Central Indiana Bicycling Association

CIBA News blog

  • Mon, August 07, 2017 8:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Whew! There were some hot ones towards the end of July! It made it very clear that we have had a very mild and enjoyable summer! I hope everything in your world is as smooth as the new road I experienced on my commute in last week! I had an awesome Dad and Kids camping outing which has been going on for 12 years now. One of the Dads made an awesome tagline. "Danger Dads... No Moms, No Rules, Don't Tell. It's exciting and rewarding that the kids still get excited about this annual trip. Having that break brought a newfound desire to put more time into riding and the gym. My mind is fresh and happy and my body is saying "What's happening!!" It's not all that bad though and my body is coming back around fast. Enough about me. You didn't come to read about me right?! So let's talk about some CIBA Happenings...

    I'm looking forward to crashing the CIBA women's Mountain Bike Ride at Fort Ben next Wednesday. Our ride leader Kate is fantastic, providing a no judge super friendly atmosphere. It's a new category this year but she's already pulling in up to 15 women each week!

    In August we have a couple of big events to think about and partake in. The first which is on the horizon is the Indiana State Fair. For the 17th year, CIBA will partner with Pedal & Park to support bicyclists attending the fair. Our volunteers expect to park ~2000 bicycles over the 16-day event. With great weather like we are having right now, there's a good shot we will beat that number! I'm looking forward to signing up for a few shifts and hope to see you there too!

    Next up is our support of the Mass Avenue Criterium. We'll be there hosting a CIBA ride lead by Howard Cohen before the races. Check out the calendar for more information. We will also be hosting a CIBA tent a the Criterium. We'll be looking for people to host the tent and share information about CIBA. It's a great event to chitchat with people and take in a great view of the race!

    Although not in August, It's still important to start thinking about the Hilly Hundred. This year will mark the 50th Hilly! There are many exciting aspects this year but in my mind, one of the most exciting is the return across I69! You still have plenty of time to prepare with CIBA rides taking place almost every day of every week! Check left of the blog for the ride schedule. Most important the Hilly Hundred is not a race. With rest stops a-plenty it's meant as a ride to enjoy nature and each other. If 50 miles per day worries is a bit much we will also have a 30 mile per day options. You could also snag one of those volunteer spots where you can work one day and ride one day too so keep that in mind. Make sure to follow CIBA and Hilly Hundred on your favorite social media platform to get the latest info. I volunteer for Hilly whenever I am in town for the event. I've only worked day of registration so I can't speak to other slots but I've always had a fun time.

    So plenty of fun activities coming up watch your email and the news blot as things develop!

    Have a wonderful month of riding!


    For past blogs go Here

  • Sat, August 05, 2017 8:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Hi everyone!

    We will be downtown this weekend supporting The Cultural Trail & Mass Ave Criterium through our morning Kick Off Ride hosted by Howard Cohen.  We will then be hosting a tent sharing information about CIBA and CIBA Foundation at the races.  Consider hanging out with us at the tent to promote the club and watch the excitement!  If the sign up is full don't let that stop you we will make room :)

    Sign up here!



  • Thu, August 03, 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous


    The Indiana State Fair is almost here!!!

    CIBA will be supporting the bicycling community through our partnership with Pedal & Park for the 17th Year.  This is one of the most productive Pedal & Park events in which 2000+ bikes will be parked over 16 days! This will take place at Boulevard Station (38th and Monon Trail).  We have a number of shifts available for parking as well as set up and tear down.  In return for your help to support commuting by bicycle, vouchers for free entrance to the fair will be provided!

    Thank you in advance for all your help and support! Contact Alan Rainey ajrainey@att.netfor additional questions.

    View Shifts and Sign Up Here

  • Sat, July 29, 2017 6:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Saturday will be the annual Club Ride and Picnic at Southeastway Park.  We hope you can join us riding is not necessary!  Below is some final information you might find useful.  Full Ride info can be found Here

    1) The ride is offered as a public service and we welcome all, however the picnic is reserved for paid members.

    2) Please RSVP to Denise at ottrottrider@indy.rr.com or 1-317-345-8074 so we can get the food right.  Meat and drinks will be provided members are asked to bring a dish to pass.

    3) Lunch starts at noon so if you are unable to ride but would like to socialize please come!

    4) If you have placed a CIBA Store order up to this Friday, July 28th or if you have earned 500 in May award you will be able to pick them up!

    5) If you are unsure of your riding abilities please join us for the short route.  Our ride guides on hand to guarantee that you have a great ride experience.  If you are not ready please come to the picnic and let us know how we can help you get riding in the near future!

    6) Board and pillar members will be in attendance to address your comments and questions. 

    Thank you so much for your help and support!  

    See you Saturday!

    Jason Ochoada

  • Wed, July 26, 2017 7:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to our new (and existing) members this month for all your help and support.  Please welcome them when you see them on a ride

    Doreen Bahus                               Bob Lumaye

    David Beuke                                  Chris Mahin

    Christina Bredhold                       Kit Martin & Family Mary & Dan Craft & Family        John McLain

    Sarah Evanson & Family            Michael Method & Family Richard Forsythe  Eric Moody

    Shelby Gibbs                                 Thomas Ordway

    Margo Golden & Family             Michael Parker & Family Derek Groves          Shellie Rich & Family Allen Hackney & Family                                            Steve Roy

    Michael Hancock                         Stephen Smith & Family

    Karl Kelb                                        Amy Snyder

    Matt Kelsay                                   Heidi Sturgeon

    Sara Konrath                                 Peter Van Dyk David Kroll

    Rosalind Leaming & Family

  • Wed, July 26, 2017 6:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are seeking nominations for the election of CIBA officers and board members for 2018. This election is in November with the final vote count occurring November 11, 2017. The President, Vice- President, Secretary, and Treasurer are elected for one-year terms. This year, Four board positions are open. Three of the board positions are for a three-year term and one is a two-year term.

    Board members should attend monthly board meetings, we ask that no more than 3 meetings are missed in a year.

    In addition officers and board should:

    • Maintain annual membership
    • Support the Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals of CIBA
    • Provide her/his expertise to at least one of CIBA’s pillars during each elected term
    • Assist CIBA’s Board in communicating CIBA’s role for the benefit of CIBA
    • Attend, take part, and volunteer at CIBA events when possible.

    If you or someone you know is interested, please contact this year’s nominating committee:

    Alan Rainey (ajrainey@att.net)

    Cheryl Sunman (csunman@comcast.net)

    Marc Walter (smarcwalter@gmail.com)

    You may also contact any of the current officers or board. The ballot will be published in the October and November issues of CIBANEWS. We also plan to offer electronic voting. This is a great opportunity to impact on cycling in Central Indiana.

  • Sat, July 08, 2017 5:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bicycle racers and spectators at the IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival were the backdrops for a smaller event that promises big results. Young bicyclists lined up to receive free bicycle helmets, custom-fit by volunteers from CIBA and IU Emergency Medicine Advocacy volunteers. In partnership with the CIBA Foundation’s support as a Silver Sponsor of the event, the Indy Criterium purchased 200 youth helmets for distribution that day and there was no shortage of eager recipients.


    Ciba Member Jerry Atchley fits a todler with a free new helmet, funded by the CIBA Foundation, at the Indy Criterium.

    Three siblings show off their newly decorated helmets after being fitted by CIBA members at the Indy Criterium.

    Lucy Mann celebrates her new helmet!

    CIBA members Steve Smith and John South fit young cyclists with new helmets!

  • Wed, May 17, 2017 10:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are proud to be working with IndyCog and the many awesome sponsors to provide an excellent bike to work experience this friday!

    All the info you need here!

    Head straight to the specific trains here!

    Activities for the day include free all day bike parking, free breakfast, and the chance to learn more about resources for bike commuters and bike safety.

    Bike to Work Day Timeline (times and events subject to change)
    • 5:45- 6:45 AM | Bike Trains depart from various starting locations across the region to ride downtown

    • 7:00AM | Bike Hub and East Market Plaza/Market St. opens to bicycle commuters

    • Temporary parking by Pedal &Park, complimentary breakfast by Green Bean Delivery, Whole Foods Market, and coffee served by Tinker Street Coffee

    • All day bike parking (showers & lockers incl.) is available in the Indy Bike Hub YMCA

    • 7:30AM | Comments by representatives from the Indianapolis cycling community, including IndyCog Executive Director, Damon Richards

    • 7:45AM | Comments by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett

    • 9:00AM | Festivities in East Market Plaza conclude and temporary outdoor bike parking ends 

    • Noon | Free bike commuter lunch and learn at the Indy Bike Hub YMCA. 

    • 4:30PM to 6:30PM | Bike trains depart for home (Meet in front of Indy Bike Hub YMCA)

    • 7:00PM | All-day parking expires at the Indy Bike Hub YMCA

  • Sat, May 06, 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CIBA Weekend Rides for Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7 have been re-scheduled to later start times.

    May Madness has been re-scheduled to start at 2 p.m on Saturday, May 6 (tomorrow).

    The ride start location remains the same: Family Leisure, Oaklandon Commons, 11811 Pendleton Pike, Indianapolis, IN 46236

    Tour of Three Counties has been re-scheduled to start at 12 p.m. (Noon) on Sunday, May 7.

    That ride start is at Fishback Public Academy - 8301 W. 86th St., Indianapolis.

    See the ride calendar schedule at CIBAride.org.

    Any further changes will be announced at the CIBA Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/9399031404

  • Tue, May 02, 2017 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    Working with IndyCog.org, CIBA and Indy Bike Trains are organizing a series of group rides, or bike trains, downtown on Bike To Work Day. 

    Never ridden your bike to work? These trains are a great opportunity to get your feet wet with a group of other riders. 

    To view information about the start locations of the ride trains, distances, departures times and ride leader contact information, click here.

    Please note, some rides DO NOT have a group return ride at the end of the day, so please plan accordingly!

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