Calling all peddling Porkopolis-ers: If you're a fan of barbecue, beer and bikes, there's a new trail for you opening in Clermont County on Friday.
The Cincy East Bikes, Brews and BBQ Trail officially launches on June 18 and offers the titular combination of food, booze and cycling (the exercise basically cancels out the carbs, right?), all compiled on an app that provides both destinations and discounts.
"This passport is a check-in challenge that is sure to keep you burning calories as you consume them," says the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The trail features 19 stops across Clermont County and the surrounding area including Little Miami Brewing Company and Pickles & Bones Barbecue in Milford, Midwest West Best BBQ and Creamery in Loveland and Fifty West Brewing Company in Columbia Township. It traverses the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail (aka the Loveland Bike Trail), Williamsburg to Batavia Hike and Bike Trail and East Fork State Park Mountain Bike Trails, among others.
“Our new Cincy East Bikes, Brews and BBQ Trail is a fun way to combine riding on our incredible bike trails, eating delicious BBQ and enjoying a cold craft beer in Clermont County and the eastern Cincinnati area,” says Jeff Blom, President of the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau, in a release. “We have created a new, downloadable web-based app to track your progress as you check in at stops on the new trail. Complete enough stops and you are automatically registered for a drawing to win prizes."
If you check in at 15 or more trail locations during your bike ride, you could win a "Discover Clermont" cycling jersey featuring a pig on a bicycle.
Bike sales went through the roof during the pandemic and at one point were as hard to find as toilet paper or flour, with sales of leisure/lifestyle bikes growing 203% in April 2020 according to consumer data group NPD.
So if you took up a new hobby during COVID and are looking for a reason to ride, there could be worse motivators than beer and meat.
The Cincy East Bikes, Brews and BBQ Trail kicks-off with a launch party at 3 p.m. June 18 at The Wicked Pickle, 123 Railroad Ave., Loveland. For more info, visit discoverclermont.com/bikesbrewsbbq.