Bike riders will get a chance on Sunday, Aug. 30, to explore the bike trails and country roads north of Dayton in this year’s edition of the Dayton Cycling Club’s Wright Wride.
This year’s 44th-annual ride will feature Sunday route options of 30 miles (all on bike paths), along with 52-, 63- and 100-mile loops that will also explore the bucolic country roads of Miami and Clark counties.
The club will also host a 10-mile historical tour on Saturday, Aug. 29, that will visit the Wright Brothers Memorial, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
And the rides are a bargain. The preregistration (which ends Aug. 20) price for the Saturday historical ride is $5. The Sunday rides are $15, with a $5 discount for Dayton Cycling Club members.
Riders can also register on the day of the ride for $20 between 7 and 9 a.m.
All rides will start in Eastwood MetroPark for the first time, said ride director Dwayne Wheeler, who has directed about a dozen Wright Wrides, and more of the club’s Huffman Spring Classic rides.
“We have such a great numbers of bike paths that I want to show them off and take them riders out of downtown for once,” Wheeler said.
“What I’ve tried to do is really show off Dayton, the bike paths, what we have. A lot of these people hopefully haven’t ridden in Dayton down here before.”
The Sunday ride will head south out of the park along the Mad River Trail to RiverScape, and then north across the pedestrian bridge through Island and Triangle parks to the Great Miami River Recreational Trail.
All riders will head north on the trail through Taylorsville MetroPark to the first rest and snack stop at Old Springfield Road. The 30-milers will then turn back south and head back to the starting point.
Everyone else will take off north on country roads.
“A lot of people, especially tour riders, don’t want to just ride on the bike trail,” Wheeler said. “They can do that any time.
“But I did do the 30-mile round trip so people who don’t want to be out on the roads — and there’s a lot of those people — would have access to the rides, too.”
The 100-mile loop heads north through Casstown, and stops for lunch at the Garbry Big Woods Sanctuary, which Wheeler describes as a “beautiful place.”
Riders will then head east through Christiansburg and the south to hook up again with the Great Miami trail. The 52- and 63- mile loops cut across the loop south of the sanctuary.
Wheeler said the rides are scenic and enjoyable.
“I like it,” he said. “I’ve done it a couple times now doing research for the ride, and it’s nice.”
For more information and to register for the Wright Wride, visit http://daytoncyclingclub.org/wrightwrideweekend/, or just show up at Eastwood MetroPark for day of ride registration. All riders must wear helmets.