The Full Service Tours

 The longest running most significant biking event in North America

Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) starts Father's Day Weekend, the third Saturday in June

Upper Sandusky Family Run Bicycle Tour (USFBT) is the Second weekend in July

Ridge Runner Ramble (RRR) is late July  
(RRR benefits the Homeless Family Foundation)

Steve Barbour Memorial Tour is mid to late August

 Knox County Bicycle Challenge (KCBC) third Weekend in September   

Columbus Fall Challenge (CFC) - Ohio's hardest tour - date to come

First Annual Harvest Ride - Support local organic farmers in late September and add to their bounty. This ride benefits OEFFA (Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association)

Upcoming events

    • 08/26/2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Grizzell Middle School, 8705 Avery Rd, Dublin, Ohio 43017

    8th Annual Steve Barbour Memorial Tour

    Saturday, August 26th, 2016 7:30 - 9:00 AM

    NEW STARTING LOCATION - Moved to have more parking available

    Grizzell Middle School, 8705 Avery Rd, Dublin, Ohio 43017    MAP

    Online Registration closed at 6 PM Friday (8/25)

    ve Barbour was a beloved Ride Leader, son, brother and COP member that was struck by a car on his way to lead a ride and died too young. This ride “Celebrates a Year of Safe Cycling” with moment of silence for cyclists that no longer ride with us.  

    All routes are flat while riding through Ohio's corn and soy bean farm land. After lunch enjoy the roads along the Scioto River. 

    Marked Routes are 98.7 miles, 85.6 miles and 64.5 miles. Subway sandwich lunch at half way point on all routes at Richwood Fairgrounds in Richwood.

    Link to ridewithGPS.com routes will be sent in a email to all online registered riders Friday (8/19) morning. 

    Register online before Midnight Thursday (8/24) and receive an email Friday(8/25) with GPS routes.

    Registration is available at start (CASH ONLY)

    $5 Members, $10 Non-Members

    Columbus Outdoor Pursuits office (614) 442-7901


    • 09/16/2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Gambier Community Center, 115 Meadow Lane, Gambier, OH
       25th Knox County Bicycle Challenge
    Saturday Sept. 16th Full Service Tour
    7:30-9:30 a.m.
    Gambier Community Center, 115 Meadow Lane across from new Kenyon College athletic facility.  map

    Ride the beautiful hills of Knox County, slow down for buggies.

    Century route and longer loops are challenging CFC tune-ups.  Lower-cost short route have less hills and uses Kokosing Gap Trail back to Gambier.

    30, 60, 75, and 100 mile options will be marked.  Snack stops and sag support provided
    Register on-line or download a paper registration form. 

    Gary Schmidt 614.657.9669 gtschmidt@wideopenwest.com
    • 09/24/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Rockmill Brewery, 5705 Lithopolis Rd NW, Lancaster, OH 43130

    Participants will enjoy an intermediate level, scenic 40-mile ride* through the central Ohio countryside, enjoy snacks from Stutzman Farms, and take mini-tours of the co-operative local market Keller Market House, The Kale Yard, and Berry Family Farm along the way. Then, wrap up the day at beautiful and delicious Rockmill Brewery. 

    Cost: $35 for OEFFA and COP members, $50 for non-members, $25 for kids. 

    Proceeds benefit OEFFA and COP. OEFFA members interested in taking advantage of the discount can email OEFFA for a special code to use at check out.

    *For those wanting more miles in the saddle, an alternate loop of 20 and 60 miles will be also available. 

    • 12/15/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12/22/2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • OSU Outdoor Adventure Center
    • 10

    Wilderness First Responder
    A COP Leadership Path Course

    December 15 - 22
    Pre-requisite: Currrent CPR Certification

    Created to provide outdoor leaders, guides, and rangers with the knowledge to deal with crises in remote situations, this course provides 72 hours of intensive training, culminating in certification that meets all DOT National Standards for First Responder with additional protocols for extended care situations.

    WFR is the most widely recognized and most often required outdoor leader certification. In addition, the Wilderness First Responder can also serve as Part 1 of the Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) certification, provided WEMT Part 2 instruction is completed within one year.

    COP is partnering with a SOLO instructor and the OSU Office of Student Life Department of Recreational Sports to present this course.

    This intensive 72-hr course takes place over 8 days. A typical day consists of a mixture of hands-on practical skill work and didactic lecture sessions. To optimize learning potentials, SOLO complements these sessions with a variety of mock scenarios and simulations. The program is fast-paced and both intellectually and physically demanding.

    Students who successfully complete the SOLO Wilderness First Responder course will receive a SOLO Wilderness First Responder card. Certification is based on successful completion of the course. In order to do so, all certification candidates are required to participate in 100% of the course. SOLO instructors provide ongoing feedback and many opportunities for questions. Final assessment includes written and practical exams.

    Location: OSU Outdoor Adventure Center
    110A ARC, 855 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210

    The Outdoor Adventure Center Conference Room inside Adventure Recreation Center (ARC Bld #211). A note about parking at the ARC CampusParc is a private firm that manages all aspects of parking at Ohio State. Your most affordable option as a visitor is to purchase a remote (West Campus) surface lot pass, which costs $11.25 for a month (good for 30 days).  Because the class is held during “off-peak” hours, i.e. the weekend, you can park just outside the ARC without fear of a fine.  Information about purchasing a parking permit for visitors can be found here. On the first day of class, we can help direct you to the best option for parking, but if you are buying a permit, we recommend doing so before arriving.

    The OAC can also host indoor “camping” at our facility. Those who elect this option may stay at the OAC and have access to showers and food storage/preparation areas. There is no cost for this option, but reservation must be made prior to the start of class. Specific rules of conduct and access will be covered for those who choose to take the option.

    Course Fees:
         $495/COP members

    Certification Requirements: You must:
     - Participate in all sessions and pass the exam.

     - Be physically able to complete the class work

     - Be 16 years or older. If you are under 18, a legal 
         guardian must sign the COP Liability Release also.

    Contact office@outdoor-pursuits.org or 614/442-7901 with questions.

    Parts of the class are taught outdoors, so be prepared to be outside no matter what the weather. Go to the SOLO website for the complete course description, www.soloschools.com/

    • 06/16/2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 06/23/2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Starts and ends in the same town in Ohio, TBD 11/20/17

    30th GOBA -Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure

    GOBA Keeps on Rollin'!

    June 16-23, 2018

    Details and Registration at:



    • 06/15/2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 06/22/2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Starts and ends in the same town in Ohio, TBA 11/19/18

    31st GOBA -Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure

    GOBA is the best family bicycle-camping tour!

    June 15-22, 2019

    Details and Registration at:



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