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Upcoming rides for fall and winter!

Touring Events listed around 6 weeks in advanced

SEPT 2016-JAN 2017


Friday, 9/16. NIGHT RIDES ON THE TOWPATH TRAIL. Massillon. See April 15. Ernie’s Bicycle Shop. Debbie Lehman; 135 Lake Ave. NW; Massillon, OH 44647. (330) 832-2771. debbie@erniesbikeshop.com

Saturday, 9/17. 9th PAWPAW DOUBLE-NICKEL. Albany. Start/finish at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival; come for the ride, stay for the festival! Riders take a circle tour around the Zaleski State forest covering 22 or 55 very hilly miles. Experience low traffic, challenging climbs, ridge-top views, and sweet downhills along the Raccoon Creek Watershed. Athens Bicycle. 4 W. Stimson Ave.; Athens, OH 45701. (740) 594-9944. AthensBicycle.com

Saturday, 9/17. 23rd KNOX COUNTY BICYCLE CHALLENGE. Gambier. A full-service tour not to be missed featuring the beautiful hills of Knox County… slow down, be courteous of Amish buggies! Routes of 33 to 100 miles: longer loops and century route are challenging, shorter routes have fewer hills using the Kokosing Gap Trail on return. Hills handy for CFC training! Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. 1525 Bethel Rd. Ste. 100; Columbus, OH 43220-2054. (614) 442-7901. Outdoor-Pursuits.org

Saturday & Sunday, 9/17 & 9/18. KREUZWEG BICYCLE PILGRIMAGE OF THE LAND OF THE CROSS-TIPPED CHURCHES. Maria Stein. Essentially two free tours over the weekend: Saturday riders cover 20/30 flat miles visiting historic churches on primarily country roads; rest stops at churches between three and 10 miles apart. Sunday’s riders cover 50+ flat miles on a different route also visiting area churches. Road markings, tee shirts, pilgrim shells available for purchase. Online entry available. Kreuzweg Committee; Greater Grand Lake Visitors Bureau; 900 Edgewater Dr.; St. Marys, OH 45885. (800) 860-4726. KreuzwegPilgrim.org

Sunday, 9/18. 43rd NEOC: NORTH-EAST OHIO CENTURY. Cortland. Choose from among loop options of mostly-flat 25/50/62/75/100 miles. Hot lunch, famous cookies available on all rides plus free drawings for cash and prizes. Out-Spokin’ Wheelmen. PO Box 838; Youngstown, OH 44501-0838. (330) 534-5020. OutSpokinWheelmen.com

Sunday, 9/18. WOOMAN BENEFIT RIDE. Wooster. A pledges-optional fundraiser covering flat to very hilly routes of 25/62/100 miles. Proceeds benefit several local organizations including Wooster Community Hospital breast cancer education efforts. Catered lunch, sag support, rest stops. Ride On Wooster Bicycles. 146 W South St.; Wooster, OH 44691. (330) 345-2453. www.WoomanTour.org

Sunday, 9/18. 44th IRISH HILLS TOUR. Sylvania. Roads and paved trails cover 10/31/65/100/125 miles with flat shorter routes. Rolling hills on longer routes take riders into Michigan’s beautiful green farmlands and lake-filled Irish Hills region. Rest stops for all, lunch for longer rides. Full-service event with online entry available. New this year: the 125-mile challenge! Toledo Bikes! and Maumee Valley Adventurers. Tour Director; PO Box 352736; Toledo, OH 43635. (419) 243-7680. MVAdventurers.org

Sunday, 9/18. ROLLFAST GRAN FONDO. Carmel, Ind. Rides of 25/65/100 miles. RollfastFondo.com

Saturday, 9/24. 22nd NIGHT RIDES ON THE TOWPATH TRAIL. Peninsula. Free, fun ride for all skill levels covering 12 to 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. www.centurycycles.com/goto/nightrides

Saturday, 9/24. TWISTED PRETZEL TOUR. Germantown. A fundraiser bicycle tour and pretzel party twisted into one ride through the beautiful Germantown countryside in Southwestern Ohio. Flat to rolling routes include: 8-mile Pretzel Ring, 22-mile Pretzel Rod, and 43-mile Giant Pretzel. Breaks offer warm pretzels, homemade dips, apple cider slushies in addition to standard touring fare. Scenic Germantown Dam on longer routes, covered bridge visited by all. Held in conjunction with the city’s Pretzel Festival, proceeds benefit local food pantries and civic organizations. Online Entry Available. Germantown Lions Club. Steve Mersch; 7996 N. Butter St.; Germantown, OH 45327. (937) 855-6020. www.TwistedPretzelTour.com

Saturday, 9/24. 10th MOONLIGHT STRIDE & BIKE. Piqua. A rare opportunity to be on the Piqua Path after dark! Hundreds of luminaries will light the way as riders cover two flat miles at dusk. An excellent family riding opportunity. Mainstreet Piqua. Lorna Swisher; PO Box 1703; Piqua, OH 45356. (937) 773-9355. MainStreetPiqua.com

Saturday, 9/24. 12th FREDERICKSBURG LIBRARY ROLL. Fredericksburg. Support the all-volunteer Fredericksburg Community Library and enjoy a great day of riding and local hospitality. Route choices for all: 18/24/32 miles on the beautiful Holmes County Rail-Trail, or 40/62 miles on one of the most challenging routes in Northeast Ohio: 4,200 climbing feed over the hills and through the valleys of Holmes and southern Wayne Counties … breathtaking in more ways than one! Commemorative long-sleeved tee shirts with preregistration. Refreshment stop, fry pies and ice cream at finish. Dave & Jane Braddock; 4835 Graber Rd.; Fredericksburg, OH 44627. (330) 695-2693. www.FredLib.org

Saturday & Sunday, 9/24 & 9/25. CFC: COLUMBUS FALL CHALLENGE. Canal Winchester. New format this year celebrating 40 years of exploding knees! This tough, full-service tour offers two days of 100 very hilly miles each: 16,000 ft. total climbing with an overnight stay for recoup! A one-day option of 100 or 62 miles with climbing is also available. A really challenging ride offering full fall colors in the hills of Southeastern Ohio as a reward. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. 1525 Bethel Rd. Ste. 100; Columbus, OH 43220-2054. (614) 442-7901. Outdoor-Pursuits.org

Sunday, 9/25. 18th MORON: MIFFLIN OHIO RIDE OUTTA NOWHERE. Mifflin. A free ride of about 45 miles in the Mohican-Malabar region of North-Central Ohio. Map provided but no other services. Intentionally very hilly with numerous difficult climbs and speedy descents! Self-pay lunch at Malabar Restaurant. Bike and must be prepared for this ride full of “ups and downs!” Richard DeLombard; PO Box 230; Huron, OH 44839-0230. OhioWheelmen.org/bikerides/info.html

Saturday, 10/1. 13th GARRETT WONDERS BIRTHDAY BIKE RIDE. Warren. Ride the Garrett Wonders Bike Trail, the Western Reserve Greenway, and surrounding roads covering 3/20/30/50 flat miles. See Trumbull County in its fall splendor. Ride is fully-supported with sag service, cookie stops, sandwiches and pizza at ride’s end, tee shirt, goody bag, door prizes, bike raffle! Loads of fun for all. Entry Deadline: Sept. 16. Proceeds benefit the Garrett Wonders Memorial Fund for Scholarships and Cycling Advocacy. Lt. JG Garrett Wonders was killed by a careless driver on a solo training ride for the 2004 Olympic Trials. Garrett Wonders Memorial Fund. Jay Wonders; 1349 Beechcrest St.; Warren, OH 44485. (330) 398-2818. jwonders@neo.rr.com

Saturday, 10/1. 29th HOOT. Canal Winchester. Budget tour of 35 to 80 miles: all routes with some hills, number and size increase with distance. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. 1525 Bethel Rd. Ste. 100; Columbus, OH 43220. (614) 442-7901. Outdoor-Pursuits.org

Saturday, 10/1. 5th GREAT PUMPKIN ROLL RIDE. Harrison. A scenic, fully-supported ride on rolling Ohio and Indiana roads with routes ranging from 25 to 100 miles. Choose the shorter Pumpkin Roll route with gentle hills for a casual ride, or challenge yourself with one of the longer ride options and test your mettle on the timed Headless Horseman Hill Climb! Whatever your choice, fully-stocked rest stops, friendly volunteers keep you going. Post-ride BBQ dinner, photo booth, DJ music, more. Entry Deadline: Sept. 15. Cincinnati Cycle Club. CincinnatiCycleClub.org

Sunday, 10/2. THE PIG RIDE. Lindsey. A free ride over flat, quiet country roads, the ride is named for its porcine-shaped map outline and is the Flatlanders’ wrap-up ride to the summer cycling season. Ride the Pig Head: 15 miles, Half-Pig: 23.5 miles, or Whole Hog: 33.5 miles which follows the scenic waterways of Sugar Creek, the Portage River, and Muddy Creek. Flatlanders Bicycle Club. PO Box 134; Fremont, OH 43420. (419) 332-4481. www.flatlanders.info

Saturday, 10/8. 4th GROOVY GOURD BIKE TOUR. Piqua. Routes of 25/50 flat to rolling miles traverse some of Southwest Ohio’s most scenic countryside. At ride’s end, every cyclist receives a “groovy gourd.” Mainstreet Piqua. Lorna Swisher; PO Box 1703; Piqua, OH 45356. MainStreetPiqua.com

Saturday, 10/8. 2nd FOSTER HOPE JOYRIDE. Columbus. A full-service fundraiser benefitting Bike Lady, Inc. which provides bikes and equipment to foster kids in Ohio. Each registration provides one bike. Routes are a 10-miler for families, and a 50-mile ride northwest of Columbus. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. 1525 Bethel Rd. Ste. 100; Columbus, OH 43220. (614) 442-7901. Outdoor-Pursuits.org

Sunday, 10/9. 38th FALL-N-LEAF. Bellville. Enjoy the beautiful autumn scenery of Richland County on rolling to hilly routes of 36/50/69/83 miles. Ride past Amish farms, enjoy the Mohican area on longer routes. Plenty of new roads to ride this year. Sag service, food stops, hot lunch provided. Also includes use of the Richland B&O Trail! Mid-Ohio Bikers. Terry White; PO Box 844; Mansfield, OH 44901. (419) 545-3946. www.MidOhioBikers.org

Friday, 10/21. NIGHT RIDES ON THE TOWPATH TRAIL. Massillon. See April 15. Ernie’s Bicycle Shop. Debbie Lehman; 135 Lake Ave. NW; Massillon, OH 44647. (330) 832-2771. debbie@erniesbikeshop.com

Saturday, 10/22. 39th FAMILY HAUNTED RIDE. Swanton. Come dressed in bike-safe costume and certified helmet. Metroparks naturalist will lead ride of 3 to 5 flat miles and tell spooky stories, for families with children aged 12 and younger. Face painting, lunch, giveaways provided. Online entry available. Maumee Valley Adventurers. Tour Director; PO Box 352736; Toledo, OH 43635. (419) 243-7680. MVAdventurers.org

Saturday, 10/22. 39th TOMBSTONE TOUR. Berkey. Celebrate the Halloween season by riding 38 flat miles on back country roads. Pass several cemeteries. Prizes for best bike-safe costumes. Complimentary group or individual photo for each rider. Lunch indoors. Cider and cookie stop at an orchard. Online entry available. Maumee Valley Adventurers. Tour Director; PO Box 352736; Toledo, OH 43635. (419) 243-7680. MVAdventurers.org

Saturday, 10/29. 40th FFF(FFFF): FIRELANDS FREEBIE FIFTY (FALL FOLIAGE & FROSTBITE FROLIC). Huron. A free, self-supported 28/50 miles of flat to rolling ride around the historic Firelands. Map provided, no other services. Cider served at a rest stop. Bike-safe seasonal costumes optional. Richard DeLombard; PO Box 230; Huron, OH 44839-0230. OhioWheelmen.org/bikerides/info.html

LATE ENTRY: Saturday, 10/29. FALL HOCKING HILLS SPORTIF. Lancaster. This is a sportif style tour with a mass start. IT IS NOT A RACE, but an endurance event for some riders and a fun fall day of bike riding in the style of the popular European Sportif events. There are two distances offered: 103 miles and 50 miles utilizing beautiful Hocking Hills roads. www.TeamColumbusEvents.org/

Sunday, 10/30. 42nd RED FLANNEL METRIC CENTURY. Oberlin. This traditional end of the touring season event provides homemade cookies, soups, oatmeal bar, and all the food you can eat. This very scenic tour features a rolling 64-mile route that visits the historic canal port town of Milan, birthplace of inventor Thomas A. Edison. The rolling and scenic 32-miler visits the 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

Sunday, 11/13. CASTALIA QUARRY BIKE & HIKE. Castalia. Hike or ride around the quarry by mountain bike for what, it has been said, is a “little slice of Arizona in Ohio.” Check out the observation tower, bring binoculars, and on a clear day see all the way to Lake Erie! Trails are not suitable for road bikes. Flatlanders Bicycle Club. PO Box 134; Fremont, OH 43420. www.flatlanders.info

Thursday, 11/24. 3rd PILGRIM PEDAL. Troy. Start Thanksgiving Day off right with a 25-mile ride, mostly on the Great Miami River Bike Trail! No services but it’s a free ride! Snow on the bike trail may cancel the ride. TroyTrojan84@gmail.com

Sunday, 1/1/2017. 41st 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. Prepare for the weather and don’t expect it to improve! Noon start for New Year’s Day late-risers. Richard DeLombard; PO Box 230; Huron, OH 44839-0230. OhioWheelmen.org/bikerides/info.html

Sunday, 1/1/2017. RESOLUTION RIDE & RUN. Lindsey. Start your New Year’s resolution off right with a ride or run! This free event travels the Northcoast Inland Trail or ventures out onto the roads for 10- or 20-mile, flat routes. Warm food, fellowship, refreshments after the ride or run. Dress for the weather! Flatlanders Bicycle Club & Fremont Elite Runners Club. PO Box 134; Fremont, OH 43420. (419) 332-4481. www.flatlanders.info

Sunday, 1/1/2017. 41st BEAN RIDE. Perrysburg. Wheel in the new year on this free ride of 13/17/21 flat miles following the scenic Maumee River. Enjoy a hot bowl of bean soup for good luck. Restaurant stop: pay-your-own. Map provided; no preregistration. Maumee Valley Adventurers & Toledo Area Bicyclists. Tour Director; PO Box 352736; Toledo, OH 43635. (419) 243-7680. MVAdventurers.org


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