Although Pelotonia offers Riders six different ride options, all of Pelotonia’s participants travel along the same route until they reach their chosen finish lines. The following discusses the basic characteristics of the 6 different ride options on Pelotonia’s route.
75/100-mile ride to Gambier
These routes are for more experienced Riders. The 75-mile ride will start in Pickerington so these Riders can share the same finish celebration in Gambier as those riding 100 miles and starting in Columbus. Riders selecting this option will have a decision to make for the final 30 miles into Gambier. When Riders reach Dutch Lane in Licking County, the route will split, offering two distinctly different riding experiences for the final leg of the tour. Riders who want challenging climbs for the final 30 miles will select the iconic Reynolds Road stretch, while the Bennington Chapel alternative offers a fulfilling yet less rigorous final leg of the ride. The Reynolds Road option offers over 4,600 feet of climbing, while the Bennington Chapel route offers approximately 3,500 feet of elevation.
4/6 water stops
Pickerington to Gambier—75 mile route (Reynolds Road)
Pickerington to Gambier—75 mile route (Bennington Chapel)
Columbus to Gambier—100 mile route (Reynolds Road)
Columbus to Gambier—100 mile route (Bennington Chapel)
80-mile ride from Gambier to New Albany
On day two, these Riders depart Gambier and head back towards Columbus. The Sunday route will present a completely different ride with roads that wind through scenic Ohio farmland not encountered on Saturday. Two-day Riders will enjoy a more pleasurable return to Columbus as elevation for this route totals approximately 3,500 feet as compared to over 4,800 feet of climbing encountered in previous years.
5 water stops
50-mile ride to New Albany
This route is well-suited to an intermediate level rider who has trained and can easily ride the first 25 miles, but does not yet have the stamina or conditioning to ride 75 or 100 miles. The 1,255 feet of elevation will provide some climb as Riders proceed to the New Albany finish.
3 water stops
25-mile ride to Pickerington
This route is well-suited to a beginner level Rider as our shortest distance option offers a ride with less than 600 feet of elevation.
1 water stop