Source: Melanie Yingst | Troy Daily Newshe 11th annual Tour de Donut kicks off on a sunny Saturday morning in Troy, Ohio. More than 1,800 riders attended the event where riders eat donuts to shave time off their ride.
MIAMI COUNTY — Bicycle wheels are round. Donuts are round. Seems like a perfect combination.
More than 1,800 cyclists from 22 states made their way around the Public Square — also round — to kick off the famous Tour De Donut ride.
The Tour de Donut is a bicycle event in which participants’ “ability to eat donuts is just as important as their ability to ride their bicycle.”
The race was held in Darke County in the area of Ansonia, but event coordinators move the bike ride to Troy for its 11th annual race.
According to the participant list on its website, 1,883 riders flocked to Troy to log in the miles and chow down on donuts for the event.
Gary and Sue Olander traveled from Columbus to ride in the Tour de Donut and they admitted the donuts were the draw for the couple.
“It was something different. Something I’ve never done before so what the heck,” Sue said. The couple waited their turn to funnel into the starting line to begin their ride. Gary was participating in the “Mini” 15-mile ride and Sue, who rides 100 miles a week, was riding in the “Full”32-mile race.
The couple stayed in Tipp City Friday night and planned on attending the Waco Air Museum’s Fly-In to take a bi-plane ride following Saturday’s race.
“We don’t plan on eating a lot of donuts, but we’ll see. It’ll be an interesting bike ride,” Sue said. The couple found the race through their bike club in Columbus.
During the timed bicycle event, riders visit donut stops along the course. The stops included the Miami County Park District’s Garbry Big Woods Reserve and the Elizabeth Township facility.
For each donut the rider will eat (and keeps down), 5 minutes will be deducted from their ride time. The Glazer, a special donut stop, will return by popular demand. Each donut eaten at this stop is worth a 10-minute deduction in ride time. The Troy Music Boosters’ strawberry donut, made famous by the Troy Strawberry Festival, has been chosen as this year’s Glazer donut.
Locals James Kirkland, 40, and Darrin Dunaway, 47, both of Troy, said they were looking forward to the finish line well before the crossed the starting line Saturday morning.
“We rode to Mulligans one time together. That was about the extent of our training,” Kirkland share. The pair signed up to ride in the 32-mile “Full” race.
“We plan on have a few beverages after the race,” Dunaway added. “You got to have something to look forward to afterwards.”
A report of an injured 30 year-old female cyclist who collided with another biker was reported around 9 a.m. in the area of Cathcart Road and Troy-Urbana Road. The cyclist injured her shoulder and sustained road rash from the incident.