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Ohio Ride – The Heartland

Join the interest list to help us bring it back! This new 4-day ride brings the excitement and impact of Climate Ride to the Midwest. The ride begins in Ohio’s iconic capital city of Columbus and meanders through the Buckeye State’s picturesque forests and farmlands to Amish country. Traveling the Ohio to Erie Trail, we’ll visit the verdant Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and end on the gentle shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland.

Total Milage
Bunkhouses at summer camps/retreat centers
Group Size
Fundraising Commitment
Range of Daily Mileage
30-75 Miles
Trip Length
4 Days

NEW RIDE! Climate Ride Ohio spans 250 miles and explores the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country on and off of the Ohio to Erie Trail from the Greek revival Ohio Statehouse via Cuyahoga Valley National Park to the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland. Dreamed up nearly 30 years ago, the Ohio to Erie Trail route consists largely of rail trails and other multi-use trails and eventually will span more than 325 paved miles (from Cincinnati to Cleveland). We’ll explore some of its best sections, as well as discover a number of hidden gems off-trail, such as the beautiful Mohican River watershed, Mohican State Forest, and Ohio’s Amish country.

From the exciting trip start in Columbus near the state capitol to the triumphant arrival in the Forest City, Climate Ride Ohio will challenge, inspire, and surprise as you pedal and connect with thought leaders, advocates, and like-minded people dedicated to advancing sustainability.

On Climate Ride Ohio, you’ll spend four days cycling on a scenic journey that explores the back roads of the Buckeye State. You’ll discover inspiring scenery, stay at comfortable retreats and classic summer camps, visit one of America’s 61 National Parks, and experience the thrill of touring by bicycle with a community united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles – the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation.

During the trip, we’ll travel on some of Ohio’s multi-use trails (the state has more than 1,200 miles of trails!), riding past historic buildings, family farms, quaint villages, and verdant forests. We’ll also stay at an environmental education center right within Cuyahoga Valley National Park and spend the next morning exploring this surprising Park on the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Evening programs and dynamic speakers combine with world-class cycling to make this charitable event exciting, informative, and fun.

Our professional Climate Ride staff takes care of all the details, so you can focus on riding the 50-70 miles per day of carefully-planned routes on scenic roads. It’s challenging yet achievable, and you have all day to make it to the next rest stop. Meals, snacks, bike support, luggage transport, and all of the logistics are included when you reach the fundraising commitment. On the road, the Climate Ride support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your ride worry-free and memorable. Bike rental options are available in Columbus.

Where does the ride start and end?

The ride will start in Ohio’s Capital city near downtown Columbus. After four days of riding, we’ll finish in Cleveland, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie. After a picnic lunch, we’ll offer shuttles back to Columbus or the Cleveland Airport. More detailed information about the ride start and shuttles will be available in the Ride Guide which you’ll receive after registering.

Transporting Your Bike

If you are traveling to the bike ride with Amtrak, you may be able to bring your bike onboard! Learn more here.

More information on traveling with your bike or where to rent a bike for this charitable event will be made available once registered.

Accommodations & Meals

We will be staying in, cabins and dorm-style rooms at full-service summer camps on this trip with dining halls and conference facilities. At two of the camps, tent camping is optional but is not allowed at our third camp, and we also have hotel and hotel-style options available at our overnight locations. Amenities at our overnight locations include hot showers, a first-aid station with 24/7 ice, clean restrooms, and shared rooms with vinyl mattresses. You should bring a sleeping bag and a fitted sheet.

Private hotel-style rooms are limited and are first come first served at an additional charge.

All dietary restrictions will be accommodated on this trip by our staff and caterers. There will be a variety of hot breakfasts, picnic lunches, hearty dinners and plenty of snacks in between to fuel you for multiple days of riding.

On Climate Ride Ohio, we bring together a dynamic community. Each evening after dinner, we’ll gather for our Evening Program which features speakers, roundtable discussions, and other events.

Fundraising Beneficiaries

Cyclists can choose from the more than 100 incredible beneficiary organizations in our network! One of the things that make Climate Ride such an effective charitable event is that you can select the organization(s) you wish to benefit through the Climate Ride grants program. Our beneficiaries were selected for their work on the environment, conservation, sustainability, climate education, and active transportation advocacy. At the end of the year, Climate Ride grants the proceeds from our events to these hard-working organizations.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Fundraising Deadlines: 

$500 to be raised by:TBD
$1,400 to be raised by:TBD
$2,800 to be raised by:TBD

Transfer Deadline:

30 days before the final fundraising deadline.

Learn more about deadlines and transfers on our Policies page.

Note: If you’d like to register after or near a fundraising deadline, don’t worry, we’re here to help you get up to speed!

More Questions?

Be sure to review our general FAQ and policies or contact us!