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Old 10-02-19, 04:13 PM
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I can't wait.
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Should be a good time.
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for the benefit of those who are new to the Hilly Hundred, and because every thread needs some pictures, let me offer a few pics from previous Hillys....

as noted, the rest stops are exceptional! Donuts, apple cider, apples, cookies, etc. There is a strong temptation to sample all of the goodies, but it's good to remember that you'll be carrying that stuff up all of the hills.
However, you do owe it to yourself to enjoy a donut and cider, at a minimum

Here's Mr. Tunes at one stop last year....




The scenery is quite pleasant too. Hills, trees, trees on hills, leaves changing colors, barns, etc.







There's also the happy steel bike nerds, as Robbie mentioned....

a fellow with his Shamrock Cycles bike:



a gent with a really sweet Chris Kvale bike:



a great Vicious Cycles bike:



looking forward to meeting some new (to me) BF members and other fun folks.

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Options for non-cycling spouse who is convinced my left crank arm will fall off 50 miles from nowhere?
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Options for non-cycling spouse who is convinced my left crank arm will fall off 50 miles from nowhere?
She can hang out with my wife, she's coming and doesn't ride.
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Options for non-cycling spouse who is convinced my left crank arm will fall off 50 miles from nowhere?
If that were to happen, you'd only be 3 miles from the finish. Does that work?
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Options for non-cycling spouse who is convinced my left crank arm will fall off 50 miles from nowhere?
well, you could pack a spare crank bolt and a suitable wrench... that should relieve some concern.

there are some sag vehicles cruising the route too, so if something goes very badly, you won't be left as a meal for the squirrels and possums (did we mention that the critters are really vicious??)

If all that fails, there is some consolation in the fact that a 50 mile loop means that you can only be 25 miles from nowhere.

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Sounds like a good time. I've ridden the "Flat 50" in Southern IN before. Maybe a bud and me will join in the fun!
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Options for non-cycling spouse who is convinced my left crank arm will fall off 50 miles from nowhere?
Nashville is a kind of small tourist town not very far away. It is a kind of mecca for Midwest artists. It has interesting craft shops. This is where non riding family hang out. The Hilly used to go through Nashville but because of congestion with regular tourists visiting Brown county to see the fall leaves in color they don't anymore. I heard on NPR that a million visitors come every year. Also Bloomington the home of Indiana University is also close by and a great place to eat if you aren't signed up for meals prepared by the ride.
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You could treat the Hilly as bike ride. But why? You could do that any other weekend of the year.

It's a rolling party.

A sequence of party venues one rides between.

Yes, the riding bits can be hard, particularly if you want them to be.

Don't miss the Saturday night show. That would be pointless.

Camp or sleep in the school for the full experience. For full sleep, camp or hotel.

Stop at every sag. Spend time at every sag.

Go to the vendor tent.

Bring your climbing gears, as well. Not long hills, but silly steep.
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Maybe I can't find it, but the web site doesn't say where. At least, it doesn't say where the ride is in any obvious place (like the home page or schedule).
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Maybe I can't find it, but the web site doesn't say where. At least, it doesn't say where the ride is in any obvious place (like the home page or schedule).
Hilly Hundred Hills Page
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Maybe I can't find it, but the web site doesn't say where. At least, it doesn't say where the ride is in any obvious place (like the home page or schedule).
The Hilly Hundred is a ride around Brown County, Indiana. It is about 45 minutes south of Indianapolis. This is a forested area where the terrain changes from the flat lands of north and central Indiana to hills - fairly steep hills in some places. It is a favorite area to look at fall colors. Brown County State Park is famous for its vista views that look over the forrest area below. Artists like to paint pictures of the county's old wood barns with Chew Mail Poach ads located in small fields with turning leaves in the background. The roads kind of wind and twist and of course go up and down which makes for an interesting and pretty ride.

Several things make the ride popular besides fall scenery. It has outstanding food stops with entertainment inviting you to stay longer than just to eat your snacks. Their are lots of good cyclists that create a kind of party atmosphere. It is very well organized. It is one of the oldest Century rides in the US and predates the bike boom of the 70's. This is the ride that many Midwestern cyclists circle on their calendar as the one not to miss.
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Dang I just saw a framed poster for the hilly hundred 1998? running of that event, at the flea market. Shoulda bought it.
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I've been wanting to do this ride for a while and I'm thinking about doing it. I'll likely bring my '85 Cannondale ST 400.

Or maybe I just need to bring an old fat tire bike like my '93 Trek 950 and take it slow so I can check out all the food.

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The 620 on the Leelanua Harvest Century this year.
My wife and I are registered! Unfortunately, work will keep her away but I plan on riding! I will be on a battered 1984 Trek 620.

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Nashville is a kind of small tourist town not very far away. It is a kind of mecca for Midwest artists. It has interesting craft shops. This is where non riding family hang out. The Hilly used to go through Nashville but because of congestion with regular tourists visiting Brown county to see the fall leaves in color they don't anymore. I heard on NPR that a million visitors come every year. Also Bloomington the home of Indiana University is also close by and a great place to eat if you aren't signed up for meals prepared by the ride.
She'd dig that. Usually she knits when I go on organized rides.

My crank arm actually did fall off on the Psychos Century. She drove 100 miles round trip to SAG me back to the start. She's a gem and a half.

Would like to do this in 2020. This year I'm in NOLA that weekend.
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Didn't it used to be the whole hundred in one day? I seem to recall flyers for it in Springfield when the MidWestern Tandem Rally was there a bunch of Labour Day Weekends ago.
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Thinktubes,
There is an antique mall four miles away, and tons of art shops and local artists. IU Art Museum is about seven miles away and so is the campus, which is the best walk in the Big Ten (five walking trails there). Bloomington a seven mile drive is close as well with a walking trail (the B-Line) The city offers a lot of eclectic shops and international flavors in the restaurants. For the bike lovers, go to BikeSmiths to check out the poster of Team Cinzano, and to the Bicycle Garage where I used to work. The Bike Doctor will be at the vendors group, along with Hank and the good folks from the Bike and Bean shop. This is the first time in fifteen years that I will be able to be there, It is going to be fun. See you there...... Smiles, MH
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I rode Hilly Hundred a looong time ago - when my bike only had 2x5 gearing, with a 14-28 five-speed freewheel and 51/39 chainrings. I survived.

I can't find my '77 patch, but still have the one from '78....

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