WAbash River Ride
45th Annual Presented by the WRCC and lafayette lions
August 26, 2023
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 45th 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!
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 Carbondale SAGs are available for those looking to explore the areas out near Pine Creek and Williamsport.
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.
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.
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
RidewithGPS app is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Routes are subject to change until August
Ride for All
Ride For All
16mi, 321' elevation
A ride designed for all ages and all abilities.
Crosses the Wabash River on the Granville
One small climb and some gentle rolling hills.
Option at SAG to shorten to an 8-mile flat route.
The Wabash River Ride is hosting a new paved distance for 2023, the 16 mile Ride for All! This distance was designed for all ages and abilities with options to shorten the route as needed.
At mile 4, you will encounter the first fully stocked SAG at Granville Bridge. 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.
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.
100 miles, approx. 3,000’ elevation
Connected with the other gravel routes, with resupply at miles 37, 52 and 77.
A day through the high plains and hills of the Wabash Watershed.
A challenge for any gravel cyclist. 50% gravel.
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.
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 Provided
Carbondale and Fountain SAGs Close
Cicott SAG Closes
Event Cut-Off and Post-Ride Meal Ends
3 Fully Stocked SAGs
Tasty treats and refreshing beverages to fuel your most epic adventure
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
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