The 55th Annual Tour of the Scioto River Valley bicycle tour will take place on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st.
Approximately 2,000 bicyclists will leave Columbus, Ohio at dawn on Saturday and make the approximate 12-hour ride to Portsmouth. The bicyclists will return to Columbus on Sunday via the same routes of travel.
Bicyclists will be traveling south on State Route 104 from Pickaway County to Yoctangee Park in Chillicothe where lunch and entertainment will be provided. From Yoctangee Park bicyclists will travel through downtown Chillicothe to State Route 772, then to Cooks Hill Road. The route will then take Cooks Hill Road to State Route 104.
There will be a detour onto Alexander Road/N. Paint Street instead of Three Locks Road. The bicyclists will take detour to US 50E to Old US 35 back onto Higby Road. The route will take bicyclists from Higby Road to State Route 335 into Pike County.
Once the bicyclists arrive in Waverly,they will pick up US 23 for a short distance, then there will be a detour route where the bicyclists will pick up OH-104/Lake White Road and then travel onto OH-552W. The tour will pick up OH-220W and then turn onto Boswell Run Road. The bicyclists then will travel back onto OH-104S into Scioto County to State Route 73 into Portsmouth.
State Highway Partol Troopers will be working with the tour to attempt to make the event as safe as possible for the participants and the motoring public. The Patrol asks local residents to stay alert for bicyclists and respect their right to the roadway.