Bicyclists from around the Midwest are planning their summer rides for the coming year, including the 2022 Dust Bowl 100. What's that, you say? Well, the Dust Bowl 100 is Indiana's only gravel century ride, held in Morgan and Putnam Counties. Participants can choose from three route lengths - each featuring beautiful scenery, gravel roads, historic bridges, offroad adventure and unforgettable memories. Ride lengths are 44 miles, 80 miles or 100 miles. This year's ride is set to take place on Saturday, July 23.
Headquarters for the event is Eminence High School in Eminence, Indiana. Eminence is conveniently located in northwest Morgan County, just seven minutes off Interstate 70 and only 30 minutes west of downtown Indianapolis. Rider perks at this event include pre-race donuts, a post-race meal, bike wash station and of course, cool swag, including a t-shirt, event photos and more. The ride itself features chip timing, fully stocked SAG stops, signage at key turns and SAG bag service. New this year is a category for tandem riders!
Registration for this epic ride opens at 8 am on January 1, and riders do not waste any time in securing their spots, so be sure to get yours saved. Last year's race included a full field of 400 riders from 18 different states, with participants as far away as Florida, Minnesota and Maryland. Don't delay - ride organizers have expanded the event's capacity, but registration are capped at 600 participants, so if you think you'd like to be a part of this year's Dust Bowl 100, get that registration confirmed ASAP!
Participants will enjoy traversing the wide open farm fields, century-old bridges, and wooded creek valleys of west-central Indiana. This scenic journey is undertaken on some of the Midwest's finest gravel roads. The event is meant to be a challenging race for those who want to push themselves to see how quickly they can conquer all that the unique route throws at them... but, it's also meant to be a rewarding and memorable experience for those what just want to unplug from their busy everyday lives and explore backroads that will refresh the soul. No matter if you choose to race, ride or cruise, this event is for you.
Come get dusty in Morgan County!
Testimonials from past participants in the Dust Bowl 100 event:
"There was more shade than we usually get here in Indiana! The sections through the woods were a very welcome break from the sun. It was rolling enough to be scenic and challenging, but not so much that it was intimidating." — Shanelle, Lebanon (IN)
"You truly have the best gravel we've ever ridden and it's so well maintained...We'll be back for sure." — Keith, Bloomington (IL)
"It was a beautiful course - plenty of hills and mixed with the right amount of road for a little recovery time." — Scott, Avon (IN)
"Appropriate mix of gravel and pavement. Typically, I do not like pavement with my gravel bike. However, I quickly found that if on pavement, gravel was right around the corner...well done in routing the course." — Katie, Westfield (IN)
The Dust Bowl 100 is an Elevate Endurance LLC event. Elevate Endurance was launched in 2020 by Marc O'Leary with the goal of elevating the central Indiana cycling community through new and unique bike racing opportunities.