The Pumpkinvine Bike Ride is Back!
June 18, 2022
22, 36 & 50 mile routes available, with SAG stops along the way.
Check-in begins at 7am at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds - Gate 1
Address: 17746 CR 34 Goshen, IN 46528
We're also looking for passionate people to help us make this day a success! Click the link below to volunteer on the day of, or leading up to the Ride.
- Brakes, gears, cables
- Wheels – wheels, tire pressure, spokes, axles
- Handlebars, seat
- Water bottle, water reservoir pack
- Bike lights
- Bike bag: tools, spare tires, small bike air pump, plastic bag, rag snacks
Clothing & Protection
- Extra change of clothes for after the ride, especially socks
- Check the weather – we’ll still have the ride in a light rain
- Light windbreaker or rain jacket
- Biking shorts, shirt
- Helmet, biking gloves
- Sunglasses, sunscreen
Energy & Hydration
- Snacks – extra snacks for between SAGs
- Plastic bag to keep your snack trash from gunking up your pockets
- Check all gear and go for a 10+ mile bike ride 2-4 weeks before the ride.
- A parent or legal guardian must sign for and accompany children age 17-and-under.
- All riders must wear helmets. A CPSC or SNELL approved or equivalent helmet must be worn by all bicyclists.
- All riders are required to respect traffic signs and rules of the Pumpkinvine Nature trail and public highways.
- There will be two-way traffic on the trail so try to stay to the right so faster riders or on-coming riders can pass safely.
- Be attentive. There may be others on the trail (bikers/pedestrians/families) who are not taking part in the PBR. They may not be aware of our rules.
- This is a family-friendly ride and not a race. We reserve the right to ban without refund anyone who behaves dangerously, obscenely or rudely.
Equipment, Repairs, Clothing
- Your bicycle must be in good repair. Bring extra tubes, air pump, tire repair kit, tools, etc.
- A roving sag will perform emergency repairs.
- Temperatures are normally moderate in June but be prepared for anything from chilly to hot. Rain gear may also be needed.
Assumptions For All Riders
- can be flexible when it comes to routes.
- Routes could change the day of the ride if there was a recent storm or major changes to road or trail conditions.
- have recently ridden your bike at least 75% of the distance you plan to ride.
- When you ride this distance you discover the condition of your bike, your body and your gear.
- know basic biking rules, like ride on the right, pass on the left, use a bell or sound to alert people when you are advancing from behind.
- are able to be aware of path hazards and of others on the path.
- will bring a good water supply and a “just-in-case” snack.
- Water bottles or bladders, like Camelbaks, are a must. Avoid dehydration or becoming peckish as it is difficult to recover while riding.
- know road biking rules, like no more than 2 abreast
- understand that road budgets are limited, therefore county roads can seem rough, have potholes and gravel/road hazards may exist if you choose to ride on road routes
- This is why trails, like the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, are so important. We need safer and smoother options for recreational and commuter rides.
- know that wind and hills can build character or be a blessing.