In a normal PedalGR year, this week would be our trip to the Versluis Orchard to visit farmer and mountain bike racer extraordinaire, Nate Versluis. However, this year, the Versluis fruit crop was completely wiped out by the warm March weather and subsequent frost that struck many West Michigan farms this year.
As an alternative, we’ll be headed to Millennium and Johnson Parks. My PedalGR regulars will know that I’ve been a huge fan of the developing trail system at Millennium Park. This past fall, Kent County Parks added a new loop around Lake Leota and a bridge over Maynard Avenue. We’ll visit those new sections and also check out the hilly, but absolutely beautiful scenic “drive” in Johnson Park that was closed off to motor vehicles a couple of years ago.
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.
- Bring water, please! Temps are expected to be warm, but not oppressive (thankfully).
- Ride is about 16 miles and will take about 2-2.5 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.
View 7/18/12 – Millennium and Johnson Parks in a larger map
Save The Date:
Saturday, July 28– Grand Cycling Classic – USPRO National Criterium Championships
Also, check out the route for the Grand Cycling Challenge, a ride on a closed course the morning of the race, open to all riders. Challenge yourself and your friends to see how many laps you can complete. Register for the challenge, click here.
Wednesday, August 1– PedalGR Taco Ride!
Our annual Taco Ride! You won’t want to miss this ride. Bring some cash to pick-up a taco as we tour SW GR and Wyoming. Taco stop location TBD.
Mondays starting in May– Rapid Wheelmen Time Trial
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Ride Safe and see you Wednesday!