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  • 10 Sep 2019 6:12 PM | Nathan Burks (Administrator)

    Here's the recap from Saturday's Intro to Stupid gravel ride, plus some info on upcoming gravel rides.

    "Death by a thousands bumps." When the terrain has a bunch of hills that aren't all that tall or steep, they seem easy to punch up at the beginning. By the end, your legs are dead and you wonder why. The rolling landscape in the Irish Hills and Sharon Hollow area makes for some of the best gravel riding within an hours drive of Toledo. The many short hills are the best interval workout money can buy. The beautiful landscape takes your mind off the pain.

    Nine riders showed for a fast and fun 70 miles from Manchester, MI. The bulk of the group was fast and experienced, and I kept up as long as I could. Average speeds were in the 15 to 17 MPH range, with rolling speeds of 19 to 21. The route was split into two 35 mile loops from Carr Park on the West edge of town. Other than a little washboard on Bethel Church Road, road conditions were awesome. Most of the gravel roads were packed and smooth. A few of the roads had some chunky gravel, but nothing to complain about. We hit some of the funnest roads in the area: Noggles, Taylor, Sylvan, Whelan, Bethel Church, Trolz. There are so many it's hard to keep track sometimes.

    There are some cool gravel events coming up:

    Edgar and I have been planning a gravel route from his cottage on 9/14. More details on that in another post.

    Justin has offered up the Cannondale Topstone Carbon fleet to demo on 9/21. We ride from Hell, MI at 8am. There are 8 bikes available on a first come, first serve basis: small, medium, large, and extra large in both the AXS and Ultegra builds. I demoed the Ultegra build for the Chelsea gravel ride and it was fast and comfortable from the factory. The compliance from the seat-stay pivot and seat post make it a great bike for long rides. I didn't notice any unecessary flex when pedaling hard and it handled sketchy descents like a champ. Shoot Justin P. Reynolds a message on Facebook to reserve a bike.

    On 9/22, Monroe Cycling Club's Lake Erie Fall Ride has a 60 mile gravel route. There is a lunch stop at Luna Pier and a beer tent afterwards. I'll be leading a no drop group starting at 8am.

    9/28 takes us to Morenci, MI for one of the easier gravel century routes in the area. It's a relatively flat course that begins to head downhill around mile 55. Bonus if the wind is out of the west. There are stops every 20 miles. If you are looking to do your first gravel century, this would be a great ride for you.

    More to come in October as well. I will post more info the week of each event.


  • 9 Sep 2019 6:31 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday September 10th

              The Speedtrap Ride, Ottawa County’s best Tuesday ride, will roll out again tomorrow, Tuesday, September 10th at 6:10 pm from Spoke Life Cycles in Elmore.

    After two weeks of some fun diversions, we’re back on the regular route.

              Scott Lang will lead the Ghost Pepper Riders over a 25-mile course, and will likely average 22 – 23+ mph. Are you ready?

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

              Tony Mazurek will lead the Habanero Riders and will likely average 18 – 20 mph.

              I will lead the Jalapeno Riders over a slightly shorter 22-mile course, and we expect to average 16+ mph,

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

              The high temperature is predicted to be 89 degrees, with only a 10% chance of rain. However, winds will be SSW at 10 – 20 mph.

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

              If you haven’t experienced the Speedtrap Ride, there are only three chances left in 2019. Come on out to Elmore and ride some quiet country roads and meet some great people, too! Spice up your training with something different. You’ll be glad you did. Sign-in begins at 5:40 in front of the bike shop and we ride at 6:10 pm. I hope to see you then!

  • 9 Sep 2019 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From The Right Direction:

    "We're hosting our 3nd Annual TRD Fundraiser...If you like to Ride Bikes, Eat Chili and support a GREAT cause...then your gonna LOVE “BIKETOBERFEST!!” Join us for this FREE event Sunday October 13th at 3520 Waterville Swanton Rd (1.4 miles down the street from the Springbrook parking lot at Oak Openings past the reservoir). We'll be having Gravel, Road and Mountain Bike rides, Free MTB skill camp sponsored by Spoke Life Cycles, Chili Cook off, Cannondale will be on site w bikes to demo, Food and beverages will be available, Awesome Silent Auction items and much more....See Flyer for details and help us spread the word!! All proceed go towards our 501C3 Non Profit Youth Development Program. WERE STILL LOOKING FOR RAFFLE/AUCTION ITEM DONATIONS AS WELL AS FOOD DONATIONS FOR THE EVENT so if you or anyone you know would like to help support this event please message us."

  • 9 Sep 2019 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From MARR Chairs Nancy & Mark Beeman:

    "Wrapping up 2019. Tonight we were pleased to be able to present NORTA with a check for $5000 from the MARR proceeds! You will be pleased to know that money from registration will directly help NORTA to continue to maintain and improve our trails! The proceeds will go towards things such as:
    Equipment repair/maintenance
    Bridge repair/maintenance
    Building materials for kiosks
    Interpretive materials for display at kiosks
    Heavy equipment rental
    Fuel for tractors/chain saws/generators

    2019 MARR is officially behind us now. THANK YOU again to our riders, sponsors, and volunteers for making it such a success!!"

  • 6 Sep 2019 1:34 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride September 3rd recap

              The Speedtrap Ride brought thirty cyclists to Elmore to ride, just for one night, the Flatlanders’ Thursday Night Fun Ride route. We all rode as one group, and based on the comments I heard, it was a fun time for all! My Garmin indicated 20.4 miles with a riding average of 14.7 mph.

              The weather was perfect, with a temperature of about 80 degrees at ride time. Winds were predicted to be strong, but they were not a factor at all!

              New to the Speedtrap Ride this week were veteran TAB member Jim Binns and his wife Laura, and Ann Hirzel. Welcome to the Speedtrap Ride! They are pictured.

              After the ride, several riders stayed for a celebration of Kathy Metzger’s birthday! Kathy is pictured in the Kitten jersey(a Flatlanders tradition), and with her birthday cake! Happy Birthday Kathy!

              A special Thank You to Doug Metzger for leading the ride(I didn’t know the route) and for providing the rock-and-roll music(even if we didn’t hear Air Supply until we were back in Elmore!)

    A Great Job Doug!

    And Thank You to Bob Kayden for suggesting that we do this ride!

              Please join us next Tuesday, September 10th, for the next chapter of the Speedtrap Ride. We’ll be riding the regular route, and we should roll out by 6:10 pm, with sign-in beginning at 5:40. I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder

  • 3 Sep 2019 9:00 PM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    Partly sunny/cloudy, mid 70’s temps, mild N winds (relatively speaking). This all means a good evening for our first 6:00 September Windsday. Come and see us at Timberstone JHS, 9000 W Sylvania Ave. With the heavier traffic at the earlier time, we’ll plan to leave at 6:00, but if you’re running a bit behind don’t worry, we’ll be flexible. Hope to see you there!

  • 3 Sep 2019 3:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From WeAreTraffic:

    It's been four years since the first Fix-it Stations were installed in the Toledo area, you can read about that here. Since that time, we now have stations at UT, City of Toledo and City of Oregon, and those not counted yet. Needless to say, the Fix-it Stations and Air Pumps are a big asset to area cyclists! That is until you try to use the air pump and it lets the air out of your tire...not fun!

    We Are Traffic has been contracted by Metroparks and the Univerisity of Toledo to maintain their respective hardware, but we need to know something is broken to schedule a repair. Please help us out by letting us know if you find a Fix-it Station / Air Pump in need or repair and we'll work with owners to have it repaired as soon as possible. For repairs, fill out our contact form.

    We would also like to know where bike parking is needed. As an advocacy dealer for Dero Bike Racks, the majority of our funding is through the sale and installation of bike racks.

  • 2 Sep 2019 9:50 PM | Nathan Burks (Administrator)

    The 10th Intro to Gravel Ride was far from an introduction. Edgar, Helen, Suzanne and I took on the hills of Waterloo, forwards and backwards, with a few new roads thrown in just to see what's out there. A little rain during the night kept the dust down. The roads were firm and fast. And it was all I could do to hang with the Fast and Furious crew. Riding with these three will make you a stronger rider, there is no doubt. Only a small mechanical during the ride, my water bottle cage bolts worked themselves loose. Otherwise a fun ride.

    We'll continue with gravel rides every Saturday during September and October. The routes are either long, difficult, or both. More details are found on the Ride with GPS event page: https://ridewithgps.com/events/69932-2019-introduction-to-gravel-series

    Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/w9M3vyxc7ayi9xRu6


  • 2 Sep 2019 1:09 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

    Speedtrap Ride Tuesday September 3rd

              The Speedtrap Ride, Ottawa County’s best Tuesday night ride, will roll out once again tomorrow, Tuesday, September 3rd, at 6:30 pm!

              For something different, just once, we will all ride together at a relaxed pace, and we’ll follow (mostly)the route of the Flatlanders’ Thursday night fun ride. Doug Metzger will provide the music from his rock-and-roll playlist.

              The high temperature is predicted to be 84 degrees. However,  winds will be strong, SSW at 15 to 25 mph.

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

              Come out to Elmore and ride some quiet country roads! Since we’re all riding together, you’ll be able to talk to your fellow riders, regardless of speed group. You’ll meet some super-nice people, too!

    Sign-in begins at 6:00 and we ride at 6:30 pm! I hope to see you then!

    Chuck Nicewonder


  • 1 Sep 2019 9:49 AM | Daniel Riley (Administrator)

    Honestly, I thought this weekend’s Adventurer Ride would be low key. Labor Day weekend, starting in Swanton, prediction of stiff east winds. I thought for sure the attendance would be low. Boy, was I wrong! 19 riders came out just to ride the hills on CR16. I think that’s a season high!

    At the start, the winds were from the North. Since the route was mainly east to west, we made good time getting out to the hilly section. The hills are a group of nice rollers - once you come down, you have momentum for getting up the next hill. But those north winds slowed us down. I heard wishes that the they could do them with the wind at their back. Your wish was my command. After a stop in Morenci and an ill-fated attempt to pump up a tire (it got deflated instead) we were back in the hills, wind at our back.

    Remember that east to west route? It was west to east coming back. And the winds had shifted to out of the east and increased to 10-12 mph. But the group stayed clustered together worked hard against the wind until we made it past the famous CR 8-1 flowers - which were in full glory by the way. As we headed in to the winds one last time, we separated into 2 groups, but still made it back in good shape to our starting point. A tough ride, but still a “hill” of a great one, with a fantastic group of people.

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