Sports + Recreation

The Hope Ride

When: Sat., Sept. 20, 7:30 a.m. 2014

@ Hauser High School, 9273 North State Road 9 (Hope)

Yeah, it’s out of town, but this one’s worth the trip. This is one of our favorite rides in Indiana — the scenery’s tremendous, the people are amazing, the t-shirts are a crackup (especially if you dig cows) and the food. The food. This thing starts with a pancake breakfast in the Hauser High School Gym (what could be more Midwestern that that?), includes stops with music, snacks, a lunch in the town square and even a root beer float at the end. The cash raised goes to local youth outreach programs and food banks. Did we mention the scenery? We should mention the scenery again. Distances run from a mild 13 miles to the full-on century with many distances between for every level of skill. And just to make you fully aware of the vibe that the organizers bring to the table, the Hope ride peeps promise, “Flying bicycles, anti-gravity water bottles, amazing wind reversing machines, holographic maps, and rainbows and puppy dogs for all!”

Price: $25 adults, $10 children 14 and under

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