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Roscoe Ramble returns for 2012 !!

Roscoe Ramble XXXVIII

Bicycle through Ohio Amish Countryside:
A two-day, 110 or 150-mile bicycle tour

Saturday & Sunday, August 11-12, 2012

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The Akron Bicycle Club presents their premier ride in August 2012. The 38th Roscoe Ramble will once again begin in Canal Fulton on Saturday August 11 for the long route and in Kidron for the short route. Saturday's route will wind its way through rolling farmland to Roscoe Village, a restored Ohio Canal village. For Sunday the 2012 ride will include a new section of the route that covers some great new country. You will stay overnight in Coshocton and return to your starting point on Sunday. Hotel or camping options available.

The ride is intended for the well-conditioned rider so be sure to consider the shorter route if in doubt.

The ride includes a snack stop and a lunch both days and an all-you-can eat lasagna dinner on Saturday nite. The lunch stop on Saturday is at an Amish farm featuring home-made items. At the end of the ride both days there is an ice-cream treat included.

Online Registration for 2012 is Now Closed. Please Contact Jim Birt, Ride Director for Late Registration


  • Register through this Website.  Register Online

  • Download a paper Registration Doc   2012 Roscoe Ramble Brochure
  • If a half-double room is requested and no roommate is listed, you will be assigned a roommate. If no roommate is available, you will be responsible for full cost of the room.

Directions to Start Points

There are two starting points, one for the 55-mile option, the second for the traditional 75 mile option. [Directions will be emailed to participants]

 2012 Start Info 55 mile Route     2012 75 mile Start Information

GPS Ride files available

GPS files can be uploaded to the "new Files" folder of your Garmin device. These files will give you the "track" but not turn by turn directions.

Saturday Canal Fulton-Coshocton gps fileSaturday Canal Fulton - Coshocton gdb file

Sunday Coshocton-Canal Fulton gpx file    Sunday Coshocton-Canal Fulton gdb file

The entry fee includes:

  • Overnight Parking at the starting point
  • Snack stop at the fire station Saturday morning
  • An incredible lunch at an Amish farm on Saturday
  • Ice-cream upon arrival in Roscoe Village
  • Evening dinner on Saturday
  • Breakfast in Coshocton on Sunday
  • Snack stop Sunday morning
  • Lunch Sunday
  • Ice-cream Sunday afternoon at the finish
  • Maps & painted route markings
  • SAG support
  • Luggage transport
  • Swimming & massage arrangements in Coshocton
  • Fun, fellowship and scenery!


How difficult is the ride?

Many riders have found this to be a challenging ride, although it has been toned down in recent years due to necessary route changes—many of the steepest hills are no longer on the route. Now, with the new 50-mile ride option, we believe the ride will be enjoyed by anyone who is comfortable riding 50 miles.

Compared to Pedal to the Point, our rest stops are less frequent and the terrain is hillier. There are two rest stops on the route each day and convenience stores along the route. Saturday, the authentic Amish lunch in the Village of Charm is a welcome rest between the hills. On Sunday, the ride is mostly flat until the rest stop in Stone Creek, followed by some hills. If it is hot and humid you should set a slower pace to avoid unnecessary heat stress.

What are the accommodations like?

The majority of participants stay in motels that are only a short walk south of Roscoe Village. About 20 people will camp in the newly rebuilt and beautiful Coshocton campground, north of the village. The hotels have indoor pools and whirlpools, and all riders, including campers, are welcome to use these facilities. All rooms have at least one double bed.

Luggage will be dropped off at your hotel or the campground on Saturday afternoon and picked up Sunday morning.

What about non-riders?

Spouses, children, and friends who drive down separately are sure to have a good time. This is a great opportunity for them to visit the historic, restored Canal era Roscoe Village where museums and shops abound. There is also the Coshocton Lake Park Recreational Complex that has an Aquatic Center, authentic Canal Boat Ride, Nature Trails, a campground, and a small lake with paddle boats. You might also visit other towns along the way to Roscoe village as well.

We have special prices for the Saturday dinner (which is all-you-can-eat). We can even determine prices for rest-stop meals, such as the one at the Amish Farm on Saturday.

Do tandem riders participate on this ride?

Yes, each year we have around seven tandem teams. This is a great way to enjoy the tandem experience.

For more information

Contact the Ride Chairperson, Jim Birt.

Hi everyone. Here is my weekend ride report

We spent a wonderful weekend on a well supported two day event. It is called the Roscoe Ramble. It is about a 2 hour drive from Ashtabula. We had a well planned route with the most exceptional food and organization. This ride has two ride lengths options. A 75 mile and a fifty-five mile route each day. Each route travels through hilly, rural areas of Central Ohio. We travelled from Canal Fulton, Ohio south to Roscoe Village on Saturday, and returned on a different route on Sunday. The Sunday route was kinder, and travelled on river bottoms for a long distance and then you were occasionally reminded that you were in Hill Country. The views were superb, and the Amish lunch stop was incredible on Saturday. Our evening meal, which was hosted by the Methodist Church would be hard to compare. The snack stops were supplied with an abundance of fresh fruits and various other options. Sunday was equally enjoyable. Thanks to the ride organizers, Jim and Judy Birt. They were friendly and outdid themselves to help us with some of our arrangements. We had good conversation with other riders. There were about 107 riders on this ride. I will certainly make every effort to do this ride again.

Nancy and Ron

Here is a link to photos from the 2011 Roscoe Ramble  
Akron Bicycle Club Roscoe 2011 photo album

This article describes the happenings of the 2011 Ride 

Jim and Judy Birt's XXXVII Roscoe 2011 Ride Report