Temperatures in the low 90s and a slightly longer course slowed this year's bike Ride Across Indiana, organizers said.
Brad Hayes of Brazil, Ind., finished the 163 mile ride in seven hours, six minutes and 22 seconds, two seconds ahead of Kelly Sparks of Vincennes, said Klaus Rothe, one of the ride organizers.
The time was about half an hour longer than last year's ride, probably because this year's course was about five miles longer and because of the heat, said Rothe.
The length of the course changes each year depending on road construction and other factors. Rothe said the riders were also slowed by the heat, but there appeared to be no serious injuries from the weather or from any of the minor spills that were reported.