The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) – GOBA celebrates its 25th anniversary by rolling out on the country roads of western Ohio in 2013. The loop bike ride starts and ends in Urbana, with overnights in Troy (2 nights), Greenville, New Bremen (2 nights) and Sidney. Highlights include a concert in Troy and a visit to the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen. Dates: June 15-22, 2013.
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 22- 27, 2013.
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 11-12, 2013
Across Ohio Bicycle Adventure (XOBA) — Adopting a space exploration theme, the 2013 XOBA pledges it will be “Going where we’ve never gone before.” Details about host cities to come; check the website. Dates: July 20-27, 2013.
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 25-28, 2013.
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 — 2013 marks the 35th 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 9-15, 2013.
See also: Oregon and Pennsylvania