2016 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Poker Run

Ichabod is thrilled to announce the 2016 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Poker Run, to be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at noon. Our friends at Land-Grant Brewing Company have graciously offered to host the base of operations for a second year, so we will meet in Franklinton, with event day registration starting at 11am.

Thank you to all of last year's participants who completed our survey, and a special thank you to those who met with us to give feedback on the ride. You spoke, and we listened! As a direct result of your feedback, we have made some changes to the tour for this year.

  • First and foremost, Registration has been reduced to $25 for an adult rider and $15 for minors (13+, accompanied by an adult). T-shirts will be available for purchase on the website for an additional $10.
  • The Standard Route will remain at approximately fifteen miles to accommodate casual riders. Many of last year's more serious riders requested more miles, so there will be a "mileage loop" between stops one and two to add an additional ten miles featuring the Olentangy Trail and additional city riding to the route. This Extended Route is available at no extra charge - simply indicate which route you intend to take when you register. There will be ride leaders for both routes.
  • For 2016, we added a Team Fundraising category for the competition. When you register, you will have the option to start or join a team. Within forty-eight hours of team formation, the team will be added to the PumpkinPedaler.com website for the competition. Teams will compete by purchasing apparel, other products, and by collecting donations through our shop. All transactions count towards your team's total, and the leader board is displayed right on the site as orders are processed.

The planned route will lead riders from Franklinton into Grandview. From the first stop in Grandview, the Standard Route will go directly to Italian Village for stop two, while the Extended Route will head north into Clintonville, following the Olentangy River before joining the other riders at the second stop. Riders will all continue into Downtown for stop three, followed by a stop in German Village. The last stop will be in the Market District, and the Finish Line will be at Land-Grant's Taproom. This years route will feature some of Columbus's new and refurbished bike trails, as well as city streets.

Prize categories for 2016 will be Grand Prize (Best Poker Hand), Worst Poker Hand, Most Interesting Wheels, and Top Team Donation. Surprise door prizes will also be awarded in a similar fashion to last year.

Registration begins on March 31, 2016. Bring your friends!

Ichabod