Touring Events

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.

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Last Updated: 1/11/2019



Here are a few early-season events to get you started….


March 2019

Saturday, 3/30. 7th CHILI MARCH METRIC. Lakewood. Beginning at the south shore of Lake Erie, ride your first half- or full-metric century of the season: 31/62 flat to rolling miles. Enjoy a “blow-out” of hot chili, frolic, and fun! A full-service ride touring three Emerald Necklace metropark areas. Lake Erie Wheelers. PO Box 26146; Fairview Park, OH 44126. (440) 734-5777.


Saturday, 4/13. THINK SPRING. Stow. Select from two route options: A trail ride of 20 miles to Brandywine Falls, or a 34-mile road and trail ride over rolling to hilly terrain visiting scenic and historic sites. As is traditional with this event, hot soup and chili are provided while participants bring side dishes to share for a potluck lunch. Limited sag, maps provided on this free ride. Akron Bicycle Club.

Saturday, 4/13. BIKE FIFTY BICYCLE TOUR. Chillicothe. A fully-supported tour raising funds to support Drug Free Clubs of America. Flat, family-friendly bike path route plus routes of 62/100 hilly to very hilly miles for those up to the challenge. The 100-miler includes lunch. The Buck Fifty. David Whitehouse; 922 Blacksmith Hill Rd.; Chillicothe, OH 45601. (740) 466-4308.

Saturday, 4/13. NIGHT RIDE ON THE TOWPATH TRAIL. Peninsula. Free, fun ride for all skill levels covering 14 flat miles on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Helmet and bike headlight required. Be ready to ride at 8:00 PM. Century Cycles. 1621 Main Street, Peninsula, OH 44264. (330) 657-2209.

LATE ENTRY: Saturday, 4/13. BAKER’S HALF DOZEN SPORTIF TOUR. Lancaster. Come out and ride this early season Gran Fondo in the beautiful Hocking Hills Region. You can ride it as a gran fondo and as hard as you can, or as a sportif recreational pace. Either way you will receive a finisher’s medal, tech shirt, and swag bag of other goodies. The course will have seven named hills with over 3,000 feet of climbing on the 70-mile route. There will be a feed zones on the course with tons of snacks and drinks. At the finish there will be food and more drinks for everyone.

CORRECTED MILEAGE: Sunday, 4/14. 24th SICCO: SPRING IN COLUMBIANA COUNTY OHIO. Columbiana. A flat 35-mile loop is the feature event, traveling through small towns and beautiful countryside. Includes the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail. At the finish enjoy hot Pizza Hut lunch. After refueling, try the optional rolling to hilly 28-mile loop for a day’s total of 63 miles. Out-Spokin’ Wheelmen. Attn: Dave Hughes; PO Box 838; Youngstown, OH 44501-0838. (330) 692-2468.