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  • 08/13/2019 6:15 AM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    With nearly ideal riding conditions, last Windsday’s riders had the need for speed. The official Fast & Furious group hit a season high 24.0, with rumors of a faster group pushing it a 1 mph beyond. With Jen out of town, Alan Mikesell led the Reasonably Fast group to a hot 21.1 mph. Even the Reasonable & Reliable group were itching to ride, with a quick 18.7 mph average.

    This Windsday is looking just as good, with temps in the high 70’s and mild east winds in the 5-6 mph winds. Be sure to come out and join us for our cruise through the fields. We leave at 6:30 sharp from Timberstone JHS, 9000 W. Sylvania Ave. We’ll see you there!

  • 08/12/2019 3:19 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday August 13th

              The Speedtrap Ride, Ottawa County’s best Tuesday night ride, will take pace again tomorrow, Tuesday, August 13th. All cyclists will leave Spoke Life Cycles in Elmore at 6:30 pm.

              Scott Lang will lead the Ghost Pepper Riders on a 25-mile ride. His group will likely average 22+ mph. Are you ready?

              Bob Kayden will lead the Cayenne Pepper Riders over the same course, Bob’s group will likely average 20 – 22 mph.

              Tony Mazurek will lead the Habanero Riders also 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 – 18 mph.

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

              There is a 70% chance of rain on Tuesday, but mainly in the morning. By ride time the chance falls to 15%. Winds will be NNE about 10 mph.

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

              The Speedtrap Ride is jointly sponsored by both TAB and the Flatlanders. If you’ve never experienced the Speedtrap Ride, why not give it a try? You’ll ride with some great people you don’t ordinarily ride with, and you’ll travel some quiet country roads, too!

              Sign-in begins at 6:00 in front of the bike shop, and we ride at

    6:30 pm! I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder


  • 08/12/2019 2:55 PM | Deleted user

    Another favorite Winter Warrior hangout is this week's Intro to Gravel destination. We'll meet behind Tecumseh Brewing in Tecumseh, Michigan at 9am. This is a fresh route, exploring hills north and northwest of Tecumseh. Doug Metzger will act as tour guide this week since I am still recovering from my recent hernia operation. I'll meet you all at the start and be on course for support and photos.

    We will be visiting some of our favorite roads on this route, including Noggles and Taylor. The planned stop is a BP station at mile 27 just outside of Clinton. It's a little early to be betting on the weather, but it will likely be in the 80's with a bit of wind. I don't really remember wind being much of a factor in this area due to tree cover and the rolling nature of the route. I'll meet you at least a couple times on route with water and snacks and moral support (unless my doc clears me to ride).

    Here is the planned route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28989353

    Start location: Tecumseh Brewing, 128 W Chicago Blvd, Tecumseh, MI 49286

    Departure time: 9am

  • 08/12/2019 8:35 AM | Deleted user

    Big thanks to everyone who came out to ride and support MARR this year! It was great to see so many of you out there enjoying a perfect day in the saddle on some great Northwest Ohio roads. I saw many regional clubs represented in addition to a fantastic turnout from our membership. There were a great many smiles as the riders rode through the arch that led to beer and bbq and we loved to see it. We hope your experience was a good one and you will return to ride with us again next year.

    I can't say enough about the sponsors who partnered with us to bring MARR2019 to you and, to all the volunteers who went out of their way to make MARR a pleasant experience for its ridership, you absolutely knocked it out of the park. I'm proud to be a part of this club and its outstanding individuals.

    Lastly, but most importantly, our Co-Chairs Mark and Nancy Beeman organized and pulled off a great event. An incredible amount of work goes in to organizing and planning this day, and their energy, ideas, and willingness to give A LOT of their time to ensuring this event was a success is hugely-appreciated.

    We'll take some time to soak it in and expand on feedback before we begin looking ahead and planning next season's event; one we hope you are looking forward to. Thanks again!

    Ron Schieb - Board President

  • 08/11/2019 1:13 PM | Deleted user

    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!



  • 08/09/2019 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


  • 08/07/2019 9:04 AM | Deleted user

    A few photos from Bike Prom:

  • 08/06/2019 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!

  • 08/05/2019 1:03 PM | Deleted user

    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!

  • 08/04/2019 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

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