DC Multisport is excited to host its inaugural Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo, a bicycling event designed to entertain all levels of bicyclists. This tour of Dubois and neighboring counties will be one to bring you back year after year to marvel at the rural landscapes, enjoy some of the smoothest county roads in the state, and partake in an abundance of FREE family-friendly activities to keep you entertained well into the evening.
The routes and distances are designed to be welcoming to novice cyclists and challenging for the experienced gearheads.
On Saturday, the multiple routes will cater to a variety of interests and abilities. One of the main features is a SAG stop at historic League Stadium and a pedal through the charming Victorian-styled business district in Huntingburg, Indiana. The long route briefly visits the city of Jasper, Indiana before turning southeast toward the small town of St. Anthony and putting your legs to the test on the increasingly difficult hills near the Ferdinand State Forest.
Following the Saturday ride, you and your family can enjoy the hugely popular Ferdinand Folk Fest held in beautiful 18th Street Park, just steps away from the start and end of the Fondo. Entertainment will begin at 11:00am and go until 9:00pm. Booths will display and sell local artists and artisans work, area gardeners and farmers will sell fresh produce and local organizations will sell food from 11:00am-6:30pm and fun activities for children will also be available throughout the day. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets and kick back for a relaxing afternoon in the park!
On Sunday, a single route option will take adventurous spirits past the stunning St. Meinrad Archabbey, over some leg burning hills to the hidden town of Bristow, Indiana past the Hoffman Mill Covered Bridge (stop for a minute to read the Historical marker), through the perpetually festive town of Santa Claus (home to Holiday World & Splashin Safari), and back to Ferdinand over lightly traveled undulating roads.
Three sag stops are positioned at convenient equipped, cycling-friendly locations along the routes both Saturday and Sunday.
Event schedule and times
Friday Packet Pick-up: 6:30pm-8:30pm on Monastery Grounds
Saturday Registration & Start: 8:00am-9:00am(Eastern Standard Time) at Monastery Immaculate Conception grounds
Sunday Start: 8:00am-9:00am(EST) at Monastery Immaculate Conception grounds
Course Closure-All riders must finish route by 4:00pm (EST) BOTH days.