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 Moon Gravel Ride to benefit Midtown Mental Health
Sat., August 25, 2018 — 8 p.m.
Moontown Brewing Co., Whitestown, IN
Starting and finishing at the apropos named new Moontown Brewing in old Whitestown, take in the gravel roads of Boone County by full moon. Bring your gravel or MTB bike and choose a route of 30 or 15 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.
Nancy’s Ride benefiting Freewheelin’ Community Bikes
Labor Day, Monday, September 3
Freewheelin Community Bikes, 34th & Central
Celebrate the life of the founder of Freewheelin and find your joy and freedom in riding for Freewheelin’ for a day. Destination ride for families, beginners and casual riders. Or choose a 30, 62.5 or 100 mile ride if you’re a go-getter. Celebration picnic with food, beer and refreshments to follow.
Wabash County Dam to Dam Century Ride
Sun., September 9, 2018 — 7:30 to 8:30 am start time
YMCA, 500 S. Cass Street, Wabash, IN
Lots of courses and choices for this big ride: 15, 30, 50, 62, 80 or 100 miles! Ride by scenic rivers and reservoirs, over their dams, and take in the history of the area. Saturday is a bonus day with optional rides and spaghetti dinner. Lunch served up after the ride.
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!
Sat./Sun., October 6-7, 2018
Edgewood H.S., Ellettsville, IN
The classic two-day 50 miles/day southern Indiana fall festival ride! Food and music galore along the way — and plenty of hills of course. This will be the 51st Hilly Hundred presented by the Central Indiana Bicycle Association (CIBA)! The fun actually starts on Friday evening with expo, camping, and more.
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)!