RAINSTORM™ offers an intensive week of cycling for riders preferring longer distances. Each day's route is approximately 100 miles, and there are no layover days.
RAINSTORM™ travels over hard-surfaced back roads in southern Indiana. Terrain ranges from rolling to hilly; expect to be challenged. Lodging in Indiana State Park inns (three nights) and nice hotels (two nights) is included in the tour fee. All accommodations offer comfortable beds, air conditioning, and free WiFi.
Bruce Noah, who has participated in every RAINSTORM since the beginning, shares his thoughts on RAINSTORM™ in Adventure Cycling.
Read a blog about RAINSTORM™ 2012.
Four breakfasts and three dinners are included; menus are carefully planned for sound nutrition and variety, and include options for vegetarian and diabetic participants. At the Indiana State Park Inns, buffets are served in the inn dining rooms. Dinners in Bloomington and Terre Haute (carbo loading the night before RAIN™) are on your own. There is also an option pre-event dinner Sunday evening before the tour; details are in the RAINSTORM newsletter.
Monday Century: Richmond to Brown County State Park. (113 miles) Overnight and dinner buffet at Abe Martin Lodge.
Tuesday Century: Brown County State Park to Clifty Falls State Park (100 miles). Breakfast buffet at Abe Martin Lodge; dinner buffet and overnight at Clifty Inn.
Wednesday Century: Clifty Falls State Park to Spring Mill State Park. (105 miles) Breakfast buffet at Clifty Inn; dinner buffet & overnight at Spring Mill Inn.
Thursday Century: Spring Mill State Park to Bloomington. (100 miles with metric option) Breakfast buffet at Spring Mill Inn; overnight at the Courtyard Marriott in Bloomington, with dinner on your own in town. A restaurant list is provided.
Friday Century: Bloomington to Terre Haute. (100 miles) Breakfast buffet at Courtyard Marriott; overnight at Drury Inn in Terre Haute, with dinner on your own.
Saturday (160 miles): Join the RAIN™ Ride: Terre Haute to Richmond. Breakfast at Drury Inn.
|RAINSTORM™ 2016 Rates (2017 TBA)|
|Single Occupancy Room*||$1,700||$1,600|
|Double Occupancy Room||$1,350/rider||$1,250/driver|
Your RAINSTORM™ registration fee includes:
You may bring your own registered SAG driver and vehicle on the tour. All personal SAGs must follow the conduct expected on the RAIN™ ride: no hand-offs to cyclists from moving vehicles will be allowed. Any SAG driver or cyclist engaging in reckless behavior will be excused from the tour without a refund.
Minors (anyone under the age of 18 years) must be accompanied by a supervising, registered adult, and that adult must be identified on the minor's registration form.
Registration for 2017 will open January 1 and close Monday, May 8, 2017.
We have a very large number of repeat riders expected to return in 2017. Register early! A maximum of 60 people may participate. We reserve the right to cancel the tour and refund your entry fee in full if fewer than 25 people register.
A 2017 STORM jersey is included in your registration fee. The jersey will be offered in a unisex club cut with a full zipper.
Please read our cancellation policy carefully:
All cancellations must be received in writing (see Contact Us for assistance) and received by the specified date. Cancellations are subject to a $150.00/person fee; the remainder of your payment will be refunded. No refunds will be given for any reason after the closing date.
We urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance in case you are forced to withdraw from the tour after the closing date. Trip cancellation insurance is available by visiting McKay Insurance or calling 800.942.0283. Our participants who have used this insurance find it very reasonable in cost.
Confirmation postcards will be mailed. Packets will be available at our host hotel the evening before the ride, and at Earlham College the morning of the ride.
"What makes [RAINSTORM] so special is that when you're done riding, your accommodations are first class...a nice soft bed, good food and a wonderful massage."- M. Leibfried, Minnesota
"Just wanted to say I had the best time on this ride, thanks to new friends and great organization by Kathy and Mark."- J. Mangano, Ohio
"I wanted to thank you for putting together a great tour. It was challenging, fun and right on the mark in so many ways."- J.J.W. Guanci III, Illinois
"The STORM was the best time I've had on a bike in years."-K. Knipp
"I really enjoyed RAINSTORM and feel like it...forced me to be in the best shape I've ever been."- L. Hiltz, Ohio