August 2013 President’s Letter

Congratulations this month go out to the organizing teams behind the Miller Energy/BTR Criterium Road Race and the Maple Hill Race for Wishes State Championship Road Race in Lawton, which occurred on Race Weekend, July 13 and 14, respectively. Both events were well-attended and all the riders I saw and spoke to seemed to be enjoying themselves.

As a behind-the-scenes note, two of the key members of the Miller Energy/BTR race were on vacation on the day of the race, so KBC/CMS Race Team Captain Jon Ballema had to shoulder many more duties than he usually assumes. Despite being nearly run ragged by those demanding duties, Jon managed to snag a nifty 3rd place podium spot in his race at the BTR crit. All I can say, Jon, is that that was well-deserved!

KBC was well represented throughout Race Weekend, with volunteers pulling shifts as course marshals, motorcycle lead-outs, registration officials, and many of the most important keys in the cogs of these successful events. It can't be said enough; your efforts and involvement are much appreciated!

The History Detective

KBC member Mike Peterson is going to give a club history presentation at the August KBC monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the Maple Street YMCA in Kalamazoo. The start time of the meeting is 7:00 P.M. sharp. Mike has spent months running down copies of old Pedal Press newsletters and has conducted interviews with former Executive Committee members.

Believe it or not, Mike has scanned just about every single Pedal Press since the club began operations in the early 1970s. He has given me a preview of that archive, which will soon be appearing on the KBC website, and it is fascinating.

One thing Mike remarked on is how similar some of the issues we face as cyclists today are to the ones our predecessors dealt with 40 years ago. And it is remarkable that some of the earliest KBC members are still involved in cycling.

I hope you'll consider coming to hear Mike's talk at the next meeting. It promises to be quite interesting.

Cyclocross Anyone?

Last fall, I attended several local cyclocross events and was thrilled and amazed to see so many different people involved. There were the racer types, of course. But there were also children and older folk competing, and all ages in between - and both women and men. It got me to thinking...

Because the sport seems to be on the rise, involves cycling, and is popular across all ages and genders, is cyclocross something in which KBC should be involved? And, if so, in what capacity?

I already put those questions to two of the area's most prominent cyclocrossers, Monica Tory and Jonathan Evans. We haven't yet had the opportunity to meet to discuss this idea. But what do you think? E-mail me and let me know if you think KBC has a place in cyclocross and what that could mean.

Zolton Cohen, KBC President


Next KBC Monthly Meeting on August 13, 2013

The next KBC Monthly Meeting will take place at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the Kalamazoo YMCA on Maple Street. All KBC members are welcome to attend.


KalTour 2013 Wrap-Up

Zolton's comments in his President's Letter in last month's Pedal Press covered the highlights of KalTour 2013, but I would like to offer a few impressions of my own. KalTour 2013 was marked by almost perfect weather until a brief but strong late afternoon shower caught a few century riders still out on the course. (I also got soaked merely picking up the signs at the start.)

A major change this year was increasing our use of on-line publicity and registration. We no longer mail brochures or print registration forms, resulting in a loss of revenue for the post office, but a significant saving for the club. Preregistration for the ride increased, partly as a result of the large bike camp registration. The number of actual riders was just under 300, similar to 2012.

What is amazing to me each year is the number of people both in and out of the club whose support is crucial to putting on KalTour.

The first to volunteer were those helping with the road painting: Rick Whaley, Terry O'Connor, Mary Gerger, Barb Foster, and Mark Irwin (who painted two routes by bicycle).

The following arrived on the day of the ride just as the sun was coming up in order to have everything set up before registration opened at 7:00 A.M.: Dave Bishop, Tom Keizer, Terry O'Connor, and Zolton Cohen.

The organized group rides continued to grow in popularity. The group ride leaders included Jon Ballema and other members of the CMS race team for the 9:00 A.M. fast ride and Mark Irwin for the moderate pace 9:30 ride, while Jim Wyrick led the family ride with Paul Selden bringing up the rear.

Like an army, a bicycle tour travels on its stomach. Those responsible for KalTour's stomach include Mark Jensen of Great Harvest Bakery, who provided the bread and the sandwiches, and Maria Brennan of Victorian Bakery, who provided cookies. Water was courtesy of Gordon Water. For the last several years, Donna Whitcomb has led members of the Alive After Five chapter of AMBUCS in serving lunch at the Briar Patch plant nursery. In return KBC has supported the AMBUCS fundraising efforts to provide adaptive tricycles for children and disabled veterans. I should also mention the cooperation of Great Harvest Bakery staff and AMBUCS volunteers in a 6:00 A.M. sandwich-making session at the bakery.

The riders on the longer two routes visited Mike Mock and Mary Warren at the park in Lawton in the morning, while approximately fifty riders on the century route made an afternoon stop at the Timber Ridge Ski Area sag stop hosted by John and Barb Hart, as well as Charley Coss of the Timber Ridge Ski Patrol.

Rider safety was handled by John Mathieson and other members of the Kalamazoo Radio Club, as well as KBC and radio club member Mike Boersma driving a sag vehicle. Additional support was provided by a mechanic from Breakaway Bicycles. KVCC Public Safety got the ride off to a safe start by clearing a traffic lane as the riders made the turn onto 9th Street.

Among the key issues to be addressed as we look to the 23rd KBC summer tour in 2014 are increasing awareness of KalTour in nearby areas, deciding whether to hold KalTour in June or July, and evaluating our current price structure, which is low compared with other one day rides. Some of these issues will be discussed at the September and October KBC meetings. Others will be handled by the organizers of KalTour. If you would like to be involved with planning the 2014 KalTour, please e-mail me at

Mike Krischer, KalTour Director


KBC Member Chris Gottwald Sets World Record

On Friday, July 5, 2013, KBC member Chris Gottwald set a world record in the outdoor velodrome 100 mile time trial. His time was 3:55:55, breaking the old record of 4:00:29, set by Marko Baloh of Slovenia on September 6, 2008.

He set this record on the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis. Doug and Kathy Kirk persuaded me to join them (actually, it didn't take much persuading) on a two day adventure ride from Kalamazoo to Indianapolis, along with Cheryl Olson and Cricket Howard, to watch this attempt. While one could argue that watching someone ride 482.69 laps around a 333.4 kilometer bicycle track isn't the most exciting of spectator experiences, what made it interesting for me was recording lap times every now and then on my wristwatch, just to mark Chris' progress. In order to set the record, he needed to average less than 29.9 second per lap. It was very impressive to watch him knock off 27 to 28 second laps in the early stage of the race, before settling into a 28 to 29 second per lap pace.

It was also interesting to see how water and other liquid nutrients were provided to him. When Chris was ready to receive a bottle, he'd start slowing down about a half lap before a handoff by a person running along beside him. Then he'd spend a lap drinking the bottle before discarding it and resuming his racing speed. An early missed handoff resulted in the handoff person sprinting across the infield to hand him the bottle on the backstretch of the lap. I think they then decided that Chris could afford to wait 30 seconds to try again, as opposed to 15 seconds, probably to the relief of the handoff person. Still, they very rarely missed a handoff and Chris never got off the bike.

Chris rode 50 miles in slightly over 1 hour, 53 minutes, well under record pace. However, after about 3 hours, he began to fade a little bit due to some cramping, "slowing" to 30 to 32 seconds per lap. It was at this time that the spectators got involved in the race to a greater extent, cheering him on and banging on the advertising boards that surrounded the track to bring him home. After he finished, he looked surprisingly fresh, thanking those who came out to support him, and those who support the charity Active Water, which helps citizens of poor countries gain access to clean water.

The record attempt was well organized by the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association ( In addition to the timing, they also set up a large speaker on the infield and played up-tempo "music to set a record by" during the duration of the race. For those of you who are wondering, Chris averaged 25.43 mph. Try to see how long you can ride at that pace and you'll understand better the magnitude of this achievement. Congratulations to Chris on a job well done.

Rick Whaley


Long Rides SIG July Update

The long rides special interest group did two long rides in July (apart from individual long riders participating in the most excellent 2013 KalTour on June 30), plus a couple of shorter exploratory rides. One was a tour of the Battle Creek Linear Park Trail starting in Portage, heading home by way of Richland. The other was a 136 miler starting on a route that led from Portage to Union City to Decatur to Mattawan to Plainwell and back to Portage. The two exploratory rides were between Coloma and Dowagiac, and between Coloma and South Haven.

Marc Irwin and I toured the Battle Creek Linear Park Trail (BCLPT) on Saturday, July 6. The weather was favorable, if a bit warm, with the winds forecasted to blow us home from the east. We got to the trail by way of the back roads heading east on Romence Road, which passes by some pretty little bogs prior to the turn north at 26th Street. We passed by little East Lake and beautiful golden fields of wheat before crossing the 35th Street bridge into Galesburg. Outside of Augusta we turned onto Fort Custer Drive / River Road, which more or less follows the Kalamazoo River until the trail began.

There, our real adventure began. Following the BCLPT requires a map and some patience, plus the ability to follow or re-find a trail that often seems to disappear into thin air. I'll save more detailed comments about the BCLPT for another time, except to say that portions of it are very pretty, especially the segments that run between Clara's restaurant in downtown BC and the Kalamazoo River, which has a very Parisian feel to it, and a stretch that takes in scenic views of the Battle Creek, just south of Bailey Park.

The trip back to Portage, was more of a milk-run, except to say that the smooth new road surfaces on M-89 made biking between Battle Creek and Richland a little easier than otherwise.

On Sunday, July 14, Marc Irwin, Rick Whaley, and I embarked on a journey that at times felt like bicycling through a huge sun-filled sauna. We rode for a social hour together before Rick "Race-Ready" Whaley pulled ahead at a pace that Marc and I thought better of trying to match. Unknown to the others (or even myself at the time) that morning I had accidently downed the contents of my night-time aspirin/drowsy-antihistamine pill cup instead of my usual morning vitamin/mineral tablets, with the result that my typical slow pace had a dollop of slower-than-molasses added to it. Marc kept riding way ahead of me. The gap grew until I finally caught up at lunch time in Union City.

We rode to Union City along quiet rural roads that included R Avenue east to the Calhoun County line, K Drive S, and south on 7 and 8 Mile Roads before stopping at the (very friendly) Subway near the intersection of 8 Mile and M-60. The route between Union City and Decatur was familiar to everyone who has ever ridden Rick's famous "W Ride." En route, Marc peeled off back north near Sprinkle Road, counting a door-to-door journey of 70 miles, good enough on a very hot and steamy day. Leaving Kalamazoo County, the westward path was along roads less traveled, including Shaw and 92nd Avenue, which felt delightfully shady and downhill(?) most of the way. Between Decatur and Mattawan, I enjoyed the feeling of being blown along the isolated stretches Burgess Road by a southwesterly breeze.

The stretch heading north between Mattawan and Plainwell included riding the length of VanKal Avenue north of Red Arrow Highway, Wolf Road, and one of my favorites, North 2nd Street. Between Plainwell and Portage, the milk-run south on Douglas was another familiar stretch, but this time made more "interesting" by about five miles of fresh chip-seal. The dust raised by the few passing cars was thick enough so that at least one motorcyclist passing me had pulled a bandana over his nose. The high humidity and heat, plus a day filled with direct sun on bare skin, definitely added to the challenge of biking over hill and dale, but by day's end both Rick and I added another route and counted 219 more kilometers on our randonneuring logs.

(Editor's Note: Yes, it was hot. Yes, it was humid. The "highlight" of the ride for me was reaching the last control stop at the Shell station on the corner of Westnedge and Romence Road and immediately getting a cramp in my right hamstring as I dismounted from my bike. I guess I didn't drink enough fluids during the latter stages of the ride. You know it was a hard ride when you find yourself wishing that you had driven the 1.5 miles from your home to the start of the ride, while riding home after the finish of the ride.)

A desire to explore the "wilderness" between Dowagiac and South Haven led to the last two rides of the month, each about 40 miles round trip.

The first was solo, on a clear, cool morning with hardly any traffic on the rural tarmac that stretches between Coloma and Dowagiac. I took one way there and another back, using the excellent Southwest Michigan Road and Trail Bicycle Guide as my map. (By the way, this map is available at our local MDOT office on Kilgore Road. The map differentiates gravel from paved roads, is color coded to indicate traffic densities, and clearly marks roads with shoulders.) Heading south, I found that Sister Lakes Road passed through an area possessing a resort-like feeling, and that Indian Lake Road took me by the entrance to the "ILYC" (Indian Lake Yacht Club, est. 1935), seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Ah, but it was I who was the voyager, visiting lands obviously well explored and long settled, but new to me, that morning. The return trip zigzagged up Middle Crossing Road and from there through a different path through farmland. En route, I encountered another marvel: a signed bike route just northwest of Dowagiac! (See for the Silver Creek Bike Path and another, featured on the Cass County Road Commission's web page.) I'm leaving that route for another day, but in the meantime, I'm struck with the wonder of how the communities involved worked together to pull off such a great bike-friendly idea.

The second exploratory ride was with long rides SIG member David Fatzinger. The morning of Wednesday, July 24 couldn't have been nicer for bike riding: clear, low humidity, temperatures in the low to mid 70s, with a mild wind from the northwest that promised to blow us home. North out of Coloma we followed Coloma N Road / 78th Street, jogging east to 76th Street. At CR 380, we again jogged east to check out an entrance to the Van Buren Trail. There, the VBT was as I remembered it from a previous ride: a largely overgrown two track, so we skipped it and road north into town on M140 (very busy/urban feeling, but most of what we rode on had wide shoulders and rumble cuts that provided a measure of separation). From there, it was an easy matter to ride to lunch at the Subway on Broadway in South Haven, more or less overlooking the Black River. Of course, on such a ride on such a beautiful day, Dave and I made a complete tour of the harbor area on both sides of the river. Heading back south, we hugged the shoreline as much as we could. The beach was dotted with people; the lighthouse was as scenic as ever at the entrance to the channel. We tried our best to vary our route, so we followed Monroe south, then 76th Street down to the Blue Star Highway, heading east back to 76th near Van Buren State Park. From there we more or less retraced our route back into Coloma, exploring a bit more to confirm a mapping error that showed 78th as skirting the northeast segment of the Ross Coastal Plain Marsh (but there is no north-south road there).

As a result of our explorations, I can report back that there is indeed a very pleasant north-south biking corridor between Dowagiac-Coloma-South Haven. Those wishing to take your own riding adventure in those lands will hardly find a "bad" road to bike.

By the time you read this report, I hope some of you will have ridden one of KBC's classic long rides - the South Haven ride on August 3, led by Rick Whaley. I'm looking forward to Rick's description already. Don't forget - if you have a notable ride to report, please share your account in Pedal Press!

Paul Selden


CMS Race Team Monthly Update

What can I say ... I love the month of July, because it means that we have two of the best races in the state happening in our own back yard! But, I am so happy that July is over! Though this was my third year on the Miller Energy Criterium planning committee, it was my first year acting as the race director as our veteran directors were both out of the country during the race. The first half of the month was a bit of a blur but somehow everything got done and they day went off without a hitch (well, nearly without a hitch I suppose). This is due in large part to the phenomenal support we had from so many good friends in the bike community. Thank you all so much for volunteering your time and efforts to make this such a great event. The same holds true for everyone involved in the Friday night Priority Health Race Clinic, which I had the pleasure of taking part in, as well as the Maple Hill Race for Wishes (the Michigan State Road Race Championships), which took place on Sunday in Lawton. So many people came together to truly make it a Kalamazoo area race weekend. Thank you all! The weekend was awesome, but it was a little like having your parents visit you while in college. You're happy to see them, but you're just as happy to see them go. That being said, I already can't wait for next year.

The CMS Race Team race results for July can be found here.

Jon Ballema, CMS Race Team Director

KBC Quick Tips

Quick Tip #19: Bicycling in Michigan

"Check out what's going on in our great state of Michigan with bicycling, visit the League of Michigan Bicyclists website at" [Renee Mitchell]

Quick Tip #20: Stay Hydrated!

"Hydrating before pedaling helps you avoid drying out on the road. For best absorption, sip 12 to 16 ounces of water four hours before hopping onto your bike; two hours before, sip another 12 ounces. While riding, drink enough to match the intensity of the exercise, the heat of the day and your body's needs - the average recommendation is one 16 ounce bottle per hour in cool weather, up to as many as four bottles per hour in extremely hot weather, based on a 150-pound cyclist." ["How and When to Hydrate";]

Quick tips are drying up in the summer heat! Please keep them growing by submitting your tip(s) on bike maintenance, fitness, training, tours, etc. to Our KBC community of enthusiastic cyclists appreciates it!

Renee Mitchell, KBC Education Chair

Monthly Meeting Minutes

The July 9th, 2013 meeting of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club was called to order at 7:02 P.M. by President Zolton Cohen. Those in attendance were: Zolton Cohen, Mike Peterson, Andrew Peterson, Michael Krischer, Terry O'Connor, Victor Van Fleet, Marc Irwin, Craig Freeman, Jon Ballema, Jim Ferner, Tom Keizer, Celine Keizer, Ryan Heidenfeld, Rick Whaley, John Olbrot, Mike Boersma, Mary Gerger, Pete Post, and David Jones..

John Olbrot gave the treasurer's report:

Checking Account$10,103.87
Certificate of Deposit $11,126.32

In John's report of the preliminary 2013 KalTour figures, he pointed out that KalTour Director Mike Krischer's elimination of mailed brochures saved over $1,000.00 in expenses. Some bills and receipts for reimbursement are still outstanding, but final financial figures for this year's KalTour should be determined soon.

Publicity Chair Marc Irwin reported on publicity he developed for the Miller Energy/BTR Race. There was positive response to the published press release, he said, and he was asked to conduct TV and radio interviews as a follow-up.

Director of Road Safety Paul Selden extended thanks to the KVCC Department of Public Safety for providing traffic and safety support for KalTour 2013. He also expressed thanks to Kalamazoo County Road Commission Managing Director Joanna Johnson for her scheduling efforts in protecting the KalTour routes from "chip sealing."

KalTour Director Mike Krischer gave a report on this year's KalTour. He said there were more early-registered riders than in previous years. He expects the final count of KalTour riders to be between 273 and 288, which would be very close to the number of riders in last year's event.

As mentioned in the Treasurer's Report, the biggest change, which resulted in a cost savings of approximately $1,150.00, was eliminating the bulk mailing of KalTour information. Brochures were placed in area bike shops, and the ride information in the LMB Ride Booklet was highlighted this year, as the KalTour is now a $1.00-per-rider LMB Event.

Suggestions for next year's KalTour were briefly discussed, and included having on hand tire pumps at all SAG stops, printing emergency phone numbers in a larger font on the ride information sheet/route maps, creating wristbands designating participating riders, and more prominent and earlier road painting markings indicating upcoming turns on the routes.

Zolton praised the success of KalTour 2013 and mentioned that, as in previous years, half of KalTour's proceeds will go to the formerly Alive After Five AMBUCS group providing adaptive trikes to eligible individuals. Zolton thanked Mike for his dedication to making every KalTour a great success, and it was determined Mike will continue as KalTour Director for another year. Planning is already underway for a successful KalTour 2014!

Jon Ballema reported on preparations for the July 13, 2013 Miller Energy/BTR Race, including the Friday night Race Clinic. He also mentioned the Race for Wishes (State Championship Road Race) scheduled for July 14, 2013.

Congratulations were extended to KBC member Chris Gottwald for setting the 100 mile outdoor track world record at a velodrome in Indianapolis, on July 5, 2013.

Zolton reminded KBC ride leaders to make certain all riders in their groups are aware of their responsibility to point out potholes and other road hazards to riders behind them in their group. Please remember that riders in the front are the eyes and ears of the group!

Paul Selden added that anyone wishing to report potholes or road hazards can contact him or report them online through the KBC website.

Zolton adjourned the meeting at 7:44 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary Gerger, KBC Secretary



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Editor's Letter - A Roadside Encounter with the Mystery Creature

On the second day of the Tour de France, tragedy almost struck the riders in the peloton and it had nothing to do with broken vials of EPO. A dog doing his best squirrel imitation ran onto the course in front of the riders, and finally zigged (or zagged) his way off the road with seconds to spare. From the comfort of my favorite Tour de France watching (and everything else that involves sitting in a chair) chair, I wondered if this close call would be a foreshadowing of what might befall some unfortunate cyclist within the next three weeks. Unfortunately, I was right. And that rider was ....... Alberto Contador! Nah, it was me, of course, I'm such a kidder.

The morning of the Miller Energy/BTR Criterium, I was part of a group that was riding from Kalamazoo to Richland and around Gull Lake and back. I cut the ride short at Richland, so I could perhaps run an errand or two, and arrive at BTR Park in time to watch the Pro/Cat 1/Cat 2 race, before beginning my shift as a course marshal later that afternoon. About 7 miles from home, soon after hugging a right hand curve on O Avenue just east of 26th Street, I caught a glimpse of something dark and furry running out of a drainage ditch in front of me. No, it wasn't Sasquatch; I don't know exactly what it was. The tail was too short to be a muskrat of possum. There was a lake nearby, so it could have been a beaver, but they're supposed to be nocturnal animals, so maybe it was a groundhog. I know it wasn't a cow. Whatever it was, his torso and my front wheel were approaching each other at an alarming rate. My last thought before I crashed was, profoundly enough, "I'm going to crash," and indeed I did. I didn't even have time to touch my brakes.

My bike tilted to the left and started sliding to the right, while I flew off my bike like a baseball player attempting to steal second base head first. I landed in the dirt along the side of the road, and as I finished sliding, I heard a rustling in the grass to my left; the mystery creature had made it, albeit perhaps not unscathed, to the other side of the road to live and maim another cyclist some other day.

I got up to inspect the damage and I was pleasantly surprised to find that there wasn't much. Although my jersey, left leg, and both arms were covered in dirt, I only had a small amount of road rash on my left leg and elbow, along with a couple small cuts on my left arm and fingers. If I had landed on the pavement, it would have been worse. I inspected my bike and there was no damage, although, strangely enough, my right shoe was still attached to the pedal. In fact, the worst damage was the dirt that got into my eye a couple of minutes after the crash; that hurt worse than any of my other injuries, until I blinked and rubbed the dirt out. The opportunistic mosquitoes were rather annoying, as well.

So, I got back on my bike, rode home, and put the soap in my shower to good use. And I reflected upon the close calls that I have had with animals while cycling over the years.

Actually, there haven't been a lot of them. About 10 years ago, I was doing a Monday night ride and a chipmunk darted into the road in the middle of our group. He then darted right when he should have darted left and I ran over him. I survived; the chipmunk didn't. You'd have thought that "There but by the grace of a misfiring chipmunk brain synapse, go I," but my fellow cyclists weren't particularly sympathetic. Taunts of "chipmunk killer" rang in my ears, and these and other cruel taunts drove me to drink in order to forget this tragic incident. Since the drink was Gatorade, that didn't work. But I still got over it eventually.

Then, there are the deer, nature's quiet wannabe cyclist assassins. I've had several close calls with deer over the years, particularly during the time I lived in Dexter. Once, while riding on a heavily wooded road, I heard a rustling in the branches to my right, turned my head, and stared at a deer staring at me from a distance of about three feet, a close encounter of the herd kind. When riding after work in the fall twilight, there were certain roads where I'd deliberately make noise and sing songs, just to let the deer know that I was there, and to provide some entertainment for them, as well.

However, my closest encounter with a deer occurred during a weekend group ride in June of 2012 on another road east of Portage, when a deer came charging out of the underbrush from the left, heading towards the middle of our group of 9 riders. "This could be very bad," I thought, which proved that I was still at the top of my game when it came to grasping the obvious, and as the deer reached the edge of the road, he leaped. I looked up and saw the legs of a deer in front of the rider in front of me, watched him land on the other edge of the road before racing back into more underbrush, and determined that if deer had arms they'd be ferocious dunkers. Looking back on this incident, I'm relieved that no one was hurt and that it was a deer instead of a cow.

It's been over two weeks since my encounter with the mystery creature as I write this and my road rash is all but healed. My left hand is still a little sore, but that's about the only effect of the crash that I still notice. Still, there is a psychological toll that comes with an accident such as this. At this very moment in the woods of Pavilion Township there could be an injured mystery creature thirsting for revenge. Maybe he's plotting with his woodland friends. Maybe he's plotting with his farmland friends. Come to think of it, there have been some cows that have eyed me rather balefully from the side of the road lately. Well, don't even think about it, Bessie, don't even think about it. I've proven that I can dish out the punishment as well as take it. And I've got a grill and I'm not afraid to use it.

Rick Whaley, KBC Newsletter Editor

Some Upcoming Rides of Interest

Saturday, August 17. Kalamazoo Dream Ride. Kalamazoo, MI. 1-20, 40, 60 miles.

Saturday, August 17. Lakeshore Harvest Country Bike Tour. South Haven, MI. 10, 15, 25, 45, 76, 100 miles.

Wednesday through Sunday, August 28 - September 1. 43rd Annual Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw (DALMAC) Bicycle Tour. Four rides over 4 or 5 days, ranging from 294 to 405 miles. Registration has begun and all rides fill up quickly.

Saturday, September 7. Michigan Recumbent Rally - West. Kalamazoo, MI.

Sunday, September 8. The Vineyard Classic Bicycle Tour. Paw Paw, MI. 22, 39, 60 miles.

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Shop Notes

Alfred E Bike

320 East Michigan, Kalamazoo, (269) 349–9423

Billy's Bike Shop

63 East Battle Creek Street, Galesburg, (269) 665–5202

Breakaway Bicycles

185 Romence at Westnedge, Portage, (269) 324–5555,

Custer Cyclery

104 North Augusta, Augusta, (269) 731–3492

Gazelle Sports

214 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, (269) 342–5996,
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Johnson Cycle Works

5309 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, (269) 226-0001.


611 W Michigan Avenue, Kalamazo, (269) 56–PEDAL and

Team Active

22 W Michigan, Battle Creek, 1–800–841–9494

Village Cyclery

US 131 in Schoolcraft, 679–4242

Zoo City Cycle & Sports

4328 South Westnedge, Kalamazoo (269) 552–3000


Bicycling Safety Disclaimer

Important: Riding a bicycle is an inherently dangerous activity. There are risks of injury or death. You could ride over something and fall, or get hit by an automobile or strike or be struck by another bicyclist. There are many other dangers to bicycling as well.

While nothing can eliminate all risks associating with bicycle riding, to minimize the danger, make sure you and your bicycle are in good riding condition. Know the rules of the road and also of the group you're riding with, and ride in a manner consistent with the protocols of that group. Always wear a bike helmet, use bike lights if riding in the dawn, dusk or dark, and consider purchasing and riding with additional safety equipment such as reflectors and rear view mirrors.