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 9-10, 2015
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 5-11, 2016.
The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) — GOBA celebrates its 28th anniversary in 2016, with “GOBA-28: It’s Outta This World.” Usually about 3,000 participants ride about 50 miles per day. The loop tour begins and ends in Hamilton with overnights in Eaton, Oxford, Brookville, and Miamisburg. This year’s theme is GOBA U, the University of Bicycle Knowledge. Dates: June 18-25, 2016.
Ohio Sojourn — Presented by Rails to Trails Conservancy, this four-day bicycle tour follows the Ohio and Erie Canal from Cleveland to Columbus. Leaves from Cleveland; check website from updated itinerary and dates. Dates: September 2016.
Southern Ohio Relaxed — The fully supported bike tour uses the Little Miami Scenic Trail and the Ohio to Erie Trail as well as rural roads to explore southern Ohio. Starts in Milford. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: July 9-15, 2016.
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 distance ranging from 238 to 315 miles. Presented by Buckeye Country Roads Bicycle Tours. Dates: July 10-16 2016.
Across Ohio Bicycle Adventure (XOBA) — Dubbed “The Transportation Tour” for 2016, check the XOBA website for details as they become available. Dates: July 23-30, 2016.
The Pan Ohio Hope Ride is a four-day, 328-mile bike ride that rolls across-state from Cincinnati to Cleveland. Raises money for ACS’s Hope Lodges. Dates: July 21-24, 2016.
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. Dates: August 7-9, 2015. (registration opens January 2106)
Grand Rivers Tour — This tour of northeast Ohio’s wine country rolls out for 290 to 360 miles, depending on the daily options. The ride visits wineries in the vicinity of Geneva, Painesville and Newbury. Presented by Buckeye Country Roads Bicycle Tours. Dates: July 24-30, 2016.
Oklahoma FreeWheel — 2016 marks the 38th annual bike ride across Oklahoma. The bike ride usually begins near the Red River at the southern border with Texas and heads north to just beyond the Kansas line. Generally about 1,000 cyclists take the ride. Meals are not included. Dates: June 18-25, 2016.
See also: Oregon and Pennsylvania