Touring Events

Bicycle Touring Events


“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  10/17/2017


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.