The 39th annual Portage River Bike Tour returns to Elmore Sunday, June 22 in conjunction with the Portage River Festival.
The bike tour, with 10, 31, 62 and 100-mile routes, is for everyone from the novice to the advanced cyclist. The tour starts at Woodmore High School and winds through scenic country roads. Registration and check-in is 7 to 11 a.m. Longer distance riders should begin earlier.
Sponsored by Maumee Valley Adventurers, the tour follows the meandering Portage River toward Lake Erie. A map and marked routes with pavement arrows are provided, and volunteers check on riders along the route. Fruit, snacks and drinks are provided at rest stops on all routes. Lunch for all riders is provided as part of registration at the Portage River Festival in Elmore's Ory Park, hosted by the Elmore Historical Society.
All riders are required to wear an ANSI/Snell/CPSC approved helmet while riding.
On-line registration is available at mvadventurers.org through Friday, June 20, and at Woodmore High School the morning of the ride.
The Portage River Tour is the first of four annual tours sponsored by Maumee Valley Adventurers, which also sponsors:
• The Metroparks Tour, July 19, in Whitehouse
• The Irish Hills Tour, September 21at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania
• And the Tombstone Tour and Family Haunted Bike Ride, October 25 at Secor Metropark in Berkey
MVA was formed by the members of the former Hostelling International-Toledo Area Council, which has organized bicycle tours and provided low-cost travel opportunities and other activities in the Toledo region for more than 40 years.