This Wednesday we’re headed north. We’ll hit Riverside Park, the new North Monroe Cycletrack, Grand Rapids Veterans’ Cemetery, among other sites. With sunset not until 9:25pm, this will be our longest ride of the year at 18 miles.
This Saturday is also the MSU Gran Fondo ride and the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium race through the Arena District of downtown Grand Rapids. A great setting for one of my favorite races, including a Kid’s Race that has over 150 kids riding down Ionia and around Van Andel Arena. Come down and enjoy one or both events. The Gran Fondo will concludes in the afternoon with a beer garden afterparty, complete with food trucks in the parking lot of The BOB. The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition will be providing secure bicycle valet parking at The BOB.
This Wednesday we’re headed to Blandford Nature Center. This is a always a great ride, with a trip out onto the boardwalk at one of their small wetland areas, and a visit to the Blandford School grounds to see the chicken coop, barn, and student and community gardens. We’ve gone to Blandford for every year of PedalGR and I love introducing folks who have never visited to their grounds.
Also this week is the Grand Rapids stop for the New Belgium Clips Beer and Film Tour. Taking advantage of one of the best settings in the city on Grand River at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, this event has become one of my CAN’T MISS events of the year. All proceeds from the beer sales go to benefit the bicycle advocacy work of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition (GGRBC). Central District Cyclery is hosting a slow-speed group ride to the event.
Toward the end of the Clips Beer and Film Tour, the GGRBC will announce the winners of their raffle for a New Belgium Cruiser Bike, donated by New Belgium, or a Twin Six Adventure Bike, donated by Twin Six and Central District Cyclery. I’ll have tickets for sale at PedalGR, or you can buy them on Thursday at the event. You need not be present to win.