Last updated: June 30. 2014 9:23PM - 147 Views
By Chrisbell Bednar



Xenia Station, the hub for several regional bike trails.
Xenia Station, the hub for several regional bike trails.
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Do you enjoy Greene County’s system of paved trails? Do you take your bicycle out after work or during the weekend? Do your children or grandchildren spend their free time exploring the trail? Do you use the trail for errands? Do you walk your dog for much-needed exercise for both of you? Do you take a relaxing stroll to walk away the stress of a difficult day? Do you enjoy the birds, deer and other wildlife you view along this green ribbon that dissects all of Greene County?


If so, you might want to consider joining us for a day or more at the 2014 Greene Trails Cycling Classic, July 17 to 20, based at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center, Xenia. Cyclists can sign up to participate for one to four days at the event that raises funds to maintain the 62 miles of paved trails managed by Greene County Parks & Trails.


I sometimes hear residents share that they can ride the trails for free so why should they sign up for Greene Trails.


I would urge them to support the annual cycling event so they can enjoy the paved, multi-use trail system the other 361 days of the year. The event raises approximately $20,000 annually that is used as part of the trail management fund —- our trails cost money to maintain.


Our GCP&T Maintenance Team works tirelessly to mow the trails and keep the trails clear of the natural growth that threatens to encroach onto the trail. Paved trails need routine maintenance with sealcoating and repaving.


As a result, cyclists from around the country return to participate in Greene Trails Cycling Classic due to the high quality of our trail system —- paved, relatively level, scenic and shaded. As is so often the case, we frequently take for granted the amazing resources we have literally in our own backyard.


Each day of the Greene Trails Cycling Classic features a different paved, multi-use trail —- Thursday, Creekside Trail; Friday, Century Ride along the Little Miami Scenic Trail (south); Saturday, Little Miami Scenic Trail (north); and Sunday, Xenia-Jamestown Connector.


Local residents (residing in Greene County) can easily join us for one day of cycling adventure for only $25, adults and $10, children. The cost includes all Support-and-Gear (SAG) support, rest stops, tent camping if needed and breakfast.


SAG support offers cyclists a safety net while traveling the trails.


If cyclists have a mechanical issue on the trails or just simply can’t ride any further, the GCP&T SAG team will pick up both the cyclist and bicycle and return to the Fairgrounds Recreation Center. If a cyclist purchases something while cycling, the SAG team will come pick it up as well to return to the Fairgrounds Recreation Center. All cyclists are supported while traveling during Greene Trails.


For an additional $10, local cyclists can enjoy a delicious evening meal and entertainment while visiting with both local and visiting cyclists.


Please consider making it a family day and create memories along the paved trails while ensuring the trails will be here for future generations.


Greene Trails Cycling Classic is well known to visiting cyclists from throughout the United States who return year after year to renew friendships and enjoy the nation’s largest network of paved, off-street trails.


This year, make sure you’re part of the fun, the joy and the energy created by this family-friendly cycling destination. We welcome both pre-registrations and on-site registrations. For more information, call us at 937-562-6440 or email abotkin@co.greene.oh.us.


The trails are awaiting … you.


Chrisbell Bednar is the director of Greene County Parks and Trails.


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