WAbash River Ride

46th Annual Presented by the WRCC and lafayette lions

August 24, 2024

Register &

Sign Ride Waiver

Starting from Fort Ouiatenon

3129 South River Road

West Lafayette, IN 47906

We acknowledge and honor the Potawatomi, Miami, Kickapoo, Delaware and Shawnee people,

whose ancestral lands and resources we occupy

Wabash River CyCLing club

Your adventure, your choice

At the 46th Wabash River Ride, you will experience the varied landscape of North-Central Indiana on either paved or gravel roads - your choice!

Our routes will take you in and out of the Wabash River and Big Pine Creek watersheds, iconic landmarks such as the Fountain County Church, Rob Roy Covered Bridge and historic Williamsport Bridge, and rolling hills around the farmlands and the river valleys that make for a fun and challenging ride.

Join cyclists of all levels for well-organized and supported routes from 16 to 101 miles through Tippecanoe, Fountain and Warren counties.

Whether you are seeking pavement or gravel roads, the WRR has something for everyone!

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The Schedule

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day's events

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The Routes

Details on the available routes and distances

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Information on packet pick-up and parking

The Wabash River Ride has a variety of route options for every level and type of rider. All routes start and end at Fort Ouiatenon.

There are 16, 33, 47, 67 or 101 mile paved routes and 38, 62, and 100 mile gravel routes through Tippecanoe, Fountain and Warren counties.

While we provide recommended routes, loops can be mixed and matched together the day of the event to create the adventure of your choosing!

All paved loops are marked with Dan Henry markings. For those of the gravel persuasion, we highly recommend using the provided GPS files for navigation purposes. Gravel loops will NOT be marked.

The central SAG at Cicott allows for multiple refueling opportunities, and the Fountain and Hickman Heights SAGs are available for those looking to explore the areas out near Pine Creek and Williamsport.

The routes

Pavement Options

Click below for route descriptions and

GPS files

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Gravel Options

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GPS files

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Pavement Options

You will be well-fed and supported along each route. Let your sense of adventure determine the route you want to take on event day.

Trading Post

33mi, 880' elevation

Explores both sides of the Wabash River watershed.

Crosses Wabash River at both Granville and Riverside.

Enjoy two moderate valley climbs, followed by the Three Sisters and a long, smooth descent.


47mi, 1350' elevation

Mid-length ride that adds to the Trading Post Loop with a moderate climb, extended flat sections, and a rolling descent back to Cicott Park.

Look for the Potawatomi Springs on the right as you reenter Independence around mile 31.

Rocky Ford

67mi, 2,075' elevation

Extend the Trading-Post Loop with a punchy ramble in and out of the Big Pine Creek valley.

Look for the ruins

of the Mudlavia Springs Spa just before

mile 28 and the old

river ford at mile 38.


101mi, 3200' elevation

Enjoy the WRR’s gently rolling farmland, mixed with challenging valley climbs and brisk


Experience a covered bridge and the tallest falls in Indiana in downtown



Routes are subject to change until August

Granville Loop:

A Ride for All

Granville Loop

16mi, 321' elevation

A ride designed for all ages and all abilities.

Crosses the Wabash River on the Granville

Bridge twice.

One small climb and some gentle rolling hills.

Option at SAG to shorten to an 8-mile flat route.

The Wabash River Ride is bringing back the 16 mile Granville Loop! This distance was designed for all ages and abilities with options to shorten the route if desired.

A little before mile 4, you will encounter a fully stocked SAG on the right just before Granville Bridge, signage will be present. From here you have the option to return to the Fort for a total of 8 miles. The perfect distance for those who wish to squeeze in a ride before attending one of many local events in the Greater Lafayette area on the same day.

Those looking for additional distance can continue along for the full 16 miles with a second opportunity to refuel at mile 12. You will pass by historic Granville cemetery riding through the ghost town of Granville, Indiana, founded in 1834. You will see the marker along the route with details of the once bustling shipping center along the Wabash and Erie Canal.

Gravel Options

Our gravel options are designed for maximum flexibility. Choose to start and finish on gravel routes from 36, 62, or 100 miles, and if you need respite from the dusty roads, each route intersects with the paved routes at various locations leading you back to the Fort. We recommend a minimum of 32mm tire width to accommodate a variety of road conditions. We will not offer vehicle SAG support on gravel roads, and be prepared to carry water, nutrition, and gear between fully stocked SAG locations. Gravel routes will not be marked. RidewithGPS app is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Routes will be posted no later than August.


36 miles, approx. 1,300’ elevation

Deep valley rollers through the Wabash River valley.

Resupply at mile 18, scenic crossing of High Bridge.

Technical descent near Black Rock

Perfect for a quick jaunt or intro-to-gravel. 40% gravel.


62 miles, approx. 2,400’ elevation

Quiet county roads through the Wabash Watersheds with resupply at miles 18, 35 and 45.

Moderate gravel climbs, secret freshwater spring, and wildlife sightings.

Great for a Saturday on a bike. 50% gravel.


101 miles, approx. 3,500’ elevation

Connected with the other gravel routes, with resupply at miles 37, 61 and 84.

A day through the high plains and hills of the Wabash Watershed.

A challenge for any gravel cyclist. 50% gravel.

Printed Maps

Maps are under review and subject to change until August 2024.

Packet Pick-up & parking

Packets can be picked up from the River Shelter located at Fort Ouiatenon.

Address: 3129 S River Rd, West Lafayette, IN 47906

If you wish to register the day of the event, registrations will be available here ​as well. Cash or check only will be accepted due to limited cellular coverage.

Packet Pick-Up and Day-of-Registration is only available during the following ​hours: 630am - 12pm

Parking is available on-site in the adjacent gravel lot to the River Shelter.



Packet Pick-up and Registration Opens


Fountain and Growler Course Mass Start


Rocky Ford, Pint, and Cicott Course Mass Start


Trading Post and Half-Pint Course Mass Start


Post-Ride Meal Start, Granville Recommended Start


Registration Closes


Division, Hickman, and Fountain SAGs Close


Cicott SAG Closes


Event Cut-Off and Post-Ride Meal Ends

WRCC is not responsible for riders still on course after 5:30pm

Mass Starts Are Optional For those not participating in a Mass Start please plan to leave the Fort by Century 8am minimum of 13 mph average for the paved routes 11 mph for the gravel routes Metric 9am minimum of 10 mph average for the paved and gravel routes All other routes must leave the Fort by 12 pm Plan strategically at resupply points returning to the Fort by 5 30 pm post ride meal ends
The event takes place RAIN OR SHINE with no inclement weather backup date Please note that no refunds are able to be issued due to the advance purchase of services and support resources

Rider Benefits

4 Fully Stocked SAGs

Tasty treats and refreshing beverages to fuel your most epic adventure

Baked goods

Gatorade and water

Sweet and Salty snacks

Mobile SAG Support

In the event you are stuck on the side of the road, no worries! Our mobile SAG vans will provide minor mechanical support to get you back on your ride or give you a lift back to the nearest SAG or the Fort

Only available on paved road sections


After sticking around for your

post-ride meal,

Check out exciting, local events like

Beers Across the Wabash and the Ouibache Music Festival

For other events, take a peek at the

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Our 2024 Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the generosity and contributions from local businesses and organizations.

Please take a moment to thank them for their support!

If you are interested in becoming a 2024 sponsor, please click the link below!

Presenting Sponsors

Guardian Sponsors

Visionary Sponsors

Partner Sponsors

Steward Sponsors

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Interested in volunteering for the Wabash River Ride?


Volunteers ride for free!