In September of 2010, Dr. William Rauh and eight of his friends spent the day honoring his 50th birthday by riding the 92 miles that would later become known as the Wabash County Dam to Dam Century Ride (D2D). On September 12, 2021, the now professionally organized event will celebrate its 12th birthday and is planning for record breaking attendance.
The D2D is not a race, but a bike tour with a focus on spending time with friends, sharing food, and enjoying the rural beauty of Wabash County during the changing of the seasons. This is why the event has grown from 9 riders to nearly 1,000 in just over a decade. At the most basic grassroots level, the D2D was founded on the love of cycling.
One particular cyclist from the inaugural ride in 2010 was Parker Beauchamp, CEO of INGUARD, who has since committed to supporting the event at the title sponsorship level. “The cool thing about the Dam to Dam is that it hasn’t strayed much from its original experience; show up, ride for fun,” said Beauchamp. “I guess I’m just partial to it because that’s how it was the first day; no fuss, just show up, make it happen, laugh lots. 12 years later…boom! People from all over the country are flying in to ride.”
Rated as the premier cycling event, the D2D ride is designed for cyclists by cyclists, with a committee spending countless hours holding the event to the highest standards. Hundreds of local community volunteers come together to serve as ambassadors for Wabash County. These volunteers can be found at the multiple catered SAG stops that are available throughout each of the bike routes and try to anticipate every rider’s need. D2D is geared toward being a day where cyclists of all riding levels can choose from a variety of route lengths, starting at 15 miles and topping off with an ultra-distance of 150 miles.
Offering a speedy check-in process, breakfast, lunch and a free commemorative t-shirt, ride organizers are determined to keep the price point affordable, thanks to very generous sponsors, like INGUARD. “Children 18 years and younger always ride for free and our Early Bird Registration is only $40,” said Katie Jones event director for the D2D. “Everything in life comes down to building genuine relationships. I feel like I know every rider. I want them to make an entire weekend of their visit and enjoy our awesome community. I value that connection.”
Cycling has exploded, especially during an unprecedented year where outdoor sports and recreation has ballooned. “When I think back to when this all started, with a few friends celebrating my birthday, and then see where the Wabash County Dam to Dam Century Ride is today, I can hardly believe it,” shared Rauh. “2021 is going to be the best yet, I can feel it.”
Early Bird Registration and pricing ($40 per person) runs through May 31st. Pricing will increase starting June 1st. Register online now at VisitWabashCounty.com/dam-to-dam.
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