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10th ANNIVERSARY SPRING SALE!

Nebo Ridge Bicycles turns ten years old in mid-March! We are grateful here at the shop for our customers who ride with us every week; who inspire us with their goals, their rides and their personal stories; who understand and appreciate locally-owned businesses; and who encourage even more of us to stay fit and have fun by simply riding their bicycles. Thank you for your support and thank you for your business.

Stay tuned for details about our big 10th Anniversary Spring Sale, March 26-29. The event will kick off with our “Thursday Night” CIBA/Shop training ride on March 26 at 6 p.m.

February was a polar bear. Hang in there. Daylight savings is arriving -- March 8 –along with a little more warmth. If you’ve never experienced the Tuesday/Thursday night shop ride, please read below for more information, and join us. We are making changes to the route this year – to minimize congested and potholed roads. I can’t wait to air it out! There is nothing better than a long ride on a sunny day in March.

SHOP NEWS

This is your last call for our seasonal clearance of winter apparel and accessories – 25-40% off. Our new spring and summer apparel will be arriving all month long.

For getting your bike into shape for spring, call or bring your bike in soon for maintenance – before the queue grows. Our three, experienced full-time mechanics, led by Brad, will love your bike almost as much as you do. We always provide free estimates on the spot for major work, and we have three levels of tune-ups to meet your bike’s needs.

Tired of a poor fitting bike? Your bike should not hurt you. If it does, talk to Joel, our Bike Fit Technician. With years of experience gained in hundreds of fits, and with a lot of common sense, in two hours he might be able to change your life as you know it on your bike.

And we have bikes – beautiful, sleek, feather light, quality road bikes starting at $1000 – from Cannondale (US), Salsa (US), Scott (Switzerland), and Pinarello and Wilier of Italy. Race bikes or endurance bikes – carbon, aluminum, titanium or steel – small or large – they will make your heart skip a beat just looking at them. We also have quality children’s bikes built by pros, an assortment of path/fitness/comfort bikes (including Electra’s popular Townie models), mountain bikes that are perfect for Indiana, and perhaps the best selection in Central Indiana of bikes perfect for fast riding on chip’n seal, gravel, or any surface that you’ll come across on your ride.

RECURRING SHOP RIDES

Tuesday Night Nebo Ridge/CIBA Training Ride

This weekly faster-paced training ride begins Tuesday March 17, at 6 p.m. behind the shop.  Last year, we averaged over 100 riders per ride. This ride warms up with a casual pace the first few miles as riders find their rhythms and catch up with fellow riders. Then the fireworks start as we cross north of State Rd. 32 on some sparsely traveled county roads.  You will go to the max time-and-time again trying to keep from getting shelled off the back of the pack or, alternatively, trying to break the envelope and leave the peloton behind.  The ride is usually split into three groups, the first of which averages 22+ mph. There is a B group which averages 21+ mph., and a third C group which averages about 18-20 mph.  Length of the ride is either 27 or 31 miles.  

 

Thursday Night Nebo Ridge/CIBA Training and Fitness Rides

This is one of the biggest and best weekly rides in the country. On Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. we break our riders into even more groups; there is something for everybody.  A “racy” group (22+ mph) goes 31 miles. Three intermediate groups (e.g. 16-22 mph) will go 27 or 31 miles and generally work cooperatively on group riding techniques like paceline riding.  Our favorite group is the “Fun & Fitness” group and is intended for anyone willing to ride 17 miles at about 13 m.p.h. on up.  This group is “swept” by the ride leader at about 13 mph, and all bikes and riders are welcome – road bikes, hybrids, mountain – we’ve seen them all.  All routes are marked and cue sheets are available.  Come and join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings beginning March 19.

 

Saturday Morning Coffee Shop Ride -- ENDING MARCH 14

Two group training rides start at 10 and 10:30 a.m. every Saturday through March 14 at Scoops on the corner of Main and Hawthorne Streets in Zionsville. The 10:30 group is very laid back – hitting lots of hills – but always regrouping and riding at 15 to 17 mph. The first group also hits hills and tries to regroup after sprinting the hills, but is paced more at 19-20 mph between hills and the ride will stretch to two hours. The Saturday rides go as long as the temperature is above 30 degrees and there is no rain or snow.  

 

MARCH/APRIL EVENTS

Death March – Hoosier National Forest – March 14
Two-person teams scramble over miles of forest gravel road and trail to see who can find a number of historic cemeteries in the Hoosier National Forest. There are different ways to ride it – to approach it – and to cover the ground – but you can tailor your challenge and count on fun with over 300 eager participants from around the Midwest. See www.sub9deathmarch.com for more info and to register.

Bicycle Indiana’s spIN: Indiana Bike Summit – March 19-20
For those interested in developing bicycling communities and infrastructure, this two-day conference run by Indiana’s primary statewide bike advocacy group, Bicycle Indiana, will feature national and local experts on promoting active transportation. You can contact Jessica Hall at Bicycle Indiana at spin@bicycleindiana.org or check out www.bicycleindiana.org. Registration deadline is March 6.

7th Annual Barry Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race -- Hastings, Michigan -- March 28
Barry Roubaix is an early season gravel road race which gets rave reviews and has grown very large very fast. You can race 24, 36 or 62 miles – with the longer one offering about 4000 feet of climbing. Get more info at www.barry-roubaix.com.

Hillsboro Roubaix Road Race -- Hillsboro, Illinois – Saturday, April 18
For hardy, early-season road racers, try the Hillsboro Roubaix on Saturday, April 18. For most, it’s a 60 mile race on windy, bad chip & seal roads in southwest Illinois – with a famous climbing finish up brick side streets into the heart of Hillsboro. You can get more info at www.usacycling.org/events/flyer.php?permit=2015-516.

Top Spring Events List

Here’s my personal list of some fun, challenging and sometimes life-changing bicycling events scheduled for this Spring.

March
Death March – Hoosier National Forest – March 14
Two-person teams scramble over miles of forest gravel road and trail to see who can find a number of historic cemeteries in the Hoosier National Forest. There are different ways to ride it – to approach it – and to cover the ground – but you can tailor your challenge and count on fun with over 300 eager participants from around the Midwest. See www.sub9deathmarch.com for more info and to register.

7th Annual Barry Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race -- Hastings, Michigan -- March 28
Barry Roubaix is an early season gravel road race which gets rave reviews and has grown very large very fast. You can race 24, 36 or 62 miles – with the longer one offering about 4000 feet of climbing. Get more info at www.barry-roubaix.com.

April
Tour of the Battenkill Pro-Am Race and Gran Fondo – Cambridge, NY – April 18-19
Race the 11th Annual Battenkill Pro-Am Spring Classic in scenic NE New York (the course bumps up against and into Vermont), or just ride the race course on the 62 mile Tour of the Battenkill Gran Fondo. The Gran Fondo uses certain timed segments to challenge citizen riders. The roads are a mixture of some gravel and mostly asphalt – drive time to Cambridge is about 12 hours from Indy. Go to www.tourofthebattenkill.com to register. Bicycling Magazine has rated this course and amateur race as one of their favorites.

Ceraland Road Race -- Columbus, Indiana – April 18
For an early-season high-quality local asphalt road race, try this popular early season circuit race on a closed course in the Ceraland park just south of Columbus, Indiana. Beginners (or “Category 5 Racer” using USA Cycling parlance) are welcome. Check back with the shop for registration information which is not yet available.

May
3-State 3-Mountain Challenge Ride – Chattanooga, Tennessee – Saturday, May 2
One of the toughest, biggest and best organized one-day century rides east of the Mississippi. ample Chattanooga and surrounding states’ mountains with a one-day ride of 25, 62, or 100 miles. Lots of Hoosiers love to head south for this early season ride. See www.chattbike.com for more information.

Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion – Spartanburg, S. Carolina – Monday, May 18
This will be a new event for me personally this year that comes highly recommended by my teammates on Team Nebo Ridge. This timed gran fondo style ride takes you from Spartanburg, S.C., to either Marion, N.C. (74 miles) or on up onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and to the top of Mt. Mitchell, the highest point in the US east of the Mississippi River. Did I say there was lots of climbing? Go to http://freewheelers.info/assaults/assault-on-mount-mitchell.html for more info.

10th Annual Dirty Kanza 200 – Emporia, Kansas – Saturday, May 30
This famous ultra-endurance one day challenge ride is known as the ultimate gravel grinder race. It takes in a single, remote 200 mile hilly, gravel road loop in the Flint Hills region of southeastern Kansas. Not for beginners. This year organizers are again offering the “Half Pint” choice of a mere 110 non-competitive miles. Go to www.dirtykanza200.com for more information.

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