ARCANUM – Registration is now open for the 10th Tour de Donut in downtown Arcanum on Sept. 10.
Growing from 106 participants to more than 2,000 has been a sweet ride for Ohio’s largest one-day bicycle event.
The Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle event in which participants’ ability to eat doughnuts is just as important as their ability to ride their bicycle. The event is a timed bicycle event in which riders visit doughnut stops during the course and eat doughnuts. For each doughnut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have five minutes deducted from their ride time.
New routes will center near Lewisburg with doughnut stops in Gordon, Lewisburg and at Kennedy Vineyards.
The Glazer, a special doughnut stop with a unique doughnut that is worth a 10-minute time deduction, will return in this year with a competition between donut shops taking place to become the coveted special.
The fifth annual Donut Mini will return with one doughnut stop on a 15 mile course. The mini will offer its own awards just like the longer distance while offering an alternative to those who are concerned about the full route allowing younger riders and families to take part in the fun.
The 10th annual Tour de Donut 30 mile distance will offer two doughnut stops with stops in Lewisburg and Gordon and is for those looking for a longer ride.
The third annual Double D challenge is a 64 mile ride for experienced cyclist and offers three doughnut stops and will include hills and a stop at Kennedy Winery.
The largest free kids event in Darke County will take place at 8 a.m. on George Street. All kids will receive a free T-shirt, finisher medal and all the doughnuts and milk they care to eat thanks to Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio.
Prizes are awarded in age group classes including the coveted golden Tour de Donut championship belts for the best adjusted “donut time” in addition to most doughnuts eaten and fastest bike only time.
Participants do not have to be an experienced cyclist to take part in this event. While the event is technically a race, very few consider it a serious competition; remember this is all in fun. Anyone on a bicycle is welcome.
Expanding for 2016 will be Friday evening dinner rides and entertainment and a ride to A.R. Winery. The event offers free camping and sleeping bag space, a downtown finish line festival area with live music, food and outdoor sports vendors.
The event sold out in 2015 with 2,000 participants from 25 states came to Darke County to compete.
Online and mail-in registration opened Jan. 1 with 60 participants signing up that day. Registration will be open until the 2,000 rider limit is reached or until the Sept. 1 deadline. There is no day of registration.
For more information, visit www.thetourdedonut.com.