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Ride Across Indiana – RAIN 2024

July 20

Start line of Ride Across Indiana event

The Ride Across Indiana – RAIN is a premier cycling event that encapsulates the spirit of adventure, endurance, and camaraderie.  Produced by Bloomington Bicycle Club, this one-day bicycle ride spans an impressive 160 miles across the picturesque landscapes of Indiana. It’s a test of mettle and perseverance, where participants ride from West Terre Haute to Richmond, following the historic National Road (US 40) for much of the event route. Now in its 36th year, RAIN distinguishes itself by offering cyclists the opportunity to experience the breadth of Indiana’s geography in a single day, from the break of dawn until dusk. The event’s uniqueness lies in its blend of challenge and beauty. It invites cyclists to conquer the distance under the summer sun, possibly facing intense heat or drenching rain, creating a memorable adventure.  Strambecco rates the event as a Midwest Best-in-Class event.

The route chosen for Ride Across Indiana – RAIN showcases the Midwest’s gently rolling hills and light traffic, making it accessible yet challenging. It primarily traverses the Historic National Route 40, an older, divided four-lane road known for its scenic vistas and cyclist-friendly terrain. The journey begins at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, taking riders through various landscapes and communities before culminating at Earlham College in Richmond. Along the way, participants are treated to views of Indiana’s farmlands, small towns, and the unique geographical features that define the region. The route is carefully marked and supported, ensuring that participants can focus on the experience and challenge of the ride​​.

For those participating in RAIN, accommodations play a crucial part in the experience. Both Terre Haute and Richmond offer a range of lodging options to suit different preferences and budgets, ensuring that participants have a comfortable stay before and after the event. Terre Haute, the starting point, and Richmond, the finish line, are equipped to welcome cyclists with hospitality that matches the event’s spirit. From hotels and inns to bed and breakfasts, participants can find suitable accommodations to rest and recover. Additionally, the event’s organization includes amenities like rest stops, water, and snacks along the route, with comprehensive support for riders, making the logistical aspects of participating as smooth as possible​​.

In essence, RAIN is not just a cycling event; it’s a journey through the heart of Indiana, offering a blend of physical challenge and the beauty of the Midwest. It’s an opportunity to push personal boundaries, experience communal support, and take in the state’s diverse landscapes, all within a single day.  Strambecco does not list every event.  We strive to identify and review special and noteworthy events, spanning Road, Gravel, and Mountain Bike events and races.  Strambecco also rates the Midwest’s best Road, Gravel, MTB events, races, and experiences.

 

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