Category Archives: Bicycling Events

I know we can do better

The 5th Annual ACDC Ride to raise funds for Associated Charities of Lenawee County is only three weeks away. Have you registered yet? Registration and sponsorship forms are available under the “ACDC Ride” tab on this website. You can also check out the routes.

Three years ago, this ride was on the verge of falling apart. Last year, we had a total of 43 riders (12 on the Kiwanis Trail, 21 on the 50K route, and 10 on the 100K route). The event raised over $2000 for the Charities. We’re making terrific progress, but I know we can do better.

Associated Charities does remarkable work for those in need in our community. What stands out to me most is the sense of dignity they help to provide and to nurture in their clients. The Charities is celebrating their centennial anniversary this year. Come out and celebrate with them.

The ACDC Ride is a great event. Highlights include…

  • Family-friendly 7- and 14-mile routes on the Kiwanis Trail
  • 50K and 100K routes in scenic Lenawee County, MI, that will be as challenging (or not) as you want them to be
  • SAG support
  • Rest stops with water and snacks about every 12 miles, two of which have bona fide bathrooms, so you don’t have to go wandering into the corn rows when nature calls
  • RoadID coupons for everyone and gift certificates for a few lucky folks
  • a 20% same-day discount for all riders at Adrian Locksmith & Cyclery, our friendly local bike shop
  • a classy event t-shirt
  • post-ride music with Jeff D. spinning the hot wax
  • a lip-smacking yummy lunch
  • great folks all around

…and more.

What are you waiting for? Grab some friends and family, check the air in your tires, and finish your season in style.

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2013 Tour de Cure

This just in:

Early-bird registration for our 2013 Michigan Tour de Cure, taking place on June 15 in Brighton, starts today and runs through next Tuesday, August 21.

Visit diabetes.org/michigantourdecure and use promo code ‘EARLYBIRD’ to register for only $5—that’s $10 off of our current registration fee and the lowest online registration we’ll offer this year!

Bonus: Register online in August and you’ll be qualified to win one of three $250 Amazon.com gift cards!

You can also visit our tent at the Birmingham Bike Festival on Sunday, August 26, in Birmingham, Mich., for free registration.

Either way, we hope you’ll join us in 2013!

I would really, really like to organize a team for the 2013 Tour de Cure in Brighton, and to participate in the event as a club. We could do some fun fundraising together as a club throughout the year, ride the same route together wearing our custom club t-shirts or jerseys, and celebrate together afterward in our team tent (provided we raise enough as a team by the deadline). What say you?

If you’re interested, let me know. And either way, I hope you’ll consider being part of the 2013 Tour de Cure, and take advantage of this great offer of an early registration discount. (Note: If you’re planning to ride as part of our group, join “Team Hadrian” when you register.)

Hancock Horizontal Hundred

Is anyone in our reading audience interested in (or already thinking about) riding this year’s Hancock Horizontal Hundred in Findlay, OH, on Sunday, September 9? It’s a terrific ride, especially if you’re looking to do either your first century or your fastest.

They’ve put together a nice little promo video for this year event:

Click here if you need more info on the ride. If you’re ready to register, click here instead.

Post a comment to let us know if you plan on going.

writing bikes

I’m leaving town for a few days later this week. Therefore, it’s time to clean out my browser tabs so I can shut down my computer and start with a clean slate upon my return.

Here, then, is a pile of random stuff I thought might be of interest. Discuss amongst yourselves.

2012 Tecumseh Memorial Day Parade

PALM registrations available: if there’s anyone out there who would like to ride PALM this year but wasn’t able to register for some reason or another, LuAnn has two spots for sale, including meals. Email her for more information.

VeloNews invites various pro cyclists to chronicle their races and other experiences pertaining to life in and around the peloton. I tend to find that getting a first-person perspective generally, and especially from any sort of pro anything, is rather hit and miss. But I have to say, this opening paragraph from Lee Rodgers, reflecting on the Tour of Langkawi, is good — really good — writing, hands down:

The people hollered and cheered as we careened through the capital’s streets, an invited army in trade colors, various colored helmets and shoes of brilliant hues — some bodies black and some gone blue, yet still we shocked those looking on, so mighty was the sheer speed of our roaring phalanx, rising to over 60km per hour on the weary, battered road. Vibrant. Alive. Hurting. The sound of voices, freewheels and shifters reverberated from the walls of the valley of shops and office blocks, homes and empty lots. Adrenalin exploded into the collective cortex, the scent of the kill flared nostrils already forced wide by the demand for oxygen. Blood pumped, hearts thumped and we, exhausted after 1023km in 6 days, commanded our bodies to rage one last time.

We were obeyed. For one last kilometer.

When I first begin writing this post a week ago (I am such a pathetic blogger), I wanted to talk a little about women’s professional cycling and the Exergy Tour. Since the race concluded this past Sunday, all I have now to say is this: women’s cycling rocks, and Evelyn Stevens is a god. Evie won the 2012 Fleche Wallonne Femmes last month, the first American woman to do so, and only the second American ever to do so. (The first was Lance Armstrong.) And this past Sunday, she won the inaugural Exergy Tour.

Until yesterday, I thought this was the stupidest thing I had ever seen. Then I watched a couple sit in their car, in the Family Frosty parking lot in Tecumseh, with the windows up, engine running, and air conditioner going, while they ate their ice cream. Now I’m not sure which is the winner (or loser, as the case may be).

Salt Lake City, Utah, recently launched a website dedicated to cycling in the area. (Here’s a direct link if you care to have a look.) My goal for this blog has always, in various ways, been centered on bringing together and supporting all aspects of the cycling community in Lenawee County. Unfortunately, we still an awfully long way to go, and, more often than not, for reasons I cannot fully grasp, the route seems like we’re pedaling uphill with a headwind. That said, I still think it would be a fantastic thing if Adrian or Lenawee County were to offer a resource akin to what Salt Lake City has launched, whether it be Hadrian on a Bicycle or a page hosted on the city website. Do you agree? If so, what would it look like? And how might we work together on making this happen?

Along those lines, are you looking for some new routes? The League of Michigan Bicyclists publishes route maps on their website. Under the “Local Maps” tab, there is a listing of route maps produced by individual riders and clubs all over the state, organized by cities, as well as a link to a statewide LMB Map My Ride Group you can join. They are inviting riders from all over the state to submit maps. Why don’t we get some of our rides linked to the LMB Map My Ride Group and some local loop maps posted on the LMB wesbite? Any takers?

Do you all know about Adventure Cycling’s Underground Railroad Bicycle Route? Did you know that they’ve just added a Detroit Alternate segment that passes right through our fair city? You can read a wonderfully detailed four-part overview of the entire segment on the Adventure Cycling Association website. (Adrian is mentioned in Part 1. Here are links to Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.) I encourage you look into the variety of ways you can offer support to long-distance trekkers pedaling through our region.

I’ve recently been commuting to campus in a manner I’ve been calling “The Grant Petersen” way, which means at a slower pace (a slightly slower pace), in plain clothes, and even occasionally without a helmet (gasp!). I will admit, certain aspects of this approach have proved enjoyable. But I’ve also spent more hours than I would care to in soggy boxer shorts. Perhaps it’s time to grab a fresh pack of Action Wipes from my local bike shop. That’s all I have to say about that … for now.

Many of you have likely read already this piece in the Huffington Post on Detroit bike shops. Every time I see stuff like this, I think about how far Re-Bicycle Lenawee has come and about how brilliant its future looks. Here’s a nice series along similar (and not-so-similar) lines from Copenhagenize.com on subversive bicycle photos from various cities around the world.

Finally, I’ll leave you with this must-read stellar column by Robin Wilkinson from Wales Online on cyclists of every ilk, whether they be “poor and strange,” rational, or “bounding across the countryside wrapped-up like a giant sweet, hunched over a carbon frame in a strange act of supplication, strained calves bulging like glazed Christmas hams … clad head-to-toe in fluorescent lycra like a Flashdance-obsessed road-sweeper, slowly touring Wales and its surroundings by bike.”

2012 Tour de Tecumseh

If you participated in this year’s Tour de Tecumseh yesterday (Sunday, May 20), please share your thoughts on the event.

Which route did you ride? What did you like and/or dislike about it? What improvements might be made for next year?

Comments are open.

like, omg…

…our local Ride of Silence was the best yet!

We had 31 riders (our largest turnout to date) join us for a quiet, slow, meandering 10-mile tour of Adrian. The size of the group, coupled with the fact that lots of folks were out and about, ensured lots of visibility, which will translate (hopefully) to increased awareness of bicyclists in our community.

Apologies for any confusion stemming from yesterday’s post, which I had written the day prior, while thinking of what was, at the time, tomorrow, but which is now, of course, today. Bottom line, the Ride of Silence was yesterday (Wednesday), and the Maple Wheelers ride and Tecumseh Classic Car, Bike, and Bicycle show is today (Thursday). Clear?

Speaking, then, of tomorrow, there are a couple of local Bike-to-Work Day events scheduled:

Adrian bicyclists are being encouraged to bicycle to work Friday, May 18, with a pair of activities.

From 7:30 to 9 a.m., an “energizer station” with free snacks, fruits and beverages will be set up in front of city hall at 135 E. Maumee St. A prize drawing also is planned, according to a news release.

At noon, riders can take time to bicycle on the Kiwanis Trail with Mayor Greg DuMars from city hall to Riverside Park and back. Participants will be required to wear a helmet, some of which will be available at city hall. Snacks and coffee will be available upon return.

The event is sponsored by Adrian Locksmith & Cyclery, Morning Fresh Bakeries and Tim Hortons. People can phone city hall at 264-4815 for more information.

Following are are a few clips from Adventure Cycling Association’s Bike Bits. If you’re not already a subscriber to this free e-newsletter, I highly recommend that you consider signing up. They cull together some really great stuff, way better than the cheesy drivel you waste your time reading on this blog. Learn more at the Adventure Cycling website.

HIGH ON FRYE
Russ Frye, a member of our self-contained TransAm tour group that departed from Williamsburg, Virginia, earlier this month, is posting on his blog as he goes. A retired teacher, Russ now works part time for a company that manages the hiring process for large corporations. And, as you will quickly realize if you tap into “Tailwindz,” he also has a sense of humor. We think it’s going to be worthwhile to follow Russ’ blog as he goes, joining him and his group-mates on a vicarious velo-adventure across America.

BIKING FOR BANFF
Sylvie Froncek wrote recently to tell us about another long-distance ride. Sylvie and her friends are embarking on a tour of the West Coast this month; all students at or graduates of Pitzer College in Claremont, California, the four will ride self-supported, no SAG, “just full panniers and helmet cameras” as they follow the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route from Seattle to Los Angeles. Why the helmet cams? “Our ride is unique in that we will be filming it and submitting our final product to the Banff Mountain Film Festival, The Bike Film Festival, and the Adventure Film Festival,” Sylvie wrote. The group would like to invite Bike Bits readers to follow their blog, which Sylvie promises will be “hilarious as well as informative.”

SALSA DANCING
Have a gander at Salsa Cycle’s short film: “So Far to Go — Part One.” The video documents the early parts of Brett Davis and Sean Mailen’s 2011 adventure on Adventure Cycling’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Enjoy:

Classic Car, Bike & Bicycle Show

Looking for something to do tonight? Here are a couple of options:

Join the Maple Wheelers at Prairie School in Adrian for a make-up club ride. Last night’s Ride of Silence was a short-distance affair, so tonight we’re going to go our usual distance and log some extra miles. We’ll roll out at 6p.

Alternately…

The forecast is sunny and bright for this week’s
Classic Car, Bike & Bicycle Show. Cruise on over and join us in  Downtown Tecumseh for the first event of the season. Thursday, May 17th, 6-8 pm. New this year! Kids are invited to bring their bicycle and show it off in a special designated area! Click here for more details.

I’ll be on the ride, so I won’t be able to check out the vintage bicycles. If you go, snap some pictures, send them to me via email, and I’ll post them on the blog. Or, if you feel so inclined, post them yourself in the comments area.