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Big Changes to 2011 Rides

The most important thing to us is to raise money to drill wells, to give sick and thirsty people clean water to drink.  We’re so fortunate that we get to use something that we love, riding bikes, to do that.

It’s also important to us to incorporate as many people into this mission as possible, and make you a passionate advocate for this cause as well.  This is our first year putting together The Water Cycle Project and we had to make some big guesses when we first put together a calendar for 2011.  We’ve listened to the feedback that we’ve received, and the great thing about being a small, grass-roots organization is that it’s never too late to make changes.

Due to lack of response, we’re going to cancel the Amish Loop (Aug. 5-7) and Hocking Hills (Sept. 2-4) trips for this year, and consolidate our energy towards the Trans-Ohio Trip in July and the Circum-Ohio Tour in September/October.

We’re going to replace the August and September trips with a Labor Day weekend fun ride that I think you’ll really enjoy, and will open a lot of doors for families and non-cyclists to participate and have a lot of fun while supporting our cause.

Just to Clarify:
Trans-Ohio – July 1-3 – STILL ON.  We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on this trip and expect a good turnout.

Amish Loop – August 5-7 – CANCELLED.

Hocking Hills – September 2-4 – CANCELLED.

Circum-Ohio – September 27-October 8 – STILL ON. Please consider joining us for week 1, week 2 or the full 12-day tour.

Thanks so much for your continued support.  We really appreciate all of your feedback, and are very happy to accommodate as many members of our community as possible.

Please stay tuned for more information on our fun-ride in September, and as always, please contact us with any questions or leave a comment below.

Circum-Ohio Tour – General Information

Sure, you could come up with this information yourself by putting Week 1 and Week 2 together, but we thought we’d give it to you all in one spot.

The Circum-Ohio tour is a two week trip around the perimeter of Ohio.  Over the course of 12 days, we’ll spend 11 days on the bike with a break after day 5.  The tour will begin and end in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Trip Date: September 27 – October 8, 2011

Total Length: 862 miles

Average Day: 78 miles

Trip Fee: $300 if registered by 8/27/11

Circum-Ohio can basically be split up into four sections, the hills of Southern Ohio, the industrialized northeast, the coast and the flatlands.

After departing Cincinnati, we’ll spend nights in the following cities:  Gallipolis, Portsmouth, Marietta, Bridgeport, Youngstown, Cleveland, Sandusky, Toledo, Van Wert and Dayton.

Our longest day will be 105 miles from Cincinnati to Gallipolis, and our shortest day will follow immediately from Gallipolis to Portsmouth at only 56 miles.  Why not pick a different town that splits the difference, you ask?  There’s not a lot going on in that section of Ohio, it was either Gallipolis or boondocking on the side of the road.

This is going to be a challenging trip certainly, but well worth it.  You’ll learn new things about yourself and meet a lot of amazing people along the way, both on the bike next to you and in the towns we’re just passing through.

Please consider signing up today.  Start training today, and you can be ready for this thing in 18 weeks.  When we roll into Cincinnati again after 12 long days, it’ll be something you’ll remember for the rest of your life.  You’ll have a story to tell.

Still want more info?  Here’s a printable PDF.

Interested in riding?  Please register by clicking here, or contact us for more information.

Circum-Ohio Week 2 – General Information

Week 2 of the Circum-Ohio tour is going to be a scenic blast!  It would be awesome if you could join us.  Days will be long and tough, but we’ll get to see stretches of our beautiful state in a new and remarkable way.

Trip Date: October 3 – 8, 2011

Total Length: 467 miles

Average Day: 78 miles

Trip Fee: $190 if registered by 9/1/11

Week 2 will have long days throughout, but the terrain will be less challenging than week 1 for the most part.  We’ll pedal off from Youngstown, Ohio on the morning of October 3 and put 70 miles on our tires to Cleveland.  From there we’ll follow the scenic Lake Erie Coast and make overnight stops in Sandusky and Toledo.  Then we’ll turn south across Ohio’s flattest lands, put our heads down and do 90 to 100 mile days stopping in Van Wert, Dayton and finally returning to Cincinnati!

Once we hit Cincinnati, we’ll collapse on the floor, but then get back up a few minutes later drink a bunch of Mountain Dew and do the jig.  The “I just rode my bike all the way ’round Ohio” jig.

I’m really looking forward to getting to know a group of cyclists over the Circum-Ohio trip.  Whether you’re in it for week 1, week 2 or both, I think you’re guaranteed to meet a lot of great people.

Week 2 is for cyclists.  You don’t need to be a professional athlete or be in the best shape of your life, but you do need to have a few training miles under your belt.

It’s going to be a great time – win, lose or draw, you won’t regret having signed up and given it your best shot.

Still want more info?  Here’s a printable PDF.

Interested in riding?  Please register by clicking here, or contact us for more information.

FCW Informational Meeting Date Changed!

The date for the Water Cycle Project informational meeting at Franklinton Cycle Works has been changed to Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

All other details stay the same.  The shop is located at 897 W. Broad St. in Columbus, Ohio.

Food and drinks will be provided.  Please come out and learn a little more about our mission and our 2011 rides!

Here’s the event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=225680587449454

Sorry for the last minute change.  We hope you can make it.

Circum-Ohio Week 1 – General Information

I hope you can join us for the first week of the Circum-Ohio tour.  It’s going to be challenging, fun and rewarding… an experience like no other.

Trip Date: September 27-October 1, 2011

Total Length: 393 miles

Average Day: 79 miles

Trip Fee: $190 if registered by 7/27/11

Week 1 of the Cirum-Ohio trip will start with our most challenging day of 2011 – 105 miles through the moderate hills of Southern Ohio.  Beginning in Cincinnati, Ohio, week 1 will follow the Ohio river, making overnight stops in Portsmouth, Gallipolis and Marietta, then continue north through Eastern Ohio to Bridgeport and Youngstown.

At Youngstown, Ohio we’ll take a one-day intermission, officially ending week 1.

Each day will bring about different terrain and new challenges.  The shortest day of Circum-Ohio week 1 is day 2 – Portsmouth to Gallipolis at only 56 miles.

The perimeter trip will be a different experience from our weekend trips.  Any time you’ve got to do laundry on the road really kicks things up a notch.

If you’re serious about cycling, and serious about getting water to thirsty people in far away places, then the Circum-Ohio trip is for you.  Please consider signing up today and joining us for this adventure.

Still want more info?  Here’s a printable PDF.

Interested in riding?  Please register by clicking here, or contact us for more information.

Amish Loop Trip – General Information (CANCELLED)

Due to lack of interest, this trip has been cancelled.  Sorry for any inconvenience, please consider riding the Trans-Ohio Tour instead. (edit 05/27)

The Amish Loop trip might not have the most miles, but I do expect it to be the most challenging of our 3-day trips.  However, it will probably be the most beautiful too, and certainly the most rewarding.

“Amish Country” in Northeastern Ohio is one of the most scenic places in the United States.

Trip Date: August 5-7, 2011

Total Length: 213 miles

Average Day: 71 miles

Trip Fee: $90 if registered by 7/4/11

The Amish Loop trip will begin on August 5, 2011 in Westerville, Ohio.  Day one will end in Mansfield, Ohio with an elevation gain of about 400 feet.  Don’t worry, we’re riding in a big circle, so we’ll get that elevation back before the trip is over.  :-)

Much of day two will follow a fantastic bike trail from Mansfield to Coshocton, weaving, climbing, descending and burning through the rolling green pastures and cool forests of this region of Ohio.  Day three will return to Westerville, Ohio via Buckeye Lake.

71 miles a day is very doable, even for the casual cyclist.  We will be taking on some hills along the way, though, so participants should spend some time learning to tackle a climb.  Remember, hills are in the head, that’s what we have gears on our bikes for.

Please feel free to join us for any single day of this trip.  Day two follows a bike trail most of the way, which makes for a pleasant journey.

Still want more info?  Here’s a printable PDF.

Interested in riding?  Please register by clicking here, or contact us for more information.

Trans-Ohio Trip – General Information

I’m really looking forward to the Trans-Ohio trip because it comes with the best bragging rights.

Imagine returning to work after the long 4th of July weekend.  “So what did you do over the weekend?” your co-worker asks expecting to get, “had a picnic”, “went fishing” or “rented a pontoon boat” back.   But instead you answer “not much, just rode my bicycle across the state of Ohio.  Richmond, Indiana to Wheeling, West Virginia, no big deal.”

This trip is a lot of miles, but the terrain is fairly mild.  We’ll follow historic route 40 for most of the trip, and it should be a relaxing, safe ride all the way ACROSS OHIO.

Trip Date: July 1-3, 2011

Total Length: 270 miles

Average Day: 90 miles

Trip Fee: $90 if registered by 6/1/11

Our first trip of the 2011 season, Trans-Ohio will take us on a smooth adventure from Ohio’s Indiana border, all the way to Ohio’s border with West Virginia.  The mileage will be longer than some of our other trips, but the terrain will be mostly flat and will follow many designated bike routes.

On day one, riders will be provided with early morning transportation from Columbus, Ohio to the starting point in Richmond, Indiana.  That day we’ll ride through the scenic flatlands of Eastern Ohio and spend the night in London.  Day two will pass through Columbus, and the gentle rolling hills of Central Ohio to end the day in Zanesville.  Finally, day three will continue along Route 40 to complete the trip in Wheeling, West Virginia.  Transportation will be provided back to Columbus.

If you’d like to join us on Saturday of your July 4th weekend, it should be a nice 90 mile jaunt from London, Ohio to Zanesville, Ohio.

Still want more info?  Here’s a printable PDF.

Interested in riding?  Please register by clicking here, or contact us for more information.

Informational Meeting with Franklinton Cycle Works!

Please note:  The date of this event has changed to Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Franklinton Cycle Works is generously hosting an informational meeting for the 2011 Water Cycle Project rides.

Please come out on May 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. to the FCW shop at 897 W. Broad, Columbus, Ohio to have all of your wildest questions about The Water Cycle Project answered.

This is a great opportunity to plug in with your local cycling community and test the waters to see if you’re up for any of our 4 rides this summer.

Please come prepared with lots of questions.  Food and drink will be provided.

You can find the event on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=225680587449454

Hocking Hills Trip – General Information

Due to lack of interest, this trip has been cancelled.  Sorry for any inconvenience, please consider riding the Trans-Ohio Tour instead. (edit 05/27)

It would be great if you could join us for our Hocking Hills Trip!  The Hocking Hills region is one of Ohio’s most beautiful areas.

I’m super excited to test myself with a few challenging hills, but still enjoy a slower paced, shorter trip-day.

Trip Date: September 1-3, 2011

Total Length: 166 miles

Average Day: 55 miles

Trip Fee: $90 if registered by 8/2/11

The hocking hills trip will be a beautiful September cycling adventure in Ohio.  Day one will take us from Grove City to Chillicothe.  Day two will be mostly on a designated bike path ending in Nelsonville, and day three will return to Grove City.

These will be shorter days, but days two and three will have some moderate hills.

Remember, you can always join us for only one day at any point in our trips.  Day 1 of the Hocking Hills Trip is a perfect example.  At only 43 miles, it will be our shortest day of all of our 2011 rides, and some of the easiest terrain.  Grove City to Chillicothe is mostly flat, and there’s an overall elevation drop of 200 feet!

Still want more info?  Here’s a printable PDF.

Interested in riding?  Please register by clicking here, or contact us for more information.

TWCP Ride FAQs

Here are the answers to some of our most common questions regarding The Water Cycle Project’s 2011 multi-day trips.

What’s included in the trip fees?

Your trip fee includes all food and lodging.  In some cases, transportation to and/or from the trip starting point is included – check the specific trip for more information.

Your trip fee also pays for a marked route, as well as SAG vehicle support.

A certified bicycle mechanic will also accompany every trip, and will be available to perform limited support duties.

What type of lodging should I expect?

Most of our lodging will be host homes provided by churches and organizations in the towns we’re passing through.  You should expect floor space.

In some cases, we may stay in motels or camp.  This is covered on a trip-by-trip basis.

What type of meals should I expect?

In most cases, meals will be prepared and provided by volunteers.  In some cases, you’ll be provided with vouchers for restaurants or other establishments along the route.

Can I find my own meals/lodging instead?

Absolutely!  However, because most of our meals and lodging are donated, this will not change your trip fee.

You’ll be responsible for getting to/from your chosen lodging or meal.

Do I have to fund raise?

No, we really appreciate your help raising funds and spreading the word about the water crisis, but unlike rides such as Pelotonia, there is no mimimum fund raising requirement to be eligible to ride.

You’re free to set your own fundraising goal.  When it comes to ride day, just so your trip fee is paid you’re set to ride.

What if I try but can’t complete the leg?

Ostracization.  Dirty Looks.  Totally just kidding.

It happens.  We’re glad you came out to ride, gave it a good try and raised money for this amazing cause.  If you can’t complete the ride for any reason, our support vehicle will pick you up and take you to the next pit stop.  You won’t be pressured to push yourself further than you’re comfortable.


Have other questions?  Please contact us and we’ll add them!