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Press Release: September 7, 2012


Tracey Bradnan, 440-781-7690 or

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2012

Northeast Ohio Bike Ride Picked Best in Ohio, One of 50 Best in
America by Bicycling Magazine

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – The word is out about the great bicycling in Northeast Ohio. A Northeast Ohio ride was recently named one of the "50 Best Rides in America" in the cover story in the September issue of Bicycling Magazine. Submitted to the publication by Century Cycles bicycle stores, Krista's Ashtabula Covered Bridge Loop in Ashtabula county was picked by the magazine's editiors as Ohio's best ride.

They explain:

"Here you can cross seven old-timey [covered] bridges in one shot, including one that's 613 feet long. But that's not even the best part of this memorable Midwestern sojourn. 'How can you beat a ride that swings by a restaurant that serves the best coleslaw in the world?' asks Tracey Bradnan of Century Cycles in Cleveland. The place is called Josephine's, and the secret ingredients are pecans, pineapple and dried cranberries."

The ride was mapped and is regularly bicycled by Krista McNamee, 47, who works at Century Cycles' store in Rocky River, Ohio. On a staff full of bicyclists, McNamee stands out for her willingness to try new routes and ride lots of miles. The 47-year-old wife of a Cleveland Police detective has traveled much of Ohio and America by bicycle, including riding the Southern Tier Bicycle Route across the country. Last year she rode a 900-mile self-supported tour of Nova Scotia, and later this month she is biking over 250 miles on a tour of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Go to for details on Ohio's best ride, including maps and Krista's tips. There is also information for bicyclists who are not ready to ride nearly 50 miles and want an easier option. The September issue of Bicycling Magazine is on newsstands now.

About Century Cycles

Founded 20 years ago, Century Cycles is an award-winning, locally-owned chain of independent bicycle stores in Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River, providing bicycles, bicycle accessories, and friendly, expert service to northeast Ohio bicyclists and their families. At its Peninsula location, Century Cycles also rents bicycles year-round for riding on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.