Tour de Donut bike ride and city of Troy happy to have each other
Like a soft, yeast doughnut smothered with glaze icing the Tour de Donut bicycle ride and the city of Troy have quickly become a tasty pair.
This year’s 12th annual Tour de Donut ride on Saturday, Aug. 25, starts and ends in historic downtown Troy. It’s the second year in a row the event has taken place in Troy, says Leiann Stewart, group sales manager with the Miami County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and businesses in the city couldn’t be happier.
That’s because the nearly 2,500 bike riders at last year’s event, the largest one-day cycling event in Ohio that’s known as the Sweetest Ride in Ohio, came from about 30 states and Canada, she says. That equates to a lot of exposure for the businesses in Troy and Miami County, says Stewart.
“Having (the Tour de Donut) right down here in historic downtown Troy is beautiful and provides our restaurants, hotels and our shops an opportunity to potentially increase their business,” she says.
Ride founder and organizer Roger Bowersock is equally as happy to have the event in Troy after the ride outgrew its previous location in the village of Arcanum. “There were so many things that are offered (in Troy) that participants really like it,” says Bowersock. “It was really a no-brainer to move to Troy and the increase in participation reflected how excited everybody else was about it, too.” Last year’s event drew about 500 more riders than the previous year, he says.
The Tour de Donut is a timed bike ride of 18 miles (Mini), 36 miles (Full) or 62 miles (Double D). The unique part of the Tour de Donut is that riders have their total time reduced by five minutes for each glazed doughnut they swallow along the way from Schuler’s Bakery in Springfield. About 15,000 glazed doughnuts are consumed during the event, says Bowersock.
The last stop on the ride features two special “Glazer” doughnuts that were chosen by judges during this year’s Troy Strawberry Festival. Those doughnuts—the Classic Crunch from Charlie’s Pastry Shop in Celina and the “Dream Cycle” from Dobo’s Delights Bake Shoppe in Piqua—reduce a rider’s time by 10 minutes, says Bowersock.
But it’s not just the doughnuts that make the Tour de Donut event in Troy so special. There’s plenty of family entertainment offered the day before and the day of the event on Troy’s square, says Stewart. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, there will be a children’s area, a doughnut-eating contest, a river exhibit with kayak demonstrations and three bands live on stage, she says. Beer and wine will be sold until 10:30 p.m.
On Saturday the children’s activities continue along with food trucks, beer and wine sales, the Troy Farmers Market, more bands and the Columbus Zoo’s babies program, says Stewart.
The sweet relationship between the Tour de Donut event and the city of Troy is one that Stewart hopes to continue for many more years. “We’re happy to have them,” says Stewart.