(Posted May 3, 2021)
The Friends of Madison County Parks & Trails (FMCPT) is happy to announce that after a 2020 pandemic-related layoff, the Strawberry Festival Bicycle Tour is back for 2021.
Working with the local health department, organizers have developed pandemic safety protocols to allow everyone to ride safely. The ride is set for June 12.
Participants can choose from four routes: 21 miles, 44 miles, 66 miles, and a 100-mile “century ride.” All rides start between 6:30 and 8 a.m. from the Prairie Grass Trailhead located behind the Madison County Senior Citizens Center at 280 W. High St., London. The routes wind through Madison, Clark, Fayette and Greene counties and feature flat to gently rolling terrain.
Pre-registration (available until June 7) is $35 and includes detailed tour maps, an identification number, support services, food stops using pandemic safety measures, a $5 discount on tour t-shirts, map and GPS tools including FIT, GPX, and PDF downloads for registered riders, and an FMCPT membership through 2021. Pre-packaged food items will be provided at rest stops and include granola bars, fresh fruit, water, and sports drinks such as Powerade or Gatorade. The 66-mile and 100-mile routes pass through several small communities where facilities and items are available for purchase.
For online registration, go to https://fmcpt.com.
All registrations received after 8 p.m. June 7, including in-person on the day of the tour, will be $50. After noon on June 11, registration will be available only at the sign-in desk on tour morning, June 12; organizers will accept credit cards, checks, money orders or cash.
Founded in 1999, FMCPT is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization staffed by an all-volunteer team dedicated to supporting the Madison County Park District and the city of London. FMCPT works to provide superior trail and park experiences for the community and visitors along the Ohio to Erie Trail as it passes through Madison County going from the Ohio River to Lake Erie. Being a part of the Great American Rail-Trail has also allowed for national exposure bringing recognition and acclaim for FMCPT’s efforts from far beyond local borders.