9/8/10 – End of Year Party/Ride!

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 9/8/2010 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. ¬†PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

The end of PedalGR’s season is upon us. Wednesday is the End of Year Party/Ride, the last regularly scheduled PedalGR of the season. The 9/22 ride has been cancelled. Go enjoy ArtPrize, you fools! Seriously, there’s a million events going on (and those are just the official ones).

This year we’re doing something a little different. A short, 7 mile ride will lead us to our gracious host, Thomas Fish, at The Motion Initiative Urban Youth Bike Co-op. Awaiting us there will be grilled hamburgers, brats, veggie burgers, and veggie skewers from the Fulton St. Farmer’s Market and my garden. ūüôā While you’re hanging out, we’ll pass around a bucket. Half the collection will go to The Motion Initiative and the other half helping pay for supplies for the party. You can check out The Motion Initiative’s impressive, ever-changing shop space and don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to volunteer for this great organization (in fact, they still need bike mentors to ride with some of their youth in this Saturday’s MapleLeaf Ride).

On the route, we’ll do a little exploration of some public art, with a stop at the DiSuvero swing and a slow climb up the Project X earth sculpture. I can’t wait!! Love that giant tire swing.

A reminder that after “the party: part I” at The Motion Initiative, the sun may be slipping away during your trip back to Founders for “the party: part II”, so be sure to bring some lights to allow you to ride safely.

Also, if you bought this guy’s bike for $5, he’d like it back.

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 7 miles and will take a little over an hour (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 11 –¬†MapleLeaf Ride: This is the smallest of the Rapid Wheelmen annual bike tours, but the scenery is still fantastic! It begins at beautiful Long Lake County Park, north of GR. There are many different routes, including a really flat beginner route of 20 miles. The spoked format, with three different loops, means you can come back to the main rest area to fuel up and ride as much as you like. And although it’s too late to get your steak, you can still partake in the hotdogs and veggie burgers, fresh off the grill!

More info: http://www.rapidwheelmen.com/MapleLeaf/

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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Ride Safe and see you Wednesday!