5/24/17 – Tour de EGR

PedalGR ride begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 5/24/2017 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, due to my lower back being out-of-order, I am leaving you in the capable hands of three PedalGR regulars, Tad, Mark, and Phil. Give them a round of applause for stepping up in my absence. They’ll be taking you to EGR, with a lap around Calvin College, and a stop at the EGR Library overlook on Reed’s Lake. Meanwhile, I’ve got my first physical therapy appointment tomorrow, and hope to be back with you for the 6/7 ride.

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 miles and will have a few regrouping stops along the way. It should take ~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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4-26-17 – PedalGR Kickoff Ride

PedalGR ride begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 4/26/2017 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.

It’s the kickoff ride for the 2017 season of PedalGR. It’s crazy to say that this is our 10th year leading this ride. Just for fun, here are the routes for three of them, 2014-2016, all on one map. On 4/26, we’re headed SE to Jaycee-MacKay Park, with various sites along the way, including a little ramp ride at the GRPS HQ.

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 ~13 miles and will have a few regrouping stops along the way. It should take ~1.5 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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9/14/16 – Summer’s End Party/Ride

PedalGR ride begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 9/14/2016 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.

There will be cake! Sad, but true, another year of PedalGR has slipped by. It’s hard to believe Amy and I have been doing this for nine years. There will be a cake stop, a giant tire swing, and we’ll visit Sunset Ave as the sunset approaches.

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 ~9.5 miles and will have a few regrouping stops along the way. It should take about 2-2.5 hours (PedalGR is not a race). With the cake stop, we’ll be pushing the end of our daylight by the time we get back.
  • 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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8/17/16 – Taco Ride!

PedalGR ride begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 8/17/2016 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.

Tacos! We’re headed out for the Taco Ride! After a quick jaunt to Wyoming, and our annual visit to the mini-velodrome in Marquette Park, we’ll hit up Tacos El Cuñado on Burton St. Bring a few bucks and enjoy a taco or three! Afterward, we’ll head back north and if we have time we’ll stop at Motu Viget (the tire swing), which has been reinstalled near City Hall on Calder Plaza. Should be a great ride. Tacos!

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 ~12.5 miles and will have a few regrouping stops along the way. It should take about 2-2.5 hours (PedalGR is not a race). With the taco stop, we’ll likely be pushing the end of our daylight by the time we get back.
  • 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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8/3/16 Orchard Ride & Millennium Park

PedalGR ride begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 8/3/2016 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.

If you do one PedalGR this year, this should be the one! We’re switching things up this year, going in the Collindale side of Versluis Orchard. Farmer Nate will meet us there and surprise us with a tasty treat. Last year it was his famous “better than sex” sweet corn. Will it be peaches? Plums? Blueberries? Hard to know, but this is your chance to ride your bike into an orchard, eat fresh food you just picked at the source, and ask the farmer any questions you might have.

After that, we’ll head to Millennium Park. We’ll tour the new(ish) extension to the Hansen Nature Trail, and see the brand new boardwalk at “The Meadows”, which towers 24′ above the water offering panoramic views of the ponds to the east.

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 ~17.4 miles and will have a few regrouping stops along the way. It should take about 2-2.5 hours (PedalGR is not a race). With the orchard stop, we’ll likely be pushing the end of our daylight by the time we get back.
  • 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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