It all started when…
In 2008, a handful of us decided to ride bicycles to the opening Notre Dame football game to raise money for the kids of South Bend. Twelve years and hundreds of miles later, we are still making this annual trip. Friday, September 13th we will once again leave DuSable Harbor in downtown Chicago traveling along the Lake Michigan shore path through scenic northern Indiana finishing at the iconic Notre Dame stadium. This ride can be completed by all skill levels so make sure to bring your friends and family out for a fun day supporting a great cause.
AFTER THE RACE
There will be a welcome party where we will have the opportunity to meet benefactors of the ride. Join us for a celebration of the days accomplishments while learning from The Robinson Center’s very of FIRST Lego team on how your money is being put to work. Showers will be made available at Notre Dame's on campus rec center.
The fun continues for a sponsored pregame tailgate Saturday, September 14th.
If you choose to stay for the weekend, you are responsible for making your own housing and transportation arrangements.
NEED A RENTAL?
A big thank you to this year’s bike rental partners Bike and Roll Chicago and Bobby’s Bike Hike who are supporting this year’s event. You will contact them directly to make your individual arrangements for the ride. Hybrid bikes are not recommended. Rental bikes will be transported from these rental shops to the start line and returned following the ride.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do we bike on the shoulder of the tollway?
Not unless you decide to take a shortcut. The route consists of a combination of lakefront bike paths, back country roads, side streets in small towns like Gary, and a minimal amount of riding on a low traffic section of Route 20. The entire route is paved and the route will also be marked.
Can I use a mountain bike or hybrid bike?
We strongly recommend that you use a road bike. No one has completed the ride on a mountain bike. A hybrid bike is doable, but the ride will be much more difficult than on a road bike. You do have the option of training on those bikes and then renting a road bike for the event.
What support is provided during the ride?
There are official rest stops with water, gatorade, and snacks at mile 38 and 68. Sag wagons will be available for emergencies and support. Each rider will have his/her gear bag transported from the starting line to the finish line.
7am CST: Bike Ride Begins
Start at Randolph & Lake Shore Drive (on Lake Shore Path)
There are 2 garages within walking distance to starting line. Riders will receive a T-shirt and drawstring bag.
1st Rest Stop at Mile 38
Located at Portage/Ogden Dunes Train Station
At an average 7 hour pace 2 hours 45 minutes in
2nd Rest Stop at Mile 69
Located at 1105 E. 700N La Porte, IN 46350
At an average 7 hour pace 4 hours 50 minutes in
3rd Rest Stop at Mile 81
Located at Timothy Rd and Chicago Trail
5:45pm EST: Welcome Celebration at Notre Dame
Meet the LEGO FIRST Team from the Robinson Community Learning Center Team at Duncan Student Center.
9pm CST: Riders Return
A shuttle bus will pick up riders and return them to the starting point and garages in Chicago.