On Saturday, August 24, Tour de Buckeye Lake chattered its previous participation record by more than doubling the number of cyclists this year. Nearly 500 cyclists came to the region for the 2019 Tour de Buckeye Lake. The event planning committee has already begun planning for next year.
Bill Collinson, event co-chair, said “We started this ride three years ago and our hope was to get a couple hundred people. We did that the first year out. We had a couple hundred people last year. With the inception of the dam and the Dawes Arboretum being part of the ride this year, I think that is what is driving the numbers and of course the weather.”
One of the many highlights for cyclists was the opportunity to take a pontoon water taxi, with their bikes, from the North Shore and Papa Boo’s to the Buckeye Lake Winery. Cyclists were all smiles as they stepped out of the pontoon and onto a dock with most all of them stating they had never taken a water taxi with their bike before. A big thank you to Robbco Marine who sponsored and organized the water taxi service so it was free to all Tour de Buckeye Lake cyclists.
“The success of this year’s event was truly astounding. It doesn’t happen without the 50 or so volunteers, and all of the sponsors that made it possible,” Collinson said.
Bike Buckeye Lake would like to thank all cyclists for riding Tour de Buckeye Lake this year, and all of the following sponsors that made the event possible: Thrivent Financial, Buckeye Lake Winery, Pet Plex Animal Hospital, Parker Realty, Buckeye Lake Brewery, Buckeye KOA, Energy Cooperative, Licking County Health Department, The Dawes Arboretum, Reine Down Photography, PNC Bank, Crimson Cup Coffee Truck, The Port Smokehouse, North Valley Bank, Mid Ohio Golf Cart, Roll Bicycle Shop, Bia Bars, Buckeye Lake Cantina, Fairfield County Visitors Bureau, Brown Distributing, Buckeye Lake Marina, ODNR, Licking Memorial Hospital, Papa Boo’s, Robbco Marine and Echo-Norvell.
All proceeds of Tour de Buckeye Lake benefit Bike Buckeye Lake, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose Mission is to promote the development and maintenance of a multi-purpose trail system around Buckeye Lake.
About Bike Buckeye Lake
Bike Buckeye Lake is a volunteer-ran, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was established in 2015 for the purpose of developing a multi-purpose trail system that circumvents Buckeye Lake, and runs through the surrounding tri-county area of Fairfield County, Licking County and Perry County.
All donations and proceeds of Bike Buckeye Lake go toward the measures required for trail development, such as grant applications, land leases and acquisition, engineers and consultants, safety and maintenance, publicity, and garnering support. Additionally, each year, Bike Buckeye Lake holds a bike drive to provide underprivileged children in the tri-county area with bicycles. As of 2019, Bike Buckeye Lake, through the generosity of supporters and donors, has given over 400 bikes to economically disadvantaged children.