Despite steady rainfall, participants of this year’s “Pick Me Up at the Border!” bike ride set out from Fitchburg for an overnight journey to the Illinois border on Friday, Sept. 11.

As Bike Fitchburg’s primary fundraiser, the round-trip ride began at Race Day Events headquarters and stretched across 80 miles to Illinois, though riders could also choose a 50-mile journey to Monticello or a 25-mile trip to Belleville.