8/25/10 – HillCrest Garden Walk-through

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 8/25/2010 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.  PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

Sunflowers at HillCrest Comm. Garden

The end of August brings along with it a harsh reality.  WHERE DID THE FREAKIN’ SUMMER GO?!?  Plus, the sun sets way too early.  It also brings the peak of the summer’s harvest.  Backyard gardens and farmer’s markets are overflowing with the bounty of West Michigan.

In honor of this, PedalGR will visit the largest community garden in West Michigan.  With over 100 spots, and 50 people on the waiting list, the Hillcrest Community Garden is in high demand.  We’ll go for a walk through the garden to check out the beauty and the bounty, and maybe run into a few of the gardeners.

We’ll also see if anything’s hopping up the fish ladder, roll through the West Grand neighborhood, and ride across the newest pedestrian bridge over the Grand River on the Oxford Street Trail.

The Route:


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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 about 13 miles and will 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.

Save The Date:

September 8 – PedalGR End of Year Party/Ride: Details are still in the works, watch for more soon.

September 10-12 – Midwest Mtn Bike Summit @ GR Bike Park: Last year, over 200 participants descended upon Grand Rapids for a weekend of workshops, trailbuilding demos, races, and a Saturday bicycle “midway” at the Cannonsburg Ski Hill for the 2009 MMBS.  This year’s followup promises to be even better!  With more workshops on Friday, bicycle competitions and music on Saturday, and our local KissCross Cyclocross races on Saturday and Sunday, there’s plenty here to entertain the mtn bike junkie and the casual spectator.  GRBMX will also be hosting a regional race on Saturday and Sunday on their portion of the site.

The Western Chapter of the Michigan Mtn Bike Association has been hard at work turning a neglected little league field and creek corridor into an awesome urban mtn biking oasis.  About 2.5 miles of new trail will be officially debuted at the summit, including a family-friendly beginner loop.

More info: http://www.midwestmtbsummit.com/

September 25 – Tour de Donut @ Klackle’s Orchard: Last year I finished 2nd in the debut of the Tour de Donut, consuming 10 donuts and finishing 15 minutes behind the leader. I wasn’t even that serious about it, and was riding a slow bike, taking my time. This year, IT’S ON! I’m going for doughy victory. You can join me at Klackle’s for the race.

More info at: Klackle Orchards

September 25 – GO GREEN! GO DUTCH! GO BIKE! @ Calvin College w/ride to downtown: Gather with other cyclists at 9am at VanNoord Arena to celebrate the bicycle and the role it plays in Dutch culture. Cool orange and green T-shirts will be for sale benefiting The Motion Initiative. There will be a few brief presentations followed by a group ride @9:30am to Rosa Parks Circle for a short rally. The group will return to Calvin by noon. Everyone is invited to come and show your support for bicycling in Grand Rapids on a casual ride among fellow cyclists.

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8/11/10 – FREE Ice Cream Ride

Yum!!!

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 8/11/2010 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.  PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

It’s HOT! Ice cream is COLD! This week we’ll be riding to ice cream, then to beer. My dream ride, really. The Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club is generously purchasing the first $2 of your cold, delicious treat from Too Talls on Coit Ave. If you think you might want something that costs more than $2, be sure to bring extra.

We’ll also explore a hidden trail and bridge on the NE side, and hit up a “ghost” development, where the streets were put in, but the houses never built (yet). It’s a very efficient use of tax dollars.

It’s going to be warm, so don’t forget to bring plenty of water! I repeat, bring lots of water!

The Route:

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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.
  • WATER! WATER! WATER! WATER! WATER!
  • Ride is about 16 miles and will 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.

Save The Date:

EDIT: The first version of this entry had a Teamwork Bags event. Oops, turns out they don’t update their blog very often and the Sunday Prime was last year. Maybe someday PedalGR will have a competent copy editor to review the posts BEFORE I screw them up. Until then, my apologies.

2009 Tour de Gaslight

Sunday, August 22nd – Michigan State Criterium Championship at the Tour de Gaslight: East Grand Rapids again plays host to this fantastic race through Gaslight Village. With many laps around a short course, criterium races are among the most spectator friendly. $5500 in prizes will be on the line, along with bragging rights for the state champion. Races start at 8:50am with the Jr Boys/Girls. Women’s Cat 1/2/3 starts at 10am and the Men’s Pro/1/2 race starts at 3:10pm. Don’t miss a chance to see some of the fastest bicyclists in the state of Michigan!

More info at: http://www.abgcycling.com/

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