Touring Events

Bicycle Touring Events

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“Ohio to Erie Trail Adventure” by Jerry Rampelt

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 2016 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 — 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.


NOTE: This list is truncated as the season progresses and event dates pass.

Last Updated  8/16/2017


August

Friday, 8/18. NIGHT RIDES ON THE CANAL TOWPATH. Massillon. See April 21 Listing. ErniesBikeShop.com

Saturday, 8/19. BTVB BEST “WURST” BIKE TOUR. Bucyrus. A full-service, flat to rolling tour of Crawford County and surrounding areas during the 50th anniversary Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival. Rides of 12/32/65/100 flat to rolling miles feature scenic countryside. Homemade ice cream and bicycle shop services are included! Bucyrus Tourism & Visitors Bureau. PO Box 1023; Bucyrus, OH 44820. (866) 562-0720. www.VisitBucyrus.com

Saturday – Sunday, 8/19 – 8/20. 41st OLD WORLD TOUR. Springfield. The tour travels to German Village in Columbus for an overnight stay. Riders travel 50-plus miles per day over flat to rolling roads and bikeways. Road support and two rest stops each direction. Saturday afternoon/evening, participants gather for a social at a local favorite restaurant, stroll historic German Village, visit unique shops, and have dinner at one of many fine restaurants in the district. Dayton Cycling Club. http://daytoncyclingclub.org/old-world-tour/

LATE ADDITION & DATE CHANGE: Saturday, 8/19. HOCKING HILLS DEATH MARCH. Lancaster. Hilly routes of 62/100 miles are offered, pavement marked. In addition, everyone will receive a course map and a link to the GPS file of the ride routes. A snack lunch to be provided by Granma Faye’s Grocery Store, and post-ride drinks and snack offered at the finish area. Rider Limit: 150. TeamColumbus. www.bikereg.com/hocking-hills-death-march-sportif

Sunday, 8/20. 23rd TRI-COUNTY TRIANGLE TRAIL COOKIE RIDE. Frankfort. A scenic tour of 14/21/38/50/62 flat to rolling miles featuring the Tri-County Triangle Trail and local low-traffic roads. Fayette and Highland Counties. Low fees and family discount, famous homemade cookies and refreshments make this a treat to attend! Proceeds benefit the trail. Tri-County Triangle Trail. PO Box 887; Chillicothe, OH 45601. (740) 313-4104. www.TriCountyTriangleTrail.org

Saturday, 8/26. BREAK THE CYCLE BENEFIT. Wooster. Fundraiser with optional pledges benefits efforts to “break the cycle” of addiction. Choose from among routes of 25/50/42 miles in Ohio’s pastoral Amish countryside. The 25- and 50-mile routes are flat to rolling hills while the 72-miler is very hilly – a 4,000-foot elevation gain – with steep climbs and gorgeous views. Aid stations on routes with support along the way. Hearty meal with Amish fry pies and socializing with friends at finish. Camping is available for pre- and post-ride overnighters. OneEighty, Inc. Attn: Ty Young; 104 Spink St.; Wooster, OH 44691. (330) 264-8497. www.BTCbenefit.org

Saturday, 8/26. 23rd NIGHT RIDES ON THE TOWPATH TRAIL. Peninsula. Free, fun ride for all skill levels covering 12 – 15 flat miles on the Towpath Trail of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Helmet and Bike Light Required. Century Cycles. 1621 Main St.; Peninsula, OH 44264. (330) 657-2209. CenturyCycles.com/goto/nightrides

Saturday, 8/26. 5th CF CYCLE FOR LIFE. Valley View. Route options of 13 – 65 flat miles on this pledge ride. Travels the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail through Cleveland Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. “Bike Aboard” option available via the CVNP scenic railway. Festive post-ride celebration. Use discount code OHBIKE with registration fee. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Northern Ohio Chapter. 8001 Sweet Valley Dr. Ste. 3; Valley View, OH 44125. (216) 901-2873. NorthernOH.cff.org/cycleforlife

CANCELED: Saturday, 8/26. HICKSVILLE HUNDRED BICYCLE TOUR. Hicksville.  Hicksville Community Memorial Hospital. Attn: Kim Kemerer; 208 Columbus St.; Hicksville, OH 43526. (419) 542-5680. www.cmhosp.com

Saturday, 8/26. 7th STEVE BARBOUR MEMORIAL TOUR. Dublin. 35/65/100 miles. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. 1525 Bethel Rd. Ste. 100; Columbus, OH 43220-2054. Outdoor-Pursuits.org

Saturday, 8/26. TOUR DE PUTNAM. Ottawa. Routes of 25/50/75/100 miles are offered traveling through several towns within Putnam County with many stops along the way, fully stocked with snacks and drinks. Lunch will be provided. The routes are flat and clearly marked. SAG/Support vehicles will be driving the tour routes to assist riders. After the ride is complete, enjoy post ride refreshments at the Putnam County YMCA. Showers, pool and hot tub also available. Helmet Required. Putnam County YMCA. Attn: Melanie Stokes; 101 Putnam Pkwy.; Ottawa, OH 45875-8657. (419) 523-5233. PutnamYMCA.org

Saturday, 8/26. BE THE MATCH – THE BUCKEYE LEUKEMIA RIDE. Troy. Fundraiser to benefit Leukemia research and bone marrow match. Ride 15 miles Great Miami trail of 50 miles over mostly-flat countryside around Miami County. Rest stop for each distance features homemade cookies. Pizza, live music, refreshment at finish. Tee shirts for early entries. Online entry available. Be The Match, J&D Bicycles. Dennis Ferguson; 500 N. Elm St.; Troy, OH 45373. (937) 315-2453. BeTheMatchFoundation.org/thebuckeye

Saturday, 8/26. 4th BIKE THE BORO. Springboro. Free family rides of 3/10/16 rolling miles on city streets followed by a festival. Includes food, music, free helmets and fittings, bike giveaways, demonstrations, and contests! City of Springboro Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Dan Boron; 320 W. Central Ave.; Springboro, OH 45213. (937) 748-6183. BikingInTheBoro.com

Sunday, 8/27. 46th WRIGHT WRIDE. Dayton. Explore beautiful flat to rolling countryside on routes of 25/50/64/100 miles on this full-service tour. Rider Limit: 500. Home-baked goodies and a bountiful supply of snacks await riders. Lunch is provided on longer routes featuring Wright Wride Salad and local foods. At finish, enjoy some refreshing watermelon. Dayton Cycling Club. DaytonCyclingClub.org/wrightwride2017


September

Saturday, 9/2. 21st PEDAL THE LAKES. Greenville, Penn. Routes include four lakes, three wineries, and some of the most beautiful countryside in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Mature, in its 21st year, the routes cover 12/32/63/100 flat to rolling miles. Mercer County Trails Association. Fred Kiser; 4 Stoney Brook Blvd.; Greenville, PA 16125. (724) 866-3317. fakiser44@gmail.com

Saturday, 9/2. UCF COVERED BRIDGES TOUR. Marysville. Riders see as many as four covered bridges on this full-service ride with rest stops and sag support. Offered are routes of 19/30/63 flat to very hilly miles touring the country roads of Union County. Charity benefit. Union County Cyclists. Union County Foundation; 126 N. Main St.; Marysville, OH 43040. (937) 642-9618. www.UnionCountyFoundation.org

Saturday, 9/2. 10th BIKE THE C-BUS. Columbus. Columbus’s original citywide ride since 2008, this is a self-guided group tour highlighting the city’s unique and evolving center-ring neighborhoods. Four neighborhood routes total 30 flat miles if you ride them all. Rest stops hosted by local groups provide snacks and entertainment. Lunch at finish. Yay Bikes!. Kathleen Watkins; 82 E. 16th Ave.; Columbus, OH 43201. (614) 470-4220. yaybikes.com

Saturday, 9/2. 3rd BIKE THE C-BUS+. Columbus. A sag-supported, led/swept metric century touring Franklin County. Offers a “unique and exquisite” 62 miles, flat to rolling, through Columbus and several nearby urban areas. Two refreshment stops in-route, lunch at finish. Yay Bikes!. Kathleen Watkins; 82 E. 16th Ave.; Columbus, OH 43201. (614) 470-4220. yaybikes.com

Monday, 9/5. 26th OX ROAST BICYCLE TOUR. West Jefferson. Tour 32/66 flat to rolling miles (includes some hills) in Madison and Franklin Counties. Refreshment stops included and take advantage of the staffed bike corral at finish so’s to enjoy the popular Ox Roast festival. Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails. PO Box 308; London, OH 43140. (614) 205-6754. www.fmcpt.com

Friday – Sunday, 9/8 – 9/10. 4th NEOCYCLE. Cleveland. Join thousands of others in the nation’s largest urban cycling celebration! Features six different races and rides for participants of all ages and skill levels. Also enjoy a festival village full of vendors, food trucks, craft beer, kids’ activities, and a music jamboree. Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Monica Gustin; 334 Euclid Ave. Ste. 100; Cleveland, OH 44114. (216) 363-1105. www.NEOCycle.org

Saturday, 9/9. LEGACY RIDE. McCutchenville. Ride 26 flat miles to Bascom, on to New Riegel, and return on this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Sag available, rest stops, lunch at finish with door prizes. Tee shirts for those who enter by August 1. Helmet Required. Linda Tiell; 5389 W. County Rd. 14; Tiffin, OH 44883. ltiell@tiffinmetal.com

Saturday, 9/9. 4th MCPC FUNDO P/B. Cleveland. Back again as part of the NEOCycle festival, the Fundo is a casual, fun ride that exposes folks of all ages and fitness le3vels to many of Cleveland’s unique neighborhoods. Marked courses of 10/31/62 miles. Maps, signage, multiple rest stops along the route, and support vehicles for help with mechanical issues. Bike Cleveland. Jason Kuhn; 3000 Bridge Ave. Ste. 1; Cleveland, OH 44113. (216) 245-3101. MCPcFundo.com

Saturday, 9/9. 29th COVERED BRIDGE TOUR. Canal Winchester. 35/65/100 miles. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. 1525 Bethel Rd. Ste. 100; Columbus, OH 43220-2054. Outdoor-Pursuits.org

Saturday – Friday, 9/9 – 9/15. 4th OTET ADVENTURE RIDE. Cincinnati to Cleveland. Ohio to Erie Trail Official Ride. Ohio to Erie Trail; 118 Graceland Blvd. #146; Columbus, OH 43214. (614) 918-3636. OhioToErieTrail.org

CANCELED: Saturday, 9/9. AMISH COUNTRY CHALLENGE. Millersburg.

Sunday, 9/10. 12th SUNFLOWER REV IT UP FOR PARKINSON’S. Cincinnati. Beautiful and scenic rides of 15/25/50 flat to hilly miles begin and end in downtown Cincinnati on the Ohio River on this fundraiser, pledges optional. Lunch, entertainment, refreshments at finish. 15-miler is gentle and family-friendly; 25-miler rolls along the Ohio River on the Kentucky side; 50-miler is more challenging with some hills. Proceeds benefit research and education at The Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. Kathy Nullmeier; Sunflower Rev it Up; University of Cincinnati; PO Box 19970; Cincinnati, OH 45219-0970. (513) 558-6769. www.SunflowerRev.org

Sunday, 9/10. 36th DRY RUN TOUR. Westerville. Take your pick of marked routes: 35/55/70/100 flat to very hilly miles. The greater the distance, the greater the challenge! Full-service tour featuring sag support, and food stops that include sandwiches, veggies, fruit, cookies, etc. Westerville Bicycle Club; Attn: Jeff Pierron; PO Box 356; Westerville, OH 43081. (614) 9001-9631. WestervilleBicycleClub.org/dryrun

Sunday, 9/10. 18th SIMON KENTON PATHFINDERS RITA A. LARSON MEMORIAL RIDE. Urbana. Trail ride of 15 flat miles for families, or flat to very hilly routes of 31 or 62 miles exploring Champaign and neighboring counties for others. Beautiful agricultural areas dotted with historical landmarks. Riders served a continental breakfast, and lunch. Funds raised help maintain the SK trail and provide for future pavement of the northern extension. Simon Kenton Pathfinders. Attn: Nancy Lokai-Baldwin; PO Box 91; Urbana, OH 43078. (937) 605-2434. SimonKentonPathfinders.org

Sunday, 9/10. 47th HANCOCK HORIZONTAL HUNDRED. Findlay. Great, traditional Northwestern Ohio community and country tour, and one of the flattest rides in Ohio! An excellent first century ride event. New route, rest stop locations. Come ride “Down by the Old Mill Stream.” Full service includes sag support, rest stops, lunch, marked roads, swept corners. Family-friendly short ride plus 34/64/100-mile routes. Special activities as well! Online entry available. Early entry discount. Hancock Handlebars Bicycle Club. Attn: Paul Craun; PO Box 232; Findlay, OH 45839-0232. HancockHorizontalHundred.com

Friday, 9/15. NIGHT RIDES ON THE CANAL TOWPATH. Massillon. See April 21 Listing. ErniesBikeShop.com

Saturday, 9/16. 23rd NIGHT RIDES ON THE TOWPATH TRAIL. Peninsula. Free, fun ride for all skill levels covering 12 – 15 flat miles on the Towpath Trail of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Helmet and Bike Light Required. Century Cycles. 1621 Main St.; Peninsula, OH 44264. (330) 657-2209. CenturyCycles.com/goto/nightrides

Saturday, 9/16. 11th TOUR DE DONUT. Troy. All new routes, donuts, and location. Join more than 2,000 riders as they consume more than 12,000 donuts in this unique cycling challenge where the ability to eat donuts is as important as the ability to ride! A fun timed event in which elapsed time is reduced by five minutes for each donut eaten! Routes of 16/32/62 flat miles; free kids’ events, live music, Friday & Saturday Beer Garden. Entry Deadline: September 10. Rider Limit: 3,000. Rocketship Sports. Roger Bowersock; PO Box 309; Greenville, OH 45331. (937) 417-5772. www.TheTourDeDonut.com

Saturday, 9/16. 2nd LAKE-TO-LAKE HARVEST BIKE TOUR. Medina. Fun-filled, full-service tour of scenic Medina County. Four routes available: two casual family-friendly rides under 15 miles on mostly-flat county park paths and public roads, visit one lake. The 35- and 50-mile rolling feature rolling hills and stops in three county parks with lakes. Proceeds fund cycling awareness and path improvement in the county. Bike Medina County. Lynne Nawalaniec; 1515 Kuder Rd.; Hinckley, OH 44233. (330) 722-7119. BikeMedinaCounty.weebly.com

Saturday, 9/16. 24th KCBC: KNOX COUNTY BICYCLE CHALLENGE. Gambier. 35/65/100 miles. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. 1525 Bethel Rd. Ste. 100; Columbus, OH 43220-2054. Outdoor-Pursuits.org

Saturday – Sunday, 9/16 – 9/17. 43rd ROSCOE RAMBLE. Canal Fulton/Kidron. The ride begins in Canal Fulton (long route) or Kidron (short route) and winds its way through rolling farmland to Roscoe Village covering 55 or 75 rolling miles per day. Overnight in nearby Coshocton and return to Canal Fulton or Kidron. The ride is intended for the well-conditioned rider so be sure to consider the shorter route if in doubt. Akron Bicycle Club. Attn: Jim & Judy Birt. (330) 472-4709. AkronBike.org

Sunday, 9/17. 44th NEOC: NORTH-EAST OHIO CENTURY. Cortland. Hot lunch, famous cookies available on all rides, plus drawings for cash and prizes. Choose from among six options of mostly flat routes: 25/50/62/75/100 miles. Out-Spokin’ Wheelmen. PO Box 838; Youngstown, OH 44501-0838. (330) 534-5020. OutSpokinWheelmen.com

Sunday, 9/17. WOOMAN BENEFIT RIDE. Wooster. A pledges-optional fundraiser consisting of 25/62/100 miles of gorgeous rolling countryside routes. Catered lunch, rest stops, sag support. Benefits Wooster Noon Lions Club, Wooster Community Hospital Cancer Center, and Camp Nuhop. Ride On Wooster Bicycles. 146 W South St.; Wooster, OH 44691. (330) 345-2453. WoomanTour.org

Sunday, 9/17. 45th IRISH HILLS TOUR. Sylvania. Roads and paved trails cover 10/31/65/100 flat to rolling miles, shorter routes being flatter. Rolling hills on longer routes carry riders into Michigan’s beautiful green farmlands and the lake-filled Irish Hills area. A full-service tour with rest stops for all. Lunch provided on longer rides. Online entry available. Maumee Valley Adventurers. PO Box 352736; Toledo, OH 43635-2736. (419) 482-8225. MVAdventurers.org

Sunday, 9/17. HARVEST RIDE. Columbus. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, and OEFFA. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits; 1525 Bethel Rd. Ste. 100; Columbus, OH 43220-2054. (614) 442-7901. Outdoor-Pursuits.org

Sunday, 9/17. RIDE FOR RECOVERY. Mentor. A pledges-optional fundraiser of 15/35 flat to hilly miles through the beautiful scenery of Lake and Geauga Counties. Short ride is flat and family-fun. Proceeds help support programs for adults recovering from alcohol, drug, and gambling problems. Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers. Gail Keegan; 9083 Mentor Ave.; Mentor, OH 44060. (440) 205-2671. LGRC.us

Friday – Sunday, 9/22 – 9/24. 4th HASSMER FEST (MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL). Versailles, Ind. Enjoy night riding, a band, awesome raffle, activities for children (under 16 free). Camping included with entry. Rider Limit: 200. Proceeds benefit trail maintenance, new trail construction. SIMBA: Southeast Indiana Mountain Bike Association. Mike Hill; 431 Featherwood Dr.; Harrison, OH 45030. 29hill@gmail.com

Saturday, 9/23. 4th TWISTED PRETZEL TOUR. Germantown. Family-friendly tour and pretzel party twisted into one experience in the beautiful Southwestern Ohio countryside! Three routes… Pretzel Ring: 8 miles, Pretzel Rod: 21 miles, Giant Pretzel: 39 miles of flat to rolling terrain. Longer routes cross the historic Germantown dam. All routes cross the historic Germantown covered bridge. Held in conjunction with the town’s Pretzel Festival. Proceeds benefit local food pantries and civic organizations. Germantown Lions Club. Steve Mersch; 7996 N. Butter St.; Germantown, OH 45327. (937) 855-6020. www.TwistedPretzelTour.com

Saturday, 9/23. 8th CF CYCLE FOR LIFE. Cincinnati. A fully-supported ride with route options of 15/23/65 flat to hilly miles. From breakfast to post-ride party, enjoy well-stocked rest stops every 10 – 12 miles, support vehicles just-in-case! Entry fee and minimum pledge requirement for all riders. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Kristi McAllister; 4420 Carver Woods Dr.; Cincinnati, OH 45242. (513) 533-9300. FightCF.CFF.org/cincicycle

Saturday, 9/23. 3rd CF CYCLE FOR LIFE. Lewis Center. Ride 20/40/65 mostly-flat miles on scenic roadways around Alum Creek State Park in this pledge tour. Rest stops every 10 – 15 miles and a finish line meal and celebration make the ride enjoyable for novice and experienced riders alike. Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Scott Sherwood; 575 Copeland Mill Rd. Ste. 1A; Westerville, OH 43081. (614) 890-6565. FightCF.CFF.org/ColumbusCycle

Saturday, 9/23. 5th GROOVY GOURD BIKE TOUR. Piqua. Traverse some of Southwest Ohio’s most scenic countryside in 20/50 flat to rolling miles. At the end of the ride, each cyclist receives a “Groovy Gourd.” Snack stops include homemade granola bars. Mainstreet Piqua, Inc. & Bike Piqua. Mainstreet Piqua; PO Box 1703; Piqua, OH 45356. (937) 773-9655. MainStreetPiqua.com

Saturday, 9/23. 5th NEW BREMEN PUMPKINFEST PUMPKIN ROLL. New Bremen. The Pumpkin Roll is held in conjunction with with city’s annual Pumpkinfest. The 20-mile ride is very flat while the 30- and 60-mile routes have some hilly sections. Rest and refreshment stops available on all routes. Mechanical support and sag wagon also available. New Bremen Pumpkinfest. newbremenpumpkinfest@gmail.com

Saturday & Sunday, 9/23 & 9/24. 5th KREUZWEG BICYCLE PILGRIMAGE OF THE LAND OF THE CROSS-TIPPED CHURCHES. Maria Stein. Saturday’s riders cover between 20 and 30 flat miles featuring visits and tours of historic churches. The route traces country roads with flat terrain and closely-spaced rest stops at churches. Sunday’s ride is 50+ miles covering a different route, also visiting churches. Marked roads. Tee shirts, pilgrim shells available for purchase. Online entry available. Kreuzweg Committee. Greater Grand Lake Region Visitors Bureau; 900 Edgewater Dr.; St. Marys, OH 45885. (800) 860-4726. KreuzwegPilgrim.org

Sunday, 9/24. MORON: MIFFLIN OHIO RIDE OUTTA NOWHERE. Mifflin. A free ride of 43 very hilly miles in the Mohican-Malabar areas of North-Central Ohio. Map provided but no other services. Route is hilly with difficult climbs and fast descents; riders must be prepared for the challenge! Self-pay lunch at Malabar restaurant. Nelson Shogren; 3490 Perch Dr.; Mansfield, OH 44903-9142. (419) 589-8020. http://www.ohiowheelmen.org/bikerides/id7.html

Saturday, 9/30. 13th FREDERICKSBURG LIBRARY ROLL. Fredericksburg. Support the all-volunteer community library and enjoy a great day of riding! Ride for all ages on the beautiful Holmes County Rail-Trail for 18/24/32 miles. Up for some work: head for the hills and valleys of Holmes and Wayne County for a challenging, breathtaking ride of 32/62 miles. Commemorative long-sleeved tee for all pre-registrations; and a drawing for one $300 prize for the pre-registered 62-mile ride finishers. Refreshment stop, fry pies at finish. Fredericksburg Community Library & Orrville Cycling Club. John Abt; 4287 E. Moreland Rd.; Fredericksburg, OH 44627. (330) 464-7715. FredLib.org

Saturday, 9/30. TOUR OF THE LITTLE SMOKIES. Portsmouth. A very scenic tour of 25/50/75/100 flat to very hilly miles through the Shawnee State Park forest area and surrounding countryside. Rest stops and support provided. Pig roast lunch available at finish for additional fee. Lodging available for those staying overnight in the area. Portsmouth Rotary. Reece Brown; 2380 Sedan Crabtree Rd.; Lucasville, OH 45648; Lucasville, OH 45648. (740) 821-1904. www.TOTLS.org

Saturday, 9/30. 23rd NIGHT RIDES ON THE TOWPATH TRAIL. Peninsula. Free, fun ride for all skill levels covering 12 – 15 flat miles on the Towpath Trail of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Helmet and Bike Light Required. Century Cycles. 1621 Main St.; Peninsula, OH 44264. (330) 657-2209. CenturyCycles.com/goto/nightrides

Saturday, 9/30. GREAT PUMPKIN ROLL RIDE. Harrison. A “biketoberfest” celebration! Enjoy a full day of events beginning with a fully-supported ride: The Dusseldorf 25, The Frankfurt 50, or The Hamburg 65-miler. Terrain ranges from flat to very hilly. Challenge yourself on the Klethern-auf-Garner: a two-mile timed hill climb. Post-ride, enjoy an Octoberfest atmosphere with German cuisine, desserts, music, and a cash bar stocked with local German-style biers – you’ll be saying Hum Papa! Entry Deadline: September 16. Cincinnati Cycle Club. GreatPumpkinRollRide.com


October

Saturday, 10/7. 14th GARRETT WONDERS BIRTHDAY BIKE RIDE. Warren. Ride the Garrett Wonders Bike Trail, the Western Reserve Greenway, surrounding roads and see Trumbull County in its fall splendor! Covers 3/20/30/40/50 flat miles. Full-service tour with sag service, cookie stops, sandwiches and pizza at finish. Tee shirts, goody bag, door prizes, bike raffle and fun for everyone. Proceeds benefit Garrett Wonders Memorial Fund for scholarships and bicycling advocacy. LTJG Wonders was killed by a careless driver while on a solo training ride for the 2004 Olympic Trials. Garrett Wonders Memorial Fund. 1349 Beechcrest St.; Warren, OH 44485. (330) 398-2818. jwonders@neo.rr.com

CORRECTED ZIP CODE: Saturday & Sunday, 10/7 & 10/8. 12th WAGNER SUBARU OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE. Dayton. Largest free celebration of outdoor recreation in the Midwest features more than 25 outdoor recreation activities to try, competitions, gear village, used gear sales. Bike village with local retailers, national manufacturers, group bike rides, stunt riding, demo bikes of all varieties. Music, food, craft beer garden, free camping, more! Five Rivers MetroParks. 1385 Harshman Rd.; Dayton, OH 45431. (937) 275-7275. MetroParks.org/outdoors

Sunday, 10/8. 39th FALL-N-LEAF. Bellville (Mansfield). A 100-mile (century) ride has been added to all-new routes of 36/50/65/83 rolling to hilly miles through autumn scenery, over rolling hills, past Amish farms south of Mansfield! Something for riders of most levels. Rides become more challenging as distances increase. Longer routes traverse hills in Mohican and Snowtrails areas – total ascents range from 2,400 to 8,700 feet. Sag support, food stops, hot lunch provided. Mid-Ohio Bikers. Attn: Michael Blaisdell; PO Box 844; Mansfield, OH 44901. (419) 512-4011. MidOhioBikers.org

Saturday, 10/14. 30th FALL HOOT. Carroll. 35/65/100 miles. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. 1525 Bethel Rd. Ste. 100; Columbus, OH 43220-2054. Outdoor-Pursuits.org

Saturday, 10/14. CYCLENATION FESTIVAL. Cincinnati. Cycling festival for all. American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Susan Rosenberg; 5211 Madison Rd.; Cincinnati, OH 45227. (513) 842-8896. CycleNation.org

Friday, 10/20. NIGHT RIDES ON THE CANAL TOWPATH. Massillon. See April 21 Listing. ErniesBikeShop.com

Sunday, 10/22. 40th TOMBSTONE TOUR. Swanton. Celebrate the Halloween season by riding new 15/25/40 flat miles passing numerous cemeteries on back country roads. Prizes for best bike-safe costumes. Indoor lunch provided featuring famous chili. Online entry available. Maumee Valley Adventurers. PO Box 352736; Toledo, OH 43635-2736. (419) 482-8225. MVAdventurers.org

Sunday, 10/22. 40th FAMILY HAUNTED RIDE. Swanton. Short route of 3 to 4 miles especially suited to families with children 12 and under. Ride dressed in bike-safe costume and certified helmet. Metroparks naturalists will lead rides. Face painting, giveaways, lunch provided at Buehner Center. Rider Limit: 60. Enter online to ensure registration! Maumee Valley Adventurers. PO Box 352736; Toledo, OH 43635-2736. (419) 482-8225. MVAdventurers.org

Sunday, 10/29. 43rd RED FLANNEL METRIC CENTURY. Oberlin. Homemade cookies, soups, oatmeal bar, and all the food you can eat on this rolling tour of 32/64 miles. Visits historic Great Lakes port and canal town Milan, best known as birthplace of inventor Thomas A. Edison. The 1/2-metric visits quaint town of Birmingham. Ride dedicated to the memory of Bob Williams, founder of both this event and its hosting club. Lorain Wheelmen Bicycle Club. PO Box 102; Amherst, OH 44001-0102. www.LorainWheelmen.org



New Year’s Day 2018

Monday, 1/1/2018. 42nd ABCDEFGHIJ! – A BI-CYCLING DANDY EXCUSE FOR GETTING HIBERNATED IN JANUARY! Medina. A free, self-supported ride in Medina County covering 4/12/24 flat to rolling miles. Map provided, no other services or support. Personalized participation certificate available that day, because you’ll deserve it! Prepare for the weather and don’t expect it to improve. Noon start of New Year’s Day late-risers. Richard DeLombard; PO Box 230; Huron, OH 44839-0230. OhioWheelmen.org/bikerides/abc/id9.html

Monday, 1/1/2018. 42nd BEAN RIDE. Monclova. Celebrate the new year with a hot bowl of bean soup for good luck. New location & new co-sponsor! Covers 12/24 flat miles, mostly on paved bike path. Toledo Area Bicyclists & Maumee Valley Adventurers. Rick Metcalf; 7640 Yawberg Rd.; Whitehouse, OH 43571-9727. (419) 340-6564. www.ToledoAreaBicyclists.org