2014 Ohio Bicycle Races

Photo: Cyclist on Banked Turn of Velodrome. Photo by Gary Burkholder

Ohio State Track Championship by Gary Burkholder – Cleveland Velodrome

Races are competitive events of various sorts. Multi-sport and BMX events are not listed in this Calendar. Sanctioned races are governed by the rules of a sanctioning body such as USA Cycling, American Bicycle Racing (ABR), or the National Off-Road Bicycling Association (NORBA). Those who wish to compete in sanctioned races must have racing licenses issued by the appropriate governing body; race-day licensing may be available. Citizen races are usually open to all comers (within age restrictions) and are a good way to give racing a try. See online references to types of races such as criteriums, road races, and mountain bike racing.

Last Updated: 4/2/2014

March

Saturday, 3/22. MOHICAN CABINS SERIES KICK-OFF. OMBC #1. Loudonville. Ohio’s oldest, most challenging course. Expect hard climbs, technical rock gardens, and speedy descents. Cash and Prizes. Featuring Great Lakes Brew. Ryan O’Dell;  www.OMBC.net

April

Saturday, 4/05 THE WILDS. OMBC #2. Zanesville. A wildlife sanctuary located near Zanesville, held on 9 miles of singletrack trails designed and maintained by the Appalachian Outdoor Adventure Club; Great Lakes Beer included. Ryan O’Dell;  www.OMBC.net

Sunday, 4/6. ZANESFIELD ROAD RACE – OHIO SPRING ROAD RACE SERIES. Zanesfield. Something for everyone on this 15-mile course: two long, gradual climbs, rolling descents, good pavement, and wide open flats. Team Six One Four. Mark Farmer; 1485 Virginia Ave.; Columbus, OH 43212. (614) 205-7860. teamsixonefour.com

Wednesday, 4/9. 16th BLUE STREAK TIME TRIALS. Wright Patterson AFB. Season-long series on the second Wednesday of the month, April through October. ABR-sanctioned 10-mile oval course around AFB flight line including Huffman Prairie. Those without base access must send email to organizer at least one week in advance of event. Chuck Smith. PO Box 69; Vandalia, OH 45377. (937) 890-6689. OhioBike@woh.rr.com

Saturday, 4/19. 25th RATL: RACES AT THE LAKE. Munroe Falls. Longest-running training series in Ohio. Closed course in Falls metropark. Great venue for beginners with enough technical sections to keep pros on their toes. USA Cycling event for Cat. 5, 4, 1-2-3, Women, Juniors, Masters. Ohio Cycle Works Freewheelers. Ron Fogle; 580 Lois Dr.; Akron, OH 44333. (330) 592-5189. rfogle1@aol.com

Saturday, 4/26. 25th RATL: RACES AT THE LAKE. Munroe Falls. Longest-running training series in Ohio. Closed course in Falls metropark. Great venue for beginners with enough technical sections to keep pros on their toes. USA Cycling event for Cat. 5, 4, 1-2-3, Women, Juniors, Masters. Ohio Cycle Works Freewheelers. Ron Fogle; 580 Lois Dr.; Akron, OH 44333. (330) 592-5189. rfogle1@aol.com

May

Thursday, 5/1. MAUMEE VALLEY WHEELMEN CLUB RACE SERIES. Toledo area. USA Cycling Cat. 5 – Cat. 1 racing every Thursday from now through September 11. Courses for road races and time trials are on country roads; criteriums and track-style races are on an industrial park circuit. Maumee Valley Wheelmen. Scott Main; 219 Winfield Dr.; Bowling Green, OH 43402. (419) 352-5366. www.FreeWheel.com

Saturday, 5/3. TECUMSEH’S REVENGE OMBC #3. Scioto Trails State Forest, Chillicothe.  Largely non-technical course consisting of painful climbs & fast, sweeping singletrack with steep descents, one lap approximately 10 miles. Ryan O’Dell;  www.OMBC.net

Saturday, 5/3. 25th RATL: RACES AT THE LAKE. Munroe Falls. Longest-running training series in Ohio. Closed course in Falls metropark. Great venue for beginners with enough technical sections to keep pros on their toes. USA Cycling event for Cat. 5, 4, 1-2-3, Women, Juniors, Masters. Ohio Cycle Works Freewheelers. Ron Fogle; 580 Lois Dr.; Akron, OH 44333. (330) 592-5189. rfogle1@aol.com

Saturday, 5/10. 25th RATL: RACES AT THE LAKE. Munroe Falls. Longest-running training series in Ohio. Closed course in Falls metropark. Great venue for beginners with enough technical sections to keep pros on their toes. USA Cycling event for Cat. 5, 4, 1-2-3, Women, Juniors, Masters. Ohio Cycle Works Freewheelers. Ron Fogle; 580 Lois Dr.; Akron, OH 44333. (330) 592-5189. rfogle1@aol.com

Wednesday, 5/14. 16th BLUE STREAK TIME TRIALS. Wright Patterson AFB. See April 9 listing.

Saturday, 5/17. 6th MOHICAN STATE FOREST OMBC #4. Loudonville. Rated #1 in Ohio by Mountain Bike Action Magazine! 24 miles of flowing singletrack around scenic Mohican gorge. One lap for sport and expert. Shorter lap for Novice. Great Lakes Beer included. Ryan O’Dell;  www.OMBC.net

Saturday, 5/17. CLEVELAND VELODROME 1,000-LAP CHALLENGE. Endurance race on velodrome track. ClevelandVelodrome.org

Sunday, 5/18. 6th EASTERN OHIO TIME TRIAL SERIES – 1 of 5. Deerfield. Course is 20K out-and-back, gently-rolling county road with no stop signs. Start ramp with 60-second intervals. ABR racing. Rider Limit: 100. Proceeds benefit park district and other local non-profits. Portage County Park District. Brian & Kelly Baird; 4586 W. Prospect St.; Mantua, OH 44255. (330) 274-2605. www.EasternOhioTimeTrial.com

Sunday, 5/18. 8th COLAVITA-ZIPP TIME TRIAL SERIES. New Haven. Test yourself against the clock at the Midwest’s largest individual time trial series. ABR Classes and categories for any bike type or experience level. Custom awards, electronic timing, live results, podium ceremony, door prizes, cash awards. Colavita Ohio Cycling. Roger Bowersock; 1098 Buckeye Dr.; Greenville, OH 45331. (397) 417-5772. www.ColavitaZippTT.com

Saturday, 5/31. MOHICAN MOUNTAIN BIKE OMBC Ultra. Loudonville. Line up alongside top US Pro’s in Ohio’s ONLY single loop 100-mile race. Too far? Race the 100k race. $10,000 cash plus prizes and primes. Earn points in the NUE, National Ultra Endurance Series Race #3. 600 racers last year! Mens Open, Womens Open, Singlespeed, Masters 50+. Featuring Great Lakes Beer and post-race BBQ. Ryan O’Dell;  www.OMBC.net

June

Sunday, 6/1. 2nd TOUR OF FRANKLINTON. Columbus. USA Cycling criterium for Cat. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Men, Women, Juniors, Masters in downtown Columbus on a closed .75-mile course. A 5K running race will also take place. Team Six One Four. Mark Farmer; 1485 Virginia Ave.; Columbus, OH 43212. (614) 205-7860. TeamSixOneFour.com

Friday, 6/6. CLEVELAND VELODROME FRIDAY NIGHT RACES. Cleveland. Twelve races, June through September. Cleveland Velodrome. ClevelandVelodrome.org

Sunday, 6/8. 8th COLAVITA-ZIPP TIME TRIAL SERIES. Brighton. Test yourself against the clock at the Midwest’s largest individual time trial series. ABR Classes and categories for any bike type or experience level. Custom awards, electronic timing, live results, podium ceremony, door prizes, cash awards. Colavita Ohio Cycling. Roger Bowersock; 1098 Buckeye Dr.; Greenville, OH 45331. (397) 417-5772. www.ColavitaZippTT.com

Wednesday, 6/11. 16th BLUE STREAK TIME TRIALS. Wright Patterson AFB. See April 9 listing.

Saturday, 6/14. CLEVELAND VELODROME INTERSCHOLASTIC RACING LEAGUE. Cleveland. Start date TBA, participants must complete training class. Five-race series runs through August. ClevelandVelodrome.org

Sunday, 6/15. 6th EASTERN OHIO TIME TRIAL SERIES – 2 of 5. Deerfield. Course is 20K out-and-back, gently-rolling county road with no stop signs. Start ramp with 60-second intervals. ABR racing. Rider Limit: 100. Proceeds benefit park district and other local non-profits. Portage County Park District. Brian & Kelly Baird; 4586 W. Prospect St.; Mantua, OH 44255. (330) 274-2605. www.EasternOhioTimeTrial.com

Saturday, 6/15. TOUR D’BURG OHIO JUNIOR AND MASTER CRITERIUM CHAMPIONSHIP. Miamisburg. Team Dayton Cycling, and Miamisburg Merchant Association. www.TeamDaytonCycling.com

Friday & Saturday, 6/20 & 6/21. OHIO STATE TRACK CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIP. Cleveland. ClevelandVelodrome.org

NEW LISTING: Friday, 6/27. TOUR DE GRANDVIEW CYCLING CLASSIC. Grandview. Part of a triple weekend of racing, with legs 2 and 3 at the Hyde Park Blast in Cincinnati on Saturday June 28, and in Madeira on Sunday June 29.  For more information: www.tourdegrandview.com.

July

Sunday, 7/6. CLEVELAND VELODROME SUNDAY TIME TRIAL SERIES. Cleveland. Eight races from July through August. ClevelandVelodrome.org

Wednesday, 7/9. 16th BLUE STREAK TIME TRIALS. Wright Patterson AFB. See April 9 listing.

Saturday, 7/12. BATTLE OF TURKEY RUN OMBC #5. S&S Trails, Mt. Perry/Zanesville. Race course designed by OMBC Champion, Chris Skinner. Great Lakes Beer and post-race buffet makes this race a “must-do” event. Cash and Prizes. Ryan O’Dell;  www.OMBC.net

Sunday, 7/13. 8th COLAVITA-ZIPP TIME TRIAL SERIES. Maysville. Test yourself against the clock at the Midwest’s largest individual time trial series. ABR Classes and categories for any bike type or experience level. Custom awards, electronic timing, live results, podium ceremony, door prizes, cash awards. Colavita Ohio Cycling. Roger Bowersock; 1098 Buckeye Dr.; Greenville, OH 45331. (397) 417-5772. www.ColavitaZippTT.com

Sunday, 7/20. 6th EASTERN OHIO TIME TRIAL SERIES – 3 of 5. Deerfield. Course is 20K out-and-back, gently-rolling county road with no stop signs. Start ramp with 60-second intervals. ABR racing. Rider Limit: 100. Proceeds benefit park district and other local non-profits. Portage County Park District. Brian & Kelly Baird; 4586 W. Prospect St.; Mantua, OH 44255. (330) 274-2605. www.EasternOhioTimeTrial.com

August

Sunday, 8/03. RACE TO THE HILLS OMBC #6. Lake Hope State Park, Nelsonville/Athens. One of the most popular races in the Ohio series features fast, flowing singletrack. Free Kids 12 and under race. Athens Bike Club. Ryan O’Dell;  www.OMBC.net

Sunday, 8/10. NORTHEAST OHIO CRANKFEST OMBC #7. West Branch State Park, Ravenna. The crown jewel of Northeast Ohio designed by, CAMBA Cleveland Mountain Bike Association. FREE kids race. Ryan O’Dell;  www.OMBC.net

Sunday, 8/10. 26th SMITH’S DAIRY MILK RACE. Orrville. Presented by The Commercial & Savings Bank, this road racing event welcomes Cat. 2-3, 4, 5, Masters, W1-3, W4 competitors. All corners and intersections marshaled, State Highway Patrol leads racers along rolling rural back roads for distances of 20 to 60 miles. USA Cycling rules apply. Men’s Cat. 5 field has 50-rider limit. Day-of entry available. Details online. Orrville Cycling Club. Michael Gorman; 806 Bernard St. SW; Massillon, OH 44647. (330) 904-6919. www.OrrvilleCycling.com

Sunday, 8/10. 8th COLAVITA-ZIPP TIME TRIAL SERIES. Springfield. Test yourself against the clock at the Midwest’s largest individual time trial series. ABR Classes and categories for any bike type or experience level. Custom awards, electronic timing, live results, podium ceremony, door prizes, cash awards. Colavita Ohio Cycling. Roger Bowersock; 1098 Buckeye Dr.; Greenville, OH 45331. (397) 417-5772. www.ColavitaZippTT.com

Wednesday, 8/13. 16th BLUE STREAK TIME TRIALS. Wright Patterson AFB. See April 9 listing.

Sunday, 8/17. 6th EASTERN OHIO TIME TRIAL SERIES – 4 of 5. Deerfield. Course is 20K out-and-back, gently-rolling county road with no stop signs. Start ramp with 60-second intervals. ABR racing. Rider Limit: 100. Proceeds benefit park district and other local non-profits. Portage County Park District. Brian & Kelly Baird; 4586 W. Prospect St.; Mantua, OH 44255. (330) 274-2605. www.EasternOhioTimeTrial.com

Friday, 8/22. THUNDER GAMES – CLEVELAND CYCLING FESTIVAL. Amateur session followed by Thunder Games Pro/Am under the lights. ClevelandVelodrome.org

Sunday, 8/24. DILLON ROCKS OMBC #8. Dillon State Park, Zanesville. Designed by AOA, test your mettle along one of Ohio’s most technical race courses featuring flowing singletrack sprinkled with renown rock gardens. FREE Kids Race. Ryan O’Dell;  www.OMBC.net

Sunday, 8/24. 4th SYLVANIA CYCLING CLASSIC – OHIO STATE ELITE CRITERIUM CHAMPIONSHIPS. Sylvania. USA Cycling-sanctioned. Maumee Valley Wheelmen. Steve Sams; 555 Hunters Run; Perrysburg, OH 43551. (419) 467-0144. stsams@roadrunner.com

September

Wednesday, 9/10. 16th BLUE STREAK TIME TRIALS. Wright Patterson AFB. See April 9 listing.

Saturday. 9/13. ALUM CREEK STATE PARK OMBC #9. Delaware/Columbus. Plan a family fun day at the beach. Race begins and ends at the beach running across the dam to fast, flowing singletrack. Free kids 12 and under race. Be sure to check website for race times. COMBO: Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization. Ryan O’Dell;  www.OMBC.net

Sunday, 9/14. OBF DAY AT CLEVELAND VELODROME. Cleveland. Bring your helmet and experience the thrill of riding on a velodrome track. Track bikes, free Track 101 & 201 instruction, refreshments provided by Fast Track Cycling to all OBF members (see membership form on back cover or join on-site). Contact Chuck Smith by Sept. 7 to sign up for this exciting event. Ohio Bicycle Federation. Chuck Smith; 825 Olde Farm Ct.; Vandalia, OH 45377. (937) 890-6689. BikeOhio@gmail.com

Sunday, 9/21. 6th EASTERN OHIO TIME TRIAL SERIES – 5 of 5. Deerfield. Course is 20K out-and-back, gently-rolling county road with no stop signs. Start ramp with 60-second intervals. ABR racing. Rider Limit: 100. Proceeds benefit park district and other local non-profits. Portage County Park District. Brian & Kelly Baird; 4586 W. Prospect St.; Mantua, OH 44255. (330) 274-2605. www.EasternOhioTimeTrial.com

NEW LISTING: Saturday & Sunday, 9/27 & 9/28. NEOCYCLE. Cleveland Area. Multiple competitive and non-competitive events in the Cleveland area. www.NeoCycle.org

Sunday, 9/28. OMBC #10. Eastfork State Park, Bethel/Cincinnati. Fast, rolling trails with little elevation changes makes Eastfork one of the most highly-attended races for Pro/Experts and beginners alike. Cash and Prizes. CORA: Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance. Ryan O’Dell;  www.OMBC.net

October

Saturday, 10/4. 6th MOHICAN STATE FOREST OMBC #11. Loudonville. Rated #1 in Ohio by Mountain Bike Action Magazine! 24 miles of flowing singletrack around scenic Mohican gorge. One lap for sport and expert. Shorter lap for Novice. Great Lakes Beer included. Ryan O’Dell;  www.OMBC.net

Wednesday, 10/8. 16th BLUE STREAK TIME TRIALS. Wright Patterson AFB. See April 9 listing.