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
  • will use our routes on ride day. Our mobile SAG drivers will drive our routes. It is difficult to support riders if they do not stay on our routes.

 

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