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 7-13, 2015.
The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) — GOBA celebrates its 27th anniversary in 2015. Usually about 3,000 participants ride about 50 miles per day. The loop tour of northwestern Ohio starts and ends in Van Wert with overnights in Bluffton, Defiance, Bowling Green, and Ottawa. This year’s theme is GOBA U, the University of Bicycle Knowledge. Dates: June 20-27, 2015.
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 11-17, 2015.
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 12-18, 2015.
Across Ohio Bicycle Adventure (XOBA) — The route for 2015 expects to start somewhere in the Ashtabula area then head south and end in West Virginia. Check website for updated details. Dates: July 18-25, 2015.
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 23-26, 2015.
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 7-9, 2015. (registration opens January 28, 2105)
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: Sept. 13-19, 2015.
Oklahoma FreeWheel — 2015 marks the 37th annual bike ride across Oklahoma. The bike ride heads west to east this year, starting in Hollis and ending in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Along the way, host cities are Frederick, Elgin, Lindsay, Ada, McAlester, and Poteau. Generally about 1,000 cyclists take the ride. Meals are not included. Dates: June 7-13, 2015.
See also: Oregon and Pennsylvania