Sunday, June 23. Choose to travel the scenic Towpath Trail or city streets from Cleveland to Akron and back again during this one-day bicycle tour. RideUNITED is a fully supported ride designed for every cyclist, with several route options ranging from a 12-mile ride all the way up to the 100-mile Century ride. Proceeds of the ride benefit United Way of Greater Cleveland and United Way of Summit County.
Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition
Sunday, July 14, 12:30 PM, Ride the Towpath Trail to an Akron Aeros Game. Meet at either the Mustill Store or Wilbeth Road Trailhead to depart for the stadium at 1 pm. Every Sunday if Family FUNday at the Akron Aeros Stadium.
Sweet Corn Challenge
Sunday, July 28, Meet at Route 303 and 176 in Richfield to ride 10,25, 50 or 100 miles and then listen to a fun band-Lil Eddy and the Boilermakers from 11-2:30 pm. Don-the D of R-D Bike Shop plays trombone and guitar in this band.
Stark County Bike Club
Sun June 16, 9:30 AM, Massillon Lincoln Park, 18 miles
Sun June 23, 9:30 AM, Massillon Lincoln Park, 18 miles
Thurs June 27, 9:30 AM, Jackson Community Park, 20 miles
Sat June 29, 9:30 AM Tuslaw High School, 64 miles
Sun June 30, 9:30 AM Massillon Lincoln Park
Information regarding the location of the ride start, the terrain , and route maps can be found at the Stark County Bicycle Club website.
Medina County Bike Club
The Medina County Bike Club offers rides on Tuesdays from 6:30 until 9 PM. More information and directions to the ride starting locations can be found on the Medina County Bike Club website.
Akron Bicycle Club
The Akron Bicycle Club offers several ride options. There are Tuesday rides at 6 or 6:30 pm from the Botzum trail head, and Thursday rides starting at Deep Lock Quarry at 6:30 or 6 depending on ride speed. These rides could also be a hike so be prepared for either activity, a social gathering follows some of the events. Several rides are planned on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am leaving from the Bike and Hike Trailhead on Route 303.
Ohio Bicycling Federation Calendar of Events for 2013
The calendar is now online at the Ohio Bicycling Federation website. The calendar is 20 pages of potential fun to be had with rides of all lengths, locations and terrains starting in March and running through October. There is also a link included so you can support the efforts of the Ohio Bicycle Federation to make Ohio a safer place to enjoy riding.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 11 and join us at the Snyder Ave. TowPath Entrance for the Larry Bidlingmyer Community Bike Ride. If the cooler weather has kept you off of your bicycle until now we recommend you do the following:
- Locate you bicycle;
- Dust it off, pump up your tires and check that everything is functioning correctly;
- or after locating you bicycle bring it by R-D Bike Shop and we will inspect it
The ride offers two different mile length options: 3 or 8 miles. The ride starts and ends on the TowPath trail.
Don and I will also be doing free bike inspections during the ride registration from 8:30-9:30. The ride starts at 10AM. Below is the ride application, or you can obtain one at our shop.
We just received an inch of snow overnight, not quite enough to go out snow shoeing . However if you received 4″ or more you are lucky-you can enjoy a snow shoe event.
All snow shoes still in stock are marked down 20%.
Redfeather Conquest Snowshoe
It seems like just yesterday I read news of a new ride in Ohio.The ride would be held annually in a different region in Ohio each year to highlight the varied topography of the state and unique points of interest offered by the small towns along the route.
G.O.B.A.(the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure) turns 25 this year. This years route takes it into western Ohio. The approximately 2500 riders will be riding from June 15 through June 22-the snow should be over by then, you think? The riders will start the tour on Saturday, June 15, at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana. They will begin cycling on Sunday, June 16, covering an average of 50 miles per day. The group will overnight in Troy on Sunday and Monday, Greenville on Tuesday, New Bremen,(home of the Bicycling Museum), on Wednesday and Thursday and Sidney on Friday.They will return to Urbana on Saturday, June 22.
The Freedom Trail travels 4.2 miles between the Middlebury Lot to Tallmadge Circle. When completed, this eight-mile multipurpose trail will connect Akron and Kent and become another popular linear park managed by Metro Parks, Serving County.
The Summit Metro Parks Freedom Trail officially opens on May 1. The trail is unofficially open for business now and ready to ride. This trail connects Tallmadge with Kent.
A previous Akron Beacon Journal article by Bob Downing described the second and thrid phases of the construction:
The second phase will run west from Southwest Avenue to Eastwood Avenue in Akron, a distance of about 2 miles. It is possible the engineering could be completed in 2013, with construction bids being sought late in the year, Park District Planner Wilkerson said.
Actual construction on that leg then could begin in late 2013 or early 2014, he said. It is expected to take about three months and cost about $750,000.
The third trail leg would run another 2 miles from Eastwood Avenue to Akron’s Northside Station and would extend the trail to a total length of 8.5 miles. That section will be more complicated than the first two segments, Wilkerson said.
When the trail is completed you will be able to ride from the University of Akron to Kent State University via bicycle paths-I think that would be an interesting ride.