*Finalized cue sheets will be given out at check in.
September in Ohio - the weather is great, the leaves are turning color. The Columbus metro area boasts a whole lot of firsts – largest private R & D foundation (Battelle Memorial Institute), largest university campus (The Ohio State University), best place to raise a family (Business Week), top up-and-coming tech city (Forbes), best zoo and aquarium (USA Travel Guide) and a whole lot more. The cycling is excellent.
Rides: The RAAM Ohio Cycling Challenge offers 2 rides (60 and 120-miles) and 2 races (200 and 400-miles). All distances start/finish at Coffman Park in Dublin – immediately NW of Columbus. They all feature the rivers and rolling hills of Central and Southeastern Ohio. All distances leave the Park heading N to Delaware. From here the 60-mile riders head SE, cross Alum Creek Lake, head down the eastern shore, then W around the south side of Alum Creek Lake, to O’shaughnessy Reservoir, down the eastern shore and around the south side of O’shaughnessy and back to the Park. The 120-mile riders continue N, then E through Marengo to Mt. Vernon. Here they head back W following quiet roads through rolling farmland through Sunbury and Galena. Riders head around the north side of Hoover Reservoir, the south side of Alum Creek Lake and follow the 60-mile route back to the finish.
The 60 and 120-mile rides are fully supported with Aid Stations every 15-20 miles. There will be bike mechanics and SAG support available.
Races: Both the 200 and 400-mile racers continue NE from Delaware through Mt. Gilead to Lexington. The racers then head E through Loudinville to Millersburg. Here the 200-mile racers turn S and W passing through Danville and Howard to Mt. Vernon where they follow the same route as the 120-mile riders back to the finish. The 400-mile racers continue E from Millersburg into Amish country, passing through Berlin and Sugarcreek before turning south. The route becomes increasingly hilly as racers make their way south across the Tuscarawas River, through Cambridge and across the Muskingum River to Athens. Racers then follow the RAAM route in reverse, heading W through Chillicothe to Greenfield. Here the racers head N through Washington Court House and London to the finish.
The 200 and 400-mile races are unsupported. There will be no Aid Stations. bike machanics or SAG support. Bikes and support vehicles will be inspected on Friday prior to the start on Saturday. 200-mile racers may ride randonneur style (without crew), but must notify the Race Director prior to the event. The 400-mile racers must have a support crew. All racers and crew must follow Modified RAAM Rules. There will be race officials to insure compliance with race rules.
If you want to experience great cycling in perfect Fall weather, register now - start making plans.