Ask anyone who has completed the ride and you'll likely find that no 2 cyclocomputers agree, due to computer calibration errors and GPS accuracy and tracking methods. Generally the accepted distance falls in the 147-152 mile range...your mileage [really] may vary.
How difficult is the route?
The first 80 miles until the official lunch stop on the east side of Blanchard have some rolling hills, but generally we are blessed with a prevailing tailwind, so the most challenging portion of the course presents itself while riders still have fresh legs. The roads are also overwhelmingly rural and present minimal car traffic, with the exception of a few communities (short stretches through Fremont and Bay City).
Is ODRAM a ride that only really hardcore cyclists can complete?
No way! Cyclists of all ability and experience levels can and do finish ODRAM...most even roll into the finish party with an ear-to-ear grin on their face (a phenomenon known as "BikeFace"). If you can complete a century, you can pedal ODRAM. The hardcore folks do the return ride (MARDO - Mad Ass Ride Do-Over) into the prevailing winds the following day.
Generally the stream of riders making their way across the state is made up of groups of 5 or more, usually organized before the ride. Some groups of 3-5 develop during the day. Small duos and trios of riders are also common.
How many riders do you expect?
We had 276 last year and are expecting amazing event growth to continue for 2013 and beyond. ODRAM has grown exponentially over the past several years.
Is there a forum or central message board where I can contact other riders?
Our new Facebook group - ODRAM Riders Hub is perfect for anyone looking for an easy way to connect with other ODRAM riders, find ride buddies, transportation to/from the start, and to have questions answered from seasoned ODRAM participants. Check out our Facebook informational page for more general ride communication from the organizers.
What kind of bike do you recommend?
What kind of milage should we be putting in by the summer?
A road bike is definitely recommended, although other styles of bicycles have been ridden for the event in the past. Most of our riders have a 100 mile ride under their belt sometime during the year. I would recommend you are comfortable spending at least 10 hours on your bicycle (10 hours at 15 miles per hour) or more if you will ride slower. Most riders take off at sunrise - about 6:30am and most are finished by 6:30pm.
|It's not a mirage, it's the church ladies!|
Yes the road is marked for all turns and we will also have some "yard signs." We will also provide a map at the start.
Where will the 2013 ride start?
As you may have noticed if you rode in 2012, we have greatly outgrown our traditional ride start location at Meinert Park. NEW for 2013 ODRAM will be starting at Montague Middle School -- complete with REAL bathrooms and ample parking! More details will follow as we are closer to ride day.
Is there ride packet pickup the day before the ride?
For the first time in 2013 we will be offering ride-eve packet pickup from 3-8pm on August 9 at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 124 West Hanson Street (the little train depot on the Hart-Montague Trail -- on the Whitehall side of the small causeway separating Montague and Whitehall).
I've heard that for 2013 ODRAM will no longer be an "unsupported" ride. Details?
In the past ODRAM has only provided lunch and the finish celebration picnic but, by popular request, this year we are adding SAG stops between the start and lunch stop as well as between lunch and the finish.
The finish line and cookout celebration takes place in a pavilion at the Bay City State Recreation area.
|Happy (and tired) 2012 Finishers|
We have an alcohol permit, so feel free to BYOB to enjoy in the pavilion area only.
If a friend or family member wants to enjoy the cookout (or lunch), they may do so for only $5.
We've arranged for it to be free to park your cars/trucks at Montague High School to drop off riders, but Bay City is a state recreation area and requires a "vehicle entrance permit." Bicycles do not require permits, but your car/truck will need one. A daily permit will be available (if you do not have a state park permit already) for $6.00 as you enter the park.
ODRAM officially ends at 8pm. Plan your start time accordingly so that you will be safely in Bay City to celebrate your accomplishment with other riders and accounted for by ODRAM organizers well before dark.
How do I get back to the western side of the state?
The option of a bus shuttle is provided to return riders to Montague. Your bike will follow safely along in a transport truck with many other 2-wheeled friends. The return transportation is available for $40, leaving no later than 8:00pm. Pack service is also available for one bag labeled with your name from the ride start to the finish.
Parking for those people riding the bus back to Montague will be available at a lot next to the picnic shelter where registration occurs. Please make sure you get a bus card at registration so we can make sure no one is left behind that has paid for the bus.
Can you recommend lodging options in the Montague area?
For lodging options on Friday/Saturday night in Montague go to whitelake.org. The Comfort Inn (231-893-4833) has given us a discounted rate, but it is still a seasonal rate. Please mention ODRAM when you make your reservation.
Is it pronounced OhDRAM or OddDRAM?
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You say neether and I say nyther;
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We're offering flashy jerseys for 2013. They can be ordered when you register or independent of registration -- OR you can even raise money for the JDRF and qualify for a FREE jersey (click ODRAM Gear tab, up top for more info.). Hit our BikeReg.com page (up there on the left...by clicking on the registration link OR the jersey image) to order your jersey. The jerseys are Primal Wear sport cut and seem to fit very appropriate to their sizing chart.
Contact us if there are questions you would like to see answered on this page.