6/19/13 – A Ride Up Riverside

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 6/19/2013 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

On this PedalGR ride, we’ll head to the great North.  Up the Grand River to one of my favorite little scenic streets on Willow Drive.

Also, don’t miss the New Belgium Clips Beer and Film tour this Friday. All proceeds from the beer and merchandise sold benefits the Room to Ride Campaign of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition.  Plus, The Rides, The Grand Fondo, and other great stuff going on in the calendar below.  The next two weekends have some great events you won’t want to miss.

616 Fabrication + Freewheeler Bicycle Shop = HOT!!!
616 Fabrication + Freewheeler Bicycle Shop = HOT!!!

RAFFLE!! The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition has kicked off a huge raffle to benefit our Room to Ride campaign for 100 miles bike lanes in Greater Grand Rapids. You’re going to want to buy lots of tickets. 1st Prize: New Belgium Brewing Cruiser Bike; 2nd Prize: A 616 Bicycle Fabrications fat bike, with components donated by Freewheeler Bicycle Shop. How awesome is that?!? It’s even painted in the New Belgium colors, to match the theme of the raffle. Tickets are $5 for one or $20 for five. Ask me about tickets. Drawing will take place at the New Belgium Clips Beer and Film Tour on Friday, 6/21 at Ah-Nab-Awen park.

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 16.2 miles and will take about 1 1/2 to 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 (LOTS TO DO!!!):

June 21 – Clips Beer and Film Fest, Ah-Nab-Awen Park

The Clips Beer & Film tour – already an annual highlight in cities like Austin, Portland, and Boulder – brings together New Belgium’s celebrated Lips of Faith brews, top short films from around the country and a love of all things bicycling into a one night celebration. All the money raised from beer sold at the event goes to the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition.


June 21 – The Rides, a fundraiser for the Public Museum of GR

The June 21 event will feature a non-competitive family cycling event (7 miles) at twilight (8 p.m.) followed by a non-competitive cycling ride (approximately 14 miles) at midnight (12 a.m.). Rides start and finish at the Grand Rapids Public Museum with various activities and an after party.


June 29 – MSU Gran Fondo, the B.O.B in downtown GR

Join us for the inaugural Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo, a fun, non-competitive cycling event to benefit skin cancer research at MSU. Gran Fondo” means “Big Ride” in Italian. Gran Fondos are long distance, mass-participation cycling events – not races – that are becoming immensely popular. Participation is open to recreational and competitive amateur cyclists. All abilities are welcome.


June 29 – Herman Miller Brickyard Classic

This criterium, with over $30,000 in prize money, will once again take over the bricked roads of the Arena District. Come for the Fondo, stay for the racing and beer (and the chicks and the glory).


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Ride Safe and see you Wednesday!