About

The route is about 390 miles with 15,239 feet of climbing over the course of seven days. The route is currently in development as we will be adding alternative routes that will be available to those who wish to ride them. The route will be finalized closer to the date of the ride to avoid poor riding conditions such as construction or flooding.

2019 Google Map 

Alternate Link

2019
Day 1: Lafayette to Crawfordsville | 61 miles | 1458 feet | Ride With GPS | GPX | FIT
Day 1: Alternate (West Point) | 41 miles | 773 feet | Ride With GPS | GPX | FIT Day 2: Crawfordsville to Terre Haute | 72 miles | 2076 feet | Ride With GPS | GPX | FIT
Day 3: Terre Haute to Linton |  63 miles | 1793 feet | Ride With GPS | GPX | FIT
Day 3: Alternate (Coal City) | 66 miles | 1283 feet | Ride With GPS | GPX | FIT Day 4: Linton to Bedford | 62 miles | 2723 feet | Ride With GPS | GPX | FIT
Day 5: Bedford to Ellettsville | 43 miles | 3586 feet | Ride With GPS | GPX | FIT
Day 6: Ellettsville to Danville | 65 miles | 2828 feet | Ride With GPS | GPX | FIT
Day 6: Alternative (Nashville) | 95 miles | 3830 feet | Ride With GPS | GPX | FIT Day 7: Danville to Indianapolis | 40 miles | 457 feet | Ride With GPS | GPX | FIT

2017 Maps
Day 1: Lafayette to Crawfordsville | GPX | Map
Day 2: Crawfordsville to Terre Haute | GPX | Map
Day 3: Terre Haute to Linton | GPX | Map
Day 4: Linton to Bedford | GPX | Map
Day 5: Bedford to Ellettsville | GPX | Map
Day 6: Ellettsville to Indianapolis | GPX | Map 1 | Map 2
Day 7: Indianapolis to Lafayette | GPX | Map

Philosophy

Safety is our #1 priority for our participants. We choose roads with low traffic to reduce rider-vehicle interactions. These are prioritized over scenic roads, short routes, flat terrain, etc. Our route selection methods will ensure the best possible experience, but cycling is inherently dangerous. Collisions can occur on any public road.

So how do we select the route?

1. We start with the Strava Global Heatmap. This tool makes it easy to plan a preliminary route. It's not foolproof, but it's an excellent place to start.

2. We are fortunate in Indiana to have the book Backroads of Indiana by Charlie Meyer. He has compiled paved backroads and suggested routes for the entire state of Indiana. We cross check our route with Charlie's book.

3. Next, we check the Indiana Department of Transportation Traffic Count website to check major roads for high traffic volumes.

4. Finally, we ride the route! We won't ask you to ride anything we wouldn't. We document the ride and make adjustments as needed.