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Parke County Covered Bridge Bike Tour
An annual fund raising event to support Billie Creek Village since 1980.
Late registration and pre-registered check-ins should check in at the General Store at Billie Creek Village on May 7th, 2011 from 8:00 am. to Noon in order to receive their tour packets. Billie Creek Village is located 1 mile east of Rockville, Indiana on U.S.36 and 52.miles west of Indianapolis.
Entry fee before April 30th, is $25.00 per rider and includes a lunch at the village. Registration at Billie Creek Village the day of the ride is $30.00 per rider and still includes the lunch. The Parke County Covered Bridge Bike Tour is always held on the first Saturday in May and will originate at Billie Creek Village. The distances are still being determined as road conditions change. New staffing and permanent route signage may allow the addition of more Parke County routes. The two standard routes are both 25 miles with differing terrain. A third optional and un patrolled route is simply a leg added to the south route that adds about fifteen miles to it. This year that may change to include SAG attention. We will update as things progress.
Parke County offers the chance to enjoy the simple pleasure of dogwood and redbud trees bursting with blooms, as well as clear streams gurgling through the hills and miles of scenic countryside toured by bicycles. Most importantly, the county boasts of 31 Covered Bridges. More than any other county in the United States. Parke County is the home of the world-famous Covered Bridge Festival every October.
The Tour courses range from fairly flat to rolling with several substantial climbs. The roads are paved with some areas being recently paved. One route tours scenic northwestern Parke County and is a 15-mile level ride for the novice rider. Another route tours southwestern Parke County and goes through the village of Bridgeton, home to the world's newest covered bridge. An optional leg of this route tours scenic southeastern Parke County and includes Mansfield. Another route takes the rider from Billie Creek Village to the Nattows covered bridge located at the eastern edge of Turkey Run State Park Riders are welcome to ride any or all of the routes. Each of the routes either crosses or passes several of Parke County's famous covered bridges on county roads. Single file traffic is recommend for your safety and there will be rest stops and SAG vehicles are available on all routes.
The Tour will start at 8:00 a.m. although riders may start at their leisure. The SAG vehicles and rest stops will run between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A portion of each registration fee will be donated to the Billie Creek Village Fund and the Indiana Bicycle Coalition, Inc.
THE CUSTOM DESIGNED 2010 COVERED BRIDGE BIKE TOUR T-SHIRT
T-shirts will be available for the special pre order price of $12.00. A limited
number of these shirts will be sold on tour day for $15.00 each. Save $3.00 by pre
ordering your shirts now!
T-shirt sizes: Youth Small Medium Large
Adult Small Medium Large XLarge
Please add $2.00 for XXL and XXXL sized shirts.