2021 Apple Castle ride (10 miles): This rustic ride is a favorite for casual and experienced cyclists alike because the scenery is beautiful, and you get to visit the Apple Castle! Cyclists will wind through a combination of mostly paved roads (with about a mile of a hard-packed dirt road) past many quaint Amish farms (some of whom sell donuts as large as hub-caps, so help yourself and we’ll give you credit). Your rest stop will be at the Wilmington Fresh Market. This could be the end or just the beginning of a day of cycling adventures.
2021 Tour de Donut 5th Year Country Roads Ride (38 miles): After this last year you deserve 38 soft miles of pure, soft country ridin’. You will enjoy a leisurely ride through beautiful Western Pennsylvania countryside including a covered bridge, a fly fishing trout stream, bucolic scenery, and a stop at a genuine old-fashioned country store. There are a few hills, but unless you’re a flatlander, like from Ohio, these hills are mere bumps in the road. There are ostensibly countless country roads in this area so that even if you have done versions of this route in the past, we guarantee that you will still encounter new terrain. The good news is that you won’t encounter more than a few tractors and a pick up or two .
2021 River Valley Rolling Hills Ride (21 mi.): Alright all you Goldilocks riders. This ride is not too long and not too short. After climbing a few challenging hills you’ll be rewarded by scenic country vistas. If you enjoy wildlife, keep your eyes peeled for some peeks at local bovine herds and stallions. This ride is good for experienced cyclists or novices who are up for a personal challenge.
2021 The New Wilmington Hill Challenge (41 miles) “ Hey soldier, can you take that hill!” “Normal” cyclists avoid hills, unless they’re going down them, but some hard-core enthusiasts welcome the challenge of quad-aching, breath-taking, endless hills. This is a tough ride designed only for seasoned cyclists. This route contains a hand picked selection of the steepest hills around. Although the route is about the hills, it also affords plenty of country scenery and a rest stop. So, if you believe you have what it takes, give it a try, but you will get no sympathy from us if you are caught walking your elite bicycle up that hill.
2021 Forays into Freedom: The Underground Railroad/Pandenarium Bike Tour (30 miles)
This year, New Wilmington’s Tour de Donut offers cyclists an amazing ride into American history! Join us for a limited-participant, guided trip exploring local connections to the abolitionist movement and to discover the former site of “Pandenarium”, a unique pre-Civil War black community established in 1854. The product of an unlikely alliance of southerners, local abolitionists and “manumitted” (“freed”) slaves, Pandenarium was the culmination of a Virginia plantation owner’s dying request. Its rich history will touch on names such as Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Dr. Charles Everett, Rosie and John Allen and George W. Lewis. Learn of the bravery of three young men, raised in the community, who risked their own freedom to free others.
The 30-mile ride travels through beautiful farmland, lightly-used county roads, down to the Shenango River and back into New Wilmington for a rest stop. Along the way, riders will pause at abolitionist meeting locations, ride past their farms and churches and cycle along some of the same roads black refugees secretly traveled while on the long journey to freedom. Participants will travel as a group and must be physically able to ascend several mile-long hills and navigate stretches of dirt roads.