Organizers of the Hilly Hundred, one of best touring bicycle events in the nation, shouldn't expect any substantial road improvements when they tour though the Greene County next month.
The race organizers have asked the Greene County Highway Department to consider making road repairs on their route, prior to the Oct. 19-21 event.
On Monday, the commissioners looked at the list of nine county roads, which the race organizers would like to have improved.
The response from the commissioners was quick and direct.
Commissioner's President Steve Lindsey told attorney Marilyn Hartman to draft a letter to the race leaders and tell them, "Thanks for pointing out the roads that need fixed, but due to financial constraints, the repair work will be unlikely to be completed.
"It's unlikely with the funding that we have that repairs can be made. The riders need to realize they are doing the race at their own risk," Lindsey said.
Commissioner Rick Graves added, "We need to let them know that we are not making any claims that these roads are suitable for what they want to do."
Among the roads designated by Jeff Perotti, local and route coordinator for of the 45th Annual Hilly Hundred Weekend, are:
* Switchboard Road Cedar Ridge is rough to County Road 900N near Mackville.
* Holes at County Road 790N and County Road 875E.
* Rough downhill on County Road 740N to County Road 660E.
* Rough intersection at County Road 650E.
* Tulip Road is rough from County Road 380N to the Tulip Viaduct.
* County Road 300N (rough).
* County Road 400N (rough).
* Gardner Road (County Road 780N) downhill stretch is rough.
* Gardner Road (County Road 780) has a hole two-tenths of a mile west of County Road 1310E.
In his letter formally requesting the repairs, Perotti stated, "Our goal is to minimize accidents and mechanical problems for our riders."
Perotti said among the considerations are:
* Downhill slopes where conditions create high risk of accidents.
* Turns where sand and gravel can cause bikes to slip and fall.
* Holes into which a bike can either fall or hit its front edge, causing an accident, a flat tire or both.
The Hilly Hundred, which runs through Greene, Monroe and Owen counties, is sponsored by the Central Indiana Bicycling Association, Inc. (CIBA). More than 5,000 cyclists from over 40 states and several foreign countries are expected to attend the three-day event (with two days of riding approximately 50 miles each day) is held.
A Hilly Hundred rider was seriously hurt in a head-on crash with another bicycle in the county during last year's race.
Hartman said after the meeting that the county has received notice of a tort claim related to that crash, but no formal lawsuit as been filed in the case.