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  • 23 Oct 2019 8:11 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Unofficial Speedtrap Ride Tuesday, October 22nd recap

              While I was driving to Elmore yesterday, it was extremely windy, with periods of rain. I thought anyone who went out for a ride in weather like this would be  crazy.

              But Ken South, Alan Frishman, Mike Meiser and I rode the 22-mile shorter version of the Speedtrap Ride, and we had a wonderful time on our bikes!

              Yes, there was a strong headwind for the first eight miles on Portage River South Rd and Fort Findlay Road. But, even though we finished with only a 14-mph average, the four of us enjoyed the ride a lot!

              I am proposing one more unofficial Speedtrap Ride next Tuesday, October 29th, leaving Spoke Life Cycles in Elmore at 5:15 pm. Come join the fun one last time this season. I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder

  • 23 Oct 2019 6:51 PM | Nathan Burks

    Join me this Saturday for one more gravel ride before Winter Warrior begins. This one departs from River's Edge Brewing in Milford, MI, not far from the Milford and Proud Lake MTB trails. We'll explore 40ish miles of gravel roads north of Milford, returning for lunch at River's Edge.

    Meet at 8am at River's Edge Brewing, 125 S Main St #400, Milford, MI 48381.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31016259


  • 21 Oct 2019 6:30 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Unofficial Speedtrap Ride Tuesday or Wednesday October 22/23 ?


                       Do you want an unofficial Speedtrap Ride tomorrow, Tuesday, October 22nd ? If so, I am proposing a 5:30 pm start.

                        It is predicted to be very windy tomorrow. However, the severe winds are supposed to have subsided by ride time.


                                        If that doesn't sound good, since the ride is unofficial, we could have the ride on Wednesday, October 23rd,  instead. The temperature is predicted to be slightly higher, with very sunny skies. It is still predicted to be windy, although slightly less windy that Tuesday.


                        I hope we can get a ride in. Please respond with your thoughts by email or on facebook.

    I hope to see you in Elmore!


    Chuck Nicewonder


  • 17 Oct 2019 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    We are going to gather to talk about what we liked and disliked about Winter Warrior and discuss the rides for this year.

    Hopefully plan everything all the way to the end and the finale party!

    Date: Friday, October 18, 8:00pm

    Location: The Wheelhouse, Beach Ridge Area Oak Openings, Swanton OH



  • 16 Oct 2019 8:40 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Unofficial Speedtrap Ride Tuesday, October 15th recap

              The Speedtrap Ride, Ottawa County’s best Tuesday night ride, brought ten riders to Elmore for an unofficial ride last night, October 15th.

              A combination Ghost Pepper/Cayenne Pepper group consisted of six riders for a while, then five. Deb Lohr reported a riding average of 22.1 mph for the 25-mile ride.

              A combination Habanero/Jalapeno Group consisted of four riders for a while, then picked up a fifth. Ken South from that group reported 16.5 mph for the 22-mile ride.

              It was pleasant weather for October, with a slight headwind at the start. The 5:30 pm start made everyone comfortable finishing the ride before it was too dark.

              It was technically not Todd Pollock’s first Speedtrap Ride. However, his last Speedtrap Ride was sometime before the start of the ride was changed from Woodville to Elmore in September of 2015.

    Todd is pictured. Welcome back Todd!

              If the weather is favorable, I am proposing another unofficial Speedtrap Ride next Tuesday, October 22nd, with a ride time of 5:30 pm! I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder

     

  • 14 Oct 2019 6:55 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Greetings to all TAB members and Friends,


          Just a reminder that there will be no official TAB rides this coming Saturday, October 19th.

    Why? Because it has been a long-standing policy of TAB to support Maumee Valley Adventurers' invitational rides, and this Saturday is MVA's Tombstone Tour.

            

            The ride begins at 10:30 am at the Buehner Center in Oak Openings Preserve Metropark. You can register for the ride on line at the cheaper rate until 11:59 pm this Thursday, October 17. Day-of-ride registration will be available.


        I hope to see you on the road!


    Chuck Nicewonder


  • 14 Oct 2019 5:24 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)


    Is anyone interested in an unofficial Speedtrap Ride tomorrow, Tuesday, October 15th ? If so, I will plan to be in Elmore for a 5:30 pm start. The temperature is predicted to be 70 degrees, with partly sunny skies and southerly winds 10 to 20 mph. Please respond by email or on Facebook.

        If we ride, we will form riding groups based on who shows!I hope to see a few riders tomorrow in Elmore!

    Chuck Nicewonder

  • 13 Oct 2019 12:34 PM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    Last year’s Ray Squire ride was cold and windy if I remember right. And guess what? It was the same this year. I think Ray’s spirit is challenging us! 8 riders came out in the 36 degree temps to enjoy the crisp autumn air. As we went out east and south into the wind, we hid in the woods as much as we could. But we still had 4-5 miles straight into the 10-12 mph winds. When we stopped in Metamora after 25 miles, we were at 16.0 mph. But we had smooth sailing all the 15 miles back to Wildwood with ever-increasing tailwinds pushing us at a 20 mph average to arrive with a solid 17.1 for the whole trip. It was great to see Chris Crandall joining us for his return to road cycling after 8 weeks off the bike. He reported he felt good, but a little ibuprofen wouldn’t hurt. Welcome back Chris!

  • 10 Oct 2019 7:17 PM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    It was this time last year that the Metroparks and the cycling community dedicated a Fix-it Station and bike rack in front of the Visitor’s Center at Wildwood in memory of Ray Squire and his and his wife Pat’s contributions to cycling in Toledo. As part of that ceremony, we dedicated our ride that day to Ray. Deb & I thought it would be a nice idea to repeat that ride again this year and remember Ray. 

    The weather looks challenging. With temps in the 40’s, and some blustery winds from the SW and W, we’ll need to break out the cool weather gear. The good news is it should be mostly sunny to keep us warm and I’ve packed the first half of the ride with woods for some protection from the wind. Think of it as a warm up for Winter Warrior, a chance to practice your layering skills.

    We’ll be starting at 9:00 from Parking Lot 7 at Wildwood (also known as the “Where The Breakfast Ride Starts” lot) for a 40 mile ride loop out west of town, with a snack stop in Metamora before we head back. Pace is expected to be in the 17 mph range. Be there or be square!

    GPS track is at Ride With GPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31284703


  • 10 Oct 2019 6:34 PM | Nathan Burks

    This weekend is another gravel doubleheader. The gravel gathering this Saturday morning will be in Morenci, MI at 8am. Get ready to ride a half gravel, half road century with planned stops about every 20 miles.

    Date: 09/28/2019

    Ride: Morenci Gravel Century

    Distance: 100 miles

    Start location: Wakefield Park, 555 W Main St, Morenci, MI 49256

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29029625


    Sunday is BIKEtoberfest. The gravel ride starts at 8am from the Beach Ridge Wheelhouse in Oak Openings. Details can be found here: https://www.toledoareabicyclists.org/news/7896032


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