Tour de Corn began when a local cyclist and farmer, Mike Bryant, had the idea of starting a charity ride in East Prairie.
In 2001, Mike approached Silvey Barker, then-coordinator for East Prairie Tourism, with his idea. He said, "I wish the Office of Tourism would sponsor a ride." The potential was discussed for a few minutes, and Mike said, "I don't know what we'd call it, but I think it can be done!"
Soon after the conversation, a committee of local cyclists and interested citizens gathered to form the first Tour de Corn Committee. Today, the dedicated Tour de Corn Committee continues to be the backbone of the ride -- working to make it fun and safe event for riders, visitors and local neighbors alike.
Attendance at Tour de Corn has grown from 175 in 2002 to more than 1000 in 2013!!!
The Tour de Corn Committee works year-round to create the best ride possible for the one-day event each June. Many of our cyclists have been attending since the first ride in 2002, and they continue to be our best advertisement ‚Äì helping spread the word about Tour de Corn.
Come make Tour de Corn history, and join us for the Annual Tour de Corn on June 29, 2019.
Date: June 29, 2019
Distances: 15, 30, 60, 100 miles
City, State: East Prairie, Missouri
Online Information: http://www.tourdecorn.com
Join us June 15-22 on a bicycling voyage to the Lake Erie region, Ohio's No. 1 vacation destination.
Set your own pace while making memories with family, friends and up to 1,500 other riders. The itinerary is designed to showcase the area's treasures, both natural and man-made, as you follow a large loop from Bowling Green to Fremont to Port Clinton to Oregon, then back to Bowling Green.
Along the way, you can explore islands and marshes. Relax on beaches. Tour wineries. Step back into history. Thrill to amusement park rides. Taste the catch of the day. We'll chart a course that‚Äôs sure to delight cyclists of all ages and interests.
New for 2019, popular Port Clinton will become the first GOBA town to have two layover days, giving you more opportunities to sightsee, do optional rides or just sleep in.
Also new for 2019, more choices on how far to ride. Want a challenge? Ride every day on fully supported routes, including an optional 100-mile century test, for a total of about 400 miles. Looking for less? Skip the three layover day rides and use our new, supported shortcuts on the four routes between host towns to reduce the distance to about 35 miles on each mandatory day, or about 140 miles for the week.
As always, outdoor camping is a fun part of the GOBA experience. We sleep in tents at schools, parks and fairgrounds while enjoying the hospitality of the towns we visit. Your registration fee includes luggage trucks that transport your gear as you bike from town to town, and modern shower trucks that keep the hot water flowing all week.
Don't like to camp? GOBA sells car-camper passes for RVs and trailers, and some of our overnight towns might rent indoor sleeping space in a dorm or on a gym floor. And there are multiple hotels within 10 miles of the four GOBA camps.
Don't have a tent or don't like setting up one? You can purchase "deluxe" and "community" camping services, with two levels of pampering. And all riders can purchase towel service or rent a chair.
Why wait when you can sign up now for GOBA and save! Registration is $300 per adult through April 30 (and $325 from May 1-15). The cost per child ages 6-15 is $95, and kids ages 2-5 are free (sorry, no children younger than 2). Be sure to add GOBA jerseys, T-shirts, raffle tickets and other valuable extras.
Prepare to set sail on a memorable journey!
Date: June 15 - 22, 2019
Distances: 140 - 400 miles total
City, State: Bowling Green, Ohio
Online Information: http://goba.com
I've added a new feature this year to make it easier to view the ride listings using your smartphone. If you view Bike Rides in Indiana on your smarphone now you'll have two choices: check the ride listings, and check the radar. And really, that's probably all you want to see from your phone. This happens automatically, behind the scenes. If you check the site from your computer it will look the same.
Now I have added the QR code shown below. You can print that out and put it on your fridge, put it on the wall at work, or put it in your wallet/purse. Then, using a QR reader, just scan the image and you'll be taken to the Bike Rides' website. No having to start your browser, no typing the web address! It's really pretty slick.
QR code readers are freely available everywhere for iPhone, Android, and WAP phones. Please feel free to download the image and resize it if you like. I've resized it down to 0.5 x 0.5 inches and it works fine even at that size.
I hope you find this as useful as I do.
4 STATES 7 DAYS UNLIMITED FUN New for 2019! You asked-we listened!
-New format! Stay at each stop longer. Only three overnight sites with exciting route choices at each one!
-Fewer setups/teardowns mean more time for cycling fun!
-Alternate G~R~A~V~E~L routes on several days!
-Shorter daily mileages mean you're not exhausted at the end of the route-no more 73 miles into a headwind days!! Long, boring, flat routes have been replaced with shorter rides with varied terrain.
-On-tour massage therapist keeps you in peak form!
As always, the RTFL bicycle tour allows you to:
-Enjoy more than just cycling-embark on a memorable adventure! Educational speakers and tours let you learn about the areas you're riding through.
-Pedal mostly flat terrain-with some moderate hills just to keep things interesting!
-Customize your tour with layover days and optional routes to choose.
Your registration fee offers great value and includes:
-Outdoor tent camping or indoor, air-conditioned floor sleeping.
-A list of recommended motels/B & B's if camping's not your thing!
-Hot showers each night and the final afternoon.
-"Southern hospitality" from our host communities.
-Well spaced water/snack stops along each day's route.
-Detailed color maps of the route, campsites, and towns.
-Informative speakers and educational history tours.
-Experienced, professional staff supports you every mile!
-Bike repair/mechanical support from Velofix/St.Louis!
-Optional tent setup/towel service from VeloSante Cycling Services!
Date: June 1 - 7, 2019
City, State: Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Start Location: see website
Online Information: www.ridethefault.com
The Outspoken Cyclist
Weekly podcasts with lots of interesting interviews and opinions. A new favorite of mine! http://www.wjcu.org/media/audio/shows/outspokencyclist
The Bike Show
The Bike Show is a weekly radio show about cycling. It is broadcast in central London on radio art station Resonance 104.4fm. The Bike Show won a London Cycling Award in the ‘best media’ category in 2005. http://thebikeshow.net/
A weekly sixty minute Podsafe mix of fitness music to exercise, workout, run, bike, Spin to that will move you physically and stimulate you mentally, and is 99 percent talk free! Each show starts with a warm up section, then moves into an aerobic workout, and ends with a cool down session. http://thecadencerevolution.com/
The FredCast - The internet's premier cycling podcast
The FredCast is a weekly podcast devoted to the latest cycling news, gear, gadgets, gizmos, components, podsafe cycling music and more! Definitely worth a listen: http://www.thefredcast.com
The Spokesmen - The cycling roundtable podcast.
Recumbent / Greenway Podcasts
Hasn't be updated since 2007, but interesting archives. A list to links on the National Bicycle Greenway Mayors' Ride site. It's a list of podcasts that you can download, or listen to right now. Here's the link: http://www.bikeroute.com/NBGPodcasts.php