9/17/08 – PedalGR End of Year PARTY!!! (and ride)

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 9/17/08 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.

It’s September.  The air is getting crisp, the darkness is coming way too fast, and the first season of PedalGR must come to an end.  FEAR NOT!  We will be going out in style!  After a short 7.5 mile “Bridge Pedal,” in which we will cross the Grand River 6 times, we will have a PARTY at Founders, the MOST awesome place to party in Grand Rapids.  Plus, we just might have a couple of crazy posed photos on the bridges and the Project X earth sculpture!

Riders will get free appetizers and the absolute coolest bicycle photo cake that Grand Rapids has EVER seen!  Rumors of ice cream have been swirling as well.  Founders Brewing Company, as our generous host of these rides all year (and the only place in the city with enough convenient bicycle parking), has provided great prizes that some lucky bicyclists will be heading home with.  The free food is being provided by the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club, sponsors of great weekly rides and bicycle tours all over the Grand Rapids area.

Here is the route:

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Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride. Nobody in the group will be left behind.
  • Ride is ONLY 7.5 miles and should take approximately 60 minutes so we can get to the PARTY!!!
  • Water is recommended.
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides.
  • We will try to leave right at 6:30 to maximize our daylight.  Please plan to arrive a few minutes early.
  • Don’t forget to dress appropriately – long sleeves may be necessary if it’s cool outside.

A few highlights include:

  • Downtown YMCA
  • Basilica of St. Adalbert (aka, the big green dome you can see from I-196)
  • Historic 6th St Bridge
  • Grand Rapids Project X earth sculpture (the lone hill, but it’s a doozy)
  • Belknap Hill I-196 dowtown overlook
  • Michigan St. Medical Hill, including the new Lemmon-Holten Cancer Pavilion and the currently under construction DeVos Children’s Hospital and MSU Medical School
  • Ah-Nab-Awen Park and Gerald R. Ford Museum and Burial Ground
  • Rosa Parks Circle and Monroe Center

I really want to thank everyone who has come out for a PedalGR ride.  If you haven’t, you’re missing out!  But you can still come to this last ride, and there’s always next year! 

I also want to specifically thank Steve Faber of Newberry Place, Kristin Tindall of Blandford Nature Center, Suzanne Schulz and Clare Wade with the City of Grand Rapids, Nate Versluis of Versluis Orchards (mouthwatering PEACHES!), Eric Bouwens for sponsoring our free tacos at Tacos El Moroleon, and Norma Jansma and Lois Huisman of Hillcrest Community Gardens.  All of these people helped me to make PedalGR even more interesting and helped the riders learn a little bit more about this great city.

When I started this, I wasn’t sure what to expect or what it was going to become, but I’ve had a blast, met tons of great new people, and seen a lot of the city I never knew existed.

Also, be sure to check back here at www.pedalgr.com often (or even better, enter your email in the upper right of this page and sign-up to have new route notifications delivered right to your inbox) as we may have some impromptu fall rides, possibly including a Halloween themed ride of some sort.

Other upcoming rides and events:

Sat. 9/13MapleLeaf Tour – hosted by the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club

Sun. 9/14 KissCross (Racing for Beer!) at Highland Park – West Michigan’s own cyclocross series kicks off its season with this event, hosted by the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club and Village Bike.  This is a spectator and family friendly sport, so check it out!

Sat. 9/20Randonnée to New Holland Autumnfest – hosted by Grand Rapids Randonneurs

Sat. 10/4 – Cider and Donuts Social Ride – Wells Orchard, details TBA, check out http://www.rapidwheelmen.com

Sat. 10/11Colorburst Tour – In memory of Donna Ryskamp and Craig Campbell, benefiting MADD of Kent County and other charities, hosted by the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.  If you do no other rides this fall, this is the one to put on your calendar!  I should know, since I’m the co-chairperson with my wife, Amy.  🙂  As usual, we will have a great pancake breakfast with real maple syrup, fruit compote, coffee, and hot cocoa, awesome homemade cookies and fresh fruit at the rest stops, and a soup lunch provided by local restaurants.

Remember, having fun and riding safely are the two most important goals! Hope to see you there!

9/3/08 – PedalGR Ride!

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 9/3/08 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.

Hillcrest Gardens in the Fall
Photo Credit: Lori Talo via Flickr

This week we’ll head for a tour of Hillcrest Community Garden, one of the largest community gardens in the state of Michigan. We’ll also weave our way through the Aquinas College campus, hit up the Farmer’s Market (no farmers will be harmed), and traipse through a few of the alleyways of the Midtown neighborhood.

Here is the route:

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Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride. Nobody in the group will be left behind.
  • Ride is ONLY 11 miles and should take approximately 90 minutes.
  • Water and portable snack food are recommended.
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides.
  • We will try to leave right at 6:30 to maximize our daylight.  Please plan to arrive a few minutes early.

A few highlights include:

Mark your calendars on Sept. 17th for the PedalGR end of year party.  The Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club will be providing appetizers and cake after the final ride of the summer.  It will be a short route because of the dwindling daylight and fun will be had by all!

Cameras are highly encouraged to document our journey. Please contact me with any questions.

Remember, having fun and riding safely are the two most important goals! Hope to see you there! As usual, we will congregate at Founder’s for beer and munchies after the ride.