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  • 11 Aug 2019 1:13 PM | Nathan Burks (Administrator)

    From the looks on your faces, you all had a great time at MARR yesterday. This was my first time taking photos and videos of an event like this. And I gotta say, people on bikes are really hard to photograph. It was fun and I would do it again! Thanks for all the smiles!



  • 9 Aug 2019 1:00 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday, August 6th recap

              Nineteen cyclists came to Elmore this past Tuesday evening for the Speedtrap Ride.

    The relatively small number of riders is most likely because for a few hours before the ride, there were heavy rains on and off throughout the area. However, the weather cooperated with those nineteen riders. Wind was hardly a factor; the sun was shining; there was dry pavement on most of the route. Those who didn’t ride missed a beautiful evening and a great ride!

              As you can see, rainy weather in the area doesn’t mean the ride will be rainy.

              Scott Lang’s Ghost Pepper Riders and Bob Kayden’s Cayenne Pepper Riders rode together as a group of twelve and reported a 22.3 mph average.

              Tony Mazurek was one of four Habanero Riders and reported a 19.4 mph average.

              Claude Watkins, Marnie Arndt, and I formed a combined Jalapeno-Sweet Pepper Group. We stayed together and rode at  a 14.8

    mph average.

              After the ride, several riders, spouses, and friends, enjoyed a cookout and potluck at the home of Scott Lang, complete with hamburgers, brats, pool and hot tub! Thank you, Scott, for inviting us all to your home and for hosting! Pictured are some of the partiers. Rob Golden, Doug Metzger, Debra Lohr, and Mike Meiser, Steve Siesel, Claude Watkins.

              So please join us next Tuesday, August 13th,  as the next chapter of the Speedtrap Ride rolls out from Spoke Life Cycles in Elmore! I hope to see you then!

    P.S.#1 On Tuesday, September 3rd, there will be a Speedtrap Special. We will all ride as one group at a conversational pace over the Flatlanders’ Thursday evening Fun Ride route. Doug Metzger will bring the boom box and play his rock and roll playlist.

    P.S. #2 There has been a suggestion to ride the 25-mile Peggy Avers route that the Flatlanders did a couple of years ago. I am proposing Tuesday, August 20th, for this. We will discuss it this coming Tuesday. Comments are welcome!

    Chuck Nicewonder


  • 7 Aug 2019 9:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A few photos from Bike Prom:

  • 6 Aug 2019 5:42 PM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    With August, Windsday’s best days are here. The winds have calmed down, the temperature is nice, and riding is sweet. We’re all beginning to realize the season’s coming to end soon So come on out, enjoy the late summer sun, hang with your friends and enjoy the ride. See you all tomorrow, leaving at 6:30 from Timberstone JHS, 9000 W Sylvania. We’ll see you there!

  • 5 Aug 2019 1:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kudos and congratulations to all of our members kicking butt this summer in competitions and charitable rides from the U.P. (Who knew he could write too?!) to Colorado and beyond. We have such a diverse group; roadies to triathletes to gravel junkies to mtb and beyond (bigfoot included) and it is great to see members excel, reach new plateaus, and inspire the rest of us to new adventures and goals. You represent what the ever-broadening world of cycling can be!

  • 4 Aug 2019 8:39 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday August 6th

              The Speedtrap Ride will take place again this coming Tuesday, August 6th. Sign-in will begin at 6:00 pm and we’ll roll out at 6:30 from Spoke Life Cycles in Elmore. I am sending this message early because we will have a cookout and potluck after the ride at the home of Scott Lang, 17579 west Elmore-Eastern Road. That is one mile, or less, from, the bike shop. Hamburgers, buns, and brats will be provided. If you plan to attend after the ride. Please bring some food to share. The pool and hot tub will be available.

              The weather forecast for Tuesday is partly sunny with a high of 84 degrees. Winds will be WSW 10 to 15 mph. That’s not great for going out from Elmore, but it will make for a great return!  There is a 30% chance of thunderstorms with gusty winds late in the day.

              Scott will lead the Ghost Pepper Riders over a 25-mile course. He expects to average 22+ mph. Are you up to the challenge?

              Bob Kayden will lead the Cayenne Pepper Riders over the same course, He expects to average 20 – 22 mph.

              Tony Mazurek will lead the Habanero riders over the same 25-mile course, and expects to average 18 – 20 mph.

              I will lead the Jalapeno Riders over a slightly shorter 22-mile course. We expect to average 16 – 18 mph.

              Marnie Arndt will lead the Sweet Pepper riders on a ride at a speed and distance comfortable for those in her group.

              Whether you’re coming for the after-the-ride cookout or not, why not give the Speedtrap Ride a try! You’ll ride some quiet country roads and with some great people, too! It is Ottawa County’s best Tuesday night ride! I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder

  • 1 Aug 2019 4:09 PM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    We had a great turnout for Windsday this week. 33 riders showed up for the ride. (We would have had 34, but Jeff Kroncke for was so excited to ride, he forgot his helmet!) It must have been the great weather, outstanding ride leaders and amazing route! Or maybe it was the free Dairy Queen treats after the ride. I wonder which it was… Reality is it was both. By any definition, it was an outstanding turnout on a great riding evening. 

    Edgar’s Fast & Furious group, with visiting rider Griffin Van Nest, hit a new season high at 23.6. The long straight stretches of roads with very few turns and stops were really working for them last night. And the light winds didn’t hurt any either. Jen’s Reasonably Fast group hit a solid 20.1. Kris Jensen guest led the Reasonable & Reliable, trying to hold them in their 17-18 mph range. But the group hijacked the ride, pushing it up to 19.0-19.1 depending who you checked with. (We’ll have a chat staying in your range next week team) And I took the Relaxed group out, pushed it for an extra 2 miles, and scored a sweet 15.3. It was nice to be able to enjoy that pace.

    Of course, after the ride, the group descended on those sweet DQ treats that Ben Rowe brought. You’d think they’d never seen ice cream before! (Or was that just me gobbling them down?) It capped off another nice Windsday evening. Thanks to Kris for leading the R&R group for me!  And I to Ben Rowe a big thanks for the treats, you made the evening! 

    We’ll look forward to seeing you next week, 6:30, at Timberstone JHS for another Windsday cruise through the fields. Thanks to all that turned out!


  • 31 Jul 2019 3:51 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday July 30th recap

              Thirty-seven cyclists came to Elmore last night, Tuesday, July 30th, to enjoy great riding weather on the Speedtrap Ride.

              Dan Willis(filling in for Scott Lang) led the Ghost Pepper Riders and reported a 22.5 mph average. Thank you, Dan, for substituting as ride leader.

              Bob Kayden led nine Cayenne Pepper Riders who stayed together during the ride and reported 20.8 mph. Dan Waggoner from that group questioned whether his ride even counted! He had no cycle computer on his bike!

              Tony Mazurek led the Habanero Riders and reported 19.4 mph

              Seven Jalapeno Riders stayed pretty much together until a few broke off from the group and returned to Elmore by a different route at Witty and Martin-Williston Roads. Ron Berry reported a riding average of 16.8 mph.

              Ron Schieb(TAB president, filling in for Marnie Arndt) led the Sweet Pepper Riders on a ride of 20 miles at 14.9 mph. Thank you, Ron,  for leading! Becky Kayden rode 16 miles at 13.9 mph. Becky has been improving and is just about ready to join the regular Sweet Pepper group!

              Light west winds provided riders a tailwind for the return-to-Elmore portion of the ride. It’s always fun when that happens!

              Pictured are five riders new to the Speedtrap Ride: Erwin Cummings(orange TAB jersey), Kris Jensen(yellow jersey), Lori Stahl(with Ron Schieb), Jeff Roselle(blue jersey), and Ashley Marcinkowski(pink and black jersey). Welcome all to the Speedtrap Ride!

              Several Riders did enjoy food, drink, and good conversation after the ride at the Portage Inn in Elmore.

              Next Tuesday, August 6th, after the Speedtrap Ride, there will be a cookout and potluck at the home of Scott Lang(less than one mile from the bike shop). Hamburgers with buns, and brats will be provided. If you plan to attend, please bring food to share. The pool and hot tub will be available. Please join us next Tuesday for Ottawa County’s best Tuesday night ride. I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder


  • 30 Jul 2019 5:38 PM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    This Windsday is going to be really cool. Cool temps forecast to top out at 80 at the start time and dropping to 75 at 8:00. Cool breezes out of the NE at 5 miles per hour. Cool people to ride with. And best of all, cool Dairy Queen treats for after the ride, thanks to Ben Rowe of the Trilby Dairy Queen. With those waiting for us after the ride, I bet we’ll move quicker than ever!

    So don’t miss this Windsday. We’ll be there at Timberstone JHS, 9000 Sylvania Ave. I try to get us out of there promptly at 6:30. So get there early, enjoy the ride, then stay for the treats! And be sure to give Ben a big thanks for his generosity!

  • 29 Jul 2019 1:22 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday July 30th


              The Speedtrap Ride, Ottawa County’s best Tuesday night ride, will roll out again from Spoke Life Cycles in Elmore tomorrow, Tuesday, July 30th, at 6:30 pm.

              Scott Lang will lead the Ghost Pepper Riders on a 25-mile ride with an expected average of 22+ mph. Are you ready?

              Bob Kayden should be back to lead the Cayenne Pepper Riders over the same course at 20 – 22 mph.

              Tony Mazurek will lead the Habanero Riders again over the same course at 18 – 20 mph.

              I will lead the Jalapeno Riders for a slightly shorter 22 miles at 16 – 18 mph.

              Marnie Arndt will take the Sweet Pepper Riders out at a speed and distance comfortable for those in her group.

              The weather looks good for the ride. There is a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms, but mainly in the morning. The high is predicted to be 84 degrees, with west winds at 5 to 10 mph.

              After the ride, some riders may gather at the Portage Inn in Elmore for food, drink, and good conversation.

              The Speedtrap Ride is a joint venture of TAB and the Flatlanders, not a common occurrence. So, come out to Elmore for something different: a mixture of two clubs, quiet country roads, and great people, too! You’ll be glad you did! Sign-in begins at 6:00 in front of the bike shop and we ride at 6:30. I hope to see you then!

    P.S. Next Tuesday, August 6th, after the Speedtrap Ride tentative plans are for a cookout at the home of Scott Lang, less than one mile from the bike shop!

    Chuck Nicewonder


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