Nation’s Largest Paved Trail Network: Home of 2017 Greene Trails Cycling Classic Urges Local Cyclists to Join the Fun
Both local and visiting cyclists are invited to join the 2017 Greene Trails Cycling Classic (GTCC) presented by Greene County Parks & Trails from July 13 to 16 for either one, two, three, or four days of cycling adventure showcasing the region’s 62 miles of paved, multi-use trails that is part of the nation’s largest network of trails.
On-line registration is available for the first time at www.gcparkstrails.com to make the process easier for cyclists.
The family-friendly event attracts hundreds of cyclists all ages that return year after year to enjoy the trail system based in Greene County.
“Our paved trails are renowned throughout the nation for their quality, safety and scenic locations. Cyclists come to Greene County from across the United States just to experience our five-trail system with four trails converging at Xenia Station. Trails translate into family memories as well as dollars and cents for the local economy,” says GCP&T Director Chrisbell Bednar.
Greene Trails Cycling Classic will be based at Greene County Parks & Trails’ (GCP&T) Fairgrounds Recreation Center, Xenia, she adds. The four-day cycling event is attended by hundreds of cyclists with a different trail featured each day.
“Our local cyclists and those traveling to the event can choose to participate from one to four days,” says Bednar. “The event is designed to meet the needs of any cyclist whether they want to just come for the day, the weekend or all four days. Participants can choose to camp on-site, bring their travel trailer or stay in a local hotel or bed-and-breakfast. You really can design your own cycling adventure that fits your and your family’s needs.”
“The Greene Trails Cycling Classic is a wonderful family vacation for visitors and a great time for local residents as well,” Bednar adds.
Prior to the official start of the four-day cycling celebration, the event will kick off with a Twilight Trail Tour with the GCP&T Trail Sentinels beginning at 6 p.m., Wed., July 12, at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center, Xenia, and traveling to Cedarville on the Ohio-to-Erie Trail. Participants will enjoy a quick break in the village before heading back to headquarters.
On Thursday, July 13, cyclists will travel the Creekside Trail from Xenia to Dayton. The day’s ride will also include the popular geocache ride; cyclists must have their own GPS unit.
Other travel options in Dayton include visiting Wegerzyn Gardens with its unique display garden areas as well as the renowned urban 2nd Street Market managed by FiveRivers MetroParks.
Upon their return, cyclists will enjoy a multi-course dinner and ice cream social provided by Young’s Jersey Dairy.
Friday begins with the event’s popular carbo-loading pancake breakfast and Century Ride, Bednar says.
“Cyclists may choose our traditional 100-mile Century Ride on the Little Miami Scenic Trail from Xenia to Miamiville and back,” Bednar says. “We are also offering a 62-mile Metric Century Ride from Xenia to Morrow and back. As always, cyclists can turn around at any time if the mileage is too challenging. Awards will be awarded to those who complete either Century Ride.”
During the day’s ride, cyclists can visit unique shops and restaurants, as well as shop in the “Antiques Capital of the Midwest” in Waynesville. All purchases will be picked up and transported back to the event headquarters by the event’s Support-and-Gear (SAG) team.
“Our GTCC Support-and Gear (SAG) Support will also be available for repairs, couriers for purchases or just bringing tired cyclists back home to headquarters,” Bednar says.
Friday evening offers the option of enjoying a relaxing evening at Caesar Creek Vineyards just east of Xenia or the Yellow Springs Brewery.
The northern section of the Little Miami Scenic Trail (50 miles) will be featured Saturday, July 18, through the unique village of Yellow Springs and on into Springfield. An off-trail loop to Clifton Mill---the oldest water-powered grist mill in Ohio---is available for an additional ten miles or cyclists may stop at the Yellow Springs Brewery located on the trail for a refreshing beverage.
This ride will feature the popular history self-guided ride for cyclists.
On Saturday evening, cyclists will enjoy a hot, fresh dinner buffet, “White Elephant” bingo, Century Ride Awards and GTCC Slide Show.
Cyclists can experience the Xenia-to-Jamestown Connector on Sunday, July 16, from Xenia to Jamestown. Stop by the village for lunch while cycling through eastern Greene County’s farmland. The ride will offer SAG support until 2 p.m.
All rides begin and end at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center in Xenia and are supported by SAG daily for rider convenience and safety, as well as offering rest stops supplied with snacks and beverages. Routes include on-trail, out-and-back trips, as well as extended rides on rural routes on designated days. SAG support also offers purchase pick-up if cyclists buy an item while on the trail and need it transported back to the Fairgrounds Recreation Center.
Greene Memorial Hospital will offer on-site first-aid services to cyclists during the four-day event.
Registration includes Fairgrounds Recreation Center campsite, SAG, fully-supported rest stops, purchase pick-up, breakfast daily and all evening entertainment including meal on Thursday and Saturday night (if registered for Thursday and Saturday).
Adults Children (ages 5-12)
4-Day $150.00 $75.00
3-Day $125.00 $65.00
2-Day $100.00 $55.00
1-Day $80.00 $50.00
Non-riders $75.00 $50.00
Greene County $25.00/day $10.00/day $10/day/entertainment
Group Rate $135 per person/four days*
*Discount of $10 per person/per day with group rate --- five or more from the same bicycle club with registration mailed together.
Reduced Greene County Resident Rate includes all SAG, Rest Stops, Purchase Pick Up, Century Ride Award, Tent Camping and Breakfast. Additional and optional costs may include $10 per evening for entertainment; and T-shirt, $15.
Sponsors of Greene Trails Cycling Classic Sponsors include National Aviation Heritage Association, The Clifton Garden Cabin, Caesar Creek Vineyards, betterImages, Yellow Springs Brewery, Clifton Mill, K & G Bike Shop, Young’s Jersey Dairy, Greene Memorial Hospital, Ramada-Xenia and Holiday Inn, Fairborn.