Barring road issues (hey, we live in Michigan, it happens), we’ll follow the traditional 145ish mile ODRAM route from Montague Middle School across the state to Bay City State Recreation Area.
We will continue to offer lunch, finishing celebration picnic along Lake Huron and 2 SAG stops, as well as ride-eve packet pickup.
Proceeds from ODRAM will again benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Ride to Cure Program. Riders also have the option of raising funds for JDRF while earning free kit items. Click here for more details.
Looking for an easy way to connect with other ODRAM participants, find ride buddies, transportation to/from the start, and have questions answered from seasoned riders? Check out our new Facebook group - ODRAM Riders Hub.
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Some kind words from happy ODRAM veterans:
I thought doing ODRAM would be a one-time, check-it-off-my-list, been-there-done-that ride. Five months later I've confessed to my husband that I need to do it again.
Krista Lee Stockman
Looking forward to riding again this summer. Although last year met with tragedy, the power and love of the cycling community helped with the healing and dealing over the tragic loss of Susan Cummings. I plan on riding again this year in Susan's honor.
Some considering the ODRAM will likely be planning on doing it solo. From past experience I find it is more fun with friends. And, if you ride it solo (and I have), it will take you all of about five minutes to hook up with a whole new group of friends. You can ride it unsupported (no sag), as there are three organized rest stops (including lunch), and there are plenty of towns along the way where you can plug in a couple more stops on your own. I’m from the east side of Michigan so I always bring along a sag crew (so I don’t have to go back and get my vehicle). My wife and daughter man the sag vehicle, and I sometimes think they have more fun than I do. In the past I have brought a couple friends along, who didn’t think they could ride the whole route. They started out riding, jumped the sag vehicle for a while, then back out on the bike to finish up the ride. They had great fun too.
As far as the route and road conditions go, it’s about as good as you could probably hope for. There are some less than great roads (hey, it’s Michigan), but overall they are usually pretty good, and it seems like a lot of effort goes into trying to find the best route. Road marking is first class. As far as hills; honestly, the only hill I remember is a little before the lunch break. Most of the rest of the first 80 miles is rolling. After the lunch stop it is still slightly rolling but trending flat to slightly downhill. Some years the start can be a little foggy and dreary. Get a ‘good’ taillight.
If there was one issue to consider, it’s the wind. On a one way trip, you are pretty much at the mercy of Mother Nature as far as the wind goes. I’ve been on ODRAMs with a pretty stiff headwind the whole day (find a group to ride with), and with a stiff tail wind the whole day (which gets you thinking, “I could’ve have ridden the Tour De France”).Make sure to follow the ODRAM Riders Hub on Facebook. Everything (and probably more) than you need to know about the ride is there. And to top it all off, it’s for a great cause (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). It’s the best cross state ride I’ve done. And that’s no lie. (Well, actually, it’s the only cross state ride I’ve done. I don’t get out much).