The route is about 443 miles with 14,556 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.
***Southern route is cancelled due to lack of interest. Northern route is as scheduled***
Day 0: Build Day Option in Lafayette
Day 1: Lafayette to Crawfordsville | 65 miles | 1287 feet
Day 1 (Southern Route): Evansville to Vincennes | 69 miles | 2078 feet
Day 2: Crawfordsville to Terre Haute | 70 miles | 1986 feet
Day 2 (Southern Route): Vincennes to Terre Haute | 70 miles | 1247 feet
Day 3: Terre Haute to Linton | 63 miles | 1648 feet
Day 4: Linton to Bedford | 62 miles | 2723 feet
Day 5: Bedford to Elletsville | 45 miles | 3532 feet
Day 6: Elletsville to Indianapolis | 68 miles | 2209 feet
Day 7: Indianapolis to Lafayette | 70 miles | 1171 feet
Safety is our #1 priority for our participants. 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.