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Tour Of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV)

May 19 - May 20 2018
Grove City, Ohio, USA

There are many rides, but only one is America’s bicycle touring classic; TOSRV. The Tour of the Scioto River Valley began as a father-and-son outing in 1962 and quickly grew into the nation’s largest bicycle touring weekend. TOSRV single-handedly raised the profile of the bicycle tour in American life and has been the inspiration for many of the other mass-participation cycling events across the country today. Many TOSRV riders have ridden the Tour for more than a decade and have ranged in age from two to 94.

TOSRV is held in May and is expected to draw more than 2500 riders.


The traditional TOSRV start and finish is at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. Since the TOSRV route runs along the Scioto River Valley between Columbus and Portsmouth, our Saturday overnight location, it avoids the large hills of southern Ohio. The first 50 miles south of Columbus include some slight grades, and there are a series of short, steeper grades south of the Chillicothe Lunch Stop from mile 50 to mile 65. The remaining miles to Portsmouth are relatively flat for a total of 105 miles (169 kilometers) for the day. The Full Tour returns to Columbus on Sunday retracing the previous day’s route.

Full TOSRV is not for the casual cyclist. To fully enjoy TOSRV, you should have at least 400 miles on your bike in the two months preceding the Tour including at least one sustained 75-mile day. In addition, you, your bicycle, and any other equipment you bring must be in top shape.


Half Tour riders will start in Chillicothe at the Bolmer Shelter in Yoctangee Park, ride to Portsmouth and return to Chillicothe on Sunday. Half Tour riders may pick up their registration packets at either Friday Registration at the Sheraton or at Half Tour Registration at the Bolmer Shelter from 9:30 a.m. to noon. There is no on-site (sign-up) registration on Saturday. Half Tour riders are invited join the Full Tour at the TOSRV Lunch Stop (also located in Yoctangee Park) before starting out. Half Tour luggage will be loaded at the Bolmer Shelter and will be returned there on Sunday unless the Special Half Tour Luggage Option (listed below) is used. Transportation between Columbus and Chillicothe is the responsibility of the Half TOSRV participant. Parking will be available in Chillicothe in a designated area for cars left there overnight. Half Tour riders will receive a silver seal on their certificates.

Tour Summary: 2 days, 210 miles, Half TOSRV 2 days, 100 miles
Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
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Event Size
2,000 – 4,999
Start Address: Heimat Haus, 4555 Jackson Pike, Grove City, OH 43123
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