Here https://email@example.com,-85.74318315429684,11,hybrid is a very cool link, brought to you by Steve Cox, via Doug Kirk, to more potential gravel routes than you could possibly imagine. So, next time you feel a hankerin’ for some groading, consult this map, ride the route you choose, record the route on your phone in Ride with GPS, and then send your route (if it’s a good one) to Dale Abbott (firstname.lastname@example.org) for uploading to the KBC Routes Library on Ride with GPS.
Forest Foliage in the Fall Ride, KBC’s annual self-supported and no-drop club ride to get out and enjoy fall colors, will take place on October 21st, rain or shine so dress for the weather.
The rides – three routes of 34, 50, and 62 miles – will start at 10:30 am from the Gun Lake Park at 124th & Patterson (https://goo.gl/maps/m8Y6fB7LA652). Donuts and Cider are the prize for everyone at the end, back at Gun Lake Park.
Here’s a link to the routes on Ride with GPS:
https://ridewithgps.com/events/67583-forest-foliage-in-the-fall-2018 You can also find links to the individual routes in the KBC Ride with GPS route library.
Representatives of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club participated recently in the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Wellness Fair. The fair emphasized the importance of well-being in all areas of life – physical, spiritual, mental, social, etc. With KBC’s help, the fair was very successful. Approximately 400 students, staff, and faculty attended.
Paul Wells and Thom Brennan, members of KBC’s Education Committee, promoted healthy lifestyles through bicycling while “flying the colors” of KBC. Thanks Paul and Thom.
Tim Stewart, Tory Cane, Pam Sotherland, Cricket Howard, Tim Stewart, Angie Kautzer, Jim Kindle, and Kevin Oostma posted best times in the 2018 KBC Time Trial Championship in the following categories: Overall, Women Under 50, Women 50+, Men Under 50, Men 50+, and Handicap First, Second, and Third. Over 30 KBC members participated in this year’s Championship Time Trial, organized and run by Doug and Kathy Kirk. Though a bit breezy at the start, conditions for the race were good and a fun time was had by all, beginning with the pre-race gathering in the parking lot of the Pavilion Township Hall through the post-race festivities at Latitude 42.
Full championship results are available at this link https://www.kalamazoobicycleclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TNTT-2018-Championship-Overall-Results-1.pdf
A description of the Time Trial Championship is available here https://www.kalamazoobicycleclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/AUGUST-TT-SPECIAL-PedalPress.pdf
On September 8, 2018, Kalamazoo resident Valerie Litznerski will attempt to become the first woman to ride a bicycle from Sturgis, along the southern border of Michigan, to Sault St. Marie in the Upper Peninsula, a distance of approximately 350 miles. Litznerski, 35, hopes to complete the ride, with its starting and end points sanctioned by the World UltraCycling Association, in less than 24 hours.
In 2012, Litznerski rode from Muskegon to Port Sanilac, a distance of 206.9 miles, in 11 hours and 19 minutes, an average of 18.28 miles per hour, and is the current women’s West-to-East across-Michigan cycling record holder for that route. On June 17, 2018, she competed in the National 24 Hour Challenge cycling event in Middleville, Michigan and logged 424.3 miles in 24 hours, finishing second overall for women.
One of Litznerski’s reasons for attempting the ride in September is her desire to raise awareness of, and funds for, issues related to the safety of cyclists on the nation’s roadways. She was hit by a car while on her bike in August of 2011 and spent seven months recovering from surgery to correct torn ligaments and other severe injuries. Funds raised will go to the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club’s Education Fund to disseminate information regarding safe practices for drivers and cyclists.
Litznerski’s parents and sister will staff a follow-and-support-vehicle equipped with signage and flashing yellow lights during the record attempt. World UltraCycling Association rules stipulate that an official record the time every time she completes ten miles. No cyclists will be allowed to accompany Litznerski on the route and she cannot disobey any traffic laws. The official timing clock will pause while she is driven over the Mackinac Bridge.
Of the attempt, Litznerski says, “350 miles is a long way to pedal; it’s stressful. But it is an opportunity to challenge myself to stay focused and put in an effort that I can be proud of. At the end of the day I’ll know it’s something I did myself. My hope is that it will inspire others while reminding everyone that we need to share our roads safely.”
Media coverage of Val’s ride includes the following:
Be part of a media event at the Kalamazoo Amtrak Station on Wednesday, 25 July, at 1:15 pm to kick off carry-on bicycles being accepted on the Amtrak Wolverine Service.
Now all three of MDOT’s state-sponsored routes operated by Amtrak welcome carry-on bicycle service by reservations. In addition to the rail-fare, bicyclists can now make a reservation to transport their bicycles on the trains and stow them at the direction of the Amtrak conductors.
For more information, please click on this link https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDOT/bulletins/1ffc758