The Ride

The 8th Annual Tour de H2O — June 10, 2017

Special thanks to David Ike and Shari Heinrich for our event photos.

"It was one of the best rides for a cause we've been on. The routes were WELL marked, the T-shirts SUPER, and the Jerseys were 2nd to none! The food was GREAT---and everyone looked after one another. We met some neat riders!" - Rex Klus, rider

Ride headquarters will be at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park on the southwest side of Columbus (and convenient to Cincinnati and Dayton).

 This year we are offering 5 bicycling distances, ranging from 10 to 62 miles. Or if you prefer to walk or run, you can enjoy 5 or 10 mile paths (or actually anywhere in between) within the park.  All bicycle routes will be on a combination of bike path and low-traffic country roads and will be supported by drink stops and a SAG vehicle.  The 10 mile route is on a compact dirt path within the park and can be safely completed by children.  Since there are inherent dangers to riding bicycles on open roads, we require riders of the longer routes to be 18 years or older, unless discussed with event organizers prior to the ride.
 You will want to enter the park at the Cedar Ridge Entrance (overview map) and park in the lot on your right, soon after you enter.
 
Registration will start at 7:30 am, with start times as follows:
 
51 and 62 mile riders: group start at 8:00 am.
25 and 35 mile riders: group start at 9:30 am.
10 mile riders and walkers/runners: group start at 10:00 am.
 
A fantastic and authentic African lunch will be served at the shelter after you complete your ride/walk/run.
 
There is no registration fee for the Tour de H2O.  However, each participant has a minimum fundraising goal of $100.  See some fundraising ideas and tips here!
Our routes:

Map Legend

We will give you detailed route maps with turn-by-turn directions on ride-day, but you can preview them above. You can also download gpx or tcx files for each route by clicking on the route name, then click on the link, then clicking on the ‘export’ tab on the far right (you might need to click on the << to see the sidebar).

Note that you can decide whether you want to do 25 or 35 miles at the first rest stop (12 miles into the ride), and you can decide whether you want to do 51 or 62 miles at the second rest stop (38 miles into the ride).