8/24/11 – Blandford Nature Center

Blandford wetland tower, 2008 PedalGR

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 8/24/2011 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

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.

The Route:

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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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08/10/11 – Ice Cream Ride!!!

Ice Cream! At The Parlor on Cherry in 2008.

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 8/10/2011 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

No lie. This week’s PedalGR is all about the ice cream.  We’ll be visiting Twisters, a relatively new shop on Alpine, north of Richmond.  Twisters is unique because it’s in an old Chase bank building.  There’s even still an ATM that was part of the old drive through.  They also have great ice cream.

As usual, PedalGR will provide each rider with $2, courtesy of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.  If you think you might want something that will cost more than $2, please bring additional cash.

Other sites of interest include the I-196 pedestrian tunnel, the Fish Ladder, Greenwood Cemetery (unique view of downtown), and the Basilica of St. Adelbert on Davis Ave.

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 13.5 miles and will take about 2 hours (PedalGR is not a race).
  • Each rider will get $2 for ice cream.  Bring extra if you think you’ll spend more.
  • 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.

The Route:


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Save The Date:

Saturday, August 13th– Mapleleaf Tour

It’s not too late to sign up for the Mapleleaf Tour, put on by the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.  This scenic tour offers multiple loops from Long Lake County Park, NW of GR.  You can mix and match the marked loops of 20, 30, and 30 miles for a short or a long ride.  The 20 mile loop is super scenic and very flat.  Lunch is provided, although it’s too late to order your steak.

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

Saturday, August 20th– Herman Miller Grand Cycling Classic & Bikestock III
The Grand Cycling Classic is back! This year, the race will host the strongest criterium racers in the US, battling it out for the USPRO Criterium National Championships! That’s right, the Stars and Stripes jersey will be awarded right here in Grand Rapids, immediately following my favorite event, THE KID’s RACE!! Also new this year is the Grand Cycling Challenge Ride, for $30, cyclists of all abilities will be able to ride on the closed course through downtown Grand Rapids in a non-competitive event from 7:30am-11am. Following the USPRO Championships, professional women cyclists will compete for points in the National Race Calendar series. Nearly $30,000 in prize money is up for grabs.

Also check out Bikestock III in the parking lot near Bistro Bella Vita. This celebration of bikes, music, and beer will take place all day during the races and into the evening. Watch bike polo demonstrations, listen to music, hang out in the beer tent provided by WMEAC, or check out the vintage bicycle displays, provided by the Grand Rapids Vintage Bicycle Club.

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

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Ride Safe and see you Wednesday!