The Ojai Valley Century bike ride was first run in 2004. The early years saw the ride grow slowly but steadily.
In 2006, the director of the Ojai Valley Century sought to turn ownership of the ride over to another organization. Jerry Boone, a long time cyclist and BSA (Boy Scouts of America) Cycling Merit Badge Counselor and Assistant Scoutmaster, got wind of this and suggested that the ride be run by BSA Troops in Ventura as a fundraiser. Work began immediately to organize a board of directors, set up a steering committee and incorporate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, Ojai Valley Rides, Inc.
After the transition, the 2007 Ojai Valley Century consisted of three routes, a metric century, and full century and a double metric century, each starting and finishing in Ojai. Two additional routes were added over the following years; the 'Hammerhead' century for the hard-core cyclists and a half-metric century for riders just starting out.
All profits from the ride are donated directly to the three BSA Troops in Ventura, which provide support for our ride. These funds are applied directly to the cost of outings and to support families in need financial assistance with scouting.
Sadly, Jerry passed away in 2014 but his efforts on behalf of the boy scouts of Ventura will live on in the Ojai Valley Century.