We have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Moffitt Memorial Ride. With the continued increase of Covid-19 infections across the US and the expectation that the outbreak will pick up in late August and intensify further in September, we do not believe that it is possible or prudent to have 50+ individuals from 17 states congregate for a 7-day bike ride in September. Also, we do not feel comfortable asking our volunteers to possibly be exposed to this life-threatening virus.
Next year’s seven-day, six-night Ohio to Erie Trail bicycle ride was scheduled for September 19-25, 2020. We hope to see you in 2021 – registration will open in December!
The annual Ohio to Erie Trail adventure ride is named the “Moffitt Memorial Ride” in memory of our former Board of Directors President Tom Moffitt (Dr. Thomas Lawson Moffitt, III). Tom passionately served as Board President for over 16 years and worked tirelessly to fulfill Ed Honton’s vision of a multi-purpose cross state trail/greenway. Tom’s leadership and enthusiasm in working with local agencies and trail organizations to complete the Ohio to Erie Trail will forever be appreciated by present and future generations of trail users. Tom was a devoted educator in the greater Cincinnati area for over 45 years and as many of you may know an avid cyclist. He completed several cross county rides and rode the entire length of the Ohio to Erie Trail a number of times before his departure in 2017. Tom will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Ranges between 30 to 67, beginner to intermediate level. Shorter days allow for a more leisurely ride, additional miles on other trails, or site-seeing along the way.
Trail surfaces are fine for road bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes. While 90% of the trail is essentially flat, there are some hills along the way but none that are too long to just enjoy walking.
Riders stay at hotels at special rates.
SAG (Support and Gear):
Fully supported with a luggage/bike vehicle, mechanic and OTET staff. Participants only need to carry what they will need for the day. Support stops are about every 15 miles with water and snacks.
The cost is variable, depending on the date of registration, ranging from $700 to $850.
A unique aspect of this ride is that much of the costs are considered to be tax-deductable DONATIONS. After the ride, the cost to produce the ride per individual is then subtracted from the amount each participant donated. Riders receive a letter stating how much of their payment was applied without services or goods given in return. For example, riders in 2018 ended up donating about 2/3 of their ride cost.
Food and lodging are paid for by participants.
September in Ohio is typically dry with temps ranging from morning lows of 45-55° to afternoons of 70-80°.
Day 1 (67 miles):
Start in downtown Cincinnati at Smale Park on the Ohio River.
Destination: Xenia, Ramada Inn
Day 2: (59 miles)
Destination: Downtown Columbus, Red Roof Inn
Day 3: (51 miles)
Destination: Mt. Vernon, the Grand Hotel
Day 4: (41 miles)
Destination: Amish Country to historic Millersburg, Comfort Inn
Day 5: (38 miles)
Destination: Massillon, Hampton Inn
Day 6: (30 miles)
Destination: Downtown Akron Marriott Courtyard
This leisurely day allows for stops along the Canal Path including our trail partner bike shop, Ernie’s.
Optional: Venture into the Cuyahoga National Park and ride the scenic train back to Akron.
Day 7: (40 miles)
Destination: Lake Erie, Cleveland
Riders travel through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the ONLY National Park in Ohio. There is time to visit museum centers, memorials, and shops.
There is a small fee of $60 for transportation back to Columbus or Cincinnati after the ride that will be collected when you register. This is for the rider, bike, and luggage.
Flying In To Cincinnati? – If you wish to ship your bike to us before the ride so that a local bike shop can put it together for you all you need to do is ask. We have a bike shop that will receive your bike, put it together and tune it up for you, and save the box for us to ship it back out for you after the ride. The shop is a very reputable shop. You’d ship the bike to them no later than August 30th. They put bike together and we pick it up for you along with your packing materials. At end of ride we take your bike back to the bike shop and they ship it out for you unless you make other arrangements. Currently the cost by the shop is $65 for this service. We do not charge you for bike pick up from the shop or for bringing your bike back to Cincinnati to ship out. You will need to pay for that shipping home through the bike shop folks.