Spring Arrives: Cyclists hit central Ohio trails

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As Central Ohio finally enjoyed some Spring weather, a lot of people got out to take advantage. The Major Taylor Cycling Club were some of them.

The group of cycling enthusiasts hit the Central Ohio Greenways to get back out on their bikes.

“This has been the longest winter for us not being able to ride. So today will be a day we all take advantage of it,” said the MTCC’s treasurer, John Tolbert.

Friday's roundtrip from Bexley to Pickerington was an easy one for the group.

“It's about 40 miles and we consider that an easy ride,” said MTCC president, George Harper. “There are no big climbs in the park.”

“We don't even get dressed unless we ride 30,” Harper said jokingly.

Harper, Tolbert and a few of their friends started their riding tradition back in 1979 when Columbus was less of a bike-friendly city.

“Back when we first started, motorists would act like bicyclists shouldn't even be on the road,” Harper said.

When the friends started riding together almost 40 years ago, they didn't have much to work with. Back then, there were less than 5 miles of paved bike trails. Now, the Metro Parks manage more than 100 miles of bike trails, and the plan is to add and connect even more.

“So now there are bike paths that can take you anywhere in Columbus and outside of Franklin County,” Tolbert said.

Every week, while working on their health and their friendship this group of men take advantage of the trails - and today, the break in the weather.

“It's a rite of Spring, to get out here and enjoy the fresh air,” said Harper, “and at the same time, it's something good for you.”

This is the first African American cycling club in the country.

Now there are other chapters across the U-S.

They named the club in honor of the first African American World Champion of cycling, Marshall Major Taylor

To learn more about the bike paths in Central Ohio, click here.

To learn more about the Major Taylor Cycling Club, click here.

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