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  • 8 Jul 2019 10:44 PM | Nathan Burks

    A slight change to our gravel ride schedule. One Helluva Ride has a gravel route this Saturday from Chelsea, using a lot of the Waterloo G&G route that I was planning to use as well. Please go support OHR and the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society if you want to ride the Waterloo G&G route. It's a well supported ride and the gravel is easier for me to swallow than some of the paved roads up that way.

    Instead of heading to Chelsea, the Intro to Gravel ride will leave from Cotton Brewing in Adrian, MI at 9am for a 47 mile cruise. We'll start by winding through town to the Kiwanis Trail. The gravel roads just north of town will take us to one of my favorite roads, Taylor Rd. There will be two planned stops, one at the end of Taylor Rd near mile 19, and the second after the closed (but hopefully still passable) road around mile 33.5. Plan for 12-14mph average, regrouping as needed. Remember, "no rider left behind". (Although we've been known to get carried away in the last mile or two.)

    Here is the planned route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30501667

    Start location: Cotton Brewing, 626 Oak St, Adrian, MI 49221

    Departure time: 9am

    Please wait until Friday evening to load the route to your device. I need to double check some turns and cues.

    Thanks as always for the continued support and coming out to the rides.

    Nate


  • 8 Jul 2019 4:18 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday July 9th

              The Speedtrap Ride will once again roll out from Spoke Life Cycles/Elmore tomorrow, Tuesday, July 9th, at 6:30 pm. We will ride the regular Speedtrap Ride route in reverse, beginning on SR 51 going to SR 105.

              Scott Lang will lead the Ghost Pepper Riders on a 25-mile course. If you ride with him, expect to average 22+ mph. Are you ready?!!

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

              I will lead the Jalapeno Riders on a slightly shorter 22-mile ride. We hope to average 16 – 17 mph.

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

              Tuesday is predicted to be sunny, with a high of 84 degrees and ENE winds 5 to 10 mph—not the hot and humid weather we had last week.

              After the ride, there will be a cookout and picnic in front of the bike shop. Spoke Life Cycles will be providing the ground beef and hot dogs. Please bring a side dish to share.

              If you haven’t experienced the Speedtrap Ride, tomorrow is a great opportunity to ride some quiet country roads, meet some great people, and enjoy this special event. Sign-in begins at 6:00 and we ride at 6:30 pm! I hope to see you then!

    P.S. Coming next week July 16th: Tandem Night!

    Chuck Nicewonder

  • 5 Jul 2019 12:55 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday July 2nd recap

              The Speedtrap Ride, Ottawa County’s best Tuesday night ride, brought twenty-five cyclists to Elmore this past Tuesday, July 2nd.

              Scott Lang led the Ghost Pepper Riders and reported a 22-mph average.

              Tony Mazurek led the Habanero Riders and reported a riding average of 18.5 mph.

              I rode with two other Jalapeno Riders: Claude Watkins and Justin Hart. We recorded an average of 15.4 mph

              Marnie Arndt and Becky Kayden were the Sweet Pepper Riders. They rode 13 miles, some of it on the North Coast Inland Trail. However, riding on the trail wasn’t good because there were branches down in many places forcing them to walk their bikes around.

              Right at 6:30, the rain came down very hard. We knew it would be short-lived, and it was. In five minutes, it was over. However, we thought there might be another one. Not so. Roads were wet only for the first few miles.

    Some of the Ghost Pepper Riders thought that THIS week we were riding the route in reverse, and that’s what they did.

    A few of the Ghost Pepper Riders did fall off the pack and rode separately., probably because of the heat.(The high temperature was at least 90).  The heat was a likely reason riding averages were not as high as they have been the last few weeks. However, there was a tailwind for much of the ride returning to Elmore.

    Pictured are first-time Speedtrap Riders John Del Toro and Adam Stemen, who rode with the Habaneros. Welcome John and Adam to the Speedtrap Ride.

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

    Next Tuesday, July 9th, we will ride the Speedtrap Ride route in reverse. There will be a cookout and a potluck in front of the bike shop after the ride. Spoke Life Cycles will be providing the ground beef and hotdogs. Please bring a side dish to share. Please join us for this special occasion. I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder

  • 5 Jul 2019 8:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    100+ cyclists came out to Oak Openings this morning for TAB’s 4th of July Freedom Ride. The four groups did awesome in this heat and humidity. A, B, and C groups rolled out at 8:00am and rode the 100K route. Linda’s D group rolled out at 9:30am to complete the 50K route.
    Once again the generosity of our cycling community was in evidence; $1,254 was raised for Justice for Sierah. Thank you all SO MUCH for coming out, opening your wallets for a great cause and spinning sweatily. You are some of the best people I know. Thanks also to Lori Stahl and Susan Rostkowski for helping pull this off. You both rock! And to Monica Bernhoffer, you sing our National Anthem so beautifully. Thank you!


  • 3 Jul 2019 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tomorrow's Freedom Ride beneficiary is

    Justice for Sierah


    The big jug will be out and roaming the parking lot. Please donate generously; your gift will be used to help empower and ensure the safety of our children. No parent should have to endure the loss of a child, more so to senseless and preventable acts of violence.

    We expect our Freedom Riders to step up as they always do, but even if you are not able to ride please swing by Oak Openings from 7:00 am to Noon and throw something in the jug. Every bit helps.

    "He only earns his freedom and his life who takes them every day by storm." - Johann Goethe

    "Liberty hath no greater joy than two wheels." - Rick Metcalf

     
  • 2 Jul 2019 6:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Linda and Debbie are at it again! They will combine the Meandering and Adventure Rides on August 24th for another Pedal/Paddle Saturday Adventure. We will meet at the Kayak Livery at Farnsworth Metropark, enjoy the countryside for a 35-40 mile combined ride, return to Farnsworth for a picnic lunch, and then slide into the kayaks for some paddling around Missionary and other islands in the Maumee.

    More info will be forthcoming but save that date and plan to have some fun!


  • 2 Jul 2019 1:34 PM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    Sylvania has their fireworks at Centennial Quarry and Pacesetter on Wednesday this week. It’s a great display and the party starts at 6:00. People come from miles around to watch them. And they park at the school parking lots at Central Trail and Timberstone, and all along the roads out in Sylvania. it’s truly a great display. 

    Unfortunately, that means it’s a crappy night to be riding due to the traffic and condition of the drivers. So Windsday night is cancelled. Come on out and join us next week for a jaunt through the fields. 

  • 2 Jul 2019 1:31 PM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    Saturday kept it’s promise - it was a hot one! But at least we had a stiff wind to keep us cool… until we had to ride into it. But 7 of us braved the conditions and rode on out

    We did the toughest stuff - the rollers on River Rd, Route 65 and the hills along the river and of course, Tontogany Creek - early in the day so we could enjoy them. Then came the 7 mile slog along Poe Rd to Grand Rapids right into the 8-10 mph West wind. We managed to stay together and arrive in Grand Rapids just after 9:30 for a well deserved rest and refuel. Then it was the wind at our back all the way up Old 24. That was until we turned back into the wind heading up Neowash Rd. Instead of getting weaker as predicted, the winds for the 3 miles were worse than the before -12-14 mph. Riding up the overpass over 24 was like standing still. Coast down the hill? Hah! But we made it, and enjoyed some shady roads through Whitehouse and Oak Openings to arrive back at Keener at 16.5 for the 49.5. We were so tired that Hubert didn’t even try to round up his mileage. But we all felt we had accomplished something that day.

    Come join Debbie next next week for her Summer Flower Viewing starting from Cyclwerks in Whitehouse, 8:00.


  • 1 Jul 2019 7:28 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday July 2nd

              The Speedtrap Ride will roll out once again from Spoke Life Cycles/Elmore, tomorrow, Tuesday, July 2nd, at 6:30 pm.

              Scott Lang will be back to lead the Ghost Pepper Riders over a 25-mile course. If you ride with his group, expect to average around 22 mph. Are you ready for the challenge?!

              Tony Mazurek will also be back to lead the Habanero Riders over the same course. He expects to average anywhere from 18 to 20 mph.

              I will lead the Jalapeno Riders on a slightly shorter 22-mile course. We expect to average 16 – 17 mph.

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

              The weather forecast is for high temperatures above 90 degrees and west winds at 10 to 15 mph. There is a 40% chance of a thunderstorm, but that’s a 60% chance of no thunderstorm. West winds should make the return-to-Elmore portion of the ride fun.

              As usual, several riders may gather at the Portage Inn in Elmore after the ride for food, drink, and good conversation.

              If you haven’t experienced the Speedtrap Ride, you’ve missed out on some quiet country roads with little traffic. Regular riders include many super nice people! You’ve missed out there, too! So, come on out to Elmore. Sign-in begins at 6:00 and we ride at 6:30 pm. I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder

  • 1 Jul 2019 6:04 PM | Jenifer Wiles

    Tomorrow is the Old 24 Breakaway Ride.  Come join in the fun as we head out to Old 24 once again.  Expect the average speed to be right around 20 mph.  We will be heading out from Cycle Werks in Whitehouse at 6:30 for a 28.5 mile loop out to Old 24 and heading north on County Road 3. 

    See you on Old 24,

    Jenifer


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