Reply To: Smaller rides and competitive forces.

Blackfingers, November 17, 2019 at 10:58 pm

On 18 July, the RAIN (Ride Across Indiana) occurs. 160 miles, One Way, One Day (as advertised). Did it last year and here is my take on it.

First, highly organized and the people along the route are enthusiastic and helpful. Easy logistics with bus ride across state prior/after etc.

Second, plan on 3 days – day travel to and fro and event day. IMO, more competitive riders (to get it done), but not billed as such, still your normal riders.

Third, don’t be intimidated by the length. Mostly flat with some hills the last 30 or so miles, but nothing like the Iowa hills (N, S, or middle) that I’ve experienced.

Different flavor/atmosphere, but still great “bike people”. There is also a “tie-in” RAIN Week Ride (or some other name) that butts up to the RAIN ride where you ride 100 miles every day for 5 or so days and finish with the 160 ride the last day. You’ll have to look it up.

If you are interested in doing other “bucket list” type rides, a great lead into Iowa, although you may have to miss the first ride day for travel purposes.

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