Historic Columbus facility warms up for another season


The water tower at Ceraland, pictured March 23, 2013.

A view from the scorer's box is shown as USFA tournament action gets underway Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Ceraland.

Columbus native Spencer Dell loves to ride his bike in and around Ceraland’s serene setting. The 345-acre park, created by Cummins 50 years ago, features hills, campgrounds, exercise facilities, wildlife — coyotes, geese and skunks — and a trail that is used for bike races.

Dell frequently completes two-hour rides of up to 40 miles to train for his cycling team, Upland Brewing.

“I just like riding around the area,” he said.

And he has a special affinity for Ceraland and its 1.4-mile loop.

After two top-five finishes in prior years, Dell last year won the JWD Ceraland Challenge, which again will bring hundreds of cyclists to the park April 20.


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