Every fall since 1967, thousands of cyclists from across the mid-west, (and beyond) have made their way to hills west of Bloomington, Indiana to participate in the Hilly Hundred Weekend. In two days with over 100 of riding, bicyclists of all abilities are challenged by over 9,000 feet of climbing on the hills southern Indiana.
The 46h edition will again start from Ellettsville, Indiana, just 5 miles west of Bloomington, and a little over an hour south of Indianapolis. Headquartered at the local school complex, participants can take advantage of sleeping bag space, showers, and indoor bike parking, along with camping on the school grounds. The the expected 3,000 riders will have multiple foods stops featuring live music during the ride, including a fried chicken or vegetarian lunch each day. There is also evening entertainment back on the school complex.
Another feature of Hilly Hundred is the 20,000 square foot vendor tent, with over a dozen bicycle and specialty shops selling goods throughout the weekend. Bikes, clothing and gear are sometimes featured at season-end pricing at the tent, which also becomes another social gathering.
The Hilly Hundred Weekend is sponsored by the Central Indiana Bicycling Association, Inc. Based in Indianapolis, but with a wide spread membership, CIBA is one of the largest and most active bicycle clubs in the United States. You can learn more about CIBA on their web site, http://www.cibaride.org. Many of the 400 volunteers needed to run the Hilly Hundred Weekend are CIBA members.
Registration fees start at $47 per person, but the rate goes up September 4. You can learn more and register online at www.hillyhundred.org.