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

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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7/8/15 - The Ice Cream Ride!!

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 7/8/2015 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.

It’s time for the PedalGR Ice Cream Ride!!! As always, we’ll provide you with $2 cold hard cash, courtesy of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club. It should get you a small cone, but if you want anything more expensive than $2, be sure to bring a little extra cash.

This year’s ice cream ride takes us takes us to a new destination in Alger Heights, The Dog King. Last time we went for ice cream in Alger Heights, it was 97 degrees on the ride. Thankfully, temps promise to be a BIT more moderate this year. We’ll also be mixing in some unpaved sections near Reeds Lake and at MacKay-Jaycees 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 ~16 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). Don’t forget to bring some extra $$ if you want anything more than a small ice cream cone.
  • 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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6/24/15 - Northside Riverside Ride

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 6/24/2015 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.

A stop at Grand Rapids Veterans’ Cemetery

This Wednesday we’re headed north. We’ll hit Riverside Park, the new North Monroe Cycletrack, Grand Rapids Veterans’ Cemetery, among other sites. With sunset not until 9:25pm, this will be our longest ride of the year at 18 miles.

This Saturday is also the MSU Gran Fondo ride and the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium race through the Arena District of downtown Grand Rapids. A great setting for one of my favorite races, including a Kid’s Race that has over 150 kids riding down Ionia and around Van Andel Arena. Come down and enjoy one or both events. The Gran Fondo will concludes in the afternoon with a beer garden afterparty, complete with food trucks in the parking lot of The BOB. The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition will be providing secure bicycle valet parking at The BOB.

MSU Gran Fondo: http://www.msugranfondo.com/
Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium: http://www.hermanmillerbrickyardcriterium.com/

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. It should take about 2 to 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.


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6/10/15 - Blandford Ride!

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 6/10/2015 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.

2014 Clips Beer and Film Tour

This Wednesday we’re headed to Blandford Nature Center. This is a always a great ride, with a trip out onto the boardwalk at one of their small wetland areas, and a visit to the Blandford School grounds to see the chicken coop, barn, and student and community gardens. We’ve gone to Blandford for every year of PedalGR and I love introducing folks who have never visited to their grounds.

Also this week is the Grand Rapids stop for the New Belgium Clips Beer and Film Tour. Taking advantage of one of the best settings in the city on Grand River at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, this event has become one of my CAN’T MISS events of the year. All proceeds from the beer sales go to benefit the bicycle advocacy work of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition (GGRBC). Central District Cyclery is hosting a slow-speed group ride to the event.

Toward the end of the Clips Beer and Film Tour, the GGRBC will announce the winners of their raffle for a New Belgium Cruiser Bike, donated by New Belgium, or a Twin Six Adventure Bike, donated by Twin Six and Central District Cyclery. I’ll have tickets for sale at PedalGR, or you can buy them on Thursday at the event. You need not be present to win.

More info at: http://www.bikegrandrapids.org/events/the-grand-rapids-new-belgium-clips-beer-and-film-tour
CDC Ride info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/400367136813704/
2014 Photos: http://bit.ly/2014clipsgr

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 ~14.5 miles. It should take about 2 hours with the stop at Blandford. (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.

TIME CHANGE - 5/27/15 - 6pm meetup for Mayor's Ride

PedalGR, meeting at 6:00pm (NOTE THE EARLY START) on Wednesday, 5/27/2015 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.

The first Mayor’s Ride in 2009

PedalGR will be meeting tomorrow at 6pm instead of the normal 6:30. We’ll be riding up to Riverside Park to participate in the GR Mayor George Heartwell’s final Mayor’s Ride at 6:30pm.

If you can’t make it to Founders by 6pm, you can also meet us at Riverside Park at the Guild St (Island Shelter) entrance at 6:20. The City of GR, MDOT, and Mayor Heartwell will be cutting a ribbon for the official opening of the Monroe Ave separated two-way cycletrack.

More info at: http://www.bikegrandrapids.org/events/mayors-ride-2015

We’ll ride back to Founders afterward.

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 ~12-14 miles, depending on our return route. We’ll meet up with the Mayor’s ride and do at least the 6-mile route. It should take about 1 1/2-2 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.