It’s Almost Cycling Season

Spring is in the air and that means one key thing for me: bicycling! Last year included cycling through a number of small towns in Northern and West-Central Ohio.  I am planning on more trips this year. I enjoy solo trips of 75 – 100 miles a day.  Last year included the towns of Salem, Lisbon, Calcutta, East Liverpool, Piqua, Greenville, New Bremen, Minster, Versailles, Louisville, Minerva, and Alliance.

I’ve got a few ideas for this year and training has started.  I’m thinking that Ashtabula County, some of the counties in the Utica Shale area and maybe another one starting in Piqua again. Of course, I will be participating in one of my favorite group rides this year: the Medina Ice Cream Odyssey.  There’s nothing like a ride that features ice cream from Hartzler’s Dairy.  There is ice cream at mile 24 and at the end at mile 62.  It’s a very well organized ride.  This might even be the year to jump back into the Eddy’s Bike Shop Sweetcorn Challenge, in Richfield, Ohio.

If you know of any good 50 – 100 mile rides that you can recommend, or small towns that make for a good bicycle ride (preferably with good ice cream shops), please contact me ( and I’ll work to include your town in my summer riding schedule and feature it here.

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2 Responses to It’s Almost Cycling Season

  1. Hi Charley. Check out The Groovy Gourd Bike Tour being organized by Mainstreet Piqua!

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