Join us for a gravel ride to celebrate the fall season in the beautiful setting of Shawnee State Forest, also known as the Little Smokies of Ohio.
For this route we will be providing a map/cue sheet along with a complimentary lunch at mile 34 in the relaxing setting of Shawnee State Park Marina overlooking the Ohio River. We encourage riders to partner up with a group or another rider of similar pace, follow the map, and do your own ride whether that is a casual tour that includes a lot of stops for photo ops, or racing your friends to the top of the next climb.
The route traverses 60 miles of mostly gravel state forest roads (95% gravel, 5% paved). The ride is a challenge with 5,500 ft of climbing. The climbing consists of primarily 4-8% grades, some 12%+ grades, and one big 14.5%). Don’t be surprised if you have to walk a couple sections of these! A ride of this caliber will take most folks 6-8 hours.
Ride start time and location: Sunday, October 19 at 9:00 AM from The Weakley Homestead in Wamsley, Ohio
GPS Route: Click here.
There is a 22 mile route with 2,000 ft of climbing for those of you less interested in the amount of climbing and distance of the 60 mile route. This ride starts and ends from the Shawnee State Park Marina where lunch will be provided at the end of the ride. This route features milder grades than the 60 mile version, but still has a good amount of climbing! An average speed between 6-10 mph is normal for this ride.
Ride start time and location: Sunday, October 19 at 9:00 AM from the Shawnee State Park Marina
GPS Route: Click here.
NOTE TO RIDERS
Since we are providing lunch we are going to request a painless RSVP. Please let us know if you plan to come so we can appropriately plan the amount of food we will provide. This is a request, not a requirement. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are providing an opportunity to ride a challenging route in a beautiful place. We will supply a map/cue sheet and lunch for this particular ride. Please understand that aside from these few things, you are on your own. This ride is 100% free and self-supported which means we are not offering any form of ride services or sag. By voluntarily joining us on this ride you are acknowledging that you are fully responsible for yourself and your bike. If you cannot complete the ride, be prepared to self-rescue or to navigate your way back. We highly recommend bringing a friend to ride with.
Lastly, Shawnee State Forest is very remote with limited to no cell service, and no opportunities to refuel on water and food. Riders should come prepared with enough food and water for the ride. **Water, food, and bathrooms will be available at mile 34 for the 60 mile riders and mile 22 for the 22 mile riders.
We will post more details along with the route map/cue sheet closer to the date of the ride! See you on October 19th!