This week we make our annual PedalGR sojourn to Blandford Nature Center. Approximately 140 acres tucked into the outskirts of the NW side, Blandford has been connecting GR citizens with the natural environment for many years. We’ll make a short visit to the wetland tower, and stop by the community/youth garden, where I’ve been told they are having a record crop.
On the way back, we’ll follow the new Walker/Standale trail south towards Millennium Park, before making a bee-line to Founders via O’Brien and Wealthy.
If you’ve got lights, please bring them, as we’ll likely be pushing into towards civil twilight time upon our return to Founders. The sun is leaving us too soon, and will set at 8:33pm.
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 15.5 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.
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Save The Date:
Saturday, Sept. 3rd– Biking 101 at the White Pine Trail
Know someone who’s new to biking and wants to learn more, or want to try out a demo bike from Ada Bike Shop, Village Bike Shop, or Grand Rapids Bicycle Company? The Michigan DNRE is hosting a Biking 101 event at the Belmont trailhead of the White Pine Trail at Rogue River County Park. Those three shops will be on hand to lend their expertise on basic maintenance, helmet & bicycle fit, and basic trail riding etiquette. The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition will also be selling maps and signing up new members.
More info can at: http://www.michigan.gov/
Sunday, Sept. 11th– PedalGR Moonlight Ride
The moonlight ride is BACK! Join us at Founders at 9pm. We’ll head out on Wealthy and hop on the trail to the Butterworth Dump. Once on the trail, we’ll shed the lights and ride by the light of the nearly full moon. There’s often enough moonlight to cast shadows and plenty to see by once your eyes adjust. After a lap around Millennium Park we’ll return to Founders for a beer. Simple enough! Hope you can join us. Ride should last between 1-1.5 hrs. LIGHTS ARE REQUIRED for the ride to and from the trail.
Saturday, October 8th– GR Urban Adventure Race – Artprize edition
The inaugural GR Urban Adventure Race in July was a sold-out smash hit, with 750 racers (375 teams) scouring downtown and the Westside to hit as many checkpoints as they could on foot and on bike. The organizers are planning a follow-up event on October 8th, incorporating many of the Artprize host sites around downtown. They’ve expanded the field to 1,000 racers (500) teams, but nearly half those slots are already taken. This great event is accessible to people of all physical abilities as the fastest team isn’t necessarily the one that can earn the most points. Sign-up today!
More info: http://grurbanadventurerace.com/
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Ride Safe and see you Wednesday!