PedalGR 2015

  • 9/16/15
  • 9/2/15
  • 8/19/15
  • 8/5/15
  • 7/22/15
  • 7/8/15
  • 6/24/15
  • 6/10/15
  • 5/27/15
  • 5/13/15
  • 4/29/15

9/2/15 – Horseshoe to Hillcrest

NOTE: This week’s PedalGR will start at Horseshoe Smokehouse, 333 Grandville Ave SW, one block south of Founder’s Brewing Company.

PedalGR ride begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 9/2/2015 at Horseshoe Smokehouse. A pre-ride gathering for dinner will start at 5pm. Show up when you can, or eat dinner afterward to help support bicycling advocacy in Grand Rapids. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club, but membership is not required to participate.

FUNDRAISER! Come try out the newest BBQ place in town and support local bicycle advocacy. Horseshoe Smokehouse is generously donating 15% of sales from 11am to close to the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition Climate Ride Midwest team. As members of this team, my wife Amy and I are raising funds to support bicycle advocacy in Grand Rapids and climate change awareness around the US. We will join 100+ other bicyclists from around the US on a 4-day ride from Grand Rapids to Chicago at the end of September.

Please RSVP on Facebook, share with your friends, and bring a group down to try the BBQ, even if they aren’t up for the bicycle ride.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1474095836222550/

Tonight’s ride will be our annual visit to Hillcrest Community Garden, to see what the good folks there are harvesting. Always an interesting stop with many things to look at. Hillcrest Community Garden is the largest community garden in West Michigan.

Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride. We will do our very best to keep the group together and make sure no-one gets separated or left behind.
  • Ride is ~10 miles and will have a few regrouping stops along the way, and a stop at Hillcrest Community Garden. It should take about 2 hours (PedalGR is not a race).
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides. (The insurance company’s lawyers insist) Please email or comment if you need to borrow one and we will try to accommodate you.

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8/19/15 - Taco Ride!

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 8/19/2015 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club, but membership is not required to participate.

Taco Ride! Much like beer, bicyclists seem to love tacos. But, everyone loves tacos, so don’t go feelin’ special. Do join PedalGR for our annual taco ride.  We ride, we stop for tacos along the way. Pretty simple.

This year we’ll hit up Tacos el Cunado on Bridge Street. It’s one of our go to restaurants for a fast, delicious meal. They have experienced a string of overnight break-ins, so we’ll show them our support and give them our dollars.

Amy and I are participating this Sept. 27-30 in Climate Ride, raising funds for the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition (Amy is also raising funds for the League of Michigan Bicyclists). These organizations are doing critical advocacy work at the local and state level, speaking up for bicyclists and working toward a more bicycle-friendly Michigan. On Sept. 2nd, PedalGR will collaborate with the GGRBC Climate Ride team on a fundraiser at Horseshoe Smokehouse at 333 Grandville Avenue, 1 block south of Founders in the historic LaMar Hotel building. Meet before the ride for BBQ, anytime after 5pm. Ride will leave at the normal 6:30pm start time. A portion of the evening’s receipts will be donated to the GGRBC Climate ride team.

Details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1474095836222550/
If you love PedalGR, and biking in GR, please also consider a donation to one or both of our Climate Ride accounts:
Amy: http://bit.ly/1E76eQp
Josh: http://bit.ly/joshdoesclimateride

Additionally, the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition will be hosting a Handlebar Happy Hour at Elk Brewing Company on Monday, 8/31. Elk will generously donate 15% of their receipts that evening to the GGRBC Climate Ride Team. Come check out Elk’s new menu and support a great cause.

 

Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride. We will do our very best to keep the group together and make sure no-one gets separated or left behind.
  • Ride is ~11 miles. It should take about 2 hours. (PedalGR is not a race).
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides. (The insurance company’s lawyers insist) Please email or comment if you need to borrow one and we will try to accommodate you.

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Reminder: 8/19 is the Taco Ride

Greetings Pedalers of GR.  Just a quick reminder that this Wednesday is the Taco Ride.  As usual, we’ll be stopping at an authentic taqueria in town, so plan to bring a few dollars to buy a taco or two.

Full route will be published Tuesday night and emailed out Wednesday morning.

 

See you Wednesday!

8/5/15 - Versluis Orchard Ride

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 8/5/2015 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club, but membership is not required to participate.

1st Versluis Orchard Ride, 2008

It’s time for the Versluis Orchard Ride. Every year since 2008, (except 2012) Nate Versluis has given us a tour of his family’s orchard. A 4th generation farmer, Nate is an avid mountain bike racer, and a great dad. Be mentally prepared for some off-road riding and possibly some sandy spots, since it has been so dry. Also, be prepared to pick delicious fruit right off the tree/bush. Peaches, plums, or blueberries…it’s always a surprise. I love this ride.

Amy and I are participating this Sept. 27-30 in Climate Ride, raising funds for the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition (Amy is also raising funds for the League of Michigan Bicyclists). These organizations are doing critical advocacy work at the local and state level, speaking up for bicyclists and working toward a more bicycle-friendly Michigan. On Sept. 2nd, PedalGR will collaborate with the GGRBC Climate Ride team on a fundraiser at Horseshoe Smokehouse at 333 Grandville Avenue, 1 block south of Founders in the historic LaMar Hotel building. Meet before the ride for BBQ, anytime after 5pm. Ride will leave at the normal 6:30pm start time. A portion of the evening’s receipts will be donated to the GGRBC Climate ride team.

Details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1474095836222550/
If you love PedalGR, and biking in GR, please also consider a donation to one or both of our Climate Ride accounts:
Amy: http://bit.ly/1E76eQp
Josh: http://bit.ly/joshdoesclimateride

Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride. We will do our very best to keep the group together and make sure no-one gets separated or left behind.
  • Ride is ~15.3 miles. It should take about 2 hours orchard tour. (PedalGR is not a race).
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides. (The insurance company’s lawyers insist) Please email or comment if you need to borrow one and we will try to accommodate you.


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7/22/15 - Johnson Park Scenic "Drive"

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 7/22/2015 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club, but membership is not required to participate.

This week we’re taking advantage of those long summer days for a ride to the Johnson Park Scenic Loop. We’ll also hit a sampling of the trails in Millennium Park, one of my favorite places in Michigan. For a trip back in time, check out the photo tour I did of the Millennium Park trails east of Maynard just after they opened in 2009. They look different, yet much the same today, with 6 years of vegetation growth.

Sounds like spring!! #30daysofbiking

A video posted by Joshua Duggan (@joshuajduggan) on

Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride. We will do our very best to keep the group together and make sure no-one gets separated or left behind.
  • Ride is ~18 miles and will have a few stops along the way. It should take about 2-2 1/2 hours (PedalGR is not a race).
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides. (The insurance company’s lawyers insist) Please email or comment if you need to borrow one and we will try to accommodate you.

Route:

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