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.
Day 1: Lafayette to Crawfordsville | 65 miles | 1287 feet
Day 2: Crawfordsville to Terre Haute | 70 miles | 1986 feet
Day 3: Terre Haute to Linton | 54 miles | 1315 feet
Day 4: Linton to Bedford | 69 miles | 3892 feet
Day 5: Bedford to Ellettsville | 44 miles | 3613 feet
Day 6: Ellettsville to Avon | 63 miles | 2828 feet
Day 7: Avon to Indianapolis | 22 miles | 318 feet
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
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.