Prize Announcement: “The Pumpkin King”

Ichabod and the team are honored to present "The Pumpkin King," a piece by local mixed-media artist Daric Gill. Daric is based in Columbus, and has been involved with the Pumpkin Pedaler since the beginning. He has displayed his work internationally and has sold art on 3 continents and over 15 countries. His award winning oil paintings (The Absolutes Series) have been exhibited in such establishments as the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, South Korea, the John F. Peto Museum, New Jersey, the Edward Hopper House Museum, New York, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles & Chelsea, New York, and the Pizzuti Collection Museum n Columbus.

He also has an internationally acclaimed line of illustrations called The ToeHeads that can be seen in the private collection of the Center of Science and Industry Museum (COSI) in Columbus - and in the private collections of previous Pumpkin Pedaler Grand Prize winners! This year, the Grand Prize winner will take home "The Pumpkin King," pictured here.

For the complete gallery of Daric Gill's Pumpkin Pedaler ToeHeads, visit our Pedaler History page!

Host Announcement: Blue Spectrum Band

Ichabod and the team are absolutely delighted to announce that our good friends at Blue Spectrum will be joining us for the 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler! Land-Grant Brewing was kind enough to offer their Beer Garden Stage for the afternoon, and Blue Spectrum will be playing at the end of the ride as we determine the winner. This free show will also be open to anyone - even if you aren't able to ride, please join us in Franklinton for the show!

Blue Spectrum was founded by gifted guitarist Zayne Harshaw. Diagnosed with autism at the age of four, this determined young man taught himself to play the acoustic, electric and bass guitars at the age of 14. But it was his introduction to the blues sound that provided the musical construct from which he developed his own style. Blue Spectrum includes Amelia Rose on keys, Alan "Uncle Al" Jefferson on bass and vocals, and D'Arco Smith on drums. The band has played throughout Central Ohio this year, with sets at ComFest, the Gahanna Blues and Jazz Festival, and at the Blank and Brush Block Party.

"Life is not to be viewed through the single lens of a diagnosis but to be lived through the Spectrum of potential, promise and purpose." Blue Spectrum's mission is one that is near and dear to our hearts at the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation. Their music is a testament to the fact that whatever your challenges, passion and drive will lead to great things.

Host Announcement: BrewDog Franklinton

Ichabod and the team are beyond thrilled to make the final stop announcement for the 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour - the BrewDog Franklinton taproom has graciously offered to host our starting grid! The folks at BrewDog have been making world-renowned beer for over a decade, and the Columbus area is truly fortunate to be the home to their US production facility and several of their taprooms. The Franklinton location is the newest, and their rooftop patio has quickly become one of the best summer hangouts in the Capital City.

Founded in Scotland in 2007, BrewDog has experienced meteoric expansion over the last ten years, fueled by a combination of savvy marketing, a reality TV series, a unique business model, and most importantly, great beer! Their beer has one awards across the world in major competitions, and is now available on tap right here in Franklinton. Like what you drink? Their Equity for Punks program allows you to own a piece of the action by making a micro-investment in the company - joining more than 80,000 other Equity Punks worldwide.

BrewDog is no stranger to cycling. Their Chain Gang is a global cycling club spreading the gospel of bikes and beers. They don't have a chapter in Columbus yet - let's change that, Pedalers! Be sure to get to BrewDog early - sign in and live registration starts at 11:00 on Sunday, October 28, and they will be open and ready to draw a pint for you while you wait for the Pumpkin Pedaler to begin at noon!

Host Announcement: Brothers Drake Meadery

Ichabod and the team are absolutely thrilled to announce the Brothers Drake Meadery will be hosting our stop in the Short North. Brothers Drake has been on our radar for years, but are typically closed on Sundays. However, as a special gift the the Pumpkin Pedaler, Brothers Drake will be opening at 1pm to host our cyclists on October 28. A very special thank you to the amazing team at Brothers Drake for making this happen!

Ichabod and Mrs. Pedaler have been fans of Brothers Drake for years - but what is mead? Made in a process almost identical to wine, mead uses honey instead of grapes to provide the sugar content. The process is thousands of years old, and appears in nearly every culture that had access to honey. The team at Brothers Drake are true artisans - their mead is painstakingly made from locally-sourced ingredients and aged in their production facility behind the bar. We recommend getting a flight to try several different varieties, or ask their expert staff for a recommendation.

Brothers Drake isn't just about mead - they have developed a reputation in the Columbus music scene for hosting an ecclectic mix of jazz, reggae, and indie music in their meadery. Their walls are lush with local art, for sale direct from the artists. The bar serves their assortment of meads, but also has local beer on tap and their cocktails feature spirits from their neighbors at Middle West Spirits, crafters of the OYO line. If you enjoy the experience during the Pumpkin Pedaler, we highly encourage you to book a spot on one of their Saturday meadery tours!

Host Announcement: Mikey’s Late Night Slice

Ichabod and the team are absolutely delighted to announce our second new stop for 2018 - Mikey's Late Night Slice! Our friends at Mikey's have been growing by leaps and bounds, and are hosting our downtown stop at their 4th and Main District location, which opened in late 2015.

Mikey's Late Night Slice has been a favorite of ours for years - from the shack in an abandoned parking lot, to grabbing a slice at our favorite concerts. We still call Unicorn Sauce... something else... and have made a lot of dolphins very happy over the years. Ichabod takes his plain-ass pepperoni with a fine line of ranch, a fine line of Unicorn Sauce, and folded in half, street-style. What's your favorite?
In addition to feeding the masses, Mikey's has been a consistent driving force in our community. They have collaborated with other great local restaurants like Hot Chicken Takeover and 2016 Grandview host Fusian to take us on a flavor adventure while supporting great causes in Columbus. Great causes like the Columbus Diaper Bank have benefited from their generosity and they have been vocal supporters of Columbus Pride. (Photo courtesy of Compton Construction)

Host Announcement: Land-Grant Brewing

It’s impossible for the Pumpkin Pedaler team to think of our ride and not think about our dear friends at Land-Grant Brewing. They were the first business to take a chance on our fledgling idea during year one, and we have been so blessed to grow up together. For the fourth year, Land-Grant will host our Franklinton stop at their Town Street taproom, which has grown to include a beer garden and stage in the previously unused lot west of the building.

Our big brother, as it were, Land-Grant opened their doors in Franklinton in October of 2014. Through a mix of community involvement, great beer (I mean, Glory? Come on), and most importantly, the best kind of people, Land-Grant quickly became a favorite spot to meet friends. They have quickly become one of the anchor businesses in East Franklinton, which over the past decade has shifted from a forgotten cluster of vacant factories into one of Columbus's most vibrant communities, home to 400 West Rich, the Columbus Idea Foundry, and the Vanderelli Room.

Land-Grant's taproom has dozens of brews on tap, including a rotating visitor from another local brewer. They feature a rotating selection of food trucks, and host the Columbus Crew's away games as passionate supporters of the soccer club. Our friends have also grown to include a location at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport, and can be found at Mapfre Stadium, Nationwide Arena, and other venues where fine beer is poured.

Host Announcement: North Market

Ichabod and the team are thrilled to announce that perennial favorite host, Columbus's historic North Market, will return for a fourth year as our Arena District stop for the 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler. They have been a favorite stop in the past, and were one of the first businesses to have faith in our ride when all we had to offer was a dream and a mission. We couldn't be happier to have them back again!

The North Market is home to dozens of local businesses, from specialty grocers and merchants to a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, and desserts. Established in 1876, the North Market has served as the incubator for some of Columbus's favorite vendors, including Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and Hot Chicken Takeover. In addition to their indoor vendors, the North Market is also the home of one of the Capital City's premier Farmers' Markets each weekend, featuring a rotating assortment of local merchants, artisans, and growers. All told, the North Market welcomes over 1 million visitors each year, including our Pedalers!

The North Market merchants include Stauf's Coffee Roasters, 2016 German Village Hosts, and The Barrel and Bottle, sister company to Seventh Son Brewing, 2016 and 2017 Italian Village Hosts. Thank you again to our friends at the North Market for four years of partnership!

Host Announcement: Sweet Carrot Joins the Ride!

Ichabod and the team are thrilled to announce that Sweet Carrot will be returning for the 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour! New to the ride in 2017, Sweet Carrot was an immediate favorite - most riders chose to reload at our Grandview stop last year. Their unique take on American comfort food is delicious and filling, from their corn cakes to their mac and cheese - and everything in between!

Sweet Carrot has been busy since the 2017 Pumpkin Pedaler. They have opened a second location at Polaris, and are nearly ready to open a third location in the Sawmill area of Dublin. However, as with last year's Tour the original Grandview location will host the ride. Think warm thoughts, Pedalers! We need another year of patio weather in October!

Finally, for those Pedalers who are Food Network fans, you may have seen some familiar faces on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (check it out). Host Guy Fieri sampled the Corn Cake with Brisket and the Ohio Chicken Meatball Sandwich - he loved them both! Be sure to look for the baking pan signed by Guy at the stop this year, and be sure to congratulate Angie, Bobby, and the rest of the Sweet Carrot team!

LimeBike and the Pumpkin Pedaler

Have you noticed the bright yellow and green bikes throughout Columbus? The team at the Pumpkin Pedaler are thrilled to announce a partnership with LimeBike, whose bike sharing service has recently moved into Columbus and other Central Ohio cities. A recent article in Columbus Underground highlights the advantages to their model:

LimeBikes are GPS-enabled and trackable by a phone app. The bikes are also equipped with built-in locks so they can be left virtually anywhere, although the company says it works with local entities and neighborhoods to establish specific guidelines about placement.Columbus Underground

As a partner in the 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour, LimeBike has graciously offered complimentary bike share service for the day of the ride for Pedalers without a bicycle, or for those who are unable to bring their own to the ride. During registration, please indicate that you need a LimeBike. More details about LimeBike and the Pumpkin Pedaler will follow.

The 2017 Pumpkin Pedaler: Supporting Transitions

October 9, 2017: We are excited to share our beneficiaries for the 2017 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour - both of which offer young adults on the autism spectrum an opportunity to develop skills and gain experience designed to aid the transition to the working world.

  • Autism Speaks Employment Program: The Autism Speaks Employment Program allows young adults the opportunity to act as ambassadors at local events, including the Walk for Autism held yesterday. The participants draft resumes, participate in the interview process, and are given specific tasks during the event. In exchange for their work, participants are offered compensation packages - the Pumpkin Pedaler is proud to support the seven employees involved in the program in 2017. Several of the employees will be joining the team at the starting line at Elevator Taproom this year.
  • Community Computer Alliance: The Community Computer Alliance (www.ccompa.org) provides job and transition training for those on the autism spectrum while providing electronics recycling in the Greater Central Ohio region. I had the opportunity to tour their facility last week - I was floored. Participants in their program are individually matched with tasks based on their ability, and the facility is conscientiously designed to accommodate individuals across the spectrum. Their graduates have moved on to regular employment in several industries after learning skills, both physical and emotional. Our friends at the Community Computer Alliance will be joining us at both the start and finish lines this year - be sure to find out more about what they do for our community*.

As a rider, your registration fees support autism services like these in Central Ohio. Thank you for your support, and Join The Ride!