PORTSMOUTH — The 55th Annual Tour of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV) bicycle tour will get underway Saturday, May 7 through Sunday, May 8, 2016. The highly anticipated roundtrip excursion includes approximately 2,000 bicyclists to depart from Columbus for a 12-hour ride to Portsmouth. The bicyclists will return to Columbus Sunday by way of the same routes of travel.
Lieutenant Michael Gore of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Portsmouth Post, said the objective of their Patrol is to make sure bicyclists and motorists following bicycling rules.
“We will have two units on the portion that they have tagging along in Scioto County to ensure that not only do they follow the rules that are associated with bicycling, but that the motorists also follow the rules when it comes to approaching and passing bicycles,” Gore said.
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, according to a release by OSHP.
Additionally, 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 route will take the 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.
Troopers will work in conjunction with the tour in an effort to make sure the event is as safe as possible for the participants and motorists. The Patrol requests local residents to be cognizant of bicyclists and respect their right to the roadway.
Ham radio operators will assist with communications. To report any type of emergency needs or if problems arise, contact the OSHP Portsmouth Post at 740-354-2888 or by calling #677.
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