Join Us for the 9th Annual Little Cities Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride on Saturday morning, May 3 beginning and ending on Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square. Various routes take riders through the forested hills of southeastern Ohio on both level and challenging courses. This a non-competitive ride that raises funds for the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council which is committed to gathering, protecting and sharing the heritage, cultural and environmental assets of this boom-to-bust coal mining region that is now home to the Wayne National Forest and the Little Cities of the Forest Collaborative which promotes environmental restoration, education and recreation in the same region.
We successfully added longer routes last year including a 63-mile Metric Century route and a 100-mile Century route. We also saw growth in participation from families and leisure riders who enjoyed short rides locally on the Hock Hocking Adena Bike Path. Click here for access to all route maps.
Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for youth 8 years of age and up. This registration provides a morning homemade granola bar from Fullbrooks Cafe in Nelsonville, a souvenir Tour de Forest bandana and a hearty lunch served between 11am and 3pm. Departure times begin at 7am and run until 10am from Stuart’s Opera House on Public Square in Nelsonville. Departure times should be calculated to insure return in time for lunch. We prefer that riders leave on the hour, so that partnering is possible.
We are pleased to welcome Athens Bicycle Shop as a corporate sponsor of this year’s ride! We thank Bob Eichenberg, Sam Miller, John Winnenberg and Jerry Iles for serving on the ride’s organizing committee.