A Grand Touring ride is a group social ride. Ride Leaders ride with the group and provide directions and support to the riders. Routes are not marked. Maps and/or Cue Sheets will be provided. Grand Touring rides are often at remote locations an hour or more distant from Central Indiana and often focus on festivals, museums, restaurants and other similar tourist attractions.
Grand Touring riders support local businesses
for food and facilities. Typically ten to twenty riders will attend a Grand
Touring ride. Riding is at a moderate pace and riders try to stay together.
Nobody is left by themselves unless that is what the rider wants.
Grand Touring Ride Philosophy: To emphasize the enjoyment of bicycling as a group and social activity and as a method to explore and discover Indiana and other destinations.
Grand Touring is about the pure joy of riding. It’s about the journey. It’s about the experience. One might say Grand Touring gives your cycling spirit a chance to soar. You can leave that computer home and forget about the measurements.
If the weather is not suitable for riding, Grand Touring ride leaders may cancel the ride since riders usually drive long distances to attend rides. Please contact the ride leader before leaving home if the weather looks questionable. Note: Pre-registration is not required. All riders are welcome. Other types of CIBA rides can be found at www.cibaride.org.
Map and cue sheets are intended for individual personal use. If you would like to use the map and cue sheets for an organized event, please contact the ride leader.
2018 Grand Touring Ride Calendar
Note: Grand Touring Ride Leaders - This is the current information that I have for Grand Touring Rides. If a correction needs to be made or I need to add your ride, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your updates and I will be happy to add them to the Grand Touring Ride Calendar.
Columbus Fall Color Tour
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Start Time: 10:00 am
Ride Leaders: Randy and Connie Schmucker, 317-257-5607, cell: 317-777-9630, email@example.com
Route Lengths: 40 and 54 miles - hilly terrain
Start Location: Columbus, IN: Jay C Food parking lot - SR 46 & Goeller
Directions to start: I-65 South. Exit west on SR 46, go 0.5 miles, turn right at light, Goeller Rd, into parking lot
Ride Description: Ride Bicycle Magazine's "Best Ride In Indiana". Enjoy the fall color in the hills of western Bartholomew County and eastern Brown County. The lunch stop at Trail's End features handmade sandwiches and other goodies. This ride will meander through Grandview Lake, Pikes Peak, Hoosier National Forest and other Indiana back road delights. There will be a few more hills than the spring version for the now well-conditioned legs. Contact Ride Leaders if the weather is questionable before making the trip.
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Start Time: 11:00 am
Ride Leader: Jay Hardcastle, 317-509-4587, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride Lengths: 36 miles (optional short distance 1 to 25 miles)
Start Location: Monon Trail Parking Area -- Rohrer Road, ½ mile west
and south of the 146th Street and Meridian Street intersection, Carmel
Directions: FROM THE SOUTH: Take I-465 on the north side of Indianapolis to the US 31 (Meridian Street) exit. Go north on US 31 to the 136th Street exit. Go left - 3/4 of the way around the first roundabout - proceeding west under US 31. Proceed straight through the second roundabout and then immediately right at the third roundabout onto Rohrer Road. Proceed north past the shopping center about one mile to the trailhead on the right. FROM THE NORTH: Proceed south on US 31 (Meridian Street) to exit 129A, north of 151st Street. From the off-ramp, turn right onto 151st Street then immediately left onto Greyhound Court. Turn right on Western Way, behind Greyhound Plaza, to 146th Street. Turn right, then after ½ mile, turn left on Rohrer Road. Trailhead will be less than a ½ mile on your left.
Ride Description: Come take a tour of the Indy Greenways! We’ll ride
together in a relaxed Grand Touring pace and enjoy the scenery that only
our Greenways can offer. The main route is a loop with segments on three
different Greenways trails comprising almost all of the total route mileage.
Halfway through the ride, we will have a rest stop at White River Gardens
(cookies! apples! cider! hot chocolate! coffee!). We’ll grab a bite
to eat at Scotty's Brewpub, just off the Monon Trail (just north of Carmel’s
Main Street), about one mile before the end of the ride.
The optional short distances (1 to 25 miles) are simply an out-and-back on the Monon Trail as far as you care to go. Example round trip distances are 12 miles to the ice cream shop at 86th Street; 17 miles to the cafes and restaurants in Broad Ripple; and 25 miles to Fall Creek Parkway. Contact Ride Leaders if the weather is questionable before making the trip.