Logistics for 62-mile Riders

Congratulations! If you’re visiting this page, it likely means you’ve signed up, or are thinking about registering for the Climate Cycle Ride to Recharge 62 Mile (aka Metric Century) Ride, beginning at Indiana Dunes State Park (IDSP) and culminating in Chicago.

This page will provide you with resources for getting to the starting line the evening before, or the morning of the 62 mile ride, and information about camping and area hotels near IDSP, a suggested packing list for the event and more!

Getting to Indiana

To help get you and your bike to the starting line, we’ve assembled the following optional travel packages. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve seats for yourself and any teammates early.

Sunset Package

  • Transportation for you and your bike on a passenger van departing TBD.
  • Catered pasta dinner on Saturday evening at IDSP with fellow riders.
  • Reservation at an IDSP campsite. You must provide your own tent.
  • Transportation to and from IDSP area hotel, should you opt to purchase a hotel room separately at a discounted rate from our Climate Cycle hotel block.
  • Secure transportation for your camping gear & belongings back to Downtown Chicago the morning of the 62 mile ride.
  • Breakfast at IDSP prior to the ride.

 

Sunrise Package

  • Transportation for yourself and your bike on a passenger van departing from TBD at 5:30 AM on event-day, a Sunday in 2014.  Meet us at the TBD
  • Breakfast at IDSP prior to the ride.


Getting to IDSP by car from Chicago?

Take South Lake Shore Drive/US-41 S, take the exit onto I-55 S toward St Louis/I-90/I-94. Take exit 293B for I-90 E/I-94 E toward Indiana. Merge onto Interstate 90 Express S/Interstate 94 Express S. Merge onto I-94 E (14.4 mi). Take the exit onto I-80 E/I-94 E toward Indiana, continue to follow I-94E (29.4 mi). Take exit 26B  to merge onto IN-49 N toward Indiana Dunes. Continue onto N 25E. Continue onto N CR-25 E. Continue onto N 25 E/N State Road 49. Arrive at IDSP.

GPS Address:  State of Indiana – Dunes State Park

North State Road 49

Chesterton, IN 46304

* Remember! If you are planning on getting to IDSP via car, you’ll need the assistance of a friend, as you’ll be biking to Chicago.

Climate Cycle Camping

If you plan on arriving at IDSP on Saturday evening WITHOUT the Climate Cycle Sunset package, and would like to camp, join us for a pasta dinner, and breakfast on Sunday morning, you may purchase a discounted campsite through us, for $25.

Climate Cycle Camping includes:

  • Catered pasta dinner on Saturday evening at IDSP with fellow riders.
  • Reservation at an IDSP campsite. You must provide your own tent.
  • Entry parking pass for your vehicle (if applicable).
  • Secure transportation for your camping gear & belongings back to Downtown Chicago (exact location TBD) the morning of the ride.
  • Breakfast at IDSP prior to the ride.

*Note: Please make sure to purchase this camping package through Climate Cycle directly, as IDSP has waived their two-night camping minimum for our block.

 

Climate Cycle Hotels

Each year we reserve a limited number of hotel rooms. If you plan to stay in a designated Climate Cycle Hotel Block, we can assist in getting you to and from IDSP with Climate Cycle Transportation.

 

Gear Check

Coming with gear? Have no fear! Any gear you bring with you to IDSP that you do not wish to ride with – camping tents, toiletries, overnight bags, your non-cycling shoes – can be checked with Climate Cycle event staff in Indiana and transported to the finish line in Chicago.

*Note: All gear being checked is limited to ONE “unit” per person. Please bring a bag large enough to fill everything we’ll be checking on your behalf.

Suggested Packing List

Be prepared for any weather this time of year, especially if you’re camping!

We recommend: Bike shoes, extra shoes- sneakers, boots, shower thongs, bug spray, flashlight w/ batteries, rain coat/poncho, sunscreen, socks, moisture wicking cycling shirt, cycling shorts, sweatshirt, jacket, sleepwear, camping equipment- tent (and all its parts), sleeping bag and pillow, air mattress with pump, personal toiletries/ medications, snacks, towels and shower items. Personal trash and recycling bags. Showers and full restrooms will be available at the campsite.

*Note: We will have water, basic first aid and bicycle repair on site, in addition to dinner Saturday evening and breakfast (with coffee!) on Sunday morning.

Useful Links

Indiana Dunes Weather

Indiana Department of Natural Resources