Ride Cincinnati is a two-day weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. Putting together a full-service experience, Ride Cincinnati provides nutrition, hydration, first aid, bike maintenance and entertainment to ensure a safe, successful and fun weekend for all riders.
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Each rider must pay a non-refundable registration fee that does not count toward his or her minimum fundraising commitment. The appropriate amount is charged to the rider’s credit card upon registration.
New for 2018! What better way to kick off Ride Cincinnati 18 than with live music and free food and beer? Riders and their guests are invited to the Opening Ceremony at Yeatman’s Cove on Saturday, June 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. to get pick-up rider packets and get pumped for Sunday’s ride.
Each rider may bring one guest. Additional guests may attend for $20 each, paid in advance or at the door.
Five route options are available to appeal to all levels of cycling strength:
Riders of any age may participate in the 8-mile closed road route. You may ride with an infant or child attached to your bicycle or another riding apparatus on the 8-mile closed road course only. Riders who are 14 and 15 years old may register to ride the 8-mile, 26-mile, and 45-mile routes only. Riders who are 16 years and older may register for any of the routes. Parents or guardians will be required to execute the Rider agreement and waiver on behalf of the minor Rider.
Ride Cincinnati's scenic course begins in the southern corner of downtown Cincinnati at Yeatman's Cove in Sawyer Point. The route continues over the pedestrian-only Purple People Bridge and travels through several cities along Route 8 in Northern Kentucky. This road is not closed to traffic. Destination markers along the course guide riders to choose the length of their own personal ride.
Aid stations will close at the following times. Please plan your pace according to these turn-around times so that you can make it back in time for our amazing post ride celebration!
100 mile turnaround: (Western Mason Water District Office) - 10 a.m.
63 mile turnaround (Bold Carpet): 12 PM
45 mile turnaround (AJ Jolly School): 12:30 p.m.
26 mile turnaround (Pendery Park): 1:30 p.m.
8 mile turnaround (Eli’s BBQ in Ohio): 11:30 a.m.
The Celebration ends at 1:30 PM. A special section for the century riders will remain open until 3 PM.
The course returns riders to the Ride Cincinnati Celebration at Sawyer Point to enjoy free food and beverages, music and kids’ activities. The Ride Cincinnati Celebration for 8- to 63-mile riders will end at 1:30 p.m. Please plan your ride accordingly so you return in time to enjoy the celebration.
Riders who complete the 100-mile ride will finish at a special reserved celebration area with additional amenities open until 3 p.m. Please note, the 50-mile turnaround will close at 10 a.m.
Two of our bike sponsors have offered information on bike rental, should anyone wish to utilize this for Ride Cincinnati.
No riding. No volunteering. Just fundraising. Becoming a virtual rider is a great way to join the Ride Cincinnati movement and do your part to help defeat cancer.
Virtual Riders who raise at least $300 will be invited to attend the Opening Celebration on June 9 and receive the Ride Cincinnati 18 t-shirt.
Interested in volunteering during Ride Cincinnati weekend? Click here to sign up.
Sunday’s event will proceed as normal, but certain changes may be necessary due to weather. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. Safety is paramount. Ride Cincinnati will post updates on www.ridecincinnati.org and on our Facebook page if changes occur. If nothing is posted, the event will proceed as planned.
If conditions are unsafe to start one of the particular distances, we will make every attempt to start at the next scheduled start time. For instance, if weather prohibits the 63 mile start at 7 a.m., we will attempt to start the 63 mile cyclists at 8 a.m. with the 45 mile ride. This would, in effect, reduce the longest available distance to 45 miles, and no official support would be provided beyond the 45 mile turnaround.
If the weather changes, or if you hear thunder or see lightning, it is your responsibility to take immediate action and seek shelter. As you travel outbound on Route 8, be looking for possible shelter if it becomes necessary to return. Beyond the 26 mile turnaround at Pendery Park, Route 8 becomes more rural, and opportunities for shelter are fewer. It is recommended to bring a smartphone and check radar on the internet prior to proceeding beyond this point. If you do not have one, someone around you will. According to the National Weather Service, lightning calls for a thirty minute delay. Shorten your distance if necessary.
It may become necessary to close refreshment stops early due to weather. A large Penske box truck will be on the route to signify the point of closure. No services or support can be provided beyond this point. In addition, various police municipalities may be advising participants if the road is unsafe and the route must be closed. Ride Cincinnati does not have the means to provide return transport for participants in the case of inclement weather. Plan accordingly.
Mild to heavy fog is common on Route 8 after a rain, reducing not only your visibility but the visibility of those around you in vehicles and on bikes. Be prepared and bring rain gear, including neon or brightly colored jackets, vests or shirts. Additionally, as the road follows along the river valley the entire way, water may be flowing onto the road from the hillside. Water does not drain quickly on Route 8 and standing water may be present. Be prepared to dismount if necessary and warn the cyclists behind you. Wet tires will affect your ability to brake, so give yourself extra time to stop.
The Celebration will take place, but may be delayed or shortened if necessary.
Ride Cincinnati is unable to provide an alternative rain date. As this is a fundraiser for cancer research, no refunds or exchanges. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support of our efforts to eradicate breast cancer. Delays and closures will be at the discretion of the Ride Director.