By The Paper staff
Early bird registration opens at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 1, the 8th Annual Dam to Dam Wabash County Century Ride, presented by Parkview Wabash Hospital.
The early bird registration fee is $35 from now until May 31 with the price increasing to $45 beginning June 1. Registration is available online, in person or over the phone.
Registration includes a free breakfast hosted by the Rock City Bike Club and Visit Wabash County, a free lunch hosted by Miller’s Merry Manor and a free commemorative T-shirt. Limited edition short-sleeved jerseys and long sleeved T-shirts will be available for purchase on the event’s website, visitwabashcounty.com/centuryride.
In 2016 the Dam to Dam attracted 600 cyclists to Wabash County from 12 different states across the U.S.
“The D2D showcases the entire county,” said Christine Flohr, director of tourism for Visit Wabash County and organizing liaison for the event. “The routes are designed to highlight the rural beauty and authentic history of Wabash County and its towns.”
The ride is designed to take riders over the Salamonie and Mississinewa Dam and around the Stockdale Dam. Riders experience 16 points of historic interest throughout the county. All of the routes are designed to showcase all of Wabash County during the changing of the season.
Participants have the option of choosing among five different route lengths: 100 (century), 62 (metric century), 50 (half century), 30 and 15 mile routes. Along each route the event provides what is known as S.A.G. or Supplies and Gear stops which offer riders water, high protein, easily digestible foods and restroom facilities. The average century route riders burns nearly 4,500 calories during the course of the ride.
Proceeds from the event are earmarked for upkeep of the signage along the Wabash County Bike Route, promoting and marketing Wabash County as an outdoor sports, recreation and fitness destination and overseeing the advancement of the event each year. The Dam to Dam Century Ride is organized in partnership between the Rock City Bike Club and Visit Wabash County.
“The team at Visit Wabash County is beyond excited to once again connect out of town guests to our entire county,” said Flohr. “This entire event is made possible by the extremely generous gifts we receive from so many gracious sponsors. We are truly grateful for their support.”