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Archive for the ‘Group Rides: Special’ Category

This category is for group rides that may occur annually or even one-off special events.

Amishland and Lakes

Posted by dickkuehl on July 2, 2012

The Amishland and Lakes bike tour will be August 3-5 this year. The Amishland ride is one of the longest running rides in the area with this year’s being the 38th annual ride. The ride takes place over three days with the ride headquartered on the campus of The Howe School in Howe, Indiana.

The home base for the Amishland and Lakes ride is The Howe School (formerly known as The Howe Military Academy). The school campus provides many amenities that are perfect for the ride; it is in the middle of Amish country, it is a short hop to the lake country of Michigan, it has dorms, a gym for sleeping bag camping, showers, a dining hall, an auditorium and plenty of space for tent and trailer camping. There are also many hotels and B&B’s in the area to provide overnight accommodations for riders.

On Friday afternoon there are two warm up routes (14 and 32 miles) with the longer route going into Shipshewana. This year there will be a mini-SAG stop halfway between Howe and Shipshewana.

The Amishland portion of the ride is on Saturday when the tour heads south into the Amish countryside over scenic and relatively flat roads. Riders have a choice of 25, 36, 50, 63 or 100 mile routes. Over the years, the local Amish have become informal participants in the event. Amish children will sit in their yards along the route and wave to riders as they go by. Many Amish families set up stands to sell baked goods, drinks and even root beer floats to ride participants.

The Lakes portion of the tour is on Sunday when riders head north into the lake country of southwestern Michigan. Distance options are 22, 34, 47 or 59 miles. The 22 mile route is relatively flat, the longer routes do have some hills. This year there will be live music by Acoustic Justice at the Sunday Sturgis SAG stop.

SAG food is a highlight of the ride with an emphasis on locally grown fresh fruits such as blueberries, watermelon and muskmelon. After the ride on Saturday there will be an ice cream social with free ice cream and entertainment featuring the Goldmine Pickers, a popular bluegrass band.

For more information see the ride website: www.amishlandlakes.com

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Mountain Biking Training Sessions

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 25, 2012

Is your Mountain Bike growing dusty in the garage or seeing too much pavement? Want to learn how and where to ride a Mountain Bike in Michiana?

The Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association (NIMBA) is holding free “Intro to Mountain Biking” sessions at each of the 4 trails that it maintains. Each session will include a discussion and demonstration of basic Mountain Biking skills followed by a guided ride on the trail where we will put the skills to use and review features of the trail.

What do you need to participate?

  • Bike Helmet
  • Mountain Bike that has brakes and gears in good working order
  • A desire to have fun

The sessions are geared for beginner adult Mountain Bikers, but teens can also attend with an adult. They will be held from 9:30AM – Noon EDT at these locations:

  • 6-16-12 Potato Creek State Park – Peppermint Hill Parking Area
  • 7-14-12 Rum Village Park, South Bend – Nature Center Parking Lot
  • 8-11-12 Bendix Woods County Park – Otahnagon Picnic Area
  • 8-25-12 TK Lawless County Park (MI) – Main Parking Lot

Attend one, or attend them all!  Please RSVP by sending an email to NIMBA.BIKE@GMAIL.COM.

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Goshen Bicycle to Work Week starts May 14

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 12, 2012

Ride with Mayor Allan Kauffman on Monday, May 14, to kick off Goshen’s Bicycle-to-Work Week. The City’s Week is May 14-18, and the Maple City Bicycle Advisory Committee (MCBAC) is encouraging people in Goshen to consider the possibility of biking to work that week.

As a way to kick off the week, the MCBAC has asked Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman to lead an after-work “Mayor’s Ride” on Monday, May 14. Any interested cyclist is welcome to join the 4.5 mile ride. Last year the first Mayor’s Ride attracted about thirty riders. Read the rest of this entry »

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Share the Road…Every Life Counts procession was a success

Posted by Paul Taylor on May 5, 2012

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About 70 cyclists, along with over a dozen walkers/runners, and motor vehicles joined in the procession meant to draw attention to the need for all users to share the roadway and crosswalks. The procession concluded at the County-City building in downtown South Bend where there was a press conference, and short speeches by local dignitaries. The gathered crowd seemed especially inspired by the words of Yatish Yoshi, the chairman of the event.  I am re-printing his speech below, and it is well worth reading.

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Michiana Bike Month is filled with May events

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 25, 2012

A few years back (2005 if my memory serves me correctly), area cyclists joined the National Bike to Work week with a local event centered at the College Football Hall of Fame. Organizers provided coffee, Danish pastry, and a selection of healthful fruits as bikers stopped off on their way to work. Since then…wow. The activities during Bike Month have exploded. Below, I am listing the Michiana events that come to mind, and I’m asking readers to add those I was not aware of, or have overlooked.

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Inaugural ‘Share the Road….Every Life Counts’ Procession

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 15, 2012

Wednesday, May 2nd

Call for Riders, Walkers, Drivers and Wheelchair Users in South Bend, Indiana


A coalition of local citizens seeking to promote road-sharing awareness and enhance area transportation safety announces its inaugural Share the Road….Every Life Counts procession, Wednesday, May 2. This event is the first of its kind featuring a positive, proactive approach to urge road-sharing awareness. All citizens are encouraged to join the Share the Road….Every Life Counts procession.

The procession can be joined by bicyclists, motorcyclists and motorists at the Medical Plaza parking lot immediately north of the Indiana 23 Toll Road overpass at 5:30 p.m. Citizens wishing to walk, parents with strollers and wheelchair users will meet at Howard Park at 6:15. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fulton County Habitat Half-Century Bike Ride: Sat., April 28

Posted by Henry Scott on January 18, 2012

NAME: Habitat Half Century Bike Ride

SPONSOR: Fulton County Habitat for Humanity
DATE: April 28, 2012
TIME: 8:00 AM
LOCATION: Rochester City Park on Park Rd
LENGTH: 20 & 50 mile rides.

See below for a map to the starting location and additional details, including contact information.
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3rd Annual Bike Michiana for Hospice: Sunday, 9/11/2011

Posted by Henry Scott on July 23, 2011

Bike Michiana for Hospice will be held Sunday, September 11th at St. Patrick’s County Park, South Bend, IN. Participants can register online at bikemichianaforhospice.org. The cost for riders who register before August 31 is $30; beginning September 1, the registration fee is $40. Riders 12 and under ride free.

The ride features scenic routes through country roads, live entertainment at each support and guidance (SAG) stop as well as a post-ride party at St. Patrick’s County Park with pulled pork, live music and a beer tent.

Courses include a 3.5 to 11.5 mile family ride (riders can choose the distance) as well as longer rides from 25 miles to 200 K (124 miles). Helmets are required for all riders. SAG stops will feature some of the area’s leading restaurants including Fiddler’s Hearth, LaSalle Grill, Indulgence Pastry Shop & Cafe, Yesterday’s and Grande Mere Inn.

Registration proceeds benefit The Hospice Foundation and Bike Michiana Coalition. Riders may also use an online donation form to raise funds for The Hospice Foundation. One hundred percent of those funds will go to support the Center for Hospice Care’s mission to provide quality, compassionate care for anyone in need of hospice or palliative care services, regardless of their ability to pay.

The information and text for this post were provided by Debra Mayfield, and she can be contacted at 800-413-9083 for more information regarding the event or registration.

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YWCA Bike Ride for Women: Sunday, 8/21

Posted by Henry Scott on July 12, 2011

The 2011 YWCA run, jane, run Bike for Women is scheduled for Sunday, August 21st. There will be two rides, one twenty and the other forty miles. All rides start at St. Patrick’s County Park between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.

Please visit the YWCA event page to register and for the latest information.

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Amazing Bike Event in Downtown Goshen

Posted by Paul Taylor on April 8, 2011

On the First Friday of every month – throughout the year – businesses, artists, and entertainers throw a party in downtown Goshen. On May 6, Goshen’s First Fridays event will be all about bikes with several special events. Organizers encourage event-goers to “bike to First Fridays”.

  • The first annual I Goshen Bicycle Criterium: There will be three races for riders of various skill levels.
  • Bicycle Safety & Info booth: Learn helpful hints about bicycle safety: from how to properly fit a helmet to pumping up tires. Free bicycle registration available. They will also have information on the endless bicycle trails in Elkhart County.
  • Bike Decorating Contest: Participants will, deck out their bikes, Pedal, and Participate!
  • A  Family Bicycle Parade will follow the decorating contest.
  • Girl Scouts Pedal Car Derby: Human powered and eco-friendly transportation for the little tykes.

On May 6, the emphasis is on bicycling because May is National Bike Month, and May 16-20 is National Bike to Work Week.

For more information visit The First Fridays Website

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