Friday, May 6, 2011

See you at TOSRV this weekend!

We're looking forward to seeing many of our friends at this weekend's Tour of the Scioto River Valley! For those of you not familiar with this ride, on Saturday it's 104 miles from Columbus to Portsmouth, Ohio, and then the same route in reverse on Sunday.

Century Cycles is proud to take part in our 14th year of serving the over 3,000 TOSRV riders! Each year, Scott Cowan packs up the CC van with clothing, accessories, and parts to create a rolling "store-away-from-the-store" to provide for any last-minute needs of the over 3,000 people signed up for the tour. This year, Josh (also from the Rocky River store) will also be there for mechanical support.

This year marks another major milestone for the event; it's the 50th anniversary of TOSRV! Way back in 1961, Charles Siple and his son Greg mapped out the ride on a whim, and decided to ride it over a 2-day weekend. More riders joined the Siples the following year, and the rest is history! TOSRV not only went on to become the unofficial kick-off ride of the Ohio cycling event season, but served as the model for other organized rides around the country.

Greg Siple later was one of the founders of Bikecentennial, a cross-country ride done by hundreds of people in 1976 to celebrate our country's 200th birthday. Bikecentennial later became the Adventure Cycling Association, which to this day, continues its mission to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fun, fitness, and personal growth.

In honor of TOSRV's 50th anniversary, Greg Siple has made the journey from the ACA's home in Missoula, Montana, back to Ohio to attempt the ride the full 208 mile route! Look for Greg out on the road, and see for more history of this classic spring bike tour!

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