PedalGR 2014

  • 9/17/14
  • 9/3/14
  • 8/20/14
  • 8/6/14
  • 7/23/14
  • 7/9/14
  • 6/25/14
  • 6/11/14
  • 5/28/14
  • 5/14/14
  • 4/30/14-Calvin Eco-Preserve

8/20/14 - Taco Ride!!!

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 8/20/2014 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.

The Buist sharktrike on the Wyoming “velodrome”

I had a friend reply to me that every ride for her is a Taco Ride. I am envious. Not so for me, so this PedalGR ride will have to cover me for awhile.

We are so fortunate to have many great taquerias to choose from, Tacos El Cunado (Bridge, Downtown Market, Grandville, or Burton), Taqueria San Jose, Supermercado, El Kiosko, just to name a few off the top of my head. It’s a difficult decision every year. We’ll head to Tacos El Caporal, a favorite of mine.  Be sure to bring a few dollars or a credit card so you can buy your tacos.

We’ll also visit an overgrown r/c car race track in Wyoming, then head to the GR Bike Park and old GRBMX track via a little .25 mile hike under US 131 and over the Plaster Creek.  We’re only clocking about 8 miles due to dwindling daylight and the taco stop, but it will be a lot of fun!

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 ~8.5 miles and will have a few stops along the way. It should take about 2 hours with the 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.

Route:

Save The Date:

Maybe next time.

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8/6/14 - Versluis Orchard & Millennium Park

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 8/6/2014 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.

I’m not sure I can pick a favorite PedalGR route, but our annual pilgrimage to Versluis Orchard is definitely up there. Once again we’ll get a tour of the orchard from Nate “The Farmer” Versluis, himself. Be prepared for a little sand in the orchard for you skinny tire folk, as we haven’t seen rain. Nothing you can’t ride or walk around if you’re not confident in your off-roading skills, and definitely don’t let it scare you from this amazing ride. We’ll get to sample some fruit, but what it will be is a surprise even to me.

Before heading to the orchard we’ll be touring Millennium Park. I will talk your ear off with my adoration of the trails in this huge, priceless park. I love each and every ride there and this will be no exception.

Because of limited daylight, the goal is to leave right at 6:30, if you’re late, you might be able to catch us heading west on Wealthy or the trail to Millennium Park.

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 stops along the way. It should take about 2-2 1/2 hours with the 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.

Route:

Save The Date:

Shiny new toys for my road bike

Sorry, instead of finding some events to post, I spent the evening installing these new goodies on my road bike. Maybe next time.

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PedalGR - 7/23/14 - ICE CREAM RIDE!!!

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 7/23/2014 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.

ICE CREAM RIDE!!! This week we’ll travel to Twisters on the NW side. I love their Trash Can Sundae. As always, we’ll provide you with $2 cold hard cash, courtesy of the Rapid Wheelmen. It should get you a small cone, but if you want anything more expensive than $2, be sure to bring a little extra cash.

It’s a pretty flat route except for right before the ice cream. You gotta earn it! We’ll head up a hill to the Greenwood Cemetery and stop at a cool lookout where you can see the top of the downtown skyline. Hope you can join us!

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 stops along the way. It should take about 2-2 1/2 hours with the ice cream stop (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:

Save The Date:

Make your own ride. Save the Date will return with more events in a couple of weeks.

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7/9/14 - The Blandford Ride

Blandford wetland

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 7/9/2014 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

Happy July! The days are getting shorter and it’s time to head to Blandford Nature Center. I love this ride, and if you’ve been before, you’ll know why. We’ll stop at the Blandford wetland boardwalk for a photo op, then head to their youth and community garden to visit the chicken coop. On the way, we’ll see some sites of the NW side, including a trip down the rabbit hole.

The Rabbit Hole

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 ~14 miles and will have a few stops along the way. 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.

Route:

Save The Date:

Sunday, July 13th- 20th Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour - Fallasburg County Park
More info: http://www.fallasburg.org/bike.html

Saturday, July 19th- 40th Annual Holland Hundred - Herman Miller Greenhouse
More info: http://macatawa.cc/live/holland-hundred/

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PedalGR - 6/25/14 - Here We Go Again Ride

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 6/25/2014 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

This week we replay the 6/11 route that got rained out:
This week’s PedalGR ride clocks in at approximately 17.2 miles. With some extra daylight from the [just passed] summer solstice, we should have no problem.  We’ll head north, then take a different turn than past years and head west across the river.  A few hills on the NW side and then it’s all downhill to the river with a slight incline back to the beer.  Hope to see you there.

Also, as part of the New Belgium Clips Beer and Film Tour, coming to GR on Friday, June 27, the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition is raffling off two bicycles, a New Belgium Cruiser Bike and a 616 Fabrications Fat Bike.  I’ll have photos of both, along with raffle tickets. You can support bicycle advocacy in GR AND have a chance to win an awesome bicycle.  Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.

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 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:

Save The Date:

Friday, June 27th - New Belgium Clips Beer and Film Tour - Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Downtown Grand Rapids
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/593041904116970/

Saturday, June 28th - MSU Gran Fondo - ride bikes, fight skin cancer, starts in downtown GR
80, 40, and 25 mile routes. More info: http://www.msugranfondo.com/

Saturday, June 28th - Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium - Super fast racing on the bricks of the Arena District
Races all day for kids to Pros. More info: http://www.msugranfondo.com/

Saturday & Sunday, July 5-6 - Catastrophe Cup – Road Race & Alleycat - John Ball Park
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/272411236274841/

 

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Ride Safe and see you Wednesday!