|My first TOSRV in `79|
While challenging due to it's early timing, TOSRV is a great base for the Indiana RAIN Ride. I am also working to get 100 Indiana riders (up from 56 in `12) on this event. If possible, it would be fun to ride or start as an Indiana contingent this year.
|South of White Lake, TOSRV `79|
The ride format is very simple. On Saturday, you ride 105 miles from downtown Columbus, to the town of Portsmouth (Ohio) on the Ohio River. The route follows a mix of urban sides streets (leaving Columbus) and rural state highways and county roads. There are good quality foods stops about every 25 to 30 miles, with a lunch stop half way. The route then returns along the same route, stopping in the same towns, on Sunday. Your overnight baggage is carried for you, to your assigned accommodations for sleeping bag space (mostly high school or a gym at a local college). TOSRV also has a 100 mile option (2x50) that is great way to split the difference - the HALF TOSRV rides the last 50 on Saturday and first 50 on Sunday, on the most fun part of the out and back route.
The ride has a great history, great volunteers (some food stops have had 4 generations of the same family working them!), and is a part of midwest cycling history. Some of the original participants went on to create the Bikecentennial project, which became the present day Adventure Bicycling. In the past, bicycle clubs from across the midwest actually chartered buses to get their members to this event. This is the closest thing to the Boston Marathon that cycling has to offer.