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Old 01-05-07, 07:25 PM
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The Ride Across INdiana (RAIN) ride apps are now available. I've not done it before, but after working the finish last year I'm doing it this year. For those that don't know it's 160 miles from Terre Haute to Richmond along US 40. Fastest times are about 6:40, many run past the 14+ hour mark. I'm shooting for 10 hours. Online registration isn't up yet but you can print the entry forms and see the other info. I did book our room. Here is the site:

www.rainride.org

and this years jersey is yellow with flames (I deleted the huge pic), but you can check it out on the web site.
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That jersey design is kind of funny if you remember the ride director's 2006 report.

I wondered about the weather for the next day’s ride. The cycling jersey design in 2004 was a ‘lightning’ design that I purchased principally because it was misprinted announcing the Ride Across INdiana was 185 miles instead of the intended 158 miles that year. The design was an omen because we definitely experienced a lightning storm of frightening magnitude. Last year the theme and shirt design was raindrops, and the riders were wet before they finished. In 2006 the design and theme was the black asphalt of U.S. highway 40. Was this an omen of a torridly hot day? We now know it was. Perhaps in 2007 the theme and jersey design will be: “160 miles west to east - riding on a cool breeze”, we can only hope.
I guess we can expect 120 degrees this year.

I'm in as soon as the online registration is up. RAIN has been the highlight of my year for the last 2 years.

Which hotel are you staying at? I usually drive from Anderson, IN in the morning, but I'm thinking about staying in the Drury Inn in Terre Haute for a change. I don't really need to, but it seems like it would be a fun atmosphere with all the cyclists staying there.
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We live in Richmond, so needed a hotel. There are usually about 10 - 15 people from Richmond that ride, most much faster then I am. Anyway, we registered at the Drury Inn because that is where you get the packets. I'm still not sure about the start, it sounded like some backtrack to the state line for the offical start, while others just start from the hotel.

P.S. I'm not sure about the flames as well, a cool breeze from West would be nice...
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We live in Richmond, so needed a hotel. There are usually about 10 - 15 people from Richmond that ride, most much faster then I am. Anyway, we registered at the Drury Inn because that is where you get the packets. I'm still not sure about the start, it sounded like some backtrack to the state line for the offical start, while others just start from the hotel.

P.S. I'm not sure about the flames as well, a cool breeze from West would be nice...
The start's not that far away, really. The Drury Inn is right next to I-70. If you're driving to the start you just hop on 70 and get off on the first IL exit. The whole trip will take 10 minutes tops if you're early.

You can't start from the hotel. The route doesn't pass it. They give you directions on how to ride your bike to the start from the hotel, but I've never done that. I wouldn't really want to ride on 41, even if it is early.
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Dangit, Im not going to be able to do it. Ill be in Quebéc studying some Français. Oh well...

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Link to the route is broken; does this ride go east-west or the other way around?
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Originally Posted by H1449-6
Link to the route is broken; does this ride go east-west or the other way around?
Oops. OP answers that question if you scroll over a little.
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Dang, I'm going to be in Sunriver Oregon in June (not that it's a bad thing).

I've never spent that much time in the saddle before and I wonder if I could stand it.

But I want to do it.
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I got my application in the mail today. I will probably be in again this year. Aham23 went with me last year, and I think I might be able to talk a few more of the BFNIC group to join in.

I have stayed at the Holiday Inn (just the other side of the exit ramp from the Drury) for the last 2 years. I pick it because it usually still has rooms, isn't listed on the RAIN support info, same basic location, but is not totally overrun with cyclists (read, "you don't see 400 wrecks in the parking lot as everyone runs into each other, and has trouble unclipping")

I provided the managers there with some suggestions for things they should do for the riders to make the stay better.

The biggest reason I stay there is that I can use reward nights to pay for it....as long as I set the reservation far enough in advance.

I don't ride too fast, but this is usually the fastest century+ ride for me the whole year. That's mainly because it is West to East and you have a gentle tailwind at your back the whole way.

....with that in mind I predict a day that is 104 with a unusal 20mph headwind - raining the whole way.
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Psimet,

How did you guys handle the transportation with this last year? I'm potentially interested, but some of the details are a bit hazy.

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We had MrEWorm (Sarge - you met him I think) ride down with me and aham in my car to Terre Haute. Spent the night then we rode and Sarge drove support/SAG, picked us up at the finish and hauled A$$ from Richmond back to Chicago right after the end.

If we have more people going this year then we will either have to take multiple cars - which could be cool when it comes to SAG options - the stops get packed, or rent a van or something...

EDIT: Oh I forgot - aham and I met at Sarge's house and left from there. I took that Friday off to allow an easy travel day. We got a super short ride in after we got there.
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Is there anything like this in east tennessee or cincinnati areas at all?

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Originally Posted by mattfeet
Is there anything like this in east tennessee or cincinnati areas at all?

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Try the long distance forum, or maybe ultracycling.com(?). Mike Bentley puts out a gre ride listing, but doesn't have his 2007 info out yet. Active.com. There was a thread on here about "Ride Across ____" rides. Try the search function.
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Originally Posted by mattfeet
Is there anything like this in east tennessee or cincinnati areas at all?

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Richmond is only an hour from northwest Cincinnati...
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RAIN registration

You can register online for RAIN here:
https://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1397257

I am trying to add the registration link to the rain website but the host's FTP service isn't working right now.
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Originally Posted by H1449-6
Link to the route is broken; does this ride go east-west or the other way around?
I fixed this link. Sorry.
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Originally Posted by matthew_deaner
You can register online for RAIN here:
https://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1397257

I am trying to add the registration link to the rain website but the host's FTP service isn't working right now.
OK - I uploaded a new version of the RAIN page with the Active.com registration button.
All you have to do to register is visit www.rainride.org to register and click on the registration button. Thanks for your patience!
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Originally Posted by matthew_deaner
You can register online for RAIN here:
https://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1397257

I am trying to add the registration link to the rain website but the host's FTP service isn't working right now.
Awesome. I just signed up.
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I did this ride in 2004 and 3005; missed 2006 because of work. It's one of my favorite rides of all time. Very well supported. And lots of folks to ride with, wether you're trying to average 23mph or 13mph for the ride, or anything in between.

Don't count on those tail winds, though. We didn't have much of one in '05!
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Originally Posted by R900
Richmond is only an hour from northwest Cincinnati...

I almost meant to add that Im going to be in Quebec from July 2-August 4th, so Im going to miss this ride. :-/ I needed something in those areas in the earlier part of the summer, if at all possible...

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Originally Posted by The Octopus
I did this ride in 2004 and 3005; missed 2006 because of work. It's one of my favorite rides of all time. Very well supported. And lots of folks to ride with, wether you're trying to average 23mph or 13mph for the ride, or anything in between.

Don't count on those tail winds, though. We didn't have much of one in '05!
I thought that was '04 when everyone got socked with the headwind and rain. Or maybe it was rain in 04 and headwind in 03...

I have only ridden 05 and 06. 05 didn't seem bad. Last year the heat was horrid.
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Are there any shuttle arrangements for people (like me in Pittsburgh) who'd like to park their cars in Richmond, IN, on Friday and ride a shuttle to TerreHaute Friday afternoon/evening -- so we could ride from TerreHaute to Richmond on our bikes, get in our cars, and drive home (eastbound to Pittsburgh)?

I've sent an email to the transport link, just wondering if there's anybody out there that's dealt with this before?

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I've heard of a lot of people that park at then end, ride to Terre Haute the day before, then ride back to their car the next day. Someone must shuttle some gear for them. I'll keep my ears open.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001
I thought that was '04 when everyone got socked with the headwind and rain. Or maybe it was rain in 04 and headwind in 03...
Oops. Correctumundo. '04 was the year without wind, expect for the wind that was in your face. Anyone finishing after 8 hours or so also got soaked.

I've heard of a lot of people that park at then end, ride to Terre Haute the day before, then ride back to their car the next day. Someone must shuttle some gear for them. I'll keep my ears open.
I did this with a friend in '05 and it was a lot of fun. We saw one other guy on the road, and he was riding from Indy. Saw one other car in the parking lot in Richmond; some guys from North Carolina. It's not a popular option, but it saves 5-6 hours of driving just to get a friggin car. Plus you get two long rides for the price of one!

We did the round trip without a gear shuttle. Used a seat-post bag and just packed a change of cycling clothes and basic toiletries into it. If I can do the ride this year, I'll definitely be doing it again this way.

I can't recommend it if you're trying to ride RAIN as a race, but otherwise it's a very real option. If you've ever done back-to-back centuries, you should seriously consider this. Get a very early start, though, so that you're west of Indy before the wind starts crankin' in you face. Another benefit of this is that the second day (the actual ride) is much easier. You'll have pacelines to ride in and, most years, a healthy tail-wind pushing you back home. I think we ended up doing about 10 hours on the way to The Haute, and about 9 hours on the ride itself.
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I think I might be able to talk a few more of the BFNIC group to join in.
I need a goal for this year. Tentatively count me in. Can I hitch a ride with you? I'm good for some gas money and a gift for the sag wagon.

Besides, you know aham23's going to be crushing souls all the way across the state this time around. You need someone to wait up for....
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