About

The route is about 390 miles with 15,239 feet of climbing over the course of seven days. The route will be finalized closer to the date of the ride to avoid poor riding conditions such as construction or flooding.

2018 Google Map 

Alternate Link

2018
Day 1: Lafayette to Crawfordsville | 60 miles | 1458 feet | GPX
Day 2: Crawfordsville to Terre Haute | 70 miles | 2076 feet | GPX
Day 3: Terre Haute to Linton |  65 miles | 1793 feet | GPX
Day 4: Linton to Bedford | 62 miles | 2723 feet | GPX
Day 5: Bedford to Ellettsville | 44 miles | 3586 feet | GPX
Day 6: Ellettsville to Avon | 63 miles | 2828 feet | GPX
Day 7: Avon to Indianapolis | 22 miles | 318 feet | GPX

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.