Greenfield’s annual community bike ride, the Hancock Flat 50, is coming up at the end of this month! This chip-timed event and festival will take place on Aug. 27, with online registration closing on Aug. 24. Cyclists of all skill levels are encouraged to participate in the ride, and to enjoy the festival music, food and drinks afterward. Let’s talk all about this “wheelie” fun event!

An annual tradition since 2016

The first Hancock Flat 50 took place in 2016, with 150 riders. Since then, participation has continued to grow. Routes include a 25-mile and 50-mile option, and will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 27. Hancock County highly values physical and social wellness, and this ride is the perfect way to get active, support the community, connect with fellow cyclists and enjoy a great day out in Greenfield. The proceeds from the Hancock Flat 50 are used to support the continued growth of local Hancock County Trails for cyclists, runners and walkers (plus every donation or sponsorship made to the Hancock Flat 50 is tax deductible). 

The start and finish line for the 25- and 50-mile routes is located at the Hancock County Visitor’s Center (located at the intersection of S. Pennsylvania Street and North Street). You can pick up your packet and race bib on Friday, Aug. 26 at the Family Bike Chain from noon-6 p.m., that evening at Wooden Bear Brewing from 6-9 p.m. or on race day beginning at 7:30 a.m. 

New Hancock Flat 50 features for 2022

The 2022 Hancock Flat 50 has a few new options to add extra fun to this annual event. Families and children can get more involved this year with a one-mile route departing from the same start line and ending at Rotary Art Park on the Pennsy Trail, near the intersection of Riley Avenue and Depot Street. 

Participants can also start the party early with the new Flat 50 Friday event at Wooden Bear Brewing Co. from 6-9 p.m. Pick up your race packet and enjoy delicious food from Greek’s Pizza at the Bear, as well as The Cajun Boiler and Wild Boar BBQ food trucks. And while you’re there, check out North Street Living Alley where there will be a beer tent, live music from Craig Moore and a cornhole tournament by Indy Cornhole.

Post-ride Flat 50 festival

After you complete your ride, the Hancock Flat 50 festival is just getting started. Local vendor booths will be open for the duration of the race from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., as well as the rider recovery zone, where you can cool down, get rehydrated and enjoy pulse compression recovery boots. A variety of food and drink stations will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and you can enjoy live music from Stella Luna and the Satellites from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

There’s also plenty to do locally if you are spending the weekend in Hancock County. Cyclists are encouraged to bring family and friends to explore all of our local attractions and amenities together. Check out a few of our beautiful parks and outdoor public murals, grab a bite to eat from a locally-owned restaurant or dessert shop, or take in the history of Greenfield and one of our most famous residents at the James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home & Museum.

Have questions? You can register for your ride online, review the Hancock Flat 50 Frequently Asked Questions or learn more by calling 317-468-4231.