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Bicycle Riders Return To Hills Of Southern Indiana; Travel Through Owen On Saturday

by Steve Sturgeon
The Ellettsville Journal

This year, the Hilly Hundred returns to a 55.7 mile route that takes riders from Ellettsville to Spencer and, once again, through downtown Stinesville with a few hills and very scenic views. (Courtesy Photo) This year, the Hilly Hundred returns to a 55.7 mile route that takes riders from Ellettsville to Spencer and, once again, through downtown Stinesville with a few hills and very scenic views. (Courtesy Photo) Thousands of bicyclists will converge in Ellettsville this weekend as the Edgewood campus once again hosts the annual Hilly Hundred, October 18, 19 and 20.

Bikers from all over the country will begin arriving Friday and will be riding through scenic areas of Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties on a pair of tours both Saturday and Sunday.

“The Hilly Hundred is a great event that the school community is again excited to be a part of,” Richland-Bean Blossom (R-BB) Community Schools Superintendent Mike Wilcox said. “This being my first year at R-BB, I’m looking forward to seeing all the participants and fans and sharing all the great things that are going on at our schools. Great events like this give us a chance to make a positive impression on those who have traveled from afar, who previously had little knowledge about our schools and community.”

Indiana hosts hundreds of bicycle tours each year, but the Central Indiana Bicycling Association’s Hilly Hundred is the largest with around 5,000 riders and volunteers participating annually.

The Saturday route has trended toward better and less traveled county roads. This year, the Hilly returns to a 55.7 mile route that takes riders to Spencer and, once again, through downtown Stinesville with a few hills and very scenic views.

On Sunday, riders will head out toward perennial favorite Morgan- Monroe State Forest and the Hilly’s legendary “bragging” hill, Mt. Tabor. The shorter 43-mile route was initiated in 2012. Maps of both routes accompany this article.

Meals will be offered for purchase on Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, prepared by Edgewood High School (EHS) booster groups.

EHS Principal Dirk Ackerman serves as the Hilly Hundred Facilities Director.

“Our relationship with the Hilly has been great,” Ackerman said. “It’s also been a great source of income for the Edgewood music groups, the athletic department and others like the National Honor Society and robotics team.”

The Hilly Hundred Riders will start and finish from the headquarters at Edgewood High School. They will begin their rides between 8:00 and 10:00 on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Skip Higgins, the Hilly Hundred’s managing director, expects this weekend to be “the best ever” for the annual event.

“The Hilly staff works hard to make all of this happen,” Higgins said. “It’s a legendary event. Each person describes it in a little bit different way. It’s copied and emulated throughout the land.”

As of Tuesday, the weather conditions in this area for the weekend are expected to provide crisp fall conditions, but no chance of rain.

Friday’s forecast called for partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 60s and lows in the 40s. Saturday’s first ride should see partly cloudy skies with a high of 61 and a low of 38. Sunday is expected to be sunny with a high of 58 and a low of 38.

“The Hilly is traditionally the last big bike event of the year,” Higgins noted. “We work hard to prepare for a challenge that we can savor when it’s over. It’s a cycling tradition like no other.”

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