TERRE HAUTE —
The 27th Ride Across INdiana organized by the Bloomington Bicycle Club will take place Saturday. While not a race, RAIN is a one-day, one-way timed cycling event that stretches approximately 160 miles across the state of Indiana.
An expected 1,500 cyclists will gather near the Illinois border at St. Mary-Of-The-Woods College for a 7 a.m. mass start.
Cyclists will proceed through Terre Haute and join historic U.S. 40 before dipping south at Plainfield to avoid Indianapolis traffic. Riders rejoin U.S. 40 at Greenfield for the remaining 40 miles to the Earlham College finish line near the Ohio border.
Along the way, a small army of volunteers will staff rest stops stocked with food and beverages in Putnamville, Plainfield, Greenfield and Dunreith.
Drivers along U.S. 40 on Saturday should be aware of increased bicycle traffic, as should drivers along the RAIN route south of Indianapolis. RAIN participants are required to wear a helmet and obey all Indiana traffic laws.
While road bikes predominate, tandems, fixed gear bikes, mountain bikes and recumbents may also be seen at this one-day event.
No matter what bike they bring to the start line, all cyclists have in common the hundreds of miles they have ridden in preparation. Riders who hope to receive a finisher’s medal will need to average a minimum pace of 12 miles per hour.
Some riders complete the route in less than six hours and many are still crossing the finish line just before the end of RAIN at 9 p.m.
The ride benefits the Bloomington Bicycle Club’s grant program, which funds projects promoting cycling in Bloomington and Monroe County.
For more information, contact John Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rainride.org.