Updating to 2014
The Tour of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV) celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. The ride supports about 3,000 cyclists from Columbus to Portsmouth and back. The two-day bicycle tour covers about 210 miles. Dates: May 10-11, 2014
Erie Shores and Island Tour – This bike tour explores Marblehead Peninsula, Catawba Island, Kelleys Island, Put-in-Bay, and the south shore of Lake Erie from Sandusky to Lorain. Presented by Buckeye Country Roads Bicycle Tours. Dates — June 6-12, 2014.
The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) – GOBA celebrates its 26th anniversary in 2014 with a bike tour of northeastern Ohio. The loop ride starts in Mansfield and visits overnight host towns Orrville, Coshocton, Mount Vernon, and Bucyrus. Usually about 3,000 participants and 50 miles per day. Route information and registration opens Nov. 25, 2014. Dates: June 14-21, 2014.
Amish Country Adventure — A bike tour on roads where most traffic is by horse and buggy. Overnights in Coshocton, New Philadelphia and Berlin. Trips to Dresden, Longaberger Homestead, Dennison and Schoenbrunn Village. Many days offer two bicycle routes, with total mileage ranging from 192 to 254 miles. Presented by Buckeye Country Roads Bicycle Tours. Dates: July 13-19, 2014.
Across Ohio Bicycle Adventure (XOBA) — In 2014, XOBA explores The Cardinal Trail and Beyond. The tour starts in Indiana, picks up the Cardinal Trail across northern Ohio, then heads into Pennsylvania or West Virginia for the finish. Check website for updated details. Dates: July 26 – Aug. 2, 2014.
The Pan Ohio Hope Ride is a four-day, 328-mile bike ride that rolls across-state from Cleveland to Cincinnati. Overnight at college campuses in Wooster, Otterbein, and Wittenburg. Raises money for ACS’s Hope Lodges. Dates: July 24-27, 2014.
Pelotonia Bike Tour – This is either a one- or two-day bike tour to raise money for cancer research. Previously options of 23 to 180 miles; look for new routes in 2012 as the destination changes to Kenyon College in Gambier. Dates: August 9-11, 2013. (registration opens January)
Oklahoma FreeWheel — 2014 marks the 36th annual bike ride across Oklahoma. Starts at Texas-Oklahoma border and heads north to Kansas, covering about 490 to 500 miles. Generally about 1,000 cyclists take the ride. Meals are not included. Dates: June 8-14, 2014.
See also: Oregon and Pennsylvania