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  • 08/26/2019 8:45 PM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    For one day only, Windsday is moving to Central Trail School, just a half mile up Mitchaw Rd from our usual Timberstone start. Why? It’s Open House at Timberstone, that’s why! We’ll more than make up for it with a classic Windsday though - strong winds out of the west will make the ride out work, but the ride heck of a lot of fun! Be sure to bring headlights though, daylight is fading fast right now. We’ll leave at 6:30 sharp from Central Trail School, 4321 Mitchaw Rd.

    As for last week, it was a “mullet ride” as I promised with 9 mph winds from the west. After some great teamwork battling the wind as we headed west, we experienced a fast and fun return trip on the way back. My Reasonable & Reliable group rolled in at 18.4 mph, Jen’s Reasonably Fast team had a nice 20.3 and Edgar’s Fast & Furious speedsters rolled in at 23.3. An impressive performance on a beautiful night.


  • 08/26/2019 6:04 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday August 27

              The Speedtrap Ride’s next chapter will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, August 27th. For something different, we will ride the 25-mile Peggy Avers route. Peggy Avers 25-mile Ride. Cue sheets will be provided.

              Scott Lang will lead the Ghost Pepper Riders. His group will likely average 22 – 24 mph.  Can you handle the adrenaline?

              Bob Kayden will be back to lead the Cayenne Pepper Riders, and he expects to average 20 – 22 mph. Two week’s ago the group’s average was 21 mph. Can they top that?

              Tony Mazurek will lead the Habanero Riders and will average 18 – 20 mph. Last time it was 19.9. Will they hit 20?

              I will lead the Jalapeno Riders and we hope to average 16  - 18 mph.

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

              There is a 70% chance of scattered thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon. Let’s hope we miss those! Wind may also be an issue at SSW 10 – 20 mph!

              The Speedtrap Ride is a great opportunity to ride with TAB and Flatlanders members. You’ll ride with some great people on lightly traveled country roads. Sign-in begins at 6:00 in front of Spoke Life Cycles in Elmore and we ride at 6:30 pm! I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder

             

    Cue sheet Peggie's 25.pdf
  • 08/21/2019 3:15 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

       The Speedtrap Ride, Ottawa County's best Tuesday night ride, was rained out last night. Heavy rains came down all over the area for about two hours. A few hopefuls gathered at Spoke Life Cycles Elmore hoping that the ride would eventually take place. Among those were Scott Lang and daughter Emily. Emily was picking up her new bike and helmet. The Speedtrap Ride was to be her first ride, but unfortunately, it didn't happen. Hopefully she'll get to ride next week. Our best wishes to Emily! Scott and Emily are pictured below!

        We will ride the Peggy Avers route next Tuesday, August 27th. I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder

  • 08/20/2019 8:56 PM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    With Tuesday being a washout, this is a public service announcement for you disappointed riders. Remember Windsdays at TImberstone! Nice flat route, long straightaways, and very few stops makes for a smooth quick ride. Tomorrow’s winds are predicted to be from the west between 7-9 mph. That means a mullet ride - work at the front, party on the way back. We leave at 6:30 sharp from Timberstone JHS 9000 W Sylvania Ave. Special bonus - Sylvania Avenue is repaved and open from McCord to Centennial for your driving pleasure. Get your tail over here and join us! 


  • 08/20/2019 8:14 AM | Jenifer Wiles (Administrator)

    For last weeks Old 24 Ride we had 13 riders for our 28.5 mile loop.  We rolled in with an average speed of 20.8 mph and about a million bugs all over us. 

    Tonight we will head out to Old 24 again for the same route and probably come back with the bugs again.  Expect the average speed to be between 20 to 21 mph.  We will roll out from Cycle Werks in Whitehouse at 6:30.

    See you on Old 24.

  • 08/19/2019 12:44 PM | Deleted user

    What will be the most fun event this weekend in northwest Ohio? The German American Festival? The big car show? NO! It’s PEDAL AND PADDLE!

    Adventurers and Meanderers meet Saturday morning for an 8:00 a.m. start at the boat launch at 8801 S. River Rd. Ride your choice of 35 or 40 miles, and come back for a picnic lunch.

    Then rent a kayak for a leisurely paddle on the Maumee River. No previous experience necessary.

    Rental fees are $15 single, $20 double, and only CREDIT CARDS are accepted. No cash.

    Routes are: 35 miles - ridewithgps.com/routes/30887726 40 miles - ridewithgps.com/routes/30913967

    kayak.jpg


  • 08/19/2019 7:19 AM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday August 20th

              The Speedtrap Ride will roll out once again from Spoke Life Cycles on Elmore tomorrow, Tuesday, August 20th, at 6:30 pm.

    This week’s will be a special one: the Peggy Avers route that the Flatlanders did a couple of years ago. Here is the link to the route on ridewithgps.Peggy Avers 25-mile Ride Also attached is a cue sheet. I will have copies available.

              Scott Lang will lead the Ghost Pepper Riders. Last week his group topped 24 mph. Will they do it again?

              A volunteer is needed for the Cayenne Pepper Riders. Bob Kayden is away. This group plans to average 20 – 22 mph.

              Tony Mazurek will lead the Habanero Riders. He expects to average 18 – 20 mph.

              I will lead the Jalapeno Riders. We hope to average 16 – 18 mph.

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

              The high temperature is predicted to be 87 degrees, with southerly winds at 5 to 10 mph. There is a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms, but that means 60% chance of no thunderstorms.

              As always, some riders may gather after the ride at the Portage Inn in Elmore for food, drink, and good conversation. Anyone is welcome to plan or do anything else to make this a special event.

              Come on out to Elmore and ride some quiet country roads. You meet and ride with some great people, too! Sign-in begins at 6:00 in front of the bike shop. I hope to see you then!

    Chuck NicewonderPeggy Avers 25-mile Ride.xlsx

             

  • 08/17/2019 2:48 PM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    Last Windsday saw us break 30 riders again. We had great conditions with mild winds on the way out, meaning good tailwinds on the way back in. Our only concern was that dark threatening cloud off to the west. It continued to head to the southwest though, totally missing our route and leaving us alone. For whatever reason, what is often a plain ole ride turned into a beautiful evening. The wide open fields created a beautiful vista of clouds sky and sun that enhanced the scenery. Kinda cool.

    Speaking of cool, our rider returned some cool times. The Edgar’s Fast & Furious had a large group of fast riders and returned a 24.4 for their efforts. Jen’s Reasonably Fast team had a similarly good effort at 20.7. And as always, my Reasonable & Reliable group worked together to return a 18.5. No Relaxed group tonight I’m sorry to say.

    Time is running short to come out and join us. Riding the flat, smooth roads with long stretches of straightaways gives great returns. Come out and join us at Timberstone JHS, leaving at 6:30 sharp.

  • 08/17/2019 2:11 PM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    I woke up for today’s ride a bit grumpy and leery - I didn’t sleep well, and for some reason was worried about the ride. Bad dream maybe. I needn’t have worried. 12 riders showed up for the trip out to Red Rambler, and they were a ride leader’s dream. Speeds were appropriate for the group, transitions were good. The group was essentially on autopilot. The only thing I had to worry about was calling the correct direction to turn. (Those who know me learn to follow the hands not the mouth - I frequently call the wrong direction!). 

    We breezed out to Red Rambler arriving around 9:45. The only incident was that somehow a bird managed to poop on my leg and bike, but missed my arm and helmet. Eww! There was no line at Red Rambler, so the service was exceptionally quick, the baked goods and coffee were great. We sat outside and enjoyed the weather while we ate. Rick and Hubert preferred to enjoy the good ole’ American classics next door at McDonald’s. We picked them up as we left and went back with a nice tailwind to help push us along. Even though the return trip was five miles longer, we covered the distance in the same time as it took us to get out to Wauseon. The last few miles the group was getting bit anxious - we were at 17.9 avg, and we all wanted to make it to 18.0. We skipped the trail and took Monclova Rd to Keener Park to keep the pace up and made it our18 mph! Our fastest ride of the season, yet no one felt exhausted. It was a great ride.

    This was Andrea Raftery’s longest unsupported ride to date and she did fantastic. She came out for her first ride on her hybrid about two months ago, bought a road bike and has become a regular on our rides. She has no problems keeping up with our pace. When I asked her if she was a runner before, she said no, she was a couch potato. She’s shown fantastic progress for such a short time. Way to go Andrea!



  • 08/16/2019 6:48 AM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    This week’s ride is one of my favorites that I borrowed from the Plus 5 group. It’s time for us to visit the Red Rambler in Wauseon for a cup of “floofy” coffee and a baked good. This one is a bit longer than usual at over 52 miles, so expect a later return time. 

    We’ll leave from Keener Park at 8:00 sharp and head out to west over some of our old favorites, past Delta to arrive at Wauseon at mile 23. After a cup of coffee (or other beverage) we’ll head back going north of Delta, past the flowers on CR 8-1 and back through Oak Openings to arrive back at Keener. Again, we leave at 8:00 sharp. GPS track is available at Ride With GPS:

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/


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