The Bluegrass Homegrown Ride is a casual paced, 19-mile ride beginning and ending at the St. Malachy Catholic Church in Brownsburg, IN.  The route passes a number of fresh produce stands along the way.  Stands may or may not be open depending on time of day and weather, but feel free to bring cash and a way to carry some fruits and veggies just in case!

This is a beginner friendly, no drop ride.  New riders are encouraged to join us.  We will discuss basics of riding in a group and offer safety tips for riding on the road.

The ride pace will average 12-15 miles per hour with Ride Leaders riding as fast as the slowest rider in the group.  Ride participants are welcome to ride at a faster pace if desired.  We will re-group at several of the stands along the way.

Bluegrass Homegrown Weekly Ride

It's affectionately known as "Central Indiana's Most Inconvenient Group Ride".  It's hard to find, hard to get to, hard to know what bike and equipment to use, the route isn't marked, and there isn't much in the way of rules, instructions or leadership.  It's generally inconvenient in every way.  We make our fun the old-fashioned way.  We earn it!  If this sounds like your kind of nonsense, then please, by all means, join us!

Bluegrass Bicycle Company holds this ride on the first Tuesday of every month from March through November.  The total distance is a bit under 33 miles.  A little more than half of the ride (17.5 miles) is gravel and the rest is a mix of smooth and rough pavement (and just a bit of dirt for good measure).  The route crosses over scenic Big Walnut Creek six times, passes over three historic covered bridges, one historic iron truss bridge, past three state nature preserves and several historic cemeteries.  In season (June-September), we always make a stop near the halfway point at the Bainbridge Dari-Ette for ice cream, cold drinks or food.

For Central Indiana, the ride has a significant amount of hills with over 1600 feet of climbing.  There are several steep and lengthy climbs.

A cyclocross bike, a touring bike, a gravel bike, or a lightweight mountain bike with slightly knobby tires is the best option.  Skilled riders may do OK on road bikes with at least 28mm tires, but be prepared to fix flats. Please bring lights if you can as we will be out until after dusk.  The ride generally travels at a 13-16 MPH pace, but feel free to download the route and go faster or slower as you choose.  There are a few bail-out points for those that don't want to ride the entire route. Please be aware that this is a self-supported ride.  YOU are responsible for YOURSELF.

Be aware that if you put "McCloud Nature Park" into your smart phone or GPS it may take you to the wrong side of the park with no access.  Please look ahead of time and know where the park is and how to access it.

BIG WALNUT RIDE INFO

WHERE:
  McCloud Nature Park - 
North Salem, IN

WHEN:  First Tuesday of the Month

March through November

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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After entering McCloud Nature Park, drive down the gravel road and park in the first parking lot on your right at the bottom of the hill.  There are restrooms and a water source available nearby the parking area.

Download or view Big Walnut route here:


MapMyRide

Google Maps

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Please be aware that all shop rides are self-supported.  YOU are responsible for YOURSELF.


THERE ARE NO ROUTE MARKINGS.

CUE SHEETS ARE NOT PROVIDED.

HOMEGROWN RIDE INFO

WHERE:  St. Malachy Catholic Churh - Brownsburg, IN

WHEN:  Monday Evenings

May through September

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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St Malachy Catholic Church is located at the corner of 1000 E. and 750 N. in Brownsburg, IN.  Meet in the northeast corner of the parking lot.  Restrooms and water source are not available.  

Ride will leave promptly at 6 p.m.  Red flashing rear lights are strongly encouraged.  Helmets are required.

Download or view Homegrown route here:

MapMyRide

Google Maps

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Please be aware that all shop rides are self-supported.  YOU are responsible for YOURSELF.


THERE ARE NO ROUTE MARKINGS.

CUE SHEETS ARE NOT PROVIDED.

Big Walnut Creek Monthly Ride