Salsa Michigan Coast-to-Coast Grovel Grinder
Sat., May 12, 2018
This first time race is receiving lots of buzz among endurance riders of all stripes. Choose the true “coast-to-coast” gravel and doubletrack course grinding 210 miles from the Saginaw Bay, through the Manistee National Forest, and to on the sandy beaches of Ludington on the west side of Michigan. Or choose “merely” the 100 miler loop starting and finishing in Ludington.
The Assault on Mt. Mitchell
Mon., May 14, 2018
Spartanburg, S. Carolina
Road climbers rejoice at this 103 mile timed ride from Spartanburg, through Marion N.C. and on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and then a final 5 or 6 miles up to peak of the highest point east of the Mississippi, Mt. Mitchell. Besides the challenge of 10,000 feet of ascent, you’ll find lots of support and sag along the way.
B&O Bicycle Tour
Sat., June 2, 2018
Starting this year at Lucas Oil Raceway Park (and you get to “drag” down the strip), this annual fundraiser for the B&O Trail offers plenty of food, support, sags, and fun. You can choose from a number of courses to ride: 10/25/45/62 miles.
CIBA Nite Ride
Sat., June 23, 2018
City Market, Indianapolis, IN
One of Central Indiana Bicycling Association’s big, super-fun rides. This is the 25th year for this ride — letting you stay up late and ride and see the City like no other time! CIBA also throws a great party with a free dinner ride, after-ride party/dinner/music.
Indy Crit Cycling Festival
Sat., July 14, 2018
The Circle, Indianapolis, IN
This day is much more than just the biggest crit race in Indiana! Start the day with a free 20/35 mile group ride. You’ll have food galore, BMX and stunt exhibitions, Kids’ Races, HandleBar Racing, Celebrity Raciing, and some of the finest crit racers from around the country competing on this big, wide-open course taking in a part of the Circle.
RAIN or the Ride Across INdiana
Sat., July 21, 2018
St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN
Sponsored by the Bloomington Bicycle Club, this timed event is the original Gran Fondo and will attract 2000 riders attempting to ride one-way, in one-day, across the State of Indiana. Starting in St. Mary, west of Terre Haute, and finishing in Richmond, IN, and taking in much of historic US 40, this is one beautiful 162 mile ride testing riders’ endurance (and teams’ abilities to work together) like no other. The BBC does a marvelous job of supporting the riders.
Sturgeon Full-Moon Gravel Ride to benefit Midtown Mental Health
Sat., August 25, 2018 — 8 p.m.
Moontown Brewery, Whitestown, IN
Starting and finishing at the apropos named new Moontown Brewery in Whitestown, take in the gravel roads of Boone County by full moon. Bring your gravel or MTB bike and choose a route of 40 or 20 miles. We’ll start around sunset so you’ll need lights. This ride benefits the Prevention & Recovery Clinic, a part of Midtown Mental Health in Eskenazi Hospital which specializes in treating and getting back on their feet adolescents and young adults facing crippling of psychosis and mental illness. This ride is put on by Team Nebo Ridge, Inc., a local enthusiast cycling and racing team.
Rollfast Gran Fondo
Sun., September 16
This is the country’s fastest 100 miler road Gran Fondo — with groups looking to beat the ever-elusive 4-Hour Challenge. Full of suspense, support for all riders, and participation by top riders and former pro-riders, this event is fast becoming our favorite fall event. If you don’t want to try the Century, you can choose from a number of shorter distances to ride, and still experience the big show that Rollfast and the City of Carmel put on!
The 4th Annual Harvest 50/25 Gravel Road Race
Sat., October 27, 2018
Maplelawn Farmstead, Zionsville, IN
Experience the plush and tough gravel of Boone County in this annual 50 mile gravel road race — or choose the more social 25 mile event. Don’t be deceived — maybe flat, but always challenging! Team Nebo Ridge hosts — with T-shirts, music, food, and more. Registration opens on September 1.
The Gravel Grovel
Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 10 am
Midwest Trail Ride, Norman, IN
This is the crazy race that started the current “Hoosier” era of gravel road racing when it started 10 years ago. Try a hilly 60 mile course full of creeks, gravel, some trail (usually the Nebo Ridge trail), mud, some asphalt — and some of the fastest and toughest riders this side of the Atlantic. Some will ride mountain bikes, some cyclocross, some gravel bikes. Just make sure your gearing permits climbing — over and over again! Of course, there’s also a 20 mile course if you just want to just get your feet wet and enjoy the Hoosier National Forest. I love this race and how it highlights a very beautiful part of Indiana during a time of year that can be as challenging as energizing (i.e. cold and wet)!