7-Caves Dirty Road Ride - March 22

Join us on Sunday, March 22 for one of our favorite Southern Ohio rides! Departing from Rocky Fork Lake, just outside of Hillsboro, this diverse multi-surface ride will take you through Ohio natural landmarks including Fort Hill Memorial, Copperas Mountain, and the 7 Seven Caves of Highlands Natural Conservancy. You will ride through Amish Country and the narrow rolling pine tree lined roads of Pike State Forest. If you have never ridden in this area, we guarantee you will come away with a renewed sense of the beauty of our home state.

There are two route options available. The first is a 70 mile route with approximately 4800 ft of elevation gain. The route traverses all of the landmarks listed above while covering smooth paved roads (50%), rough paved roads (25%), and gravel roads (25%). There is one food and water stop along this route at mile 19 and an option for another one at mile 53. This is a hilly challenging route for those looking to get a lot of miles, through beautiful scenery, at whatever pace you desire.

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The second route available is 50 miles and 3500 ft of elevation gain, along the same route as the 70 miler, only cutting off the Copperas Mountain section. The percentage of gravel and rough roads is a little less then the 70 mile route, but you will still get your mix of multi-surface terrain. On this route there are two opportunities for food and water at mile 19 and 30. This is still a challenging route for folks not quite ready to bite off the additional climbing and distance of the 70 mile route.  

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Never been on one of our rides and curious about pace? For all of our rides we provide each rider with a map, cue sheet, and GPS route information. Then, we encourage you to partner up with another rider/group of a similar pace, follow the map, and do your own ride at your own pace, whether that is a casual all-day tour, or a brisk ride racing your friends to the top of the next climb.

Here are the details...

Ride Start Time and Location: 9:00 AM from the Eastern Rocky Fork Lake Parking Lot.

70-Mile Route: Click here.

50-Mile Route: Click here.

Map and Cue Sheet: Click here.


In the case of extreme weather, this ride will be rescheduled. 

This ride is 100% free and self-supported which means we are not offering any form of ride services or sag. By voluntarily joining us on this ride you are acknowledging that you are fully responsible for yourself and your bike. If you cannot complete the ride, be prepared to self-rescue or to navigate your way back. We highly recommend bringing a friend to ride with.