The Wabash River Cycle Club
& Lafayette Lions Club proudly present:
The 2022 Wabash River Ride - Gravel Ride
Saturday, August 27th
Starting from Fort Ouiatenon
3129 South River Road
West Lafayette, IN 47906
New Gravel Route option for the Wabash River Ride!
The new gravel routes for the Wabash River Ride allows for riders to chose from 37.5, 78.7 and 96.2 miles. All three options start from the ride start at Fort Ouiatenon, loop from the Cicott SAG stop, and converge at points with the paved routes of the Wabash River Ride. No matter the disance, the rider is sure to experience the varied terrain and surfaces that Tippecanoe, Warren and Fountain Counties have to offer.
The routes will course along the Wabash Valley and Big Pine Creek waterways and roll along the farmland that occupies what once was the high prairies of this region. Beautiful wildflower prairies, restored by NICHES Land Trust, line many of the roads, and the SAG Stops reside at historic landmarkers. The gravel roads are remote, with many rolling hills and several technical descents.
This route offers "faster" conditions but note that we recommend a minimum of 32mm tire width to accommodate for conditions that are typical of poorly maintained roads: chunky rocks, huge potholes, and mud. To maintain the organic spirit of the gravel scene, we will not offer mobile SAG vehicle support, so please be prepared to carry plenty of water & nutrition between fully stocked SAG locations, plus the necessary gear to fix unanticipated mechanical issues. This gravel route will not be marked, although GPS files will be posted, and a route map will be available at the registration table.
A bike computer with GPS navigation is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as we do not mark these routes.
WRR Gravel Route. - Short Course
36.5 miles, 1,000 feet of climbing.
Converges with Trading Post Loop & includes Cicott SAG stop.
Approx. 30% gravel, 2 technical descents. Good for beginner gravel riders.
WRR Gravel Route - Long Course
79 miles, 3,000 feet of elevation.
Approx. 55% gravel roads.
Has 3 stops at full stocked SAG supports (Cicott SAG, Carbondale SAG and Cicott SAG).
SAG Stops at miles: 19, 37 and 60. One freshwater spring at mile 31.
Shares several paved roads with Wabash River Ride road routes.
Shares start & end routes with Short Course (Red). Long Course miles extend west (Blue).
Good route for those wanting to test their endurance and skill.
Multiple technical descents. Multiple areas of exposure to elements (sunscreen recommended). Remote course.
WRR Gravel Route - Endurance Course
96 miles, 2,678 feet of elevation.
Approx. 50% gravel roads.
Converges with multiple fully stocked SAG supports along the route (Cicott, Fountain Church and Carbondale)
SAG stops at miles 19 (optional), 37.5, 54, and 78. Freshwater spring at mile 48.
Shares several routes with paved Wabash River Ride roads.
Shares start & end routes with Short Course (Red). Begins Endurance Course traveling south (Green) and reunites with Long Course (Blue).
Multiple technical descents, exposure to the elements, remote route and multiple types of gravel (packed limestone to sandy pea gravel).