The 26th annual Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure will feature a route in the northeastern quadrant of Ohio, organizers announced Monday.
The tour will take place June 14-21.
Organizers anticipate 2,500 riders will start gathering for the tour June 14 at the Richland County Fairgrounds in Mansfield. They will begin cycling on June 15, covering an average of 50 miles per day, and will stay overnight in Orrville on June 15, Coshocton on June 16-17, Mount Vernon on June 18-19, Bucyrus on June 20 and will return to Mansfield on June 21.
Some of the many attractions featured on the tour include the Richland Carrousel Park, Roscoe Village, Monticello III Canal Boat, Mohawk Dam, Kokosing Gap Trail, Historic Woodward Opera House, Lincoln Highway, Secrest Arboretum, Charles Mill Lake, Orrville Railroad Museum, Holmes County Trail, Millersburg, Underground Railroad sites, Bucyrus’ 1950s memories at Carl’s Gas Station and other historic sites, covered bridges and nature areas.
The week will include the traditional bicycle parade and the gala opening ceremonies in Mansfield; family-oriented entertainment each night; two layover days offering bicycle loops of 50- or 100-miles to Zoar Village, Sugarcreek or Utica; swimming; optional excursions to Zoar Village, Sugarcreek, Rolling Ridge Ranch, Dawes Arboretum or a cruise on Buckeye Lake; and the GOBA song contest.
“The 2014 GOBA tour features the theme ‘Take a Ride on the Wild Side’ and offers a ride that promises to be a little bit hilly, a little bit wild, a lot family-friendly and 100 percent joy,” said this year’s director, Julie Van Winkle.
Held annually in June, GOBA features bicycle touring at a leisurely pace, for approximately 50 miles per day for one week.
The tour is owned and organized by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, a nonprofit organization, for the benefit of bicycle-related projects in Ohio.
In 2013, 2,300 people from 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan, Switzerland and Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada, took part in the tour. Included in this number were many families, as nearly 20 percent of the participants are children traveling with their parents, making GOBA the largest family-oriented bicycle tour in the world.
During the past 25 years, GOBA has been instrumental in generating nearly $10 million in tourism revenues in the towns along the route, as well as in providing access to Ohio’s rural treasures to people from all over the country.
“Some of the best experiences on GOBA come from the interaction with the people and places that we find in the great towns of Ohio,” Van Winkle said.
Those interested in receiving registration information and tour details can request a brochure by calling 614-273-0811 or by visiting the website at www.goba.com. Brochures also will be available by February in many Ohio bicycle shops.
Advance registration is required by May 14.