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Old 07-21-2012, 07:35 AM
 
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I possibly might relocate to the Columbus area. I have tried googling cycling clubs , cycling routes, etc for the area and not much luck. I'm a recreation cyclist who enjoys 25-50 and over mile rides with limited stops, traffic, etc... Although only recreation I do ride a road bike with the clipless pedals etc. not looking for hipster single speeds or hybrid rides (nothing against those types). I've visited plenty of times in the past, I understand it's flat, but I was wondering how far outside of town is it to get to some hills... Help please important part of my decision to relocate or not
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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I'm not really in the know as far as biking clubs. You may look up the Bicentennial Bikeways plan for Columbus. I'm sure there are links to bike paths and perhaps groups. I know that the city has been attemptin to add hundreds of miles of bike paths, lanes, etc. Probably the closest place to really nice non-flat areas is the Hocking Hills, which are about 30-40 minutes outside of the city. Tons of hills, forests and little towns to ride through.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:54 AM
 
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Im not too sure about cycling clubs, but I know that there are miles upon miles of bikeways and paths that connect Metro Parks together. There are also plenty of paths like the Olentangy that stretches from Delaware county to downtown and the south side of Columbus. Other than that, I know various suburbs have great bike systems, and as mentioned above Hocking Hills is a great place to bike.
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:48 AM
 
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I'm not sure about cycling clubs either, but OSU has one, and they'd probably know where the ones for adults are if you contacted them. Once a year, there is an event called the Tour of the Scioto River Valley that is cycling from Columbus to Portsmouth (~100 miles) one day and back the next. Since Portsmouth is south, it does involve some hills later on in the race on the first day. One of the better bike trails in the area is the Olentangy River trail that connects Columbus to Delaware and is around 25 miles long, but mostly flat. Ohio once had many more rail lines that have become bike trails over the past 20 years, but remember that trains can't climb much of a grade at all so even in hilly areas, these trails will be pretty flat. The nearest significant hills may actually be east instead of south, as some places in and near Granville are quite hilly.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:45 PM
 
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Westerville has a very active, rather large cycling club. Home | Westerville Bicycle Club
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