The 4th PedalGR Moonlight Ride will leave Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW, on Thursday, December 31st at 6pm.
The ride should last 1 to 1 1/2 hours, so dress warmly.
Here’s a short list of what I usually wear:
- long underwear
- heavy wool socks
- mid-weight wool socks
- hiking boots or sometimes my insulated work boots (Note: Some people with better circulation in their feet can get away with a base layer sock, mid to heavy wool socks, cycling shoes and booties. If you don’t have winter cycling shoes, it’s important to have the booties or something else to block the wind. Most regular cycling shoes have decent ventilation which will not keep your feet warm.)
- merino wool or polyester base layer
- light to mid weight wool or cotton shirt
- light weight fleece or windbreaker jacket
- For my hands, I have a regular glove inside a fleece thinsulate glove, inside a larger windproof waterproof mitten. That works pretty well for me, although my hands have poor circulation and can still get cold after awhile.
- for my face, I use a Psolar (google it) mask with a little heat exchanger cartridge.
We’ll hopefully get back to Founders for a beer before the NYE crowd arrives en masse. Afterwards, Amy and I will be wandering down to Rosa Parks Circle to take in the festivities there, including live music, DJs, and the ball drop at midnight.
The route hasn’t been set, as I still need to scout the condition of the Millennium Park roads and trails. If it’s closed, we may head upstream to Riverside Park and back, or we may head elsewhere.
LIGHTS ARE REQUIRED! Extra lights may be available if you need them. Send me an email at joshuajduggan (@at@) gmail.com if you need to borrow a set.
New Year’s Day Ride at Founders
I was informed today that some members of the Founders Racing Team are organizing a New Year’s Day ride at 1pm, starting at Founders. They are a racing team, but I was assured this ride will be at a casual pace, open to riders of all skill levels. They are trying to get a big group together for the ride, so feel free to tell your friends or bring them with you. The route will head to Reed’s Lake and back.
If your #1 Resolution is to “Ride My Bike More” (and everyone’s should be), then this is a great way to start the year. There will be plenty of football games to watch later.
Moonlight bi(ke)athlons (no rifles!)
That’s right, January and February’s PedalGR Moonlight rides will debut the PedalGR bi(ke)athlons. Bring your cross country skis and your bicycle. We’ll put the skis in my Xtracycle or my trailer and I’ll haul them while we ride to Millennium Park. We will ski around on some of the paved or gravel trails, depending on the conditions and with snow on the ground, seeing by the moonlight is not an issue at all.
The biathlons are dependent upon having snow. If there’s isn’t any, or the conditions are not good enough for skiing, we’ll figure out an alternate plan. Don’t have skis? Email me at joshuajduggan @AT@ gmail.com and let me know you’re interested. If there’s enough interest, I’ll look into the possibility of getting rentals from somewhere.
Hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a fantastic 2010!!!