Bike MS: Cruisin’ the Crossroads
Sat. Sept. 9, 2017
4-H County Fairground, Lebanon, IN
This fundraising ride to multiple sclerosis offers multiple routes of 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles — flat miles, with sag support, and lots of good people including the local Z’ville/Carmel based TOAD-team who love nothing more than having fun, supporting MS research, and riding hard.
Rollfast Gran Fondo
Sun., Sept. 17, 2017 at 8 a.m.
Downtown Carmel, IN
Is a sub-4 hour century ride a part of your destiny? This Top-10 rated Gran Fondo may be the fastest century GF in the country. If you’re up for it and fast enough (or can adeptly suck wheel), you can win a commerative sub-4 hour belt buckle of considerable heft. Or have more fun on Piccolo 25 or Medio 65 mile routes and enjoy the big-time vibe both before and after your ride.
The HMBA Brown County Epic Ride & Festival
Fri-Sun., Oct. 6-8, 2017
Brown County State Park, Nashville, IN
This annual ride shows off our nationally-recognized mountain bike destination encompassing Brown Co State Park, Yellowwood State Forest, and the Hoosier National Forest. New this year will be the unveiling of a new intermediate flow trail in BCSP. The Epic offers participants a weekend of fun and riding — with the “main” ride on Saturday offering routes from 5-10 miles to 100 miles. There is also camping, beer, music, sag support, and food while you enjoy a beautiful autumn weekend in the forest. Registration and information available at www.browncountyepic.org.
The 50th Annual Hilly Hundred
Fri-Sun., Oct. 6-8, 2017
You are hereby invited to ride a hundred hilly, beautiful miles on road in southern Indiana during peak foliage period! You will cover fifty miles each day with a 30-35 shortcut available. This annual ride is an end-of-season ritual for many riders and can be enjoyed on many levels. The slower you go, the more fun you have. You can register and get more info about this year’s edition of the CIBA Hilly 100 at www.hillyhundred.org.
The 3rd Annual Harvest 50 Gravel Road Race and 35 Mile Challenge Ride
Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 10 am
Maplelawn Farmstead, Zionsville, IN
This fun and well-run regional gravel event is now in its 3rd year, and is produced by Team Nebo Ridge. Challenge yourself by racing 50 very tough miles of remote gravel road, or join up for an informal 35 mile (mostly) gravel ride. Experience Hoosier farms and remote roads up close, and you may even find yourself in the middle of harvest depending on weather! This race/ride starts and finishes at, and benefits Maplelawn Farmstead, a unique and historic farmstead preserved within the Indy suburb of Zionsville. You wil get tours of the farmstead, BBQ lunch, T-shirts, awards, and a good time is guaranteed for all! You can register beginning September 5 at BikeReg.com/harvest50.
The Gravel Grovel
Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 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 sure your gearing permits climbing — over and over again! Of course, there’s also a 20 mile course if you just want to jsut 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)!