Weekly Rides

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Please register only ONCE for each recurring weekly ride you’ll attend over the course of the season.  Registration ensures you’ll have access to our insurance coverage. We’ll also ask for an emergency contact to assist our Ride Leaders in an emergency.  

Different paces, every week by trained leaders across central Ohio. 

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Interested in becoming a ride leader for Outdoor Pursuits?
Contact us at office@outdoor-pursuits.org

Helmets are required on all COP rides.
Rides are free, but a $20 donation is suggested to cover costs for volunteer leaders and our insurance needs. Please consider joining COP as a MEMBER.  PLEASE PRE-REGISTER so there’s no delay at the start of the ride. 

Monday Night Lancaster Rides — April 4 through Sept. 19
6 pm (B and C pace)
Dumontville United Methodist Church at 3569 Lancaster-Kirkersville Road (also known as SR 158), Lancaster
Leader: Dale C: 740.-974.-3491 Justin C: 740.-409.-4099

Tuesday Night DogTap Rides — April 5 to Sept. 27th
6 p.m. (A, B, C pace)
96 Gender Rd, Canal Winchester
Leader: Ric N. at CyclistConnection 614-833-2453
https://www.facebook.com/events/732934043949857/     cyclistconnection.com   twitter.com/CyclistConnect

Tuesday Night Dublin Shamrock Cycling Rides – April 5 – October 11th
Start Time 5:30pm until 2nd week of October (A+, A,B,C pace)
9801 Hyland-Croy Rd, Plain City, OH 43064 In the wind turbine parking lot at the back of the park
Leader: Roy Burnham (614)735-6420
Day of ride announcements and routes posted on Facebook Shamrock Cycling (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1046866555375619) and at the blog https://bikerdudesworld.blogspot.com/


Tuesday Night Hilliard Rides (Note there are 2 start times and map links)

Heritage Trail Trailhead, 7262 Hayden Run Rd.

Weekly routes, cancelations, & updates: see https://www.strava.com/clubs/COPHilliard or https://www.facebook.com/groups/53811046325  

A+ (23-26 mph) and A (21-23 mph) Paces — March 22 to Oct. 25

Prompt departure at 6:10 pm
Non-aggressive drop rides. New route each week.

B+ (19-20 mph) to C-(13-14 mph) Paces — April 5 to Sept. 13

Sign in by 6:10 pm, prompt departure at 6:15 pm
No drop ride. Same route each week: https://ridewithgps.com/events/148042-cop-hilliard-tuesday
Leaders: Joanna P. (614-832-2453), Mark S. (614-625-3244), Susan S. (614-441-2067), Paul S. (614-668-0524), Mark C. (614-668-6606), Aaron A. (614-205-2012), Sam V. (614-715-1160), Shawn M. (614-325-9601), and Nathan W.

Wednesday AM ride on the Olentangy Trail — April 6 to Oct. 26
9 a.m. (C,D Pace) — south end of the Hills Market center off State Route 315 just north of I-270
Ride Leaders: Gail F: 614.-861.-4478

Wednesday Night Heritage Rides – C Pace all year round as weather permits

6 pm – Meet at Heritage Cycles – 3449 Grove City Rd, Grove City, OH 43123

Fall-season Group: 15-20ish miles at about a 13+mph pace. This group will be riding on the road & is NO DROP.
Routes will be posted in event details on our Facebook events and on our event calendar.  https://www.heritagecycles.net/upcoming-events

Leader: Josh S., Thomas and Tiffany K: 614.-992.-2453  heritagecyclesllc@gmail.com

Thursday Night Hilliard Ride
A+ (23-26mph), A (21-23mph), B (17-19) Paces — April 7 to Oct. 27

Heritage Trail Trailhead, 7262 Hayden Run Rd.
Arrive by 6:00, departure at 6:10 pm
A’s: Non-aggressive, drop ride but still in front of sweep. B: no drop.
New route each week at https://www.strava.com/clubs/COPHilliard or https://www.facebook.com/groups/53811046325
Leaders: Aaron A: 614-205-2012, Shawn M. 614-325-9601, Sam V. 614-715-1160, Troy W: 614-738-9286, Nathan W

Saturday Hilliard (April only) “No Breakfast” ride – Saturdays (April 2, 9, 16, 23) B & C Pace
We’ll be doing the 1st COP Cycling Series rides on April 30, May 14, 21, & 29 and encourage you to do the same!                            Time & Location is the same as “Der Breakfast Ride” below:

Saturday Hilliard (June – October 1st) “Der Breakfast” ride – Saturdays (begins June 4)
* No Ride July 30 (We’ll be doing Pedal With Pete instead!)Depart promptly at 8:00 AM (arrive by 7:45)

Meet in parking lot at Hayden Run Road Trailhead (at the Dog Park). Ride from 30-40 miles total.
Vaccinated riders please (We sit & eat together). Helmets required.
Directions: I-270 to US33/161 exit. West on 33/161 and exit at Avery Rd. Left on Avery for 1.6 miles, Right on Rings, Left on Cosgray. Right on Hayden Run  (Giant Eagle at corner). Trailhead is on Hayden Run 0.8 miles past the Giant Eagle. We’ll ride to Der Dutchman in Plain City for breakfast and turn around and ride back to the trailhead.

Leaders: Henk C: hocolijn@gmail.com 614.-306.-1162, Brian R: 614.-738.-9195, Stan Jonsson


The ride leader will accompany the group in the manner that best supports the entire group, not an individual rider. COP highly recommends that you contact the ride leader if you have any questions about the ride/tour.

Pace classes are intended to give a rough idea of the common “riding” speed of the group, rather than the average speed. Completing a century ride (100) miles in 5 hours indicates a mathematical average of 20 mph, but the common riding speed to required to complete this ride in 5 hours can easily be in the mid-20s. Variables such as wind, hills and time off the bike can greatly detract from an average, as it is a time-based figure. The speeds listed below refer to common “riding” speeds.

A 19-23 MPH:  Our fastest pace. Licensed racers frequently attend these rides, which might be listed as A+ rides in this schedule. Be prepared to maintain this pace over 30-50 miles on a weeknight ride, and 60-100 on a weekends. Stops typically are few and short. Average speeds can be over 20 mph. B 16-19 MPH:  A fast recreational clip. The ride distances will be somewhat lower than the “A” group, and the stops can be longer and more frequent. Opportunities for regrouping will be more frequent.

C 13-16 MPH:   An enthusiastic pace. Many of our longer-distance riders ride in this pace range. The mood will be less competitive and more social. Groups will tend to stay together more, but the riding will still be consistent. The routes often avoid the hilliest options. D 10-13 MPH:   A very social pace. Riders can be experienced, or fairly new, but are usually familiar with the basics of cycling on the open road and in groups. Distances are modest, and often a meal stop or sight-seeing is involved.

NR:   No designated speed. These rides are specifically oriented around introducing new riders to the sport. The pace will be dictated by those who attend, and often these rides are intended as an introduction to cycling. NR rides can use bike paths or roadways. DOWR:   Depending On Weather and Riders, usually for winter rides. This note in any ride listing indicates an “open” condition, and will usually be included with a pace class. The leader may choose to leave the pace, distance and destination to be decided by the group, so maps may not be included for these impromptu rides.

You must wear a helmet on all COP rides.