We’ll provide road support, SAG
stops with snacks and refreshments, and lunch each day on
Saturday and Sunday, with a number of vegetarian and
non-vegetarian selections. The routes for Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday will be marked with Dan Henrys on the
road surface. The traditional Monday morning ride
will not be marked. All routes will have maps, cue
sheets, and GPS files available at www.ridewithgps.
Preliminary route information is available at RideWithGPS.
Friday's route will
consist of a 28 mile modified poker run starting at the
Hilton. You will have several stops in Columbus
where you will have the opportunity to draw a playing card
for your poker hand. At two of these stops, you'll
be free to exchange a card with another team that you don't already know
(hence "modified" poker run). The last stop in
Columbus will be at the Upland Pumphouse where we'll
encourage you to hangout and socialize.
Saturday's route will
start at the shopping mall lot just north of the
Hilton. We will head southwest with a SAG at the
Unitarian / Universalist Church west of Columbus.
From there, you'll have an 19 mile loop around Grandview
Lake, with an option to ride an extra 5 miles with some
"serious" hills. Returning from the SAG to lunch,
you'll have an optional 4 mile loop around Harrison
Lake. Lunch will be at the Mill Race Center on the
west side of downtown Columbus. Riders taking the
shorter distances may have time to visit the Farmer's
Market (closes at 12:30pm) just east of lunch. After
lunch, we'll highlight some of the trails on the north
side of Columbus as we return to the Hotels.
Distances will range from 34 miles to 67 miles.
Sunday's route will again
start at the shopping mall and head east to a SAG at the
town of Hope. From there you'll have a 15 mile loop
around Lake Schaefer OR a 22 mile loop around Lake
Schaefer with a trip to Anderson Falls. From Hope
you'll ride to Simmon's Winery where lunch will be
served. Distances will range from 35 miles to 64
Monday's road route will
start at the Hilton and head north with the exact route to
be determined. Since breakfast is provided at the
host hotels, there will not be a breakfast stop during the
Mountain Biking: Before you head home, please
join us for a no drop mountain bike ride on the trails of
Brown County. We will start in Brown County State
Park and head out to enjoy the trails of Yellowwood
Forest, and then back into the park. The ride will
be approximately 3 hours long, consisting of single track,
double track, and loads of fun. We will have a SAG
stop to provide drinks and snacks. Then we can
shower in the park's campground and have a late lunch
enjoying some local craft brews and camaraderie.
If you have not heard of the
trails of Brown County State Park, you're missing out on
some of the best-ranked trails in the country. Check
out these websites for more information:
The $5 per person fee covers the cost of SAG food and the
campground showers. The entry fee to Brown County
State Park is $7 for an in-state vehicle, and $12 for an
out-of-state vehicle. A trail fee of $5 per person may
apply (we are trying to get a group rate). For more
information, email Peter Louton at email@example.com
Severe Weather Plan
Indoor facilities (permanent structures) are located at all lunch and rest stops where you can take shelter if inclement weather arises. If you can't make these facilities, you should seek alternative shelter.