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With a brief exception in the deepest of winter months, cycling doesn’t take a break in South Central Indiana. And, it must be said, fall is a most opportune time to cycle around the area.

In addition to recurring rides such as Columbus Women’s Ride, Full Moon Rides, Columbus Regional Health Rides and the Breakfast Club ride (visit columbike.com for more information on each), there are annual rides that showcase the beauty of autumn in Bartholomew County.

Here’s a look forward at cycling events set for this fall in the region.

Hope Ride

What: This 27-year-old ride takes place in and around Hope with five different routes for all skill levels.

When: Sept. 20

Where: Hope

Information:

hoperide.org

Hassmer Fest

What: Featuring live music and trail riding, this 10-year-old ride also includes camping.

When: Sept. 26 to 28

Where: Versailles State Park

Information: Search Hassmer Fest on Facebook

Panting Deer

Enduro Series:

Valley Branch

What: In Round 3 of this ongoing challenge series, this segment features riding on one of the original trail systems in southern Indiana.

When: Sept. 28

Where: Valley Branch Retreat, Nashville

Information:

pantingdeer.com

Columbus Fall Color Tour — CIBA Grand

Touring Ride

What: Columbus’ bright fall foliage shines during this 36-mile or 50-mile ride.

When: Oct. 4

Where: Starts in Columbus

Information: rsdesign.info/grand_touring_rides.html

Harvest Bicycle Boogie

What: Choose from a

12-mile or 30-mile ride, with stops at Simmons Winery for tastings.

When: Oct. 4

Where: Columbus

Information: thebicyclestation.com

HMBA Brown

County EPIC Weekend

What: Formerly known as Brown County Breakdown, this mountain bike festival will feature music, food, beer and bike demos. The ride features 25-mile, 50-mile, 75-mile or 100-mile options.

When: Oct. 10

Where: Nashville

Information: hmba.org/wp/brown-county-epic

Hilly Hundred

What: This three-day event features about 50 miles of riding each day.

When: Oct. 10 to 12

Where: Ellettsville

Information: hillyhundred.org

The BEARS Ride

What: Ride features a costume contest, bike-decoration contests and karaoke as well as 11-mile, 27-mile, 39-mile and 50-mile courses.

When: Oct. 11

Where: Shelbyville

Information: bearsride.org

— Compiled by Jenny Elig, jelig@therepublic.com

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