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Arriving at the Start of the Event

Driving to the Start of the EventRiding to the Start of the EventStarting from Chicago
Other Transportation Means to Hammond


Driving to the Start of the Event
Most participants either drive to Hammond and park their cars there for the day or get dropped off there by friends or family.

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Riding to the Start of the Event

If you do not have a car or another way to get to Hammond and you don't want to start your ride from Chicago, you can still arrive there by riding your bike.

Morning of the Event
We will support riding to the starting location from the Hammond Hotel and the 95th/Dan Ryan St. CTA L Train Station the morning of the event.

If you encounter a problem that requires SAG vehicle support while riding to the starting location we will not be able to come to your location and assist you until after the group departure from Hammond at 7:15 am.

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Day Before the Event
We will support riding to the Hammond Hotel from the 95th/Dan Ryan St. CTA L Train Station and rest stop 1 in downtown Chicago the day before the event.

  • Click Here for more information about riding to the Hammond hotel the day before the event.

Personal Baggage Transportation
If you will be riding to the starting location and you want to bring a personal bag with you, you will need to carry it with you yourself on your bike since we will not be providing any baggage transportation service before the event. We recommend using panniers or a small backpack since it may not be easy to carry another type of bag such as a duffel bag while riding on your bike.

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Navigation
If you will be riding to the starting location you will need to download and print the appropriate cue sheets and maps (and GPS route dataset files if applicable) yourself since we will not be able to distribute printed copies of them to you before the event. You will also need to use them exclusively for navigation since the routes to the starting location will not be marked with painted signage on the road.

Starting from Chicago
If you do not want to ride to the start in Hammond you can also start your ride directly from Rest Stop 1 in Chicago.

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Other Transportation Means to Hammond
Even though there are several other transportation options for you to travel from Chicago to Hammond, none fit within the logistics of the event as well as driving or riding to Hammond yourself.

Riding from Rest Stop 1 to the Starting Location the Day of the Event
We cannot support riding from rest stop 1 to the starting location the morning of the event because the distance is too far. In order to arrive at the starting location by 7:00 am all riders would need to average about 19 mph, which very few riders could do.

Riding to Hammond After the End of the Event
We cannot support riding to Hammond after the end of the event because it will be close to or after sunset when we arrive back in downtown Chicago as part of our return transportation service from Kenosha. As a result if you rode back to Hammond it would definitely be dark by the time you arrived there, which we cannot support.

  • Click Here for more information about riding at night.

Metra Electric District Trains
Only 8 bikes are allowed per train and if we planned on participants arriving at the start from Chicago by taking the Metra Electric District train, there would be a significant risk that many participants would not be able to transport their bicycle on the train.

  • Click Here for more information about Metra trains including important information about bicycle limits aboard each train.

In addition, the closest Metra Electric District train station to the starting location is the 93rd St. (South Chicago) station, which is still a 6.8 mile ride to the starting location. On Saturdays the earliest train arrives at 7:05 am, and you would not be able to ride to the starting location by the group departure time. On Sundays the earliest train arrives before sunrise at 5:37 am so you would not be able to avoid riding in the dark, and the next train arrives there at 7:37 am - after our group departure time.

Amtrak Trains
Even though the Hammond Amtrak train station is relatively close to our starting location, fully assembled bikes are not allowed on the train. The train also arrives in Hammond at 7:29 am, after our group departure time.

South Shore Line Trains
Fully assembled bicycles are not allowed on the train. In addition, the earliest train from Chicago arrives at the Hammond station (the closest one to our

Charter Bus from Downtown Chicago to Hammond
Unfortunately we will not be able to run a charter bus from Chicago to Hammond the morning of the event because we simply won't have enough time to load and unload bikes so that people to be ready to depart by the group departure time.

We also cannot run a charter bus the day before the event because we do not anticipate having enough participants to justify hiring a one at this time.

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