Camping in Madison County, Ohio

West Jefferson Ox Roast Bicycle Tour

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Welcome to the 26th Annual Ox Roast Bicycle Tour! The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails will sponsor the ride in cooperation with the West Jefferson Community Association, on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017.

The Ox Roast Bicycle Tour was first organized in 1990 by Jared Miller as an Eagle Scout project. The Miller family continued to run the tour for 16 years, making it one of the most popular and well-organized tours in Ohio.

The tour consists of two different routes: a 32-mile and a 66-mile Metric Century option. Both rides will kick off between 7:30 and 8:00 am from Garrette Park, Fellows Avenue, West Jefferson, 43162. The routes will wind through Madison and extreme Western Franklin Counties, featuring flat to gently rolling terrain.

The following interactive maps are available courtesy of

32-mile route          66-mile route         
(Routes may change due to road conditions. Final maps will be available at the registration table.)

The $30.00 pre-registration fee includes a voucher for a famous West Jefferson Ox Roast sandwich which will go on sale at the festival site around noon. Also included are detailed tour maps, identification number (which must be displayed at all times), support services, food stops, and a membership in the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails. Food items provided at rest stops include granola bars, fresh fruit, water, and sports drinks such as PowerAde or Gatorade.

We plan our tour by the number of pre-registrations received, so please help us out by signing up early. We are sorry but refunds cannot be made if you are unable to ride after you have registered. All registrations received after August 26, including the day of the tour will be $35.00.

How do I get there? West Jefferson is located on US Rt. 40 between Columbus and Springfield, Ohio. It is easily accessible from any area of Ohio and surrounding states. From the north and south, take Rt. 71 to Columbus and then head west on Rt. 70. From the east and west simply take Rt. 70. Exit on Rt. 142 and head south just over one mile to US Rt. 40. Head west just 1/4 mile and you will be in West Jefferson. Garrette Park, Fellows Avenue, West Jefferson, 43162.

What is the Ox Roast? The first Ox Roast began in 1951. The West Jefferson Community Association sponsors the Annual Ox Roast each Labor Day Weekend. The official opening begins on Saturday with a parade beginning at 12:00 noon on the west end of West Jefferson and proceeding through downtown to the Ox Roast Grounds. The famous Ox Roast Sandwiches are sold on Monday, Labor Day beginning at 12:00. The annual festival includes rides, a queens contest, entertainment, craft tent, kiddie tractor pull, watermelon, hot dog and ice cream eating contests, and a large variety of food. For more information, go to

Click here to download and print a copy of the tour registration form.

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We now offer PayPal as a convenient and secure option for registering.

You will still be required to fill out a registration form and sign the liability waiver when you arrive for the event.
You may want to print one out on our website and bring it along.

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If you prefer, you can continue to print out a registration form and mail us a check.
Mailing instructions are included on all registration forms.

West Jefferson Ox Roast Bicycle Tour
Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails
P.O. Box 308
London, Ohio  43140