Aug. 19: Next peak bloom bicycle ride

Peak Bloom Rides give cyclists a chance to enjoy the bike path and learn about ecological significance of Madison County’s prairies.

(Posted Aug. 4, 2023)

In a remarkable display of passion for preserving Ohio’s prairie landscapes, the late Jack McDowell, a dedicated conservationist and former supervisor of the Madison Soil and Water Conservation District (MSWCD), initiated the Peak Bloom Ride.

The Peak Bloom Ride is a scenic 12-mile journey through the region’s picturesque prairies. Cyclists of all ages and abilities come together to ride through the heart of nature, fostering a sense of connection with the environment and highlighting the need for conservation efforts. The ride covers various prairie landscapes, each offering its own distinct charm, from the vibrant wildflowers to the captivating wildlife that calls these ecosystems home.

McDowell, a long-time resident of Madison County, had always been captivated by the beauty and ecological significance of the region’s prairies. Recognizing the threats of urban development and habitat loss, he took it upon himself to raise awareness about the importance of preserving these natural treasures.  The ride encourages active participation in protecting these vital ecosystems.

Over the years, the Peak Bloom Ride has garnered immense support from the local community and beyond. Participants not only get to experience the joy of cycling, but also gain insights from expert naturalists and conservationists who share their knowledge about prairie restoration and protection. As more people join this movement, the legacy of the Peak Bloom Ride will continue to grow, ensuring the protection of these precious prairies for generations to come.

The next Peak Bloom Ride is scheduled for 8 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Prairie Grass Trailhead, 280 W. High St., London.  Registration is not required. For details, contact Broc Sehen, district technician and wildlife specialist, at (740) 852-4003.

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