On August 25 over 200 cyclists enjoyed a ride around Buckeye Lake at the Second Annual Tour de Buckeye Lake cycling event. Riders came from as far away as Indianapolis, Cleveland, Zanesville, Brunswick, Athens, Mount Vernon, Avon Lake, Akron, Canton and DuBois PA. Almost 50 volunteers from the area worked in preparation for the event and on the day of the event.

Riders began their tour at the Buckeye Lake Winery, rode thru Fairfield Beach, Millersport, Buckeye Lake, and Thornport ending their ride back at the Winery. Side trips showcased the neighborhoods of Harbor Hills, The Woods at Buckeye Lake and Heron Bay. Comments coming from riders indicated that they enjoyed the diversity of the ride including farms and cornfields, charming villages, views of the lake, parklands and cottages. At the end of the ride, cyclists enjoyed live music, beverages and excellent lunch cuisine at the Buckeye Lake Winery.

A popular addition to the tour was a stop at PaPaBoo’s for an ice cream treat. Two additional rest stops were North Shore State Park sponsored by Explore Buckeye Lake, Inc., and North Valley Bank, and Brooks Park sponsored by Fairfield County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Roll Bicycle Shop from Columbus had a tent at the beginning of the tour to assist cyclists with minor adjustments to their bicycles.

Many riders took the opportunity to stop at businesses along the route in Millersport and Buckeye Lake. Many of our local businesses participated as sponsors for this event which showcases the Buckeye Lake Region ripe for economic growth after the completion of the dam.

Next year riders will be able to ride on the new multi-purpose trail on top of the dam which will be the highlight of the event. Nowhere else in our state can boast a paved 4.1-mile multi- purpose trail along a beautiful lakefront. Next year’s tour is planned for Saturday, August 24.