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- Fall 2015
Largest free celebration of outdoor recreation in the Midwest, features more than 25 outdoor recreation activities to try, including cycling and mountain biking. Competitions, used and new gear, bike village with retailers, manufacturers, and local clubs. Group rides, stunt riding, and demo bikes. Add to that: music, food, craft beer garden, and more!
Five Rivers MetroParks. Eastwood MetroPark; 1385 Harshman Rd.; Dayton, OH 45414. (937) 275-7275.
A family-friendly fundraiser bike tour and pretzel party twisted into one beautiful ride through the countryside in Southwest Ohio. Held in conjunction with pretzel festival. Three flat to rolling routes offer opportunity for all ages and skills: Pretzel Ring – 8 miles, Pretzel Rod – 21 miles, Giant Pretzel – 39 miles. Breaks feature warm pretzels, famous homemade dips, and apple cider slushies. Longer routes travel over scenic Germantown dam, all cross historic covered bridge.
Exciting and refreshing, pledges-optional fundraiser along the Miami Valley Trails in Clark, Greene, and Champaign Counties. Covers 6 to 70 flat miles including a family-friendly “Express Route” with activities planned for children along the route. Fully-supported with food and refreshments along the way, pie and ice cream at the finish. Benefits effort to support families by keeping accessible and affordable relationship resources in the community.
A trail ride of 15 flat miles for families, or flat to hilly routes of 31/62 miles exploring Champaign County and touching portions of adjoining counties. See beautiful agricultural areas dotted with historical landmarks. Riders to be served a continental breakfast and a lunch. All funds raised are used for maintenance and future pavement of the northern extension of the Simon Kenton Trail.
Simon Kenton Pathfinders. Attn: Nancy Lokai-Baldwin; PO Box 91; Urbana, OH 43078. (937) 605-2434.
Fundraiser pledge tour starting in Eastwood MetroPark, Dayton, OH. A one-day event covering 15/30/60 flat miles, all fully-supported with rest stops, lunch; backup provided by medics, ham radio operators, law enforcement. Routes will use the Mad River and Creekside Trails.
Sponsored by and benefiting the National MS Society.
Contact: Steve Niemann; 4440 Lake Forest Dr. Ste. 120; Cincinnati, OH 45242. (513) 657-7005.
The Butler County Donut Trail Cycle Challenge is open for travel and can be completed at a leisurely pace! These fun, leisurely challenges include the Twisted 28 and the Frosted 58. Both courses consist of 12 mom-and-pop donut stops, representing more than 350 combined years of doughnut-making experience.
Jack McDowell's annual trail ride.
The segment of the Ohio-to-Erie Trail also known as the Prairie Grass Trail begins in London, OH and extends southwest to Cedarville. Led at a leisurely pace, riders will have the opportunity to discuss prairie remnant management, ecology, and Ohio history at various stops. No RSVP is required.
More information: Friends of Madison County Parks & Trails
Major Taylor Cycling Club of Dayton will host the 11th Major Taylor Signature Bike Ride. In addition to the 18, 32 and metric century routes, there is also a 10 mile Family Fun Ride (with children 17 years of age and under). A parent or guardian is required to accompany all participants 12 years of age and under. Ride proceeds benefit a local charity. The 18/32/62 miles will start together on a mostly flat course to rolling hills. After the 1st reststop the route becomes more challenging for the 32 and 62 mile groups with more rolling hills.
Vandalia. Enjoy the Fourth of July holiday on well-maintained routes of 31/62 rolling miles visiting picturesque areas of the northern Miami Valley. Fully-supported with sag, shirts, snacks, prizes, water bottles, lunch, great people. Join in the fun and celebrate America’s independence!
Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club. Steven Reed; 8600 N. Main St. Ste. A; Dayton, OH 45415. (937) 414-7602. www.VandaliaFreedomTour.org