priceless experience on July 4th! Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club. Steven Reed; 8600 N. Main Street Ste. A; Dayton, OH 45415. (937) 414-7602. VandaliaFreedomTour.com

Sunday, 7/11. 47th ABC: ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY. Copley. A collection of one-day tours for cyclists of all abilities, enjoy routes of 25/50/62/100 flat to hilly miles. Well-marked, lightly-traveled roads, rest stops, and sag support are promised. Lunch at the finish for all participants. Participants are asked to observe state and local precautionary guidelines with respect to COVID-19. Rider Limit: 500. Helmet Required. Akron Bicycle Club. Walter Kudlaty; 975 Canyon View Rd. Apt. 105; Sagamore Hills, OH 44067. (330) 806-9106. AkronBike.org

Saturday, 7/24. RIDE THE RIVALRY. Columbus & Athens.  This summer event brings together two or more major university rivals for a memorable experience that encourages alumni support and school pride, and raises much-needed funds for for neuroscience research centers. Routes of 25 to 50 rolling miles. Ride The Rivalry. 7155 Corazon Dr.; Columbus, OH 43016. (614) 206-5898. RideTheRivalry.com

 


August

Sunday, 8/8. 28th ROAST YOUR BUNS. Oberlin. A free, high summer tour in scenic Lorain County, the Roast covers 28/52/70 flat to rolling miles. Roast your buns daring the heat of summer! This is an unsupported tour. Lorain County Bicycle Club. PO Box 102; Amherst, OH 44001-0102. (440) 774-8617. LorainCountyBicycleClub.org

Saturday, 8/21. 2nd HERITAGE RIDE. Orangeville. A scenic bicycle ride through portions of Northern Trumbull and Western Mercer Counties along the Ohio/Penn. state line. Well-marked, rolling 4 – 25-mile loops; do one or all four to make a century with 3,280 feet of climbing. Flattest loop offers 500 feet of total climbing. A mostly-flat 7-mile route is also offered. Snacks and water provided all day, hot lunch midday only. Sag support, bicycle mechanic available. Orangeville United Methodist Church. Attn: Bill Fox; PO Box 67; Orangeville, OH 44453. (330) 240-8088. william@bjfbicycles.com

 


September

Saturday, 9/11. 13th LIMESTONE CYCLING TOUR. Maysville, Ky. Offering four routes this year’s ride will be a part of the Kentucky Cycling Challenge. Ride 25/40/62/100 flat to hilly miles through Mason County with all routes fully-supported by community volunteers. Who will be the next King and Queen of the Mountain on the multiple Strava Segments? “Challenge Your Limits!” Upon return, relax while listening to live music, or visit the recovery tent. Limestone Cycling Tour, Inc. Paula Ruble, Event Marketing; PO Box 2; Maysville, KY 41056. (606) 584-3290. LimestoneCyclingTour.com

Saturday, 9/11. 11th YOUNG’S ICE CREAM CHARITY BIKE TOUR. Yellow Springs. A charity ride supporting four local organizations: United Rehabilitation Services, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, and South Community, Inc. Entry fee and pledges required. Covers 24/48/60/76/100 flat to hilly miles. Entry Deadline: Sept. 6. Angela Rayner; 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road; Yellow Springs, OH 45387. (937) 325-0629. YoungsBikeTour.com

Sunday, 9/12. 17th SUNFLOWER REV IT UP FOR PARKINSONS. Cincinnati. Fixed-fee fundraiser covers 19/37 flat to hilly miles. University of Cincinnati Health. Elizabeth Vitale; 51 Goodman St.; Cincinnati, OH 45219. (513) 558-6769. elizabeth.vitale@uc.edu

Sunday, 9/12. RIDE FOR RECOVERY. Mentor. Traverse some of the most beautiful rolling hills of Geauga County, complete with covered bridges, verdant pastures, bubbling creeks. Routes of 16/32/62 rolling miles are offered, with tranquil countryside vistas promised on each ride. Proceeds from this fundraiser (pledges optional) support programs and services assisting people in recovery from substance use disorders. Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers. John P. Keller, Chief Development Officer; 9083 Mentor Ave.; Mentor, OH 44060. (440) 255-0678. www.LGRC.us

 

Saturday, 9/25. 17th FREDERICKSBURG LIBRARY ROLL. Fredericksburg.  Support the all-volunteer community library and have a great day of riding. It’s a ride for all ages on the beautiful Holmes County Rail-Trail for 18/24/32 miles or head for the hills and valleys of Holmes and Wayne Counties for a challenging, breathtaking ride of 42/62 miles. Commemorative long-sleeved tee for all preregistered; preregister and complete the ride for a chance to win a special cash prize: $200 for 62/42-mile, $100 for trail ride. Refreshment stop, fry pies at finish. Contact johnjabt@gmail.com

October

Saturday, 10/16. 3rd GABR: GREAT AMERICAN BIKE RALLY. Hamilton. Several ride options are offered for a wide range of cyclists in this fundraising event: A leisurely ride of 1/6/10/20 miles along the Great Miami Riverway for families and casual pedaling. A 50-mile country tour of the Great Miami River Valley. Potentially a “guided multi-day” ride from Miami to Erie following trails. Bands and food trucks at the start/finish for local rides. Proceeds benefit local Boys & Girls Club, and Joe Nuxhall Miracle Fields. Dean Bruewer; 5221 Muskopf Rd.; Fairfield, OH 45014. GreatAmericanBikeRally.org

 


November

Sunday, 11/7. 46th RED FLANNEL METRIC CENTURY. Oberlin. An autumn classic that is traditionally the final ride of these listings and, for many, an end-of-season celebration! The tour features a rolling 64-mile route that visits historic Milan, birthplace of famed inventor Thomas A. Edison. The rolling 32 miler takes a scenic route visiting the quaint town of Birmingham. The event is supported and features all the homemade cookies, soups, hot oatmeal breakfast you can eat. Dedicated to the memory of Bob Williams, founder of the ride and its hosting club. Discounted early entry. Lorain County Bicycle Club. PO Box 102; Amherst, OH 44001-0102. (440) 315-1607. LorainCountyBicycleClub.org

 


New Year’s Day 2022

Saturday, 1/1/2022. 46th ABCDEFGHIJ. Medina. A Bi-Cycling Dandy Excuse For Getting Hibernated In January which is a free, self-supported ride of 4/12/24 flat to rolling miles in southern Medina County. A map is provided but no other services or support. Prepare for the weather and expect it to get worse. Prompt noon start to accommodate late-risers. Start the New Year off right amongst cycling friends on the road! Richard DeLombard; PO Box 230; Huron, OH 44839-0230. OhioWheelmen.org/bikerides/abc/id9.html

Saturday, 1/1/2022. 33rd FREEZE D’RIDE (DA GONE COLD) NEW YEAR’S DAY RIDE. Mentor-On-The-Lake. Since 1990, FREEZE D’RIDE has been an impromptu pickup ride from Mentor-on-the-Lake to as far as Headlands Beach State Park (weather dependent). Mileage is 1, 2, 4, 8, or 14 miles – weather dependent. The ride is out-and-back using Lakeshore Blvd., Corduroy Road through the Mentor Marsh, and then Jordan Road to Headlands Beach State Park. Cleveland Touring Club. ClevelandTouringClub.org