Riding longer distances offers some challenges and rewards.  Here are some assumptions and ideas for how to have a successful ride.

Assumptions for All Riders

We assume that you:

  • know that we try to select routes that maximize scenery and safety.  We have ridden the routes.
  • can be flexible when it comes to routes.
    • Routes could change the day of the ride if there was a recent storm or major changes to road or trail conditions.
  • will look for road marking and signs that guide you along the routes. 
    • We spray paint Dan Henry markings before and at each route turn early in the week and will usually check them a day or two before the ride.
  • know that volunteers are trying to help make the day safe and successful for all riders.
    • Please attend to any civilian patrols who are trying to help cyclists cross at key intersections

 

Assumptions for Trail Riders (22-37 miles)

We assume that you:

  • have recently ridden your bike at least 10-20 miles.
    • When you ride this distance you discover the condition of your bike, your body and your gear.
  • know basic biking rules, like ride on the right, pass on the left, use a bell or sound to alert people when you are advancing from behind.
  • are able to be aware of path hazards and of others on the path.
  • will bring a good water supply and a “just-in-case” snack.
    • Water bottles or bladders, like Camelbaks, are a must. Avoid dehydration or becoming peckish as it is difficult to recover while riding.

 

Assumptions for Rides of the 50 Mile Route

In addition to the above, we assume that you:

  • have recently ridden 30-40 miles
    • This isn’t a requirement, but when you ride over 30 miles, you become very aware of how well your seat can handle a bike saddle. You might make changes to your gear that will help you have a successful ride.
  • know road biking rules, like no more than 2 abreast
  • understand that road budgets are limited, therefore county roads can seem rough, have potholes and gravel/road hazards may exist
    • We have all riders end the day on the trail to hopefully help make the final miles a little easier.
    • This is why trails, like the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, are so important.  We need safer and smoother options for recreational and commuter rides.
  • know that wind and hills can build character or be a blessing.

 

Assumptions for Rides of the 100 Mile Route

In addition to the above, we assume that you:

  • have recently ridden 50+ miles
    • This isn’t a requirement, but I learned a great deal about my body and my gear when I rode my first 100. For example, I learned that bike shorts with padding (and no underwear) are important.
  • know that the Bonneyville leg of the route is quite hilly for Indiana