It was the dream and devourer of countless hours and miles for former co-worker and long time team sponsor Mike Roon. In the form of Michigan Coast Riders. A tour company devoted to top quality tours around the Great Lakes. The inaugural ride was a two week journey around Lake Michigan from June 18-July 2 2011. 10 riders were expected. 9 showed (1 was confused). We had a couple from Maine, 3 folks from Utah, 1 guy from SoCal and another from Texas. A lady from Lansing and a guy from South Haven. Most everyone knew each other from other tours. The staff consisted of Big Mike driving the luggage and rest stop vehicle and myself and a guy from N.Y. Shane. We all met in Muskegon on June 18 for bike assembly and safety checks, followed by meet and greet and a early night to bed for an EARLY start to the ride. Shane and I would alternate every other day from riding and driving the mechanic vehicle. I got the first ride day. Muskegon to Ludington, which was a really nice ride. The next 4 days were rain and fog which really was a disappointment for everyone because the riders missed some of the most beautiful scenery in the state! We rode counter clock wise. Wisconsin was where things cleared up and we had pretty nice weather for most of the rest of the trip execpt for some heavy Lightning on the leg from Indiana back into Michigan. A beautiful ride through Chitown and up the southwestern shore. A super fun and picturesque ride over all. You can read the daily blogs and see countless photos of the trip on the michigancoastriders.com website. And if your intrigued, better sign up quick, Mike said he is over half sold out on next year already!
This past weekend Earl and Brenden headed to Boyne Ski Area for the Boyne Marathon. Earl said “Boyne was an awesome event. They had both killer climbs and descents. For this year they used some of the old Down Hill run. I love to see it when they put some extra descending challenge in an event. My seatpost broke early in lap 4 and I spent the rest of lap standing. That was a rough last lap however pushing through netted a 3rd place in the Elite category.” Way to go Earl! Brenden raced in the beginner single speed event and rode to a 6th place finish.
Dennis and wife Joni stayed close to home and tackled the inagural Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race, of which Founders Brewing Co sponsors, yeah! Dennis and Joni and came in 125th of 176 in the co-ed divison. Dennis went on to say “In the end we did all but two of the Bike checkpoints, and wanting to get to some of the foot portion of the event we turned in our bike card and corralled the bikes, changing from cycling shoes to hiking footwear and we were off on the next section. The foot portion took us into buildings, up onto the top level of a parking ramp, the fish ladder and the bus station. One challenge was to buy four bus tickets ($6 total if you wanted to do this) and drop them off at Degage Ministry so they could use them to assist people in need with transportation around town. We ended up doing all but three of the foot portion. It was a blast, the event well organized and we would readily do it again!” Full Story
Next up is the Ithica 6 and 12 hour race