The 57th Annual Tour of the Scioto River Valley bicycle tour will take place on Saturday, May 19th, and Sunday, May 20th. Approximately 2,000 bicyclists will leave Canal Winchester, Ohio at 6 A.M. on Saturday and make the approximate 12-hour ride to Portsmouth. The bicyclists will return to Canal Winchester on Sunday via the same routes of travel.
Bicyclists will be traveling on High Street in Canal Winchester onto W. Columbus Street then onto Washington Street where they will continue onto Canal Winchester South Road. The bicyclists will enter into Pickaway County from Walnut Creek Pike Road where they will travel to Ted Lewis Park in Circleville. Bicyclists will then travel thru Circleville traveling onto US 22 then to SR 104 where they will travel into Ross County. The bicyclists will travel 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 to Three Locks Road and then 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 the bicyclists will pick up OH-104/Lake White Road and then travel to OH-73 back onto OH-104S ramp to Portsmouth.
State Highway Patrol 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.
Ham radio operators will assist with communications. Anyone needing to report an emergency or other problems may contact the Lancaster Post at 740-681-5600 or by calling #677.