Saturday, April 20, 2013

Gearing up for GOBA

Statewide Bike Tour to Travel through Greenville

GREENVILLE – The 2013 Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) is set to begin on June 15 and travel through western Ohio, stopping in Greenville on June 18 and 19.

Currently celebrating its 25th year, GOBA is a week-long, bicycle tour that spans several counties and passes through dozens of towns and cities. This year, Greenville will play host to more than 2,000 riders for a mid-week overnight visit. Riders will camp at Greenville High School.

Starting the tour in Urbana, GOBA riders will ride from town to town enjoying food and water breaks sponsored by local non-profit organizations.

Deanna York, executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau and local enthusiast, Betty Birt are coordinating efforts in Greenville including entertainment, food, transportation, information and campground logistics.

“We are thankful for the individuals who have volunteered to assist with these efforts,” shared York. “All of the committee members appreciate Greenville, and have a desire to share the historic and cultural aspects of our town with the riders.”

To date, visits have been coordinated with Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center, as well as The KitchenAid Stand Mixer Factory, KitchenAid Experience Retail Center and Bear’s Mill.

In addition, riders will have the opportunity to explore downtown Greenville. Transportation will be provided for riders, and a Ghost Walk is being planned for riders and locals as well to learn the history and stories of downtown.

“We appreciate the vibrancy of downtown due in part to the efforts of Main Street Greenville,” expressed Birt. “The committee is looking forward to introducing riders to the downtown community of shops and restaurants.”

To learn more about The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) in Greenville, like the Facebook page, GOBAGreenville.

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